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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!

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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.

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Currently in love with everything Zuhair Murad. His style and attention to detail is just exquisite and I can not get enough of it. Murad’s unique designs, together with the carefully selected material used, are beyond b-e-a-utiful!

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For me, its the delicateness that he brings to each design as well as the “2 piece” look (often a floor length, sensual figure hugging dress, accompanied by an optional/ removable Cinderella-like skirt, train or cape; phsyically adding visual depth to each garment and in turn; creating absolute perfection). Where a gown can look sexy and sophisticated; I’m all for it and Zuhair Murad has a way of doing this like no one else! His collections have a consistent trend and continuity; with a majority of his peices having a sheer finish, very femine structures, hemlines and necklines, hand embroidered overlays in sequin, floral, brocade..etc, as well as a core sense of glitz and glam meets elegant.

His designs are unique enough for the catwalk (season after season), jaw-dropping and beautiful enough for walking down the aisle and certainly glamorous enough for the red carpet. From Bridal collections and Ready-to-wear, to Resort and Couture; Murad is faultless. Absolutley aaa-mazing!

Watch this space, there is definetly more Zuhair Murad to come!

…Also known as “Poppy Day” is a memorial day, marking the end of the First World War and in remembrance of all armed forces who have died in the line of duty (then and since). Remembrance Day is often observed at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month (11am on the 11th of November).

Given this day (and most of the month) is often represented with a poppy; I have chosen to mark today with an appropriately fitting piece from one of my all-time favourite designers, the late and amazing; Oscar De La Renta!

 

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Taking it back to De La Renta’s Spring/Summer collection in 2007, I couldn’t go wrong with marking today at 11:00 (along with a minute silence) with this fashion tribute. Originally designed to remember the lives lost and those affected by 9/11, this tennis inspired dress is one of many pieces from De La Renta’s S/S 07 collection; and one to which Ms Anna Wintour loved.

Staying true to the De La Renta style, he kept he collection very feminine; with gentle, flowy structures, knee-high hemlines and florals [of course!]. Also, accompanied with tennis rackets and beach bags, the models represented a true summer feel  as they strutted down the runway in September 2007. Whilst is was a light, happy and summery collection, Oscar De La Renta also wanted to acknowledge the significance of memorial day. In his notes, he wrote

Five years ago today, as I was preparing for the opening of the spring show, tragedy struck us all. Today, we honour the memory of those who died…”

Whilst he may have been talking about the American people and victims of the World Trade Centre tragedy, the imagery of the poppy is used to remember all lives lost in war and terrorism. 8 years on, Mr. De La Renta has also left this world.

R.I.P. to him and all those who have died for their country.

Just days ago, in the city that never sleeps; Marc Jacobs showcased his Spring/Summer’16 collection at New York Fashion Week; and just last night at the Emmy Awards, Kerry Washington wore one of these Jacobs original- straight off the runway.

Made entirely from mesh and so delicately embellished, Jacobs’ silver gown was just enough Glitz and Glam for last night’s event.  Plus, Washington wore it ooh so well. It was fitted enough to show off her figure, yet not too tight (considering the material used) and lets not ignore that sexy yet sophisticated slit! Kerry certainly did the dress justice and at only 72 hours post-catwalk, she is the definition of “Off the Runway”!

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Always “dressed to impress”, another one of Shona Rhimes’ leading ladies; the infamous “Olivia Pope”; looked fabulous on the red carpet. And just in time too; to remind us about Scandals’s Season 5 premier later this week! #ShondaLand

Despite all her tantrum throwing at both her dad’s show and Alexander Wang’s at the first of 2015’s NYFW, you have to admit this little girl radiates cuteness. A regular to the front row, North is definatly looking the part. In a real fur, fur coat said to be worth over $3000, the little Miss. West is just a pair of sunglasses away from a diva!

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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?

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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

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