COLLECTION / PHILIP LIM FALL 17 – NEW ROMANTICISM

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When browsing Business of Fashion earlier today, this collection instantly caught my eye. The bold red catwalk contrasting with the on-trend fuchsia pink backdrop made the more minimalistic garments stand out beautifully.

When looking through the looks, the use of fabrics was something I found particularly interesting. Puffer jackets, honeycomb mesh garments and pink satin sock boots all collided together to create beautiful wearable outfits.

However, I was not a huge fan of the last half of the collections and felt the leather bustiers and orange shearing coats had no place next to the electric blue accents and tech fabrics.

Full the full collection here via BoF

PHOTOSHOOT / VAPORWAVE

For a recent project based around subcultures, my group and I directed ourselves down the route of Vaporware, an online subculture created in the depths of the internet.
The small (yet growing) subculture basing their interests around 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, creating artwork and even music revolving around a love for anything retro.

My group and I took this idea and created a small ‘real-life’ vaporwave set, including retro soda cans, VHS tapes, lava lamp and cacti.
Here are some of the developing results

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COLLECTION / JIL SANDER MENSWEAR 2017

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When I first seen pictures of Jil Sander’s Spring 2017 collection I was blown away. The colour palette for one is beautiful; with a range of tonal outfits (which is a favourite of mine, previous blog post here). Going from stark white and grey to toned blue and then into greens, yet including pops of orange and ombré. Additionally, the choice of fabrics is simple yet effective, combining traditional tailoring with leather, scuba and wide mesh knits, to create texture and fluidity throughout the collection.

I feel this collection overall is strong due to the use of colours which are similar to those used within Pantone’s colour predictions for Fall 2016. However, I feel they are one step up, helping to take the collection into the new season of Spring 2017.

Images – Vogue

PHOTOGRAPHY / KEVIN RIEDL

Photography is one of my favourite hobbies, especially when mixed with architecture and the colours are clean and minimal.
I was recently browsing Minimalissimo and discovered a post they had done on a photographer named Kevin Riedl, I couldn’t find much about him except for a website link and an instagram, and I couldn’t resist to follow him.
His photography is truly beautiful and I feel he captures architectural shapes perfectly within his shots, and the monochrome palette allows the smallest of details and shadows to become very much apparent. The minimalist nature allows the geometrical shapes of the buildings to appear very prominent.

I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more of his work.

All images // Kevin Riedl – instagram, website

BEAUTY / SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE

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For my current university project, we have been researching into the art of perfumery and how it is marketed and branded. During one of my research trips into a department store I spotted CK2, the new genderless perfume from Calvin Klein.

Upon talking to a sales associate; their marketing and choice of perfume ingredients* felt so fresh – and has definitely became inspiration for creating our own scent brand in university.

* wasabi, wet cobblestones, violet leaf, incense, vetiver and sandalwood

All images taken by me

LISTENING / CHASE AND STATUS X SLAVES

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘listening’ post, but yesterday in university we had a lecture on collaborations and it got me thinking about recent collaborations outside of fashion. The one that particularly stuck in my mind is the recent teasers for a song collaboration between Chase & Status and Slaves – which is being released on February 24th.

However, today they released a video teaser on Chase & Status website which I feel is an extremely interesting and clever promotion tool. The website has uploaded an interactive video in which a clip of the song is playing in the background and you can move your mouse to view different angles of the video. From a promotion point of view, I feel this is a very clever way to promote not only the new collaboration but drive traffic onto their website and encourage fans of each group to check out the other. Finally, as a huge fan of Slaves I find it so exciting to see them collaborating with a group as influential as Chase & Status!

The song is dropped tomorrow and will be premiered on BBC Radio 1 at 7:30pm tonight (23/02).

Image sourced from the interactive video / Chase & Status / Slaves
Pre-order the song here

WEARING / SLOUCHY KNITS

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As spring approaches, theres something so lovely about not having to pile as many layers on. I find thin knits perfect for the transition between seasons, especially when worn with an overcoat. These knits from Zara provide the perfect balance between warmth, comfort and style.

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All photos taken by Faaria