May 1, 2009

Fashion 101: 'A'

SS brings you Fashion 101- Starting with 'A' 

The Designer: 

Alexander Mc Queen...
Alexander McQueen is the quintessential bad boy made good. He has brains and brawn, having survived over ten years as a solo designer and being brought into the Gucci Group stable, which bought a 51 per cent stake in his company 2002. In 2008, he not only turned a profit but was also opening new stores from LA to Beirut. 
• Alexander McQueen was in 1970 in the East End of London - the son of a taxi driver 
• He trained on Savile Row at Gieves & Hawkes, where he once embroidered a suit for the Prince of Wales with the words "I am a c**t" (in the lining) 
• In 1991 his entire degree show was bought by influential stylist Isabella Blow, whose later suicide in 2007 led to him dedicating his entire spring/summer 2008 collection to her memory
Alexander McQueen thrives under pressure and keeps delivering collections that are described in superlatives: "I didn't plan out my life like that," he says. "When people recognise and respect what you do, that's nice, but I don't think you ever do this to be famous. Fame should be left to the film stars. We're just offering a service." 

The Model:

Agyness Deyn
Agyness Deyn (she changed her real name Laura Hollins to be more memorable), has a touch of the Cinderella about her - not too far in the distant past she was working in a fish and chip shop in Manchester. 
 Her best friend is fashion maverick Henry Holland, designer of House of Holland, with whom she was walking in Kentish Town when she was spotted by Models 1. In November 2006 she was on the cover of VogueItalia and, in June 2007, British Vogue and then, in 2008, Timemagazine. 
 • High street giant Zara has ordered mannequins based on Agyness Deyn's image 
• Her mother is a Reiki healer
• She flies a Union Jack on the back of her bicycle 
 Agyness Deyn's bleached cropped hair and steady gazed peered out of the Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Gold by Giles Deacon at New Look campaigns all at once (she replaced Drew Barrymore in the latter). She is one of the new crop of supermodels. She has the all important X-factor which is her own beatnik sense of style - a bit mod, or a bit punk - it's all a bit new and different. 

The Trend: 


It started on last year’s runways, but this year has taken the fashion world by storm. Asymmetrical dresses have become the look du jour, as the "latest in red carpet looks is the bare-shoulder accessory," according toEvemagazine, June 2008.

One of the strongest celebrity trends of the season is the one-shouldered gown. From the current runways of Lanvin, Hermes and Caroline Herrera, asymmetrical gowns have been having their red-carpet moment as far afield as London, Cannes, Dubai and New York. From Kate Hudson’s Balmain black little number at London’s after-party for her movieFool’s Gold, Rachel Bilson’s Randolph Duke green goddess gown at the Dubai Film Festival, Jennifer Connelly’s Balenciaga dress at New York’s Costume Institute Gala and Natalie Portman's asymmetrical white-ruffle Givenchy at Cannes.

The Color:


Alizarin is an organic compound that is historically important as a prominent dye. The name Alizarin derives from the arabic word al-usara, juice. The color has earned it's places at the House of Versace, Mathew Willaimson, Gucci and many more. 
Alizarin is most commonly used to accent garments but recently it has made quite the splash at Gucci as bags.

1 comment:

  1. mc queen it outstanding!!! love the orang type color - is quite IN nowadays with accessories and bag...


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