Emily Rhodes

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Dries: A Documentary on Dries Van Noten



 
[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Images Sourced from Google ]

Dries is a documentary on the designer Dries Van Noten. It gives you a look into how his meticulous mind works as you follow him designing his collections. It depicts how carefully considered each is and how his natural talent for contrasting prints, textures and colours is so highly respected in the fashion industry. I found the way he designs and builds the collections to be very unique. His team design and generate ideas for styles and then he sources and is sent a vast amount of fabrics that he then plays around with pinning to basic clothing pieces. This is a very visual method and I love that as I feel my mind works in a similar way.


You also get a glimpse into his personal life which I liked very much. His desire for perfection is reflected in the way he lives. His home is immaculate. It is designed as if it is always ready to be photographed and you can tell that his mind is always focusing on how things should look. In a way he is crazy, yet at the same time I appreciate his dedication to design and find it incredibly inspiring.

I appreciate that he is a modest man and also respect his care for all the people involved in the making of the collections. He said that he felt a responsibility for employing skilled workers like his embroidery team in India and making sure they are forever involved. The documentary has given me the greatest level of respect for Dries Van Noten and his work.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Gucci Pre Fall Lookbook 2018









I can't describe my love for the Gucci Pre Fall Lookbook enough. The shoot is photographed by Peter Schlesinger and set in numerous locations. I love how each shot tells a different story using the styling, props and setting. For example the last photo has a stylish, vintage aesthetic with the floral maxi dress, retro telephone and velvet sofa. In contrast, the fourth photo connotes more of a hippy, flower child feeling with the garden setting, hairband and glasses. Each scene has been carefully considered, they all work together yet have their own narrative and I love this attention to detail. The images could be said to represent different consumers of Gucci. One look will appeal more to a person than it would do for another and this is a way of reaching out to their whole consumer base within one season's lookbook. This is represented in the fifth photo. The styling consists of a mainly black ensemble with a focus on structure and volume rather than pattern and colour. It's a different take on maximalism and opens the brand up to alternative tastes and styles.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Ethical Picks: Birdsong London




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Birdsong ]

Birdsong is an ethical clothing brand based in London that practices fair working conditions hiring migrant mother workers to help get them into employment and using sustainable materials such as organic cotton. There t-shirts and sweaters are hand printed and jumpers hand knitted. I love their classic designs and the pops of colour in the motifs. They have a very affordable price point and so make ethical and sustainable clothing available to everyone. Their brand slogan is "No sweatshops. No Photoshop." and I love their natural and unedited photography, it's refreshing to see in the industry. Above are some of my favourite pieces from their current collection.

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