All posts tagged: fashion writing

#PFW S/S17 Creative Souls | Favourites 1

Known as the ‘City of Love’. Love for so many things that do not exclude Fashion. Love for the Arts, the People, the Culture. This is Paris! When it comes to Paris, the focus is inevitably on the famous Fashion Houses. But what remains always challenging and evolving is the stories and legacy that they continue to build upon. This is about how the present is effected by the past to ensure the future for these Fashion Houses. As you may know from some of my previous posts, some big brands have gone down a 180 degree route after the appointment of its newest creative director. In this post though, we’re not talking about any 180 degree flip although can’t say it’s remained at 0 degrees either! Balmain The appointment of Olivier Rousteing has had an enormous effect on Balmain. The other good news? He’s not going anywhere just yet. Not when he shows a collection like this! (If one day, he decides to, I’m sure that he will also show a stunning collection by …

#PFW Recap ‘…even the biggest balloon eventually bursts’ | Controversial

Known as the ‘City of Love’. Love for so many things that do not exclude Fashion. Love for the Arts, the People, the Culture. This is Paris! I’m going to start out softly with this post which will otherwise be critical (I don’t want to say negative). But given the many favourites I have already mentioned in other fashion weeks, where designers have been on a high, it’s necessary to show the lows too. Then you can decide for yourself what it means to reach potential…or not. Rick Owens I like to think of Rick Owens as a conceptual artist and not just a fashion designer, because his collections are directly that – conceptual. But this season’s collection fell a  bit short for me. Rick Owens to me, pursues a type of darkness that is not so often seen and a rare beauty it is. The problem I have here is that I don’t feel that it’s a finalised collection. Much of it still felt very experimental and not quite sure of itself yet (until …

#MFW S/S17 Proportional Dressing | Day 5

To the land of materials, Where artisans exist and play, allowing the rawness of feelings to transpire. Welcome to Milan Fashion Week! Marni It was clear that this season, Marni was thinking about proportion, silhouette and fabric. The collection was one of the easiest to get into this season – perhaps with thanks to Marni’s clear mindset for it. It was all there – the ideas, and then Marni went bold with it by taking size into consideration. Go bold or go home, they say. And bold she did, with bigger-than-life pockets that sat around the hips and somehow looked aesthetically pleasing. (We, women, are worried about accentuating our hips too much but it’s fundamentally all about balance.) Marni got the formula perfect. Dolce and Gabanna A total of 91 looks. Usually, I am hesitant about such large collections (even 50 looks is pushing it) but I found much joy in the prints above everything else in this collection. Other looks were perhaps too referential and still needed some modern spark. A good edit was absolutely …

#MFW S/S 17 Mix It Up! | Day 1 + 2

To the land of materials, Where artisans exist and play, allowing the rawness of feelings to transpire. Welcome to Milan Fashion Week! Gucci Gucci is back in conversation thanks to Alessandro Michele. It’s amazing what a change of hand can do for an historic Fashion House. Almost 2 years later, and we have a re-invented Gucci woman who’s story is told so alarmingly well. (That is if you accept the 180 degree flip.) One wonders if it’s a sin to be this referential in a collection but Alessandro shows us how it’s done by mixing past and present sensibilities together. He’s definitely aware of everything that’s happening around him and with vintage mixing and matching being on trend, he’s not letting go any time soon. We don’t want him to let go either. No.21 This collection really took me by surprise! First thought: Fresh! I’m really unfamiliar with this brand but I’ll be on the lookout for them more in the future. What’s utilised particularly well in this collection is texture. Textiles is an ever-growing movement in the Arts …

#LFW S/S17 Favourite Shows pt. 2

‘London Bridge is falling down’ may sound familiar, But it’s long known how to stand on two feet since, Just as it knows how to build bridges again, A city for the history-makers, the youth, the streets. London Fashion Week, you’re next! Anya Hindmarch Perhaps an unusual choice, as Anya Hindmarch is primarily known for her bags/accessories. But it is exactly that that I’ve included her in here, as I found myself looking more at the outerwear pieces. Bizarre but beautiful. Christopher Kane I am notably not a fan of animal print. Designer or not designer – I have generally never grown to like the print however Christopher Kane has somewhat convinced me here in his new collection. Maybe it was the subtlety of the animal print although this collection as a whole was anything but. I suppose that’s the duty of the young designer…or the designer for the young – whichever way you want to look at it. It was a mishmash of elements. ‘Make do and mend’ as the collection was called and it …