Tuesday

Women Fashion Power

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It is no coincidence that dress and success rhyme. Or maybe it is, however, but it's indisputable that the two have always gone hand-in-smartly-gloved-hand. Even colour has, traditionally, the ability to incite power, with all but the upper levels banned from sporting purple under Elizabeth I, while Paris Hilton insists nothing is more empowering than, um, a tiara.

But our fore-mothers fought for more roles for women than varying degrees of princess - which is, of course what this month was all about: a celebration of women all around the world, and what they have achieved. Which made me all the more interested in the Design Museum's Women Fashion Power exhibition: a look at how influential women over the ages have used fashion as a visual language, to define and enhance their positions.

Alongside the sartorial stars, the exhibition showcases outfits of powerful women in the spheres of business and fashion, as well as politics and culture - a celebration of power players from Dames Zaha Hadid and Vivienne Westwood to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. Looking at how their attire makes up part of their workplace identity, it essentially asks whether it is time to reassess the role of fashion in the public sphere - not a frivolous distraction but an essential component of the working woman's toolkit. Women Fashion Power runs until 26 April so make sure you won't miss it. Here are some photos from my exciting visit the other day.
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Friday

LFW Day 5

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On the final day of London Fashion Week 2015, I had the wonderful chance of visiting Ulyana Sergeenko's showroom at the beautiful Claridge's Hotel. The art deco scenery welcomed me into her fairytale world. The SS2015 Couture Collection was all about velvet & silk fabrics, feathers, hand embroidered petite details, delicate accessories..all gathered into tangible magic. A gorgeous collection, exhaling great finesse, from one gorgeous woman!
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I also saw Mark Mitanovski present his painstakingly intricate Autumn Winter 2015 collection (my favourite show this season, I must confess haha), through Fashion Scout.  

As the lights went out and only the name of the designer was shining bright at the end of the catwalk, the darkness fell upon the audience followed by a haunting music. When the lights came back on, the first model walked down the runway wearing a lace bodysuit paired with a bejeweled headpiece and a voluminous ruffled cape. All models were resembling beautiful demons, covered in black face & body paint, with slicked-back hair and face jewelry, making them look almost reptile-like. Their slow walk, as the tight leather garments with lacing details were difficult to walk in, only added to an already intense atmosphere.

Jackets with exaggerated high collars, leather midi skirts with accentuated hips worn with fishnet tights and big Renaissance-inspired sleeves occurred throughout the collection. The final head-to-toe white look was Mitanovski’s own version of a bride contrasting with the rest of the all-black looks.
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The final show of this season that I went to was C.J. YAO’s autumn winter collection. It was an all-weather affair, as coats paced the catwalk with flairs ranging from face-covering collars to fur-trimmed sleeves and hooded jackets.

Pops of midnight blue, cobalt and every shade of green imaginable interrupted the browns and greys that pervaded her collection. The occasional green leaf print brought foliage into a traditionally stark season. 


Yao's inspiration came from one of her own dreams in which she dreamt she had become a little girl and experienced her colourful childhood again.

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Photos: myself & FashionWearBook.

Sunday

LFW Day 3 & 4

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Fashion week can be quite hectic and confusing, sometimes making you forget your true preferences, and leading you to both style and time decisions you wouldn't normally go for. For example, some people dress up for the sake of dressing up, some for street photographers, some for event photographers, but one only needs to refer to two things when discussing the trends of the fall 2015 season: there was the '70s, and then there was the cold. I might as well just end it right there — because that is, really, all you need to know, haha. Basically every big trend revolved around these two categories. We understand the focus on warmth — we saw some record-breaking winter temperatures this year, especially in London, so why not start shopping for next season in the chicest manner possible?

Meanwhile, the '70s as a trend certainly isn't a novel idea, though it was a surprise to see that every city embraced it with the same enthusiasm (as I did haha). London was an exciting mix of everything from the '60s through to the '90s, but the Me' Decade was the overwhelming winner of the season. Thus, it was no surprise for me to choose a '70s outfit for London Fashion Week. This time I attended the Phoebe English and Jacob Birge shows, both in wonderful settings.
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Photos by: FashionWearBook
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Using an unconventional variety of hi-tech fabrics and materials, Jacob Birge presented a quirky autumn/winter 2015 collection at the Freemasons’ Hall for London Fashion Week. The new looks featured belted jackets and cut-out detailing.
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Central Saint Martin’s graduate Phoebe English is a new name to watch. Her collection was conceptual, but underneath all the beautiful layers of draped netting, knotted tulle and gathered latex skirts there were plenty of wearable pieces - corduroy shorts, asymmetric dresses and great high-waist, wide-leg black trousers.
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