THE BEST OF PARIS AND MILAN AW17

Whilst I was drowning in my dissertation work, the grand finale of fashion month was well underway. Paris and Milan are always the creme de la creme of every fashion month. Each established European fashion house attempts to dazzle those lucky enough to be invited to their shows. In Paris, we saw the second collection by Dior’s first female Creative Director,  motifs of astronomy and superstitions made a reappearance and are likely to be a lasting theme under Maria Chiuri Grazia’s reign. Whilst in Milan, Alessandro Michele joined forces with artist Coco Capitán further forging the urban art movement with the fashion world. The trends of the year ahead are shaped in a mere month at the start of Spring. These shows having a rippling effect across the whole industry and the styles presented in them trickle down into high street retail. It will be interesting to see which trends the consumers will take on board.

Dior AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Paris

Maria Chiuri Grazia’s starry second collection continues the legacy of her debut collection. Homage was once again paid to the fashion house’s founder, however this time Chiuri used the colour palette to do so. Chiuri dived into the archives and found that Mr Christian Dior often utilised the colour blue and felt that a navy dress was just as good, if not even better, than a black dress. Is blue the new black? Maria Chiuri Grazia and Mr Dior himself would seem to suggest so.

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Gucci AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Milan

Alessandro Michele invited lucky show-goers to loose themselves in his enchanting Gucci wonderland. Michele literally created a fashion ‘urban myth’ with the help of artist Coco Captáin, merging urban streetwear with the formal wear of the aristocracy creating a beautifully mesmerising hybrid of the two. Michele’s signature 70’s style and oriental prints made their way back onto the runway. There is no doubt that Michele has succeeded in reimagining the way in which the Italian fashion house is perceived and his unique approach and style continues to draw in and enchant the masses.

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 Vivetta AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Milan

Vivetta offered a fiery but equally feminine AW17 collection with delicately embroidered dresses coupled with bold red PVC jumpsuits and leopard fur. Inspiration can also be found in the circus movement of the previous century. On closer inspection dainty circus performers come out to play within the embroidery. Vivetta AW17 provided us with a fun, playful and fiercely feminine collection; traits that can also be found in the best female performers.

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Valentino AW17 Ready-To-Wear – Paris

Piccioli provided enough gowns for the whole year, never mind Autumn/Winter! Valentino’s AW17 collection was gowns galore, each unique and different from the last. We saw a combination of eras, with Victoria full-length skirts, quirky 70s patterns and vibrant 80s colour palettes, to name a few. Piccioli offers a romantic feminine collection that is bound to brighten anyones winter wardrobe.

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THE BEST RED-CARPET LOOKS AT THE OSCARS 2017

Following the disaster that was the D&G’s AW17 show, in which the Italian fashion-house appeared to have morphed into Forever 21, I was in desperate need of some reassurance that the fashion world hadn’t completely lost its touch. And thankfully, I found such reassurance on the dazzling Oscars red-carpet. The stars graced the vibrant red carpet and swept viewers and lucky attendees away in a daze of old-Hollywood glamour. The winner of Best Actress, Emma Stone, looked like a real life Oscar in a shimmering, golden Givenchy couture gown covered in intricate beadwork. Taraji P. Henson stunned in a floor-length velvet Alberta Ferretti gown, along with the masses of dazzling stars who graced the red-carpet. Overall, the Oscars was full of fashion winners who managed to restore my faith in the industry.

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Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

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Felicity Jones in Dior

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Ruth Negga in Valentino

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Dakota Johnson in Gucci

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Sofia Boutella in Chanel Haute Couture

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Hailee Steinfeld at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Ralph & Russo

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Favourite Beauty Looks

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Halle Berry

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THE BEST OF LFW AW17

Pre-Doris, stylish Brits lined the streets of London hopping from one show to the next in what can only be described as a fashion frenzy. The designers of LFW reflected the high-standards and political activism of NYFW. We saw anti-Trump slogans projected in glitter at the Ashish AW17 show and Mary Katrantzou pay homage to Walt Disney’s third feature length animation, Fantasia, in sequin embroidery and velvet. LFW was a true celebration of British talent and all it has to offer, setting the standards ever higher for Milan.

Ashish AW17 Ready-to-Wear

This Indian-born designer is not afraid to make political statements on the runway. Following the Brexit vote that divided Britain, Ashish dedicated his SS17 collection to the immigrant community in Britain. The source for this seasons inspiration can be found in the protests following the inauguration of America’s controversial new President. With a rainbow palette, sequins and catchy slogans of resistance, Ashish pays respect to those marginalised by the oppressive Trump administration. Ashish is not afraid to use his platform as a designer to inspire and unify the masses, an approach more designers should follow.

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Mary Katrantzou AW17 Ready-to-Wear

Mary Katrantzou’s latest velveteen collection was like something you’d find in a fairytale, paying tribute to the master of animation’s third feature length film, Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Disney’s magical creatures are woven in to the sequin embroidered dresses, jacquard knee-length coats and soft velvet pantsuits. These exquisite pieces are every Disney-fanatics dream and are likely to ingnite the child at heart in everyone.

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Ashley Williams AW17 Ready-to-Wear

There appeared to be a hidden message behind Ashely William’s latest collection, on a not so hidden agenda. With Stetson cowboy hats fit for the wild West and preppy varsity style jackets branded with the words ‘misery’, I couldn’t help but interpret such as a political commentary of Trump’s America. It appears that the up-and-coming fashion brands, like Ashish, have no fear when it comes to standing up for whats right, whilst the established fashion-houses hide behind their prestigious names.

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House of Holland AW17 Ready-to-Wear

I was drawn to Henry Holland’s eye catching 60’s inspired collection as soon as I saw a flash of pale candy-floss pink, my all-time favourite colour (0f the moment). Like others, inspiration can be found in American culture, with funky non-conventional cowboy boots littered with cherries and vibrants colours, accompanied by checkered dresses with pointed collars, a homage to the British ’60s pop-scene. This exciting collection is bound to add a pop of colour to your bland monochrome winter wardrobe.

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THE BEST OF NYFW FW17

As I sit in the stuffy concrete slab that is the university library, stylish men and women from across the globe scurry like mice from show to show whilst fighting the icy winds of a very snowy NYC. Determined not to let the freezing climate compromise their style, show-goers immerse themselves in the fashion frenzy that is NYFW. It all began with the return of one of my favourite fashion duos, Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier, at their debut Calvin Klein Collection show and it all ended with Marc Jacob’s old-school hip-hop inspired finale.

Calvin Klein Collection FW17

Raf Simons and his right-hand man Pieter Mulier kicked off their domination of the all-American brand, Calvin Klein, in true American style, literally. This colourful collection was a celebration of America’s past, present and future littered with motifs and symbols of its diverse history. Stiff denim shirts, oversized leather jackets and wrap shirts fashioned out of the American flag hit a home run when paying homage to the nations rich culture. Raf provided the brand with the exact regeneration that it needed. This collection offered a true insight into the brands future under new leadership.

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Marc Jacobs FW17

Marc Jacobs’ diverse array of models hit the streets of New York, utilising the concrete sidewalk as his very own catwalk to parade his ‘70s hip-hop inspired collection. It appears Jacobs took on board the backlash that came with the dreadlock controversy of his SS17 collection. Jacobs ensured his army of models comprised of those representing diverse cultures and origins. The neutral palette collection made up of oversized corduroy jackets, bellowing bell-bottom trousers, oversized ‘70s inspired bling accompanied by large Stephen Jones hats. Jacobs ended fashion week with a bang and set the standards high for London.

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 Coach 1941 FW17

Those attending Stuart Vevers’ FW17 show found themselves immersed in a post-apocalyptic derelict world were the all-American brand appeared to be the surviving attire. As always there was a star-studded front row with the likes of it-girls Emma Roberts and Selena Gomez making an appearance. Vevers signature floral patchwork dresses and oversized outerwear, made up of bombers, leather-clad jackets and varsity jackets, graced the runway once again. The British creative director has certainly found his voice at Coach, securing the brands new distinct style and establishing the brands prestige among the stars.

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Anniesa Hasibuan FW17

Anniesa Hasibuan has made history once again with her new FW17 collection. Hasibuan made the headlines following her first diverse collection, which was the first collection to be presented with hijabs at NYFW. This season the Indonesian designer made the conscious decision to only employ immigrants and second-generation immigrants to walk in her show following the controversial Muslim immigration ban put in place by the Trump administration. Enabling a sense of inclusion, acceptance and unity to be found following the implementation of the immigration ban. Hasibuan conveyed the true beauty of Islam with her exquisite collection and her bold casting criteria.

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Yeezy FW17

I must admit I have never understood the Yeezy attraction. The rapper’s ability to plagiarise and merely merge the signature looks of hottest brands of the moment has resulted in the production of bland collections which lack any real uniqueness. However, in Trump’s new America where bans and walls are put in place to keep diversity at a minimum I could not help but admire the rapper’s choice to use a female Muslim model who chooses to wear the hijab. A clear message that diversity and love will triumph in Trump’s America.

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THE BEST OF PARIS SS17 HAUTE COUTURE

All in a weeks work…

Last week was an eventful one, globally and in fashion. We saw America begrudgingly welcome its 45th President, Donald Trump, we saw women across the globe partake in the inspirational Women’s Marches, Alexandra Shulman Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue for 25 years announced she was to step down and the ever elegant Paris SS17 Couture week presented an array of stunning and vibrant shows which captivated show-goers and fashion lovers. We were welcomed by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show which took on the facade of a glamorous garden masked ball, and was later followed by such. The week ended on a high with Valentino’s graceful Greek goddess inspired collection. Below are some of my personal favourites which I have cherry picked out of all the elegance the French capital had to offer last week.

Dior SS17 Haute Couture – Monday 23rd January

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show saw the interior of Paris’s Rodin Museum transformed into a lush green garden. The floral oasis and pastured runway ensured the monochrome pieces which opened the show were bolder than if the runway had been a typical dull, white slab. It was the second half of this mystical collection which really caught my eye, with delicate tule and embroidery lining balletic ballgowns. It is clear that Chiuri fully appreciates and admires the beauty and intricacy that goes into the craft.

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Chanel SS17 Haute Couture – Tuesday 24th January

Paris’s Grand Palais was transformed into what I imagine the interior of a mirror ball must look like for Chanel’s show. Karl’s glistening stage ensured every sequin shined brighter, every feather floated further and every ruffle rolled on. Each pop of pastel pink was given an extra pop by this reflective runway. And a Chanel show would not be complete without the brand and founders signature tweed accompanied by a pearl anklet or two. The grand finale saw Chanel’s new it-girl, Lily-Rose Depp, in a cotton candy bridal dress arm-in-arm with Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, providing a very grand and elegant finale indeed.

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Valentino SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

On Wednesday we saw Valentino’s Greek goddesses take centre-stage gliding down the runway in floaty, delicate, embroidered dresses. The beauty and skill of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection left the Gods of Olympus yearning for more. Piccioli, like Lagerfeld, chose a subtle pastel colour palette enabling the intricacy of each unique piece to shine through. It is clear why Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri were such a force in the fashion world since they both have a strong appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into making such exquisite pieces.

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Viktor & Rolf SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Viktor & Rolf paid homage to the entertainment scene of the 19th and early 20th century with a vibrant, theatrical collection. Inspiration can be drawn from the traditional circus movement, with blazing ruffled clown-like collars and a palette of bright red and blue like that of a circus master. The bellowing tule ballgowns, with embroidery that takes on that of cracked fine china, pay tribute to the party-scene of the aristocracy during this period. The juxtaposition of the gentle gowns with the edgier pieces created an exciting, energetic and varied show.

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Zuhair Murad SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Zuhair Murad was a huge hit at this years Golden Globe Awards with Lily Collin’s stealing the show in a pastel pink Zuhair Murad embroidered ballgown. Its success on the red carpet fuelled high expectations for the fashion’s house upcoming Haute Couture SS17 show, and it did not disappoint. Stunning gowns and evening wear which exploded with glitter, sequins and bold colours were a treat for the eyes. Each piece glistened and shined with every swish and step. We can definitely expect to see more Zuhair Murad pieces making an appearance this award season.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The city so good that they named it twice…

Well, it’s been named three times actually (Manhattan, New Amsterdam, New York) but let’s not get into technicalities. Never have I laughed so hard and smiled so much than during the four nights and five days I spent in New York city. The fog and mist may have dampened the air but it could not dampen our spirits. It was a trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. I was in awe of the beauty of the city and its people, which felt so familiar from movies and television despite this being my first time in the Big Apple. My hotel, The Roosevelt, was situated in the heart of Midtown, just off Madison Ave, and was a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the magnificent Grand Central Station, 5th Ave (every shopaholics dream), the Empire State Building and Times Square. I was able to explore and soak in all the city had to offer on The Big Bus tours and witness some of the cities most iconic pieces of architecture (my personal favourite being the art-deco Chrysler building) and well-known hotspots. I would also highly recommend the Radio City Music Hall tour to anyone heading to Manhattan, as it offer a true back-stage insight into one the world’s most iconic venues and gives you a chance to explore the beautiful interior and décor dating back to the 1930s. However, it was the opportunity to see history in the making which made the trip extra special. As if arriving on inauguration day wasn’t enough, to be in the city for the Women’s March was an inspiring and moving experience. It was humbling to be a part of the 300,000-people walking in New York that day and the 2.9 million people walking across America in the country’s biggest march in its history. The march and its message is definitively close to my heart as a young woman in the 21st century and as an advocate for peace and equality for all. It was incredible to see so many standing up for what is right and it is an experience that will remain with me for the rest of my life. This trip certainly gave me a taste for all Manhattan had to offer and left me hungry for more. I am beyond excited to return to this magical city in 7 months’ time to explore the city further and create more memories that will last a lifetime.

Empire State Building

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The Rockefeller Centre and Top of the Rock

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Radio City Music Hall
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The Chrysler Building

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Grand Central Station

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Trump Tower and the Women’s March

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The Flat Iron Building

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Central Park

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New York Public Library

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Shopping

Victoria’s Secret

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Tiffany’s

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Places to Eat

Carmine’s – Italian

Carmine’s has an incredible, buzzing atmosphere and is exactly the type of restaurant you expect to find in the Big Apple; serving hearty Italian cuisine in gigantic sharing platters.

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Junior’s

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THE GOLDEN GLOBES – BEST DRESSED

And so it begins!

Award season is finally upon us. With months of red carpet glamour to come our January blues can be kept at bay. This weekend kick started award season with the Golden Globes, which was dominated by the most anticipated movie of the year inspired by old Hollywood musicals, La La Land. And last night’s award ceremony was a real City of Stars, with so much glitz and glamour on display. Emma Stone and Lily Collins really stole the show in elegant, flowy, dazzling, pale pink gowns from Valentino and Zuhair Murad. Sarah Paulson, Michelle Williams, Ruth Negga and Kerry Washington were also among the best dressed at last night’s glamour-fest.

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Emma Stone’s performance in La La Land may have bagged her the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, but it was her stunning, starry, pale pink Valentino gown which was the real show stopper last night. When asked about her gown on the red carpet the actress responded “it’s pink and there are stars on it” which some may say is an apt description, but does not give this exquisite gown enough credit if you asked me.

Lily Collins

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Lily Collins wore a romantic, pink Zuhair Murad Couture gown, littered with intricate floral embroidery that was fit for a princess heading to the most exclusive of balls, never mind the Golden Globes. Lily stole the limelight in this beautiful feminine gown which was  perfectly accompanied with a bold red-lip, subtle rosy-pink eyeshadow and a braided-do that Rapunzel herself would envy.

Runners-Up

Ruth Negga – Louis Vuitton

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Sarah Paulson – Marc Jacobs

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Kerry Washington – Dolce & Gabbana

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Michelle Williams – Louis Vuitton

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NEW YEAR, NEW BOOTS

These boots were made for walking, and walk into a new year is what they’ll do!

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I wanted to take a break from writing (and all uni work, oops) over the festive period and fully immerse myself in all the festivities. Since my last post I have turned 21 and I spent my birthday weekend in the most magical way, visiting the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour and watching the spectacular play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. A post on which is soon to come. I spent New Year’s Eve exactly how I wanted. Unlike the masses I was not partying hard, but doing exactly the opposite, lounging around in my pj’s whilst chowing down on some delicious Chinese grub and online shopping! I mean what better way to welcome in the new year than buying yourself a pair of Kat Maconie boots you’ve been longing for reduced from £200 to £80! With another year under the belt, I am looking forward to the new year with a sense of excitement and nervousness. I have already got many exciting plans for 2017, which include two trips to New York, New York. Whilst I have plenty to look forward to and I am very lucky to be visiting the Big Apple twice in one year, I can’t help but feel nervous about my upcoming long-haul flights (as I despise flying) and graduating university later this year. As an extremely pessimistic person I have decided that my New Year’s resolution is to be more positive, which I have broken numerous times already. But I am going to try my hardest to have a more positive outlook. Whilst I don’t have any set plans post-graduation, I do know that I am going to spend at least a year considering different areas of work outside of the law and applying for various internships. This is to ensure I choose the right career before rushing into one willy-nilly. For me this year is going to be all about clarifying and working out which is the best route for me. Whilst the uncertainty fills me with dread, I am looking forward to what the future holds and what I will discover.

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WHY EACH AND EVERY WINNER AT THE FASHION AWARDS 2016 WAS PERFECT

This year the Fashion Awards dropped the ‘British’ in its attempt to become a truly global celebration of the worldwide fashion industry. With this came the promise of an ultra-glamourous Oscar style Award show housed at London’s very own Royal Albert Hall. Although, this lavish extravaganza may not have achieved the Academy Award status it wished, it was a night not to be missed. Each and every winner was perfectly suited to the award they were presented with and I am going to show you just why that is.

British emerging talent – Molly Goddard

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Goddard’s vibrant fun-frilled designs have been making waves within the fashion industry since 2013, when her collaboration with ASOS sold out in seconds. Since then the West London designer has been on the rise and Goddard’s brand continues to question the status quo of the fashion industry. This year the designer invited us to an interactive exhibition, in which visitors could channel their inner-designer by decorating seven-metre long tulle dresses.  Goddard’s designs have caught the eye of top models, with the likes of Adwoa Aboah likely to be found draped in a bright frilly Goddard piece. As such, it should not come as a shock that this rising star was awarded the British Emerging Talent Award.

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Bruce Weber

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Bruce Weber’s creative eye has had a significant impact on the fashion industry over the years and is responsible for capturing some of the industry’s most iconic campaigns. His most notable works include the infamous photograph of Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in white briefs for Calvin Klein and his shots for Ralph Lauren’s winter 2006 Collection. Constantly working with big brands and names clearly rubbed off on Weber, in 2003 he revealed his own fashion label Weberbilt. Weber’s career has clearly had a tremendous impact upon the fashion industry and therefore it makes perfect sense that he be awarded the Isabella Blow Award to honour his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Special Recognition: Celebrating 100 Years of British Vogue –  Alexandra Shulman

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The British fashion bible’s centenary year has certainly been eventful. We saw the Duchess of Cambridge grace the centenary issue, a two-part BBC documentary, an exhibition housed in the National Portrait Gallery and the publication of the memoir of the Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Shulman. Thus, it seems fitting that the publication and its impact on the industry be recognised formally at the Fashion Awards 2016.

International Accessories Designer – Alessandro Michele

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Since being appointed Creative Director of the Italian fashion powerhouse, Gucci, Alessandro Michele has become a leading figure within the industry. Under his reign Gucci’s sales have risen dramatically and continue to do so as he redefines the brand with his unique vintage inspired designs. Michele’s quirky style is also evident within his accessories line, often featuring exotic beasts mixed with traditional Gucci patterns and customs. It is of no surprise that Michele’s role in shaping the fashion industry was acknowledged by this award.

International Urban Luxury Brand – Vetements

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If 2016 has been any brands year, it’s got to be Vetements. The brand has come a long way since the release of its first collection in 2014 and has since been featured on the cover of Vogue and is likely to be found in department stores amongst the works of well-established fashion houses. This edgy, grungy brand was bound to win this award leaving no room for competitors.

International Model of the Year – Gigi Hadid

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Over the last few years Gigi Hadid has taken the fashion world by storm and has become a household name. The supermodel has bagged herself sixteen Vogue covers worldwide, she has been the face of numerous high-profile campaigns and has collaborated with the American fashion house, Tommy Hilfiger, to produce the Tommy X Gigi Collection. Gigi’s domination of the industry is sure to continue and she is likely to go down in history as a fashion icon. This award credits her influence beyond the catwalk and her reign over the industry.

British Menswear Designer – Craig Green

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Green’s impact upon menswear has been pivotal over recent years. In 2012 his namesake label was born and since, British menswear has never been the same. Green’s emotive and dramatic shows often highlight the beauty of his subtle signature pieces and act as a juxtaposition. The iconic worker jacket, which constantly remerges, is a clear example of this. Ultimately, it is right that Green’s distinctive approach and vision be recognised through this award.

Swarovski Award for Positive Change – Franca Sozzani

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Franca Sozzani is by far one of the most influential women within the fashion industry. She has achieved plenty in her career, overcoming numerous hurdles and braking down barriers within the industry by constantly questioning the status quo. The Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue helped create the phenomenon that is the ‘supermodel’, dedicated an entire issue of the renowned publication to the beauty of black women and in 2011 launched Vogue Curvy celebrating plus-sized figures within the industry.  It was necessary that such an influential woman and her efforts towards positive change be acknowledged.

British Womenswear Designer – Simone Rocha

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This Irish born designer has come a long way since her London Fashion Week debut in 2010. Since then she opened her flagship store in London in 2015 and now the likes of Rihanna are to be found in a Rocha original piece. It comes as no surprise that she inherited her father’s (British designer, John Rocha) keen eye for style and raw talent. It seems appropriate that her sheer skill and talent be recognised through receiving this award.

International Business Leader – Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri

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Whilst Michele’s quirky redefinition of the biggest Italian fashion house has had a crucial role to play in the reprise of the brand, credit must also be given to the brands CEO, Marco Bizzarri. Since he began his role in January 2015 and since Michele provided the visionary turnaround the brand was in desperate need of, Gucci’s sales have climbed by 17%. The redevelopment of the brand has been a clear success and it is necessary that those responsible be credited for such a dramatic turnaround.

New Fashion Icons Award – Jaden and Willow Smith

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The choice of recipients of this award saw the rise of the millennials. Jaden and Willow Smith’s attitude to fashion embodies the modern views challenging societies established norms. Jaden has long been an advocate of gender fluidity and drew attention to the cause when he was made the new face of Louis Vuitton’s SS16 Womenswear line, wearing a knee-length kilt. His younger sister, Willow, was also crowned Chanel’s brand ambassador at the age of 15. Both of the Smith children have had a pivotal impact upon the industry and have achieved more than most adults trying to break into the fashion world.

International Ready-To-Wear Designer – Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia

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Gvasalia’s vision has changed how we perceive the 97-year-old fashion house, Balenciaga, completely. Like the brands founder, Gvasalia is not afraid to push the boundaries. But since Gvasalia was appointed Creative Director in October 2015, the brand has been intensely redefined by Gvasalia’s unique style, merging urban street wear and high fashion couture. 2016 has been sure to welcome this with open arms. This redirection under Gvasalia, along with the Vetements movement, has had a crucial impact on the industry, challenging and pressuring established fashion house to break free from their norms.

British Brand – Alexander McQueen collected by creative director Sarah Burton

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Since the brand was born in 1992, British fashion has never been the same. Under the rule of its founder, the late Alexander McQueen, and his successor, Sarah Burton, the brand continues to create lavish, unconventional pieces that do not fail to inspire the masses. It is therefore, no surprise that this brand which represents true British talent, with a Northern Creative Director and a founder with Scottish-heritage, was presented with such a prestigious award.

Outstanding Achievement – Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren has not only had a tremendous impact upon the American fashion industry, but has had remarkable impact across the industry globally. At 28 years-old, Lauren established the brand, which has since maintained its position as a leading global corporation and maintained its impeccable reputation and distinctive style. Under his fashion empire, Lauren has launched over seventeen brands and has over four-hundred-and-nighty stores worldwide. It was only right that Ralph Lauren’s significant contribution to the global industry be recognised through receiving this award.
 

 

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR FASHION LOVERS

Last week was fun filled and fashion packed with The Fashion Awards 2016, the airing of the Victoria’s Secret runway show, the revelation of Chanel’s Pre-Fall RTW 2017 Collection at the Ritz Paris and the 75th anniversary celebrations of the American brand, Coach.

Chanel Pre-Fall RTW 2017

The conscious decision of the current Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, to pick The Ritz, Paris, to house this year’s annual Métiers d’Art collection goes to the heart of the brand and indulges in its rich history. The ever-chic founder of the Parisian fashion house, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, was no stranger to the hotel and adored the lavish lodgings so much that she moved into a three-bed apartment within the facility and as Coco once stated “The Ritz is my home”. Therefore, it was perfectly fitting that this year’s show saw the brand return to its true home and heritage. Chanel’s signature tweed jacket accompanied by pedal pushers, flower crowns which rival any found on snapchat and glittering gold gowns were perfectly complemented by the luxurious interior of The Ritz. The sense of homecoming did not end with The Ritz, it also extended to the models as we saw the long-awaited return to the catwalk of Chanel-muse and British-beauty, Cara Delevingne. Whilst homage was paid to the brands past, we also saw into its future, with the likes of rising-Chanel star Lily-Rose Depp and Sofia Richie making their catwalk debut. Overall, Karl’s 2016 Métiers d’Art show was the perfect regeneration the brand needed after a year of suffering sales, paying tribute to the brands history and giving us a sense of what the future has to offer.

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Coach 75th Anniversary – Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall 2017

Coach ended its 75th year with a star-studded runway show in the brands hometown, New York City. The epic show was housed in a large warehouse at Manhattan’s Pier 94, that was transformed into a façade of a small American town. The 70s inspired collection with a subtle colour palette of mustard, brown and red perfectly juxtaposed the vibrant flashy lights bearing tributes to American culture. Creative Director Stuart Vevers attempted to bring back the sense of hopefulness, optimism and the American Dream into a deflated and divided Country following the recent electoral results.

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ALL ABOARD WES ANDERSON’S H&M LINES WINTER EXPRESS

Two years on from when the tantalising visual delight The Grand Budapest Hotel first hit the big screen mesmerising viewers, Wes Anderson is back. Anderson has made his return onto the small screen with this heart-warming festive short for the Swedish retail powerhouse, H&M.

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In recent years Christmas adverts have come to be of pivotal importance, attracting a huge amount of public anticipation and can often have a huge effect on sales. This has brought with it a demand for distinctive and individualist adverts sending corporations advertising and marketing teams into a frenzy leading up to the holiday season. This year John Lewis introduced us to Buster the Boxer and Aldi presented Kevin the Carrot, which was a clever parody of the well-known Christmas movie series, Home Alone. Whilst big names have made appearances in Christmas adverts before, H&M have upped their game by bagging the visionary Wes Anderson to direct the talented Adrian Brody in this year’s festive advert. Anderson is known for his unique and stylish approach to filmography changing the landscape of the film industry and pushing artistic boundaries. Yet, the film industry is not the only industry to be profoundly affected by Anderson’s distinctive style, it has also had a significant impact upon the fashion industry. It therefore makes perfect sense that Anderson was chosen to direct the Christmas advert for this leading fashion brand. Well-known cinematographic techniques used by the director and his traditional use of a limited colour palette perfectly complements the fabulous festive attire on display. The artistic approach does not undermine the touching Christmas message, “Come together”, implying that even when all does not go to plan we must ensure that no one should have to spend the holidays alone. Overall, Come Together is by far one of the most original and touching Christmas adverts to grace the small screen this holiday season.

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Photo Credit – H&M http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/free-form-campaigns-s03/7va-come-together.html, Dazed Digital http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/25987/1/what-s-wes-anderson-s-most-fashionable-film 

CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH

The beauty of Chatsworth House has caught the eye of visionary Alessandro Michele, for the latest Gucci Garden campaign and Joe Wright, Director of the 2005 movie-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Now Chatsworth has caught the eye of American Vogue’s European editor-at-large and master of style, Hamish Bowles, who is to curate the fashion galore that is House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion At Chatsworth. But whilst we may have to wait until March 2017 for this fashion extravaganza, that will be full of 500 years’ worth of fashion from notable names, do not feel the need to wait until then to visit the extravagant house and its glorious grounds. For Chatsworth is full of delights all year round. Whilst the Christmas Markets may be coming to an abrupt end (30th of November), the Christmas at Chatsworth exhibition will remain until January 3rd 2017. This winter wonderland is not to be missed, with 2016’s display paying homage to the timeless Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. Chatsworth House is a sight to behold at any time of the year, but a trip leading up to Christmas is bound to be especially magical.

CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2014 – THEME – ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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A PEEK AT CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2016

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