Saturday, 23 August 2014

Five Fashion Exhibitions To See This Bank Holiday Weekend

So this isn't handbag related like I said it would be yesterday [technically two days ago considering I've found solace in blogging at 1am.], but I got bored of looking at bags I can't afford right now, although I did discover a really beautiful Chloé bag that I've never noticed before on Net-A-Porter today, so I'll probably cover that on here soon. So today marks the start of the Bank Holiday weekend and in case you all have nothing planned, I've created a list of some fashion exhibitions you may want to go to. I'm going to visit the Jean Paul Gaultier one tomorrow and will probably visit a few on Sunday, and will finally go to Notting Hill Carnival for the first time on Monday- pray for me that I come back in one piece.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Where is it? The Barbican [nearest station: Barbican/St Paul's/Moorgate]

Why go? If you have to pick one exhibition to go to this weekend, choose this one. Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the most iconic French fashion designers, and one of the few that I consider to be a true couturier. I'm so excited to see this exhibition because what else does one want to see at an exhibition apart from avant-garde clothing, over-priced themed fashion food and vintage fashion films. The reviews have been really good too so I don't think this will be a waste of money.

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 

Where is it? The Victoria & Albert Museum [nearest station: South Kensington]

Why go? Any girl that claims she doesn't have some idea about what she wants her wedding dress to look like is a liar. Plain and simple. Your wedding dress is the single most important garment you will wear in your existence and possibly the most beautiful. Every female should visit this exhibition not only for potential inspiration [don't be afraid to say "no" to conventional beauty on your wedding day by the way], but also to understand why million of females around the planet each have their very own Pinterest board dedicated to wedding dresses [assume what you want about me but I will not disclose whether or not I have one].

Trend Spotters 

Where is it? The Cervantes Institute [nearest station: Sloane Square]

Why go? Spanish fashion. Spanish fashion is still something extremely new and I think will be very exciting in the next 5 years or so. Italy continues to facilitate it's own demise in fashion, there's too much minimalism in New York, London has pretty much established who she wants to champion as her "exciting" designers and Meadham Kirchoff and co. won't be giving p their spots anytime soon, and finally Paris has just become a farce since it allowed celebrity culture to have as much importance as the clothes. I'm now paying attention to the "new markets" such as Spain, Brazil and Australia as professed by the Financial Times. Before venturing into the world of Spanish fashion, it makes sense to have some idea about it's history which is why this exhibition is perfect for anyone willing to learn.

Made in Mexico The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion 

Where is it? The Fashion and Textile Museum [nearest station: London Bridge]

Why go? Like Spain, Mexico is another fashion market that has the potential to hold some importance in the next 10 years or so, once it's lost it's stigma of gang warfare over drugs like Brazil is gradually doing. This exhibition is also not only about fashion but Mexican culture and art too!

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs 

Where is it? The Tate Modern [nearest station: Southwark/Blackfriars/St Paul's]

Why go? Ok, before you pounce on the fact that Matisse was not a fashion designer but an artist and send me hate mail on Tumblr, Matisse actually did more than most designers because it was his work that inspired them. This exhibition like the Jean Paul Gaultier one, has also had very strong reviews so I don't think this will be a waste of money either.

Please let me know in the comment box below if you did manage to go to one of these exhibitions and how they were! I'll hopefully be able to review the Jean Paul Gaultier one tomorrow evening in case you wanted to wait for my thoughts on it before you buy a ticket!

Thank you for reading and have a nice Bank Holiday weekend,
Le Style Connoisseur

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Worst of Fall 2014

I think this is the first time that I've published two posts in one day! This was a lot harder to do than I thought it would be because the fall campaigns this year have generally been strong and very few have been dire- only really good or vanilla. But please see which ones I decided to choose! 

La Perla.
I love Daria Strokous but my goodness, she looks way too skinny here and I'm not one to usually comment or feel uncomfortable about how thin models look. 

The Best of Fall 2014

All of the best blogs I follow have been making posts about the fall campaigns they love and hate, so I didn't want to make a post about it too but no-one seems to share the same opinion as me so it's my turn! Here are best campaigns of A/W 2014.

Anna Ewers is one of my favourite models right now and she looks fantastic here. Love the shop-window motif, the light photography you can see in the glass pane and the lace-up shoes. Very hot. Very Versace. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Designers and Editors That Should Do The Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the funniest thing that has graced the Internet in a long time, and I usually hate these type of things. My personal favourites have been Robert Downey Jr, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron, Jourdan Dunn, Tom Hiddleston, Selena Gomez, James Franco and Bill Gates. Keeping in the spirit of the challenge, I tweeted a few designers that I thought should do the challenge last night and started thinking of editors too and that's how this post was born! These are a list of people in the fashion industry that I would love to see do the challenge.

Donatella Versace

This challenge needs to happen because I've kidded myself into thinking that Donatella would actually be a really good sport when doing it, and I want to be surprised. Basically, I just want to see Donatella behave like a lunatic.