For some weeks ago, I visited Alexander McQueen´s celebrated exhibition entitled “Savage Beauty” containing his most well known collections, from his MA graduation collection in 1992 to the unfinished collection AW2010.
I have been a big fan of McQueen´s work and always admired his ability to fully express his visions and translate them into beautiful and creative collections. Visiting Savage Beauty, was like entering McQueen´s head where I fully understood his mindset and imagination.
The exhibition was divided into different sections and every one of the rooms was separated by the different collections, McQueen’s spirit was captured in every one of them. As mentioned before, I have been a McQueen fan for a long time, but I underestimated the craftsmanship in every one of the collections. Closely seeing the details made me understand how much time and afford was put into the head pieces, jewelries and shoes, the Armadillo boots for instance (picture below). This shoes was shown in McQueen´s last presented collection before he passed away in February 2010. The collection was named “Plato´s Atlantis” and was a prediction of the future where the ice cap have melted and the sea level have rise. “Plato´s Atlantis” was an illustration of how the humankind would have to evolve to be able to live with the new circumstances. This collection is celebrated and famous to be McQueen´s greatest achievement.
Image | Vogue.co.uk
Another information I found fascinating was his knowledge and enthusiasm for history. He often used history as a source of inspiration. For instance, the collection “The Horn of Plenty” AW2009-10 was influenced by the nineteenth century and the Victorian Gothic. McQueen was a genius in combining contradiction and paradoxical contrasts and perfectly balance them together, life and death, modern and primitive, melancholy and beauty. This collection is an example of McQueen´s ability to balance two paradoxical elements with each other and creative something extraordinary and absolutely outstanding.
Image | Vogue.co.uk
McQueen had been struggling with drug addiction and depression for many years. Life became unbearable when his mother passed away and shortly after, McQueen took his last breaths in 11th of February 2010.
McQueen was not only a designer, he was a true artist and he left a big hole in the fashion industry. He is one in billion and filling his place is nearly impossible.
Image|dippedincream.com | McQueen and his Mother, Joyce
Lee Alexander McQueen was born on 17th of March 1969 and was the son of a taxi driver and social science teacher. Growing up in the East-End in London, the young McQueen dropped out of school at the age of 16 and started to work for the trailers Anderson & Sheppard on the famous Savile Row in Mayfair, London. The skills and knowledge about tailoring gave him a reputation in the fashion industry as an expert in creating flawless tailored collections. In 1990 he started an MA course at the prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins and already at his graduation collection in 1992 (inspired by stylist Isabella Blow) made McQueen one of UK´s up-coming designers.
As mentioned on my previous post, I´m very into the modern version of the Hippie Trend (also called Boho-Chic). For some weeks ago, I found this amazing trousers and a really cool fanny bag at Zara, together they look amazing.
I hope you all have had a great Easter Holiday.
Finally started to feel better after a major cold (and able to breath again), I have discovered that Spring has sprung in the streets of London. Not only are days actually getting longer (yeah!) with more sunshine (hurray!), the air actually smells sweet, floral and ‘springy’ in general. I also noticed people are more positive and energetic; some have even started to smile at me on the street, (- No, I checked and didn’t have anything weird on my face!).
Warmer days are here at last, and even though we know that consistent sunshine maybe months away, for now; ‘hurray for the spring!!’ Besides seeing random smiling people more than usual, the beginning of spring also means SPRING TREND. I have made a list of 10 HOT TRENDS to follow this Spring.
1. Boho-chicI´m so into the Bohemian trend right now. I just love everything about it, from the loose cuts and beautiful textures to the warm colours.
3. GinghamEvery time I see gingham I think about hot summer nights in the Swedish countryside. But this season gingham has moved away from the Scandinavian countryside to the city and it´s hotter than ever.
7. Print on PrintFor many years, I though that ‘print on print’ is a major fashion error and a big “No No”, but recently I have discovered the beauty of it. A ‘print on print’ outfit can actually look totally fabulous. However , the wrong combination can make you look like a fashion fool. So if you are going with this TREND, take one more look in the mirror before you leave your house to make sure that you got it right!
8. It´s all about the detailsSometimes, fashion can be a bit too serious. If you are going for a “I´m-a-fashion- girl- but- I´m- also- very -fun” look, amusing and quirky accessories and details is a must.
9. Show Your (Upper!)- BellyPersonally, I´m not fond of showing my belly in public places, the reason is simple; it´s just not classy and not suitable for anyone over 20 years old! BUT, showing you upper belly is a thumbs up and frankly looks very chic.
10. Fringy FringeFringe was a such a hit during the latest fashion month with so many fashionistas rocking it! And fringe on anything is a trend right now; shoes, handbags, tops, skirts, jewellery etc. Fringe just can´t go wrong!
(Pictures by hellostreetstyle.wordpress.com)
fur coat, shoes & handbag: Zara | Trousers: Replay | Eyewear: Lespecs| Scarf: Vintage
Exploring West London with my dear friend Radhia and we came across an area just off Portobello Road that has the most beautiful buildings. Almost every house has its special charm as it was painted with different colour-combinations and we found our favourite.
If someone would have asked me for some months ago what I thought about Shearling jackets, I would have frown and walked away. However, recently I have started to become more and more fond of Shearling jackets. A significant factor I have missed out on throughout the years have been that Shearling jacket is so chic and simple to style; jeans with knitwear, with little black dress with silhouettes or tight, you name it. Just look how stunning Shearling jacket can look!
Photo | whowhatwear.com