Dior kicked off the Haute Couture shows in Paris with a lot of anticipation and acclaim. The new designer at Dior is Raf Simons, who is well respected and much lauded. There was a lot of rumours and secrecy over who would get this coveted, high-profile design job after John Galliano dramatically melted-down and was fired in 2011. The clothes are very nice and have been well-recieved. What do you think of them?
(Check out the gallery below for my choices, or the Fashion Gone Rogue page).
Men’s fashion presentations and runway shows for Summer 2013 just wound up in London. As you can see from my tasteful selections below shorts reign supreme. And, as usual the runway looks were a bit ‘wacky’. I much prefer the stylish dudes on the street – check them out at Streetfsn.
The internet is awash with the latest looks for next summer, due to the release of all the Resort 2013 Lookbooks from all the trend-setting designers. Looks like prints, – crazy, crazy prints – bright bold colours, including neon, is the way to go. Double click on the images in the gallery below to see. And of course, we won’t be left behind in the fashion stakes – some of our favourite shops are already well and truly onto it.
I just watched this DVD, which is new to the library, about the tents at Bryant Park that housed the twice yearly New York Fashion Weeks. (The runway shows have now outgrown Bryant Park and are now held at the swankier Lincoln Centre). This interesting documentary chronicles how New York’s fashion designers came to be showing their collections in the park, in tents. The movie gives an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the superficial glamour of fashion week and talks a bit about the big business of the designer clothing industry. It interviews the real people who work planning and organising the shows and week - the people you’d never know were there! Ultimately its about the growth, success and influence of New York Fashion Week.
The Tents is definite must for die-hard fashion history fans.
1920s style is a recurring trend in fashion. It was a very stylish decade after all, one that gave birth to Coco Chanel and modern fashion as we know it. Literature from that period has always helped set the scene for designers and none more so than the classic novel by F. Scott. Fitzgerald, ‘The Great Gatsby’.
The Great Gatsby is about to enjoy yet another resurgence with the release (much) later ths year of Baz Luhman’s 3D-movie-extravaganza interpretation of the book. The anticipation of the movie has already inspired the latest rounds of 1920s trends – you have been warned. Here’s the trailer below to get you hooked.
I want to tell you about an awesome new database the library has just aquired. Yes, it’s true - though database and awesome are rarely used in the same sentence! – it IS great. If you love fashion and fashion history I think you’ll really enjoy it.
The library now has access to the Vogue Archive, which is all the copies of US Vogue from the very start in 1892 to the current issues in 2012. You can look at the whole issue – articles and photos or illustrations – and all you need to do so is your library card. Its on our website and part of the MyGateway databases page. (Go to the homepage, then to Mygateway, then select the ‘Vogue Archive’ from the alphabetical drop-down menu or its the top entry under the Arts and Design section).
From there its incredibly simple to search – you can search by keyword or browse by issues/years. And its absolutely filled with great images (in colour where applicable) which can be printed or saved. There’s also an extremely comprehensive, but easy to use, advanced search where you can look for specific fashion items, like ‘dress’, ‘kimono’ OR ‘yoke collar’, and limit by year/decade.
You can access this database from within the library, at home or anywhere really. Please come in and ask us if you want a demo on how to use it.
WAH – it’s cold! Which is a bit of a silly thing to say really, cos it’s technically almost winter and the winter weather has definitely started. And to be honest there’s nothing better than using a cold afternoon or evening to settle down on the couch with a fashion magazine. Yes – a good old-fashioned, hard-copy MAGAZINE.
Do you know that the library has an awesome selection of fashion magazines? All the big ones, like US, British, Australian and French Vogues. (Vogue Paris is my fave even though I speak no French whatsoever - I just look at the pictures). As well as Teen Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and good old Frankie (if you’re into vintage and twee). I’m absolutely devoted to British Elle, don’t know why, but I love it and look out for it every month.
Now, it does cost 50c to take out magazines, but it’s free to take out Teen Vogue if you’ve got a YA card and all magazines are only issued for one week. But don’t forget it’s free to read them in the library and it’s always warm in here!
The Met Gala is a huge fashion event. Its always been a big deal for the fashion world – run by US Vogue and headed by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It centres around a fashion exhibition that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York holds annually which opens with this big fashiony party. Alexander McQueen and Poiret have been past subjects for exhibits and this year its the highly inventive and influential female designers Muiccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. There’s a really interesting article about the exhibition and the work of these two designers that you can read HERE.
This year’s gala was held on Monday night and I bet you’ve seen something, somewhere about it on the interwebs (even Stuff did a red carpet article). Big news indeed! And all the best celebs and models were there looking glam.
To catch you up – there’s great dress coverage from Fashionista and the Fug girls. Coco’s Tea Party offers her top ten and worst ten – do you agree? Do some research and let me know your favourite outfit! Mine is model Dree Hemingway in a custom made dress from good, old Topshop, what do you think?!
(Ksubi’s runway show highlights at MBAFW)
Right now Australian Fashion Week is drawing to a close in Sydney. And it has been quite the online-fashion event! A bloggers’ who’s-who from all over the globe have attended and documented the goings on – Rumi Neely from Fashiontoast, Bryanboy and the brilliant Susie Bubble from Style Bubble, to name a few. All the best street style photographers were there capturing the action too – Tommy Ton for Style.com, Streetpeeper and Streetfsn.
Of course my fave NZ blogger Katherine Lowe from Katherine is Awesome was there doing very comprehensive and entertaining coverage. (She also did some posts for my new favourite blog – Glasson’s Style Keeper )
My verdict – runway fashions = ho hum; street styles = awesome. Make sure you check it all out!
Just a couple of quick reminders this week!
Firstly, don’t forget the Massive Vintage Bazaar happening in Newtown on Friday (hence this week’s early FF) and Saturday at St Anne’s Hall. (Especially if you’re after some snazzy outfits for you and your pals like the ones pictured above).
Also, we are currently in the middle of Wellington Fashion Week. Make sure to check out all the fashionista action.