Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christian Dior Spring 2017






There are few things more exciting in this world than something which has never been seen or experienced before, including the collections of the first female to take reign as creative director at Christian Dior. Within French culture, the prestigious house has become synonymous with traditional notions of femininity but in 2017 what does a modern approach to traditional feminine ideals look like? Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment follows a succession of brilliantly orchestrated collections alongside design partner Pierpaolo Picciolo for Valentino. The premise for Spring 2017 at its very core is diversity and differences among women, with Chiuri noting “The message, really, is that there is not one kind of woman,” she said. There was some shock when the show opened with Ruth Bell, sporting her signature buzzcut and dressed in something which resembled a white fencing jacket, monogrammed trainers and knickerbockers. What soon emerged was a refreshingly widened viewpoint and defiant representation of women, rather than the same old reiteration of the same look over and over again. 









Slowly but surely we are seeing changes within society that speak to women of all walks of life, and for Spring 2017 Chiuri has managed to capture a snapshot of the female experience and create pieces which speak to the athletes, as well as those more drawn to a life of leisure. The result? A balance between these two ideals, draws in a new audience of generation of women whether they be attracted to the unattainable and more glamorous dresses, or simple and practical pieces. It’s all there; to be worn by an army of women all connected through the same hardships and ubiquitous experiences we collectively encounter throughout the course of the female experience. Among the mix of hard and soft there were also faded slogan tees, with one reading “We should all be feminists”. Since Sex & The City, and more modern contemporaries such as Girls and Orange is the New Black, young women have been inspired to call themselves feminists (whether they fully understand the political ideologies that are attached). 






Maria Grazia and Piccioli are both avid and passionate researchers, however, when working for a house like Christian Dior which carries such a rich history there’s a myriad of motifs, themes and techniques to draw inspiration from. That’s not to say that the new creative director is limiting what she can and can’t do, noting “Monsieur Dior only lives for ten years. It can’t only be about him!”. Chiuri describes her new role as a curator for the house of Christian Dior, borrowing the bee motif from Hedi Slimane which featured front and centre on the knee high boots and sneakers. Whilst not as pretty as the velvet suede shoes at Valentino, this is another runway where flats were the shoe of choice, further entrenching this idea that women more than ever are exercising their choice to dress for comfort, yet fashionably so. The boots were a stark contrast to the tulle dresses with their ruched bustier featuring thin ribbon straps and breath-taking embroidery inspired by Tarot cards. Those dresses, and lacy blouses were purely the work of Chiuri and somewhat reminiscent of the work she did at Valentino. 
 





 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Flattery


If imitation is the highest form of flattery, than Reliquia Jewellery must be a mad fan of surrealist photographer Maisie Cousins. This is also legitimate proof that everyone looks good in blue flowers, no matter how small.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Lazy Girl's Guide to the Backless Crop Top

Backless Crop Top Wishlist



Could there be anything better than going out to breakfast with friends, and throwing on either a backless crop top or crop top black with jeans and a fun pair of earrings? I'm a firm believer that when you look good you feel good, and to really get into the spirit of things I've created my ultimate crop top wishlist. You can always dress this look up, or down whatever time of day and depending on your hair and makeup. If you're heading out to a music festival, with the right pair of denim shorts and careful use of glitter will make you the life of the party. On date night wear a crop top with a matching choker necklace, a little bit of blush and a pair of heels to elevate your look. A cropped top is also a great way to cover up when going down to the beach if you're looking for an alternative to an oversized button up. But I'd love to know how do you style your cropped top?

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Over the Top



Wearing: Romance Was Born dress as top, vintage skirt via Trendlistr and Dr Martens boots.

The clothes we choose to wear say something about us, and can sometimes be an act of rebellion. This rather bright and over the top outfit is an obvious knee jerk reaction to my work uniform and deep resentment towards beige and dark blue denim. Don't get me wrong, if beige and denim are your thing I mean no disrespect but they are so clearly not my thing. Having to wear them day in day out, and after returning to work full-time has made me all kinds of emotional. But there's something about putting on something so garish and colourful that gives me an extra boost of energy, desperately needed at a time where my lunch break can only last ten minutes.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

May Bell






A twist of fate saw Ashford-born twins Ruth and May Bell transformed from everyday teenagers to international modelling sensations. For a time, they were near identical with their duality seeing them first appear in i-D magazine, followed by the Topshop Summer of Love campaign and then signed to Reneevon, a South Korean brand. Even after sister Ruth's signature buzzcut, the two have remained a popular choice for editorials and campaigns alike. With her blond tresses and a quick splash of mascara May Bell can quickly be transformed from Kent beauty to 70s vixen. However, it's those slightly more wacky and experimental graduate collections I love to see her in. Although I am also impartial to her Christian Dior campaign alongside sister Ruth featuring sheer full-length dresses featuring tattoo-inspired embellishment.