PONDEREL

POWER PRINTS…
This season, though popping up here and there in playful, funsy interpretive-chic collections (perhaps most notably at Marni), the POWER PRINT is no stronger anywhere else than it is on the concrete catwalk. Industry heavy-weights, bloggers and models have been spotted on numerous occasions swathing themselves in punchy pieces studded with repetitive geometry or new-day florals that abandon the oft-associated whimsies of a woman shrouded in petals, instead springing up with an almost assertive self-assuredness. When the decision to be bold has been made, it has been done so with conviction, and many an example of paired prints can be noted: marrying linear geometry with pop-art petal prints, or going so far as to stage a floral face-off and plant two species within the one earth-plot ensemble. This micro-trend will appeal to the girl who shys away from overt femininity: lending itself to a more tailored aesthetic, this new approach also extends an invitation to a knitwear party of sorts, where one has the opportunity to indulge in a more fun approach.  Forget Fair Isle as your go-to patterned knit, for prints are set to pop on your go-to jersey and woollen pieces… and if we’re being powerful and making statements, what better way could there be to create an eye-catching exoskeleton than to shield your underlayers with skirts, trousers and blazers boasting bold and cleverly conflicting markings of their own?Images from: All The Pretty Birds; Nam [Grazia Italia]; The Sartorialist; vogue.com
Mar 4

POWER PRINTS…


This season, though popping up here and there in playful, funsy interpretive-chic collections (perhaps most notably at Marni), the POWER PRINT is no stronger anywhere else than it is on the concrete catwalk. Industry heavy-weights, bloggers and models have been spotted on numerous occasions swathing themselves in punchy pieces studded with repetitive geometry or new-day florals that abandon the oft-associated whimsies of a woman shrouded in petals, instead springing up with an almost assertive self-assuredness. When the decision to be bold has been made, it has been done so with conviction, and many an example of paired prints can be noted: marrying linear geometry with pop-art petal prints, or going so far as to stage a floral face-off and plant two species within the one earth-plot ensemble. This micro-trend will appeal to the girl who shys away from overt femininity: lending itself to a more tailored aesthetic, this new approach also extends an invitation to a knitwear party of sorts, where one has the opportunity to indulge in a more fun approach.  Forget Fair Isle as your go-to patterned knit, for prints are set to pop on your go-to jersey and woollen pieces… and if we’re being powerful and making statements, what better way could there be to create an eye-catching exoskeleton than to shield your underlayers with skirts, trousers and blazers boasting bold and cleverly conflicting markings of their own?

Images from: All The Pretty Birds; Nam [Grazia Italia]; The Sartorialist; vogue.com

ANIMANIA


The fashion industry is always one for fads and ever-changing trends. Usually this comes in the form of material items, with accessories being the most easily interchangeable currency. However of late, one of the hottest new things to be seen sporting is a little less disposable. Ordinarily, the most covetable new supplementary fashion items are found adorning one of the body’s focal-points: be it bejewelled nooses around elegantly swan-like necks, glittering boulders perched atop lean and slender digits, or luxurious leather capsules being cradled in the crooks of confident arms. But of late, the troupe of trendsters have had their eyes fixed on all things furry: and that does not refer to the plush and voluminous coats that have been so plentiful of late. Rather, the covetable companions of the moment really are companions in the truest sense.
Among they who find themselves in fashionable circles, the latest place to be seen is ‘Pet Paradise’. Contrary to the traditional use of animals in the industry, the present day sees a newfound love for, and obsession with, the living and breathing… particularly of the tiny and infant variety. This trend first barked in SS11 (remember Miuccia’s monkeys and the tigers prowling Marc Jacobs’ runway?), but now it seems to truly have bitten the industry. Fashion editors and eccentrics alike are finding themselves in raptures over heart-meltingly adorable animal pals, and the newly forming friendships have quickly become news items and publication content across both print and digital.
Featured recently in both the ELLE COLLECTIONS SS12 edition (starring adorable illustrations of designers and their ani-pals) and acting as the basis of a VOGUE feature by Jo Ellison, showcasing ANTIPODIUM’s Cattitude Print and some luxury-grade kitties, Pet Central is a growing craze, appearing not only on magazine pages, but so too on fabrics and garments. Printed, motifed, embroidered and plasticised, animal emblems are appearing everywhere: think Susie Bubble’s Opening Ceremony x Glamour Cat Sweater, Alexa Chung’s go-to Charlotte Olympia fancy feline footwear (both flat and heeled varieties) and Karen Walker’s ‘Va Va’ Bunny shades.
Ever observant, Nick Knight has created his inaugural Instagram shoot, Pussycat Pussycat, to be reflective of the current animadness. Inspired by “internet memes” and the current circulation of myriad animal GIFs, Knight built a glittering menagerie of various juvenile mammals caught in a world of sequins, metallic nail varnishes and over-sized rhinestones all sported by their gentle goddess keeper, the rapidly-rising Cara Delevingne. Shrouded in an opulent mass of Valentino, Mary Katrantzou, Giles, Rochas, Prada, Fabergé, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, the young Brit does a brilliant job (quite literally, brilliant, in the lustrous sense of the word) of demonstrating the industry’s obsession with dramatic decadence. Move over Noah, for Knight and Delevingne’s far more glamorous and decadent story has enough sparkle-power to outshine you and your humble arc.Left: Collage featuring photographs from Pussycat, Pussycat
Images from: showstudio.com
Apr 24

ANIMANIA



The fashion industry is always one for fads and ever-changing trends. Usually this comes in the form of material items, with accessories being the most easily interchangeable currency. However of late, one of the hottest new things to be seen sporting is a little less disposable. Ordinarily, the most covetable new supplementary fashion items are found adorning one of the body’s focal-points: be it bejewelled nooses around elegantly swan-like necks, glittering boulders perched atop lean and slender digits, or luxurious leather capsules being cradled in the crooks of confident arms. But of late, the troupe of trendsters have had their eyes fixed on all things furry: and that does not refer to the plush and voluminous coats that have been so plentiful of late. Rather, the covetable companions of the moment really are companions in the truest sense.


Among they who find themselves in fashionable circles, the latest place to be seen is ‘Pet Paradise’. Contrary to the traditional use of animals in the industry, the present day sees a newfound love for, and obsession with, the living and breathing… particularly of the tiny and infant variety. This trend first barked in SS11 (remember Miuccia’s monkeys and the tigers prowling Marc Jacobs’ runway?), but now it seems to truly have bitten the industry. Fashion editors and eccentrics alike are finding themselves in raptures over heart-meltingly adorable animal pals, and the newly forming friendships have quickly become news items and publication content across both print and digital.


Featured recently in both the ELLE COLLECTIONS SS12 edition (starring adorable illustrations of designers and their ani-pals) and acting as the basis of a VOGUE feature by Jo Ellison, showcasing ANTIPODIUM’s Cattitude Print and some luxury-grade kitties, Pet Central is a growing craze, appearing not only on magazine pages, but so too on fabrics and garments. Printed, motifed, embroidered and plasticised, animal emblems are appearing everywhere: think Susie Bubble’s Opening Ceremony x Glamour Cat Sweater, Alexa Chung’s go-to Charlotte Olympia fancy feline footwear (both flat and heeled varieties) and Karen Walker’s ‘Va Va’ Bunny shades.


Ever observant, Nick Knight has created his inaugural Instagram shoot, Pussycat Pussycat, to be reflective of the current animadness. Inspired by “internet memes” and the current circulation of myriad animal GIFs, Knight built a glittering menagerie of various juvenile mammals caught in a world of sequins, metallic nail varnishes and over-sized rhinestones all sported by their gentle goddess keeper, the rapidly-rising Cara Delevingne. Shrouded in an opulent mass of Valentino, Mary Katrantzou, Giles, Rochas, Prada, Fabergé, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, the young Brit does a brilliant job (quite literally, brilliant, in the lustrous sense of the word) of demonstrating the industry’s obsession with dramatic decadence. Move over Noah, for Knight and Delevingne’s far more glamorous and decadent story has enough sparkle-power to outshine you and your humble arc.


Left: Collage featuring photographs from Pussycat, Pussycat

Images from: showstudio.com