Latest fashion news, car parks & angels

30/04/2015

The latest fashion news, both hot off the press and slightly cooled down, are here, so fasten your seat belts and get on an imaginary roller-coaster with me - thoughts and opinions are highly welcomed, so if you still have the energy left after reading my musings, do leave a comment.

First of all, oh, the drama-drama-drama... London Fashion Week is moving... From the glorious historic walls of Somerset House to a car park. Yes, an actual functioning car park. Because, apparently, Somerset House is no longer big enough, nor allows designers fully express their vision unlike the new venue that is vast, customisable and... a car park. According to Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, the Soho located building designed by JJ Joass in 1929 "is a brilliant development for London Fashion Week and will literally drive even more interest in one of the most important sectors for economy."

Personally, I am sceptical. Are we really heading to the new era when showing fashion in car parks, abandoned stations and all sorts of rusty developments is the way to go? What about dreams? Referring to the new location as the ideal spot that reflects artistic nature of the fashion week doesn't convince me because I've always perceived Somerset House as the perfect place with its beautiful architecture, inspiring exhibition and location that connected the buzz and tranquility - in fact, I was secretly proud that LFW has such a fantastic home. How can you compare that to a building facing "massage parlours" and sex shops? Beyond me - call me a snob, if you like.

And while I understand that I obviously got too much time on my hands to keep talking about car parks, I can't help but wonder a) how easy it will be to deliver the sets, clothes etc. since the streets around the car park are rather narrow b) the car park will need to be closed for people who'd normally use it as nature intended and now be forced them to look for alternative sports - if you ever tried parking in London you'd understand the problem.

London fashion week / Somerset House / Brewers Street Car Park / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Another relocation that will be happening on style.com, which will become an e-commerce site rather than the place of fashion news and show reports. The new platform will launch this autumn. Truly, the old style.com will be missed greatly - I don't believe that with all the online destinations already selling everything we could think of and more, we really need yet another one. Unless they sell books and magazines I can't find anywhere else.

Magdalena Frackowiak photographed by Terry Richardson for Proud to shop / Harper's Bazaar US September 2009 via fashioned by love british fashion blog / fashion news
Talking of books... There is another title telling the story of Christian Dior. Created for people who do not like reading, Girl In Dior is a HQ-approved comic envisioned by Annie Goetzinger. The fictional story follows an imaginary fashion journalist Clara who attends the Christian Dior 1947 show and meets Monsieur Dior himself. If you want to get a copy, they are already selling on amazon like hot cakes.

From books and locations, lets move to people who make fashion happen on a daily basis - pencils at the ready, it's time to jot down a few names...

Following the recent speculations, Schiaparelli have finally announced the appointment of Bertrand Guyon, formerly of Givenchy and Christian Lacroix, as the brand's new creative director. Guyon will be designing both couture and ready-to-wear collections and will reveal his first one in July 2015 during Couture Fashion Week.

Bertrand Guyon at Schiaparelli / fashion news / fashioned by love british fashion blog
DKNY also has new creative directors. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne will now be dividing the workload time between their own CFDA-winning brand Public School and DKNY. They will show the DKNY womenswear collection in September.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne / DKNY creative directors / via fashioned by love british fashion blog / fashion news
Gisele Bundchen who recently announced her runway retirement, continues her amazing 20-year career by posing for a cover of the May 2015 issue of Brazilian Vogue celebrating the magazine's 40th anniversary. The stunning shot was lensed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Gisele Bundchen photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Brazil May 2015 via fashioned by love british fashion blog
And while on the subject of fashion models. New angels have just arrived to the Victoria's Secret quarters. Rome Strijd, Stella Maxwell, Kate Grigorieva, Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Monica Jagaciak, Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio and Jasmine Tookes have got the much-treasured title and a set of wing. Young, gorgeous, successful - the dream team will walk down runway in November 2015.

Rome Strijd, Stella Maxwell, Kate Grigorieva, Taylor Hill, Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Monica Jagaciak, Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio and Jasmine Tookes / Victoria's Secret Angels / via fashioned by love
Photo source: Magdalena Frackowiak photographed by Terry Richardson for Proud to Shop / Harper's Bazaar US September 2009, Bertrand Guyon via Vogue, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne via Vogue, Gisele Bundchen photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Brazil May 2015

12 comments:

  1. I'm still so stunned both about LFW leaving Somerset House and style.com becoming, well, another net-a-porter.com... It's been a rocky week in the fashion world!
    xox,
    Cee

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  2. fine pics; -)


    new post

    www.live-style20.blogspot.com

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  3. Dear Natalia, honestly I think it is really a pity that the LFW is moving. Sometimes I ask myself what the organisators are thinking ... hopefully in the end the solution will be better than expected :) Happy weekend for you!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    International Giveaway: Zatchels Bag as Thank-You for the Supporter of my Hobby
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  4. Мне тоже все эти задумки не по-душе, но дело в том, что современная мода представляет собой целую индустрию, которая меняется буквально каждый день, порой чего только не придумают дизайнеры и дома моды дабы добиться повышенного внимания публики. Кому-то нравится, а у кого-то это вызывает шок и непонимание. Хотя те причины которые ты описала, в принципе, тоже звучат правдоподобно. Интересно было бы все это увидеть воочию!

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  5. My name is also Natalia :D Nice post!

    XO, Natalia from www.darlingtrend.com

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  6. I'm really sad that style.com is going e-commerce. It's been a wonderful resource for fashion news, and I wonder who will fill that void...

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    1. It's going to be vogue.com... Though I doubt it will ever truly replace style.com

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  7. if it's not broken, don't fix it, as the saying goes--LFW moving.

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  8. Such a great post although I am not sure style.com becoming an e-commerce site is such a great idea but I guess we have to wait and see.

    xx Z&G

    www.temple-of-beauty.com

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  9. I am a little bit upset about the relocation actually, I know any change is scary but it just seems mad?! xxx

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  10. A car park? Oh my Natalia! I would've never thought such a thing :S Let's see how that goes! Oh noooo, my beloved Style.com? Why! Why! Why! No! No! No! I guess we'll have to see what becomes of it. Thanks for doing this. I've been super busy and fashion changes every single day. LOVE THIS.
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