Savage Beauty

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One of the most inspiring and impressive fashion exhibitions I have been to is The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. I didn’t think I’d see an equally or even better exhibition any time soon, but then I went to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty in the Victoria & Albert museum. Wow. Just wow. I literally walked around with my mouth open, staring in awe at all the amazing designs. This wasn’t just an exhibition it was more of an 4D experience where you find yourself going through different worlds that arose from McQueen’s wondrous imagination.

Each room was decorated in a different way and music was played which fitted the atmosphere and theme of every room. The exhibition starts off rather calmly with the focus on the designs and McQueen’s early life.

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Then you find yourself in a magnificent and at the same time eerie room where the collection “Romantic Gothic” is displayed. The pieces are dark and romantic, and very expressive which in a way made it seem like they were inhabited by a presence. I must say, quite a lot of McQueen’s pieces gave me the feeling they were alive in some way, which in some ways made this exhibition similar to a haunted house.

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The next room, a cave made out of bones, featured a collection of “Romantic Primitivism” with pieces inspired by tribes and animals. This forms a sharp contrast with “Romantic Nationalism”. A collection inspired by Scotland and royalty. The pieces seem to be set in a way to simulate a gathering at court. With Scottish royals dressed in the MacQueen tartan on the one side and another royal family (maybe the English?) on the other side.

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One of my favourite displays was the “Cabinet of Curiosities”. A gigantic room consisting of cabinets filled with accessories in various of the designer’s shows. In this room it becomes apparent that McQueen was inspired by different cultures and species and he used all sorts of material for his designs, from wood to diamonds to feathers to shells. Many of his creations are so ingenious and incredibly beautiful, but a lot of them are disturbing and frightening as well. The designer himself once said: “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” Well, he definitely succeeded. Even without anyone wearing his clothes, they take up a presence in the room.

It’s fascinating to see that in all of these completely different collections McQueen incorporated elements of nature. In some of them, “Romantic Primitivism” and “Romantic Naturalism”, this is quite obvious because the designer used animal hair and flowers. In others natural elements are blended in in a very subtle way. “Plato’s Atlantis” for example, at first sight seems to be a futuristic space collection based on extraterrestrial life, but is in fact inspired by Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

All in all, this exhibition is a must see! Not just for the fashion lover, but for anyone who would like to be baffled and have a look inside the mind of a creative genius.

You can see the exhibition in the Victoria & Albert museum until the 2nd of August.

 

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This is what a feminist looks like

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As I mentioned in my previous post, Whistles and Elle UK have launched a line of apparel with the slogan “This is what a feminist looks like” of which all profit goes to The Fawcett Society. Fawcett is the UK’s leading charity for women’s equality and rights. It was founded in 1866 when Millicent Fawcett started her successful parliamentary campaign for the women’s vote. Since then, the society has continued to keep women’s rights in the public eye.

Elle UK and Whistles have partnered up with Fawcett to get people talking and thinking about feminism. Moreover, they have asked well known people, such as Emma Watson, Douglas Booth, Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman, Christopher Kane, and Alexa Chung, to show their support of feminism by wearing the clothing.

Of course I had to get an item with the slogan myself. I got this fantastic denim blue sweater and it is definitely my favourite item in my closet right now. Not only is it warm and comfy, but it can be worn with practically anything which makes it the perfect statement item.

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Wearing: Whistles sweater/ Zara skirt/ Moda in Pelle ankle boots

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Leopard Loafers

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As a child I always thought animal print looked kind of trashy. Which is interesting considering the fact that in the past it used to be only worn by kings and queens because they were the only ones who could afford it. Of course, nowadays it’s not done to wear real fur and almost everything with animal print is made of fake fur, and thus, also made affordable for everyone. I think the reason why I didn’t really like animal print as a child, is because most people who wore it looked like Cruella the Vil from the 101 Dalmatians.

But this season animal printed clothes and accessoires are very stylish and subtle. As you can see in, for example, the fall 2014 campaign from Longchamp starring Alexa Chung.

Personally, I’ve fallen in love with leopard print shoes. I’ve seen them in a lot of different varieties from several brands and finally found the perfect pair of leopard print loafers at Dune.

I like wearing them with a very simple outfit, just like this one in the photos, to put the focus on them. They really add a little extra to an outfit that would normally be a bit plain. Leopard also goes really well with the shade of the season, burgundy. And I happen to have a lot of items in that colour at the moment.

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Wearing: Dune London loafers/ Zara ripped jeans and knitted sweater/ Hat from Bricklane market/ Furla Piper Satchel

I hope the weather in London will stay dry, so I can enjoy my new shoes to the max 🙂

London Street Style Inspiration | LFW SS15

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Tomorrow London Fashion Weekend starts and since I’m going there on Saturday, I thought it would be a good idea to visit Somerset house during London Fashion Week to get some inspiration for what to wear. It was my first time ever to go a Fashion Week location and I must say it was quite an intersting experience. It’s really cool to see all the original outfits people are wearing. Some looked quite uncomfortable and were more like pieces of art than clothing, while others were surprising but still wearable at the same time. As you can see in the pictures below most women wore skirts, so that’s probably what I’m going to do as well. But what I learned in general is that anything goes, your outfit can be extravergant or basic, classy or sporty, whatever you like. Here is a selection of my favourite street style looks I spotted myself and some that were spotted by others:

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Top six photos by me, others from http://instagram.com/nytimesfashion.

Viktor & Rolf

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Being a Dutchie I might be a bit biased when saying that Viktor & Rolf are fantastic designers, but they really just are. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren both studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ in Arnhem, after which they went to Paris and set up their own fashion house in 1993. Since then they have created numerous spectacular collections.

I think my favourite show is still their Spring 2010 show, in which the designer duo used a lot of tulle and literally cut holes in some of the ball gowns inspired by the fact that the credit crunch made everyone cut back at the time. And what I especially liked, is how they let variations on these designs return in their collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet for the show Dutch Doubles in spring earlier this year.

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Dutch Doubles was not the first time that Viktor & Rolf worked together with the Dutch National Ballet. For their Spring 2014 couture show, at the end of which they launched their new perfume ‘bonbon’, they used dancers of the Dutch company as models for their collection.

I feel like V&R never cease to surprise their audience, which they definitely did with their latest Fall 2014 collection for which they made dresses not necessarily for (the), but from red carpet. All pieces were made of red fabric which the designers folded, knotted and tied into fabulous dresses. Some decorated with voluminous bows, others with hand crafted animal print.

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