Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
When the two greats in my life collide I am in utter bliss. Yes, I mean fashion and film. When I heard years ago that they were going to make a movie biopic of Edie Sedgwick's life I was so excited - I admire her. If you have read the massive book biography of her short life, then you will probably fall in love with her like I did. She was beautiful yet damaged, like so many of the greats are. For me her stand out points were her style and fashion sense, she created a look that has become synonymous with the sixties Pop Art heyday. The big earrings, short haircut, smokey eyes and tight, full length long-sleeved jersey dresses looked perfection on her androgynous frame. I can imagine her now dashing from 'The Factory' to 'The Chelsea Hotel' for a quick rendezvous with lover Bob Dylan, wearing only a stripe t shirt and pair of leggings (a girl after my own heart there) and carrying a leopard print clutch bag full of skinny cigarettes.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
One who likes to focus on a more traditional style of beauty, Carolina Herrera will guarantee that her gowns will possess that elegant, chiffon-type groomed look that was once synonymous with the old school glamour of the early 1900's. Without being too obviously girly and overly-youthful, its a sort of "how-a-1920s-flapper-wearing-miss-would-dress-today" look.
For this season, Herrera has decided on a mixture of earth tones and pastels with the occasional shock of a bright burnt orange and red shade. I really like this collection, it's in such a contrast to my main front runner, Marc Jacobs, that I'm left feeling that for this upcoming season, anything will go!
I ADORE monochrome tones of fabric, they represent vibrancy and a beautiful contrast of colour - polar opposites DO attract. Marc Jacobs has come back for his latest season collection with a 'bang'. The strong layering patterns give his pieces structure and depth, with such a visual "in-your-face" impact that you defiantly wouldn't miss it in a crowd. This collection represents the strength of SIMPLICITY.
Monday, 8 October 2012
There are some designers that I can only refer to as fashion porn. You will hear me describe beautiful threads in this way quite a lot, as, a well crafted piece of fabric excites me in a way no other object could. This may sound extreme to my readers who are not interested in the fashion world per se, however, you will probably never heard of Marchesa.
Any time you look at a major red carpet event, be it The Oscars or The Golden Globes, you can bet that carpet is overflowing with structured, delicate fabrics that drape the female frames on show in a way that could correlate to a fairytale dream land. These stand-out ball gowns, along with the cute and desirable shorter cocktail dresses, are the artistic creation of Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the co-founders of Marchesa.
The brand name is taken from legendary socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati, and, both Chapman and Craig met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. They brought together their strong points, Chapman's draping and design paired with Craig's textile creations resulted in the birth of Marchesa in 2004.
Nowdays, the elite of the entertainment industries are all vying to be dressed in the girl's couture creations and I'm sure the fact that Georgina recently married Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein helped her brand somewhat.
Personally, I feel Marchesa is one of the most beautiful dressmakers of all time. They are still quite a new brand, and will no doubt keep coming out with bigger and more visually stunning pieces in the years to come. If I had the money, I would absolutely make my first shopping spree stop at one of their stores, regardless of if I had anywhere to go in them in - I would just be eccentric and wear the ball gowns whilst watching television - as I would like to know what it felt like to be a real-life Disney princess for a day. They have also recently added a Bridal section to their designs, can you imagine?
Yes, I'm referring to the Olsen Twins, with their quirky, tailored outfits, pretty faces and luscious long locks. My generation particularly have grown up with these girls and witnessed them evolve from innocent mini munchkin's in Two of a Kind, to the grown up business women and fashion designers of the day with an empire worth over a billion dollars. The former child stars could of followed the steps of so many of their peers down the Hollywood scandal lifestyle, full of DUI's and STD's, and ended up a joke in the industry. Not these girls. They have recently won the most prestigious award from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) for their fashion line, The Row, and they are still only twenty-five years old.
As they grew up and out of the bubblegum children's television networks, the twins began to form their own identities. Some saw this as an act of rebellion, however, I think that they were just becoming young adults and developed their own individual tastes. Today, Mary-Kate is seen as the more daredevilry twin when it comes to taking chances with fashion, and with that some of her outfits are completely hit and miss. She also thinks nothing of wearing dresses which look fives times too big for her, with long mermaid hair and an abundance of costume jewellery.
Ashley on the other hand, is more tailored and quintessentially feminine with her outfit choices. Lots of casual structure, monotone colours all mixed with nude make-up and beautifully glossy blonde locks is her safe bet fashion choice.
Personally, I prefer Ashley's look as I don't think I could confidently pull off the more daring outfits of Mary-Kate. I like a classic look that isn't too over-the-top, however, maybe in a few years time I could be eating my words and dressing in oversized apparel.
The Olsen twins have such a dedicated following of fans that there are even blogs just dedicated to pictures of them and not much else. Such example can be found at this link. I feel a lot of this almost obsession is that fact that today, they rarely covet the spotlight and hardly ever give interviews. They value their privacy too much nowadays. They want to be seen as dedicated designers and don't want to be involved with the superficial celebrity culture they were once contracted to be apart of. That in itself is very inspirational, along with the fact that their designs are actually very good and not at all what some people would of expected. Yes, they still get the odd bit of bad press for either using too much fur and/or animal skins or for the fact that some of their accessories pieces are ridiculously overpriced, however, one thing you cannot deny is that these twin's have an eye for style and they have impeccable taste. Their achievements should only be applauded, not criticised.