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NYFW – Diversity

February 24th, 2015 12:36 pm


Fashion weeks across the globe are the platforms for designers to showcase next season’s collections to the press, buyers and the public. But this New York Fashion Week, the biggest trend to emerge from the catwalk was diversity. We’re hoping this isn’t a passing phase that gets swept away next season, but something that is set to continue, with fashion pushing the boundaries of what we consider “the norm.” NYFW is setting a high mark by welcoming participants and models of many backgrounds to the catwalk this season. The runways are seeing more ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes and abilities than ever before.

Last year, plus size model Denise Bidot made history as one of the first plus size models to walk for straight size designers when she modelled for the brand CHROMAT. Their runway show on Saturday again featured plus-size models Denise Bidot and our Simply Be model Joss as well as trans gender women and girls from all ethnicities. Becca McCharen, the brands founder was quoted saying ‘I’m so against all white, straight, skinny girl runways. That just doesn’t reflect my reality and who I am and who the Chromat woman is.’ The whole collection, she said, was inspired by Martine Rothblatt, a trans gender woman who is America’s highest paid female CEO.

Kanye West’s x Adidas NYFW show saw 50 assembled men and women – standing in rows, dressed in Yeezy Boost footwear by Adidas – but looking like no other catwalk seen at New York. There were standard tall and slim white models, but there were also wide-hipped, curvy short girls; black models with teased-out afros and bleached dreads; Asian, Latino and mixed race girls and boys of all shapes and colours.

Carrie Hammer made NYFW history by casting American Horror Story actress and disability advocate Jamie Brewer for her Spring Summer 15 show. Dressed in a cinched black skirt dress Jamie raised her arms in triumph as she walked down the runway. She certainly had good reason to, she is now in the record books as the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk in NYFW.

Models in wheelchairs and the world’s first male amputee also hit the catwalk this season at The FTL Moda’s AW15 show. Named FTL Moda Loving You, the show was held in collaboration with Fondazione Vertical – an Italian foundation supporting research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. London-based agency Models of Diversity, were also involved.

Overall this season , NYFW achieved one heck of an accomplishment.  But the question is,  why not go a step further and inject a number of different shaped, sized and coloured models throughout all fashion weeks and seasons?  The result would be inspiring, controversial and empowering. With Paris and Milan Fashion weeks still to come this season, we’re hoping designers will follow the NYFW example and allow for more diversity when choosing the models for their catwalks.




The Oscars Red Carpet – Our Favourite Looks

February 23rd, 2015 4:11 pm


The 87th Oscars ceremony happened last night in the USA, and if you’re anything like us you were dying to see what the stars wore on the red carpet.  Known for being the biggest night of the year for red carpet dressing, we’ve picked our favourite looks that we couldn’t help but love. We loved how quirky and fun these looks were, especially J-LO’s stunning embellished Elie Saab Couture dress. Emma Stone also looked ravishing in a long-sleeve, chartreuse custom Elie Saab gown. We love the lime green colour against her bright orange lipstick. Recently announcing her pregnancy, Sophie Hunter (pictured with her husband Benedict Cumberbatch) opted for a red floor-skimming silk number by Lanvin, which was daringly done up at either side by safety pins. Margot Robbie, the breakout star of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” looked incredible in a plunging femme fatale look by Saint Laurent. And we can’t forget the males this season. Will.I.Am opted for a laid back look whilst trying to be sophisticated, for the carpet this year. Always being one step ahead, Will paired a tux jacket with a multi colour striped top, turned up trousers and smart trainers. See all of our favourite looks looks below.




Our top exhibition picks for 2015

February 22nd, 2015 4:00 pm


Introduce some culture and art in to your 2015 by visiting our top exhibitions for the up and coming year. Based around the world and the UK, we hope you enjoy our favourite 6.

YSL – Style is eternal

The Bowes Museum, County Durham, 11 July-25 October

“Fashion fades, style is eternal” said Yves Saint Laurent, and this exhibition is a perfect example of just that. YSL has been dressing women since the 1950s, and this exhibition is a fine collection of his work and the influences behind it, including over 5,000 items and 15,000 drawings, notes and accessories.

Guy Bourdin – Image Maker

Somerset House, London, 27 Nov – 15 March

One of the most important photographers the fashion world has produced, Bordin made photography an art form in its own right, not just a way to present a brand or item. His exhibition includes over 100 of his key works including works-in-progress, notebooks, paintings and short films.

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty

The V&A, London – 14 March – 19 July

Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential designers of his generation and his influence on the fashion industry is not to be understated. This V&A exhibition has already been extended due to demand as it is one of the most popular it has ever hosted, so don’t miss out!

Jeff Koons

The Pompidou Centre, Paris – 26 Nov 14 – 27 April 15

There is a reason Jeff Koons is generally described as one of the USA’s most controversial artists, and this collection reflecting  an amazing variety of subjects, themes, materials, intended audiences, and purposes shows why. Anna visited the exhibition herself whilst in New York and became a fan immediately .

Jeanne Lanvin

The Palais Galliera- 7 March – 23 Aug

The Palais Galleria’s celebration of the oldest French fashion company still in production is a gorgeous timeline of over 100 outfits, produced by Lanvin herself between 1909 and 1946, along with numerous accessories and sketches.

Dries Van Noten

MoMu museum, Antwerp – 13 Feb – 19 July

Dries Van Noten is known for taking inspiration for his designs from anything and everything which makes for a very interesting and beautiful exhibition of the Belgian designers creations, the way he works and the themes he covers.

For more info see our Exhibition Guide here





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