Isabella Blow exhibition

Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow

Who is Isabella Blow? Allow me to introduce you to this mysterious and tragic woman in a nutshell. Isabella Blow was an English magazine editor with an uncanny sense of style and fashion with a great love for extravagant artwork in an elegant and sometimes strange-beyond-belief way. Her style choices are a great influence of Lady Gaga’s general appearance today, and she is credited with discovering fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Towards the end of her glamorous and influential life, Blow suffered greatly from depressions and eventually killed herself in 2007.

Just recently, an exhibition showcasing her legendary wardrobe opened at Somerset House in London. The collection was originally bought by the style maverick’s friend Daphne Guinness. Co-Curator Shonagh Marshall, who created the exhibition with Alistair O’Neill explained to Vogue UK:

She was once quoted as saying, ‘It’s about the craft, not the crap’, and that was something she stood by. The exhibition pays tribute to her idiosyncrasies, her quirks, her wit, her dark humour and also her love of grandeur. You don’t get characters like that any more – there’s no one of her infamy around in fashion now.”

As well as displaying over 100 pieces from Blow’s wardrobe, many of which are styled exactly how the fashion editor wore them, the exhibition is also littered with double-page spreads of her work. You may like her style or not, but the exhibition seems to give a wonderful insight into how she viewed the art that comes with high fashion in a deeper sense than what Lady Gaga has managed to pull off.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! is open at Somerset House from until March 2 2014.

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Kate Bosworth for Topshop

Kate Bosworth for Topshop | Photographer: Michael Polish

Kate Bosworth for Topshop | Photographer: Michael Polish

We still have to wait six patient months before we can see what Kate Moss’ new collection for Topshop will look like. Luckily, the new Autumn/Winter collection by the other Kate, Bosworth to be exact, is released in Topshop stores today. Actress/Model Kate Bosworth has worked with Topshop in the past on a festival season collection, and due to its success, they’ve now stepped up their game and entered the winter collection challenge.
The result is described as the perfect mix between masculine and feminine, and oversized and fitted. Here’s what Bosworth says about the collection:
The collection is tailored and classic. For fall, we wanted to create luxurious pieces with a strong minimalist approach. Slim silhouettes are cloaked in a masculine shape, staying true to the mix of masculine/feminine balance that exists in my personal aesthetic.”

Reportedly, the collection was inspired by Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan, taking from his art the monochromatic, metallic, and red colour palette. Watch the inspirational video for the collection below.

The 46-piece collection was launched today, and prices range from a very affordable £35 up to £500. You can shop the collection here. Fun fact: the photo and video shoot come from the 30-year old’s husband, Michael Polish. Check out my favourite pics from the collection below!

Kate Moss for Topshop

Kate Moss for Topshop

Kate Moss for Topshop

Right after discovering that Berlin just opened up their very own Topshop department in KaDeWe (the ‘Harrods’ of Berlin), the great news keeps coming: supermodel Kate Moss is designing a collection for Topshop again, which will be available in stores coming April! Now there’s some news to get us through the upcoming cold dark days and gives us something to look forward to!

This is not the first time the world-famous British top model has designed for the high street store; between 2007 and 2010 14 ‘Kate Moss for Topshop’ collections were created, in which she played the role of designer and model. This upcoming collection will have 40 pieces ranging from womenswear, accessories, and footwear, and is expected (like with previous collections) to be inspired by Moss’s personal wardrobe and style.

Kate Moss:
“I have always been a big fan of Topshop and regularly shop there. I love what they stand for and am very excited at the thought of working with them. It’s going to be great fun.”

The collection will be sold in Topshop stores in 40 countries and the online shop of the brand. Check the pictures below for my favorites from the past collections.

Vogue on Vivienne Westwood

Sienna Miller, Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler | www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

Sienna Miller, Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler | http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

In a previous life, two classmates and I decided to do our major report in the final year of high school on the Punk movement of the ’70s. It covered much ground – a little bit of music, Sociology, a creative aspect, and History, what more can teachers desire? – and it was for us, alternative outcasts, an interesting and inspiring topic.
During my teen years I was never really interested in fashion – up until then I expressed myself in my looks through pink pixie hair, home made dreadlocks (fail!), baggy pants and the whole shebang – but getting deeper into this political movement, how can you not stumble upon and be captivated by Vivienne Westwood? I remember being genuinely surprised that fashion could also be edgy, a political statement, and so well known and respected even if it’s out of the ordinary.

My teenage excitement and curiosity for this one-of-a-kind-breed-of-a-woman got rekindled when I found out just a few days ago that the series ‘Vogue on Designers’ have now released a ‘Vogue on Vivienne Westwood’ book. The concept of the book series is simple: the pages contain sketches and photography from the Condé Nast archive, and will offer Vogue’s view of what makes the designer so influential. Designers they have focussed on in the past are Dior, Givenchy, and Chanel to name but a few.

Linda Watson, renowned fashion writer and author of Vogue On Vivienne Westwood, assisted Westwood on two collections before switching to journalism. “Historically, Vivienne Westwood’s contribution to fashion is unsurpassed,” Watson told Vogue. “For over 40 years she’s questioned the status quo. Punk is a case in point. Created in the Seventies, its impact is still evident today. Since then, she’s become the queen of experimental cutting, relentlessly combining innovation with tradition.”
The book looks back on her origins in punk, brings some of her most daring and risqué designs into the spotlight, and explore the still flourishing career of Britain’s reigning fashion queen.

Some of my personal favourite designs by Vivienne Westwood:

Vogue On Vivienne Westwood is now available on Amazon for only €15,95!