Fashion

Kate Moss + Mario Sorrenti, New Book at Phaidon

Flashback to the mid-nineties and a new wave of creative expression was simmering, and Kate Moss and Mario Sorrenti, then a young couple, was on the forefront of an evolving fashion movement that transformed fashion runways and photography internationally.

Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti, 1993 Calvin Klein, Obsession

Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti, 1993, Calvin Klein, Obsession

Androgynous and unisex fashion and fragrances emerged, minimalist, grunge, and heroin chic offered a style backlash to the abundance of glamour trickling over from the overindulged 80s. Opposites clashed—supermodels with healthy body types, once considered the personification of beauty now looked cartoonish compared to the dirty realism of the ‘waif’ and the controversial ‘heroin chic’ -termed style that Moss typified during this era.

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CFDA Awards: The Rise of the Influencer – Kim Kardashian

An abundance of fashion aficionados and celebrated celebrities adorned in heavenly gowns sauntered down the red carpet Monday evening for the annual Met Gala’s exhibition opening for, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” In particular, one golden goddess wearing a Versace chainmail gown embellished with crucifixes looked less ethereal, and more like the eternal influencer: Kim Kardashian.

Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner

Sisters, Kylie Jenner in Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian in Versace, Kendall Jenner in Off-White at the 2018 Met Gala.

Just announced, Kim Kardashian will be honoured at the upcoming CFDA Awards on June 4 as the first recipient of the CFDA Influencer Award.

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Fur-Free baby, it’s about time

A few years ago, I arrived at a cocktail reception wearing a lavender dress, with a fabulous matching lavender faux fur coat, a combination of Burberry and Whistles, an entire Brit ensemble. While I felt comforted by the fact that I was fur-free and not wearing a dead animal and patriotic in my selection, disapproving stares recoiled in complete indignation—oh my gosh she’s wearing a fake fur!

Perhaps finally, the stigma of a tatty-old faux (no, my faux was not tatty) that looks cheap and tarty (yes, Brit term for slutty with bad taste) is finally minimised. The most recent iterations of fur in their faux glory are praiseworthy imitable imitations—case in point below.

Fur-free, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney

Fur-free, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney

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Elvis & Kresse x Burberry

As the adage quips, one man’s rubbish may be another man’s treasure, for Burberry and Elvis & Kresse, this statement rings true as they embark on a five-year partnership recycling leather waste from Burberry factories.

Elvis and Kresse x Burberry

Fashion and sustainability are a neoteric duo, embracing fast fashion and luxury brands as an ethically minded consciousness that questions our wardrobe selection. In these conscientious times, wearing fur is indeed outdated and it’s finally possible to banish the need for real fur styles. As the Business of Fashion story shared last month, Gucci Bans fur: ‘It’s Not Modern’ creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele is now my spirit #furfree animal in more ways than one.

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A Masterpiece Collaboration by Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons

Style: An invitation to dine with Mona Lisa at the Louvre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be declined. Last night in Paris, Louis Vuitton invited guests to an intimate dinner in celebration of its latest collaboration with American artist Jeff Koons, titled ‘Masters’. Noting the first time the Louvre has hosted guests within the Denon wing room, Salle des Etats, aka the Mona Lisa room, to dine amidst the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.

The Masters, Jeff Koons collaboration with Louis Vuitton

Jeff Koons collaboration with Louis Vuitton, ‘Masters’, Da Vinci

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Palmer//Harding aka The Shirt Boys

Chat: In the East end of London, near Old Street, resides the studio of fashion designers Matthew Harding and Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding, aka The Shirt Boys. A merging of creative minds from Dallas and London, this innovative duo—alumni from Central Saint Martins, have finely-tuned their skills in the form of wearable, everyday styles in shirts.

Matthew Harding, Levi Palmer - Palmer Harding

Matthew Harding and Levi Palmer – Palmer//Harding at Forty Five Ten

Levi returned home to Texas this past December to visit his family for the holidays, along with Matthew, his British business and life partner. With a pit stop in Dallas to visit the newly opened Forty Five Ten where their line is carried, I joined them for lunch at the store’s restaurant Mirador for a chat.

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