New York cool Rag & Bone sets the bar high this spring with their smoking hot Arrow pant and Windsor jacket. The silhouette is straight, skinny and cropped with chic tailoring and extra details such as a turned up collar option with white underneath.
Click below to watch London’s newest Spring 2016 trends including looks by Iro, Paige, Velvet, Alpha Moment, Vivienne Westwood and more!
This segment marks my 50th styling segment on The Chrissy B Show, and I had the pleasure of having my style icon on the show with me, my mother!
This week on The Chrissy B Show I outline major fashion trends hitting down in London’s high street stores this Spring/Summer season, including the newest from designer’s like Vivienne Westwood, Iro, Ganni, Essentiel and more!
Special thank you to Question-Air for supplying all the garments.
English master designer and couturer John Galliano was the final talk in a two day fashion loaded Vogue Festival held in London. Galliano finally sat down with Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman (she had asked him last year to be a guest to which he declined) to talk about all things fashion, creativity, and of course his newest position as creative director for Maison Martin Margiela.
Galliano was soft-spoken, relaxed and at ease with the crowd. He opened the talk reminiscing about the days at Central Saint Martins where he first attended in 1983 to complete a foundation degree. He seemed to enjoy the fact that courses then were less compartmentalised than they are now, allowing Galliano to try his hand at many different things before settling on design such as film, painting and graphic design. Galliano’s love of design first came from his love of fashion illustration.
“I worked in quite an organic way.” John said with smiling eyes and his long blond hair pulled back into a sleek ponytail. “I still like to work from a narrative.” Explaining how he starts the creative process, Galliano starts with a few silhouette lines drawn on paper and continues on to a real-life mannequin with draping fabric, and then goes back to drawing. Sometimes he plays different kinds of music, depending on his mood.
The talk continued to be very interactive and intimate as John stood up with Alexandra and talked about his different creations from his first Margiela show. The crowd responded with audible gasps as John revealed some “secrets” of his design, such as the man’s red coat used to make the skirt of one of his one-off creations, a red wedding dress with a collection of 30’s and 40’s jewellery and random objects Galliano had collected during his 4 year hiatus from fashion. “It was my intention to present this as my kind of embroidery.”
“I wanted to know what it felt like to wear Margiela today” Playing with the idea of lining, he was inspired and showed the crowd a slip dress piece from the ready-to-wear collection inspired from his couture collection. “The slip dress or top can be worn and the jacket just thrown back, yet still attached, I hope to have gotten people thinking….” When questioned to his choice of using the colour red, John described it as “a shaft of light” and pointed out another intentional use of design in a 18th century cuff effect that was achieved by the person wearing the coat to put their hand through the slit in the jacket.
Coming to the white mannequin in the centre, John describes how the piece was actually a toile that he wanted to show as a “frozen moment of creation” in the creative process.
“I love making a women look beautiful. That’s my goal.” When asked how working with Kate Moss with design her wedding dress was, John lit up “It was a magical experience. It was all done undercover and in secret for the most part…or we tried to be anyway, especially in the beginning”
Schulman then addressed some questions from the crowd, including what qualities does John think a young aspiring designer should have and the types of people Galliano would hire to work in his atelier. Galliano described how he loves working with clients, alongside his workers of the atelier, some of which joined him from Christian Dior and his own brand John Galliano from over 20 years ago. “It was a lovely family reunion” John said, smiling brightly.
“Passion. Strong belief in yourself. Surround yourself with strong people, especially at the beginning of your career.”
“As for hiring people, its an energy….a feeling I get. Someone who looks me in the eye. The team is small and tight and I’m happy with that”
In 1947, Christian Dior revealed to the world a “New Look” consisting of full skirted silhouettes reminiscent of the Victorian era. 1950’s fashion was to become an era in which women would finally be able to express their individual identity.
The look included using an extravagant amount of fabric, calf length hems and tiny accentuated waists. This look was very different in mentality to 1940’s fashion, where clothing was rationed, recycled, and repaired until the garments could no longer be worn.
Floral designs such as flowers were common and coloured buttons, belts and shoes accentuated the dresses.
Hairstyles carried forward the Victorian rolls from the 1940’s and signature makeup included red lips, a subtle cateye flick and penciled in beauty marks.
On The Chrissy B Show I talk about the relevance of this silhouette in 2015, and highlight a London designer “Mrs Pomeranz” who takes 1950’s silhouettes and makes her own contemporary designs from them.
Note the fitted bodice with short sleeves, boat neck at the front and low button up back. The full, gently pleated skirt has side pockets and a net frill, which imitates a petticoat.
I’m wearing the “Waverley” dress with a removable Peter Pan collar. It also comes with a second option for collar in pure white. The combinations of Peter Pan collar and full calf length skirt made the dress quite unique looking, mixing 1950’s with early 1900’s details all designed together for a contemporary style.
Make-up artist Maegan is wearing a made-to-measure special design skirt in white with floral patterns for spring. This type of skirt looks great styled with a racerback vest tucked in and a short cardigan as pictured here.
The 1970’s were heavily influenced by the 1960’s (see 1960’s style here) and so garments, especially in the early 70’s saw many trends carry over from the last decade such as fringe, headbands and miniskirts.
Chrissy is wearing Diane von Furstenberg, a premium American fashion designer known for her iconic 1970’s silhouettes reworked into modern collections. DVF is an absolute master in cutting the perfect dress, trouser or jumpsuit.
A centre draping detail and feminine v-neck give the dress slimming qualities for all figures. 1970’s royal blue polyester metallic fabric turn Chrissy into a modern day Disco Diva.
I’ve paired the dress with snakeskin print heels in two of the 1970’s most iconic colours, blue and green .
I’m wearing a mixture of 2015 pieces. I resonate with Cher‘s 1970 style, and drew my inspiration from her.
A rock and roll fringe jacket is paired with a slight flared bootcut jean, platforms, and a Current Elliot vintage print muscle tee.
Paired with metallic stilettos by Sam Edelman, this outfit is a perfect example of what became known as the “midi” skirt in the mid-1970’s when the mini became less prominent. The 1970’s are known for their longer silhouettes.
Hair was inspired by both Cher and Farrah Fawcett, two very prominent figures in pop culture of the 1970’s.
For Wednesday’s show this week I’ve styled Chrissy B in the newest cashmere “cocoon” jumper by Duffy, Mother dark denim straight leg jeans and snake print stilettos by Sam Edeman.