Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Fashion Goes Art

It is such a shame that most people view fashion only as a tool to make one fit harmoniously into society, to make one part of a greater group by following the same trends. This is superficial, a sad story: people see things but mostly pay little or no thought to the narrative behind what is in front of them.

I find this disrespectful to fashion and to the minds, who invest so much, time, energy and genuine passion into creating, designing, embellishing, painting - and a myriad of other activities - to enrich world's culture. CULTURE is indeed the key word!
We pay much attention to the arts when we speak of this word - visual arts, performing arts, music, and so on, but fashion is often excluded. I ask why? I find no justice in this treatment in and regard of fashion. Is it not an art to work with a goal in mind, which not only satisfies our aesthetic needs, but is furthermore functional? Is it not an art to merge a person's idea with his/ her skill - the skill of sketching like a master painter, cutting fabric into origami shaped pieces called clothing, stitching most detailed embroidery, knitting the finest lace and becoming inspired by the history of our world? The last point is what I am getting at now. I am saying that instead of only gasping at a gorgeous gown, we may as well think about where its design comes from. The creator was not bored and simply felt like scheming just this piece and we should bear it in mind. Inspiration led to it. And at this point design abridges fashion to art. Fashion is actually an evolving art. It masterfully takes cultural elements from the past to give them a more modern makeover, thus becoming an art on its own.

Furthermore, fashion does us a favour. - It is like a luxurious bazaar manifesting all the finest goods, each carrying the scent of a certain spice, making it an individual, non-replicable piece. And this is how style is born. Style is the highest stage of fashion. Thoughtfully and smartly assembling the goods offered to us by the fashion empire will yield our style. It is up to us what we make of it. So, give it more thought and not just vision.
On this note, I present to you several juxtapositions proving that fashion and art are inexorably linked. Look at these images yourself and I guarantee, you will grasp the connection. Fashion goes art.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Kareem Iliya Paints a Dress With Stars

Kareem Iliaya's illustrations truly do cast a light on fashion. The mystically dark background is decorated with carefully placed, fine scintillating dots, ensuring inspration for glamorous robes.

Irina & Iekeline Dance In A Winter Park

As crsipy and cool as snow itself these two ladies manifest key pieces from Sonia Rykiel's fall/ winter 08/ 09 collection.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Simona McIntyre Goes Birdy

By Hamish Kippen for Magazine.

The florescently coloured eyelids, brushes of orange rouge on her high cheek bones and the wind blown hair piled up like a branch's nest makes us associate McIntyre with the wildlife of flying animals - in a nice way.

Friday, 18 July 2008

New IMG Starlet

Danish youngster Pernille Moeller is reaching for the sky as the newfangled star at IMG NY. With only two weeks in New York, every single leading editorial has booked her and she will be striding over each major catwalk next season.
What makes her so special? Widely set apart eyes with a Mongolian touch, perfectly rainbow-shaped eyebrows, full lips and the fact that she is just so natural! - A mix of the young Michelle Pfeiffer and a tinge of Gemma's alien features.

Bust: 84cm/33"
Waist: 66cm/ 26''
Hips: 86 cm/34"
Dress: 32 EU/ 2 US/ 4 UK
Eyes: Green/ Grey
Hair: Blonde

Berlin Fashion Week - Ecology, Carnival, Shimmering Jeans

The kick off at Berlin Fashion Week July 2008 was presented yesterday by LAC ET MEL' 20s inspired collection. Dropped waist, eccentric dresses in nature's colours were given a funky boost with contrasting fuchsia tights. Not only has the label proven itself to be fashionable, but also brings to light the environmental protection our planet needs. Ecology affects us all and Lac Et Mel steps forward to make our world a better place by producing carbon-neutral pieces in cooperation with the WWF Germany.

As for other shows on the first day of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Suzanna Peric demonstrated a sixties-oriented collection with flowing maxi length dresses colourfully embellished by blooming floral patterns.

Designer Zerlina Von Dem Bussche from the sushi-influenced label Sisi Wasabi dished out box-shaped jackets in orange and black, with a spice of Chanel.

Susanne Wiebe's tattooed body stockings, top hats and fish nets evoked carnival feeling and Joop!Jeans blinded us with metallic jeans, plastic cuff details and gushes of blue and pink.

Coming up today: Penkov, Basso & Brooke, Smeilinener and Michalsky.

Elie Saab Invades Harrod's

Lebanese designer Elie Saab will be giving London's most luxurious department store an unforgetably glamourous make over. His debut boutique is to open this week on Harrod's first floor. Apart from finding his wearable prét-a-porter collection, you will encounter abundantly decorative frocks, glistening accessoires, and his red-carpet worthy robes. So, do not find yourself dumbstruck to see Beyoncé walking into the store to purchase some of his dramatically beautiful gowns to wear on one of her premiers.

Make sure you pay a visit to THE site, at which Middle Eastern elements merge with European trends to yield a most spectacular selection of apparell.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

The Return Of The Queens - (Mc)Queen's Royal Runway

Who claims that colonialism only brought with it disaster, grief and drawbacks? Alright, let us not get too political, but instead perceive it from the bright side. Not convinced yet? Let me tell you, your view will change in the following moments when you find yourself face to face with this season’s breathtaking collection by Alexander McQueen , for, if anything, it shone brighter than any other and has indeed taken its bearings from the British Empire’s former colonies.

According to, the designer said: ‘‘I've got a 600-year-old elm tree in my garden, and I made up this story of a girl who lives in it and comes out of the darkness to meet a prince and become a queen.’’ With the combination of having visited India, it is not surprising then that the designer’s collection awakes thoughts of the classical children’s novel ‘‘My Little Princess’’ and films such as ‘‘Elizabeth’’.

These inspirations were realized into a parade of royal colours, flouncy ballerina petticoats, jewel encrusted bodices and drapery of silk sashes, recalling the wardrobe of a Maharadsha. Add to that the rich variety of most exquisitely knitted lace, peacock feather bouquets as royal capita decoration and contemporary prints modernly portraying Queen Elizabeth II, and you will not know which insanely miraculous dress you would pick if you had the choice!

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

One African Queen Among Bountiful White Princesses

It truly seems that ‘There Is Only One Naomi’ so far, as implied by the 38-year old catwalk diva herself in an interview with Reuters - "I'm very grateful for my career, but I worry for the girls after me for the opportunities they get - the way they get treated. And this is one of the reasons I still do what I do."

As the first black model to endow with beauty and elegance the covers of British and French Vogue, her opinion is valued and should be valued if it is really true that, according to her ‘‘…at Paris Haute Couture there was only one black girl out of all the shows...". With this statement in mind, let us not forget that we do indeed see many beautiful Caucasian and East European girls, but are missing the exotic touch of black beauties like Naomi. It is for this reason, that she will be strutting up and down the international catwalks and gracing editorials of a myriad of clients – as a statement to promote her ethnic fellows.

Currently Chanel Iman is maybe one of the infrequent faces, coming to mind when hearing Naomi’s words. Let us hope that future’s fashion world will have to offer more of the so excitingly mystical African spirit.

Hip teens, DO Wear Blue Jeans!

For those of you, who were fearing the extinction of new faces and models in ad campaigns, and the absolute seizure of celebrities, hold your breath: newsstands have been stockpiled with magazines holding the fall Calvin Klein Jeans ads featuring a bundle of hip youngsters. Stephen Meisel’s black-and-white campaigns star Toni Garrn, Anna Selezneva and Ali Stephens along with Viktoria Sasonkina, Agnete Hegelund and Abbey Lee. For now, that is all what has been shown due date – stay tuned as rumour has it, that the series features a total of 17 girls.
Mark these faces well, for at the moment, they are replacing Kate Bosworth from spring 2008’s ad but may very well in the near future take a toll on a much wider spectrum in the fashion world… And, let’s be honest, who else can pull these classic key pieces off as cool as they can?

Can Deyn Really Give EVERYTHING A Cool Makeover?

Granddad’s shabby jacket, torn leopard stockings reminding us of the eighties and shocking-red wayfarers – just a taste of Agyness Deyn’s tremendous wardrobe treasures. Crazy? Yes, but in a good way. As everyone knows, she is the Master of ‘COOL’, so it is no surprise that she will be the one to give the good old CK One Perfume’s image a makeover, just as she does with everything else that is labelled ‘passé’.

Aaah, THAT CK One perfume from the 1990s – a symbol of status, of prestige, of coolness... A squirt of the sweet fragrance and a pair of washed out jeans were the ingredients to become part of the ‘in’ crowd, an idol. And now, what has happened to our vintage friend and when has its funky reputation reached its downfall? Whatever the case, time has come to have Agyness wipe off its dusty cover.

So, once Deyn gives it a revamp, CK One should be certain to find its way back into the possession of many current ‘In’-clique members. But only time shall tell…