Saturday, 31 January 2015

i can't remember getting here

Oh, please don't ask me who I am or when and where my life began
Or why I ended up like this or how
Don't ask me what I was before, if I was anything at all.
Its nothing you can know about me now.

So, January has dragged to an end. I was looking through some photos on my laptop and I realised that I never posted some photos from my holiday in Portugal back in October. 





I have stuck to most of my resolutions for 2015 and it's been a good year so far. My only regret is that I have not been journalling much. Hopefully I will make more time for that in February now that my mocks are over. I have been reading a lot. I finished "The Bell Jar" and Rimbaud's "Illuminations" this months and I'm hoping to finish "Mrs Dalloway" tonight. I've been reading mostly at the weekends uninterrupted for long stretches of time. It must be the time of year, but all I feel like doing at the moment is reading. I hope this means I will be able to get through my 2015 reading list.

 Top, American Apparel, trousers, Forever 21, sandals, New Look


One of the only journal collages in my new journal that I started at the end of 2014. The photos are from a day I spent in Hastings with Antonio and Jessie over the Christmas break which was lovely despite the fact that I dragged them all over searching for a record store that we never found. We went to the Jack and Dinos Chapman exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery earlier in the day, which was fantastic. I'd even go as far as saying that it was the best non-fashion related art exhibition I have ever been to. The pieces were really moving and all genuinely interesting to look at.







Wishlist

I am obsessed with clothes at the moment (as in literal clothes, not just salivating over couture on style.com) and I have a mental list of items that I would love to own. I finally made a note of these in this Polyvore collage. Some of the pieces are not exact as I have yet to find a brocade pinafore, for example. I'm trying not to spend any money until summer but I might treat myself if I'm pleased with my mock results.

2015 wishlist


 Sunglasses, River Island. Top, Soul Cal. Skirt, American Apparel. Air Force 1s, Nike.



 Dress, ASOS. Gilet, a shop in Portugal. Boots, boohoo.com.

And here's what I wore today:





Faux fur collar, from a denim jacket from Jane Norman. Gilet, from Portugal. Blouser, Topshop. Skirt, Peekaboo Vintage. Tights, Tezenis. Boots, my mum's.



So, the Paris couture shows have ended and some of my favourites are Atelier Versace, Valentino and Elie Saab. It was Viktor & Rolf, however, that was my absolute number one favourite collection. Viktor & Rolf was definitely the most artistic. Each piece was like a sculpture that you would expect to find installed in an art gallery. Despite the humble, earthy vibes suggested by the straw headpieces, the dresses were evidently luxurious. I may write a full review at some point but I just LOVE it so much. Many other couture collections were cute and wearable (such as Elie Saab that I have reviewed below) but Viktor & Rolf was something really special.



Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture

The show instantly brought to mind an extravagant evening garden party, as feminine models strutted quickly down the runway to the upbeat opening track, The Temples’ “Colours to Life”, that brought an element of modernity to the collection so dotingly conceptualised by Elie Saab for his Spring 2015 couture collection. The models stalked down the dully lit runway on its forest-like set in a sea of delicately sheer gowns and embellished mini dresses that sparkle like a lake under the moonlight. The soundtrack took the show through the ages; from The Temples to Mozart, reflecting the timeless beauty of the collection.


This world created by Saab was really brought to life in the show. One can fantasise about sashaying confidently through a paradise forest wearing haute couture. It was the set and soundtrack that helped to contextualise the clothes and created a lasting impression of this enchanting forest full of beautiful princesses wearing breathtaking iridescent dresses.


The speed and soundtrack initially brought a sense of modernity to the ancient art of couture, despite the classic floor-sweeping dresses, the collection and accompanying soundtrack evolved to span the ages. The fast and feminine models strutting down the catwalk demonstrated the element of power than can be embodied in couture. Even the charming and completely wearable mini dresses in the collection seemed to have the ability to make the wearer a somehow more supreme version of themselves. The collection risked becoming a Spring cliché with Saab’s persistent use of a pastel colour scheme. However, the ingenuity of the handful of pastel lime dresses straddled that obstacle. Pastels were given a classical overhaul in shimmering gowns and dainty ruffled mini dresses. Sophisticated black dresses balanced the collection’s sweetness with a more celestial suggestion.


Elie Saab’s Spring 2015 couture collection definitely does haute couture justice, as it is not an overstatement to suggest that each and every look could be described as art. It could be argued that there is nothing to distinguish this collection from others Saab has created in the past, but what he does he does so well so I’m not complaining. 

What was your favourite Spring 2015 couture collection? Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

couture part 1

Valentino


The show was dreamy and fairylike as the models glided along the runway in an ethereal blur of light as a feather iridescent fabric. The look evolved from folkloric maiden to shimmering woodland goddess. The excitement around Valentino’s live stream on their website (at the perfect after school time, might I add) demonstrates what an untarnished reputation for couture Valentino has. The closing gowns epitomised the beauty of haute couture and, looking wistful and delicate, the models tuned into the collection flawlessly. The clothes exude sophistication through their blend of subtle details and exquisite fabrics. The collection is channelling the archetypically breathtaking qualities of couture.



The music, set and models all factor in to the daydream land created by Chiuri and Piccioli. Although the collection does feature some boxy cuts, the floor sweeping gowns feed in to the notion of floating through a pastoral dream, with the velvety and diaphanous materials brushing the model’s feet; giving them the careless and relaxed speed and demeanour of the couture wearer. The clothes steer clear of the florals for spring cliché, but still evoke feelings of the coming season through the earthy tones and light fabrics synonymous with warmer weather. The collection itself was abundant with browns and burgundies, all emphasising a natural beauty. It consisted also of high collars, boxy gilets and ankle grazing midi dresses, introducing a more carefree, practical style. Glamorous glittering gowns and neutral embellished pinafores fitted together seamlessly to create a couture collection at once visionary and classic. 


Valentino was beautiful and cohesive, making it a stand out collection in Spring 2015 couture. Unquestionably, Valentino was a stunning work of art, reminding us all why fashion can be viewed as such. 

Alexis Mabille


I kinda dig these two pieces but the rest of the collection looked very Project Runway. I don't know what's going on with the pink in the hair. I dyed a pink streak into my hair when I was 14. No shade to young teens, but youthful hair experiments and haute couture do not go well together. Other than that, the black (navy?) shimmery maxi is pretty epic.


Atelier Versace


I HAVE BEEN REVIVED.


NATASHA AND LINDSEY KILLING IT: SO SEXY, SLEEK AND STYLISH.




Literally, I REALLY like this collection. It's fabulous, sexy and sophisticated; everything that a good Versace collection should be. My sole criticism is of the bright blue and red dresses. Just because I would love to wear Versace couture to prom, doesn't meant that the collection should include tacky, bright dresses. 

Bouchra Jarrar


These look like outfits I'd wear to school. I like them, but not more high street than high couture. The looks below, however, though still simplistic, have a much more chic and sophisticated vibe.


Chanel


Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. I love the hats and veils though. I might invest in something along those lines for prom so I don't have to look at anyone all evening.


Armani Prive


1. What is that? A shield? An intergalactic t-shirt? I LIKE IT.
2. Over-sized earrings, 1920s shapes and sparkles. That's all that needs to be said.


3. Boxy jackets make trouser suits glamorous eveningwear.
4. Literally prom dress goals

Christian Dior


I found this collection generally pretty boring, but the details were undeniably pretty. Intricate patterns and shimmery embellishments make it classically couture.


Giambattista Valli


Lovely and pretty and feminine. Pink is powerful and couture should be a beautiful celebration of power.


Schiaparelli


Generally a disappointing collection from Schiaparelli. True to the season, I can imagine wearing these looks at a fancy beach party, but if you can imagine wearing couture to the beach, it's not very couture-esque, is it?

I'm going to sleep now, but will review other couture collections in time to post on Saturday. I haven't mentioned Elie Saab yet because that collection deserves more than a hasty few words. What's your favourite couture collection so far? Have a good week xo