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

BEAUTY / FRESH CUT

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Every once in a while, I get a much needed hair cut. However, since dying my hair silver nearly two years ago, I sort of forgot about getting it cut and focused more on maintaining colour.
However, summer is usually a time of change for me and this one has been no exception. I have a few festivals lined up so decided this was the perfect time to chop my shoulder length locks for easier maintenance.

I’m in love with the blunt cut of my new hair, having no layers or fringe to create fuss. Styling is seemingly easier and my hair is holding its style and colour much better than before.

All images / Me

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 / NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY X SIMON STARLING

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I recently visited the Simon Starling exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary gallery.
My favourite part was the reflective painterly sculpture and its contrast with the linear ceiling.

All images by me

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

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