In light of global politics I decided to create a research project on the city in which I live in, Brighton - that's right not London anymore! A city full of rawness and ruggedness. I initially started cutting out the words found in the documentary photos of the litter to build up a story. The story ended up created very random ominous messages, such as ‘Christ says don’t kill free’. I thought these slogans reflected the nature of the city very well, considering the natural element of the city seemed t0 be disappearing in the place of capitalist consumerism. Thus, I thought I would create a haphazard story of the city, reflecting the haphazard mess of the city. I created a zine exploring the capitalist mess, in which we live in.
Upon completing the last project, I have become obsessed with the idea of creating new subcultures. Inspired by Brutalist architecture, I created a 'brutesque' subculture (still working on the name!) combining the punk aesthetics associated with the 70's. The reason, for choosing the 70's was the inspiration of the Barbican, which was in full function as a housing estate by that time. I thought it would be interesting to try promote and rebrand brutalist architecture to someone in the 70's, who would have associated with inner city decay and crime, such as in the case of Trellick Tower. Siouxsie Sioux became one of the 'faces' I chose to represent the subculture, being an admired Punk descendant artist, who could perhaps promote the buildings as almost punk communes.
Thus, I experimented with clashing subcultures, focusing on Dolly Kei and Straight Edgers to create a new genderless look - creating a Dolly Kei fairytale aesthetic juxtaposed on the male Straight Edger form. The concept of Straight Edger rejection was combined with the playful dreamlike qualities of Dolly Kei, to create a new subculture 'Molly', rejecting adolescence to live in their own fairytale world.
The next post will feature the zine I also created inspired from the concept, with other posts to look forward to inspired by the current Russian rebels.
Jacket- Zara, Choker- Mum, Necklace-Primark, jumper- Zara, Skirt- River Island, Shoes- Topshop
For about 2 years now I have been obsessed by the lather and PVC trend, coming from a strong gothic heritage. Whether it's Gareth Pugh or even Rick Owens both inevitably featured leather being synonymous with the 'darker' side of fashion. Even designers like McQueen portrayed Elizabethan S&M inspired garments. It is no surprise, my PVC skirt has become my favourite winter garment, being easy to accessorise and adapt. Plus with the 90's luvin' still continuing, check out my newly purchased PVC Buffalo boots - a perfect reflection of teen angst girl power!!
p.s I have been working on my own zine, here's a little unedited teaser pic;
I'm away currently on a 3 week long tropical exploration- from Dubai to Malaysia to Thailand. The sunshine having radiated into my (of course) strong sensibility, has meant I feel as if I'm living The Beach or perhaps any other flower power lifestyle. Indeed, the 70's have been calling me, as has Call Girl. Mickael Marcimain’s new 2013 70's drama, however it is not all flowers, peace and love. It is tense, gritty and based on a true story over Sweden's underage prostitution scandal. Perhaps, its a reflection of the hazed over romance of today, with still a strong class divide in Sweden. Less literally, everything is getting a bit grittier at this time of the year with summer coming to an end and the AW13 Punk trends coming through. However, the filmography has the delights and awe of a 70's disco. (I'll be home on Sunday so expect lots of also pretty tropical updates- if you want to see up to date commentry check out my Instagram).
Headpiece- Primark and vintage, Dress- M&S, Lace overall- Vintage
With the Asian trend for SS13 going to Morroco seemed to fit in well. Even though it is actually in Africa, its aesthetic appears as a less saturated version of Oreiental visuals- along with the similar blasting heat. I took on this correlation, by creating a softer version of Asian aesthetics with floaty fabrics, however still layered as seen with the Prada SS13 collection. However, pop-culture always a dominant role. Lana Del Rey yet again is one of the summer anthems, so taking inspiration from the album cover I couldn't help wear a floral head garland, which too feature in t raditional Asian designs.
Tunic- Primark, Boots- Thrift store, Glasses- Primark, Hat- Tesco
However, back to the usual outfit babble. Without the blogging I've still kept on top of the must read Style Bubble, the mandatory Vogue and instincitve trips to Brick Lane, the V& A, etc (and it also seems, being pretentious). The outfit has been inspired by the 1960's monochrome trend, partly because of impossible desire to be like Pauline Stone and Bridget Bardot. combined with a bit of sports luxe, as seen in the SS13 collections from Jil Sander to Alexander Wang to Marc Jacobs. I am currently a sucker for all things mesh, and black & white (as you will see in the next post).
As for now it's a hello from me, and not goodbye just yet.
top- Vintage, hair clips and earrings- primark, shorts-Topshop, shoes- Office, Jacket- Adidas, necklace and socks-?
We all like a bargain, and some of us will go extra lengths to search for that feel good item. This meant a 1 hour and a half journey in stiletto court shoes- and for all those into gory details, my heels are still bleeding and shoes are currently blood stained. This resulted in a much needed but desired buy- jelly shoes! They were only £24 from Office, and one in such a condition could not resist.
After the agony was treated by the notorious medication of retail therapy, my friend Amy and I trekked to the Vintage Kilo sale; which was held in the also notorious 'up and coming' Hackney. A kilo of any selection of garments costing only £15. I bought £10's worth and outfit posts are to come. The bargain hunts are to continue with a car boot sale tomorrow- it's a treasure chest for us vintage lovers, whether it be kitsch or not!
So you won't have to hunt for posts anymore with lots of fashion orientated events coming up (and finally being FREE of exams).
sunglasses-Primark,skirt-Primark, top-topshop, shoes-new look.
The 50's have always been such an iconic and fashionable decade- and especially in the summer. Think of all the lovely swimsuits, quaffed hair and cat eye sunglasses. It's one of those decades where one can feel classy, yet a little bit fun and flirty. Just think of the likes of Anne Baxter to the notorious Marilyn Monroe. For summer I always tend to dress how I feel with reference to pop- culture, rather than trend by trend- though taking into account of the colour palette and fabrics of the season.
You may have noticed the bindi. I've been wearing bindis over the past month, however one thing that I am constantly puzzled by is some people's ignorance to them and fashion. I do understand that some do view them as religious. Though, when Gwen Stefani and the Chanel pre-fall 2012 collection featured them, no one made a loud compliance. Fashion constantly uses religious iconography, sometimes it may just be aesthetically pleasing, though some do dress with symbolism. It may sound pretentious, but after all that's what Chanel did. The collection was meant to highlight the divide between the rich west and the poorer manufacturing side to our rich indulgences; this being in India. So in a way fashion does use symbolism in dressing, just like religion.