CNN International got in touch today to tell me about their show "The Fashion Season" which has been airing all week at 2100 BST (British Summer Time). First of all, how many of us get the chance to watch CNN? I tend to tune into it only when I'm travelling, and not at regular times either. Second of all, its rare to find a global news channel covering the fashion world without reducing it to visual fluff, or casting a cynical eye over it, so I was straight on the case to see which of their mini-episodes - most run for five minutes - was the most revealing, interesting and relevant. I chose the fashion photography report, which aired Wednesday night.
I'm a huge fashion photography fan; my dream is to collect work from my favourite photographers who include Ryan McGinley, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Francesa Woodman, Corinne Day, Erwin Blumenfeld and Paolo Roversi. In fact Tim Blanks of Style.com (who lives around the corner from me) is my inspiration for this - I am a junior collector, but he is a prolific amasser of photography and has an inspirational collection that I can only dream of..
The editor behind this CNN mini-series is smart and tuned in, he chose photographers from three fashion disciplines - editorial, catwalk and online. They talk to Mario Testino as he celebrates his 30th anniversary in fashion photography; Getty photographer Frazer Harrison shows the reality of what it’s like to work in the catwalk camera pit, and The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman talks through his craft. Enjoy.
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During London Fashion Week, we blogged about lots of the brilliant collections by the NEWGEN SS12 contingent. Paris is now upon us and we thought that any of you lucky enough to be in the city over the next few days might like to know that you can drop in to have a look for yourselves at the collections (n.b at a different location to previous years, see bottom of post for details). Michael Van der Ham, J.JS Lee and Craig Lawrence (amongst others) will be in attendance and you can see what we thought of their offerings by following the links.
|Christopher Raeburn SS12 (STYLE.com)|
|Christopher Raeburn SS12 (STYLE.com)|
|Christopher Raeburn SS12 (Style.com)|
Installation at Christopher Raeburn S/S 12 from Susie Bubble on Vimeo.
Raeburn emphasised to me the desire to create an 'exciting show in an amazing space in a limited time' (the Raeburn team had just six hours to transform the classic museum space into a fashion show venue). In short, this was a completely inspired, super fun way to show a collection. And a perfect example of why the New Gen crew are so exciting and a must-see if you're a journalist or buyer in Paris in the coming days.
You can visit them from Friday at 2pm, here: Le Loft, L'Impasse Guemenee, 3 Cour Berard, 75004, Paris (4eme). They'll be around for a week.
Lace is nothing new on our fashion radar, in fact it is rarely off the agenda. For next Spring/Summer, there is a particular sort of lace which we have been seeing again and again on the catwalks. Let me introduce you to GUIPURE. This is a chunkier lace than the flippety, delicate pieces we might be used to. The technique for creating it is thought to originate from darning onto fishing net, which will give you some idea of the sturdier nature of this lace in comparison to, for example, a chantilly. The word guipure means a thick cord over which thread is twisted; guiper can mean 'to wrap' en francais.
|Clements Ribeiro SS12|
|I cannot confirm that this IS guipure but it looks a lot like it to me, trapped between layers at Simone Rocha SS12|
All images from catwalking.com
|My favourites- the two tone Marthas £176|
|Grey Suede £176|
Once again this fall designers are inspired by vintage fashion including the dash of the 40s and the pop of the 60s. Runway trends of velvet and shades of wine red are great for style seekers with a love for authentic vintage.
Click on the photo above for links to the pages of this feature.
Many thanks to the members of the VFG Site Committee for their work in putting this feature together. I (denisebrain) am the co-chair along with Mary of The Vintage Merchant. The other members working on this were Amy of Viva Vintage Clothing, Cat of Club Vintage Fashions, Linn of Linn's Collection and Sharon of Living Doll Vintage—and thanks to all the members of the VFG for their great photos interpreting modern trends. Big thanks to VFG member Christine Anderson of yumyumphoto.com for the opening photo, inspiration for the design.
This week, look for fringed, flowing, bohemian, gypsy-inspired clothes with more than a hint of the free spirit of the late 60s.
Oscar de La Renta Boutique fuchsia print maxi dress circa 1970 available at Viva Vintage Clothing
60s Bold Breed Sunset Strip Hippie Freak Purple Suede Fringed Jacket from Joules Vintage
Vintage 60s Boho Batik Cotton Tunic Hippie Dress available at The Spectrum
You can find more fabulous vintage items from more sellers at the VINTAGE FASHION GUILD WEEKLY PARADE!
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One word can sum up the entire spring/summer 2012 catwalk shows so far, and that word is optimism. Everything is bright and sunny, light and airy, jolly and upbeat, go-getting and fun. You get the picture. Yellow is the colour of Spring 2012, and if a floral print is not your thing, god help you.
The main thing about Milan, was, well it was very Italian. Molto Italiano. Looking at Pucci, Gucci, Cavalli, Dolce with their big bouncy haired models, exuberant prints and multiple-colours, there was no where else in the world you could be. And, as this is a season of optimism, the Italian designers were ten times more jolly about it than London and New York was.
Well, apart from Prada, Jil Sander, and Marni the triumverate of thoughtful greatness that resides in the city. Without further ado, here is my top ten which veers away from that Molto Italiano vibe focusing on Fashion. Amazingly there is only one dress - its all about separates in fashion these days.
|Kinga Rajzak walking for Proenza Schouler SS12 (catwalking.com)|
In my own personal pursuit of midriff perfection, I have become a devotee of 8-minute abs. The video below is surely the secret weapon of fashion editors the world over. And judging by the number of views of the video in its various guises, as much as 10 million in one version, there is a kind of secret abs cult which can only grow as next year's abs reveal grows closer. Yes, it's super cheesy but if it works do we care? I guarantee you will feel completely ripped the next day and, if you manage to avoid all salt, sugar, wheat etc. then you MAY have Kinga abs by Spring.
One of the many, many highlights of my first fashion week was virtually brushing against Hamish Bowles in his Dries Van Noten suit. Of course, I don't know anything really about the man himself, but he is amongst my top fashion industry 'celebs' who I would be asking to pose for a picture with me if I weren't trying to look nonchalant.
|Bowles, in Mugler, with Simon Cowell (Image from vogue.com)|
|Burberry was top designer for creating online buzz for their show|
Julia from EditD told us:
EditD have also created full buzz reports from London and New York . Geek your hearts out fashion lovers!