Sunday, 1 February 2015

People and Their Possessions

Many may deem it superficial to create an impression of a person by simply observing the objects they possess. We have however been making these inferences from artifacts recovered since the earliest of civilizations. 

From cave paintings to venus figurines; artistic workmanship and self expression can be found in the most telling forms from the physical objects we have recovered over the years. Fast forward to the present day in which fashion, film, music and other modes of artistic expression are accessible at the tap of a touchscreen.

What can we understand about ourselves as people from the possessions we surround ourselves with.‘People and their possessions’ is a series of web interviews with artists and everyday inspiring people and a somewhat voyeuristic peep into their own environments and the objects they own.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Haute Hideous

|| A dash of 1980's nylon for your mind || Heels vintage Sergio Rossi || Tracksuit Adidas ||
If there's one thing I've noticed in these past few seasons on the catwalk and off, it's that Fashions ugly fetish seems to have had some infectious influence on it's masses of followers. From Celine's SS13 mink lined Birkenstock-esque slides, to Misses Prada's bejewelled take on the infamous 'Teva' hiking sandal in her last spring summer collection. Our notions of taste or distaste for that matter have quite literally been flipped upside down.

The fast fashion high streets McDonaldization of every tumblr worthy catwalk trend has had the masses coveting garments previously regarded as faux pas (e.g Neoprene, Pool slides and Flatforms, to name a few). As Miuccia Prada stated "Ugly is attractive, ugly is exiting, maybe because it's newer" our preconceived notions of beauty or beautiful suddenly become all too conventional and we look to fashion with an edge of tackiness or obserdity for our most directional pieces of the season.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Sneaker Fervor

Sneakers: Adidas here || Smoking Jacket: Sandro similar here and here ||  Silk tee: Vintage Browns similar here || Trousers: See By Chloe similar here or here || Bag: Acne here

All hail the sneaker savvy devotees and their ability to convert a legion of stiletto trotting, court heel clicking disciples to the common sense of the trainer. I'm sure for the most part in fashion month history it may have been seen as one of the biggest faux pas to finish your look with a pair of flat, or dare I say it "practical" footwear. The SS14 couture shows (see Chanel & Dior) however confirmed sneakers are in fact an official high fashion shoe. 

Now i'm not suggesting we were all waiting in the wings for Karl Lagerfeld and Raf's Simon's unofficial approval, as sneakers have been having a moment on the sartorial scene both on and off the catwalk for a while now. The fact however, that the Parisian's most iconic and synonymously feminine fashion houses have marked their stamp on the sporty shoe, shows truly the gravitational pull and timeless cool of the Streetwear look. The sneaker is no longer a shoe worn as a compromise for comfort or for the sole purpose of an athletes game. They're a complimentary addition to the style concious aesthetic and for that lucky little proportion of society's social elite, the most directional accessory to an haute couture gown.

Just last month Adidas gave rebirth to the iconic 'Stan Smith' shoe. In it's video campaign, endorsed by a dynamic mix of faces from fashion, music and film, the Tennis icon Stan Smith himself tells how " A lot of people now think i'm a shoe". The timelessness of the sneaker has surpassed it's original face in a sense and has staked it's claim as an individuals own fashion accessory. 

I'm personally obliged to give props to the queen of understated cool herself, 'Celine's' own Pheobe Philo for wearing the shoes on her own stylish accord, being photographed in them in the finale to her AW12 show and in doing so letting us regular flat shoe preferring chicks know it's ok to be effortless, in the truest sense of the word. My sneaker doting feet are most appreciative.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Resolutions, with a little Scandi inspiration.

Coat: Carven, similar here || Jumper: Cos, similar here || Trousers: Zara, similar here || Bag: Acne here || Sandals: Vagabond, similar here or here || My furry, friendly and very much alive accessory: priceless
With all the "new year, new me" talk in the air this month, i've decided to aim for resolutions that I can truthfully stick to. Therefore I think I'll scrap a promise to myself and others of a regimented gym routine (for now at least). Style resolutions are generally my best bet, so I've decided a more pared back approach to dress and a less flippant one to spending shall be my acts of reform.

My style inspiration has travelled overseas from the masters of minimalism in design, Scandinavia. In a manner far less violent than that of It's ancestral vikings, Scandi has conquered and is growingly taking over my wardrobe in both physical and wishful form. 

Brands such as Acne with their innovative and unconventional ready to wear shapes, as well as my high street favourite Cos with their focus on quality and distinctive cut. I'm inspired by the scandinavian in their balance of simplicity without compromise in uniqueness of design. Wearability seems to be key in the conception, presenting collections with pieces that stand the test of fleeting trends, yet managing to remain directional.

I hereby commit myself sincerely to a 2014 style revamp, with some hopeful involvement of my most highly pined after Swedish lines. 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Isabella Blow, Fashion Galore!

Illustrations are Authors own

Last Wednesday, Somerset house opened their doors to a grand exhibit showcasing the life and musings of the Late Isabella Blow. Super stylist, editor and talent scout, Isabella was one of the most legendary style icons of her day and beyond. Discovering the likes of Alexander Mqueen and milliner Phillip Treacy, who went on to become two of the most influential creators and collaborators in the fashion industry to this day.

The exhibit takes you on a high fashion journey through the early life and career of Miss Blow, with a stunning show of pieces from her very own wardrobe, as well humourous and touching memoirs from her personal life. I adore how Blow pushed for creatives with a great emphasis on concept in design, her work represented an eccentrism and fearlessness toward style, bringing the art in fashion to life and celebrating the extravagant. She continues to inspire throughout the industry and elsewhere with the likes of Grace Jones and Lady Gaga emulating a somewhat Blow-esque image (think lobster hat).The showcase shares adoration to an industry icon well and truly missed! 

Get yourself down to the somerset house embankment galleries, for a peek into the life of distinguished fashion royalty. Book Tickets here 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Style Inspo: 'Le Sape' Society

Photos via youtube. Music video by Solange who featured the 'le sap society' in her video  'Losing You' ,directed by Melina Matsoukas 

There's something innately attractive about a man in a well tailored ensemble. A dapper fitted suit speaks volumes of it's wearer and their character. The gentlemen of Bacongo make no exception in their personal style choices, for them it's a philosophy and ethos of charm and elegance.

'Le Sapeurs' as they are known as, adopt an aesthetic reminiscent of Parisian dandies and the Saville Row elite. They battle their fashion out on the street catwalk, pitting international designers up against locally produced pieces. A stark contrast to the shanty town Brazzavile, their dress provides a deep sense of pride in their identity as Congo's new school of cool. I adore the way these men live and breath the clothing they wear. A true example of a modern day style subculture with a sophisticate attitude to life! (fellas take note)

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Winter Wish list

Winter wish list

My winter wish list is a medley of AW14 trends. Combining quintessentially british checkers with a sleek leather aesthetic, plus some serious lusting over the seasons 'Trophy sweaters'. This A wang fur fronted beauty is my pick. (Oh, and the departure of mr sun doesn't mean I intend to hibernate my shaded eyewear!). The pricetag for some of these items are clearly a far leap from my student bank account. Hence the header "wish list". A girl can dream. (scans Zara website for a wallet friendly equivalent)

Sweater: Alexander Wang here and more realistically here || Bikers pants: Acne here || Check coat: Topshop here || Sunglasses: Raen Optics here ||  Emmanuel Alt esque ankle boots : Zara here