Many fashions come and go, yet what was so special about Cristobal Balenciaga was his ability to transcend the notion of the temporal, ultimately creating timeless shapes and designs that are still with us today.
‘The Great Wave off of the coast at Kanagawa’ (1830-1) is undoubtedly Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous work, followed by a legacy that has found its way into the works of western artists, emblazoned designs worn by models on catwalks, and even etched itself onto people’s skin as a lifelong appreciation of the masterpiece.
‘The American Dream: Pop to the Present’, held at the British Museum, displayed everything including and beyond this, effectively summarizing Pop Art as a significant vehicle within the artistic canon that continues to express matters dense with socio-political meaning.
In the impressive set-up with 10 room, there is 700 artworks and 120 artists, art group and related phenomena presented. The list includes artists from the ex-Yugoslav countries - Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Eastern-European countries - Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
The War Paint Project: something that is significantly instrumental in enabling an individual to feel comfortable with their sense of self. In collaboration with Illamasqua cosmetics, every model was provided with a range of makeup to apply on themselves in whatever manner they pleased, allowing them to become both model and creator of their photoshoot. In blurring the boundaries between the two tasks, all of the models were liberated from their typical routine and given the chance to visually express their personality and style before the lens. After the photoshoot, we had the privilege to catch up with all the models, and find out a little bit more about their personalities, interests, and their careers so far.
When Kim Kardashian’s nude selfies ‘broke the internet’ followed with lengthy debates on empowerment it became apparent that the notion of women and representation is still very much a contemporary issue. In ‘Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s’, an exhibition currently displayed at the Photographers Gallery, visitors can see many of the modern elementary contributors to issues of representing women, and that the values elicited still bear relevance to our current society.
In a pastel laden colour palette, Emporio Armani SS18 exhibited a number of classic garments that exuded elegance, intertwined with a sense of fun and contemporaneity that rendered the outfits with a number of focal points.
Taking inspiration from Harley Weir’s photographs of Scottish landscapes, Pringle of Scotland SS18 took to London Fashion Week with a series of outfits that imitated both the beauty and ruggedness of Scottish landscapes.
Featuring plenty of florals and frills, Christopher Kane SS18 innovatively worked upon the notion of domestic goddess, creating a number of shapes and cut outs from a source that may not typically be deemed as possessing potential in fashion.
In a surge of nylons and enough colours to paint a rainbow, Jasper Conran SS18 toyed with the notion of fashion as a means to simultaneously reveal and conceal, resulting in a number of statement looks.
Marc Luloh and Alasdair Carmichael at PRM Model agency, Photographed by Linda Cooper and styled by Gareth Chow with pieces from Matthew Miller, Nike, Acne Studio, MM6, Joseph, Fendi, Kenzo, Nasir Mazhar, Chanel and Celine.
Dressed in trench coats, striped blazers, cable knit cricket jumpers and jackets, and featuring in deep reds, creams, olives and navy blues, a number of facets in relation to sports could be remarked upon. Embellished with stitched rose motifs, Kent & Curwen appeared to re-appropriate the bold rugby symbol with a touch of elegance, and the hints of soft cream tones that presented their self in v neck jumpers, blazers, and trousers, appeared reminiscent of a cricket style.
Designers explore a number of concepts to establish the foundations of their collection, thoroughly researching each facet prior to its materialisation. John Smedley SS18 went over and above this approach, embodying his ideas with a sense of meticulousness that was very much apparent within the collection.
Brim-full with fine satins in palettes of golds, creams, beiges, olives, and sky blues, and bought together with a Medieval revivalist and Edo Japanese era aesthetic, the collection exuded beauty and luxury.
Unique about this collection was the incorporation of accessories; mini rucksacks, messenger bags, wallets, key fobs, bag labels, sunglasses and cologne bottles featured, emphasizing that style should not be compromised by practicality.
With new designs to feast the eyes upon, Liam Hodges SS18 works upon a 21st century discourse, melding its counterparts with an array of visuals that express a fashionable embodiment of his perspective and will continue to make noise in the fashion industry.
Beginning with the question ‘Who is Sean Flynn?’ Nigel Cabourn SS18 rooted his collection in a military style, creating an anti-war statement with regards to the the war photojournalist’s mysterious disappearance in 1970.
Featuring the brands Paul & Shark, Norwegian Rain, New & Lingwood, Turnbull & Asser, Aquascutum and Sunspel, St. James SS18 bought together a number of significant brands to create a collection that perfectly suits the summer climate through their unique approach to timeless menswear staples.
Citing his multicultural roots as the influence behind his fashion, Nicholas Daley made his debut at London Fashion Week Men’s SS18. Bringing together a pastiche of elements into a beautifully crafted presentation, the display was dense with facets that drew the eyes and mind into a twofold process of appreciation.
Wearing oversized tortoise shell glasses and pinstripe suits, the collection for E.Tautz SS18 had a decidedly 80s-subdued-New-Wave-meets-Miami-Vice-feel; finished with shoes by Christian Louboutin, both polished and relaxed styles were bought together into one ensemble.
Influences can be taken from anywhere and everywhere; for her spring summer collection Astrid Andersen chose to take inspiration from the safari, re-appropriating a commonly referenced theme and creating new associations.
For the spring summer season, Tinie Tempah exhibited his very own creation in a manner that transcended a typical display and showcased the functional aspect of his designs to their very best potential.
In streams of khaki greens, blacks and whites, KTZ SS18 proposed a collection inherent with creativity that blended the punk, biker, and military aesthetic into a conflation of visual and tactile means.
Michiko Koshino SS18 appeared to recharge this trend, infusing the stylistic aspects of Japanese baseball teams from the 1940s-50s into a unique collection of contemporary garments that remained visibly faithful to their sporting heritage.
South London rappers Krept and Konan have spent the last few years taking over the underground music with their rhymes and rhythms, and have gained a notorious reputation in the Grime and Hip Hop scene.
To the beat of hip hop music, glamorous guests mingled with one another the whole evening, amongst which were models, bold fashion influencers, talented musicians, creative artists and distinguished VIPS.
On the 10th November Hermès and Crazy Carrè arrived in London on their world tour. Based at the Old Selfridges Hotel, the event hosted an array of visual, tactile, palatable,and audible delights much to the privilege of their attendees.