COAD Loves i-D Magazine’s A to Z Guide of WINK

i-D Magazine’s A to Z Guide of WINK…

If you’ve seen i-D Magazine’s  A to Z Guide of WINK….

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Being witness to the works of creative genius and talent is always an extraordinary moment. It’s like hearing our favourite X-Factor contender sing for the first time, then seeing the camera pan around to confirm that the nation feels exactly the same as we do, because not only is the entire audience on their feet and teary eyed, but as are Gary, Nicole, Louis and Sharon. It’s that moment when you know you’ve stumbled upon something brilliant.

Within a few very short seconds we get that familiar chill, followed by the goosebumps that raise the hairs on our arms. Then we grow warm with pleasure, we start to feel ourselves glow. A sensation of electricity confirms we’re still so alive and that inward smile beams outwards. We feel proud that the human race, our being, is capable of such a feat. We feel perplexed by the creator’s genius or talent and we momentarily wish we could be part of that genius, own that talent, have conceived that idea.

…If you’re a creative and you’ve seen i- D Magazine’s A to Z Guide of WINK you’ll know exactly what I mean – if you haven’t seen it, feast your eyes on director Jérémie Rozan and fashion director Charlotte Stockdale’s genius.

It’s like witnessing a a cocktail of creativity, featuring amazing fashion pieces from the world’s greatest fashion designers, twenty six words and phrases written in carefully selected type fonts, each word closely linked to its letter in the alphabet; C for Chic, how chic is that Celine coat and how clever is that link? Or Georgia May Jagger, representative of the letter E, so expertly expressing herself in that famous Elizabeth Hurley dress.

And amidst all that word play and the creativity, the models are thrown into the mix. Miranda Kerr donning not much more than a pair of Chanel nipple covers, Joan Smalls looking very old school glamour and of course Cara Delevigne, the grand finale, the piece de resistance. Unveiling herself from beneath the confines of a Bape hoodie, how much justice does Cara do for friend Pharrell’s Bathing Ape clothing line? Indeed, she is the piece de resistance and you will rewind and playback so you can watch her a few times and maybe even consider rocking that eye make up.

It was all of this creative genius, these two minutes and twenty two seconds, these twenty four models, Rick Owens and J W Anderson that inspired me to write this post today and that will inspire a change at COAD!

I’m excited to try something new…

Watch this space!

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

Model ABC Words Wears
Carolyn A Ask Me wears all clothing Jean Paul Gaultier spring/summer 10.
Miranda B Babewatch wears visor and bikini Chanel spring/summer 96. Earring Delfina Delettrez.
Sam C Chic Céline autumn/winter 13.
Xiao Wen D DIY in ID Font wears make-up Chanel.
Georgia E Express Yourself wears dress Versace spring/summer 94. Bracelet Chanel vintage. Ruler Coco de Mer.
Chiharu F Flash  wears cape Dior autumn/winter 13. Dress Fendi autumn/winter 13. Earring Delfina Delettrez.
Joan G Girl Power wears all clothing Balenciaga resort 14.
Malgosia H Heroes wears all clothing Ashish autumn/winter 13.
Lara I Icon wears all clothing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci autumn/winter 13.
Anna J Just Do It  wears Nike.
Lily K Killer wears jumpsuit Rokit Vintage. Earring Prada.
Grace L Let’s Dance wears gloves Alexander Wang. Shorts T by Alexander Wang spring/summer 14.
Lindsey M MAD wears all clothing Christopher Kane spring/summer 14.
Natalia N Number 1 wears all clothing Alexander McQueen autumn/winter 13.
Liya O Original  wears dress Louis Vuitton spring/summer 13. Helmet Ruby.
Hollie-May and Ondria P pretty Young Things  wear dresses Christopher Kane Resort 14. Cuffs Dior autumn/winter 13.
Ashleigh Q Quick wears all clothing Fendi Resort 14.
Amanda R Rebel wears dress vintage. Necklace Prada autumn/winter 13.
Nadja S She’s Electric wears Maiko Takeda 13.
Jamie T Tear it Up wears all clothing Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane autumn/winter 13.
Sasha U Up wears dress Valentino autumn/winter 13.
Rick V Visionairy wears all clothing Rick Owens.
Isabeli W Wet N Wild wears all clothing Neon.
Binx X  

XTRA HARD

 

wears all clothing Miu Miu autumn/winter 13.
J.W. Anderson Y  You’re Gorgeous Joséphine and Malaika wear all clothing J.W. Anderson spring/summer 14.
Cara Z Zip wears hoodie BAPE. Necklace Rodarte autumn/winter 13.

 

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

An Ode to the Givenchy Bambi Sweatshirt?

Charms of a Dandizette takes a look at what the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt says about its wearer…

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The sweatshirt gained its advancement from gym garb to key wardrobe piece in 2011, emerging as a simple grey sweatshirt. In 2012 the sweatshirt was still trending, however it became bolder and braver, establishing itself as a refined and investment worthy piece of vesture, hence the Kenzo Tiger sweatshirt. Everyone that was anyone was either coveting this tiger headed sweatshirt or were pounding the fashion week pavements adorned in said sweatshirt with the bold Kenzo letters emblazoned across their chests.  Now the world is coveting the Givenchy neoprene Bambi print sweatshirt. The ‘It’ sweatshirt of the moment, with a price tag of £750, worn by the likes of Beyonce, Milan street style queen Anna Dello Russo and Lilly Collins. You know you’re a member of the privileged fashion community if you already own or personally know anyone that owns the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt, the t-shirt, the tote or the clutch.

As fashion’s only promise is change, it could not have been predicted that the sweatshirt would remain so a la mode three winters in a row and wrack up such an expense (for a sweatshirt?). However, to remain as coveted as it is, it was only expected that the sweatshirt had to be changed up a little, evolve and push the boundaries. Of course stranger things have happened, but I am pretty confident in saying that nobody ever expected to be on the waiting list for any fashion item that concerned Bambi, let alone a sweatshirt. Having said that, Ricardo Tisci’s idea to place the adorable Disney character on the front of t-shirts, sweatshirts and even handbags was clearly a phenomenon we didn’t know we were all waiting for. The likes of Matches, Selfridges and Net – a – Porter could barely hold on to the ‘It’ sweatshirt – in fact retailers across London have all sold out of the wistful and warm Givenchy item.

Funny that, isn’t it? That this wistful and warm sweatshirt, ultimately as sexy as a Disney film, has within seconds become the wardrobe piece of the season. Who’d of thought we’d want to wear Bambi printed garb? Admittedly we’re accustomed to seeing Disney icon Mickey Mouse printed on t-shirts and sweatshirts every now and then, usually of the vintage nature. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty bold move in itself. No matter how respected the Walt Disney company might be, most wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing garments with Walt Disney’s anthropomorphic mouse friend printed on them.

Mickey Mouse ultimately acts as an emblem for the Disney company, a company with such a strong sense of branding that it can overpower any outfit and communicate messages we might not be prepared to express via our clothes. Disney is magical, whimsical, a little childish,  appeals too easily to the masses  and therefore  isn’t necessarily considered high culture or high fashion. We want our clothes to say that we’re stylish, socially and fashionably aware, sexy, serious, individual or confident. So what are we communicating when we wear Walt Disney’s Bambi on our clothes?

Let’s be truly honest, we’re not wearing Bambi on any old piece of clothing here, are we? Wearing a Bambi sweatshirt from the Disney Store communicates something very different to wearing thee ‘Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt’. Of course the Bambi print on this garment evokes a sentiment, a sense of nostalgia, memories of our childhood and a cause to recall this sad Disney tale, but this is all an after thought. First and foremost this sweatshirt is Givenchy and its wearer will wear it for no other reason than that it is Givenchy, it’s fashion and most significantly because this item is totally and utterly frivolous – Anna Dello Russo wearing this garment is evidence to this. Only those that can afford to be totally frivolous with their money would pay £750 for a sweatshirt with a Disney character printed on it, the Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt, that will be just as recognisable ‘as so last season’ next season as quickly as it has been recognised as the ‘It’ sweater of this season.

As I have demonstrated, this sweatshirt fascinates me and peoples reactions to it has fascinated me just as much. I don’t get it – why Bambi? Would I wear this sweatshirt? Do I even really like this sweatshirt? The truth of the matter is I love the concept, probably moreso than I actually like the sweatshirt. I love how creative and unpredictable the design is and I like the fact that I find it so thought provoking – so I suppose fashion is art, then? And for all those reasons I do like this sweatshirt. Having said that, I gave up on conspicuous consumption after my Chloe Paddington bag was no longer deemed the ‘It’ bag and wearing the ‘It’ sweatshirt says exactly the same thing the ‘It’ bag does, ‘Look at me, I’m part of that club. I can afford to spend ridiculous amounts of money on fashion because I’m privileged.’ Do I want my clothes to say that about me? It’s just as crass as the nineties logo mania, but it’s also just as fashionable as Anna Dello Russo.

I sit somewhere between the two – I like fashion for its language, it’s power and it’s beauty and for these very reasons I enjoy dressing and like to look as though I enjoy dressing. If my wearing the ‘Givenchy Bambi Sweatshirt’ secures my fashion savoire faire then I’m all for it. And of course I want to be part of ‘that’ club. I’m just as aspirational as the next person and my dress also communicates that too.

 

The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt

The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt

The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt

The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt

The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt

The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt

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An Ode to Anna Dello Russo – The Queen of Street Style

An Ode to Anna Dello Russo – The Queen of Street Style

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So, we are in the midst of Milan Fashion week! And whilst the fashionites, like Anna Dello Russo and BFF and fashion partner in crime Giovanna Battaglia flit around the Milan attending runway shows to seek out the emerging trends for spring/ summer 2014 – Anna Dello Russo wowing street style fashion photographers with her ever so ‘a la mode’ ensembles, the rest of us are still trying to style our way into winter 2013/14.

For the fashion concerned functional girl or guy about town, the change of the season leaves us hanging momentarily in style limbo. The pages of Vogue are covered in winter coats and boots and all things in deep and dark hues – too soon to be worn just yet, models strut the runway adorned in floatier, lighter, brighter materials for the summer season, whilst we are left pounding the pavements in a combination of last year’s winter wardrobe and this year’s summer trends – still trying to figure out where we stand in all of this – or at least how to be best dressed!

When building that new turn of the season wardrobe, the place to start are the streets of Fashion Month; these streets are the perfect fashion edit, manipulated, streamlined and styled for the individual, even for the weather of  said day, if not the season. And, if like me, your day job doesn’t allow for you to hang around the streets of whatever fashion venue it might be, waiting to spot the carefully selected ensembles of your favourite street style icons, then Tommy Ton and social media are your saviour!

Now, I am not championing Anna Dello Russo as my favourite street style icon, but I admire her dedication to fashion. She means to street style fashion what Jay Z and Beyonce mean to music – everyone (in the fashion sense of the word) knows what ADR’s wearing, and ultimately everyone (fashion again) should care, even if not particularly keen on her style.

She is the perfect point of reference, because she is the perfect indication of exactly what fashion is. She’s limitless, she’s unpredictable and she will wear ANYTHING – even from the Gucci menswear collection. My style might be sleek, sharp lines with a touch of sport luxe, Anna’s style is fashion. That’s it! Therefore you can trust that whatever Anna Dello Russo is wearing is sizzling hot right now. And if it’s that hot then it can’t be a bad place to begin navigating the trends for the coming season!

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Want to manifest fashion? Take a look at Anna Dello Russo’s ‘Now Manifest’ blog!

Be charmed, stay inspired! x