Fashion

Christian Dior an Haute Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Fashion and art simply oscillate in perfect harmony, and with respect to the master of couture, Mr Christian Dior — undeniably the combination resonated with him throughout this career.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Departing his early career days as an art gallerist, Dior turned his artistic viewpoint to haute couture as a fashion designer infatuated with the female form, and Dior’s revolutionary “New Look” allowed women to finally dress feminine again. Postwar, a cinched waist with a curved figure became the epitome of the 1950s silhouette for women, a look that continues to echo throughout recent collections.

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Christian Dior Celebrates Female Artists with the Dior Lady Art Project

Of course, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female artistic director to take the helm at Christian Dior is leading a new powerful moment. The Dior Lady Art project, which invites artists to exclusively custom-design the coveted Lady Dior handbag, has carefully selected an all-female collective of eleven artists.

Christian Dior, spring RTW 2018 and spring RTW 2017

Christian Dior, Spring RTW 2018 and Spring RTW 2017

Chiuri poignantly noted her debut collection of Spring 2017 with a literary nod to Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her essay, titled ‘We Should All Be Feminist,’ which Chiuri emblazoned on a t-shirt. For Spring 2018, the first outfit to hit the runway, styled with a striped t-shirt read, ‘Why have there been no great women artists? But the question is not why but where? So as the old adage reflects, ‘third time is truly a charm’, Chiuri follows up with an answer to that very question with a coterie of female artists that enamour the contemporary art market.

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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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