Towards Minimalism

The latest news one hears from all these fashion dailies is that Raf Simmons has been named as the artistic director at Dior.

And not only him Jil Sander, Hedi Slimane and Stefano Pilati – four celebrated designers have shifted places over the past few months. To make things easier for you i have found this amazing musical chair diagram by Laura Bradley.

Fashion Musical Chairs 2012 Diagram by Laura Bradley

Whilst John Galliano’s inspiring design and aesthetic contribution to the house’s rich history will not be forgotten, it feels like the right time for the Dior brand to move away from extravagent runway shows and a somewhat theatrical aesthetic. Dior’s new era will be minimalistic no doubt. Cue the epic fashion face-off! It’s hard not to compare Simons and Slimane: both have designed highly-regarded, sleek, modern, minimalist menswear–Simons with his eponymous line and Slimane at Dior Homme. And now they find themselves at two of the biggest fashion houses in Paris under the two biggest French fashion conglomerates. And Philo, with her forward-thinking, minimal approach to women’s ready to wear, definitely shares a fan base with Simons and Slimane. And, given the influence of these three labels, modernity and minimalism are probably going to be big for spring 2013 all around.

Small Island, Big Talent

March 31 marked the launch of the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum’s hotly anticipated “British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age” exhibit, a showcase of design triumphs spanning the worlds of art, architecture, interiors, and, yes, fashion.
Celebrating the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ to the summer of 2012. Over 300 British design objects highlight significant moments in the history of British design and how the country continues to nurture artistic talent and be a world leader in creativity and design.

From spring 2012 the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. Displayed over two floors, ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950’ will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights. The exhibition will cover over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

Alexander McQueen,AW 2009
Horn of Plenty collection.

A dress made of LED lights from the autumn/winter 2007 Hussein Chalayan collection.

Silk Organza orchid hat by Philip Treacy

A selection of royal ballgowns will be on display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will also include dresses worn by actresses and celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially for the exhibition by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.
From Mary Quant’s iconic minidresses and ankle boots offering a glimpse of ’60s-era Swinging London, while a tattered “Anarchy in the U.K.” T-shirt designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and worn by Sex Pistols rocker Johnny Rotten is a souvenir from the punk period of the late ’70s.

Running until August 12, the exhibit also includes more modern pieces like Hussein Chalayan’s LED dress for Swarovski from 2007, as well as textiles from the likes of Laura Ashley and Zandra Rhodes.

Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown designed by Norman Hartnell

Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker

Highstreet shoppers in Mary Quant’s exhibitionist mini skirt

Anarchy in the UK T-shirt, by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren, 1977-8, worn and altered by Johnny Rotten.

Coat designed by Alexander McQueen, Courtesy of David Bowie

This Will Destroy You

Well literally speaking and I’ll tell you later, Why ?
But first i need to introduce you to Anastasia Radevich, Canadian shoe designer. She’s one of the most creative shoe designers of today. Though you might not find her designs wearable but her designs are simply stunning and apply dramatic techniques to cobbling. She just launched her latest collection called “The Lost Civilization”. Apart from the immaculate make of her pieces what really caught my eye was this particular piece. It was the use of typography in such a stellar way.

The double entendre adds to the glory of the shoe, the startling sentence ‘This will destroy you‘ was Radevich’s choice of words.

Apart from the statement it makes the shoe does looks quite practical to wear (you wouldn’t raise your eyebrows if u have heard of Mr.Noritaka Tatehana) Now as to why this is out to destroy you is because this line of shoes are her way of bringing attention to the tar sand mining operation going on in Canada. As you know this action could lead to some devastating and irreversible damage to our climate. The prints are representative of something that is going on environmentally in Canada, though looking at it without that information you could also say it looks like some kind of abstract painting. Or less of an abstract painting and more of an apocalyptic landscape. I really like that fact that she has moved ahead of just the shock factor of it and gone on to design something that opens people’s eyes on a serious matter.
Though this one piece is just one part to an enormously drool worthy collection.

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You can know more about the environmental impact here

Disney’s Fashionistas

After the Simpson’s in Bazaar, its now turn for Disney to illustrate fashion designers for Elle Spain April 2010! All those great illustration were drawn by Ulrich Schröder. Here we have the Big bad wolf incognito as Uncle Karl.

Goofy and Mickie as Mr. Dolce and Gabanna, i love how they all are stuck at the mickie prints, right out of their SS2010 collection.

Daisy as Donatella Versace, in all her feminine glory..

Donald a.k.a Jean Paul Gautier in Paris with ratatouille and one of his fabulous creation from SS2010.

Sonia Rykiel with her iconic hair shown as the Lover of Cafe de Flore.

Marc jacobs shown here hyperventilating backstage at the LV show in his sarong and shirt look.

Alber Elbaz at his elegant boutique, though i would have loved had a penguin would have impersonated Mr. Elbaz, preferably Mumbles from happy feet. No offenses but i feel he looks more like a penguin to me than a duck :)

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And in the end we have Galliano taking a bow, which he is so good at. Didn’t knew Captain hook was a Galliano fan.