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Rag & Bone…Le Smoking!

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.

Rag & Bone’s Windsor jacket is a great investment piece for Spring 2016. Loving the turned up collar with white detailing.

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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!

My mother in monochrome jacket by Iro, show host Chrissy B in Velvet top and Paige jeans.

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Maegan’s Make-up

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 March 9, 2016, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

Spring/Summer 2016 featuring new Vivienne Westwood SS16

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!

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Special thank you to Question-Air for supplying all the garments.

Thanks for watching!

See you next week,

Cynthia

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In love with Vivienne Westwood’s latest ‘Punk Monroe’ dress…it’s on my “must have” list for Spring/Summer 2016. So fab!

 

 

John Galliano: Master of Couture at Vogue Festival London

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Day 2 closing talk at London’s Vogue Festial
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.

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Some pieces from Galliano’s latest Mason Martin Margiela’s Haute Couture Show 2015
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.

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Galliano explains to Schulman and crowd his creative process
“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.

Galliano revealed the skirt portion of this piece is actually part of a man's jacket
Galliano revealed the skirt portion of this piece is actually part of a man’s jacket
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.”

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John Galliano’s “embroidery” consisting of items collected from his 4 year hiatus from the fashion industry

The creative "marriage" of John Galliano with Mason Martin Margiela - as expressed with items Galliano collected
The creative “marriage” of John Galliano with Mason Martin Margiela – as expressed with items Galliano collected
“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.

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Sleeve can be placed into slit on side of jacket to simulate an 18th century cuff
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.

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“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”

John mentioned how he is grateful for his friend Kate Moss sticking by him
John mentioned how he is grateful for his friend Kate Moss sticking by him
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.

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“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”

by Cynthia Gregoire

 

 

‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ inspired by 1950’s fashion

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.

Dior's first 'New Look' collection, 12th February 1947
Dior’s first ‘New Look’ collection, 12th February 1947

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.

'The Bar Suit' 1947, worn by Dior's house model, Renee Breton 1947
‘The Bar Suit’ 1947, worn by Dior’s house model, Renee Breton 1947

Floral designs such as flowers were common and coloured buttons, belts and shoes accentuated the dresses.

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A catalogue page from the 1950’s.

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.

‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ was the look to attain and fashion idols of the decade included English and American film actresses such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.

Grace Kelly, 1955
Grace Kelly, 1955.
Audrey Hepburn, 1954.
Audrey Hepburn, 1954.
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Elizabeth Taylor, 1950’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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1950’s Fashion and Make-up discussed on The Chrissy B Show

 

All dresses by Mrs. Pomeranz
All dresses by Mrs. Pomeranz

Chrissy is wearing the “Hannah” Brocade Cocktail Dress, made of beautiful Italian linen brocade fabric with a vibrant blue rose print.

Host Chrissy B wearing the Hannah Brocade Cocktail Dress by Mrs. Pomeranz
Host Chrissy B wearing the Hannah Brocade Cocktail Dress by Mrs. Pomeranz

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.

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The Mod Journalist Cynthia Liza wearing the Waverley dress

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.

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Make-up artist Maegan wearing a skirt by Mrs. Pomeranz

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Maegan’s Make-up

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 February 16, 2015, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

 

1970’s are 2015’s hottest trends

This weeks styling for The Chrissy B Show featured 1970’s fashion inspired by three iconic 1970’s actresses and artists, CherFarrah Fawcett, and Brigitte Bardot.

Farrah Fawcett and Cher from the television program The Sonny and Cher Show.
Farrah Fawcett and Cher from the television program The Sonny and Cher Show.
French actress and model Brigitte Bardot in 1970's fashion
French actress and model Brigitte Bardot in 1970’s fashion

The 1970’s will be a heavy influence on fashion trends for the upcoming year, and the question becomes, “How much do I borrow from history and add/integrate into my 2015 wardrobe?”

1970’s Fashion both vintage and reinterpreted for 2015

Here are the “key trends” from the 1970’s:

  • polyester
  • psychedelic patterns
  • bell-bottomed trousers
  • disco, glitter, metallics
  • pointed collars
  • bright colours
  • angel/bell/flared sleeves
  • flowy dresses (long and short)
  • the “midi” skirt
  • longer silhouettes for dresses

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.

Host Chrissy B rocking DVF

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.

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Sam Edelman’s newest high heel collection

 

I’ve paired the dress with snakeskin print heels in two of the 1970’s most iconic colours, blue and green .

 

Source: Wikimedia
Source: Wikimedia
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Bohemian style was a prominent look of the 1970’s

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.

Make-up artist Maegan as 1970 disco diva

Maegan is channelling 1970’s disco diva with her Farrah Fawcett inspired hair and glitter outfit by Essentiel.

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.

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Channeling Cher and Farrah Fawcett

 

 
Chrissy B wearing Spring 2015’s newest looks

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.

 

 

 

 

Make up: Maegan’s Make-up

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky 203‘s ‘The Chrissy B Show‘ Monday 2 February at 10pm, London.

by Cynthia Gregoire

1960’s Vintage, Vivienne Westwood and Roland Mouret

This weeks styling for The Chrissy B Show featured looks by
designer’s John Charles of London, Vivienne Westwood, and Roland Mouret.

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Host Chrissy B looking fabulous in Vivienne Westwood

Chrissy is wearing an Anglomania Vivienne Westwood dress.  The dress especially flatters Chrissy’s figure due to the details of the garment.

An off-the-shoulder neckline showcases a women’s delicate collarbone and the fuller skirt in dark green-gold metallic fabric highlights a tiny waistline.

 

 

Stylist Cynthia Liza wearing John Charles of London vintage, probably 1967-1972 collection.

I’m wearing a beautiful vintage piece by John Charles of London.

I don’t have an exact year for this dress but I speculate it’s anywhere around 1968-1972.

The pale green colour mixed with lace hemline, waistline, neckline and cuffs gives a ‘goddess’ type look to the gown.

Sheer arm panelling and the longer silhouettes are signature of this time periodic fashion history.

Make-up Artist Maegan wearing Roland Mouret

 

Maegan is wearing a sample dress by Roland Mouret.

Off the shoulder and asymmetrically draped to one side, this dress has a Grecian look to it.

 

 

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Gregoire Sisters Cynthia and Maegan

 

Host Chrissy B office casual in Italian designer MSGM blouse.

 

 

 

For Wednesday’s show this week I’ve styled Chrissy B in a digital pixelated rose blouse by MSGM, mid-rise skinny midnight blue-black jeans by Frame Denim and black stilettos.

 

 

Make up: Maegan’s Make-up

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky 203‘s ‘The Chrissy B Show‘ Monday 26 January at 10pm, London.

by Cynthia Gregoire

Video: New Year’s party clothing with MSGM, DVF, Paige & Essentiel

This week on Sky 203’s The Chrissy B Show New Year’s party styles were explored including garments by designer’s like MSGMDiane von FurstenbergPaigeSam EdelmanEssentiel and more.

Click the video below to view the segment:

For an in-depth read of the styling for this week click here.

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Sara Argy

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 December 26, 2014, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire