The Netherlands Eurovision entry song was my highlight of Saturday’s contest. An unexpectedly lovely song without all the Eurotrash gimmicks and provocative dance moves.
'Neo Tribale' Naomi Campbell and Beverly Peele by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue, February 1992
Despite the obvious racial undertones and the objectification of the black female body, I really love this editorial. The styling, poses and photography depict black women as beautiful, a rare occurrence in the fashion industry. Case and point: Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring Summer 13 collection.
In the midst of thesis-induced stress and drama, I somehow managed to secure a Glastonbury ticket (thanks Joanne). I’m so so excited to see The Rolling Stones, Haim, Chase and Status, Azealia Banks, Solange, Major Laser, Arctic Monkeys and so much more! I now have an amazing musical experience to look forward to whilst I participate in the fashion graduate job hunt. It really sucks that people want the milk without paying the cow (if you catch my drift). Anyhow, what does one wear to Glastonbury without looking like a giant festival cliché?
& Other Stories
I’m not easily impressed but I found myself uncharacteristically mouthing ‘love it’ to my computer screen as I browsed their website for the first time. There has been a lot of hype and press coverage on & Other Stories, H&M’s latest high street offering. It seems to offer a solution to chic workwear with that covetable Scandinavian effortless cool factor. But it is less minimalist and high maintenance than Cos. On the otherhand, it is so recognisably stylish I fear it might become an overexposed Zara type store.
In the meantime, these are the things I’m saving for. Chosen because I <3 them and they fit into how I want to look right now. Effortless and simple with dashes of sex appeal and some subtly fabulous statement accessories.
Madame Jacqueline ‘The Holy Triangle’ Collection
Unfortunately for me Jacqueline Loekito, one of my closest friends, fashion designer extraordinaire and runner up of Rihanna’s ‘Styled to Rock’, has just moved to Paris. Before she left she made a compact collection called ‘The Holy Triangle. Based on her holy triangle (if you catch my drift) complete with white fur, there are lots of triangle shapes, sporty textures and a general stylish nonchalance. It’s the kind of thing she and you would and should take to Paris, in faded French flag tones. We and the rest of the dream team spent a fun day filming the video above in Shoreditch with lots of laughs, pizza and general fabulousness.
Enjoy the designs and my styling in the video.
Credits at the end.
My favourite looks for AW13
The looks above demonstrate the spectrum of my taste and I would own them all in an ideal world. I’m an Ashish girl through and through, mainly because I love sequins and he does such great things with them. The stellar Topshop Unique show had many looks I wanted to wear and this look was the pick of the bunch. This embellished Dolce & Gabbana dress feeds my attraction to gold dresses and I love the Byzantine/Gustav Klimt connection that can be made. The Burberry show managed to include at lot of my favourite things- latex, pencil skirts, hearts, and leopard prints; and this Moschino Cheap & Chic leopard suit is a great evening look. I’m a massive Tudor fan and the Alexander McQueen collection updated Queen Elizabeth I’s wardrobe fabulously. I’ve been searching for the perfect cape and Victoria Beckham has nailed the shape here. Next season’s Givenchy look demonstrates the attitude and styling contrasts I’m currently feeling: sexy/ kinky mishmashed with sporty, in a brazen way. A Margiela back strap is great to tuck my below-the-waist length hair into. Finally this Simone Rocha yellow dress appeals to me for chic and cozy reasons.
Images from style.com and showstudio.com
The Paper Fashion Show. Late at the Library: Fashion Flashback
I've got around 6 weeks of my Fashion History and Theory degree at Central Saint Martins left (eek!). On March 1st my final year class put on LATE at the Library: Fashion Flashback, a celebration of all things fashion within the British Library’s collections. It was a sold- out success and the areas I personally worked on were The History of The Fashion Press display and The Paper Fashion Show. This video shows the progression of the catwalk show from backstage to the final thing. Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Print 2nd year students created the 21 amazing Tyvek dresses which feature in response to The British Library’s Russian and Japanese collections.