Chanel Kadir: January 2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

CLEAR SUMMER

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As I am sitting here writing this, the sun is glaring in my eyes. It's so tempting to put sunglasses on right now but then I'll be one of "those" people who wear sunglasses inside.

I like to plan everything, it's a little habit of mine - although I want to try and make this year as spontaneous as possible so I have only written down a short list of things I want to make happen in twenty fourteen.

This is an outline of what my spring/summer wardrobe will consist of this year. I am trying to add colour in my wardrobe with pretty pastel pink items like those Zara boots which I am OBSESSED with and can't wait for them to arrive! My wardrobe will be inspired by the likes of Elle from theyallhateus and Many from oraclefox. They have the summer wardrobe down to a tee.

My wardrobe shall consist of well structured, minimal pieces. Adding tailoring in with the crisp white blazer. It will have a clean, fresh vibe running through it continuing to the nails and choice of perfume.

Here's to a clear summer!

find the items by going to my polyvore.


Monday, 27 January 2014

REPLICATE


items: coat topshop top boohoo skort topshop shoes boohoo bag asos
Replicas may not be condoned by everyone in the fashion industry and yes they are wrong but when you're a student studying in London - you can't afford everything. 

Alexander Wang is my favourite designer of all time. His simple, sharp designs tickle my heart. Yes, these ankle boots are Wang replicas as I have been eyeing up this particular pair for a while now. The cut out back and being tied round the ankle gives this pair of boots that unique edge. The heeled ankle boot is my life saver and major wardrobe staple. The cut out back will save my feet from the heat this summer - that is if London is lucky enough to get one again this year.

Monday, 13 January 2014

THE TRANSITION OF MAN




London Collection: Mens has kicked off the menswear season for Autumn/Winter 2014 and being London, it has broken the conventional boundaries. Blurring the lines in fashion just that little more.

Masculinity is no new topic to us in the fashion world. Androgyny has been dipping its toes in women's fashions for a while now and will continue doing so with the feminist movement becoming more and more mainstream. However, men's silhouettes becoming feminine is history repeating itself and the always flowing cycle of fashion.

The silhouette of the man has changed over the years with medieval European men wearing tights and breeches to emphasise their leg. Then moving on to the fantastical fashion period of the 15th century where you were unable to tell the difference between men and women from a distance. The 16th century was when the differences became more marked with aggressive masculine shapes in the form of excessive padding on the shoulders, legs and even the genitals of men were exaggerated with codpieces. The 17th century was filled with jewels, ribbons, lace and embroidery - both for men and women. Late 18th century we begin to see an undecorated style for men, and by the late 19th century, mens fashion had become a uniform. 

Mens fashion became undecorated, stiff and sombre. It was dark and shadowy. Men were predominantly seen in dark colours, especially black, whereas, women wore garishly bright garments. Men become more concerned with functionality instead of being beautifully dressed.  

LCM A/W14 has seen mens fashion going back to being decorated and bold. The silhouettes taken on a more feminine shape with J.W Anderson, (who's signature design is "things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman, and to a woman from a man") playing-card shaped tunics, vibrant printed two pieces and platform shoes. Coats with skirt-like hems from Alexander McQueen and J.W Anderson also that takes us back to the 15th century where men wore long belted robes. 

Topman Design stuck to a more traditional design with the double-breasted jackets showing bespoke British tailoring. The tailoring took a more comfortable turn this season with wide-legged trousers shown at J.W Anderson and Alexander McQueen. Topman Design showed a high-waisted, wide-legged trouser that takes a nod to the controversial style of David Bowie. The high-waisted trouser is a feminine silhouette which elongates the leg and accentuates the waist - this goes back the medieval Europe where the man concentrated on emphasising the leg. 

The colour contrast created a gap in men and women fashion historically, however, Richard Nicoll and Topman Design have produced clothes for men that are garishly bright and decorated. Steering away from the shadowy, sombre stereotype of mens fashion. The uniformity of mens fashion disappears. 

Overall, this season at LCM, designers have taken away the marked fashion that was created to show gender and social status. Instead, they have blurred the lines and closed the gap between men and women fashion. Giving men more freedom and expression in what they wear. Going back to the old traditional ways. Also, showing how mens fashion form is now just as fast paced as women's.