Good morning guys,
It’s the bank holiday weekend, and though I have wildness and loudness of Carnival tomorrow to look forward to, long weekends like this present an opportunity to sit back, detox, declutter and detatch from life in the inner city… *exhales*.
If you follow me on instagram (@afroblush), you’ll see about three weeks ago I had a wardrobe clear out. I’ve sent over half of my clothes to charities in order to free up space (my closet and in my mind), as there is nothing more irritating than sifting through loads of clothes you know you don’t need and/or want.
I really need to reignite and re-establish my headscarf style
House of Aama presents- Urban Nomad’14
Over the last week I’ve been talking a lot about the revival of the 90’s wardrobe staples; and even though polka dots never really left, SS14 trends have been putting the playful pattern back in the spotlight. I’m often shifting between the world of business meetings and social meet ups so I love anything that’s versatile enough, that all I need to do is swap my lipstick and shoes.
There will always be fashion staples that stand the test of time, like stone washed jeans; Dr. Martens and footless tights. Some trends are essential, and like DNA, will be passed down from generation to generation, whether you like it or not;
and tartan my friends… is one of them.
I’m riding this 90’s grunge wave, as it involuntarily conjures up my past love affair with Savage Garden, Clueless, Nirvana and Mel B’s iconic tartan silk trousers in Wannabe.
NB: (Large scrunchies and jelly shoes think they belong in this category but I beg to differ).
Style Alien, NY: http://www.thestylealien.com/2013/11/sweet-escape.html
PEG LEG TROUSERS
Work a clean silhouette this season with the peg- leg trouser. As high-waist paperbag styles present a feminine take on the look, low slung belted trousers offer an androgynous approach. Channel a fresh, sporty vibe with track-pant-inspired styles in bold brights and statement prints.
Autumn is the season where I give myself free reign to go OTT on tartan. This season I’m on the hunt for colour-drenched checks across oversized mannish coats, possibly turned up by tailoring with bold tartan suit sets or run with school girl check kilts and pinafores.
Marisa Georgas awesome rendition how how she takes tartan from day to night for Red Magazine. How to wear tartan: http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs/how-to-wear-tartan
Last week I quickly popped into the Soboye Boutique in Shoreditch to see what’s hot for this summer. There was lots to love.
Loving Aluna Francis from AlunaGeorge rocking a full Diesel Black Gold from DBG SS13, whilst on stage performing current single “White Noise” at last weekends Glastonbury Festival.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow to see AlunaGeorge in Nottingham Rock City in October. I’ll be there, obvs ;-)
Founded in 2010 by Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud, LAURENCEAIRLINE is a menswear label and conscious project based between Abidjan and Paris. Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud is also one of the talents of Studio Africa, celebrating and promoting creativity in Africa.
LaurenceAirline brings together a path between cultures drawing contemporary timeless basic silhouettes with deep African roots. Re-imagining the African continent’s cultural inheritance in a way that fashion and ethnic cultures can successfully collaborate to create possibilities for the future is the driving force behind LaurenceAirline. The entire line is made in accordance with conscious and sustainable manufacturing practices in LaurenceAirline’s workshop in Ivory Coast, where local people are trained to produce high quality garments following international standard. Valuing bold aesthetics and sustainable development, the label merges creativity coming from Africa with the sophisticated standards of modern societal way of life. In that frame, worldwide sold LaurenceAirline’s collections help build Africa’s modern reality into the international fashion scene.
“Ashley Isham’s AW 2013 collection was a singular wave of fetish.” Alex Moss and Giorgio Grande, 160grams
Ashley Isham’s AW 2013 collection couldn’t have been further from what I expected, but in saying that, I’m not complaining, his collection took me somewhere I was excited to go.
The collection was dark, sexy and dominant, as models stomped the catwalk with reconstructed evening-wear leather peplum and opulently embellished maxi dresses. The PVC visors masked over the models faces added to the illusion of anonymity and sadomasochism.
Last Friday, also included vibrant collection from Nova Chiu, graduate from London College of Fashion who I also saw last year as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch’ show for AW12.
Nova Chiu’s highly textured, beautiful AW13 collection was inspired by Nam June Paik’s ‘Electronic Superhighway’, which is permanently on display at the Lincoln Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington. Electronic Superhighway was a critical piece, conveying American culture, and its obsession with television, moving image and bright shiny things.
I strongly believe the AW13 collection is a step in the right direction for Nova Chiu. Despite her SS13 Collection receiving some criticism for moving away from heavy ‘ethnic inspired’ embroidery, to more diluted silk prints. In contrast, I felt that her SS13 complimented the burst of colour and floral prints that were predicted to dominate Spring/ Summer look books for 2013.
Furthermore , her AW13 collection will be a colourful and bold alternative to the floral print that I can only assume we would have exhausted by the end of the season.
Print this season is head-to-toe, flamboyant and, above all, hi-res as designers take advantage of the digital tools available to today’s fabric-makers. Here’s a pick of my hothouse bloom style favourites.
Hothouse blooms on the Catwalk AW12
(From the left: Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, Kenzo, Prada, Suno, Erden, Peter Pilotto)
Shopping the trend:
I am loving the floral chiffon shirts I grabbed at H&M, paired with these floral pencil skirts I bought for only £7.99. Bargain! Gotta love H&M.
H&M £15 (On sale) Blouse in airy chiffon with a print pattern.
Recognised as one of China’s leading designers and influencers, Ji Cheng’s design philosophy blends Chinese chic with modern wit
This season Ji Cheng presented her SS13 collection at the London Fashion Week, Vauxhall Fashion Scout, at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden. Her designs featured elements of tradition tempered by intelligence and humour, resulting in a unique signature style.
Ji Cheng founded her eponymous label, La vie by Ji Cheng in 2002, a fashion and lifestyle brand that combines the essence of Chinese sophistication with contemporary tailoring. The brand resonates with the growing population of young, independent women. Since the label’s inception, it has been making waves across Asia and Europe.
Yesterday was (of course) Stylist day, where I eagerly await my yellow t-shirt man who dispenses my free weekly pick me up of fashion trends, beauty products and inspirational features. One of the many things I was thrilled to see in this week’s edition was the Marks & Spencer AW12 collection.
I am sure that many of you will admit that Marks & Spencer might not be your go to store for a Friday night outfit, but it’s relied upon by many for smart, reliable and semi-fashionable clothing. However, by the looks of a few of its AW12 collection, M&S have dropped the ‘semi’ and finally jumped on the trend band wagon. The colours for this year and typically autumn inspired, the cuts are boyish, with touches of feminine chic. Overall, this is a collection for fashion conscious power women, and I can’t wait to see it in stores. Five outfits from the collection were featured in Stylist, so courtesy of M&S, here is the rest.
21st Century Remix Autograph Dress £49.50, Belt £25
21st Century Remix M&S Woman Coat £89 Limited Collection Jumper £29.50, Limited Collection Trouser £29.50, Scarf £22.50, Shoes £49.50
The weather in London this week has been suspiciously delicious, and one of my favourite trends for this spring/summer is the front raised maxi skirt. River Island seems to be leading on this trend, as they have up to 5 different styles currently available, and with its current popularity I expect Topshop, Zara, Urban Outfitters, H&M and the rest will catch up soon.
I am wearing the black wrap front belt maxi skirt from River Island, RRP £22, it’s light weight, comfortable and comes in black and grey. The pink top is a from New Look (SS11), and the shoes are ASOS PARROT T Bar Platforms, RRP £45, but now on sale for £27 ;-)
I thrifted the brown belt from the Oxfam DIY store in Camden for like a quid, and the Satchel bag is from a Camden Market vintage stall.
Barbara von Enger
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The Jardins des Tuileries and other cult locations are now the background to capture the trends of those that follow fashion both for work and for passion.
Gianluca Senese photographs them with his camera, and here you will be able to follow everyday the latest updates.
Ubuntu “I am what I am because of who we all are”
The Ubuntu International Project showcase took place on Sunday (19th) as part of the Vauxhall Fashion Scout as part London Fashion Week 2012. The show is run by South African Artist Management (SAAM), an international consultancy committed to developing, promoting and exporting a new South African design-led aesthetic. The aim of the show was to provide a spotlight for emerging designers to illustrate how the diaspora is transcending the traditional viewpoint of afrocentric design.
Between the 11th-29th of February the British Fashion Council will be hosting the International Fashion Showcase, exhibiting fashion from around the world. The event is being held in light of London winning the Olympic bid and showing that “we honour the Olympic valus of international respect, excellence, equality and friendship”.
Each country had been asked to present a selection of emerging designers whom they feel most represents the future of fashion in their region. Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Contributing Editor to US Vogue, was to chair an advisory panel that will judge each piece of work, with an award given to the country that presents the best emerging fashion talent showcase.
The winners of the International Showcase was Korea, it was a fantastic exhibition, their designs were fresh, innovative and just completely out of the box. I was very pleased to Korea win and I will be posting pictures from their exhibition later on today, plus highlights from the Award Ceremony that took place at Somerset House on Sunday as part of London Fashion Week.
I feel encouraged and excited to see African fashion move forward from gaining its repertoire exclusively from print design, to being recognised for its contemporaneousness, innovation and tailoring. My favourite from the collection is the sequined pattern sleeveless dress, which boasts of colours that instantly take me under the spotlight of city lights. The dress immediately makes me feel like pinning my hair up and finding some ankle strap pumps. The detail of the dress also tells a story; if you look on the inside of the dress (see gallery) you can notice how the designer used an African print as a stencil for the embroidery, so although on the outside it looks like it would be worn by someone confident and cosmopolitan, inside there still remains the essence of Africa. This I believe represents the identity of the new generation Afropolitan fashionista’s and misters.
Recently I find myself being attracted to all things cubist, I think it may be it’s aesthetic undertone of simplicity, modernity and freshness that often comes with the spirit of the new year.
In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analysed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.
I encourage the notion that we are always reinventing ourselves, adapting, or evolving (whichever way you want to put it), and the great thing about cubism is that although the object may remain the same, how we see it is open to interpretation as often the surfaces intersect at seemingly random angles, removing or adding a sense of depth.
Here are some of my most recent cubist inspired accessories from the high street, when I saw them, I fell in love with their randomness, angles and their ability to create a space for interpretation.
(From the left)
-Large triangular earrings- TOPSHOP (Sale) £3.50, Smaller triangle earrings in black and white-PRIMARK £3, Pentagon silver earrings and silver cube earrings- H&M £3.99
H&M Silver circular earrings £3.99
White and silver necklace H&M £10.99 (I think)