Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Silver Lining

Heres a peak at Chanels Spring Summer 2010 couture show. Silver highlights are key feature. I love the space feel of the silver shoes and details, and crazy big hair, and im glad that is a change from the usual signature look we often see in Karl Lagerfeld's  shows. The styling and pieces are in keeping with the nature of Chanel couture customers, pure fantasy one-offs.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Burberry Prorsum

Looking at the menswear shows from Milan, i have decided that i just love Burberry Prorsum  menswear. It has been critisized by some for being a but bland in terms of colour pallette-mainly khaki and beiges and navy's. But thats partly why i like it. The detailing and cut are the show stealers, and i found it one of the most inspiring, alongside Etro and Alexandra Mcqueen.
Admire the fur lined massive black boots, and the military overcoats, they remind me of a classic world war film with old school English style.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Androgyny's back!

Brian Molko

David Bowie

Phillipa Brown of Ladyhawke

Patti smith

Limi Feu Ready-to-wear 2010

Limi Feu Ready-to-wear 2010

Limi feu Ready-to-wear 2010

Limi Feu Ready-to-wear 2010

Limi Feu Ready-to-wear 2010

Androgyny is a term derived from the Greek words ανήρ (anér, meaning man) and γυνή (gyné, meaning woman) and refers to the mixing of masculine and feminine characteristics, as in fashion or hermaphroditism.
Androgyny has always been present in fashion and music alike, well especially for mine and my mums generation. From the early attributes in the 1950's acts Elvis and Little Richard. It provokes a spectrum of reactions, most of which I think are positive, and can create a sense of anarchy and inspiration among people.

The emergence of the glam rock scene in new York, with the New York dolls, T-Rex and Roxy music started a whole new look in the music industry which filtered quickly into British acts like The Rolling stones. Influx of androgyny into popular music in the 80's was also displayed in acts the such as Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson and Boy George, and more recently, Crystal Castles, Placebo, Marilyn Manson and Phillipa Brown from Ladyhawke etc etc etc all display various degrees of androgynous looks, most of which aren't that revolutionary or shocking today.

I was recently at a party where pretty much all of the men were more than happy to let me apply black eyeliner on them, and this definitely wasn’t there first time, not sure if they would have worn a feminine blouse or a skirt that may have been a step too far for most of them. But there here is something really alluring and appealing about a man in makeup, David Bowie is a brilliant example of how his alter ego Ziggy Stardust appealed to both men and women in his overtly androgynous persona on stage.

More and more men wear makeup, and skinny girl jeans from topshop and more women by men’s clothing and accessories, be it brogues, oversized jackets, or chunky boots. Makeup brands are even capitalising on this huge market with male targeted campaigns such as Yves saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mac and Clinique, (and yes this is for straight men too). I was in New York in October and a woman who owned a vintage clothing shop was discussing how she just saw the most beautiful person ever, and that they was so strikingly beautiful in an androgynous way, she didn’t know whether this person was male or female. 'Oh I just LOVE that androgyny is back!' she exclaimed, touché!.

Limi Feu's 2010 ready to wear collection is a perfect example of modern androgyny. She also featured male models wearing her women’s wear on the catwalk.
The show featured characteristic men’s details such as large collars, lapels, and pockets.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Band Of Outsiders

Really liking new LA based hipster label Band of Outsiders menswear SS10 collection. Designer Scott Sternberg has produced a range of menswear capturing an addictive mix of nautical with sharp tailoring, welcome to French new wave. Take a look at there website which uses 70's style polaroid images, which i LOVE.

Chole in Valentino

Looking at the golden Globe award outfits, i have to say Chole Sevigny's dress is my absolute favourite, its by Valentino.  She has a great sense of day style, too and never looks like she try's to hard, and wears what suits her personal style.
Also have my eye on these Boots i think are amazing. Chole Sevigny for opening ceremony £445.
Heres some of her signituare looks that i think are inspiring.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hounds of Love

Unusual Rings; Aurelie Bidermann £275

Wedge Ankle Boots; £65 Urban outfitters

Underwear as outerwear ; Christian Dior

stripes; Day birger et mikkelsen £60

Digital prints; Mary Katranzou

Hair Bows; Luella

Clutch bags; Roklit Vintage online £32.76

Cut out sandals; Chole £425

Fur Coats; Etro £2015

Things i LOVE today.