Archive

Tag Archives: high street

When fashion is inspired by art and art is inspired by fashion; its just one big cycle; and it will continue to go around, then come back round again!

d630bab9e4f51e3908a2bf4abf5c561e_f61    mondrian-day-dress

A contributor to the De Stijl art movement, Piet Mondrian was (and still is today), known for his abstract compositions of primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in a black grid of vertical and horizontal lines, against a white background; Mondrian !

His classic compositions were also used as backdrops in the fashion industry, before taking the catwalk in 1965 in the form of an A-line shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic “Mondrian dress” was debuted in the Autumn/Winter ’65 season in both a jersey and wool knee length style shift dress.

Since then, similar dresses and other garments alike have been re-inspired and reproduced. Some taking the runway like the infamous YSL piece and others straight to high-street stores or street fashion.

1_3

 

piet-mondrian-dunk-low-sb-2

 

primary-colors-mondrian-inspired-fashion-08

 

composition-c

 

Advertisements

When it’s June and still cold…

…If I’m honest, I don’t really know what else to say. Its ridiculous yet we have to deal with it, so I won’t rant on and on about “The Great British Weather”. To brighten up my cold and miserable grey days, I quite literally appear brighter. In a Zara favourite and classic Kenzo (jumper),this is my current situation; until further notice from the weathuer man.  I love my orange coat, I do, and even though it’s most definitely a winter coat; it’s perfect for these winter-like, so called “summer” months! #OrangeIsTheNewBlack.

image

230561   Last week’s LCM shows saw a mixture of designs go down the catwalk. Some interesting, unique and different; some smart, stylish and dapper and others somewhere in between. This Maharishi ensemble from day 2 stood out for me. Not because it was great but because its quite worrying and had my eye brows raised. I know that a lot of inspiration for designers comes from the street but where is the line drawn? Yes, Street fashion, alternative dressers and street art are known for sparking inspiration in the fashion industry, but since when did the hoodlum look become so fashionable that it made it to the runway?

230991

For LCM (London collection: Men), this AW collection by Sibling is a bazar one. As quirky, unusual and non-traditional the fashion industry is today, this does not surprise me. Furthermore, as quite a controversial brand, Sibling have showcased similar ranges before- just a lot less pink. Looking very Nicki Manaj and even more Barbie-like, this collection almost out does Jeremy Scott and Moschino when it comes to weird, whacky and extravagant.

Despite the amount of head-turners a man would get wearing any of this down the road, it is fashion after all. Alternative fashion, yes. Nevertheless, crazy and original is whats making the headlines- and hey, thats what fashion is about right?! Topman or Zara for men might not be in a hurry to recreate high street versions of this collection, but someone will be. #watchthisspace

image

Yes please. I’ll take all the BS I can get.

With Christmas approaching, this can only mean one thing-well two actually. The first is simple: put it on the wish list. The way into a girl’s heart couldn’t be explained any easier than BS, so there is no point in trying to over complicate things. Christmas is approaching, so put it on the list! The second thing is even more simple, because if Christmas is coming so are the Boxing Day Sales! Better than putting it on the list: know what you want, where to get it from, how much it is and keep an eye on it, because unless its a classic or carry over, its most likely going into sale. So when the clock strikes midnight on the 26th December, get online (or if you’re crazy, go camp out and get in line outside your chosen store) and handle your BS.

To all my American readers, you get a slice of this a month early. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the countdown to the infamous Black Friday Sales begins, so bring the BS on!

🙂

So its been a week since high street retailer, Debenhams brought the plus size model to the British high street. As controversial as this subject is, especially when it comes to fashion, what does everybody think? For years now, “size zero” has been the ultimate portrayal of beauty. But i’m sure many will agree with me, when i say this is not true. Yes, it is what we all “look up to”, but this is only because the media, the high street and the catwalk has led us to believe this.

Walk down any high street, through any town centre and around any shopping mall, what do you see? Every single window display and in-store visual merchandise presents the female body as a n average size 8-10. When in fact, ( I learnt something new here too), the average dress size amongst women in Britain is actually a size 16. Yes Sixteen. Not a 12, not a 14, but 3 sizes above general representation; a size 16.

From Topshop, to Zara, to M&S, to H&M, to Selfridges and so on, all mannequins were alike. Until last week when retail giant, Debenhams thought big and bold; by introducing the plus size model to the British high street; through the contrasting use of size 16 mannequins. Whilst this retail department store have made the change, will it be considered a trend setter, a phase or a bright idea in a black and white world; not taken seriously.

Lets face it, when it comes to the term “the bigger, the better” the fashion industry only take it so far. It only becomes literal with imagination, elaboration and frills. Yes, back In 2010 Mark Fast incorporated plus size models into his Spring Summer show, down the runway at London Fashion week, and Yes, Karl Lagerfeld half-heartedly apologised for calling Adele “Fat”, but when will we ever truly accepted the “different”.

Admittedly, i am of the smaller variety, but there is nothing wrong with embracing the curves or being that much bigger than everyone else. I should know, I come from a family of the 3 Bs; Big (hips), Boobs and Bums. I always thought: “If you’ve got it, flaunt it!”. So what good is it, if you do not “got it“, what you gonna flaunt then? -Just saying.

With London Fashion Week having come to an end, these are a selection of the last set of ‘street fashion’ photographs before the weekend; to which London Fashion Weekend commences. As live footage from the catwalk played on a large screen outside the quirky establishment, avid fashionistas gathered in the rain, huddled under umbrellas to witness the last few shows on the runway.

Many were dressed from top-to-toe in vintage clothing, where as others were pulling off entire designer outfits and the latter were representing the high street. Statement necklaces and hand held clutches seemed to be trending across the day, along with a contrast of bright colours paired with the muted tones of black and brown; to stand out enough amongst the crowds, yet dark enough to fit in with the winter “feel”!

%d bloggers like this: