I recently helped out a friend by modelling for a Zine along side friend/model Emily. The zine is for a fragrance of which the bottle is Red and gold. We shot some fashion photography to go along side the fragrance in the zine.
Collaboration is key for art students and helping on shoots such as this one is brilliant to add to my portfolio as well being really good fun. On my course (FCP) we are often behind the camera figuring out concepts and stories so its good being on the other side of the camera in order to understand all areas of the profession and to be able to emphasise with your models.
Keep an eye out for the zine when its finished. I will try and get hold of a copy to share on here.
We have all heard of the terms: fashion, taste, elegance, style yet we all have different perceptions of what they mean. Including designers. I’m going to have a go at defining some of our lingo myself.
Coco Chanel – “Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”
Giorgio Armani – “Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.”
Eleanor Jackson – “Elegance is a ora, an independence, and a simplistic effortless presence.”
Oscar De La Renta -“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”
Eleanor Jackson – “Style is your flare, your take on what everyone else is doing. It doesn’t disappear with the seasons or trends. It has longevity”
As we all know there has been an amazing serge of empowerment flooding social media and all sectors recently. Wether it be female empowerment, gender equality, race equality its clear to see there is a movement of acceptance happening.
One branch of this is equality of the ages. For as long as the fashion industry has been alive there has been one particular age group who have been neglected. The over 60’s. The thought behind this neglect is that even though the over 60’s are a huge consumer and invest much more money into the industry than Millenials or Gen-Z, that the clothing should still target the youth to be aspirational and that hopefully the older generation will also be inspired to re-live or reminisce on their own youth through the ads/clothing.
One particular social media queen Lyn Slater is extremely opposed to taking her “place” as an older woman and is paving the way for other women of her generation and younger through her blog ACCIDENTALICON.
Brands have noticed the buzz around the missing representation and are using it to their advantage. For example last year Mango launched a campaign featuring Lyn and recieved a lot of positive publicity because of it.
More recently Sies Marjan featured Issabelle Rossin in the brands first mens wear collection campaign.
Celine have also played a part in this movement. Featuring novelist Joan Didion in a recent campaign.
I adore this movement and I thoroughly hope it is here to stay and not just a trend. Campaigns showing all skin shades and body types have already emerged but in order to show real diversity and truly represent all consumers, age range should be shown too. Personally I am a fan of Greynnaisance because I have always feared the day I hit the “cut your hair, and wear a floor length skirt” age and if this movement allows the older generation to not feel restrained by fashion or excluded from it then I am all here for it. I also think there is something extremely inspiring for the younger people seeing a well dressed, well cultured older woman/man such as icon Iris Apfel.
If your interested in learning a bit more about the older generations and fashion among them I highly reccomend Netflix documentary “Advanced style”.
Edward Enninful joined British Vogue at the end of 2017 with a vision of diversity and celebration of British culture in mind, as Edwards mother had moved to England as an immigrant when he was a child his knowledge of British culture is a melting pot and he has definatly emulated this in the May 2018 Issue of vogue “New frontiers”.
In an recent Vogue.com article Edward said “time has come for us to look forward. In short, it is a moment for Vogue to do what it has always done best: to offer a bold vision of what the future can – and should – look like.” READ THE ARTICLE HERE
The cover was shot by Craig McDean British Fashion Photographer and is a vision of what Edward’s Vogue thinks the future should look like. The most upcoming female influencers and Models are featured on the cover. All different skin colours, sizes, nationalities are represented. Aside from the physical diversity the models also come from varying backgrounds including refugee camps. Edward was quoted saying “To me they represent a new global idea that anything is possible.”
The styling was consciously dressing the women to be ready for anything. Durable,versitile and strong. I love the styling of this cover. It’s no fads and to me the similar shades and silhouettes shows off the women themselves and sets them all on a level playing field.
If you are or aren’t a vogue buyer/reader I highly recommend purchasing this May issue, simply because you are watching history be made. Like it or not Vogue and the fashion industry have a huge influence on every tiny part of our lives ( if you think it doesn’t effect you, it does). Wether it be physically the trends we wear or physiologically the way we view different people. Vogue is a power house and we should all be supporting anybody/corporation who are trying to change stigmas and create a more accepting future.
This years 2018 H&m/ designer collar has been announced and its Moschino! The announcement was made at designer jeremy Scotts 11th party at Coachella just gone!
Jeremys long standing collab with Adidas ended in 2017 leaving him the space to work with another brand. Jeremy said “My life’s work has been to connect with people through fashion, and with this collaboration I’ll be able to reach more of my fans than I’ve ever had the ability to do.” The collabs are often much pricier than standard H&m but a fraction of the price of designer so the collections sell out almost immediately.
Jeremy and good friend Gigi Hadid announced the collaboration wearing sneak peaks of the collection and it has made me very excited to see the rest of the collection.
The collar will not be for the faint hearted (as all Moschino is) but defiantly looks authentic Jeremy.