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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THE NEW ACCESSORY LINE THAT’S BOUND TO BE YOUR NEW BFF

Pop and Suki bags are the latest accessory trend to take the fashion industry by storm. My Instagram feed has been littered with celebrities endorsing the adorable little camera bags, which come in an array of cotton candy pink, noir and cognac and can have a personalised base. These dreamy bags are designed by model-gone-actress-gone-singer, Suki Waterhouse, and her entrepreneur BFF, Poppy Jamie. Although neither of the girls are designers by trade they seem to know how to do so and how to do it right; making waves in the fashion industry with these delights. Since their release the bags have featured in high-fashion publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. These cute camera bags are not the only available item from the brand, with more bags, add-ons and jewellery on offer.

 

 

Whilst I cannot deny I would love to have a pastel pink Pop and Suki camera bag swung over my shoulder, I do have my criticisms of the brand. The brand’s website and further publications have deemed these bags as “affordable”, with the website explicitly stating that they aim to provide “higher quality things at lower prices”. The rather small camera bags from the range cost $195, the Shopper Tote costs $255, add-ons such as extra straps are $50 and for a necklace complete with a charm you are looking at spending $160. If you are wishing to personalise any of your items that’s an extra $40. On top of all that there’s about £40 shipping fee with tax for UK orders! To me none of this screams affordable. It is cheaper than some of the other high-end brands yet I do not feel it succeeds in its aim and to me affordable amounts to high-street price ranges. Whilst these bags seemed to be a hit among the stars we must not forget that the majority have been sent these bags free-of-charge, a well-known marketing ploy to encourage the general public to go out and buy the items on offer. We are yet to see whether this seasons new accessory trend is to be a hit amongst the public or whether the price tag will put many off, like myself. Despite my criticisms I can’t deny I have been put under some sort of Pop and Suki spell and I would love to be the owner of a personalised cotton candy pink camera bag from the range but as a mere student I can’t justify spending hundreds on such a dainty yet adorably cute little bag.

Camera Bag in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $195

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Shopper Tote in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $255

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Backpack Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $50

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Short Strap in Cognac, Noir, Cotton Candy – $20

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Wide Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $35

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Fanny Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $25

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BFF Heart in Noir – $45

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Luggage Tag in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $20

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Long Tassel in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $35

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Short Tassel in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $25

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Paperclip Chain – $120

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Charms – $30-$50

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Photo Credit – https://www.popandsuki.com and @popandsuki and @ninadobrev on Instagram

 

VOGUE 100: A CENTURY OF STYLE AT MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

Vogue 100: A Century of Style is an exhibition not to be missed! The exhibition previously housed in The National Portrait Gallery, London, has ventured up North and can now be found in the beautiful and dainty Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition is a remarkable and diverse showcase of a wide array of photography commissioned by the fashion bible itself to celebrate its one hundredth year with pieces dating back to when the magazine first hit our shelves in 1916. Homage was paid to each defining decade with monutmental pieces featuring influential people from each era on display. This exhibition allows you to truly immerse yourself in the past and present of the century old magazine. Each shot was unique, intriguing and beautiful. The exhibition housed the work of some of the worlds most acclaimed photographers, including Tim Walker, Mario Testino and David Bailey. There were shots of fashions favourites including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and the late Alexander McQueen, and many other famous faces including Kiera Knightley, Winona Ryder and the Duchess of Cambridge, who graced the 100th issue of this timeless magazine.

My personal favourites included the display of covers from every decade since the publication began in 1916. It allowed you to accurately asses how the magazine has evolved since its first print a century ago. The 1962 edition particularly stood out to me as this issue saw one of the last editorial shoots of one of my icons before her untimely death, the stunning Marilyn Monroe. The black and white shots encaptured Marilyn’s inner turmoil but also her grace and beauty. I was surprised by the simplicity of the shots in which she seemed so vulnerable and pensive, a side we rarely see of the troubled star.

Another favourite was a black and white shot from 1991 by Herb Ritts featuring another of my icons, Winona Ryder. Winona is wearing a delicate and dainty tutu whilst stood on a picnic bench outside of the home she shared with Jonny Depp at the time. The contrast of the white ballet wear with the dark natural surroundings particularly intrigued me, as did Winona’s awkward stance not like that of a graceful ballerina.

I would recommend this stunning collection containing some of the world’s finest photography to any fashion lover or photography enthusiast. I can assure you it will not disappoint. Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at Manchester Art Gallery until the 30th of October 2016.

As there was no photography permitted I was not able to get the best shots but I did manage to get some stealth ones with the help of my Mother who managed to snap the Ritts piece of Winona.

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I couldn’t resit purchasing some merch!

The Vogue exhibition wasn’t all Manchester Art Gallery had to offer…

There were pieces on display from up and coming student designers who may well be the next Westwood, McCartney or McQeen and already established Fashion Houses including Commes des Garcons.

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Artwork by African artist Boris Nzebo, portraying the unique and complex relationship between urban spaces and its human inhabitants, was also on display.

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I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic when I happened upon a piece by one of the Norths finest artists, L.S.Lowry. I was reminded of my childhood wondering the gleaming white halls of the Theatre and Gallery named after the acclaimed artist, to which we would often venture to visit my auntie who worked there. Because of this Lowry’s pieces will always hold a special place in my heart.

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And a trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the cities tastiest cuisine!

All the culture had us working up an appetite! So we decided to recharge and refuel at Reds True Barbecue. As you enter into the smoky haze of the pit house you are immeidiately hit by the smell of succulent meat sizzling on the grill, which does not lure you into a false sense of security because the food tastes just as good as it smells, if not better, which is a rarity. With a quirky interior and hearty food, a trip to Reds True Barbecue is an overload on the senses, one which I would highly recommend to anyone.

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