Friday, 2 May 2014

A Personal Review: The Glamour of Italian Fashion


Italian fashion has come along away since the Second World War. Dating back from the postwar in 1945 and spanning over seven decades, the V&A has presented us with an exhibition that seeks to discover the development of Italian fashion through the means of attire, film, accessories and photographs so that one can appreciate the history of the once bombed-out country that had little hope of success. That was, of course, until American aid was given through the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild and provide a significant amount of jobs throughout the country.


Highlighted by the most softest of lighting, over a hundred exhibits grace the rooms of the exhibition each to their own title. A cocktail, if you will, of a journey that holds both weakness and success. From Dolce & Gabbana crystal-encrusted black ankle boots to glamorous ballgowns, you can’t help but be left with an instant array of emotions that conjure up a story, told in such fine detail, that it still allows room for your imagination to wander. Other leading fashion houses including that of Gucci, Prada and Versace are also on display at the exhibition; having contributed to the success of Italian fashion and overall style for a significant amount of decades.
A room filled with straight-talking, shape-definition was that of the Italian tailoring. The discovery of fine Italian-made tailoring owns a multitude of purposes which belong to the increase of the bespoke-demand after the Second World War. A chapter that saw the reputation for Italian-made tailoring grab the attention of aspiring stylish men and women worldwide when the use of imagery of Italian actors dressed in sophisticated, classy attire went public.
Through walking across the decades that spanned the transformation of Italian fashion, to arriving to the present day, the main question you will find asking yourself throughout the exhibition is what is the future for Italian fashion? Over the past decade we have seen a decline in the ‘Made in Italy’ definition, and instead saw a rise in Chinese factories and workers producing products under an Italianmade promise. Could this in time see a loss of trust within the fashion industry you may ask. But we discover that one thing is for certain, and that is Italian fashion, such as that of Prada and Valentino, whom are celebrities in their own rights, remain influential to this very day.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Ravensbourne Presents Inspiration

Tomorrow is International Women's Day, a time for us reflect on the strengths and achievements from women around the world and celebrate equality. Ravensbourne university have today hosted a collection of phenomenal talks from two of the fashion industries most exceptional and inspiring women Felicity Green and Caryn Franklin in order to bring an informative insight into the world of fashion as we may not necessarily know it. 

Felicity Green, the first female editor on Fleet Street, gave a compelling insight into her career spanning over a sensational five decades. A woman of pride, Green gave her opinion on equality, executing the significance within the fact that men were and in most cases still are paid a higher salary than women. Not only did she refuse to work within the same workspace as men who possessed a lower standard of skills, but were paid a significant higher salary than her, but she also contributed towards the making of London based fashion store Biba when she commissioned Barbara Hulanicki for her fashion designs. 

Following on from Felicity's talk was Ravensbourne's loyal contributor Caryn Franklin. Co-founder of the All Walks campaign and former editor of ID magazine, Franklin embarked upon the university once again today to give an informative and by all means inspiring talk on equality amongst body diversity and the multi-cultral society.

Working in parallel with one another, both talks saw an exceptional crowd gather from all walks of life, proving our intentions to help promote diversity and International Women's Day in a captivating and informative manner a success. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Photographer Refuses to Shoot Cyrus


It was recently announced Miley Cyrus would be the new face of Marc Jacobs. However, after the unveiling of his new spring campaign today, news also hit that the original photographer for the shoot, Juergen Teller, refused to shoot the campaign if Miley would be the face. 

Reported by WWD, Marc Jacobs said “I have worked with Juergen for years and love him as an artist,” Jacobs explained. “He just didn’t want to shoot her.” 

Sticking with Cyrus, whom has been a supporter of Marc's work for some time after featuring in his 'Protect the Skin You're In' campaign last year, Jacobs later hired photographer David Sims for the job.


Monday, 6 January 2014

Elle: Not Good Enough For The Full Package?

World renowned fashion magazine Elle are historically known for their stunning cover girls whom seem to be perfect in every shape or form. However, their latest cover, which features Mindy Kaling on the one-of-four covers Elle are working with as part of their annual series of Women in TV issue, it looks as though Mindy fails to meet the standards for the full shot.

Already receiving continuos complaints towards the cover, where only Kaling's top half is shown and in black and white, 'Fashionista' has reportedly pointed out that Kaling is a 'self-proclaimed size 8', far from what many would call a 'plus size'.


Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler and Allison Williams are also part of the series of covers published by Elle. All of which, may I add, are in full colour and have been shot in full-length. 





  


Friday, 3 January 2014

A Documentary on Kate

Kate Moss wasn't out of the headlines in 2013. Three days in to 2014 and already she has made headlines when it was announced that there would be a documentary on Kate's iconic life and career. The documentary, Looking for Kate, is due to air on French-television-only on January 12, with little being said as to whether it will be aired on British television any time soon.




Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year Honours List 2014

The New Year Honours List has officially been released, with it looking as though there's more than a few surprises to hit us this year. Established in order to recognise those who have exceeded all expectations in bringing a significant change to either a community or within their own lives, it has today been reported for the first time since King George V first established the Order of the British Empire on 4 June 1917, that women have finally outnumbered the men on this year's honours list, which holds over 1,195 names all in all.

David Beckham, whom we can't deny has gone above and beyond over the years to help make a difference to numerous communities across the UK, was said to be favourite for receiving the honour of becoming 'Sir David'. After months of anticipation, it was revealed today that the former footballer has once again lost out on the privilege of a knighthood along with Andy Murray; also favourite to receive a knighthood this year. 

Friday, 27 December 2013

News Flash: Louis Vuitton Opens Art Residency

French fashion house Louis Vuitton have officially launched an art gallery within their Bond Street store, showcasing a range of special edition art prints inspired by the theme 'portraits and the figure.'

It has been reported on ELLE.com that Counter Editions, whom are specialist printmakers, have took it upon themselves to fill the shelves with work from the likes of Mario Testino and Chris Ofili, who are amongst the featured artist whose work is available to purchase at the new Bond Street bookstore now.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

'Tis The Season

Today isn't a news day per say, but instead a special Christmas posting while I wait for the windows to steam up from the one dinner of the year we look forward to most. 

For many of us, the older we get the more the magic of Christmas phases out. We hold on to the thought of giving and receiving timeless presents that we may not particular 'want', but instead we actually need. However, this year the magic of Christmas crept back into my life when I arrived home to a stormy, yet festive Liverpool. 

The opportunity to work with big cats at ZSL and a pair of Liberty's special addition Nike Air Max were amongst my collection of presents today, along with a vintage Cola bar plaque and an assortment of postcards which feature every Vogue front cover, spanning over 120 years. Of course they will never be sent to anyone, but instead be plastered all over my bedroom wall to be admired. 

I wish to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas, and may you eat and drink excessive amounts of calorie horrific contents; we can worry about the healthy eating come the New Year.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Liberty of Sales

Not so long ago we were fascinated to hear about Liberty's plan to make a documentary, in which they would allow us to go behind the scenes at the famous department store in London at their busiest time of the year.

Liberty have been quite open about their loss of sales over the years. However, it looks as though their documentary, Liberty of London, which had millions gripped to their tele' for the past three weeks, has brought somewhat much needed custom to the department store in the run up to Christmas.

Reported by WWD last week, Liberty's sales have risen by a staggering 60%, along with over £100,000 worth of stock added to its Christmas shop due to 'growing customer demand'. An impressive and much needed step forward for Liberty.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

An Exhibition For Kate


We all know Kate Moss has got it all. That is, however, apart from her very own exhibition of course. Journalist turned well-respected artist, Russell Marshall, has took it upon himself to devote an exhibition to the supermodel herself, as a way of celebrating Moss turning 40 next month.
The exhibition, titled 'Kate Moss: 40 - A Retrospective', will showcase a set of 10 images that Marshall has specifically chosen, all of which will range from Kate's first ever shoot when she was 14, to present day imagery. Accompanying the artwork will be mini biographies, each of which will hold some of Moss's most famous quotes. 
Reported on Elle.com, Marshall had spoken about his reasons for the exhibition, as well as why he felt it was fitting to dedicate it all to the supermodel. '“Celebrity” can be short-lived these days, but not so with Kate. While other celebs have come and gone. Kate has stayed. She grows bigger, brighter and more iconic each year.'
The Kate Moss: 40 - A Retrospective exhibition will be held at Imitate Modern Gallery, London, from 17 January - 15 January 2014.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The Final Campaign

News hit today of the unveiling of Marc Jacobs' final S/S'14 campaign for Louis Vuitton, where he was the creative director for over 16 years. 


According to various reports, Jacobs has chosen a particular set of faces to star in his last campaign for the fashion house. Shot in New York, Caroline de Maigret, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bundchen, Fan Bingbing, Catherine Deneuve and Edie Campbell are the select few who Jacobs is said to have been inspired by most over his time at Louis Vuitton. Photographed by Steven Meisel, the beautiful women sit in a formal-posistion, dressed all-in-black with their eyes telling a multitude of emotions. 
Visit WWD to see the S/S'14 campaign in full.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

'It's The Truth'

'It's the truth.' The new Chanel No.5 commercial has took everyone by surprise with the discovery of an unearthed audio recording featured throughout, which hears Marilyn Monroe speaking with French journalist, Georges Belmont, back in 1960 for Marie Claire. On the set of "Let's Make Love," Marilyn is heard telling the reporter how she's continuously asked questions such as: 'What do you wear to bed?', in which she would always reply: "Chanel No.5," 'because it's the truth'.

The commercial, which has only recently been released for Chanel No.5, tells of an unknown story, which, still to this day, Chanel admit they may never know exactly when it was Marilyn Monroe first spoke of her love for Chanel No.5. However, within numerous shots of Monroe laying on her bed whilst on a shoot for Modern Screen in 1953, with just a sheet to cover her petite, nude body, there stands a bottle of Chanel No.5 on her bedside table at all times.

Fifty-one years have passed since the news came of Marilyn Monroe's death whom, following the recent discovery of the recording, has been made the new face of Chanel's most iconic fragrance, No.5. The full transcript, nor the images, were ever published.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Chanel: It's Not Fancy Dress

Karl Lagerfeld has spoke out about his recent collection from the annual Chanel Metiers d'Art presentation, which was held in a luxurious barn in Dallas on Friday, saying it's not a collection made for fancy dress. 

Actress Kristen Stewart was recently announced as the new face for Chanel, with the outfit she wore at the Dallas show alone receiving somewhat of an unappealing response for someone whom has just be named the star of Chanel. However, her choice of outfit was quickly forgotten about when the topic of conversation soon turned to the collection, which Karl Lagerfeld described as "a mix of refined American culture from the early years of the 19th century, then put into the 20th century."
Lagerfeld, whom took a very western-approach on the new 13/14 collection, has ensured that everyone who wishes to wear a piece from the collection understood that they should not take it as fancy dress idea. "Chanel clothes are bought all over the world. They can have a local ethic inspiration, but, at the same time, they have to have a universal touch - otherwise it becomes limited. You can wear these clothes and look normal. This isn't just for costume parties," Lagerfeld said.

It goes without saying that Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, never seizes to amaze us. Chanel's campaign featuring Kristen Stewart will be launched in 2014.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Riccardo Embraces Diversity Campaign


Givenchy's Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci, whom is known throughout the industry for his daring-nature, has took it upon himself to create yet another turn of events through his new campaign, something of which has been the subject of controversy since modelling began.
Earlier this year, supermodels Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison and Iman Abdulmajid set out to defend the case against the discrimination of international model casting by writing a formal letter to the CFDA. They're argument being how it still remains the norm not to see an array of international models featured within campaigns and on the catwalk. However, Riccardo, whom cast the first transgender model for his show in May of 2010 and sparked a media frenzy, has expressed his passion for diversity once again by casting R&B singer Erykah Badu as the new face of his spring 2014 campaign; whom will be alongside models Dominik Bauer and Riley.
Speaking on the phone from Paris with Style.com this week, Riccardo said: “Erykah, she’s an icon—come on! What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.”
I'm sure many will agree when I say that to see Riccardo continuously promoting women of both colour and diversity, is somewhat inspiring and uplifting. And may he, and designers alike, continue to embrace diversity indefinitely.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The New Face of Chanel

American actress and star of the record-breaking Twighlight saga, Kristen Stewart, has been revealed as the new face of the renowned French fashion house Chanel. 

Kristen Stewart's name has been mentioned continuously within the papers over the past year, after it was publicly announced that she had been having an affair with filmmaker and former husband to English model Liberty Ross, Rupert Sanders. However, at long last Stewart's name is once again being publicised, this time for all the right reasons. 

Currently the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica campaign, British Vogue have today confirmed that the actress will be the star of Chanel's 2014 campaign, which is said to be shot by their Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld. 

Monday, 9 December 2013

V&A Set to Host 'Wedding Dresses' Exhibition

Reported earlier today on Graziadaily.co.uk, the V&A have announced what can only be described as one of their most exciting and captivating exhibitions ever to be hosted in the Victoria & Albert museum. 

From 3 May 2014 - 15 March 2015, the V&A will bring the colossal 'Wedding Dresses' exhibition to London for the highly anticipated unveiling of some of the world's renowned wedding dresses. Set to cast an momentous insight into the last two centuries, the exhibition will showcase an historical collection, worn only by the most sough-after celebrities and Royals, which will be dedicated to some of the most influential designers including John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang amongst a host of others. 

A spokesperson for the V&A spoke of their preparation for the opening of the exhbition in May on their continously-updated blog saying: 'The upcoming exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 has had a long journey to arrive at the V&A, having already travelled 46,425 miles, to four international venues - where it has been seen by 240,000 people. With only six months to go before the exhibition opens at the V&A, there are no shortage of preparations to be made – it’s a little bit like getting ready for a real wedding in fact!'

Without a sheer of a doubt there will be an assembly of patrons flocking to the scene whom have eagerly awaited the grand opening, with myself being one of them. Tickets for the exhibition are said to be selling fast, with customers being advised to secure your place in advance.

Visit www.lovetheatre.com to grab your tickets today.

Friday, 6 December 2013

A National Icon: Nelson Mandela

An unforgettable day was cast upon the world at approximately 10pm GMT last night. The news of which the former South African President, Nelson Mandela, had regrettably past away at the age of 95. 
Mandela, to many, was seen as the father of Africa. Before becoming the first black president of South Africa, Mandela spent 27 years in prison after he fought for equality amongst white and black people. Residents of Africa, and around the world, set upon a national campaign to free Mandela from prison. After his release in 1990, Mandela went on to make further history by becoming the first black president of South Africa.    

Both of Nelson's daughters were in London at the time for the UK premiere of 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', a film soon to be released in 2014, which is based upon the exceptional and inspirational life of Nelson Mandela. Earlier on that morning, Mandela's daughter, Zindzi, appeared on ITV's Daybreak, where she spoke about her father with nothing but passion and love. 'I'm not ready to let him go yet', she said. She also spoke of how 'he was gone for so long', when asked about his time in prison. A time when his children were far too young to visit him.

Both daughters, Zindzi and Zenani, were told of the news that they had dreaded for so long, whilst at the premiere, before later leaving to be with their father. They insisted the cast and crew were informed once the premiere had come to an end in order to carry on the celebration of the life Nelson Mandela led. As the world continuos to come together across the world today, the Royal flags in London were also lowered to show respect. Many landmarks, including the iconic Eiffel Tower, have also shown their honour through the means of illumination in the rainbow-like colours of the South African flag.

A state funeral will take place on December 15th 2013.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The British Fashion Awards 2013

The British Fashion Awards, brought to you by the British Fashion Council, is historically known as one of the most celebrated nights in the fashion industry.  Making its return for another glamour-packed evening, the BFA celebrates the most creative, inspirational and influential people in the industry.

Over 16 awards were received by many eager-eyed nominees last night, including the International Designer of the Year award going to Prada's Miuccia Prada, along with Christopher Bailey picking up a double-award for Menswear Designer of the Year and Designer Brand of the Year for Burberry. 
Many will agree it has been a long time coming, but at long last Kate Moss herself took to the stage to receive a Special Recognition Award for her 25-year contribution to the fashion industry. A momentous award which is sure to take pride of place in Moss's home. 


The British Fashion Council also revealed another spectacular announcement prior to the event, with Terry and Tricia Jones, founders of i-D magazine, having been set to receive the Outstanding Achievement award; an award not given lightly to many which shows an appreciation for an iconic and honourable contribution to the fashion industry. 


However, the main question that was on everyone's lips, was whom will be wearing whom? Designers will have been fighting for months over who wears one of their pieces at the ceremony; a chance every designer seeks to successfully be a part of in order to showcase their latest collections on the all-important red carpet.  

Alexa Chung, who's known for looking stunning in no matter what she wears, wore a strapless white dress by Stella McCartney for the ceremony, which she later presented an award to One Direction's Harry Styles in. Kate Moss was also spotted wearing a leather dress by Sarah Burton, paired with a luxurious mink coat by none other than Marc Jacobs - a good friend of Kate's who later presented the supermodel with her Special Recognition Award. 


Find all the highlights from last night's red carpet event, along with the official list of winners at http://www.britishfashionawards.com


Saturday, 30 November 2013

John Galliano's Court Case Dispute

John Galliano was once seen as an icon within the fashion industry. Once head designer of the Paris fashion house Dior for 15 years, Galliano soon fell victim to alcohol and substance abuse back in 2011, which left his career in ruins after he was declared by many as an alcoholic and racist.

This month, Galliano was back in the news for all the right reasons, after his close friend, supermodel Kate Moss, handed him a lifeline by announcing his return in British Vogue. 

After his string of outbursts, John Galliano is now said to be suing his former employers, Christian Dior SA and John Galliano SA, after he accused them of being the reason behind his work-related stress, which later led to his dismissal from the two companies. 

The two companies have been given two months to appeal against the case before it is heard in a court which specialises in 'disputes relating to performance' and 'breach of contract between employees and employers', earlier next year. 

Galliano is said to be seeking compensation for around 6 million euros. With the court still awaiting a reply from both Dior SA and John Galliano SA, we can only speculate that the court case will be held for definite early next year.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Bad Week for Louis Vuitton


First, Kanye West urged his fans to withdraw from having any form of relationship with the Louis Vuitton name after it was alleged that he had been snubbed by the brand's vice-president, Yves Carcelle, earlier this month. It has now been announced that Louis Vuitton have been forced to withdraw from their latest exhibition in Moscow's famous Red Square, and take down their nine-metre-tall suitcase-inspired structure.

The news came after it was reported that the structure had received a wave of criticism from Russian MP's, whose argument against the exhibition was that they felt it was 'too close to the tomb of Vladimir Lenin' and 'obscured the historic sites of the Kremlin'. 

The structure is set to be took down with immediate effect, with Louis Vuitton left having to embark onto finding a new land for his exhibition.