New kids on the block: designers Virgil Abloh (Off White) , Shayne Oliver (Hood by Air) and Demna Gvasalia (Vetements) set a new tune to fashion

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Shayne Oliver, Demna Gvasalia and Virgil Abloh

are three young creatives who are redefining

the look, feel and attitude of current fashion.

Their respective interpretives have emobodied and embolden

a modern expresssion of fashion, which challenges the norm-

setting a new standard of dress, determined by

streetwear aesthetics.

 

 

On Hood by Air

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Shayne Oliver

(image from w magazine)

 

American designer Shayne Oliver,

founder of the label Hood by Air-

infuses streetwear, gender fluid fashion and futuristic imagery

into clothing, which vibrates with a ‘what’s next’ sensation.

 

 

 

Hood by Air

A / W  ’16

Gender fluid fashion

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Mixed fabrication

faux fur / leather

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Oversizing

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On Off White

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Virgil Abloh

(image from upscalehype.com)

 

Multi-talented Virgil Abloh is

the creative force behind the Milan-based label, Off White.

Abloh is known also for his design collaborations with Kanye West

and his DJ talents.

His designs imbue streetwear vibe with lux elements-

acknowledging the colossal influence of streetwear fashion,

which has strongly impacted contemporary dress / style sensibilities.

 

Off White

A / W ’16

Metallics

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Denim on Denim

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Deconstruction

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Oversized outerwear

menswear collection, a’16

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On Vetements

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Demna Vsalia

(image from vogue. fr)

Deman Gvasalia is the head and co-founder

of the design collective at Vetements

(in addition to his new role as creative head at Balenciaga).

His is an impressive list of accomplishments:

educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and

heading design groups at both Maison Martin Margiela and at Louis Vitton.

The Georgian born designer has injected

new life into the Paris runway fashion scene.

His is a sharpened perspective on modern attire:

a distinct urban edge punctuated by super sized garments

which play on propotion,  dimension and silhouette.

 

 

Vetements

A / W   ’16

Camo and Tweed

If you please,

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Canada Tux

with floral embroidery

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Supersized plaid shirt

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Ring holder

hands-free accessory

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(runway images from vogue.com)

 

Oliver, Abloh and Gvasalia

are part of a design movement, which has overhauled the fashion focus

from on-runway cues to off-runway, streetwear directives.

The word on the street is FASHION!

I spy with a fashion eye: Fall trends 2016

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As the rhythm of summer time ebbs

and the tempo of the autumn season increases

it’s time to assess runway and streetstyle looks for

Fall wear inspiration.

 

Chillier Clime Cometh

 

a few fashion fun Fall looks

A/W ’16

Consider:

Suiting options:

velvet fabrication in jewel tones

from Costume National

garnet red, slouch fit

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(image from vogue.com)

emerald green, cinched at waist

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(image from whowhatwear)

“Power Puff Girl”

puffer outwear and quilted pieces

from Balenciaga

crayola red puffer jacket worn off-shoulder

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from Stela McCartney

quilted short trousers

puffer coat

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from Balenciaga

oversized, quilted scarf

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(images from vogue.com)

from Asos

teal-blue, long-length bomber

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(image from asos.com)

quilted cape-collar with zipper detail

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(image from vogue uk)

On your toes

ballet-wear inspired

from Zara

cropped, cross band jumper

tulle skirt

ballet shoes

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(image from Zara)

from Valentino

ballet slipper shoes:  nude, leather

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(image from brownsfashion.com)

sheer dress with delicate layering

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(photo by Phil Oh)

from Miu Miu

On the move:  ballet flats with double buckles and constrasting straps

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(image from popsugar.com)

Embroidered jeans

colourful patches

from Zara

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(image from Zara)

wide leg, ’60s vibe

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(photo by Phil Oh)

Athleisure wear

colour block athletics zip front top

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(photo by Phil Oh)

from Cedric Charlier

track trousers inspired with inner seam striping

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(image from vogue.com)

It’s a cinch!

waist defining corset pieces

from A Détacher

belt buckled

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from Prada

embellished with silver roses / spikes and small purse

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(images from vogue.com)

jacket with corset design detail

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(image from whowhatwear)

Slip dress layering

transition wear from summer to fall

from Valentino

layered with roll neck top

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teamed with t-shirt and jeans

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under an overcoat

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(images from whowhatwear)

At attention

softer stance on military vibe

from Sacai

jacket:  sheer fabrication, epauletts, straps

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(image from vogue.com)

Eye-catching legwear

fish net tights / ankle socks

from Max Mara

under knitted shorts

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(from vogue.com)

from Magda Butrym

under a patterned skirt

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(image from magdabutrym.com)

as sock fashion

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(image from whowhatwear)

Attached at the waist

hands-free carrier accessories

from Off White

metallic gold belt bag

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from Vetements

a ring thing

coat carrier attached to belt

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An agender agenda? : menswear by designer Hermione Flynn

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Agender fashion:

clothing designed, styled, defined as representative of gender fluidity-

pieces which look beautiful on both the male and female form.

 

 

 

 

New Zealand designer

Hermione Flynn

created pieces for a menswear collection,

which evoke a strong attitude of gender non-specific fashion:

 

effortless, uncomplicated, universal.

 

 

 

Not he or she

but a ‘fashion we’

 

 

designs by Hermione Flynn

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(images from notjustalabel.com)

 

 

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(images from the unconventional.co.uk)

The Night Flowers: Damien Frost’s photographic portraits of London’s nocturnals

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 Fashion-speak

is a living language

ever evolving to describe

au courant style images.

And the word is

night flowers

Night flowers (n.)

is a term of self – description

used by participants in London’s underground club scene.

Theirs is a world of the extraordinary-

alternatives in music, extreme street-style fashion, non-conformist lifetstyle:

a pronounced mode of self-expression and individuality.

‘Styled after dark’

photographic portraits by Damien Frost

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(image from mjournal.com)

Reflection of the photographer, Damien Frost

 in the face mirror accessory of the wearer

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(image from theherald.co.au)

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For additional imagery of London’s ‘night-flowers’

have a glance through a captivating book,

authored by photographer Damien Frost-

Night Flowers:  Avant Garde to Extreme Haute Couture.

The book features over 300 portraits of those who ‘blossom’ after dark-

during the mid-night hour.

From the sublime to the sensational: the hats have it! It’s Ladies Day at Ascot 2016

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Royal Ascot

the annual thorough-breed horse racing and fashion event-

is a much anticipated fixture on the English summer social calendar.

 

Occuring over a five day period each June

the most eagerly awaited point on the Ascot schedule is

Ladies Day

when attendees wear hats and headwear of singular

design detail and dimension.

 

 

The hats have it!

Ladies Day

Royal Ascot,  2016

Play on!

piano keys inspired hat

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Sweet sensation

marshmellow embellishments

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All a- Buzz

black / yellow colour scheme

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Butterflies are free

‘canoe’ shaped hat with butterfly and flower adornments

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Cheers!

champagne flowing / glass filled

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Tartan and feathers

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(photos from express.co.uk)

Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II

in melon orange and egg-shell blue

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Of national pride

heraldic symbols of Wales:

a fierce dragon and a proud lion

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‘Riding to the hounds’

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Perched

a hat of blue / orange plummage

with bird of matching colours a top

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(photos from telegraph.co.uk)

For an afternoon tea party

hat of check table-cloth and tiered cake stand

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A trio of fascinating fascinators

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(photos from dailymail.co.uk)

‘ello, ‘ello, London calling- It’s showtime! London Collections: Men (LC: M) for s/s 2017

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It’s June.

It’s 2016.

It’s London Town.

It’s a month of jubilation:

Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebratory festivities and

the bi-annual showcasing of fabulous menswear fashion –

London-style.

 

 

 

It’s London Collections: Men  (LC:  M) for spring/summer  2017!

 

 

A Few Runway run-away favourites

Re-assembled

deconstructed trench

with oversized sleeves

from Xander Zhou

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Re-imagined suiting

deconstruction / re-construction

layering

from Tiger of Sweden

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LCM, tiger of sweden, reimagined suiting

Don’t ‘skirt’ the issue

agender fashion

skirt suiting

mixed fabrication:  patent leather / cotton

from Wales Bonner

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LCM, wales bonner, ss 17, white skirt, black patent coat

In stitches:  holding it all together

deconstructed design

stitch / un-stitch detailing

from Craig Green

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Animation proclamation

Alladin cartoon imagery

playful prints

athleisure-wear layering

from Bobby Abley

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LCM, ss17, bobby abley, layering

Off-duty trending

athleisure pieces

skirt selection

socks ‘n sliders

from Astrid Andersen

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“Who wears short shorts?”

shirt / shorts  fashion combo

T-strap plimsolls

from E.  Tautz

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Floral display

prints

shirt / trouser matching outfit

from Agi & Sam

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Super-size Me!

oversized, check coat

from Lou Dalton

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Poncho punch

graphic print

from MCM   X  Christopher Raeburn

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Mixing it up

print presentation

from Casely – Hayford

LCM, Casely-Hayford, ss17, adorned, prints

(images from londoncollections.co.uk)

It’s all about me! and the fashion term is ‘meta – dressing’

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Meta

a word of Greek origin, which translates to mean ‘self’.

 

 

 

In current vernacular, meta- dressing (meta-clothing)

refers to garments with images/words

which directly reference the wearer, a bit of narcissistic fashion-

or with images of symbols, people, words of connection to the wearer.

 

 

Apropos synonyms

(as labeled by meappropriatestyle)

‘selfie fashion’

‘narcissistic wear’

‘narcissistic fashion’

‘I’m a celebrity clothing’

(You get the idea!)

Meta – dressing

It’s all about me

Kardashian clan

wearing tee-shirts with image of their mother

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Kylie Jenner wears a bandana of self-reference: ‘King Kylie’

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(images from dailymail.uk)

Kanye West wearing

what else?

Kanye West

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Paris Hilton in selfie fashion

Paris Hilton wears a t-shirt with her own image on it

(images from wetpaint.com)

 

Gotta have it! : off-shoulder fashion (and then some) from designer, Kym Ellery

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For spring / summer 2016 –

body part on fashion feature are

the shoulders.

 

Off-shoulder exposure wear has been reviewed on runway

spied on street fashion and is the

on – trend design detail for the warm weather season.

 

 

 

Australian fashion designer Kym Ellery

has created the Delores

a blouse of exposed shoulder appeal

deconstruction aspect

slight cropped hem

structural sleeve detail and ruffles:

on – point, on – trend, on – ‘the get it list’.

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(image from whowhatwear)

Ms. Ellery boasts a few star credentials:

alumna of prestigious Central Saint Martins College

former fashion editor of Australian magazine RUSSH

director of eponymous label Ellery

which is noted for distinctive dimensional design details.

The Ellery Delores top

is in keeping with the label’s design directive of

multi-element yet un-fussed with a nod to

flirty, feminine, fun features.

 

Gotta have it!

for spring / summer 2016

The Delores

by designer Kym Ellery

 

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(image from whowhatwear)

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(image from lyst uk)

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(image from ellery.click2cms.com.au)

 

 

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(image from farfetch.com)

All hail, it’s “raining men”: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is venue for ‘Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715 – 2015’- an exhibition chronicling 300 years of men’s fashion!

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Throughout history, men’s fashion has been

a compass of direction for style trend setting.

From ancient to contemporary times,

there has been distinct periods during which

menswear has gloried in “peacock” display.

 

Celebrating menswear design of the

flamboyant, avant-garde, revolutionary and style-making

the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

hosts a new show entitled:

Reigning Men:  Fashion in Menswear 1715 – 2015

Menswear

from then, to now

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(image from latfusa.com)

 

This exhibition traces the development of singular elements of men’s fashion.

It is an intricate examination of menswear

beginning with the opulence of 18th century dress:

jacket, long waistcoat, knee breeches;

and culminating with study of the innovative genius

of leading contemporary menswear designers:

Yohji Yamamoto, Hedi Slimane,

Thom Browne, Walter Van Beirendonck and more.

“Milord”

18th century men’s dress

shirt with ruffled collar/sleeves

to the knee brocade jacket

matching long-length waistcoat and breeches

mens fashion, 18th century, vam.ac.uk

(image from vam.ac.uk)

It’s a groovy kind of thing!

outfit by

by Belgian designer, Walter Van Beirendonck

for a/w  2001

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(image from lacma.org)

Showcased are 200 looks which serve to highlight

the five specific subject areas which serve as foci of the exhibition:

Revolution and Evolution

East and West

Uniformity

Body Consciousness

The Splendid Man

Given, that in current fashion vernacular

menswear is translated into a dress directive adopted by all

this exhibition is of much import and relevance:

a definite must-see.

lacma, reigning men, daily trojancom

(image from dailytrojan.com)

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015

10 April to 21 August 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, California

 

For further details, visit

http://www.lacma.org/ReigningMen#landing

 

Mark your diary! : an exhibition chronicling 300 years of fashion history (18th C. – present) at Musée des Arts Décoratifs- Paris, France

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts)

housed at the Palais du Louvre (Paris, France)

is the venue for an extraordinary exhibition, which chronicles

three hundred years of French fashion from the 18th century to present day.

 

 

The show,  entitled

Fashion Forward, 3 siècles de mode (1715-2016)

 

runs from 7 April to 14 August 2016.

 

On display are 300 articles of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing

which are taken from the museum’s extensive and permanent collection.

 

 

 

In addition, jewels and textiles from the timeline highlighted will be on view.

 

Fashion then

sapphire-blue brocade suit with gold leaf motif

circa 1730 – 1740

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(image from lesartdecoratifs.fr)

Fashion now

In red hues

avant-garde, structural, provocative silhouette

from Comme des Garçons

summer 2015

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(image from elle. fr)

The show offers a comprehensive and historical narrative of fashion specifics:

an informative and visual treat, not to be missed.

 

 

Fashion Forward, 3 siècles de mode (1715-2016)

at the Musée des Arts Décoratif

from 7 April to 14 August 2016

For further details, visit:

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en/exhibitions/forthcoming-events-1365/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/fashion-forward-3-siecles-de-mode-1715-2016