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.
The rumor mill has it that Marc Jacobs will leave his post at Louis Vuitton and not renew his 10 year contract, it is speculated that LVMH is in talks with former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquiere to take the role.
You may be asking yourself why would Marc leave Vuitton after he turned down a head job at Dior to stay there, I believe that if he is leaving it is to focus on his own label as if he was to focus on his own line and growing his namesake business it would increase dramatically in value.
Marc’s departure if it is happening will not be for a while as he is contracted to design more collections for Vuitton including SS14 & A/W14 .
Marc’s recent collaboration with Diet Coke
Ad campaign for Louis Vuitton featuring Marc Jacobs
A brand that I have recently been drawing a great amount of inspiration in my Styling and Design Display is Rodarte
I am simply amazed by this LA brand with their mix of traditional and futuristic elements in the design of the collections. Laura and Kate Mulleavy established the brand in 2005 with a simple mission to create beautiful clothes, They really do achieve this mission over and over each collection, drawing their inspiration from Vincent Van Gough and Edgar Degas with Van Gough’s starry night playing a prominent role in many of the collections along with Japanese horror films the designs explore a dark form of beauty while remaining to be fashion forward, crisp and colorful
The dynamic duo Laura and Kate truly see the brand as a labor of love while having no formal fashion education. Laura having studied English literature and Kate studying Art History this clearly hasn’t stood in the girl’s way. The impeccable workmanship and delicate techniques rarely seen outside the Parisian fashion houses play a key role in the brands designs & silhouettes
Rodarte has for these reasons became an amazing success with their designs being featured in countless magazine spreads including been featured on the cover of American Vogue
The intricate and delicate Rodarte dresses have also became a firm favorite with Hollywood’s elite with celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Kate Blanchett & Kirstin Dunst all fans.
While Rodarte has only been on the scene for a short time it has certainly carved a unique niche in the industry proving the link between art and fashion is continuing to inspire and will continue to do so for many more years to come.
Below are images of Van Gough inspiration and Japanese Horror Dresses
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