Thursday, 17 April 2014

Style Icon: Lupita Nyong'o

Becoming a bonafide fashion darling is bloody hard work. The industry as a whole has a nonchalant air of 'been there, done that, got the Alexander Wang tshirt'. While a rising starlet work their way into being flavour of the month for a couple of designers for a while, it's incredibly difficult to forge a lasting impression and relationship with the fashion industry. Not to say it's impossible, just look at the likes of Diane Kruger and Cate Blanchett who have been courting the fashion world for years. This is why it's so impressive that in less than a year, the stunning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o has not only become a legit fashion darling and THE one to watch on the red carpet, she even has Anna Wintour on-side.

Oscar-nominated Lupita does not do things by half. Her debut in the award-winning 12 Years A Slave is testament to that, landing the role shortly after graduating from Yale in 2012. Since her red carpet debut at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, Lupita has transformed from relative unknown to a bit of a fashion maverick. Here are my favourite Lupita looks:

Lupita in Lanvin.

Lupita in Gucci at the SAG awards.

Lupita in Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes.

Lupita in J. Mendel.

Lupita in Dior at the 12 Years A Slave luncheon.

Lupita in Mary Katrantzou.

Lupita in Altuzarra.

Lupita in Chanel at the BAFTA nominees party.

Lupita in Elie Saab at the Paris premier of 12 Years A Slave.

Lupita in Lanvin at the premier of Non Stop.

Lupita in Prada at the Oscars.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Louis Vuitton SS14 campaign featuring Michelle Williams

Following on from her highly successful debut as the face of Louis Vuitton last season, super chic Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams has reprised her role for SS14. Showcasing the new Lockit bag as well as the Capucines and the iconic Alma, Michelle was shot by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carine Roitfeld in a campaign which embodies modern femininity in three guises.
The original Lockit was released in 1958 and was discovered in the archives before being reinterpretated in 2014. Michelle channels the essence of the self-confident Parisienne to encapsulate the understated elegance of the new pastel day bag. Michelle takes on a more playful character to channel the eye-popping colours of the Alma bag while the Capucines calls for a more restrained, sophisticated look. Sprinkled throughout all of the images are pieces from the new Emprise jewellery collection, including a yellow gold watch, studded rings and a stunning white gold and diamond bracelet.

From the compelling combination of force and fragility of the first campaign, to the vibrant contrasts of this second outing, Michelle Williams, as she has done so many times on screen, makes her own her latest role as the multi-faceted Louis Vuitton woman.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Interview: 5 Minutes with Boris Eifman


Here's a little known fact about me: I'm a bit of a ballet fan. When I was younger, I took ballet classes for a decade and I was pretty damn good. I ended up giving it up but I've always loved it and go to see the ballet as often as I can. Recently, I've seen posters on the tube announcing the arrival of St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet in London, I was dying to go after missing out last time Eifman's ballet was in town two years ago. Fortuitously, I have tickets to see one of the shows next week and as if that wasn't exciting enough, I was given the opportunity to interview prolific choreographer and founder of the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet, Boris Eifman.

Here is my interview.

The St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet was established over 30 years ago with a completely new concept of ballet. Why did you start your ballet company?
When I started my ballet company, I wanted to create a new movement in the ballet world. As an individual, I felt ballet was lacking a personal connection. I wanted an opportunity to talk to the audience, to connect. This form of expression didn’t work with traditional ballet; I wanted to take the opportunity to create my own theatre.
How would you describe this new style of ballet?
I call it ‘psychological ballet’; it combines ballet with theatre to communicate with the audience through dance. It goes beyond being something that you just watch to appreciate; it expresses emotions and ideas to interact with the audience.
Classic ballet is centred on visuals and aesthetics. My new style of ballet focuses on communicating with the audience; it’s more introverted and expressive. It’s important for me to provoke an emotion from my audience, to make people feel and think and learn.
How do you choose the stories you choose to convey through ballet, what inspires you?
I choose subjects that I can relate to personally, a subject that inspires my creative process. It has to be something I can relate to at a certain point in my life so I can express myself emotionally through the characters.
Did you receive much opposition from ballet traditionalists when you launched the company in 1977?
Yes, it’s safe to say the audience was split. I was fortunate enough to have many dedicated fans and admirers of my style of ballet but fans of classical ballet saw it as the only form of ballet.

The Eifman Ballet of St Petersberg last performed in London in 2012, are you excited to return with two acclaimed shows?
I’m very excited to return to London, we had a very positive reception in London so it would be great to mirror our previous success. Our Rodin production has been very successful in other countries and it is a privilege to bring it to London. The London audience is very well educated in the world of ballet and it would be an honour to have a positive reception here.
How has the audience responded to Rodin?
Entertainment is very different today, the focus is on television and the internet. With my ballet, the audience is interacting emotionally which cannot be replaced. 

Could you describe Rodin in your own words?
Rodin is based on a passionate love affair between Rodin and his muse Camille Claude who tragically spent 30 years in a mental intuition following their break up. The ballet explores the story behind his famous masterpieces, the passion and creative relationship between artist and muse. 

Could you describe Anna Karenina in your own words?
Anna Karenina is a well-known story of lust, love and passion. I wanted to offer a different interpretation; my goal was to show the destructive, emotional side of the story rather than recreating visuals. It’s the story of a woman who was dependant on her sexual life; she had no balance between her family and lover. The ballet is focused on her emotional and physical destruction. 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Kate Moss for Topshop 2014

After a three year hiatus from her design gig at Topshop, Kate Moss is back with a bang. The collection combines influences from Kate's wardrobe as well as gorgeous seventies-inspired pieces. Featuring pretty embroidered smock tops and Aztec print dresses as well as high octane flapper dresses and soft suede pieces, the collection is unashamedly Kate and her best collection yet. Here are my favourite pieces:


Sunday, 16 February 2014

London Fashion Week: Sister by Sibling AW14

I feel like I need to caveat this post by confessing that I love Sibling and Sister by Sibling, the two coolest knitwear brands by a country mile. Sid, Joe and Cozette have created two very, very special labels and I absolutely adore every Sister by Sibling piece I own. So it's no surprise that I loved the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. Deconstructing classic knitwear elements, the collection features Peter Pan collars, Fairisle knits and crochet pieces with signature Sibling wit and sparkle. Crochet, fringed shawls have never been so chic. The deconstructed cobweb knits were a highlight, though one of the models did have a little difficulty walking in heels which kept getting caught in the train of her dress, cue temper tantrum and shoes being thrown off. Props to the final model who persevered and made it intact, to applause. Great collection, despite potentially being unable to walk in it, I need the final dress in my life.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

London Fashion Week: John Rocha AW14

Inspired by dark Icelandic skies, John Rocha's collection featured a moody colour palette of charcoal grey, black and moss green. Signature crochet was complemented with the oversize fluffy ruffley layers that I've enjoyed for the last few seasons, bringing a softness and romance to what could have been a stark collection. Bold cherry red punctuated the predominantly dark collection creating upbeat flashes. The red ruffle dress complete with matching head piece wowed the crowd, who were completely mesmerized. John Rocha introduced new winter florals  that truly captivated the fashion crowd.


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