Andrew Gn: 70’s Luxe

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Andrew Gn’s 2015 pre-fall collection added a dash of luxurious charm for a seventies inspired romantic affair with silk, sequins and motif.

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The collection something so special and unique, something that I still can’t put my finger on. Perhaps the fact that Gn drew inspiration from rich tapestries and had fabric specially manufactured for him, to help create a line dripping in authenticity and one of a kind artisanal styles.

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To help create the colourful woven motif used for the dresses, skirts and jackets, the designer worked with Italy’s Clerici Tessuto. To complete the looks, added decadence was given to the garments with graphic embroideries and hand-fringed trims.

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Spotted printed on the silk crêpe and satin by use of traditional techniques were Persian vein and Iznik ceramics that’s rooted in the tile-motif brocade and carnation flowers.

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The evening gowns were a grandeur display of medieval essence in the bustier ball gowns, some of which Gn dabbled with an Ikat-style motif in coloured sequins.

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Andrew Gn brought out a more youthful atmosphere to the bellowing hippie nostalgia with peasant blouses, shorts, cropped pants, cocooning coats and a flared pantsuits. Modesty and conservative looks were also given the luxurious revamp by soft intricate lace detailing.

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Halston & Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit A Flair Of The 70’s

On February 6th, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology opened its door s to an exhibition dedicated to the 70’s by works inspired by the innovators and icons of fashion.

From films to books; being adored and loved acquainted by the evil eye, tabloid spreads fuelled by the press. This is marks the first time showcasing the works Halston and Yves Saint Laurent.

Halston + YSL Exhibition

The exhibition titled “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70’s”, should come as no surprise with the era’s free & fruitful nature and style overruling the runways since the spring summer 2014/2015 fashion week season.

It was deputy director of the Museum at FIT; Patricia Mears and the assistant curator Emma McClendon who pointed out the significance and timeline difference between the two. With each of the designers’ timeline highlighting both Halston’s and Yves Saint Laurent’s achievements and accomplishments and fall from grace from the late 1950’s through till 1984.

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On the walls hang rare photographs of Halston in his first showroom, to the opposite end which sees Saint Laurent strolling the streets of Paris shot by Jean-Luce Hure. What makes both designers admirable, is their drive and ambition in their work ethic; being regarded as men often possessed.

Halston + YSL Exhibition

Halston’s’ determination and preferred taste for rendering a sense of exclusiveness lay in the fact of him only wanting his clothes to be adorned by women of status, the socialites and Middle America. With every such dramatic action, came an equal and ‘disastrous’ reaction in the form Halston losing his unique and exclusive charm on the rails at Bergdorf Goodman with the Halston Limited line to the designer’s name appearing on J.C Penny dresses. With 1984 marking what can be considered the end of the designer’s career; through legal contracts negotiated by Norton Simon, the designer was barred from contact with design and product, including that no product should bear his name.  Some have said that the designer himself spread himself too thin and too much of a perfectionist, not delegating tasks and struggling to keep up with demands.

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With 1984 marking the fall of one designer, it also marked an unexpected phenomenon for Saint Laurent. The metropolitan museum of art had presented the designer with his own retrospective, which was curated by Diana Vreeland; this was the first of its kind, as no other designer at the time could claim such an honour.

What people should take note of, according to Mears; is seeing that Halston’s’ clothing revealed what a great technical dressmaker he was, crafting garments of quality that held a visual simplicity. These items were able to look beautiful on any body type.  They were easy to wear items, enabling women to dress themselves.

With Saint Laurent’s work mimicking the easy to wear look and style, it was rather misleading. However the similarity of these designers came in the form of silhouettes that were used, also lead to the idea and concept behind the materials that were used. “Just the idea that they were using the same sort of materials and sort of concept… we think they were trying to find the vocabulary, which eventually comes out in their hallmark styles. But in the early years of the seventies – the late sixties and early seventies – they’re still looking for it, so a lot of the time you really have trouble distinguishing who did what.”

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Something more evident in Saint Laurent and his ready-to-wear as pointed out by McClendon; “He was looking at Rive Gauche as the laboratory where he could experiment with potential controversial or un-couture influences like exoticism and menswear and historical revival. Then it would go up to his couture.

At the time of course, an idea that played well in the ready-to-wear field was bound for success in the couture lines. This came about with the concept of menswear revival, with separates being important for Rive Gauche, the approach was rooted from a males’ way of dressing – it was in essence that one would be able to combine different suit tops and bottoms. By coordinating these pieces accurately one would be able to build a wardrobe around Yves Saint Laurent, creating new style and adding to some uniformity in the design.

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With similarities there are the evident differences, with Halston trusting in creating pieces that featured a timeless element, whereas with Saint Laurent some pieces could take to a more dated look.

From the exhibit you can expect the portrayal of Russian fantasies and Elizabethan ideals from Saint Laurent – striking but did stand the test of time. With also introducing a minimalistic aspect in the form of sweaters sets and skirts, as well as minimal day looks.

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The Chinoiserie garments are the perfect example of minimalism styles from Saint Laurent, which the 1977 collection featured two dark evening ensembles in printed silk. From Rive Gauche however stands a fuchsia skirt and coat – these can be said to be early experimental ideas in ready-to-wear before they were taken to couture.

There is much to learn and explore within the exhibition, consuming soft, delicate silks from Saint Laurent and flowy chiffons from Halston – it’s a cleaner and what can be said to be more sophisticated approach to the 70’s. Fashion went from girdle classes for women in the sixties to a ‘freedom of the body’ in the seventies.


Artist Virginia Ben Creates Original Artwork For Crep Protect x Adidas

Crep Protect recently commissioned Manchester based artist Virginia Ben to design a mural by rain and stain, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Adidas Superstar trainer.

Known for his original artwork on sneakers and accessories, Ben created the live art installation during the Crep Protect Adidas Christmas party which has held in early December.

Watch the Crep Protect x Art Of Protection 3 featuring Virginia Ben here

Co-founder and director of Crep Protect, Jason Black discovered Ben’s work via social network platform Instagram. Jason discovered that Ben used Crep Protect to safeguard his sneakers after customizing them, which ensured that his artwork would not be ruined whilst people wore them.

According to Black; “I’d noticed Ben’s work for a while on Instagram and when I out he used Crep Protect as part of his creative process, I reached out. We discussed the possibility of him creating an original piece of art for us – and the Adidas party seemed like a natural fit as we always like to have an element of art and innovation in everything we do. It was a really nice touch to have Ben creating live at the party and watch the piece develop right in front of us.”

Since Ben had been using Crep Protect to protect his art work for a long time already, he was really excited to work with them on this project, which was a great success with a remarkable end result.

This is just the beginning of Ben’s career, who is fast on the rise and has been noted for his outstanding finish and originality in his work. His experience includes having his creations exhibited in the flagship stores across the UK for brands such as Liberty’s and Selfridges.

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So you must be wondering Crep Protect is, right? The company which was started in 2012 by Jason Black and his business partner Imran Ahmed, had travelled to Germany to work on developing a product. The hydrophobic solution which uses nanotechnology to create an invisible, protective barrier preventing rain and stains from damaging footwear. Surfaces that have been applied with solution, repel most liquids and the treatment lasts up to two weeks.

See what went down at the Crep Protect x Adidas Christmas here

Prada Cast Ansel, Miles, Jack & Ethan For Spring

With Spring 2015 campaigns coming at us at full force, it looks like fashion giant Prada has carefully curated an exceptional menswear spring 2015 campaign with the finest of gentlemen and household objects.

Source: Official Website

Source: Official Website – Ansel Elgort Prada Spring 2015

Prada brings together four of Hollywood’s leading men to lend their onscreen presence in aid of a series of photographic images conjuring up their own secrets.

The Spring/Summer 2015 campaign features Ansel Elgort peeling a tangerine, whilst Miles Teller scribbles on his hand with a pen, Ethan Hawke cuts a postcard all while Jack O’Connell sips on a glass of water… alluring and mischievous.

Source: Official Website  Miles Teller - Prada Spring 2015

Source: Official Website
Miles Teller – Prada Spring 2015

The campaign which was shot between London and New York by Craig McDean, appropriately created a balance between object and holder with focus shifting to close-ups of hands, faces and placing emphasis on something unknown. According to the release; “As if the magical forces that make the world seem normal have, for an indeterminately short time, revealed their strangeness.” 

The leitmotiv of the collection lies in the stitching, which produces a graphic effect (within large, small, in contrasting colours) all transforming and mixing the classic codes to create new ones. With the addition of modern proportions and silhouettes that invoke the 1970s, it brings forth a sense of peculiarity.

Source: Official Website Ethan Hawke - Prada Spring 2015

Source: Official Website
Ethan Hawke – Prada Spring 2015

The images of muted colour changes to bold black and white, and then back again to emulate the four actors’ fragmented mental focus. The campaign portrays a silence, a space for secrets.

Well it is without a doubt there’s no fault in Ansel Elgort’s stars, Miles Teller leaves us Whiplashed, Ethan Hawke has grown out of Boyhood and Jack O’Connell has broken us…

Source: Official Website Jack O'Connell- Prada Spring 2015

Source: Official Website
Jack O’Connell- Prada Spring 2015

Calvin Harris For Emporio Armani

Known as one of the highest paid DJ’s in the world, it looks like Calvin Harris has stepped out from behind the decks to show off some of his other talents in front of the lens.

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I think I just died…

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I know I am constantly apologising for my lack of blogfulness, but currently due to my circumstances – yes university is a bitch. Excuse my French* been hibernating like a freaking bear with the books in my room I call my cave.

So where to begin? Ok, right. I am finally on holiday, which is more like a ten-day study break! Not impressed at all. But on more news, my style is evolving like a butterfly each day, pop-it, eclectic and arty… I am a fashion student after all.

Right, let’s get back on topic… so much has happened since my last post. The development of stronger bonds between me and my friends, my amazing new sisters, Tracy my godmother and my new brothers xander & sahil have just made my life so much lovelier… hahaha..
Oh yes, did I mention my photo shoot that I recently had with SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE SA?! Well I’m not bragging or anything, but yes I will be featuring in their matric dance issue which comes out in July/august. I even missed my marketing test – yes, for the love of fashion! I wore dresses by the talented Gert Johan Coetzee – hellooo?? It was just a couple posts ago that I blogged about him and then I’m wearing him!! I really wish I could post pics, but will have to wait till the issue comes out 

Since I’m a student I’m always experimenting with my clothing, and investing in staple pieces can take you for miles!

Now let’s move onto my second favourite love, which keeps me sane and keeps my head bobbing… the love of MUSIC!!!
Rocking my playlists at the moment we have:

1. LUPE FIASCO – lasers
To know inspirational, non-rubbish lyrics that makes you listen and feel?! Do yourself a favour, please buy his album!! We all love lasers.

2. 2AM Club –What did you think was going to happen?
So I have recently stumbled upon them, and I cannot for the life of me get enough! It’s a combo of vampire weekend meets arcade fire meets the xx’s meets kings of Leon meets electro pop… I can’t even describe it!! It’s just TASTY! It’s my new feel good, wake me, make me sleep, let me cry, let me fall in love music… it’s all EMPHASIS!! The members are uber cute and they make me smile!

3. Julian Perretta – this boy had me at ‘HELLO’ when I heard his voice… I got tangled up in those locks of his… and then I “WONDER WHY” … blues + mika + olly murs = love!

So I’m sure that every fashion blogger and every other blog in general has been keeping notes on the affair of the Royal Wedding. I for one, have been doing so but in actual fact I’ve always loved Kate Middleton – yes Prince Harry please take note, having a little miss piggy by your side is not really a suitable match… I for one will be counting down till the door opens and out steps Kate. For heaven’s sake, no one’s going to remember anything else except the DRESS!! Internets will crash and so will social networks, as bloggers head full steam ahead and twitter bugs tweet till their fingers get numb and Facebook status’ become a blur… yes how the world will turn to England, forgetting the poverty in Africa, the refugees and freedom fighters and focus on a wedding. Joy. I will of course add my dose of criticism, but, I’m brutal but in a nice manner 

For now, I’m out…
The kupkake