It has been revealed this week that Marc Jacobs was one of the only designers during New York Fashion week that didn't pledge not to stop hiring models under the age of 16. Ridiculous? Yes. Controversial? No. It becomes evident over time that Fashion houses need to take measures to thrust themselves into the public eye due to the increasing number of designers popping up left, right and centre. So maybe this is Marc's way of standing out this year.
Obviously clothes look better on a slender frame, after all garments are at their best when hung on a wire hanger. So hiring insanely tiny girls makes sense to the fashion world. However, there are plenty of teeny weeny women who are professional and respected models not to mention they're old enough to be legally out of school. Therefore, the hiring of incomprehensibly young girls is unnecessary.
As an added measure, by hiring under-aged models, the pressure is piled on to the older models to replicate the bodies of the young girls in order to get the desirable frame of the under-developed young'uns. And there is the vicious circle of age, pressure and health.
The Model Alliance is being set up to prevent such measures. Tackling issues such as age, weight, race and wages in the world of fashion they are taking the first steps to ensure that the world of frocks and frills becomes fairer on all concerned. It is a non-profit organisation and strives to better the careers of many mistreated women worldwide. To read more on this organisation head on over too http://www.modelalliance.org
Essentially, The answer is a supposedly simple one; if you couldn't hire the girl in the "real" working world, why should the rules be different for the modelling world?
Monday, 13 February 2012
Yesterday a friend and I packed our bags and headed down to London to attend the opening day of Pure, Britain's largest fashion trade show. It was a hot bed of stylists and buyers all buzzing to find the latest and greatest new high-street brand. Arriving as the doors opened we witnessed Olympia, Kensington fill to the brim with a veritable feast of Britain and Europe's most stylish.
After stopping off to talk to a few fashion agent friends at By TiMo (http://www.ti-mo.no/) we tootled on to find the Young Inspiration Catwalk. What we found was a genuine treat. Debuting her new clothing range, Kat Von D took to the stage. Renowned for her fearless and glam-rock style Kat has been an inspiration to me for many years. Unapologetically sexy, her clothes and designs not only speak to a wide-young-audience but they fill a hole in the market that has been left wide open for years. For those rockers who shudder at the thought of the stereotypical emo dress but still desire ripped jeans and grungy tee's, this line is just the ticket. The new collection won't be hitting UK shops until A/W this year but have a quick sneaky peek at http://www.katvondlosangeles.com/
All in all a marvellous day in "Laandan Taa'n".
Thursday, 9 February 2012
With androgyny resurfacing as a prominent style over the past two years, male fashion is increasingly relevant to women's style today. Therefore, Mick Jagger is an obvious style icon.
Skin tight clothes teamed with big bohemian scarves and a brave and stand-out sense of fashion propel him into today's trends. As the styles the 60's and 80's are seen increasingly on the catwalks the natural descent of the looks on to the high street means that more and more of today's generations are searching for their inspiration from the past. For years I've wanted jeans that fit as well as his do/did, so far no luck. And now, many women want the same. Clearly, fashion wasn't his only appealing characteristic (note the attractive offspring) but it certainly is a prominent one! His ability to be incredibly masculine whilst wearing what could be conceived as feminine clothing can only be described as a gift.
Oh Mick, if only you'd tell us the secrets of your "Dangerous Beauty", but then again "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
(Image from http://cocainebrain.tumblr.com/)
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
I can't quite explain how wonderful this book is. The Bolter documents the life and the loves of the incomparable Lady Myra Idina Sackville, a woman of society during the early 1900's until her death
in 1955. The glorious descriptions and sensational writing is not all that captivates the audience. I find Sackville the most relatable woman ever to have existed, at least to myself. Her ideals, her views on relationships, her ability to continue through hardships make her the most admirable and truthful woman I have ever read about. The photo's inserted into the book make it all the more pleasurable.Clearly Lady Sackville was a trend-setter and at a time when the flappers were the creme-de-la-creme of style.
Last summer, this book travelled with me to the South of France. The spine of the book melted and although I had read it cover to cover no less than 8 times, the second we touched down in Liverpool I hunted high and low for another copy.
If you never read another book in your life, read this.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Mr Presley has accidentally become a rather prominent icon to me in both fashion and music over the past few days. The quiff and jacket, an unapologetic show of his blatant ego, you can't help but admire how he has influenced so many people over the generations. The most recent being Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys, an Elvis fan if ever I saw one. Equally, The fairly recent film "Nowhere Boy" documents John Lennon's life and it is evident from this that The Beatles were Presley disciples particularly in their early band years.
It would be hard not to fall head over heels for the late Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley's eternal charm. He paved the way musically and stylistically for all the modern Rock'n'Rolla's. For this, I thank you .
( Image from :http://elvispresley.tumblr.com/)
Sunday, 5 February 2012
After an unmissable theatre production at The Lowry my sister, Grace and I settled down for a bite to eat in a little Italian. Sporting an A-line black and white mid-length skirt, black velvet t-shirt and a fancy, feathered fedora she looked incredibly elegant and relaxed. After eating our body weight in Italy's finest, we stood in the freezing snow for what seemed like a life-time waiting for our taxi.
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Being a student of fashion isn't about following trends. It's all about the inspiration, no matter how insane, diverse or daunting. I'm following my friends, my idols and capturing pictures of the most unlikely inspirations that hopefully will inspire your creative juices too.