Sunday, 31 August 2014

Pre-Fashion Week Thoughts

Fashion week(s) is technically the biggest and most crucial part of the year for designers, bloggers, fashion photographers, and fashion spectators alike. Its where designers eventually show their collections which they have been working on for months, and finally find out what the industry thinks. It's when bloggers are eagerly watching in real life or online for the shows, and are writing reviews on their blogs and social media. It's when fashion photographers wait outside shows for models and famous watchers to take a quick snap of their outfits, and it's when the whole fashion industry, from every corner of the planet are united in watching the next season's collections. 

Fashion week isn't popular with everyone, however. Many people think it is a very vain, put-on time of the year when a lot of people gather to watch meaningless drivel - but high fashion is rarely favoured by the outside world anyway.

New York  

This Thursday, which is the 4th September 2014, New York Fashion Week starts off with a Nicholas K show. And so follows a whole eight days of shows, presentations, meet and greets, and backstage parties. New York has a few shows which I am excited for, but not half as many as London and Paris, but of course that is personal preference. The few shows in which I look forward to coming out are Lacoste, DKNY's, and a couple smaller brands such as Tome and VivienneTam. 


London Fashion Week which starts on Friday, September 12th, is only five days long. The 'week' is kicked off by J.JS Lee's show at 10:00 am that Friday morning. I have high hopes for London, as on the Sunday (14th) has some very strong shows which I can't wait for, such as: Mulberry, Topshop Unique, Paul Smith, Margaret Howell  as well as the big name Vivienne Westword, and some smaller shows such as Toga, David Koma and Belstaff. I think this could be a big one, so keep your eyes peeled. 


Milan out of the big 4, has to be my least favourite. Despite this, I will not go in pessimistically. Milan's fashion week which starts on the 17th of September until the 22nd, has a few big headline runners. I can't say there are even any shows which I am anxiously champing at the bit to see, but I'm sure they will pull it out of the bag, as per usual. 


Because Paris for some reason still is 'home' for haute couture in my eyes, this is my favourite show which I genuinely cannot wait for. Paris Fashion Week which starts on Tuesday 23rd right up until the 1st of October, has some huge names showing, as usual. Celine, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Sain Laurent, Stella McCartney, Lavin, and the list goes on and on. I am indeed most excited for Paris, and I reckon we are going to have some simply amazing shows this year.

So here we have, a month jam packed with fashion in all its fullness. I think this year is going to be simply stunning, but when is it not? I will write a review in a months time. Here goes. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Zipped Up - Flavia La Rocca ''The Folded Looks

Reversible, interchangeable, and transforming fashion can sometimes be a gimmick; old and borderline naff. This is what I thought until I found a designer called Flavia La Rocca who's collection of 'zippable' fashion called 'The Folded Looks' caught my eye. The concept itself is hard to put into words, but this video of the collection makes it all that much easier to understand.


Flavia's core principle is to create clothes that can take the everyday woman from day to night through the use of multiple hidden zips within a garment. This could be very clunky, but this collection is completely seamless. The process and versatility of these pieces is flawless and genius; I can't believe no-one has not attempted to succeed in the 'interchangeable fashion' as well as Flavia beforehand. 

The way the pieces, bands, strips and pleats are all made mean it is completely down to you on what you can great. For example, with the same three garments, you can make many different items. You can change the length, the hem, the straps, meaning the you can choose exactly what sort of dress, playsuit, jumpsuit, top or skirt you want; the possibilities are endless.

The items of clothing themselves are very simple and minimalist. But the hidden complexity and depth within the capabilities of what a one dress could be - means it is completely and utterly unique despite the somewhat vague colour range. And if you are a colour fanatic, be not downcast - Flavia has brought out many other collections with the same concept with vast colour and pattern variations. 

In conclusion, Flavia La Rocca has a very unique and genius idea, which she has fulfilled seamlessly. To see more collections from Flavialarocca, here are her links:

Friday, 22 August 2014

Primark Autumn/Winter 2014

It is nearing the end of August now, which means as soon as September comes, most of the high-street shops if not already, will be supplied with all the new autumn/winter stock.  Not all that many everyday fashion shops show their new stock until it's official release, or at a press day; especially not online. But Primark have gone above and beyond, and have released the official AW14 campaign on the web.  

Primark has a very shaky reputation. Especially after the recent bad press about the manufacture's working conditions after a worker sewed a message into a garment pleading for help. Although I believe they are working on the matter, I am here to talk purely about the clothes.

The SS14 had some very strong pieces which were extremely affordable and 'non-primarky', although as normal there were quite a few naff pieces which are still in store now, trying to be flogged for a quid or two.

This AW14 collection looks too, like it has quite a few strong pieces, especially in the shoe and outerwear departments. Here are a few pictures of Primark's newest collection.

This fluffy coat above has to be my favourite item of the whole range. It is a direct copy of Topshop's Tea Pea coat which was extremely popular last year. 

The whole collection has some very good individual items which are very impressive within itself, although in my opinion, the collection lacked unity and togetherness. The styling in the photos has many weaknesses, although quite a lot of the clothes were nice.

Quality is often the most common problem with Primark's clothing, which is completely understandable considering the cost of the clothes to make. Although, sometimes, the quality can be too low to even be worth buying. Its hard to tell if these clothes in the pictures are good quality, the only way you can really tell is when they come in store and see them for yourself.

Overall, this collection has some strengths and weaknesses'. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Spice up your life

History is a very important part of fashion, because as with every other industry in the world, what we have today was shaped by what others did all those years ago. The Victorian, Edwardian, Elizabethan era's, all, although a very long time ago, contributed in some way to the fashion industry and how it looks today. 

In more recent years, the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's have all impacted the coming and going trends we have now. Although I'm not a trends person as such, the 1990's are currently the decade to mimic, and its all very understandable. 

The 90's was quite a revolutionary decade. Electronics developed more this decade than anything other decade in the 20th century. The Internet was invented. 90s music also became a standing factor in this history of music, giving us bands such as Nirvana, Oasis and Blur. The fashions were somewhat frowned upon afterwards, but have suddenly come back in vogue as of late. 

The Spice Girls are also one of the most memorable pioneering factors of the 1990's 

No, I'm not quite into it as much as some others who go for the full monty with chocker's, crop tops, and distressed denim, but I have been taking aspects from this great decade to inspire what I've been wearing as of late.

Fashion icons of the 90s include people such as Kate Moss, Courtney Love, Victoria Beckham, Qwen Stefani, all famous for different reasons, but nonetheless very speculated within the media. 

Fashion wise, the 90's held both good and bad aspects, as with any other decade I believe. As I mentioned earlier, crop tops, choker necklaces, and knee highs, and and although are not particularly to my taste, are still loved and worn today.

So the good parts of 90s fashion that I wear on a regular basis are all way aside from the glitter loving, boob-tube wearing, pop culture of that of the late 90s, but more based around the grunge revolution that happened around mid to late 80's, but happily stretching into the next decade. Here, I have put together a few 90's inspired outfits, which in my opinion, you can get away in every day life without looking borderline naff.

As for the items themselves...

Saturday, 2 August 2014

July Favourites

1. Etsy  2. Asos  3.Asos  4. Topshop
1. Opening Ceremony  2.Shark  3.Asos  4.DKNY

Superdrug's own De-Stressing Aloe Vera Mud Mask

I have by no means got acne, but I do get breakouts quite frequently. I thought it would be a good idea to buy a face mask to eliminate my breakouts. I bought this mud mask from Superdrug, and my feelings toward has changed with use. The first time I wore it, I kept it on for tha amount of time instructed, and after only five minutes, my face was burning. When I took it off after 15 full minutes, my skin was left red, sore, and extremely warm. I decided I must have kept it on too long. Next time I used it, I kept it on for only 5 minutes, and my skin was left feeling very soft and clear. This is a good product, but is obviously very strong, so if you buy it, take this into consideration.

Scheckter's Organic Energy Drink

I think this must be the first edible thing I have included in my favourites, as I am by no means a food or drink expert. The energy drink market is obviously very popular, but most of the drinks available are filled with horrid chemicals and a common animal product Taurine. This energy drink is completely different to all in its category, as it is 100% organic, natural, and vegan. It labels itself as 'berry flavour', when to me its taste is primarily pomegranate. You can find this is most supermarkets and health stores, as well as Boots which is where I found it.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Book Review: Talking Fashion

I read a quite a few fashion books. I've said this numerous times, but fashion books in general are my favourite genre - if it is a genre. I've read many over the years, but a few weeks back I picked up the book 'Talking Fashion' by Jan Kedves from the library, and I'm so glad I did.

This book was different to most books about the intriguing world of fashion. Most other books are either 'what to wear' kinda books, or hardcore history of couture books, either of which can be tedious. The concept of this book was basically interview after interview. It includes interviews with Raf Simons (being the most famous) to fashion illustrators, photographers - the lot.

Because it consisted of interviews and interviews only, it was written (obviously) in a completely conversational matter. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I personally found it very refreshing. Easy to read, and not mind-clogging at all. Casual and relaxing - something very new to the world of fashion literature.

Raf Simons was probably the most famous person who was interviewed in this book.
The pictures were also very well chosen and placed. Each relevant to the current subject the interviewee is talking about. Good quality with suiting captions, the pictures were un-faultable. 

If you, like myself, are an avid fashion reader, I recommend this book to you. It's oh so easy to read, and not at all tedious. Also, its very new and up to date. You can pick this book up for around £13.50 on Amazon UK. Its definitely worth the read.