Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Fashion's Relationship with TV



Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes. Over the past few years, the red sole has managed to navigate/steer the tentative line between trendy and tacky, unfortunately falling into the category of the latter with the rise of emergence of new magnates in the shoe world such as Aquazurra and Gianvito Rossi. I have always been an admirer of Christian Louboutin's work, so when I heard that Channel 4 would be showing a documentary on the man himself and the brand my inner fangirl did a happy dance à la Rihanna at #CropOver2015

It's not too often that fashion has a voice through the medium of television, let alone during a primetime slot. With the world of print unfortunately becoming moribund as technology advances, and big name publications asserting their presence on every possible social media outlet known to mankind, one would assume that the industry would have capitalised on television by now?

Fashion magazines particularly could expand their outreach, potential pool of creativity and general engagement with readers via television, so why has no-one caught on? It would be unfair to act as if magazines have totally ignored video content with many like Vogue having counterparts on Youtube, however in a digital age when Twitter and Instagram are still the pioneers of social media, YouTube remains a platform for music videos as opposed to fashion in my opinion. This is where I think that TV could easily step in. People have many preconceived ideas and misconceptions about the fashion industry, and I think television could be a great way for people with fashion aspirations to have invaluable insight, and it could also help with democratising the industry. Television is a friendly means of communication for the people that could genuinely help fashion shed it's elitist shell. 


To conclude, the industry is positively sleeping on the idea of television and needs to get it's act together because the possibilities are endless. Even after the success of both The Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue, it is beyond me why we haven't seen a 3 part series on the true running of fashion magazines like ELLE and Glamour to name a few. The Liberty of London mini docu-series was a great attempt at using television to make the store relevant again through empathy; it made the mistake of making a second season though. The by and short of it all is that the days of the Top Model programmes have long passed, and fashion can redeem itself by showing content with far more substance. Maybe even a show with an Apprentice-type format but with interns? Channel 4 seem to have caught onto fashion-related content being profitable, so here is to hoping we see more in the future!

Ashley
Le Style Connoisseur
Xoxo

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Resolution

It's February, and most people are likely to have given up on their New Year's Resolutions, but I'm still working towards fitting into Saint Laurent jeans and have just embarked on another goal. I now have an article published on an online magazine!!! I don't want to publish the article here too because I want you all to read and share it, but only if you like it enough! To anyone reading this that wished me well on Twitter, thank you so much!

Anyway enjoy <3

http://www.bonafide-supernova.com/2015/01/addiction-hypocrisy-and-industry-flaws/

Ashley
-Le Style Connoisseur

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Return of John Galliano

The Return of John Galliano

3 years and 11 months since he was duly fired from his position as Creative Director of Christian Dior and his namesake brand. 3 years and 11 months I have patiently waited for his return. For me, I would proudly declare John Galliano as one of the greatest designers of all time, and truly deserving of being noted as such, not only for his creativity or the fluidity he designed his collections with, on a more personal level, he was the primary reason why I saw the beauty and importance of Haute Couture. John was one of the primary reasons why I got into fashion. I think of John Galliano as being one of the greatest couturier of my generation, comparable only to Lee Alexander McQueen, therefore his return is readily welcomed. 

Since the announcement in October that he would make his return to fashion via the ever-alluring fashion house, Maison Martin Margiela, everyone in the industry has been very vocal about it. In my opinion, Margiela is perfect for John, and John is perfect for Margiela. On a practical level, you only need to cite any Dior Haute Couture collection from 2006 to 2011 particularly, to see that John is far more than capable to design a Margiela collection which I think requires attention to unbelievably intrinsic detail, [detail more complex than your average Elie Saab collection] and his experience. John's experience at a conglomerate like Dior, while managing to maintain his own label means instantly warrants him as a worthy candidate too- before he was fired, John was designing 32 collections every year. Furthermore, Margiela itself has the right amount of "understated" attached to it's personality, which I think is the best way for John to make his way back into fashion. Before his return was announced, I thought that John should have just secretly ghost designed for a house like Jil Sander since it seemed that nobody wanted anything to do with him for a while, but then my prayers were answered and he was publicly hired by Maison Martin Margiela.

It's exactly 30 minutes until #MargielaMonday [originally coined by Gallaino enthusiast & Fashion Editor of The Independent Alexander Fury], and I have absolute faith that John will deliver. This is probably the most anticipated debut of a Creative Director in the past few years, and yes I am taking Hedi at Saint Laurent, Raf at Dior and Ghesquière at Vuitton, into consideration. Margiela and Dior are almost world's apart in terms of branding, vision, function and purpose, therefore John's appointment at the house is so exciting for enthusiasts everywhere, because this will really showcase his talent as an designer in a completely different way that he was able to at Dior. John Galliano has the ability to truly revolutionise Margiela in a major way over the next few years [think 90s Gucci under the vision of Tom Ford], and whatever happens, today will be history in the making. No doubt, Margiela will become far more commercial in the sense that we'll hopefully start seeing the creations on red carpets. We just don't want it to go down the Givenchy route in terms of commercialisation because Kanye will surely feel the need to make some kind of commentary about the show. Anyway, it's not like he can read this or anything but I wish John all the best for the show today and hope that everyone still not willing to give him a second chance, will think twice after today. Just an excerpt from a report of the interview he gave on Charlie Rose a while ago to finish this off appropriately; He closed this conversation by stating "I am able to create. I am ready to create...[and] I hope through my atonement I'll be given a second chance."

Thank you for reading,
Ashley
Le Style Connoisseur
Xoxo