Thursday, October 30, 2014

Company Magazine: October edition

My Company Magazine collection has got to the point of taking over my entire room, piling its way up to the ceiling that there's miniature pillars made of magazines. Unfortunately, the pillars won't be growing any taller as Company Magazine is being printed no longer and will only be available online *sigh*. There is the argument that more publications are being moved to the internet, but there's the satisfaction of touching the glossy paper, smelling the new book like scent and being able to feel special with free samples.

Anyway, enough of the sadness, lets talk trends. We know all about the layering trend for Autumn with scarves and blankets that Burberry gave us inspiration for, but what about the traditional styles?

One of the shapes that designers embraced a lot during A/W 2014 fashion week was the A line skirts and dresses which are most identified with the mod 60s look. For the perfect mod inspired outfit you've got to take monochrome to a whole new level with boxy shapes, block patterns and bold white collars. To top it al off either take a tailored trench coat or the favourite thats a toasty parka. I'm not going to lie, it does prove harder for girls to dress for 60s fashion due to the popular Pretty Green stores only selling menswear, but seeing as the mainstream are taking on a bit of the 60s it will prove a little easier for you to pop down to the high street and find something you like. Saying all this, you don't want to look like you've just transported through time machine from the 60s being completely over the top, so be aware that sometimes a little can say a lot. 

Knowing that the next edition of Company Magazine would have been the Halloween edition which makes me a little disappointed because the make up tutorials for Halloween monsters were one of a kind. Victoria White you've done this magazine proud, and I'll miss the monthly routine of searching forever more for Company on the shelves. Question is, which magazine of i start collecting to ale my next pillar? 


Monday, October 6, 2014

S/S 2015: Paris Fashion Week

 Alexander McQueen

Slightly futuristic, or slightly alien? Whichever you pick, they both relate to the McQueen fashion show. Surely, the face masks won't be making a move into our wardrobes any time soon, unless wearing a shiny black balaclava without the middle part appeals to you at all? It may look strange to us, but it's a smart move by McQueen as he makes a signature fashion show which I'm sure we'll be remembering for quite some time due to those face masks. But enough about the face, moving down the body, monochrome once again stole the limelight with the traditional floral patterns of summer taken to a new abstract and detailed level. Think the bigger the shape the better. In contrast to these bold shapes, the delicate beading technique was used to create a beautiful natural flow on the garment and a highly textural texture. One thing is for sure, the person who sewed all those beads down has got the patience of a Jedi. 

 Chanel

Since the 1920s, Chanel has been providing us with classic and contemporary designs including the famous little black dress. Even though Chanel herself has passed away, her brand still continues to climb to the top thanks to the help of Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld had the job of creative director for the fashion show and who says you can't have a protest on a catwalk? Usually at Fashion week the protestors are outside, away from the action, with signs commanding NO FUR! But it wasn't these popular protestors, it was Lagerfeld himself along with Cara Delevigne and a parade of models. The whole protest was aimed at womens independence and feminism which Emma Watson's campaign brought this issue to the limelight. Saying all this, of course the fashion couldn't be left out, so therefore continued "normally" afterwards.  Chanel took on 60s mod shapes in their garments as many were accompanied with a simple A line skirt. As for the material tweed is completely unexpected due to it being an itchy material, but Chanel showed it at it's best as Cara strutted a whole tweed suit down the catwalk. 

Oh, one more thing to keep an eye out for is Chanel's new No5 perfume advert that lasts over a good 2 minutes, it's worth the watch.

 Chloe

How low can you go? According to Chloe the neckline can go as low as it pleases as long as it slightly covers the naughty areas, cheeky. Chloe experimented with the necklines at fashion week the most; some were flowery; some were V shaped and some were intertwined together using lace and ribbons. In other words, your spoilt for choice. If you did opt for a low V neckline that's a VERY floaty fabric, my only advice is don't go wearing it on a windy day, that's all I'm saying, and I'm pretty sure you'll thank me for that. Moving onto the garments the detail showed was mainly in lace or ribbons that intertwined together keeping the bottom and the top half of the garments attached to create an almost sheer fabric kind of property that many designers have gone for this season. Clever Chloe however, made their own kind of sheer fabric (kind of). Brains and beauty. 

 Rochas

From all the major fashion designer houses, Rochas is probably the most that is taken forgranted. Often confused with the new rising designer Simone Rocha, this fashion house is sometimes forgotten about, but thanks to Paris fashion week Rochas have been able to up their game and show what they're all about. With fashion, many of the trends seem to go around in circles every year, and flowers is a major part of this rule. However, monochrome seems to be the trend that's being worn throughout the whole year as many fashion designers parade this look at most of their shows lately, like Rochas. A huge fabric trend, sheer, has been used by many designers this season which have twisted, pleated and dyed this kind of fabric for a delicate collection. Rochas used the combination of monochrome and sheer fabric to create levels and layers to the garment and embrace 2 major trends. The shapes on all the garments stayed quite tailored with collars and strong straight lines dominating the pieces. Who knows what Rochas is going to pull out the bag next fashion week, but I'm sure a little hint of monochrome will be there.

Valentino

Valentino is the show I most look forward to. Each show never disappoints through the beautiful designs which are none the comparison to other designers, Valentino truly is the favourite. The huge amount of patterned detail with a mixture of simplicity, made the perfect collection. Each garment was elegant and floaty in it's texture and stayed quite sophisticated with longer hemlines. With several of the designs taking on tribal colours and patterns they seemed to be the inspired from an urban theme for the collection. To add to the sophistication and quality finish, the use of symmetry in the designs is crucial as it helps to bring the pattern to justice. Now that you've seen Valentino's collection from this fashion week, you should check out my post from A/W Fashion week in February or even just give it a quick Google, you'll be blown away that Valentino produces exceptional garments like these every fashion week.



Saturday, October 4, 2014

S/S 2015: Milan Fashion Week

 Versace

"And cut". Probably the only thing being shouted in the Versace's S/S 2015 collection's studio as nearly every garment had been cut through giving strange patterns and shapes. Some were simple cuts to show more flesh through the garment, yet others aimed for a depth in pattern by laser cutting the fabric in a small and intricate design. It seems that the skirt length is rising upwards and going back to the 60s style and shape for a simple silhouette. Even though the designs are simple, it doesn't mean to say they're any less outstanding than other designers. Keeping it easy with a small pattern on waistlines and shoulders can give the piece all it needs to grab the attention of the fashion press and fashion lovers of today.

 Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana showcased us with a lot of surprise this fashion week. They're known for their floral designs in their many collections and their intricate detail, and this collection showcased the same but with a hint of surprise. Their collection used the theme of Spanish bull fighting, and almost transports us back in time to when it was most popular, you can almost here the ah of the audience as the bull charges towards the red fabric. The embellishment is always a key part of Dolce and Gabbana's garments, and this time they've managed to take inspiration of the bull fighters costume such as the belt which appears on the models. The high waisted kicker pants are also a fine image of the bull fighter which appears on the models as they stampede down the catwalk together. Even though bull fighting is all about being forceful and daring, Dolce and Gabbana took a popular and delicate choice in some of their garments through using sheer fabrics and cape shapes. The bull fighter may be tough but couldn't live without a little feminist touch of sheer fabric. 

 Fendi

Fendi's S/S 2015 collection presented us with many different styles on the collection through patterns, dip dye and cut out shapes. The patterned orchild dress modelled perfectly by Cara Delevingne educated us with Fendi's inspiration from several flowers for Spring. From small orchilds to huge orchilds, Fendi applied many to the designs making their collection bolder by working with bigger shapes. For a more unusual style, just take a glance at the dip dyed garments in grey. Now wouldn't you usually associate dip dye with fun and hippie styled colours such as pinks and greens? Who would ever think of using greys? But I'l tell you one thing. It works! The use of grey and white keeps a subtle palette, and the fringing effect from cutting the garment makes it even more delicate through the movement. A step away from the bold and harsh tie dye we're used to, and it's defiantly a good thing. Thank you Fendi!

 Giorgio Armani

Subtle, grace and beauty. All you need to put on a magnificent show at fashion week. The neutral colours by Giorgio Armani gave an immediate delicacy to his work that was easy on the eye. Add some sheer fabric and soft flowing movement and you've got a blur of a catwalk right in front of you. Even the pattern showcased on several garments blends effortlessly into a neutral colour scheme to keep things soft and delicate. This collection, simple may it be, is one of my favourites from the beauty of layering one simple colour in different tones. Who said grey was a boring colour to wear? 

Prada

Milan had presented us with very different catwalks and presentations, with all the designers having a different influence behind their collection. With an Edwardian inspirational theme, Prada seemed to stand out the most. It's as though Prada had taken us back in time as the garments texture, colours and shapes seemed historical in their design such as the navy coats and green dress which resemble a kind of tapestry. This kind of detailing is what brought Prada's show to it's climax. The dark colour scheme of browns, blues and greens stayed throughout the show giving a harmonious colour pallet to the collection. The single breasted and double berated coats have been tailored to such grace that I'm positive that the high street shops will start to copy this look next year on the high street, and if they don't then I'm simply going to have to either hunt something down similar in a charity shop or miss the summer holiday to save up for that coat because i simply, NEED IT!