It’s been a long time since I have done a blog update (my apologies) and I realized that I completely forgot to do a little update about London Collections: Men SS16. I thought it would be a good idea to start with a couple of street style photographs from the escapades.
As some of you know, this year I spent 3 months doing an internship with a fashion course at a university in China and I returned to the UK the day before the LC:M festivities began which meant my wardrobe was a tad limited as I didn’t get chance to head home before the shows started. In transit back to the UK, one of my suits had got rather crumpled but luckily I had been blessed with the good fortune of having my first day’s attire kindly gifted to me by the Thomas Farthing London gang. (apart from the shoes) my whole ensemble was from the Thomas Farthing store and what a fun outfit to begin the week with! The inspiration was a Victorian Dandy with cravat, over-sized trilby and the leather stab-proof vest which was created by the Farthing front man, Adam Skyner based off an 1880’s design.
My outfit for the day was definitely noticed at LC:M and I think it was a nice fun way to kick off the shows for the week.
A big thank you to all the team at Thomas Farthing London who had me hooked up for the whole of LC:M SS16 with various head wear and accessories. If you’re out and about in Central London, I would strongly recommend checking out the store, they have such a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories for men and women. You can’t miss the giant Penny Farthing bicycle outside the show. 40 Museum Street, London.
Alternatively, you can browse the stock online at https://www.thomasfarthing.co.uk/
Thrilled to say that I have been photographed by the incredibly talented Jonathan Daniel Pryce for Vogue Paris Homme. And trust me, this guy is talented because he has managed to hide the fact that I was nursing one of the worst hangovers that morning.
I’m wearing a Moschino sweater, Topman leather jacket, Virgin Blak bowler hat and a vintage mustard shirt.
Check out more of the beautiful street style images here: Vogue Homme International
A huge thank you to everybody who participated in my #VIPoo installation at my graduate “Picture 24” exhibition in Soho. It turned out to be more successful than I had originally imagined and the people who snapped away on social media really made my project worth while. It was an incredibly amusing and and rewarding experience to search the #VIPoo hashtag on Instagram and see how each person has experienced my installation.
I thought it would be a nice treat to show the world how you guys interacted with a toilet in a small room surrounded by pictures of my face. Because who doesn’t want to take a selfie in a room full of selfies?!
I don’t think I have heard of such controversy and media attention from one magazine cover and I don’t often write about things like this, but with such media attention, I thought I should throw my opinions into the mix of what, why and how?! The closest I remember to such attention for a publication cover was Miley Cyrus’ reinvented image on the cover of V magazine last year but even then, the #Kimye cover has proved to hit a bum note with a lot of people. I don’t really know what Vogue’s intention was for using this celebrity duo as their cover stars for the April 2014 cover but something tells me that it was a way to attract a wider/newer audience to the Vogue magazine market or a clever PR stunt to attract as much media attention as physically possible (and lets be honest, it didn’t do Miley any harm).
I think what really looks out of place is that Vogue have decided to throw a hashtag ‘#’ on the front cover to make the magazine look ‘hip‘ and ‘down with the kids‘, whether this cheapens Vogue’s brand identity or not, people will definitely be talking about this and most probably using the hashtag. Whether or not the pair are the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple or not does not necessarily mean they should be placed on the cover of such an iconic fashion publication, I would have much rather seen Barack and Michelle, Kate & Wills or Brad & Angelina… Even Steph & Dom from Channel 4’s Gogglebox would have made a much more appealing cover!
I personally don’t like this cover and whether it was all for PR or to attract a new audience, all that can be said is that it falls flat, it looks relatively cheap and it doesn’t do the magazine any favours (much like Kim in the chosen dress), but if like the idea of Kanye West hugging what looks like a large meringue, this could be the magazine for you… Oh Anna, what happened?!
PHOTO: Beccy Nuthall beccynuthall.4ormat.com
This shot was taken at the Falmouth Fashion Show 2013.
I was blogging the show from the front row, sitting with the Head of Fashion.
It was an incredible show this year with some brilliant runway collections from 3rd year Fashion and Performance Sportswear Design students.
I didn’t know what I was going to wear (which is a number one dilemma) but seeing as I had got this bespoke suit made, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to wear it!
Creating a juxtaposition of clean, British bespoke tailoring with Boho style headgear I decided to piece the with suit with my vintage Gianni Versace Vogue Print tie and my new Vivienne Westwood ‘CHAOS’ headband and my circular sunglasses from festivalspecs.com
JOHN GALLIANO has won the first round in a case against Dior, claimed his lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés. A Paris court ruled that it was qualified to hear the designer’s claims against his dismissal from the famed fashion house in March 2011, after making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris café.
A lawyer for Christian Dior Couture and John Galliano the label, Jean Néret of Jeantet Associés, argued that because of the complicated nature of Galliano’s contracts with both firms, the case should be heard by a commercial court. Neret maintained that the designer should be looked at as an independent contractor of the company, rather than an employee.
Yesterday, a court heard that Galliano – who was present for the trial – earned a €1 million (£858,900) annual salary at Christian Dior Couture, plus variable compensation of up to €700,000 (£601,000), and a percentage of the brand’s annual sales rise. He was also given a yearly clothing budget of €30,000 (£25,700), and a grooming budget for personal appearances of €60,000 (£51,500). The designer also received a further €2 million (£1.7 million) per year for his work at his eponymous label and a percentage linked to the decrease in brand losses every year. The contract also entitled him to a second annual clothing and grooming budget totalling €100,000 (£85,800).
“John Galliano was no ordinary employee,” Neret toldWWD. “In fact, I would go as far as saying he wasn’t an employee at all. The complexity of his various contracts is sharply at odds with the image of a poor, defenceless employee which the opposing party is trying to project.”
Giraud-van Gaver argued that it was inaccurate to call Galliano a subcontractor because exclusivity clauses meant that he was bound to both companies.
“Mr Galliano is perhaps no ordinary employee, due to the nature of his position and his notoriety, but he is an employee nonetheless,” she said. “Would an external provider be supplied with a car and a chauffeur? Would he have a coach and a personal assistant? Would the company grant him stock options?”
It is unknown how much Galliano is seeking in damages, but his lawyer disclosed that the amount would be high. Dior has 15 days to contest the ruling. If the brand does challenge the decision the case will be referred to Paris’ court of appeal in seven to nine months’ time.
“There are several arguments,” said Giraud-van Gaver. “One is based on nullity, one takes into account his health, one argues that his dismissal was ill-founded, so depending on what the court retains, there are different degrees of compensation involved. He was at the company for a long time and he had a big salary, so the sums demanded will necessarily be high.”
Galliano is currently working in Oscar de la Renta’s studio in New York as part of a temporary residency, in what is the designer’s first return to fashion since his sacking nearly two years ago.
05 FEBRUARY 2013 | ELLA ALEXANDER