I’m an editorial fiend, an absolute junkie for a slick layout and some stellar styling. I pore through all fashion spreads in every magazine I can, dropping everything I’m doing at that moment in time. The same goes for that time of day when Fashion Gone Rogue’s newsletter lands in my inbox (it goes without saying that I am more than happy FGR has been able to continue – as well as editorial content, it has also introduced me to some of my favourite indie magazines and independent publications). As do most people at some stage, I sometimes think that I’m stuck in a style ‘rut’ as regards content; in that I cling to the same type of styling over and over. For the most part, masculine tailoring with lashings of statement gold jewellery is guaranteed to make me salivate. However, in this instance, I think I’ve picked a pretty random, albeit fabulous, selection. Can anybody spot a theme? Which editorial is your favourite?
Editorials, photo shoots and campaigns are so widespread these days, there’s an undeniable level of saturation; fashion illustrations are a fantastic way of challenging this. Fashion illustrations render a link between the finished piece and that which is merely a drawing, for don’t all designer creations start out as sketches? Dignified and understated, Teri Chung’s illustrations capture the flow and vitality of designs from Jil Sander, Comme des Garcons and Balenciaga as does any photographer worth their salt. Something I’m looking to focus on more, is fashion illustration an untapped market? Or have I just been ignorant to it thus far? Overlooked by the mainstream media for the most part (I feel!), indie publications such as i-D and fashion photographer Rankin’s The Hunger magazine make great use of fashion illustrations, some of which I will post here for you all soon.
In keeping with recent androgynous trends – masculine tailoring influencing womenswear, loafers and brogues now the fash uniform du jour for women and the boundaries for what is considered menswear ‘only’ blurring ever so rapidly – it comes as no surprise that those modelling said trends and designs would embody the androgynous look. Enter one Cara Delevigne, sister of Brit supermodel Poppy Delevigne, who made her name as one of those heartbreachingly-cool Topshop models. In the last few seasons though, her profile has risen beyond all belief, having stomped down all major runways from London to New York, gracing the pages of many a hipster editorial, as well as becoming the face of Burberry alongside Eddie Redmayne in what was perhaps Burberry’s most successful season to date. Never was Roxette’s She’s Got the Look more appropriate than when applied to Cara Delevigne.
Words cannot do justice to how much I love this November spread from Vogue Paris, featuring Doutzen Kroes modelling looks styled by grand dame of the French fashion Bible herself, Emmanuelle Alt. Renowned for her sex kitten looks – Doutzen did start out as a Maybelline girl, fluttering her eyelashes and simpering for the cameras, afterall – her high-fashion prowess executes perfectly looks that are a stellar combination of some Boy George, a hefty dose of Madonna and a touch of Michael Jackson. Looking at this editorial, I imagine Soul II Soul’s ‘Back to Life‘ playing away in the background as Doutzen breaks it down eighties style on the beach. Not exactly what you would call high-fashion, but the shots are absolutely smouldering, which is in no doubt thanks to AW12 touches such as the Louis Vuitton-inspired layering of tunics over tapered pants, and sheer masculine tailoring, achieved with a classic white shirt, braces and high-waisted pants.
I read somewhere a while back (I’m going to say IFB, I think?) that a good blog is music and video free. Starting out blogging, IFB was a handbook of sorts for me and it’s only now that I realise how utterly ridiculous it would be to ban music and videography from a fashion and lifestyle blog, especially with the increase of fashion film and behind-the-scenes footage that accompanies most photoshoots these days.
An area embraced by fashion die-hards and industry insiders alone until now, fashion film as a genre is gaining momentum, with Business of Fashion discussing its merits here and here recently. I myself posted about an initiative sponsored by River Island in conjunction with the British Fashion Council earlier this year, focusing entirely on their Fash/On initiative in the run up to London Fashion Week. Fashion film can be anything from a behind-the-scenes montage from a photoshoot to the interactive realisation of a narrative in an editorial. In the above fashion films, I love the way both soundtracks mix with the styling and the theme of these shorts. It gives an altogether fresher dimension to what’s on offer for fashion consumers who may be suffering from editorial overload what with the proliferation of all manner of photoshoots nowadays. What’s more, they’re just fun!
As London Fashion Week draws ever nearer (yes, it’s that time of year already), I eagerly await what those at the forefront of fashion, those in the know and ultimately, those with the unlimited resources have given those of us exploring the ‘unchartered’ territory that is fashion film.