Lee (Alexander) Mcqueen the son of an east end taxi driver rose to be a fashion force to be reckoned with and in 1996 he was named British Designer of The Year.Alexander or Lee to his friends saw life very cinematically, He incorporated political themes into many of his collections and produced one of the most talked about graduate collections that St Martins has ever seen.This seems to have kick started McQueen’s career as sitting in the audience of the M.A. Show was Isabella Blow the lawless and irreverent editor of Tatler and the Sunday Times Style, Isabella purchased McQueen’s entire graduate collection for £5,000. and she paid it off with weekly £100 installments later giving him a steady base by moving him into her home so he could continue to receive social welfare.
McQueen is quoted as saying that he used his “Dole Money” to purchase fabrics and pay the rent on his tiny studio off Hoxton Square, he was persuaded by Isabella to use his middle name Alexander as she felt that it would sell better and he could still get his “Dole Money” His collections soon became the talk of London and with Isabella by his side he was gaining great media attention,The media begun to question his view on women and branded many of his collections “misogynistic” and “disgusting”
McQueen shocked them all when he was put forward by LVMH to helm parisian couture house Givenchy, He remained at Givenchy for five years and when leaving shocked his employees by selling the majority of shares in Alexander McQueen to the Gucci Group the arch rivals of LVMH Mcqueen stayed as a designer for his label and in 2006 introduced McQ Label an affordable denim range for a younger market on April 2nd 2007 Lee lost his confidant and close friend Isabella Blow as she committed suicide. McQueen dedicated his spring 2008 collection to Isabella. On February 2nd 2010 McQueens mother Joyce died of cancer, this seemed to be too much for Mcqueen as on the eve of his mother’s funeral 11th February 2010 four years to this day he tragically committed suicide shocking the fashion world and leaving a irreplaceable mark
To thank all the loyal followers of AJudgeOutlook on this somber day, I would like to announce that I will be running a competition with an Alexander McQueen giveaway shortly. I am currently sourcing an amazing piece that I adore and am in contact with the wonderful Alexander McQueen Selling Supervisors Danyelle and Andrea. Don’t worry I will be running this competition in the next month so make sure to have a browse every now and then for updates
In memorial Lee (Alexander) McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) X
I love the Brown Thomas Dublin spring window, the Grafton Street windows reflect the mood of the season and the store trends. The windows are truly in bloom with gorgeous flower headpieces and garden trellises which carry the message of the coming months. We are quickly becoming immersed in the season of endless family affairs, communions, the races, weddings the SS14 collections at Brown Thomas are very soft and pretty with a very feminine silhouette. From new neutrals to pretty floral prints the collections really have all you need this SS14. I personally can’t wait to see the Galway windows bounce into full bloom as I am always enthralled by the amazing work of the display team on every window.
Enjoy the whimsical window displays below X
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Great floral prints and statement necklaces in the Brown Thomas SS14 Collections
The blushing bride in fresh, cool Celine
From pop star to footballers wife to fashion designer, Victoria Beckham has had many lives she has recently teamed up with skype to discuss her booming fashion brand and it’s progression to date. Victoria who entered the fashion world in the early 2000s while living in Spain and with ample time on her hands Victoria threw herself into learning about the fashion industry mostly from reading magazines and developing her personal sense of style.
In 2003 she was appointed as a brand ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana, In the years to follow Ms Beckham found herself in other roles in the fashion industry, she styled Katie Holmes for the March 2006 issue of Harper’s Bazaar and in the September of that year she launched her denim line dVb Style, as well as a his and hers fragrance line, Victoria remained quiet about her own collection and worked away cultivating a signature style that revolves around a fitted silhouette
In 2008 at New York Fashion Week, Victoria debuted her own eponymous line. The fifteen dresses which she showed in the collection were met with stellar reviews with Beckham commenting on the dresses saying “ I don’t ever want to make dresses that will date”, said the designer on her first collection, the goal instead was to make flattering timeless pieces with a special details to improve posture and enhance curves.
I must say that the designer who came under much scrutiny when she was developing her line (from myself included) really has developed a beautiful elegant line of dresses and daywear with great silhouettes and print. Beckham is quoted saying “If I myself don’t want to wear it, I won’t make it” this has certainly run true as she has been photographed regularly in her looks from both her clothing lines, Victoria Beckham and Victoria by Victoria Beckham
You can watch the full documentary below with Victoria lifting the lid on her fashion empire below.
Some of Victoria’s famous dresses.
The colors predicted to be a big hit this season are almost nostalgic. The purple hue of the season entitled “Radiant Orchid” has a very vintage feel to it. It seems that the color palette was very inspired by nature this season as most of the shades do very much look like blooming flowers and summer foliage of Spring, Summer.
The SS14 Color Trends have been released by the forecasting agencies and I must say I am far from disappointed with this years palette. I think we have become so used of going bolder and brighter with trends and colors over the last few seasons. I am so glad to see the evolution of the color trends to the neutral and more versatile palette of SS14.
I love how the colors of the season can work well as stand alone pieces or can be blocked to experiment with new looks and color combinations. We all know that when summer comes the colors of nature and the Spring, Summer collections invigorate us and this palette certainly does that, With the palette which is comprised of soft baked hues which carry elements of pastel coloring such as the purple green shade to the calming cool colors like blue and brown shades the overall mood of the color trends this season seems to be a back to basics approach of experimentation with color and earthy tones.
On the High Street I have seen that the SS14 shades have featured in pre-collections with Ted Baker incorporating the purple hue into many of the dresses in the SS14 collection and Guess using the Cayenne Red shade in many of their lace pieces and little party dresses.
Let me know what is your favorite shade from the palette this season?
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The most genius milliner of out time Philip Treacy has been announced as the designer for the winners trophies at next years Brit Awards it has been revealed by organisers.
The iconic milliner who has designed hats for celebrities such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham to name just a few to Royalty such as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Beatrice of York. Philip really brings a new design that I think really sums up youth culture and the wave of cool Britannia that is so powerful in fashion. When asked about his design he said: “Music has always been my inspiration and I’m fortunate to have worked with some of the music industry’s greatest artists.” He continued: “My inspiration for the trophy comes from a uniquely British genre of music, punk.”
I really love this design and I love how Philip can mix it up so well and do really romantic pieces or great showstopping pieces. I have always really been deeply inspired by his work as I come from the same small village as Philip and seeing his amazing hats in person from my dearest friend Hannah Treacy, I personally know that all of Phillips work is Couture and of the highest standard. I am so delighted for Philip Treacy and this new commission this brand is going from strenght to strenght and I am not in the slightest bit shocked.
The music awards ceremony, which will feature James Corden as presenter, takes place at London’s O2 Arena on 19 February.
Below is Philip’s design and some of his exemplary commissions for some famous faces.
Philips Punk Design
Princess Beatrice of York
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Princess Beatrice of York
L-R: Sarah Jessica Parker,Princess Beatrice of York, Victoria Beckham.
Philip Treacy SS13 Collection at LFW
It could not be more fitting that on the 54th birthday of the late, and ever so great Isabella Blow to have the preview day for Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore. The exhibition is more focused on the outlandish wardrobe of Izzy that on the lady herself and what a wardrobe to focus on. Isabella owned very little couture or very expensive clothes but she had an amazing eye for a good silhouette and a great aesthetic on what real style was. She really made an amazing impact on the world of fashion with her personal clothing and the clothing she used in her amazing fashion shoots. Many would say Isabella was a mentor to Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen, Supporting them when they were getting established. Treacy and McQueen must have taken so much inspiration from Izzy as she really was so lawless and irreverent, she just possessed something that made her sparkle. I remember one of the Jackets from the exhibition, It was a gold embellished fitted blazer that Izzy used to fly Hawkins when herself and Lee( Alexander McQueen) used to spend weekends together in Izzy’s home Hilles flying Hawkins together. It always reminded me of something a pirate would wear, ever so chic though!
When asked about the event Daphne Guinness said:
“This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event. Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people. I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them we’ve done the right thing – and that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come”.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore is running from 20 November 2013 – 2 March 2014 in Somerset House.
Happy Birthday Izzy one of the greats X
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Autumn is here again and is proving to be just as cold as usual. It’s time to throw on the scarves and hats & well basically anything made from wool or fur to keep you cozy. This season offers a darker palette than usual but it can be worked into many looks.
This season is all about a harder silhouette with punk and rebel being reinvented and modernised to made a massive comeback. The looks are grungy and boyish but also maintain a sense of playfulness and are very fun.
Tarton: This season has seen a massive Tartan Trend, It’s literally everywhere from Pennies to Brown Thomas there is no reason why anybody can’t rock this trend. The tartan is slightly boyish but it very fun and can be incorporated into outfits in the form of accessories such as scarves and bags to tartan tops and pretty tartan fashion tights. As seen in: Saint Laurent, Givenchy & Versace.
Punk: Punk has been reinvented much to the delight of the punk queen Vivienne Westwood, punk has hardened the silhouette of the season and has really brought back the 80’s nostalgia. This trend is one that not everybody can wear but for those of you who are unable to pull off the leather look, there is some really nice studded accessories and beanies on the High-street that look nice but are very wearable, also leather jackets are big this season and are able to create an understated punky look. As seen in: Versace, Isabel Maranet, Saint Laurent & Chanel.
Skirt Suit: After a very brief stint in SS13 the skirts are back with a higher hemline, This Autumn the classic skirt has been deconstructed & really can be worn with more of a casual twist, You could add a chunky knit jumper or a matchy print and slim belt for a look that’s perfect for the office and some after work fun. It’s the perfect day to night look this season. As seen in: House of Holland, Burberry Prorsum and Christopher Kane.
Oversized Outerwear: This has to be one of my favorite wardrobe staples this season, I mean who doesn’t love to throw on a oversized coat, it’s warm and chic and there are some gorgeous autumnal tones to be found in the high street oversized coats. The oversized outerwear has been in firm focus in the Pre-Collections this year and also in the A/W13 collections. As seen in: Vivienne Westwood, Chanel and DKNY
Pink: The pastel palette has seemed to sneak It’s way into the Autumn/Winter collections and I really think it’s a breath of fresh air this winter. The collections are quite heavy and there is a lot of black and grungy looks so I really like the pink trend. There are some lovely pink oversized coats and skirts which are so floaty and fun.