Fall & Fashion

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I’ve written before about Cristina Fernández and Siro García’s documentary style blog The Petticoat, and here are some more great shots from the duo that recently captured my attention.

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Autumn is my favourite time of year.  And I love how the low hazy sun, light bouncing off the carpet of fallen leaves and beautiful autumnal colours have been given equal billing to the fashion in this shoot.

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Cristina’s choice of clothing certainly makes a statement, but also blends perfectly with the seasonal backdrop.  And I do love a bit of leopard print….

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credits: The Petticoat

Visual Delights

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Lanvin / Paris / 2012

 

Window displays come into their own in December, and have become part of Christmas tradition.

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Moschino at Selfridges / London / 2006

And with the festive season fast approaching, Love Magazine recently shared its visual merchandising favourites.

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Harrods / London / 2009

These three are my personal picks.  Incredible!

To see all twenty images click here

Image Credits: Love Magazine

Captured on Camera

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Kate Moss / John Galliano / 1993

‘Fashion’s Front Line’ is the title of a new book, to be released early next year, showcasing the work of fashion photographer Niall McInerney.  And what makes the images he captured on camera so fascinating, is that they all pre-date the digital age.

Among the three decades of work appearing in the book are some of fashion’s most memorable moments, and I’ve picked out these personal favourites…

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John Galliano’s 1984 degree show, Les Incroyables, earned him a First Class Honors Degree from Central Saint Martin’s. The entire collection was subsequently snapped up by London boutique Browns, which put it on display in its windows.

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Naomi Campbell’s famous tumble on Vivienne Westwood’s Paris catwalk in 1993. The spectacular platform shoes can now regularly be seen on display at fashion exhibitions around the world.

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And Shalom Harlow, unforgettable in Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 1999 show.  The paint spraying of this dress never fails to amaze me, no matter how many times I watch it on film.  The audience reaction alone sends shivers down my spine…

To see more images from the book click here

Image Credits:  vogue.com

Fashion’s Mass Exodus

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Raf Simons

Why are designers leaving top fashion houses?

Over the past couple of weeks, Alexander Wang has bid farewell to Balenciaga, Raf Simons has announced his departure from Dior and most recently, Alber Elbaz’s fourteen year tenure at Lanvin came to an abrupt end.

I have read numerous articles subsequently, theorising about the reasons for what appears to be a mass exodus, with designer burnout, lack of complete creative control and executive differences being among the many and varied explanations cited.  And then I came across a panel discussion on the subject hosted by the Huffington Post’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani…

Click here to watch the New York Times’s Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman, The Washington Post’s Fashion Critic Robin Givhan and Fashion News Editor of NY Magazine’s The Cut, Véronique Hyland share their thoughts and insights on fashion’s current ‘crisis’.

We may still be no nearer to fully understanding the reasons behind the departures, yet, but it’s great to hear these three eminent industry insiders deliver their opinions first hand.

Image Credit: The Washington Post

The Amazing Milliner

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Autumn/Winter 1999

Milliner Philip Treacy’s creations continue to amaze.  His designs always push the boundaries of traditional headwear, and his subject matter knows no limits.

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And who could forget this astonishing piece he created for Alexander McQueen’s ‘Widows of Culloden’ collection…

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Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2006

The Irishman’s work is now being celebrated in a new book Philip Treacy: Hat Designer, which is definitely destined for my coffee table!

See more of Philip Treacy’s work here

Image Credits: vogue.com

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams / Elle Dec 2015This shoot showcasing modern cocktail dressing appears in the December issue of the UK edition of Elle magazine.



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Styled by Anne-Marie Curtis and shot by Kai Z Feng, the images capture the season’s bold and sculptural shapes against a rather unfamiliar backdrop, cleverly reinforcing the ‘standing out from the crowd’ storyline.

 

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And what beautiful results!

To see more images from the shoot click here

Image Credits: Kai Z Feng