A (Stylish) Tale of Two Cities

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

Earlier this year, STYLIGHT created these visual comparisons of the two most iconic Fashion Week cities, inspired by Vahram Muratyan’s  cult book designs. Unfortunately, I came across them after the February shows had already come to a close.   But with Paris Fashion Week now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to share my favourites…

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

See more of these great graphics here 

Image Credits: stylight


Eternal Muse

Kirsten Owen / Heroine Magazine

British born model Kirsten Owen, famous for her androgynous style, is featured front and centre in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Heroine Magazine.

The ‘industry icon’ appeared in British Vogue’s ‘Waifs to Women’ editorial back in July, as part of the glossy’s Ageless Style issue, where she was photographed among her contemporaries of the early nineties including Stella Tennant and Cecelia Chancellor.

Dressed in vintage Helmut Lang for the Heroine shoot, Kirsten looks as cool as ever…

See more images from the Heroine Magazine editorial here

Image Credits: We Are So Droee

A Collection Before Its Time…?

Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis

Vogue December 1992

When Vogue Runway replaced Style.com earlier this month, fashion’s ‘new’ online hub heralded its launch by showcasing a clutch of ‘unforgettable’ catwalk collections from the ’90s, the decade before they first appeared on the internet.  And taking the top spot out of the twenty five shows featured was Marc Jacobs’ now infamous ‘grunge’ collection.

When the then 29 year old designer sent his spring 1993 collection down the catwalk for Perry Ellis, it in turn sent shockwaves through the industry, and subsequently got him fired from the New York label. But years later, the mood has significantly mellowed, and the consensus seems to be that it was simply a collection before its time.

Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis Spring/Summer 1993

Looking at the clothes today, it’s difficult to see why they caused such a stir.  But back then,  glamour and luxury ruled the runways, and fashion’s great and good found it difficult to accept a collection that was less concerned with design and craftsmanship and more about capturing a mood.

Revered fashion critic Cathy Horyn, then at The Washington Post, complained about its “lack of credibility” and also wrote “Rarely has slovenliness looked so self-conscious, or commanded so high a price”, while Bernadine Morris described in The New York Times how “A typical outfit looks as if it were put together with the eyes closed in a very dark room”.

But fashion has now turned full circle, and is less about creating that perfect piece and more focused towards reflecting the times. The commercial success currently being enjoyed at Saint Laurent has been attributed to creative director Hedi Slimane’s canny ability to capture the mood of the moment in his collections – while his clothes may not be considered revolutionary, it’s how they are styled and the attitude they command that have helped to make the label a hit.

Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 2015

It’s now over twenty years since Marc Jacobs’ ‘grunge’ collection rocked the runway. And Cathy Horyn has just recently gone on record to reflect on her original review. You can read her very honest piece written for The Cut  here

Image Credits: Vogue / Vogue Runway

Gisele Goes Pop!

Gisele Bundchen / Pop Magazine

Brazilian born beauty Gisele Bündchen was shot by Harley Weir for this Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Pop magazine, and her fresh faced cover has been the talk of the fashion press.

I don’t often find myself drawn to the glamorous features and campaigns that the world’s highest paid model is so famous for, but the styling of this shoot, courtesy of Vanessa Reid, Sebastien Le Corroller and Sandrine Cano, certainly caught my attention.

Gisele may have announced her retirement from the runway earlier this year, but here’s hoping that we see her starring in more edgy editorials like this.

Image Credits: Visual Optimism

In Conversation With…

Lucinda Chambers / Susanna Lau (AKA Susie Bubble) / Sarah Mower

My recent Time Out gave me the perfect opportunity to catch up on some podcasts.

Amidst the peace and quiet of the spa, I was able to listen uninterrupted to these three inspiring women talking to SHOWStudio editor Lou Stoppard about their very different roles and experiences within contemporary fashion.

The exclusive interviews are part of the website’s continuing ‘In Fashion’ series, which profiles individuals who help shape the ever-changing landscape of the industry, and are available to download from iTunes for free here.

Image Credits: SHOWStudio

Cupboard Love

Cupboard Love

High St Magazine – Issue 6

Does it take you more than ten minutes to get dressed in the morning? Are you wearing the same outfits again and again, even though your wardrobe is overflowing? Are costly mistakes cluttering up your closet? If your clothes are in chaos, then it’s time to show your wardrobe a little TLC…

Julie Hurst

The latest issue of High St magazine has now hit the shelves!   And if you’d like some closet decluttering inspiration to kick start the new season, then my Cupboard Love article is a must read.

But if editing your wardrobe seems like an overwhelming task, then why not consider investing in a little expert help?

Click here to take a look at my menu of wardrobe management services or get in touch via my website here.  I’d love to hear from you!