It has been 30 years since Vivienne Westwood appeared on Wogan with her collection and the audience laughed at the show… but Westwood had the last laugh
Vivienne Westwood has made an international impact on the fashion industry, from punk to clothing that parodied the upper class and clothing inspired by historical garments and the royal family, her designs are instantly recognisable globally.
Westwood’s designs are different to say the least but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t powerful and inspiring. When her collection was shown on Wogan it was one of the first times high fashion was shown to such a large mainstream audience. Paris fashion week was not massively publicised to those outside of the fashion industry within the 80s, so high fashion or avant garde clothing had not received a large mainstream public reaction. Now we see clothing inspired by her work everywhere we go, even items, shapes and materials seen on that very show in 1988. Re-invented corsets, people’s own take on the ‘mini-crini’, punk high fashion and lots of tweed.
Westwood had once said, “People say my clothes are about sex but, at the end of the day, they are always heroic” and that’s exactly what Vivienne Westwood is, a heroine in fashion. Her collections are a work of art, impeccably made and look good together. Westwood always has a strong cohesive collection and a clear vision of who she is and what her work is about.
With the start of New York fashion week and the fashion month, Christian Siriano celebrated his 10th anniversary in fashion with his Fall 2018 collection on the runway. From bright colour blocking to dark and sparkling his catwalk show was more like a greatest hits than a collection but it was more for the fans than the designer.
To be able to edit down through years of hard work and well loved signature styles into 1 individual show is a huge challenge but when pulled off means you really understand what your brand is about.
For Siriano this meant ladylike silhouettes and separates, sparkling gowns and faux-fur. As a designer he has always been ahead of the curve with body-positive fashion and this show was no different, with a mixed range of models, ‘people are people’ his mantra, was presented on tote bags and he even gave a nod to the #MeToo campaign.
The collection was a great way to celebrate the 10 year anniversary and it only produces optimism for what more he can bring to fashion.
My own illustration of a few samples from his 10 year anniversary show.
This week on February 6th we celebrated 100 years since women (well some) were granted the right to vote.
When we were granted the right to vote it was only for women over 30, women who owned property or women who were married to someone who owned property. 10 years later in 1928 is when all women 21 and over (Voting age at that time) were allowed to vote.
We have come a long way in 100 years, however we still have changes to make. In some countries and cities women still can’t vote, there are still issues with the gender pay gap, women are still being exploited, their voices aren’t yet being heard enough. So it’s time to stand up girl and raise that voice of yours!
That doesn’t mean that we don’t have cause to celebrate though. We are making changes, we are fighting back and slowly results are being seen. Women are playing major rolls in businesses, even starting their own, there are more strong female leads within the cinema, theatre and music, we are writing books, doing jobs, sharing our stories, we are seeing a growth of female role models within the limelight and their voices are being heard, giving us hope that ours will be too. We are finally being recognised for our hard work, determination and success rather than looks and family life.
It has been predicted that it will take 217 years to close the gender gap – world wide. Iceland being the most gender equal country still has only closed 87.8% of the gender gap. the UK are in 15th place with 77%. With the changes in the world such a Donald Trump as the president of the United States and 3rd world countries being in the midst of a war the predicted time to close the gender gap is only growing. Just by having Donald Trump as President the USA dropped to 45th place on the list of countries closing the gender gap.
But look what we have achieved in 100 years! It may not seem like a lot is changing today but when you look back at how far we’ve come we know that it is possible. We are seeing marches, we are seeing success, we are seeing people uniting together to create an equal world. People are saying that the future is female, and yes we are definitely being recognised, but the future is female, the future is equal.
The Dior Haute Couture show was not to be missed, it was weird and wonderful all at once with a mixture of surrealism and high fashion.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s research on Leonor Fini took her to the avant-garde surrealism we saw on the catwalk. Fini used clothes and extravagant headdresses to “produce” her identity and this was reflected in the clothes and the set.
With the rise of the #MeToo campaign and Hollywood wearing black for award season and red carpet events the feminist research that went on for the show seems fitting with the times, as did the whole look of the set, the catwalk and the clothing.
As fabulous as the collection is we luckily have the high street on our backs and here are some top picks to fit in with the Dior Spring Couture vibe.
We’ve already seen some new trends moving in at the end of 2017 but here’s some top picks for trends that are set to be a big hit in 2018.
Sequins… and lots of it! December is definitely the party season and we saw glitter everywhere, it makes a come back every December but this year the sequin trend will carry on even into daytime fashion. By adding a sequin version of what would be a basic everyday outfit gives you that bit more of a fashion forward look, such as pairing a plain white t with the ASOS Black midi sequin skirt
Another style predicted to be big in 2018 is sheer. Sheer skirts, sheer shirts, sheer dresses… sheer everything.
Sheer and chiffon are materials which are very easy to wear, can be made casual but can be easily transformed into a going out look and depending on what you pair them with they can be ready for work wear or to hit the high streets with the girls.
The first pick we have is the sheer shirt. Shirts are everywhere and can be used within any outfit. This sheer shirt from MISSGUIDED can be paired with a cute bralet for going out or even to add to your shopping with the girls outfit or it could be paierd with a simple vest ready for work. With the pattern you could even get away with just having your normal underwear! With a print it always means that you don’t have to dress up the outfit further.
The final pick is the sheer skirt. In some styles this is a bold move but in other versions of the skirt its a cute flowy skirt ready for the spring summer trend. The cut of a sheer skirt always keeps the shape interesting so there isn’t much need to dress up the outfit or be bothered about it being 1 plain colour. Much like the shirt they can be worn at work, dress up your high street look or ready to party. These picks from BOOHOO can work with many styles its more about your personal preference and how much skin you dare to bare. Both are available in a few colours which would match different styles of tops to fit everyone’s taste.
This season it’s very clear what the hot wardrobe item is, so this autumn you can ditch the oversized jumpers and get yourself a check blazer. Spotted everywhere at New York fashion week, on and off the runway, we can tell that this mundane item will be the fashion statement piece of Autumn/Winter 2017. A good blazer is a fundamental piece of your wardrobe and can really bring an outfit together – most importantly they come in all shaped, sizes and prices to suit everyone’s style and budget.
It will bring a level of sophistication to your work wardrobe without feeling dull and plain, you can use it to change your casual look to a fashion forward one and it can also be a perfect accompanying jacket to your date night outfit.
Our top pick is a ‘mens’ style blazer from H&M, with a longer shape it can work as your blazer or your jacket. It incorporates 3 colours within the check pattern and you can get it now for only £34.99. Shop the Single Breasted Jacket from H&M HERE.
Not only have we managed to find you the only item you should buy this autumn but we have put together an outfit to go with it. We’ve gone for a casual style that includes the hottest trends right now, with the colours and shapes we’ve used and pairing it with the jacket you will have yourself a simple and stylish look. T-SHIRTJEANSBOOTS BAG
As the leaves turn colour and the days become shorter we all know the best seasons are upon us. The Autumn/Winter season not only has the best events and festivities but it also has the best fashion! It is the season where looking stylish is effortless and it can all be done with your winter coat.
Here at AVID we have found you the best picks from the high street to fit any budget to add to your winter wardrobe collection. NEXT
At Next you can enter winter in luxury with this Check Camel Faux Fur Coat for £80 BUY HERE
Missguided is offering you the chance to feel like the elite of the fashion world with their black Cape Jacket £70 TAKE A LOOK
Enter the countryside lifestyle with Primark’s quilted Barbour jacket, you can grab this number on the high street for only £18! SHOP
We all know faux fur is everything! So snap yourself up a great deal from H&M with their faux fur jacket at only £39.99 VIEW HERE
New Look are currently having a huge sale and we have found this beautiful Black check waterfall duster jacket for only £17 SALE SHOP
Winter fashion can sometimes hide your body shape and leave you feeling bulky under all the layers but why not feel feminine with the ASOS skirted duffle coat for only £65 SHOP
Stay classic with Boohoo’s double breasted wool look coat and have a choice of colour with the different styles they offer for only £45 FIND IT HERE
Feel like royalty in Dorothy Perkins collection of faux fur collar coats, they have a range of colours and faux furs to match any outfit! Here at AVID we have voted this as our best buy especially when it is on sale for £44.25 SALE SHOP