Tuesday, 29 May 2018

FASHION UNRAVELED (FIT MUSEUM EXHIBITION)





[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Museum at FIT ]

"Fashion Unraveled takes a different approach by examining the concepts of imperfection, incompletion, and memory in fashion. More than sixty objects, dating from the 18th century to the present, are organized into five themes. “Behind the Seams” provides anecdotes on a garment’s creation or the way it was worn. “Mended and Altered” focuses on the varied and sometimes imperceptible ways a garment was modified over its history, while “Repurposed” features clothing that has been entirely remade. “Unfinished” addresses garments that are incomplete, either by chance or by choice. Finally, “Distressed and Deconstructed” discusses the ways in which designers have consciously embraced an aesthetic of imperfection in their work. All of the featured objects question our preconceived notions of beauty and value in fashion, and shed light on the importance of the stories that can be told by the garments themselves." - Introduction to the exhibition.

A new exhibition at the Museum at FIT has been unveiled and it's innovative way at looking at fashion, textiles and the exhibiting of garments is refreshing. It looks at garments that are incomplete or have been taken apart, altered or mended and sorts them into categories which explains why this has occurred. The exhibit pays homage to the skills of makers whose visions are portrayed by the garment, whatever its final outcome, and to museum curators whose skills in the preservation of aging textiles helps to lengthen the lifespan of the designer's vision. My favourite part of the exhibition is the stories that are told by each piece and I believe these to be the most interesting and important thing about the garments. You can view the online exhibition here.

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Monday, 28 May 2018

PUMA X ASOS SUSTAINABLE COLLECTION



[ PHOTOGRAPHY: ASOS ]

ASOS have collaborated with PUMA on a unisex and sustainable athleisure collection. Each piece is unisex and most are available in an alternative range of plus sizes. The t-shirts and sweaters are made from sustainably sourced organic cotton and ASOS have said that each piece leaves a small carbon footprint. I think its great for the ethical and sustainable fashion industry for two very well known brands to collaborate. Especially because of the popularity of sportswear and athleisure currently among consumers. The opportunity to still own branded clothing and yet know that what you are wearing is sustainable, is brilliant for consumers, in particular for those new to ethical fashion. Additionally, the inclusivity of the collection to people of any gender and size is great to see, as well as models of different ethnicities being used to promote the range. Furthermore, the use of graphics emphasising the need to be conscious of the environment on the garments themselves will spread the values of the brands and those of the consumer. The collection is an example of how simple changes can have a huge impact.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

SHORTLIST: ISOSCELES LINGERIE



[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Isosceles ]


My final shortlist contender is Isosceles lingerie. Their fun and innovative designs focus on the empowerment of women in what they want out of their underwear. They provide seductive pieces that are high quality and comfortable to wear. The brands positioning in the more niche end of the lingerie section would make them fun to work with, especially when designing a fragrance. I also believe their lack of story would be a great clean slate to start from. You can explore the brand more here.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

SHORTLIST: RITUEL DE FILLE





[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Rituel De Fille ]



Rituel de Fille is the second brand on my shortlist. It is a natural, cruelty free makeup brand that produces beautiful pigments. They have a celestial and bewitching aesthetic that I love. It's great to see a cosmetic brand that besides being cruelty free, has a strong story as most beauty brands do not. I think it's a great base for a fragrance to grow off and to further tell or twist the story it shares to consumers in order to keep the brand fresh. You can explore the brand here.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

SHORTLIST: LRS STUDIO




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: LRS Studio ]



As part of my last project for my first year at university, I have been asked to select one of eight brands to create a fragrance for. I thought I would share my shortlist on my blog as a visual introduction to them as I believe them to be innovative and exciting smaller businesses. The first one I am sharing today is LRS Studio. This fashion brand offers exciting silhouettes, colour and pattern combinations and has made it onto my shortlist for this reason. I believe that their wide range of influences, of which it would be exciting to explore, give me great scope to create an innovative fragrance for the brand. You can explore the brand for yourself here.

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

NEW WAYS TO WEAR CHANEL NO.5 L'EAU



[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Chanel ]

Chanel have just given you two new ways you can wear No.5 L'eau. They have released a body mist and "On Hand" roll-on cream. The packaging is clean minimal, quite far from luxury. I believe they are trying to target a consumer who needs something more practical to fit into their busy lives, like the working woman. 

The body mist is advertised as travel friendly and will be a permanent edition to the fragrance family. However, the body cream is limited edition and I believe will be bought as a bit of a gimmick. I think the push to create something a little different using the same fragrance was a good concept but the outcomes are not very innovative and feel like something you would get free in a One Direction perfume set from Superdrug. So maybe not the best move from the luxury brand.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

MET GALA 2018: SAINTS + SINNERS


My favourite look from the Met Gala came from Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto. It's beautiful Gucci maximalism at its best.


Zoe Kravitz wearing Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent isn't the most respectful of looks from the red carpet with it resembling a head covering worn to pay respect. However, she looks amazing so I'll forgive her.


Another look where morals could be questioned as Rihanna dressed as a Pope in Margiela and Louboutin. Nobody else could pull this off.


Little rant here. Why did we dress Ashley Graham like this? Yes she looks stunning but it looks like any old red carpet look, not a Met Gala dress based on fashion and the Catholic Imagination. I can't help but think her position as a plus size model prevented an exciting design from gracing our Instagram. The girl deserves better.


Send her back to Coachella.


Someone please inform me how this relates to the theme.


Gigi Hadid's Versace gown was incredible. I love the angelic reference with the golden wing.


Cara Delevigne in Dior is beautiful, the paneling is different to other dresses and I love the headpiece.


I don't love it, yes it's a gorgeous golden Versace dress, but its predictable.


The most head turning gown came from Blake Lively in Versace. Taking over 600 hours to make I believe the outcome is breathtaking and reflects the Heavenly Bodies theme perfectly.


I adore Lily Collins Givency dress. The headpiece is gorgeous, the cross detail she's holding is beautiful and I love the gothic influences.

[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Vogue ]

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

THE CLOSURE OF WARDOUR NEWS (AND THE FUTURE OF PRINT)


[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Vogue ]

Wardour News is closing after thirty-four years and it leaves me to question the future of print. The Soho newsagents famously stocked a range of independent publications and was a mecca for print lovers. Sadly due to the increasing age of the owners and increase in rent, it is having to close its doors to the world. Even though the situation can't be helped, it means there is one less place to buy print magazines on the high street. Personally, I like to flick through magazines in shops before I buy them as their physical appeal is important to me. Therefore, this concerns me, because if other consumers also have this shopping habit then what is left for the future of print in the digital age?

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

RAW PRINT LIVE (BOSHEMIA + OM NOM)



[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself ]

Yesterday was the last Raw Print Live of the academic season. If you're a print lover and live anywhere near Nottingham you need to get yourself to one of these when they start again in October. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Raw Print hosts a public lecture where they invite the founders of independent magazines to give a talk on how they started out in the industry. I find independent magazines really exciting and would love to start my own one day so being able to get this insider information is invaluable to me. 

The speakers were from Boshemia and Om Nom magazines. Boshemia is an art and culture magazine with a focus on Feminism and Om Nom is an ethical food magazine. One important lesson I took away from both talks was that you need to find your niche. If someone else is already doing what you want to do then unless you can do it a lot better, you have to do something nobody is. Another piece of advice from the speakers was that you have to be passionate about your magazine. You will not succeed without this passion as when you start out it will be your labour of love. 

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