Vivienne Westwood's London runway show is always one of the most spectacular of the season and this year, to celebrate both her Fall 2014 collection and her extraordinary career, our pals at Dazed invited Dame Westwood to take over its website. The publication filmed a series of exclusive videos dedicated to the British designer's life and loves — fashion, the environment and activism.
Below, watch Westwood discuss her role as one of London's leading punk figures ("Malcolm McLaren and myself invented punk") her fashion dream world ("The concept that you're working towards, it's a sort of bubble. A parallel world to this one, but where people look better") and her love of clothes:
"I always liked clothes, of course. I think most people do. It's only when they grow up they decide they don't like clothes. Because they got too fat or something…Or whatever. People have reasons, for saying they don't like clothes. To me, it's the most life-enhancing thing is to dress up. "
Nika Cole, Ophélie Guillermand, Malaika Firth, Betty Adewole, Mariana Santana, Irene Hiemstra by Emma Summerton for Prada
Tomorrow night in Milan, Prada launches a revival of its 'The Iconoclasts' project. The campaign works with top stylists to render new stylings of the label's collections, transforming Prada store boutiques with conceptual installations.
For the latest installment of the project, W Magazine's fashion and style director Edward Enninful imagined Prada's Spring 2014 men's and women's collections in the context of the Harlem Renaissance.
“Miuccia Prada’s work always begins with a conversation," said Enninful. "Drawing from this notion, I looked to the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ for the SS14 installment of The Iconoclasts series. As the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ was a period of original thought – when creative minds inspired and embraced a new cultural identity – I felt that this was an appropriate narrative to incorporate into this season’s Prada collection."
Enninful's stylings will be installed on mannequins at the men's and women's Prada stores on Monte Napoleone through February 24. The women's store will be transformed into "an imagined 1920s club – complete with glittering art-deco bar, evoking the atmosphere of Harlem." The men's store has been set up as a backroom lounge, with game tables and a jazz trio.
The installation will be on display through February 24 and will include new fashion images (previewed here) by Emma Summerton.
After going overboard with the Photoshop for two months in a row, you might expect Vogue Australia to have gone into safety mode. But it's taken more than a few risks with its March 2014 cover, which stars Australian actress Mia Wasikowska shot by Emma Summerton.
For starters, there’s simply a lot going on here. That Prada dress has already scored a few covers, and is normally left to do all the talking (it’s undoubtedly loud). But Vogue Australia has thrown in an equally sparkly background, some blown-up, surrealist flora, and makeup that wouldn’t look out of place at a child beauty pageant. It’s Summerton’s fairytale kitsch to a T.
The forums are divided on whether the risks paid off. GlamorousBoy says, “I think it is too much… the dress, the background, the makeup, the flowers, it is just too much.” GIVENCHYlover doesn’t like the background, and Nepenthes, while a fan of Mia and the styling (by Jillian Davidson), agrees it’s “just overkill.”
But others love the cover’s surrealist magic. AL92 voices our thoughts exactly: “I think this is a phenomenal cover. The composition, the styling and art direction makes the image so arresting – it’ll definitely stand out at the newsstands.” Vogue28 agrees that Vogue Australia is really nailing the concept of fashion as art: “Art issues are often pretentious and defeat the purpose of the magazine but this one looks brilliant and the focus is still on the fashion.”
Of course it helps that Mia photographs like a model, and manages not to disappear into the background without looking like she’s trying not to disappear into the background. Well played, Vogue Australia – we’ll definitely be picking this up at the newsstand.
We can’t let New York and London have all the fun, now can we? While British fashionistas brave the raindrops of jolly old England (both indoors and out), we Canadian snowbelles are getting excited about the release of Toronto Fashion Week’s (aka World MasterCard Fashion Week’s) Fall 2014 schedule.
So how is our March looking? Well, from Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, both returning and emerging Canadian designers will amaze within the tents at David Pecaut Square. Kicking off the whole affair will be Mikhael Kale in the studio, while the closing march will be handed over to Matthew Gallagher for the runway’s final show.
In between Mik and Matt, additions to the calendar include newcomers like Montreal-based designer Brit Wacher and Vancouver luxe label Madame Moje. Meanwhile Mackage, Joe Fresh, Beaufille, VAWK, David Dixon, Pink Tartan and Thomas Bálint will be some of the more familiar names on display, while the shOws — an offsite fashion event featuring designers like Steven Tai and Jeremy Laing — has also solidified its dates for March 12 and 13.
Oh, and do you remember last spring’s Mercedes-Benz Start Up winners? Edmonton's Malorie Urbanovitch and Cecile Raizonville of Montreal-based Matiere Noire were both named as recipients of the top prize last October and will be returning to the tents as victors with their own shows.
For the full, but still tentative, Toronto Fashion Week schedule, you can check it out below or visit the official site. In the meantime, best start planning those street style ensembles.
Images via World MasterCard Fashion Week
It's not every month we get to see a smiling model on the cover of a fashion magazine, so it's during times like this where I revel in the fact that we have an energetic expression from the cover subject. Vogue Spain has enlisted Arizona Muse to cover its March issue, photographed by Cuneyt Akeroglu. Arizona wears a sequined dress from Prada's Spring 2014 collection.
IMAGE CREDIT : FACEBOOK.COM/VOGUEESPANA VIA TFS MEMBER MATCYRUSS
tFS members took to the thread to voice their concern regarding Arizona's smile. "I hate it when she puts on such a fake smile, so so so unappealing," said Avagadro
Kokbombon also agreed, "What is that psycho fake smile?!"
"Ugh she looks so forced, such an ungraceful pose and I hate that fake smile," exclaimed Nepenthes
There were very few members who admired the cover, however Miss Dalloway commented, "I see nothing remotely fake about her smile, and how can anyone claim it is, is beyond me. It's exactly like any of her smiles you see in post shows interviews, etc. And she has a great one!"
Why don't you have your say? Do you like the cover? Click here to visit the thread. #TeamArizona
During London Fashion Week, we were invited along to brunch with the Dazed Group and the British Fashion Council to discuss independent publishing and fashion blogging.
The event saw Jefferson Hack, the Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Dazed & Confused, award the blog GirlInMenswear with the British Fashion Council’s Blogger Award to the best-in-class editor of the BFC’s accredited fashion bloggers. And as the winning blog’s strap line explains, it’s not just for girls and it’s not just about menswear, but it is definitely worth a peek if you’re looking for some rather clever outfit inspiration.
The editor of GirlInMenswear, Sophia Marinho, won the exciting opportunity to work as a guest contributor across The Dazed Group’s platforms, which also includes its latest Indie venture OtherMode.
Events such as these are very close to Hack’s heart, as he’s pioneered indie publishing throughout his career, and so he also took the opportunity to treat us to an interview with his fellow industry pioneer Diane Pernet, an original fashion blogger, and of course, founder of A Shaded View On Fashion. She was amongst the first journalists to embrace the power of the Internet, helping her to become a world-renowned fashion critic and video journalist.
What did we take away from Pernet’s interview? In an era where digital is booming and we’re almost becoming saturated with new interactive social mediums, it’s time for designers and brands alike to forget their fears and explore these opportunities even further. It’s this kind of innovative, fearless attitude which has of course helped her own career to thrive over the years. And you can’t get straighter to the point than with her advice that "if you really want to do something, try it, and if you fail, do something else."