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“Bowie’s Band of Outsiders”, by Nicole Clinton

Fashion Philosophy‘s Nicole Clinton, considers David Bowie’s stylisation of the outcast and its effect on his followers. * No-one personified the intersection between fashion and music more than David Bowie. In fact, considering that his amalgamation of the two media verged on art and that he also dabbled in film, he could certainly be placed firmly in the centre of the Venn diagram of modern culture. He was one of those rare figures whose work marked a collision of pop-culture and high-culture. Following his death, the public lamented the loss of an icon and the legacy that was revered by many Bowie fans was that he showed the downtrodden outcast (that they themselves confessed to have been) that it was okay to be different. This, he most certainly did. However, was every person who claimed that Bowie helped them to accept their outsider status actually an outsider to begin with? Or did Bowie’s image make the strange so alluring that even a very average person wanted to see themselves as alien in order to feel …

“David Bowie: Life in Fashion” by Abi Buchanan

Written by Abi Buchanan, with accompanying illustrations by Helen Green. Yesterday we lost a visionary, an inspiration to so many, a creative force in the best way possible and a musician who we were so lucky to have existed at the same time as. With a multi-faceted artistic career spanning over half a century, David Bowie is one of the few names we have that means something to those born in the nineties as much as those born in the sixties and one of the few musicians who has truly covered as much ground in fashion as in the music industry. The universality of his message has brought hope and a place to belong to people of all situations all over the world – as Caitlin Moran so beautifully put last night in The Times, ‘Difference and marginalisation were never his burden, but his muse. He breathed them in, and breathed them out.’ Last night a crowd of thousands gathered in Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton [London] to pay tribute his music – and here I hope to …

#News: November

Over-viewing news from the month of November, written by Sophie Prescott. >> Balmain x H&M Causes Chaos Chaos broke out upon the release of H&M‘s collaboration with Balmain, with shoppers going to extreme lengths to get their hands on the coveted collection. The collection sold out within record time as dedicated shoppers camped outside stores in New York, Paris and Florence, while shocking footage emerged of the riotous crowds in Turkey fighting over the exclusive pieces. With a campaign fronted by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, the pieces were gorgeous – but are they really worth an overnight camp and rowdy crowds? We’re not so sure. >> Warehouse Announces Rebrand Details News of Warehouse‘s rebrand has been circulating for some time, but it has now been announced that two fashion heavyweights are on board with the high-street brand’s image overhaul – Alasdhair Willis and Emma Cook. Willis has gone from strength to strength at Hunter and will be sure to shake things up as brand consultant, alongside Emma Cook as creative director – we can’t …

About: British Fashion Awards

Written by Amy Jackson. // Britain is renowned for having some of the world’s most talented designers, models and creatives, and the British Fashion Awards is a yearly celebration of the people who put the UK on the fashion map. The most highly anticipated of the awards is the Womenswear Designer of the year award, model of the year award, and British style award, which is voted for by the public. Here are some of the nominees for this years awards ceremony, along with information on last years winners. Womenswear Designer 2014 Winner – Erdem. 2015 Nominee’s – Christopher Kane, J.W Anderson, Victoria Beckham. Menswear Designer 2014 Winner – J.W Anderson. 2015 Nominee’s – E.Tautz, J.W Anderson, Tom Ford. Accessory Designer 2014 Winner – Anya Hindmarch 2015 Nominee’s – Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster, Tabitha Simmons. Emerging Womenswear Designer 2014 Winner – Marques’ Almeida. 2015 Nominee’s – Faustine Steinmetz, Molly Goddard, Thomas Tait. Emerging Menswear Designer 2014 Winner – Craig Green. 2015 Nominee’s – Astrid Andersen, Grace Wales Bonner, Mr Hare. Emerging Accessory Designer 2014 Winner – …

Chanel: Mademoiselle Privé

Written by Ludovica Colacino, photographed by Dominika Wojciechowska. Mademoiselle Privé. In case we needed another proof of Karl Lagerfeld’s incredible sense of aesthetic and understanding of Chanel – Saatchi Gallery hosted an exhibition about it – curated by the German designer himself. However, once we step into the first room, we do not intend it anymore as an exhibition alone, but rather a retrospective on Gabrielle Chanel and how her brand came to life. The first thing we see is Lagerfeld’s life-sized sketch of the woman behind the brand: it is almost as if she’s waiting for us at the door, welcoming to her home. The exhibition begins in the living room, giving us a sense of familiarity as we see the iconic mirror stairs, and books about Chanel on a few shelves; around them, a few camellias – the signature flower of the brand – are decorating the scene. We keep on walking through what was Gabrielle Chanel’s life as we enter the room designed to resemble her first boutique at the number 18 Place Vendôme. The sketched outlines of the dresses and …

Interview: Kzeniya Oudenot

Written by Sophie Prescott. Boasting a history in costume design and having worked with Alexander McQueen, Kzeniya Oudenot, the creative brains behind eponymous accessories brand, Kzeniya, clearly has a wealth of inspiration to draw from when creating her theatrical designs. Through a combination of dramatic elements and stylistically striking motifs, the bags are truly unique statement pieces. Playing with the shape and structure of the pieces, architectural influences are apparent, while the use of different materials and textures adds to the artistic credibility of the designs. The brand’s AW15 collection is a clear manifestation of these signature details, but moves away from the chic minimalism of their SS15 lookbook. Instead, the collection is refreshingly playful, using bold colour and asymmetry across the range of clutches, purses and shoulder bags. Again, texture is a continuous theme throughout, juxtaposing sharp geometric inserts with softer, fluffy materials to achieve more than just a bag, but a fun sensory experience. We caught up with Kzeniya to discover more about the brand itself and the inspiration behind such striking accessories …

#breakingtheinternet

#breakingtheinternet – an investigation into celebrity culture and its role in fashion promotion. Written by Amy Jackson, photograph sourced from Yahoo. As we enter the half-way point within the second decade of the 21st century, it’s common thought to believe that celebrity endorsement is a concept that has coincided with the rise of the internet and social media. However, this is not the case, with the earliest of celebrity endorsements within fashion dating back to the nineteenth century, when the father of modern haute couture, Charles Frederick Worth would use Parisian high society in order to further his brand. The link between celebrities and fashion has long been recognised as an important marketing tool. In today’s society, where the general population are exposed to more advertisements and promotions than ever before, it appears that the most vital marketing strategy a brand can consider is not about the clothing, but who is wearing it. The use of celebrities in marketing campaigns in the fashion industry has become increasingly more popular than the traditional method of using …