Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spanish Tile Print Trend

Along with a still life shoot, I had to complete a location shoot for my University project. The perfect location was discovered at Preston at a diverse park complete with Totem poles, Japanese gardens and bold bridges. The shoot involved a trend inspired by Spanish tiles and henna tattoos, a perfect look for A/W 2015 
Let me know what you think!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Keeping steady and still for Still Life Photography

For part of my University work I've had to produce photoshoots towards a tile print trend which i'm developing. Here are some shots of still life photography I've produced.
Let me know what you think!




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paris Fashion Week A/W 2015

Celine 

Celine always gives us a hint of delicacy in their collections and for 2015 it looks like Celine will be the "cream" of the crop. Not only is their collection very creamy in it's colour but the movement and loose fit in their garments is certainly what 2015 is all about, as this year the fashion world is taking much of their inspiration from the 70s loose fitting and baggy shapes. The neutral look of the collection is what appeals to me most as it lets the shape and movement do all the talking instead of focusing on pattern and prints. From a simplistic view Celine is one the cleanest designers that A/W 2015 has had us shown, but don't they say simple is the best?

 Chanel

We've had the legacy of being in a supermarket, being in the middle of a protest, and now being in the middle of a French Cafe. Lagerfeld certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to organising one of the biggest shows all us fashion folk are waiting for. You see, Chanel is the 24 carrot gold, the cherry on top, the one you're always kind of loyal to. For many collections now the garments have been quite bulky and re-discovering smart fabrics like tweed, and for this collection their treasured tweed has been used once again. Not only does this collection spark memories of the 20s when Chanel began with the slim silhouettes and use of pattern, but it also is similar to Chanel's first work when she focused on producing women suits. With a cup of coffee, a spiral doorway and a booth to sit in this show really was one to remember as definitely worth the watch!

 Lanvin

For the last two fashion weeks the designers seem to be split onto two teams. In the red corner we've got the delicate and feminine shapes and in the blue corner we've got the bold and military like silhouettes. For Lanvin the whole collection stayed very dark in colour and resembled the masculine shapes through the smart tailoring, buckle belts and mid high boots. Even though the collection is very dark there is still so much detail in the garments through the accessories and piping around the edge of the clothing giving the collection a real sense of texture. We all know the black is most certainly the easiest colour to wear in the morning, and arguably one of the best colours so Lanvin seemed to have played the right card here.

 Stella McCartney

Normally if clothes didn't fit you'd probably take them back I'm guessing? Unless you're one of many talented creative who can quickly sew and alter the garment to fit (and if so well done you). Stella was adamant on the garments to be oversized supporting some kind of blanket type of look, but whatever you call it I'm totally all in on it. The use of baggy garments in asymmetric and layering lines looks right on trend of A/W 2014, and again resembles the loose fit of the 70s clothing. Not only will you be right on trend with Stella's collection, but I'm guessing you'll be really cosy and warm. I'm not saying no to a walking blanket with armholes, when can I order?

Valentino

If Valentino's collection wasn't already enough, out from the catwalk charged Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson to mark the occasion of Zoolander 2. If that wasn't the coolest announcement I don't know what is. Anyway, back to the collection... it's a well known fact that Valentino are one of the most delicate and detailed fashion brands we get to see, and have embraced this side of their work again. However, for half of their collection they played the monochrome game. The game that's simple yet chic. With a moment of the lines, fabric and stripes, that's pretty much all this part of the collection did but they certainly did it justice making their garments are elegant and beautiful as ever. They injected their detail of emboidrery we're used to seeing on their later garments of the show which showed a style and theme of tribal inspiration from the aztec decor to the snake print patterns. The question is are Valentino going for the mixed approach next time, or just the simple or the detailed? S/S 16 will only tell.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Milan Fashion Week A/W 2015

Dolce and Gabbana

Mom's the word according to Dolce and Gabbana for this collection. The whole show was dedicated to motherhood as models uniquely smiled down the catwalk cradling babies whilst some of the garments incorporated a child's drawing onto them. This narrative has never really been done in fashion before and was making a huge statement that Dolce and Gabbana aren't just targeting the young audience, but the mothers and older generation out there too. We all need fashion no matter how old we are! The rose symbol has been current throughout many of their previous collections and isn't left behind for A/W as they appliqué and print them onto mid length dresses.

 Fendi

Panels for your skirts? How does that sound? Annoying I'm guessing, but Fendi makes the panels on skirt look very convincing, but as for the moon boots I think I'll pass. Unless going for a Neil Armstrong vibe is your kind of style. The colour pallet from Fendi is right up my street keeping it neutral and simple, yet managing to give a bold image. Even by the models only wearing the colour white, manage to stand out from the rest (and not by looking like a ghost, may I add) even though white is associated a delicate and soft image. The use of PVC material was apparent throughout the whole collection giving the garments a kind of shine and shimmer as the models strutted down the catwalk.

Giorgio Armani 

If any day you're feeling blue, then Giorgio Armani is your main man to get an outfit to match your mood. With a collection full of grey and blue tones it feels as though Armani has taken us 100 years into the future when we'll all be wearing metallic and best friends with a Robot.  Even though the colour palette had taken us into the future, the shapes and tailoring resembles much of the 1960s era with the round neck collars and cigarette trousers. One thing is for sure, Armani is messing with our heads taking us back and forth with all this inspiration, just give me that silver suit jacket and lets get out of here!

Gucci 

Another designer ready to break the rule of florals for spring only was Gucci as half of their collection included the pattern blooming all over the place. Not only do they pull it off, they manage to bring a whole detailed look to the floral pattern through using hand embroidery such as on the jumpers. One thing I'm confident they break the rules on however is the fluffy slipper like shoes some of the models trudged in. I've got to admit I do love my slippers but I think I'd manage to change into a socially respectable pair of shoes before stepping out the door in the morning. The colour palette looks quite neutral and folk like with camel, soft blues and peach tones which brings that essence of traditional the A/W wardrobe.

Moschino

Moschino has always been, ermm shall we say strange, but strange is good. Strange is the 2009 Alien Alexander McQueen show which is now one of the most remembered and respected catwalks in history. If your catwalk is strange, you know we're never forgetting it! The motifs of the Looney Tunes really did make us think Moschino had gone a little looney themselves, but by giving Daffy Duck a gangster makeover and the garments to match a sportswear style, Moschino pulled it off. If I by some chance magically won the lottery (even though I don't even buy tickets) and could afford one I'd say dips on Sylvester, who doesn't want a gangster version of Sylvester on their front? Not to slay Moschino but using it for Pyjamas would probably make me feel little more comfortable. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

London Fashion Week A/W 2015

 Erdem
Erdem has always managed to make a name for itself at London Fashion Week through beautiful collections and it's fine eye for the little details. That didn't stop for A/W 2015 however, they decided to take things to the shiny side by embracing a whole colour palette of metallics along with a floral pattern we usually encounter with S/S collections. With the darker tones and the bolder shapes Erdem challenges the typical expectations of A/W making florals acceptable for any time of the year. One of the best things about using metallics for A/W is that the sun is less likely to bounce off the fabric and end up casting a hard light as though your mums just opened the curtains for you to get up out of bed. Who knew we actually wouldn't want the sun.
Holly Fulton
One of the less popular designers at London Fashion week is Holly Fulton, however that doesn't mean to say her collections aren't as extravagant as the top designer you're all looking out for. With a colour palette soft and delicate, and materials light and floaty her collection gave the most gentle approach to fashion. The focal points of the garments are the burst of sugar dust pink in a shiny PVC fabric that clashes with the unstructured skirts and sheer like tops.
Burberry
Over the last few years Burberry have re-branded their collections and image by creating a whole new outlook on their image. From the typical and traditional check print that brought home the fact Burberry is a true British designer through the huge amount of tartan they used, they've now put that to one side, and for catwalk collections embraced patterns from all over the globe. This collection has a clear folk theme as models strut down the catwalk with lengths of materials swinging with the movement for fringing in warm and orange tones that instantly transport you to a lodge with a log fire. Even though Burberry moved away from their signature Burberry check tartan for their shows, they've kept with the honourable trench coats but used different patterns on the coat for a whole new, symmetrical and colourful style.
 Michael Van Der Ham
A designer I'd never heard of before had caught my eye through his elegant collection I'd seen on Vogue's website. With the use of sheer last season for S/S being at the top of the scale, some designers decided to incorporate the hard yet masterful look of sheer into their A/W collections. The use of blue and violet colours are clear from the start as most of his collection is fantasised in the tone, however he does embrace a few popping colours like red for a bolder approach. The floral patterns that Erdem have embraced have been continued into Michael's collection through the bold and abstract floral shapes that appear over the sheer fabric for a textured and detailed effect. The strongest garments he produces are the sheer skirts at maxi and mid length as the movement of the material instantly makes the garment that more delicate.
Temperley London
A brand that's been lurking around in the past for a while, but is less reported about at London Fashion week is Temperley London. Ran by Alice Temperley, she creates off the wall beautiful garments similar to Valentino's standard of detail. The use of tile and tapestry patterns are a vivid theme with many of her garments using some kind of relevant motif or shape. The colour of these garments are exquisite through the mixture of dark and light tones of one overall colour with a hint of green to compliment to blue. Even though it sounds so simple to use one colour, she's used it so effectively to create depth and detail in the garment. With a few contrasting elements like white and black for the minor yet important details it bring the collection the fishing touch. Even though I haven't been keeping a look out for Temperley London in the past, I will definitely be doing in the near future.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hooray for Henna

If you've managed to diagnose yourself with a doodling addition (similar to myself) then henna is your new best friend. If you're struggling to see why a cone of paint would be your new best friend then let me tell you why: (A) You can doodle for as long as you want and wherever you want until the tube runs out: (B) It's £1.99 for a tube on eBay, aka you're not breaking the bank: (C) You can go as crazy as you want as though it's your new tattoo, but then not have any regrets afterwards: (D) Best of all when it fades you can do as many as you'd like all over again. If I've managed to convince you that much you're probably searching on eBay right now for that £1.99 tube.

This was my first attempt of doing henna which only came about due to a project at university which I'm focusing on the henna patterns for. Luckily for me this project has sparked up some kind of new hobby I'll be doing quite a lot more. With another tube ordered and set to go from eBay I think it's clear to say I've got the ink (aka the doodling addiction).