30.7.15

IS THE ANSWER THAT RUDIMENTARY?


peacock feathers and endeavour –aspiring writer Victor asks

When it comes to fashion, one of the most common over-looming topics comes into mind; internships. While internships can be seen as effective as a means of gathering future contacts and putting oneself on the map, there have been some cases where internships go awry. Hungry for acknowledgement in the industry, young people flock to fill any spaces available. Not to forget other industries such as acting, overcrowded with well-versed actors, all fighting for the same few lines in a role, potentially launching them into stardom. In an interview for Schön! Magazine, top actress Lucy Liu recalls “Opportunities for Asian actors were very limited. It was not easy at all…It was a long journey.” Which beckons the question, what does this mean for fashion?

Fashion is often portrayed to be seen as frivolous and solely based upon appearance – imposing sunglasses and searing hot coffee. On the contrary, fashion has proved itself to become one of the most lucrative industries in the world, where real talent, mixed with hard work receives much anticipated recognition. However, the answer is not that rudimentary. The Elementary actress states “I did a bunch of regional theatre and odd jobs, just trying to get my foot in the door.” Which is no disinformation when it comes to the fashion industry; effortful interns, scrambling around the city, running countless errands, only to return back ‘dirty, tired and paunchy’ wondering “How did Andrea do it?”

Yet, as all fashion interns can agree, mixing endeavour with resilience is sure to achieve childhood dreams. For Liu’s interview, she assures aspiring actors that ‘A break finally came in for a regular role as Amy Li on American sit-com Pearl’. Reflective of fashion, small roles are able to build not only a portfolio or resumè, but both thick-skin and a strong backbone. Even more importantly, it provides naïve young fashion enthusiasts with a realistic insight into fashion. Thoughts of showing up ‘fashionably late’, pretentiously holding a coffee, a town car? Unfortunately not. Though this route feels hopeless; endlessly rowing alone into the distance, filled with mysterious shapes of avant-garde hats and peacock feathers, interns receive a front-row seat at how fashion works – how all the pieces fall into place and run together to create a creative body of work. Which concludes with the same question, is getting into fashion that rudimentary? Certainly not.

24.6.15

BELSTAFF S/S16

Keeping with Belstaff's core design inspirations, Spring 2016 reinforced its heritage and spirit of adventure. The fearless explorer and fashion enthusiast alike will discover a wearable luxury for a modern lifestyle. For this season, titled 'Desert Explorer's', prints take centre stage with camouflage patterns which are unique to each piece. This classic print is found on parkas and pea coats along with summer-nylon jackets. The latest collection from the British brand sees venture into pioneering fabrications with both classic silhouettes and new icons such as oversized parkas. Outerwear boasts bonded cotton, leather trims for contemporary aesthetic, while maintaining British heritage.





































22.6.15

TOMMY HILFIGER S/S16

It's always nice to start the day with a little muscle and muscle came in numbers at Tommy Hilfiger's showroom in Kensington during LC:M. For Spring 2016, Hilfiger hand-picked to showcase in London as he wanted to reinforce the emphasis on tailoring. The latest collection from the American brand features cotton-soft double breasted suits, in bright tones of red, cobalt and teal. There was an attitude of sporty, yet luxuriousness as silhouettes were clean.




The man himself also said that he wanted to showcase his TH Flex suits and outerwear, which is designed specifically to stretch and resist stains. "They're made to move and be flexible" Perfect, for the everyday busy man.




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Photo Credit: Victor Vu

20.6.15

YMC S/S16

For Spring 2016, designer at YMC, Fraser Moss sticks to his core ethos of intrinsic style. The latest collection brings together a unique colour combination, infused with innovative fabrics and classic silhouettes. The collection focuses on combining Oriental work wear, with boiler suits and wide legged trousers for freedom of movement. Also evident, are clean shirts which represent YMC's signature soft tailoring, with various shades such as deep indigo, jades and navy tones. On their unique invitations, guests were mailed a spotted cloud dot print in the form of a pocket square, also featured within the collection.





Essential to summer, the pieces evolved for easy breathing. Fabrics include brocade cotton and light linens paired with delicious suede pieces. Other introductions include chic jackets in the form of tailored yet edgy bike suits from the 1970s while Bowler hats make a fresh comeback. To compliment the collection, footwear includes desert boots, velcro punk sandals in leather and canvas. The spring collection teams together an eclectic fusion of influences, which Moss describes as "YMC has very much been about the art of creating coherence in a chaos of ideas."





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Photo Credit: Victor Vu