Wednesday, 29 October 2014

haunting

Sometimes when it gets to Halloween, I wish to be temporarily blinded whilst walking through the high street as I pass the repetitive, tacky and abrasive festive displays. Whether it is a bright orange pumpkin template staring at me menacingly as I make my way through town or a poorly draped dark grey cobweb, this holiday is, commercially at least, all-pervading. We live in a world where everything is commercialised. It is difficult not to be acutely aware of this. Festive holidays are marketed to within an inch of their life, as if everyone would just stop celebrating Christmas if Clinton’s got rid of their fake snow scene taking up the shop window. I am not being a Scrooge about the holidays themselves, simply the aesthetics of them.

The matter is not helped by the fact that once you turn thirteen and are too cool for school for children’s Halloween costumes, the only women’s costumes available are grossly sexualised. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with wearing these costumes, but it becomes a problem when there are literally no other options available. If you suddenly become extra lazy as you adapt to the colder weather, like I do, then going out of your way to find an adequate costume that is not marketed as a “Halloween costume” seems like unnecessary effort. If I could afford Moschino I’d dress as Barbie, because we all know how horrifyingly terrible that collection was.

Left to right: Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Tom Ford, Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga

If you don’t want to dress as a bunny/nurse/sexualised and appropriated member of another culture, take inspiration from designers. Many of the Spring/Summer ’15 collections had surprisingly dark undertones,with brands like Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester conjuring up images closer to death than to the rebirth of Spring: perfect for Halloween. To paraphrase Mean Girls, “In girl world, Halloween is the one day of the year where a girl is allowed to dress like a slut pretentious fashion freak who wears charity shop gowns that are actually inspired by Alexander McQueen and no one can say anything about it."

Top row: Phoebe English SS15
Bottom row: Yohji Yamamoto SS15

Yohji Yamamoto's helmeted bride is probably the most memorably ghostly image from fashion month, but many other designers also explored the dark underbelly of fashion, sartorially speaking. Take Phoebe English's SS15 collection for example, blending the heavenly with the haunting. The clothes were created through manipulating netted fabric and experimenting with oversized pieces.

happy halloween



Emilio Pucci black pants
£370 - theoutnet.com


Heel boots
fashionunion.com



Cat headband
£3.88 - fancypocket.sg



The go-to costume if all other ideas fall through, is of course, the cat. This is the least controversial and most simplistic. Buy a pair of cat ears from Topshop, Claire's or the 99p Store (depending on your taste/budget) to accessorise an otherwise ordinary all-black outfit. You can get away with this look even if it is not Halloween because cats are cool and cat ears are a trendy accessory. Alternatively, Halloween is really just the best time of year to wear whatever you want. It's an excuse to wear fancy dress even if it is not conventionally spooky and you plan on staying in. You could dress as an iconic celebrity, book or film character or just your everyday angsty teenager who writes blog posts about how tacky Halloween shop displays are.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

i could never bring you flowers



Hello- I hope you've all had a good week! Here are some photos from a while ago. I was inspired by Balenciaga's Resort 2015 collection and the simplistic black looks within that.It made me look really pale but I guess that creates an interesting contrast. #gothsinhotweather



Earlier this week the Meadham Kirchhoff zine arrived in the post! I emailed Ed a few weeks ago and he was really sweet and said that they still had some left and he'd send me one. It was all entirely free. The zine is really cool. My favourite pages are the "love" and "hate" ones pictured above. In general, it's awesomely punk. I'm so glad to have my own copy, as I love Meadham Kirchhoff so much. I posted a photo of the cover on Instagram, but it was taken down for violating the community guidelines. That was not very punk of you, Instagram. "Reject everything."


My house had no internet on Monday night so I read the last 50 pages of "Jane Eyre" and I adored it. I don't think that I ever truly expected it to be anything short of brilliant, but it exceeded my expectations. I really want to do a module on the Bronte's when I go to uni. I think that I prefer "Wuthering Heights" to "Jane Eyre" but I'd only ever really have to talk about that if someone asked me specifically, because they are both two of my favourites.
I'm taking lots of books with me to Portugal, but I'm hoping to read them all and I'll write briefly about them on here if they make an impression on me. I guess the reasons I liked "Jane Eyre" so much are pretty generic. Firstly, and most obviously, it is so fantastically and engagingly written. Secondly, I'm a pathetic, hopelessly romantic loser.


I wore thrifted blazer, New Look top, H&M jeans and Boohoo.com boots. Black is a colour I always go back to because it's so flattering. It's pretty difficult to avoid wearing black at all. It's in most items because it goes with everything. Coco Chanel said that black is the best colour because it wipes out everything else. It is a powerful colour.


This is the only photo of both Ruby and I from the shoot with Antonio that I did not put in the jeans post. I hadn't actually prepared to have my photo taken, as I was just going along to assist with the lighting. I did wear jeans though, to match the vibes of the shoot. I decided to take some photos with Ruby to demonstrate that sense of solidarity that comes with wearing jeans that I wrote about in the post. We climbed over the gate to get onto the bowling green in the park. We got a few disapproving looks from old ladies walking past. The other location was the swings outside of the main play area. Some other teenagers arrived soon after we did and hung out by the baby swings opposite, talking about 10 Things I Hate About You and drinking J20.There are so many great places to shoot suburban vibey photographs where I live. It's not a particularly pretty town but we do have a castle and a river and it's very green.
In these photos I'm wearing Meadham Kirchhoff x Amazon sweatshirt, New Look belt, Topshop jeans and Boohoo.com boots.
You can see more photos from the shoot on Antonio's website. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

jeans represent democracy in fashion


Taken by Antonio

Jeans have always been a wardrobe essential, but now they are not slack, but stylish.

This season, it is not only the uber cool off-duty supermodels that you can see dashing around London in cashmere jumpers, chunky black boots and a pair of flawlessly fitted skinny jeans. Many a budding fashionista has traded in their experimental avant-garde attire for the simplicity of denim, and it is not just one style drawing the fans in either. One day you may be dressed up in skinny jeans, a fitted jumper and a faux fur gilet. The next day you may opt for a vintage sweatshirt with a pair of baggy ripped jeans and delicate stilettos. Another day you might decide to wear a plaid shirt tucked into belted mom jeans with heeled Chelsea boots.

Clockwise from top left: Alexa Chung via company.co.uk, Sasha Luss via stockholm-streetstyle.com, fashion blogger Andy Heart, fashion blogger Summer Listen, Charlie Barker and Elizabeth Jane Bishop via Instagram, Kate Moss via Flickr, Natalie Off Duty, Chiara Ferragni

As fashion peacocks compete for the attention of street-style photographers, there has been subversion back to basics; coined, far from economically, “normcore.” This, however, does not translate to "boring." "I don't think I've seen ugly people wearing ugly jeans for a very long time. Jeans are comfy. They make you look cool without actually having to put effort in. They are just the trouser to wear," says Antonio, drinking a can of Diet Coke as we sit in the dark on the fence surrounding our local park, with cars shining their headlights as they pass. He's wearing a thrifted denim jacket, burgundy sweatshirt, white Converse and Topman blue jeans, "Double denim is okay because Alexa Chung said so," he justified to me earlier when we were waiting to pay for our drinks. "I really like Mom jeans" he explains, "Not whether they look good on me or not, but when I see people wearing Mom jeans and pulling it off casually, it looks good." And if money was no object and he could buy any jeans he wanted? "Levis because you trust them. Levis are the classics."


Jeans through history: Clockwise from top left: James Dean via denimblog.com, Teddy boys via tumblr, 1950s teenagers via tumblr, editorial via Teen Vogue, Marlon Brando via softgreen.com.br, Vintage Levi's ad via whirligigtv.yuku.com

Levi's are definitely the classics. Levi began making denim overalls in the 1870s. The first pair of 501 jeans were made in the 1890s. These would later go on to be the brand's best-selling style. At first, the jeans were mostly sold only to cowboys, lumberjacks and rail-road workers. Although Levis have been around since the late 19th century, it was not until the 1950s that they began to be adopted as a sort of uniform for youth subcultures. Jeans got their cool, rebellious label from films like "Rebel Without A Cause." The likes of James Dean and Marlon Brando gave sex appeal to an item previously associated only with manual labour. As Antonio said, Levis are trusted. Many people go back and buy more than one pair from the brand.

Clockwise from top left: Woodstock via shellyrusten.com, 1970s teenagers via clintoncharlie.com, Ramones via duval009blog.wordpress.com, quote via Pinterest, 1990s teenagers via designbyhumans.com


The jeans you wear can say a lot about you. There is a sense of solidarity between everyone who wears Mom jeans, as there is between those wearing skinny jeans. Jeans will always have strong links to subcultures and the source of identity that comes with them. "If I see people wearing black jeans I always think of them as being grungy scene kids. I always think they're gonna have skinny jeans, Doc Martens and a baggy top" Antonio explains. Similarly, the revival of Mom jeans has links to teenage girl internet culture and ripped jeans with patches and safety pins are quintessentially punk.

Street style photos via Tommy Ton

Jeans also have that androgynous appeal that is currently so adored by the fashion world. A quality skinny jean is completely genderless. The ways in which jeans can be styled also tend to lean in a direction devoid of gender norms. Antonio concluded the interview by adding that "That tough thing, for me, as a boy, [is that] there's not much else to wear. I don't like shorts. I like jeans." If I'm not wearing a skirt, I'm wearing jeans. It is difficult to find well-fitted trousers that are as comfortable and flattering as jeans. Furthermore, in August, Leandra Medine asked on Man Repeller, "Are legs out?" as she sat in high waisted black skinny jeans on one of the hottest days of the year.

Left to right: Hood By Air SS15, Fendi SS15, 6397 SS15

Before this year I had not owned a single pair of jeans for some time. I now own 4, with another pair at the very top of my wishlist. The pair in question are the Topshop black ripped Jamie jeans. I have 2 pairs of Topshop jeans and really think that they are the best place on the high street to find the perfect fit. Jeans are such an essential ingredient to an outfit. They take up so much space that they have to be paid attention to. This is why it is paramount that you find the right pair for you. Be fashion forward with high-waisted wide leg jeans like those from Anna Sui Spring/Summer '15, proving that the runway is not immune to this trend. Faded denim, as seen in 6397's SS15 collection is also very on trend right now. Fendi's SS15 collection saw denim on the Fendi runway for the first time ever, proving that jeans can fit into any brand identity.

Clockwise from top left: £25, Rokit; £75, American Apparel; £42, Topshop; £25, Rokit; £75, American Apparel, £40, Topshop; £25, Rokit; £70, Marques Almeida x Topshop; £42, Topshop; £55, The Ragged Priest; £40, Topshop.

A classic pair of Levi's, Acne or Saint Laurent jeans may be high quality, but mostly people want jeans that look good. This means that if your budget does not stretch to designer brands, like most of ours, then it is more worthwhile to get some medium quality jeans in a style that you love. Then you can buy more pairs in different styles. However, there is no need to substitute practicality for style in jeans; you can have both. Ripped jeans are still functional and comfortable, if not a little cold if they are really ripped. Beauty and practicality coexist in jeans and that is why we keep going back to them.



Saturday, 18 October 2014

i spend a lot of time looking at blue


Hello! I’m writing this on Wednesday but it’s not going to be published until Saturday because I go to Portugal next weekend so I’m starting to set up a queue in advance so I don't run out of time and have a mad packing/blogging/crying panic the night before I leave. I’m excited but it’s crazy how quickly it’s come around. All I’ve done in preparation is sort out which books I’m going to take with me. I’ll have no internet access whilst I’m there. It will be nice to have a break from social media because since school has started I’ve spent so much time online. It sounds hypocritical but it will be refreshing to have a week where I can read and write without too many distractions or external influences. I’ve started properly writing poetry recently because last week I got asked three seperate times if I write poetry. That was after I was caught killing a bear with a typewriter to appease the spirit of Hemingway and slathering myself in ink in tribute to Shakespeare when I was working on my creative writing portfolio and applying for creative writing courses at uni. By “properly” writing poetry, I mean poems that I am actually comfortable with other people reading. I will upload them onto my writing blog at some point, but I am thinking of submitting them to The Mackinac so I will put off publishing them until I have found out if they made it into the magazine or not. 
I am going to try and create a mini zine featuring my Spring/Summer ’15 reviews and some other pieces before I go to Portugal. I’ll let you know when it’s completed and you can email me if you would like a PDF copy. Alternatively, I will send free paper copies to anyone who buys a paper issue of Pretty. Issue 6 of Cherry came out a couple of weeks ago. I wrote a piece about self-love for it. 




The photos in this post are from a couple of weeks ago. When I get back from Portugal I'm going to go on some wintry walks with Antonio and he's going to take some photos that I can post on here. I'm wearing New Look jacket, top and skirt, Marks and Spencers' tights and H by Henry Holland shoes.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

the best of fashion month (part 3)

Yohji Yamamoto SS15: PFW

Source: style.com
Yohji Yamamoto’s Spring/Summer ’15 collection appears as if from underground 19th century Paris. The models stalked the runway liked haunted seductresses; each movement simultaneously sultry and subtly menacing. Mismatched and outsized, the clothes hung loosely, but with bare shoulders, thigh slits and tiny crop tops, the collection had an unprecedented amount of sex appeal. Yamamoto has purposefully avoided ever created a collection with such a sensual approach. Until now.


Yamamoto’s starting point for the collection was swathing fabric freely on a woman’s body because he “enjoys the feel of fabric against skin.” The simple, baggy tailoring appears to seamlessly blend comfort with style. Although simplistic monochrome overpowered the collection, bursts of gold towards the end served the purpose of making people “wake up.” This intention is questionable, however, because undoubtedly, the monochrome looks were the most powerful and interesting of the collection.


The hair and makeup reinforced the 19th century atmosphere, as the dusty eye shadow and waxed hair made it appear as though the models had come back from the dead. Alongside the spontaneously draped fabrics baring shoulders and thighs, this questioned natural beauty. The helmets scattered across the collection also created a ghostly tone. Style.com suggest that Yamamoto used this accessory to make the point that we must protect the mind; protect the imagination.


The closing look was a ghostly Miss Havisham-esque creation; put together using fresh dahlias and orchids. A driving force behind the collection was Yamamoto’s view that “sexuality and flowers' beauty for me are the same. Flowers are not always beautiful; women are not always beautiful. It depends on the conditions.” There was a delicate beauty to the collection reminiscent of the delicacy of sexuality and flowers alike. Lightness and fluidity added power to the collection. It felt very natural, linking again back to flowers and sexuality.


Yamamoto’s SS15 collection reinforces his place as an iconic designers, showing how he is unafraid to deviate from his usual direction in order to experiment with different breeds of elegance. He blends timeless monochrome pieces with visionary, avante garde accessories.
Comme des Garçons SS15: PFW

Source: style.com
Love, lust, danger, energy, power, passion, strength, desire…If there is one colour on the spectrum that is the most abundant with strong connotations, it is red. That is why it is curious to contemplate Rei Kawakubo’s decision to focus her entire Spring/Summer ’15 collection on this single potent shade. Kawakubo explored many of these associations through the idiosyncratically deconstructed pieces that made up the collection. Powerfully thought-provoking and experimental as ever, this season was a strong one for Kawakubo.
The clothes themselves inspired a range of emotional responses. The first includes fabric shaped to appear like roses, immediately bringing to mind connotations of love. A later look made up from small cut up pieces of fabric comes across as more dangerous and the hooded looks could be from Little Red Riding Hood, or from M. Night Shymalan’s The Village. One piece strays from the dominant colour scheme in that a red pattern is splattered onto a white background. This could be reminiscent of spattered blood, creating a much darker tone.
Kawakubo manipulates the power of the colour red to create pleasant, romantic vibes, contrasted starkly against a lot of darker tones. Some outfits appear light-hearted; others not so much. The importance of colour is no more obvious than when the second hooded look comes out. Instead of the bright red shade, the hood is black. This immediately has darker connotations and creates a drastically different tone to the red hooded figure seen previously. The model’s face is shaded and the red inspires thoughts of blood and danger. The collections closing look, features not quite a hood, but what appears more like a plastic bag. Is Kawakubo suggesting death; murder, even? It feels that way.
Comme des Garçons is one of the most memorable SS15 collections, if not only for its colourful consistency. It proves that colour is not just random; but purposeful and powerful. Tavi Gevinson recently did a piece for The Times’ Style in which she discusses colours. Apparently red lipstick is inappropriate for the office because studies have shown that red makes people think of vaginas. Oh.


Chanel SS15: PFW

Source: style.com
The collection itself was an optimistic celebration of individuality. Models walked down the Parisian boulevard in pairs and groups, creating an atmosphere much more natural and applicable to everyday life than Lagerfeld’s past collections. The clothes were a bright myriad of colourful tweeds and floral prints reminiscent of water colour paintings. Sartorially, it felt as though every age demographic was represented; cute floral mini dresses to smart monochrome suits to comfy slouched tweed looks.
The collection, however, was overpowered by the show itself. Although this is often the case with Lagerfeld’s presentations, this time it was true to a greater extent than ever before. People rushed to social media to express their opinions on the protest march that closed the collection. Some spoke of it in a positive manner, emphasising that anything that brings feminism into the conversation is progressive. However, others believed that signs like “Boys should get pregnant too” and “Féministe mais Feminine” trivialised and poked fun at the movement. Furthermore, commercialising protest and using it to sell clothes does seem rather distasteful given what is going on in Hong Kong at the moment. Lagerfeld cited 1960s women’s liberation movements as his inspiration, but feminism is still an important cause today. If done by a designer who seemed to genuinely support feminism, created powerful slogans and included a wider range of ethnicities, ages and body types then it might have worked. However, Lagerfeld (who has previously stated that Chanel was not ugly enough to be a feminist) clearly did not meet such requirements.
Nonetheless, the collection as a whole did have very Gabrielle Chanel vibes. The women strolling down the “Boulevard Chanel” were confident, independent, individual and daring; all qualities that were to be admired in the brand’s founding designer. The protest at the end may have been questionable, but signs like “Be Different” and “Make Fashion Not War” worked wonderfully with the theme of sartorial confidence. One thing is certain; Chanel SS15 will not easily be forgotten.  


THE BEST OF FASHION MONTH (PART 1)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

i dreamt of you last night and the world split into two


This week has been pretty hectic. I’m starting to realise how time-consuming my final year of school is going to be. However, I think that is partially because even the things I enjoy doing (such as blogging and writing) could actually have an effect on my future and consequently it feels like I’m working all the time. Even when I don’t have school work I’m honing my creative writing portfolio, working on the school magazine and reading books for school. I volunteered at the library again this morning and got to colour in a pair of knickers (it was to promote a performance of a play for children at a local theatre.) I’m going on an autumnal dog walk to the lake this afternoon. The trees form a canopy over the footpath and it looks very beautiful this time of year. I went on a run there last weekend and the sun was shining through the orange leaves and glittering on the lake.  




I've been dressing in black a lot lately because I'm devastated about the news that Morrissey has cancer  I like how clean and uncomplicated it looks. One of the women working at the library today was wearing really cool monochrome creepers and she said she liked my boots. I wear them far too much and the soles are wearing away but they go with everything and are so comfortable. 
Last weekend I went to the Horst exhibition at the V&A. It was truly spectacular and completely worth the £6 ticket. It was so vast, with rooms filled with Horst's early work, his projects focusing on texture and, of course, his extensive work for Vogue. Seeing it all in one place makes you realise how important fashion photography is in our understanding of an era. Vogue and the photographers who have contributed much of their life work to it have created a visual timeline of our culture. The exhibition also featured some original designer dresses created by the likes of Chanel and Schiaparelli, an original black and white video going behind the scenes at Vogue in the early 20th century and a long glass case stretching across the room, filled with old issues of Vogue.





After the exhibition whilst we were traipsing through Oxford Street looking for a place to get coffee, I spotted that Urban Outfitters now have a coffee shop inside, so we ran across the road and got chai lattes. A dash to the changing rooms with armfuls of clothes later ensued as it always does when I go to Urban Outfitters. I've been trying to save money to go to Paris this summer so I didn't actually buy any of the clothes I tried on, but aren't the dresses beautiful? I think the first one looks very poetic and the second one very Edie Sedgwick. Oh well...



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

the best of fashion month (part 2)

Fendi SS15: MFW

Source: style.com
Rome was the inspiration for Fendi’s Spring/Summer ’15 collection. Models walked down straight Roman roads whilst classical piano music played underneath the sound of frequent cars speeding past. Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld delivered a show with a modern cosmopolitan buzz, simultaneously paying homage to a city so steeped in historical heritage. The looks themselves suggested streetwise sophistication, with an exotic, European twist.

Fendi and Lagerfeld encapsulated a vibrant city, rich with culture but not afraid of propelling itself into modernity. Cara Delevigne who, love her or loathe her, is undeniably the most recognisable model in the fashion industry right now, opened the show, demonstrating that the designers wanted Fendi to be commercially appealing- even allowing denim to grace the Fendi catwalk for the first ever time.

The collection itself consisted of pretty blue floral prints, delicate sandals and a colour palette that shifted between feminine pastels and contemporary monochrome. Lagerfeld and Fendi showed a diverse range of fabrics throughout, with materials from shimmery to sheer, PVC to clear plastic.The most iconic looks, however, came in the form of the feathered mini dresses. One was paraded on model of the moment Binx Walton. Another, worn by Joan Smalls.

At Fendi it is always impossible not to note the accessories as a fundamental element of the overall look. Strappy sandals, cat-eye sunglasses and embellished handbags brought a luxurious '60s vibe to the collection, drawing on a collective nostalgia for the aesthetics of that era that is so prevalent amongst young people today. Dramatic blue eye-makeup was a consistent feature that flowed through every look, making the collection more cohesive.

Fendi's SS15 collection encapsulated Rome as a modern city. Taking somewhere with traditionally strong ties to religion and history and merging it with the fact that it is situated in a country that plays a vital role in the global fashion industry, Lagerfeld and Fendi have reacted to the effect of globalisation on such an historic city and they could not have gone about it in a more chic way. Now pass the pizza, but don't spill it on your crisp, white Fendi dress.

Versace SS15: MFW


Source: style.com
The collection got off to a surprising start. The glamour and sexuality of Versace was cast aside for a a sleek, modest black set. The slit up the leg, bare stomach and the subtle logo embellishments are the only nods towards classic Donatella. The opening looks all presented an elegant modesty. Undeniably, Spring/Summer ’15 Versace introduced a fresh, clean look that presented mesh and glitter as classy fashion choices. It was the simplistic charm of the looks that made it such an effective collection. It was bold and straightforward, encapsulating a modern sophistication.

The collection consisted of sharp tailoring, shiny pastel tones and embellished leather details. The looks were sexy in an understated way. They were aesthetically appealing in an artful way. Even the Versace-esque mesh gelled cohesively with the uptown vibes of the rest of the collection.

Each look reconceptionalised the Versace logo, creating an image that was less logomania and more millennial. The shine on the pastel coloured dresses, added to the atmosphere of newness that infiltrates the collection. The set had a powerful influence too, with the runway reflecting the pink logo, creating an aesthetic paradise. 

There is no theme that runs through Versace's SS15 collection. However, it has been noted on social media that it has many similarities with tumblr art blogs, such as 122x, fkatwigs and ppolishprincess. The clean, unembellished aesthetic does match the mindset of many young people when it comes to fashion. It is stylish without trying too hard to be.

Style.com names this Versace's "strongest collection in a long time." This is a bold yet incredibly accurate statement. Donatella abandoned the brand's usual overt sexiness in favour for something a little more covert, more refined, sleeker. SS15 will always be one of Versace's strongest collections.

Gareth Pugh SS15: PFW

Source: style.com
Gareth Pugh's Spring/Summer '15 collection appeared as if from a dystopian dream or perhaps a bizarre nightmare. In reality, Pugh was inspired by much more earthly elements. Collaborating with the Museum of British Folklore to perfect the collection, Pugh titled the look "frayed luxury." Some elements leant more in one direction or the other. The first half of the collection is pretty and feminine and much of it is created using more generic materials. However, the "frayed" outfits are to follow, with dresses resembling potato sacks, made from the same sackcloth used to make scarecrows. Conceptually, this part of the collection is flawless. The looks are artfully tailored, especially considering the tough fabrics that were being worked with. 

Floral embellishments and delicate materials showed how expertly made even the wearable pieces are. However, the most iconic looks were those that stood out amongst the others. The papier-mache skulls, wacky headpieces, complete scarecrow looks and, probably most unforgettably, the all engulfing silhouette of the look inspired by Padstow Obby Oss stole the attention away from the tamer looks.

The sheer originality of this collection makes it a visionary and unforgettable season for Gareth Pugh. However, the fact that it was shown in a showroom in New York during Paris Fashion Week instead of at a show in Paris, as Pugh usually shows his collections, may mean that it is unjustly overlooked.The showroom was an "immersive presentation" but few got to attend, leaving the Paris shows inspiring the headlines and social media discussions.

Designers often draw inspiration from folklore in the form of chunky ponchos or boho prints, but Pugh took that idea and shaped it into something more idiosyncratic, more sensational. Gareth Pugh SS15 is one of those collections that it is difficult to get out of your mind; whether in puzzlement over that Padstow Obby Oss inspired outfit or in awe at the beauty of the flower embellished bodysuit. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

i love love


This school year is so different to last year. I only study three subjects now (English Literature, History and Sociology) so a lot of the time it is entirely down to me to choose how to spend my time. That said, I have been keeping myself busy. I volunteer at the library every Saturday where I run craft sessions for children. I can decide on the theme and activity then ask the library to get the right materials, so it's quite a creative outlet seeing as I don't do much crafty sort of art aside from the odd collage for the rest of the year. Tomorrow I am going to London to see The Private Apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. I feel like my life is becoming more cohesive this year. I have had so many more opportunities and freedom to accept them. I feel more comfortable with myself than I thought I ever could or would.
I have felt a bit of a mad panic that this is my last year as an Official Teenager, when I’ve wasted most of my adolescence relating far too much to this Morrissey quote: “I was never young. This idea of fun: cars, girls, Saturday night, bottle of wine... to me, these things are morbid. I was always attracted to people with the same problems as me. It doesn't help when most of them are dead.” Perhaps it is just that I have matured and these things are no longer "morbid" to me. Instead I associate them with being and feeling alive.





These photos are from one day last week. I forget which one, as the days are all starting to blur into one and everyday I exchange complaints with the lady who works in the sixth form cafe about how it should be the weekend already as I pay for my coffee then shuffle away exhaustedly. 
The night before I wore this, I dreamt that I was at a dinner part with Elizabeth Jane Bishop and Charlie Barker where Charlie kept saying to me, "It's all about the pastel vintage clothes" and I was like "Yar, ya, yeaahhh" because obviously I've known that since like 2012. 



I'm wearing sunglasses from Primark, top from American Apparel, kimono jacket from Forever 21, skirt from American Apparel and boots from boohoo.com. I'm really happy that I can get away with wearing the top to school with a jacket over it, because otherwise it shows my SHOULDERS!! RUN FOR SAFETY!!

I don't know if I wrote about it on here, but I submitted an article about Johnny Marr's lyrics, to his fanzine "Dynamic" and it got accepted. Johnny tweeted about it when it was released on the day before I went back to school, so I was like "muuuum I don't have to go back to school now: I've made it!!" Below is the article as it appears in the zine. You can read the whole of "Dynamic" here.