Fashion Faux-cused girls!

Griffiths Fashion Faux-cused Girls!

Last week I sat down to interview two of Griffiths very own girls studying fashion. Rachel Browne who is in her second year and Liz Bennnet who is in her third and final year. Both optimistic about the fashion industry with a clear and obvious dedication given the long hours there course entails which involves heavy designing picking fabrics and creating there own clothes. After a very insightful and enjoyable  chat it was obvious both girls are going places and are extremely dedicated to learning and broadening there craft when it comes to fashion. Liz has high hopes for the future as she takes off for New York and onto an internship after in September. Rachel is giving herself final year to figure out her niche area.

Firstly I asked the girls what they had learnt so far from the course. Rachel responded saying “Griffith has taught me to broaden my imagination, the things I thought of before were creative to an extent, but now I know so much more. I look at magazines and fashion blogs where before I wouldn’t have”. Liz explained to me that before she thought the course would involve more just pure drawing and designing but she learnt “They teach you to broaden your mind”. Liz has a learnt a whole new way of developing thanks to skills she’s has obtained like photoshop illustrator in college.

When I put the question to the girls if they were worried about working in the fashion industry because it is so notoriously bitchy and cut throat both of them calmly responded they weren’t particularly. Rachel said she’s ready but feels she may have underestimated it, but she’ll be ok when she reaches that point. “Final year has been a good eye opener into how hard it is going to be. There is so much criticism but you have to learn to take it constructively not personally” says Liz, who has a very realistic and optimistic take on things. What she said would remain true for any budding designer .

Rihanna and Cara do street style best according to Liz who for her this year were inspirational

Rihanna and Cara do street style best according to Liz who for her this year were inspirational

The girls reminisce on the last year, for who has earned there spot for fashion icon of 2012 until this point. Both agree on English model Cara Delevingne who has won model of the year and shown us how versatile she is in her style on the runway and off. Liz agrees both Cara and Rihanna are her two favorites. “I love the new street phase and grunge elements they lead in”. Rachel’s winner is some what different in her dress sense and chooses Kate Middleton. “She elegant and everything fits her well”.

Hats are a must for chic everyday wear

Hats are a must for chic everyday wear

The girls and I discuss designers Rachel is a D Squared fan because it’s cool and funky while Liz adorns Givenchy haute couture and looks forward to there Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter shows. Her favorite ready to go designer is Simone Rocha “Her style is young and fresh ad the fact that she’s an upcoming Irish designer”. Both of the fashion students agree when taking it high street Zara and Top Shop serve the best.

To style Liz would pick Beyonce “I love her and think she would be so cool to design for. Her concert outfits are so out there and different”. Rachel chose Kate Middleton “everyone sees what she is wearing and everyone is interested”.

Liz would choose her idol Beyonce if she could design for anyone

Liz would choose her idol Beyonce if she could design for anyone

Rachel adores the Duchess polished style

Rachel adores the Duchess polished style

Just to make sure there is no confusion about what to wear this summer no better people to ask then two who currently eat,sleep and breathe fashion! “Neon” Rachel responses enthusiastically as if thats it she’s said enough that’s how important it is so factor into your wardrobe! “Neon muted down with lace not like blocks of it like last summer”. Liz nodes and agrees “Monochrome black and white with a pop of color also suit jackets with nothing underneath”. Presumably very safely secured!  A little white dress to add to your must have summer purchases the girls advise and Liz also suggests a pair of statement sandals “they add something to any plain outfit”. Lastly the recommend hats and lots of them!

A little White dress can do no wrong the girls agree

A little White dress can do no wrong the girls agree

 

A more day and night sassy LWD

A more day and night sassy LWD

 

For the girls although fashion is the chosen path for them they seem keen on expressing not to take it to seriously. They see it as a form of expression and it s what you make it. “It’s really important in how you present yourself” says Rachel. She adds “it’s the first thing people see”. Both students agree a necessity in fashion is being comfortable in what your wearing.

Neon the fashion forward student urge for summer!

Neon the fashion forward way they urge for summer!

 

Looks great with black two in one with lace also!

Looks great with black, two in one here as Rachel suggested with lace also!

While fashion is fun the girls are not oblivious to the down falls of the industry such as child labour, making leather and the horrible mutation that is carried out on animals for there fur or testing. The harsh realities of this are pretty shocking as well as upsetting. They explain how there lecturer just uses faux fur and leather and hopefully most fashion students will lead by example because of that.

The future is bright. Rachel tells me how she would like to kick Anna Wintour out of her job in Vogue eventually but before that happens just to find out what she is good at and enjoys, the perfect logic. Liz is unsure where she will lead weather it will be styling, buying or designing but hopes to figure it out next year in London. Im sure the girls will be on our radar in no time. Watch this space!

 

The Style Behind The Steel

The style behind the steel

Bows, bows bows!  Thatcher style

Bows, bows bows!
Thatcher style

 

Although Margaret Thatcher was one of the most controversial political figures to ever serve as prime minister in the UK through the 70′s and 80′s I still think it necessary to pay attention to her undeniable level of sophistication in her style. Her elegant “power dressing suits” were the envy of women across seas. From the jewelry she dawned, the glistening pearls came in several variations while the brooch sat perfectly on her jacket collar. Her pussy bow blouses were a trade mark look that became defining of her style as well as iconic. Undoubltly her work attire and essentially her uniform was impeccable  consistently down to a tee.Those who helped her dress made sure of that. As a woman that would be watched on television and in the media frequently she had to remain as polished as a diamond.

She single handily dominated the male world of politics. A fierce and temperamental figure who was both liked and hated across the United Kingdom. Even now following her death her style has left an impact on the fashion industry but more importantly a legacy. Her fashion sense is so memorable because with clothes she enjoyed the power in them. As the iron lady she defined and created a unique style. “I wear my Sunday best seven days a week”.

Although her style may not have impressed everyone some of her memorable items included a black Asprey bag that raised £25,000 pounds in a charity bid a few months ago. Her suits sold for 10 times the estimated auction price back in September. 7 suits worn by her in the 70′s went for £73,125 at the auction. No one anticipated the high figures they said 1,000 to 1,500 per suit proving exactly how valuable the suits by Mansfield, Dellbury and Susan Small are.

6 of her Colorful suits that went for 10 times auction estimate!

6 of her Colorful suits that went for 10 times auction estimate!

 

 

Her arrival at number 10 after centuries of male domination marked a refreshing take on style. Her garden-party hats and favorite colored blue and navy suits wer what she described as “my party’s color”.

Georgia May Jagger in a shoot for Harper Bazar paying a tribute to Thatchers style

Georgia May Jagger in a shoot for Harper Bazar paying a tribute to Thatchers style

 

Meryl Streep played Thatcher in the movie iron lady released in 2011. The dressing for the part had to embody exactly her style and they managed to resurrect that style and make them emphatically British. In her 11 year reign as Prime Minister it is clear she her style has remained memorable and to go by the selling of her suits extremely worthy.

A tribute to her style by Samantha Cameron at her funeral

A tribute to her style by Samantha Cameron at her funeral

An uncanny portrayal by Meryl Streep in the Iron Lady

An uncanny portrayal by Meryl Streep in the Iron Lady

Get the London look and take the Plunge and go Grunge

Get the London look and take the Plunge and go Grunge!

Model of the year Cara Delevingne with Jourdan Dunn pretty in party ready sequins

Model of the year Cara Delevingne with Jourdan Dunn pretty in party ready sequins

 

London’s Fashion Week has now come to an epic end. The fashion capital subjected us to some of the biggest statement shows to date. Londoners, the rich and famous, and a huge selection of international fashion lovers assembled for their daily fixes of fashion. By the looks of it they drooled over the latest and upcoming collections for S/S and A/W.

Following the intensity of New York Fashion week the critics were out in force. Nothing less than originality, a classic comeback, or a mind blowing collection of new prints and designs would get designers in their good books.

Dusty pink hues were a hit on the cat walk at TopShop Unique and Simone Rocha. The Irish designer and daughter of  John Rocha payed homage to her two grandmothers who inspired her 2013 Autumn/Winter collection ‘Respect Your Elders”. The show consisted of light pink dreamy smart suits with uber-chic nude shirts and tinsel tweed LBD’s that epitomized the perfect winter wardrobe for any sophisticated girly girl. The 26 year old upcoming young designer didn’t stop there. Her shoes and soft cream colors spoke to each onlooker as her looks under took the most perfect of transactions from the rails to the runway. Simon Rocha almost challenges Chanel with her collection with an evidently similar, yet strikingly different approach to the popular masculine/feminine combined look.

Velvet also featured unsurprisingly a recurring theme almost every year. But this year the colour scheme was very much the dark side with blacks, burgundy and navy at Christopher Kane and Issa.The dark romantic mood descended over Mulberry with dark layers of chiffon velvet and lace which ultimately created a stylish sinister look on the catwalk. The flow sleeves were admired at Christopher Kane while PVC skirts featured at the aforementioned Topship Unique and Simone Rocha.

Pretty in Pink Simone Rocha's beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Fashion Week

Pretty in Pink Simone Rocha’s beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Fashion Week

Shoe envy at Simone Rocha

Shoe envy at Simone Rocha

Matthew Williamson made the quite the statement hosting his show in the conservatory of the Royal Opera House. The aesthetically spectacular display provoked jaw dropping reactions from the surrounding fashion cubs. Williamson took us to the bright, enchanting, ‘Northern Lights’ with horizontal lines and zig-zag prints. His quintessential attention to detail was further magnified by the clever use of strobe lighting, which illuminated his beautiful colours and distinctive patterns. His majestic dresses embodied his vision of the English Rose. Chunky winter knits still remained youthful grace to his well cut suits and rainbow colours inspired by a Scandinavian look. His formal collection showcased sequins with an apparently haphazard mix of timeless accessories and delicate fabrics. As the models left the runway he closed the show with a fake snowfall, completing his ‘Northern Lights’ vision.

It's Northern Lights and pretty stripes at Matthew Williamson Fall 2013

It’s Northern Lights and pretty stripes at Matthew Williamson Fall 2013

Grunge is back and appear to be a prominent part of Topshop’s future, especially with the staples, such as oversized leather jackets, fur and boots. The Topshop Unique show was one of the biggest hits at LFW bringing all the latest and affordable high street trends adorned the catwalk show. It is said to be the most digitally advanced show ever in fashion history which allowed the high street captain to keep its shows current and technologically exciting. The collection has everybody buzzing at the Tate from the dusty pinks and sequences for party wear alongside some classic grunge like ‘bad girl’ pieces. Topshop proved as fun and flirty as always with an exceptional 21st Century that can only ensure continued success for the renowned high street chain.

90's vibes at the Topshop unique show at London Fashion week!

90′s vibes at the Topshop unique show at London Fashion week!

Mulberry and Holly Fulton proved amongst the most popular. Industry figureheads and casual spectators alike gathered to support both labels. A swarm of celebrities turned out their support for Mulberry including Alexa Chung, an iconic female in the Mulberry handbag world of course, following the ‘Alexa’. The Holly Fulton collection was cool and collected. A mastermind of geometric prints inspired by the 70’s girl, were whirled up and down on display. The playful collection was striking and different featuring animal inspired logos which she teamed with retro skirts. Each look struck that delicate balance of individual, yet effortless. The mix and match looks were suited to both day time and night time wear.

A media frenzy surrounded each show. Don’t stay in the dark, for rather follow the enthusiasts and fill your wardrobe with the upcoming seasons designs which have proved to cater for every style and taste. Check out the links (containing photos, footage and prints) below to further immerse yourself in the artistically renowned fashion whirlwind that was LFW. 

http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/highlights.aspx?seasonid=36&Seasonday=2013-02-19&Day=&videoid=580

http://style.time.com/2013/02/20/london-fashion-week-2013-on-the-runways-front-rows-and-backstage/

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/8ad9dcec-7c17-11e2-99f0-00144feabdc0.html#slide0

Models do the Harlem Shake in style at Top shop unique

 

Leap into Spring with the help of NYC fashion week 2013

 
Leap into Spring with the help of NYC fashion week 2013!

Miu Miu exhibiting the crop top for Spring/Summer Collection 2013

Miu Miu Spring/Summer Collection 2013

With the much anticipated  arrival of New York fashion week nothing has disappointed to date and along with it came a hoard of celebrity crushes, iconic designers and  more media coverage to keep us not so fortunate goers involved. New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world so where better for buyers and the media to witness previews of what’s in store for 2013. Each day has brought us the hottest trends to grace the runway from some of the worlds biggest designers. An array of pastel, neons and the studded kitten heel comeback draped with sinfully attractive accessories. Every show has offered something desirable to all women regardless of personal style to add to the collection of timeless pieces.

 

The spiky stiletto are back with a vengeance  and are the fashion packs way of looking whip-smart, elegant and super polished.From Christian Louboutin to the color popping Stella McCartney range.Shoe porn is at it’s best!

The irresistible collection from Victoria Beckham

The irresistible collection from Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has been planning to unveil the crisp clean tailored look which includes whites, reds and blacks for her simple chic S/S 13 collection. She has been applauded for her attention to detail and designing for her customers as opposed to her iconic style. She has even choose Manola Blahnik over Christain Louboutin to design the flat shoe, something she is so early seen in.

It’s all about volume control this Spring. Designers such as Miu Miu and Chanel are opting for the unstructured feel. Hermès have shown us elegant and exotic detailed prints attractive to any shopaholic.

The gentle drapes and ruffles from Dior, Céline and Chloé mark a new millstone of femininity. The newly adapted minimalism look is fresh and pretty for the season and is right on trend with the less is more idea.

The crop top has made it’s way from high street to high fashion steadily. Always appropriate for summer and still beautiful with simple jackets and high waisted trousers for the not so brave women. Miu Miu, Balenciaga and Balmin have demonstrated this vision in there shows.

Check out all the latest Catwalk shows from New York fashion week on the comfort of your couch with just a touch of a button nothing disappoints!

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