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Hussein Chalayan Exhibition

A definite date for the diary this September is a solo exhibition from British designer Hussein Chalayan at the Lisson Gallery (Sept 08-Oct 02, 2010). A truly inspiring designer in a sea of typical catwalk looks; Chalayan pushes boundaries and his avant garde pieces could never be seen as clothes for the sake of clothes, they are always vehicles for his challenging and interesting concepts. An exhibition at an art gallery is perfect for Chalayan whose catwalk shows are often more reminiscent of art installations.

They combine incredible artistic concepts with amazing technological ideas and result in one-of-a-kind pieces that would be much more at home in an exhibition space than ever on the high street. Highlights from the designer’s prolific career include the wooden skirt which transforms into a coffee table from his A/W 2000 collection.

Also his spring 2007 bubble dress comprised of lots of plastic bubbles roughly resembling a mini-dress recently copied by Lady GaGa on her Fame Ball tour.

We can’t wait to see what the designer has up his sleeve for this gallery show.

Hussein Chalayan at the Lisson Gallery, NW1, Sept 08-Oct 02 2010.

Images: style.com, nymag.com 

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Staying Cool in NY

Back in New York after a bit of a holiday, I found these stylish kids around town wearing their colors proud for the US of A’s Independence Day. Staying cool during the heatwave, I escaped for an afternoon ice cream at Lula’s, a must-stop for any visitor, and came across these amazing mitten-like shoes purchased in Tokyo. The perfect touch to complete the weekend’s “red white and blue” theme.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky…”

Title quote from thinkexist.com. Said by Coco Chanel, 1883-1971, who ruled over Parisian Haute Couture for almost six decades.

Now and again we stumble across some fashion that is truly breathtaking; something that is not confined to the current trends of the high street or high fashion. Something so beautiful it is not subject to the bubble up effect of the street or trickle down effect of the catwalk for it could never be reproduced, a pure fantastical figment of the designers imagination come to life in one collection, and one collection only. It does not adhere to a set of rules of how to sell clothes in a failing economy, which, only too often, steal the spontaneity and creativity from clothes and replace them with words such as ‘wearable’, ‘versatile’, ‘trans-seasonal’. Couture is the one place this decadence and pure unadulterated excess still exists. The Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy Couture show for A/W 10, overwhelming in its detail, was one of those moments.

The collection’s dream-like quality is enhanced as it is seemingly impossible to ever be worn, first due to the weight of the garments so heavily embellished and secondly as this would mean someone would have actually had to of bought it. Comprised of degrade ostrich feathers, baboon fur, porcelain, silk duchess satin, pearls, Swarovski crystals and gold paillettes, how would a price ever be able to be put on such a dress?

Ricardo Tisci “claimed his inspiration was Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions: religion, sensuality, and, given the painter’s lifelong battle with spinal pain, the human anatomy.”

But instead of appearing somber the collection is delicate and romantic, if not a little bit intense. These are the dresses that keep fashion alive and remind us that, whatever our budgets, a girl can always afford to dream.  

Images: style.com

Trend Fix: Dressing-up Box

  

For all those of you, who are already tiring of the flimsy nature of summer dressing and yearning for something with a bit more substance, look no further than the latest collection from innovative duo, Meadham Kirchoff for A/W10. An eye-watering amalgamation of sequins, glitter, costume jewellery, crowns and veils this dressing-up box approach to outfit building is truly creative and inspiring and set to be an under-the-radar-trend for next season. Focusing on layering, bright colour, and heavy embellishment and accessorising to the max, the collection is the perfect antidote to this season’s simplicity and pared down silhouettes. The collection is based on a “documentary tracing Romany culture and its links from India through to Spain”. Become a magpie and use your own travels this summer as your starting point, your body as your canvas, and your imagination as your stylist and create your own truly original dressing-up box style come autumn.

 

Images and quote: style.com

Glastonbury street style 2010

This weekend was Glastonbury weekend and for once the weather didn’t disappoint!  Possibly the biggest and most highly anticipated music festival in the UK, this year’s line up included the likes of everyone from Muse to Stevie Wonder, Glastonbury draws a very cool crowd to its stages. As famous for its super-star headliners as it is for the celebrity following, the festival is definitely a place to garner some style tips.  From celebs to inspiring festival fans; here’s our pick of this years best dressed.

Images: style.com, look.co.uk.

Body Art: which tribe are you?

Summer is always the season of body art, and judging by this season’s catwalk shows it’s a bigger trend than ever for 2010. When Chanel and Selfridges had epic waiting lists for the brands transferrable tattoos, sported by the models in the S/S10 show, it was official that wash-off body art was now definitely for grown-ups.

 When tattoos are used like make-up they can become a versatile new way to accessorize and different designs can create totally different looks. The dilemma is now less whether to brave it or fake it, more whose style tribe you want to pledge allegiance too. An It-Bag is no longer enough, the hottest way to wear your brand of choice is branded on your skin. We are torn between two looks. Number one; Chanel’s delicious girly look and their delicate chain and trinket designs perfect with the Gorgeous Florence lace top from the Mags & Pye collection.

 Or number two; getting creative ourselves and drawing on our own thick black markings and teaming them with the studded Andrea sleeveless biker from the Va Vizuri collection to nail the warrior girl look a la Jean Paul Gaultier.

Luckily that’s the beauty of this trend; with the tattoos being wash-off we can be a different girl every day. Which ever look you decide on this summer, show some ink.

Catwalk images: style.com

 

Sell Me Candy

Louis Vuitton has just opened its brand new emporium on Bond Street and, as it seems Victoria Beckham and Rhianna both have, we will be running straight to the hand bag section; for there resides this season’s most delightful array of mouth-watering arm candy.

Candy could just be the theme behind the pastel confections that Marc Jacobs sent down the runway for S/S 10, stealing the attention away from the clothes. In his own words the collection was “about travelers—the movement that came after punk. Then we were thinking about hiking, trekking, and then denim and parkas—city utilitarianism” and this eclectic mix was nowhere better summarized than in the accessories. Sugary sweet shades on soft leather are fashioned into practical duffle bags and messengers all embossed with the brands infamous monogram. Once embellished with toggles, tassels and even tails as the fur dangling from the ‘Sunrise’ bag illustrates, these beauties become less functional more fantastical!

Quote: style.com

Images: style.com, thebaglady.tv