Hot or not – new and emerging trends for spring. You decide!
Cute and frilly blouses with bow ties and such? (As also seen at Karen Walker)
Studded collars and creamy pastels? (As also seen at Glassons)
Crochet knickers?! (As seen….well, nowhere really)
Boring old Kate Middleton has toppped Vanity Fair’s best dressed list for 2012, the third year in a row. YAWN I say – but what do you think about Kate’s style? Who’s your ‘best dressed’?
(Super-mean Karl Lagerfeld – designer for Chanel – has some rather unkind things to say about Kate’s sister Pippa too!)
My pick for best dressed might be Azelia in this cool video for Alexander Wang’s T collection.
Crop-tops for summer! For everyone!
Two interesting fashion books at the library for you this week. Firstly, this new one above is for all you ladies that are fans of jeans, blazers and Patti Smith-type dressing.
Take Ivy / [photographs by Teruyoshi Hayashida ; text by Toshiyuki Kurosu and Hajime (Paul) Hesegawa].
“Originally published in Japanese on September 20, 1965 by Fujingaho sha, Tokyo, Japan.” (Syndetics summary)
Secondly, this is for fans of what’s known as preppy style. I guess that could mean if you like letterman jackets and chinos (which are all over Hallensteins at the moment). Its kind of a strange one for a fashion book – just pictures of 1960s college students at American universities. But its been highly influential in Japan, where it was first published, sparking their years-long love of American style.
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.