So, after many a furrowed brow and clenched jaw, the fash pack has come round to Alessando Michele’s vision for Gucci. I liked it from the first, rushed menswear AW15 collection, which repeated itself in essence for womenswear AW15. We have just seen Cruise 2016 presented in New York, more young, studious-looking models in vintage-inspired threads of a non-specific nature. Michele’s schtick seems to be about the romance and human touch of fashion, hence his Cruise show was presented as girls walking in off the street into a setting of Persian rugs and toile de jouy chairs. Clever and relatable. And beautiful too. (more…)
The best thing about this month’s Vogue? Well it’s a toss up between Stella Tennant’s cover; her main fashion shoot (in which she’s styled in miltary fatiques and louche satins); and Laura Weir’s 14-page feature on 90s supermodels.
I’ve cut down a lot on the monthly mags I used to buy but the Vogues are still a constant. This issue has the sweetest student style shoot photographed (please can we stop saying ‘lensed’) by Venetia Scott and styled by Bay Garnett. It was shot at the Complutense University of Madrid and is heavy on the Smedley polo necks, Rochas bootees and Vuitton minis, all with a subtle 70s flavour. And thankfully no cliché mention of the film, Love Story… (more…)
“The early 1980s was a lovely time. Punk had shaken everyone up, the Japanese taking over Paris was dynamic in terms of new looks and working with [Katharine] Hamnett was thrilling for me as she always pushed me to do more and more! I have always loved adding strings, ribbons, belts, torn strips of fabric, net and lace to my styling looks so I was in my element.”
Caroline Baker, Hope And Glitter
This quote is taken from a rather lovely interview with legendary stylist Caroline Baker on Iain R Webb’s blog, Hope & Glitter. I assisted Caroline years ago, and if I forgot to pack her bag of ribbons on a shoot there would be hell to pay!