Looking back through this formidable collection by the late Alexander McQueen, it is not hard to see why he was such a force in the fashion industry.
The theme for my reviews have focused on how Western designers have been inspired by the East and vice versa. McQueen blends the two together in this collection. His inspiration is a combination of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington and the Indian Empire.
The five looks I have selected represent the diverse nature of McQueen’s work. He embodies the grandeur of royal Britain with rich colour tones, a billowing coat with masses of fabric and a proclamation of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth II with her image on one of the dresses along with the union jack - to name but a few. The Duke of Wellington influence comes across with McQueen’s alteration to the red and gold military jacket. The large, dynamic, Indian jewels complete the look as it matches the colour scheme of each attire. This incredible collection captures his vision of the colonial era.
McQueen’s legacy in the fashion industry will be based on how he brought life and experimentation into the spirit of fashion. To put it simply, McQueen transformed the way we think and see fashion - he is an inspiration to us all.
My favourite looks from Alexander Wang S/S 2014 (see the rest of the collection here)
Alexander Wang is undoubtedly NYFW’s king of cool. Each season is so consistent in aesthetic and somehow seems to grow stronger with each show. I must praise how Wang constantly brings forth his effortless downtown street style, with edgy cuts and lots of leather; this is the man captivating the world’s youth. The SS14 collection featured crisp cotton shirts, sharp angles and innovating upside down ‘V’ jacket cuts – taking what would once appear as purely masculine and turning it into a strong feminine style. Not to mention the ‘Parental Advisory Explicit Content’ tops which will surely be a street style staple (think Givenchy’s Rottweiler sweater) for the upcoming season. I honestly have no bones to pick with this collection, I was even a little shocked as I expected Wang’s namesake brand to take a hit after the stress of also designing for top house Balenciaga. But alas, he delivered as always; making this my favourite collection of NYFW so far.
Definitely one of my favorite shows.
Once I heard the grungy-deep bass to an awesome opening song, I knew this was going to be an amazing show. It really set the stage for what was about to come. When the first model walked out it was like stepping into an alien world mixed with the Victorian Empire, an eerie feeling that McQueen always seems to bring his shows. With slow and sassy walks, the models really personified the fierceness and ambiguity of the clothes. Tweed, fur, oversized collars with waves of fabric, leather, ruffles, and darkness galore, Mcqueen and his models did a wonderful job. The big red and purple lips and scrap, debris, and rubbish saran-wraped headpieces contrasted the elegance of each garment and really brought the “freak” essence of McQueen to life. The mixing of different intense patterns showed a very maximal theme. The fierceness of the tailoring on every piece shows the 100s of hours that the seamstresses put into each garment. Overall 10/10 show.
My favourite looks from Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2014 (see the rest of the collection here)
Alexander Wang once again shows the fashion industry why he is the prince of NYFW, with such a strong collection it is foolish to assume that he is anything other than a visonary. This show seemed heavily influenced by New York’s treacherous weather as of late as outerwear took centre stage – layers upon layers of stiff masculine jackets, folded double-breasted coats and exaggerated wool detailed fleeces featured, all with a harsh structure as if to mimic the current outside atmosphere. The palette was a base of ‘city street’ grey which then moved on to muted stormy blues and bursts of safety jacket fluorescents, along with the models who had slicked back hair storming the runway like warriors this unveiled a recurring element to the show – urban survival; utility belts slung over the shoulder made carrying bags obsolete, a plethora of pockets on military style one-pieces – all made with a sense of urgency in mind. To finish, models stood on a rotating platform in the dark, each one’s outfit colourfully illuminating when lit from above; much like the striking concrete jungle under the starry night sky. This show was no less than outstanding, Alexander Wang’s innovation and ability to have a collection radiate specific moods makes him unforgettable – my favourite of the season so far.
Why I Fell in Love with Moschino’s Fall 2014 Collection
Everyday I get asked all sorts of questions on my tumblr blog, however, there are some questions that require more in-depth answers others, and it’s to those questions that I’ve dedicated this ‘You Asked, I Posted’ page.
Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2015 notes began with the following: “At the intersection between aircraft mechanics and winged flight, we find our muse piloting the avian highways, inspired by the joy of flight.”
The looks that shone from the collection were the ones that embodied this image best—feathered silhouettes, light and airy tulle gowns that looked weightless and moved beautifully down the runway with a background of high-paced string music as an accompaniment. Gilded eyelids lifted models higher and complemented subtle sequined embellishments. This season, the collection took flight.
Real-time photos taken by me, runway images sourced from StyleBistro
Coupling graphic prints with touches ever so light, Karl Lagerfeld delivered a convincingly sharp spring collection at Fendi. “Graphics inspired by the world of informatics,” his show notes proclaimed, but this was no Silicon Valley wet dream. Instead, the streamlined silhouettes, showcased in vivid reds, blues, pinks, not to mention palette cleansing whites, greys and somber blacks, were shown in chic color blocking with layered evening that worked plenty of organza into tops, skirts and even some gorgeous fur gowns.
Whenever Paris Couture Week rolls around one of the most anticipated shows of the week has to be Chanel. From the style savvy crowd it attracts to the ever changing exciting runway displays to the couture itself, Karl Lagerfeld always leaves us wanting more and hungry for his next collection.
This season was no different providing us with powdery white, black, pastel purple and pink confections with pops of red, yellow and green and plenty of covetable accessories. When I first looked through the collection the first thing I thought of was a 'Victoriana Clockwork Orange' with a modern edge brought on by bouts of leather and sequin embellishments. One of my favourite pieces was an off the shoulder, floor length, white lace dress with a black ribbon halter neckline. Some other stand out numbers included two floaty chiffon, off the shoulder, girlie as can be gowns with balloon skirts and paired with lace peep toed boots.
Thank you Karl for blessing us with this whimsical, feathery fairytale.
ABU JANI-SANDEEP KHOSLA ‘THE GOLDEN PEACOCK’ COLLECTION, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SAHACHARI FOUNDATION (AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY)
RUNWAY: TAJ MAHAL HOTEL
CHARITY: ST. JUDE’S INDIA CHILDCARE CENTRE (IN SUPPORT OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER)
These outfits represent the heart of opulence in Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla’s designs.The striking contrast between black and gold take your breath away - this is by far the best combination of black and gold I have seen in fashion. The gold stitching and embroidery is embedded into the gowns to create dancing women, peacock feathers and heavy work along the bodice. The complex detailing alone is worthy of praise for the duo - these designs are magnificent.
Gilles Mendel has come a long way since building a solid name as a go-to furrier to ladies with means. His spring ready-to-wear collection started lovely enough with a series of short shift dresses in yellow, pink and white before promptly shifting gears into much moodier red leather, gray lace and his trademark fur. It’s an ultra-luxe take on chic sportswear—one best epitomized by a fabulous python motorcycle jacket and a bevy of metallic green and gold jacquard (a nod to the lush jungles of the Melanesian isles). It was as focused and strong a collection as Mendel has ever delivered—pure black magic.
So guys, for now I’m on my easter holidays so I can’t post any ”schoolstreetstyles” BUT what I always wanted to make a blogpost about, is this wonderful book. It’s my personal fashion bible because it helps me so much when I plan to shop in the city, and Always when I think I need something new I take look at it and search through my wardrobe if there are things that I still need. As you maybe know I’m a teenager so there are still many garments, accesoires, shoes and other things that I don’t have, but who are so important to make me able to combine my clothes anytime.
You can see the book is in german but don’t worry it’s also available in other countries
Nina Garcia the author of the book is a colombian fashion journalist and critic who has held the post of Fashion Director at Elle and Marie Claire magazines, and has been a judge on the Show, Project Runway, since its premiere season and she already published three other books about fashion.
The original name of the book is:The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own and is published through the publishing house MOSAIK (18,99 €).
It was first published in August 2011 and has 319 pages filled with fashion tips and beautiful quotes from different fashion-icons.(for example from: Roberto Cavalli, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco chanel and Carrie Bradshaw)
Believe me guys this book is really a good investment and it’s one of my fashion secrets that not many people around me know. It’s something that will be by your side your whole life and once you’ve bought the basics you need you won’t have the problem with that ”I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR” - thing anymore.
Some Garments I already have, thanks to this book:
My favourite looks from Christian Dior S/S 2014 (see the rest of the collection here)
I have always appreciated Raf Simons at Dior, and I know that a lot of people don’t because it’s not what John Galliano’s vision was for the brand, but this season it really clicked. Taking on the house of Christian Dior is probably one of the biggest tasks any designer could ever hope to do. They wanted to completely rebrand Dior and I feel like Raf has done this flawlessly. He has spent the first few seasons perfecting and moulding the image of the Dior woman, bringing and manipulating shapes from the original archive and introducing a new modern, almost minimalistic twist, onto the label. This season was no less than impeccable, and even included more experimentation than previous collections. Pretty pleats and prints aplenty, off shoulder dresses and light metallics were the main attraction and left me in a dream-like state, so romantic yet youthful and fresh - just like the many flowers trailing from above. Of course it wouldn’t be Dior without detailed embellishments and a structure no other designer can match, making it a truly enchanting collection yet again, and one of my favourites from PFW.
In one word: accessibility. For fall, Miuccia Prada took a decidedly uncomplicated route, pairing the notions of “soft pop” and “what’s real, and what’s fake” into a collection that was charming, consumer friendly and, above all else, a reboot of her own aesthetic. There was a lot to love in this collection—the majority of which, in the plethora of tweed and plastic, sparkly embellishments, were things Miuccia loves, too. Having built a fashion empire on dressing women in boxy silhouettes, signature crop-leg pantsuits, utilitarian shoes and completely zany color combinations, this was Prada at one of its finer moments. This wasn’t a walk down archival lane, however. Instead, via the green-ocher, candy pink and petrol blue looks that came sauntering onto the runway, there was modernity in fabric technology and precision of cut. Still, one couldn’t help but be nostalgic when seeing the jumper-dress in emerald green ostrich or the reproportioned bowling bags or the bevy of faille ribbons on cocktail dresses.