COLLECTION / MATTHEW MILLER

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When browsing LFWM on Business of Fashion, I came across a collection by designer Matthew Miller for autumn of 2017, showcased on Saturday, January 7th.  The collection consisted of 21 looks; both male and female, with a beautiful simple colour palette of black, white, burgundy and hints of a delicate leaden-blue.

Vermilion red was also incorporated within this palette through the models make-up and/or accessory; some having lines from their nose or eyes or a subtle printed scarf draped around their head, shoulders or in hand. In particular, I’m taken by the choice of models – with many having resemblance to pixies or similar mystical beings. I feel this is an interesting yet brave choice, as focus may be diverted from their clothes to the model. However, I do not feel this is the case as Miller has thought well about the differentiation and contrast for these two to work well together. Interesting models making simple clothes appear desirable.

Miller kept consistency within his collection, with the middle parting hairstyle and all flat footwear choices, showing these still relevant trends (despite the push for the return of the stiletto / Vogue). The oversized feel of some of the garments feels entirely relevant due to the decision of layering in different textures and fabric weights, allowing the outfits to flow.

For more of the collection and link to original BOF post / here

“I never saw beauty as being something that was a physical object. I fundamentally see beauty as being a moment in time, a fleeting feeling, a scar, a memory, an experience, a sense of freedom.” – Matthew Miller

 

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

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

PLACES /MVRDV X CHANEL

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Innovative contemporary architectural company MVRDV have collaborated with Chanel to redesign their flagship Amsterdam store and the outcome is truly beautiful.

They have used pioneering glass technology to combine modernism and tradition to recreate the city’s traditional architectural style in a fresh and interesting way. The glass used is said to be ‘in many ways, stronger than concrete’  according to MVRDV.

The design fades from a traditional terracotta brick townhouse into a clear full glass design, combining style and history in one and it will be top of my visiting list next time I’m in Amsterdam.

All images from MVRDV

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

NOVELTY / NEW RAF SIMONS

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The fashion world went into a state of panic when Raf Simons announced his departure from Dior back in October. The designer felt as though he needed to ‘focus on other interests…including my own brand’ and aren’t we grateful for it? This gorgeous new campaign for SS16 is exactly what we needed to prove the decision was in his best interest. The campaign features Luca Lemaire, who has previously done work for Simons before, along side another model who’s identity is masked.

Photos by Willy Vanderperre