For Chanel’s S/S 2015 ready to wear show, Karl Lagerfeld ended the runway with a staged feminist protest. In my opinion it felt a little bit gimmicy and not very genuine (especially as in April he was quoted saying ‘all their accusations of harassment, they have become quite toxic’ in regards to the #MeToo movement). Nonetheless it solidified that politics is very much ‘on trend’ in the fashion world right now. I’ve never been that great at politics, whilst I try and keep up, in all honesty most of it goes over my head. In my ongoing mission to educate myself on the history of fashion I decided it was time to look in depth at the relationship between fashion and politics, both past and present, on the runway and off, to see if politics is a timeless element of fashion or if it’s merely another trend to profit from. View Post
‘My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.’ – Azzedine Alaïa
Azzedine Alaïa’s passing in November of last year rocked the fashion world. His name was on every fashion blog, every model had an Instagram post dedicated to him, even my lecturer mentioned him during one of his lectures. I knew of Alaïa very briefly (a ‘this is an Alaïa’ reference in Clueless helped this!), but it wasn’t until after his passing that I began to become more familiar with his work. After I saw an advert for the ‘Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier’ exhibition at The Design Museum in London, I knew I had to write a blog post on the master of couture. Often dubbed the king of cling, Alaïa was world renowned for his form fitting dresses, that embraced women’s curves instead of trying to hide them. View Post
For my second (and final) module of my first year at Uni we have been focusing on perfume. To truly understand the origin of perfume I decided to listen to a discussion that took place on BBC Radio 4 on the 30th December 2017. Hosted by Bridget Kendall, scientist and critic Luca Turin, writer and curator Lizzie Ostrom, and perfumer Thomas Fontaine took turns to discuss the history of perfume from its ancient history to its modern day impact. I won’t lie and say the half an hour flew by, but I did take away some important points that have helped educate and inspire me when it comes to the world of fragrance. View Post
Two brands. One, the coolest of insta models are spotted wearing. The other is where your coffee table is probably from. That’s right, last week Virgil Abloh, OFF-WHITE’s chief executive, live streamed a sneak peak of the two brands collaboration. To be honest I am quite interested, I think OFF WHITE is an exciting brand, Abloh is a creative genius and Ikea… creates sturdy furniture I guess. My question is, why is this collaboration needed, because if I wanted designer furniture surely I’d go somewhere more prestigious than Ikea? View Post
Last night one of my favourite events of the fashion year was held. For those of you that don’t know what the Met Gala is, every year the Costume Institute Gala holds the benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The event brings celebrities together to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute, and also to celebrate their latest exhibition. This new exhibition also inspires the theme of the Gala. In past years there has been themes such as ‘China: Through the looking glass’, ‘Manus x Machina’ and ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’. The main focus of the event though (especially for me anyway!) is to see what the attendees are wearing, especially as they’re supposed to dress in clothes inspired by the theme. Since 1995 the event has been chaired by Anna Wintour (US Vogue editor in chief), and she’s the one who chooses the events co-chairs, and has the last say on the guest list. This year, for the 70th anniversary of the event, Wintour appointed Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace as the co-chairs. With the theme being ‘Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, I was excited to see what kinds of angelic looks the celebs would wear this year.