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“About Fashion”, by Nicole Clinton

The Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word ‘fashion’ is “a popular trend; producing and marketing styles of clothing etc.”, only barely verges on the true meaning and potential of fashion. While it often finds itself unjustly dismissed as a subject of frivolity, this is a grave misconception. Fashion’s function is in fact so complex that it is rooted in paradox as it operates on the basis of the amalgamation of opposites. Its effects can mirror the cathartic power of any good piece of art, ranging from awe to tragedy to comedy. It performs as a reputable tool for the sociological study of any given era, race or gender and also acts as both a physical manifestation and stimulus of psychological feelings. Fashion is a soldier of great valour, honoured with the task of executing its duties in opposing territories. It possesses the ability to serve contradictory purposes through its paradoxical functions. For example, fashion is a means through which one may stand out from the crowd by exemplifying a unique sense of style. But …

“Alessandro Michele & Gucci”, by Amy Jackson

Alessandro Michele & Gucci: the Michele Effect. Fashion Philosophy’s Amy Jackson investigates Gucci’s growing popularity under its Creative Director, Alessandro Michele. * Hailed as the highest selling Italian brand, Gucci is a name that’s always been synonymous with luxury. Whether it be their leather loafers or bamboo-handle tote bag, it’s likely most fashion lovers have a soft spot for at least one classic Gucci item. When Frida Giannini, the labels beloved creative director of many years was forced to leave the brand due to a decline in sales, Gucci looked to a new designer to pick up the pieces. The decision to appoint unknown designer Alessandro Michele as the new creative director of the brand was a surprising one, especially with such big names as Ricardo Tisci, Christopher Kane and Hedi Slimane being rumoured to take the spotlight. The buzz surrounding Michele’s new role, however, was high, and many believed his unknown stance in the fashion world was one of the reasons for the attention and excitement around his debut collection. Michele’s first collections reflected a mixture between …

“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 …

Inspiration #25: Bella Hadid for EXIT Magazine

Model Bella Hadid photographed by David Roemer for an editorial feature in EXIT Magazine’s Spring 2016 issue. Styled by Sam Ranger, featuring dress and gown offerings from Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Chanel and Hèrmes. Blog post compiled by Editor-in-Chief, Dominika Wojciechowska.

“The Daring Buds of Dior”, by Nicole Clinton

The Daring Buds of Dior. One of our newly joined writers, Nicole Clinton, explores Dior’s fixation with flowers and the possible reasoning behind it. – – – From the time of its inception as a fashion house in December 1946, Dior’s collections have drawn inspiration from flowers and their related connotations. After showcasing his first collection in February 1947, the label’s founding father, Christian Dior, supposedly exclaimed: “I have designed flower women”. The brand’s reliance on floral configurations meandered its way through the last 69 years to culminate in a botanical extravaganza last autumn, when its most recent creative director, Raf Simons, exhibited his effeminate Spring/Summer 2016 lines on a catwalk engulfed in walls of luscious flowerbeds. The fact that the flower theme is still being upheld by the house so obviously leads us to wonder: why is it that Christian Dior exuded a fixation with flowers and why did his most recent predecessor find it relevant to reignite said preoccupation today? The root of Dior’s infatuation with floral motifs may be uncovered through studying the …

Inspiration #24: Edie Campbell for Vogue Paris

Model Edie Campbell photographed by Harley Weir for Vogue Paris, March 2016 issue. Styled by Jane How, make-up by Miranda Joyce, hair by Anthony Turner, and nails by Adam Slee. * Blog post compiled by Editor-in-Chief, Dominika Wojciechowska.

Inspiration #23: Anna Ewers for ‘Stern Mode’ Magazine

Model Anna Ewers photographed by Ryan McGinley, a fine artist, in an editorial for ‘Stern Mode‘ Magazine Spring/Summer 2016 issue. Styled by Julia von Boegm. * Blog post compiled by Editor-in-Chief, Dominika Wojciechowska.

#News: May

The month just passed saw even more announcements, controversies and social media posts within the fashion industry – for high fashion and high street alike. Here’s the round-up of all the most important fashion news stories for May – read on to find out about the most exciting new collaborations coming soon, and more… >> Gisele Speaks Out Against Animal Trafficking Model Gisele Bundchen has passionately voiced her opinions opposing illegal animal trafficking, through the UN campaign ‘Wild For Life’ – an issue she describes as a “shameful trade pushing species to the edge of extinction”. As part of the campaign, Gisele picked an animal which best represented herself to raise awareness – in her case, the Sea Turtle. The campaign encourages others to pick a ‘spirit animal’ on social media to spread the message. >> New Horizons For M&S The new CEO of Marks and Spencer, Steve Rowe, has announced plans to completely turn around the dwindling retailer, making changes to improve the style, fit and quality of its clothes. He told the BBC’s Today …