Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dries: A Documentary on Dries Van Noten



 
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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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Wednesday, 24 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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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

ITEMS: IS FASHION MODERN?





[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself ]

One of the main exhibitions at the MoMA was "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" It showcased similar products over different years to explore how trends are recycled within the fashion industry. It was a celebration of classic fashion pieces but also poked fun at how different generations would depict something as tasteful and worthy of trend. For example, millennials that grew up in the 1990's would look at those trends and possibly cringe at their coming of age style choices yet teenagers now believe those to be in fashion.

I really enjoyed looking round the wide collection of garments and accessories and I feel like it was beneficial to see on my course and consider how some pieces will forever be in fashion and important to consider why this is.

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Monday, 22 January 2018

The Body: Fashion + Physique



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We visited the Museum at the FIT on the last day of my trip to New York. The exhibition which was on was "The Body: Fashion and Physique." On display were garments from different ears which were structured in the pinnacle style of the time. It was interesting to see how the fashions changed so dramatically from era to era. Early on the body was seen as a plain, rather boring base that fashion designers used to morph into unnatural silhouettes. For example the corset and the bustle which changed the natural physical shape were the height of fashion in the 18th and 19th century. After a long time hiding and morphing this natural silhouette, in the 1920's the fashions adopted a flat and straight look which didn't exaggerate women's physical features and had a more masculine "garcon" aesthetic. This changed again in the 1940's and 50's where clothes became more structured and accentuated features again like the pointed bra. Yet in the 90's the flat masculine style came back into fashion. It shows how fashion flows in and out of unnatural and then natural styles. Currently we are in a period in which clothing is comfortable and practical as well as fitting the natural form of the body. This has been the case for a number of decades now and it will be interesting to see when this eventually changes and we enter a period of abnormality again.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

New York: Top of The Rock





[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself + @emily_fcp ]

Our last day was a memorable one. We went to the Museum at the FIT in the morning, but I'll include that in another post, and then went to the Rockefeller centre to the observation point. It was so sunny and the views were incredible. I personally thought it would be much better to be able to see the Empire State Building rather than be up it which was a choice we were glad we made. 

The rest of the day was spent relaxing in coffee shops as our legs were about to fall off from all the walking we'd done. It was a great way to end the trip. 

There's so much more I would have loved to do in New York and I'm sure I will be able to in the hopefully not so distant future. I've made a list of things I discovered during my first time in New York and in the United States:
  • Nobody can drive
  • The road rage is real, I appreciated a bit of peace and quiet in Williamsburg as nobody was constantly beeping their horns
  • You have to tip everyone pretty much everywhere you go or you will be killed
  • Everyone loves that you're from the UK, especially the misogynistic builders
  • The prices for some unknown reason don't include tax so it's a lovely surprise when you reach the checkout only to find out that you have to pay more than you expected
  • New York folk are a lot less enthusiastic than the stereotypical American which I was extremely thankful for
  • The city definitely never sleeps

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Friday, 19 January 2018

New York: The MET + Upper East Side








[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself ]

I'll be honest, Friday wasn't my favourite day. It was warm but wet and my excitement for the proposed activities of exploring the MET and the Upper East Side was short lived.

On arrival to the MET we headed straight to the Costume Institute only to discover it was cordoned off. I realise the importance of the MET Gala and all but if they could've held off preparations for a few weeks that would've been great. We spent the rest of our time there surrounded by naked Greek statues and truthfully it just wasn't really my thing so made a swift exit to Madison Avenue to be surrounded by clothed mannequins instead. Much better.

However, I did manage to find some visual merchandising that followed the Fragmented Nautical trend story I'd been given for my project in Ralph Lauren so all was not lost.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

New York: Williamsburg/Dumbo + Times Square

















[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself ]


This was my favourite day. We had breakfast in Bread and Butter, a strange combination of an organic food market and cafe serving the most amazing breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I nearly shed a tear when I last left it. Then we walked across to the ferry port and caught the East River ferry over to North Williamsburg. The journey was so incredible as the river had frozen partially the previous week due to the freak weather conditions so there were huge blocks of ice floating down it and the Manhattan skyline was sat in the background.

I loved Williamsburg, it was completely different to Manhattan and just felt so relaxed. We saw an abundance of independent shops and bearded hipsters and as we were sat in an indie coffee shop surrounded by people eating Acai bowls they began to play Foster the People and I questioned why I wasn't living there amongst my fellow people.

Later on we got the ferry further down to Dumbo which is the area under Brooklyn Bridge. It was again very calm and artsy and added to my confusion of why I am still living here in my student flat in Nottingham. We then got the ferry back to Manhattan and walked through the financial district (very fancy) and eventually got the subway back to our hotel.

In the evening we had a McDonalds in Times Square and realised why the US has an obesity problem (I still ate it all, though I didn't rate the chicken nuggets). Then we stood there dazzled by the lights for a good half an hour. It was a great way to end the day.

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Ultra Violet: Pantone Colour of the Year

 

"A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." - Pantone


I was excited to see that Pantone's colour of the year was Ultra Violet. I think it holds a lot of creative potential. I like the darkness of the violet colour and I believe it will be a great replacement of millennial pink for 2018. The colour could go either of two ways, tacky or used in a clever and innovative design.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New York: MoMA + Downtown







[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself ]


On Wednesday we headed to MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) and it was one of the highlights of my trip. The museum was massive and had so many different exhibitions on, one of which I will discuss in a separate post. We spent hours walking round, I would definitely recommend visiting if you're in New York anytime soon. 

Later in the afternoon/evening we figured out how on earth the Subway worked (which wasn't as hard as we first thought) and went downtown to Soho. We browsed the shops and then went to Little Italy for dinner in a lovely restaurant, so lovely that they charged us twelve dollars for a small glass of red wine...

I would have loved to have had more time to explore Soho and the Meatpacking district but I'll have to save that for my next trip.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

New York: Exploring Midtown Manhattan









[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself]

After attempting to rid myself of Glandular fever over Christmas I was lucky enough to be able to go to New York with my degree course. We arrived just as the snow was melting and thankfully it wasn't minus twenty degrees so had an amazing five days in the big apple. 

We flew in on Monday evening (NY time) and eventually were let into the country in what felt like five in the morning (US airport security is no joke). This meant our first evening was left to collapse in the hotel. We stayed in the Hotel Wolcott, it had an interesting decor style and the room layout was questionable but it was sandwiched between Fifth Avenue and Broadway so we forgave it. 

Tuesday, our first full day, was spent exploring midtown Manhattan. Twenty-six thousand steps later and we had seen Grand Central Station, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, every shop on Fifth Avenue and had been followed round both Saks and Bergdorf Goodman's by numerous concerned staff. It was an incredible first day in the city. 

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