'You can be so much more creative when dressing a homosexual couple.' (Bender in Olterman, 2013).
Donna Tartt appears to produce a novel a decade – and 2013 saw her third, The Goldfinch, released. With it, fashion rejoiced along with the literati: the author's razor-sharp bob returned for another moment in the spotlight. It really is a thing of beauty, one that gives the Queen of the Bob, Anna Wintour – and new convert Miley Cyrus – a run for their money. Tartt teams it with a proper look but unlike Anna, who loves a frock, Tartt wears her bob with tailoring almost as sharp as the plot lines in The Secret History. The result is the kind of disciplined, taut and clever style that the rest of us can only aspire to. (Fox and Cochrane, 2013).
The win for the 31-year-old celebrates an innovative design talent and recognises his part in transforming the reputation of London fashion week. His collections are the highlight of the capital's fashion week, attracting international interest – and in turn business – for the biannual event. Kane was nominated for the same award last year. (Fox, 2013c).
This picture shows Vivienne with her then partner in business and life, Malcolm McLaren in 1977 (Whitmore, 2013).
Born Vivienne Swire in Tintwistle in 1941, Westwood trained as a teacher before marrying and having her first son. She gained notoriety, and then fame, as the partner of the late Malcolm McLaren when the two set up their clothes shop, SEX, on Kings Road in London. Since then her unorthodox sense of style has led the transformation of the UK fashion industry from an international backwater into a major player. (Thorpe, 2013).
What Welby doesn't appear to realise is that the cross has more meaning now than it ever has done, thanks, in part, to its rehabilitation at the hands of what he calls "fashion", but what is actually just habit and custom. For many, the cross is a piece of jewellery you don't take off, rather than a trend. (Walker, 2013).
Quite how the fashion for festive jumpers once only seen on the likes of bygone crooners such as Val Doonican and Bing Crosby took hold is not clear.
Although Rwanda does not have a fashion school, Mugabo says the tragic history of her family has made her more determined to follow her desire to be a designer. "When I was doing graphic design in college, my parents asked, what is she doing?" says the 23-year-old, who studied in the US and interned at Teen Vogue. "Fashion is a luxury here. Not everyone can afford to be fashionable and our culture is very conservative so people think it's too showy. But I knew that's what I wanted to do with my life. (Fallon, 2013).
Why is this look taking off nearly 100 years after it was first worn? Fashion loves putting a spotlight on something obscure and, without an obvious subculture (the 60s, say), this particular style hasn't been cool before. It was a bit dowdy and make-do – but, in austerity Britain, that's perfect. (Cochrane, 2013h).
Fashion's current preoccupation with art is effectively the death knell of the minimalist look – most art (Donald Judd and his ilk aside) is about getting messy. This new abandon is evident even at Céline – once home of no-spillage minimalism – where paint swooshes filled the spring collection. While a Dior campaign out now features the very-refined Marion Cotillard contrasted against drips of paint on a wall, the paint splatter of an artist's studio clothes is set to become the motif of 2014. As well as Céline, a pair of splattered trousers in the J Crew collection already have a buzz about them and Martin Margiela has a pair of very smart brogues covered in paint. Messy, but pleasingly so. (Cochrane, 2013g).
Why are nearly all blouses today transparent? And as they are transparent, what do manufacturers expect us to do? Flashing one's bra is one of the many, many things that might work in fashion shoots but doesn't translate so easily into real life (see also: standing with one's feet pointing inwards duck-like, adopting half-dead facial expressions). So, aside from the rare brave exceptions, this is not an option open to most women. (Freeman, 2013g).
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