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

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COLLECTION / LCF GRAD SHOW COLLABORATION

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I find that graduate work is usually the most outrageous and experimental, as this is the collection that usually gets a designers foot in the door.

One collection that stood out to me when browsing through some of the LCF grad show collections, was a collaboration between three different designers. Gayane Arzumanova, Beth Wilson and Yui Jiang, who all contributed to a different aspect of the designs. Arzumanova being the designer, Wilson being the creator of the heat-manipulated leather and Jiang being the creator of each dramatic headpiece. Which has created a truly spectacular and original collection.

When interviewed backstage, Gayane Arzumanova said her motive was ‘to capture the idea of a transient moment, a notion communicated through sculptural silhouettes which appeared to have been frozen in motion’ which garments appearing as though they’re melting over the body.

Beautifully abstract.

All images / DAZED

WEARING / CROP CROCHET

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Summer is quickly approaching and in Nottingham it’s perfect non-jacket weather. This cute crochet jacket/top I bought from ASOS (by Monki) is perfect as it suits as both an over top and jacket in one.

 

All images taken by Faaria

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

WEARING / VINYL HEELS

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While casually browsing Zara.com this morning, I came across the most perfect heels from their SS16 collection. White, vinyl and pointed; everything I could want in a pair of heels and at £29.99 these are an absolute steal! They also remind me of the Gianvito Rossi heels worn by InTheFrow, which I have been dying over for months – but for a fraction of the price.

All images from Zara.com

COLLECTION / LOUIS VUITTON

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Will 2016 be the year of Louis Vuitton? Well, by judging how their year has gone only 28 days in, I think it may well be. With campaigns that have gone viral and ones that have pushed sexist boundaries, and they just keep getting better and better.

Their most recent collection for menswear fall 2016 was inspired by Paris, with Art Deco designs, scribbly Jean Cocteau–esque drawings, a pile of Vuitton monogram trunks and a chiffon drape hanging from the ceiling- enough to make anyone excited!

Watch the live stream of the whole show here

All photos from Vogue.com

NOVELTY / FAUSTINE STEINMETZ

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For our current brief for university, we have been asked to create a 16 page magazine on a specific topic – I chose distressed denim. During my research for this I discovered an amazing young designer who’s work is right on par with my topic, Faustine Steinmetz. Her work includes old denim pieces which have then pleated, shredded, knotted, bleached and distressed to create gorgeous new unique pieces.

I feel her outlook on fashion is very fresh and I feel larger designers should be inspired by her to make their own garments environmentally friends and sustainable. The Parisian designer has since expanded her line to use polo shirts and worn tracksuits and also created a vegan handbag line.