J.W Anderson

I was’nt quite so sure what to think of men in dresses but J.W Anderson does and maybe we should pay closer attention.

Over the past few year’s men’s runway looks have become increasingly feminine. From make up, floral prints, skinny jeans and platforms. But nothing we havn’t seen before in the 70’s 80’s and beyond but that aside if we take one major designer out of the spectrum of gender neutral fashion designers it’s a whole lot tamer.

I am now ready to embrace and understand the significance of it all. While in the past year many critics have voiced there surprisingly like for the designers collection at fashion week 2013 and 2014 it really has pushed the boundaries of social normality.

The enterprising fashion genius has made what would usually be classed as women’s clothing is for men, including ruffles, dresses and skirts knee high boots. The S/S 2013 collection was well received and branded a stroke of creative mastermind.

When his 2014 collection came it was different from the last with leathers or neoprene tunics in black white and beige hues and bow details. It seems obvious the young designer doesn’t find the boy/girl thing challenging.

 

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

In a recent interview with Fabien Constant Anderson he expressed clearly that he believes it only to be a big deal because we make it one  “were more backward than we’ve ever been”. He then goes on to defend his men’s dresses comparing them to the oversized rapper style t-shirt in relation to length so why is it unacceptable. He also explains he finds it confusing that a guy can be on a billboard in just underwear yet people make a bigger deal of his dresses for men. “Were uncomfortable with things we don’t understand” he said.

 

Andersons direction seems distinct he’s not willing to change it or let people make fun of it because he genuinely believes in breaking the traditions of gender coding and redefining the male image. And that is what he intends to continue doing.

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

 

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!

 

Punk Rock Rules at the NY Met Gala

The New York annual Mat Gala bought us PunK Rock theme this year. Some took the theme a little over the top while others dawned beautiful gowns and still hinted at and embodied the image with touches of punk like accessories including studs, cuffs, and dipped hair ends. While the theme was bold and fun some stars did not get the memo and arrived to the gala in typical Hollywood red carpet attire. Many of the actresses and singers arrived along side there designers instantly telling viewers who they were wearing with out being asked. Katy Perry arrived in a metallic dress on the arms of the Italian duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The california girl also wore a princess grown and the punk chic style was evident.

Sultry Brazilian Super Mode Gisele very rock chic l

Sultry Brazilian Super Mode Gisele very rock chic l

Coco Rocha wearing a bad clip on fringe thumbs down I think

Coco Rocha wearing a bad clip on fringe thumbs down I think

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume Institute Gala in New York was put together by the one and only editor and chief of Vogue Anna Wintour. The big event was jam packed with A listers and inside was rumored to be decorated all punk rock fitting for the theme. Anna Wintour let Kim Kardashian onto her red carpet this year but unfortunately the reality TV star came under tough scrutiny for her Ricardo Tisci dress which was compared to curtains several times for its traditional looking print. Kim wore gloves and matching shoes which consequently led to a floral pattern overload. Kanye preformed after dinner and shouted out to his baby mama she was beautiful. The crowd then applauded and screamed for the pregnant and usually stylish star.

Slammed for her choice

Slammed for her choice

Emma Watson in a sexy cut out still remains elegant

Emma Watson in a sexy cut out still remains elegant

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabana

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabbana

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My favorites <3

My favorites ❤

Beyonce swanned up the red carpet in a Kenzo Dress worn with potentially questionable matching sky high boots that only she could pull off. Some how the entire ensemble gloves included looked fabulous teamed with her golden locks and train she was the star of the night as always. The jet setting star who is in the middle of touring took a night off for the much anticipated event.

in Marc Jacobs

in Marc Jacobs

Miley Cyrus was also widely criticized for her choice. The 20 year old singer wore a Marc Jacobs creation rumored to have been worn by Kate Moss years ago. The singer opted for spiking her short peroxide  hair a look evidently that didn’t sit well. I think that if Miley had worn the same dress with her prior brown tresses she would not have been under scrutiny for her choice at all but most people had a serious issue with her dramatically different hair. She was not the only star to dawn a peroxide do as Anne Hathaway arrived with a new peroxide pixie look also that she wore quite well in Valentino .

Anne Hathaway in her new do

Anne Hathaway in her new do

Rooney Mara was my personal favorite of the night in Givenchy also accompanied by the creative director Riccardo Tisci. The white romantic lace gown with a plunge neck was undoubtedly for me the winner of the night. She wore a very dark lip with her black hair that made the white illuminate as well as her. Nicole Richie did cream TopShop and a dark lip with white grey hair which also had a gothic theme to it.

The best Rooney Mara is flawless

The best Rooney Mara is flawless

Anna Wintour did not abide by the dress code and arrived in floor length Channel because she can and ho would question that. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a eccentric Philp Tracey creation resembling a mohican. The Sex and the City super star wore a Giles Deacon gown and LV boots but had a minor flash scenario.

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Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

All the Super Models represented with Miranda Kerr in revealing cut out a Micheal Kors creation finished with a spiked gold Louboutin clutch. Rosie Huntington Whitley was enchanting in Gucci and Cara Delevigne in Burberry who posed with fellow Brit Sienna Miller also in Burberry. Both wore low V plunges with spikes finishing.

Girls Star Alison William looks beautiful

Girls Star Alison William looks beautiful

Tiger Woods bought his new girlfriend ski champion Lindsey Vonn to the event and Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are rumored to be an item. Blake Lively  showed up in Gucci gown that was duck blue and bled into black sweeping the floor giving the impression of a feathered look the fashion icon did not arrive sadly with hubby Ryan Reynolds. Lastly Madonna made a serious statement the material girl barred all in chains a black wig and provocative baring tights. The material girl went above and beyond in a studied plaid Givenchy piece and not much else.

Rosie in Gucci

Rosie in Gucci

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

All out in typical Madonna fashion

All out in typical Madonna fashion

very dressed down for the flamboyant singer

very dressed down for the flamboyant singer

Mary kate left Ashley right

Mary kate left Ashley right

Chaos and fashion excelled as expected and most did not  disappoint!