30 June, 2015

#News: June

Following Fashion Philosophy's first News article from last month, Tskenya-Sarah Fraser once again prepared a report of the biggest and most exciting news, this time from the month of June.

UK News

>> Graduate Fashion Week feels like it was a long time ago, but at the beginning of this month a few lives changed forever. Hannah Wallace (from Manchester School of Art), Melissa Villevielle (from Edinburgh College of Art) and Ella Nisbett (from Nottingham Trent University) found themselves sweeping the awards board, taking home two each. Wallace took home the big prize of the night, the George Gold Award which comes with a £10,000 reward. Congratulations! Great Britain is producing some serious fashion talent – go us! 

>> Founded in London fashion retailer matchesfashion.com collaborates with Y-3 on the capsule collection. Both brands have collaborated on a limited edition three-piece collection inspired by ink drawings from Yohji Yamamoto

 #1 - Hannah Wallace's designs at Graduate Fashion Week, photographed by Lucy Young and sourced from The Print Affair. // #2 - Y-3 and matchesfashion.com collaboration, image sourced from i-D.

International News

>> “Call me Caitlyn.” - This month Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner stole the internet away from her step-daughter, Kim Kardashian, and her pregnancy news. Even though it's great to hear that Kimye are expecting a second child, Caitlyn deserves all the coverage as she just helped break down a massive social barrier. With an ubiquitous Vanity Fair cover and record-breaking Twitter debut under her belt (breaking Barack Obama's record to reach 1 million followers in the shortest time ever), Caitlyn Jenner has had an eventful month. The Fashion Philosophy team wishes her the best of luck!

>> Supermodel and philanthropist Tyra Banks takes on the scandal of retouching and jumps on the #nomakeupselfie bandwagon. Bank’s called out celebrities and important societal figures for misleading their audiences and followers who have used the hashtag #nofilter, but who have secretly been retouching their images. Speaking to her 2.9 million followers on Instagram, Tyra commented: "And there YOU are... looking at me, studying this picture. Maybe you're thinking, "Whoa, she looks ROUGH." And if you are, great! You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me. #RawAndReal".

>> A ‘rogue’ model takes to protest on the runway during the Rick Owens S|S 16 Menswear show this June. Male model Jera Diarc – a regular on the Owens runway unravelled a piece of white fabric that read "Please Kill Angela Merkel - Not". The statement was a commentary on the anti-capitalist protests that took place in Frankfurt and around Germany earlier this year. Diarc was later criticised by his agency for his attempt at freedom of speech.

>> Shouts for inclusion! Louboutin, one of the most popular shoe brands in the world has extended its Nude collection to match and fit all skin tones. Many fashion critics have argued that calling beige and peach items of clothing ‘nude’ is racist, but aside from the political and sociological issues, it's a simply inaccurate way to describe a colour – thank you Louboutin.

>> Favourite childhood actors, now fashion designers and businesswomen, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have scooped their second CFDA Award for their womenswear label The Row. The twin’s won the accessories prize last year, and the womenswear award in 2012 which was considered one of the most difficult categories. The category also featured designers such as Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Joseph Altuzarra. Congratulations Mary-Kate and Ashley!

>> Fashion legend Donatella Versace is the new face of the Givenchy A|W 15 collection. The news surprised most of the fashion community but the choice is proving to be a popular one. The campaign was shot by Mert & Marcus Piggott and styled by Carine Roitfeld.

>> The Martin Margiela documentary film is now streaming online, and it is called The Artist Is Absent and is already deemed a must watch by fashion lovers. You can see Margiela’s greatness yourself in the whole 12-minute film now.

>> Fashion house favourite Kenzo and cult director Gregg Araki are set to release a film together. Araki’s shoot for Kenzo, titled Here Now, will debut during Couture Fashion Week in Paris – the fashion community will have to wait patiently for now, counting down the months, days, hours and minutes. But we're thinking it's definitely going to be worth the wait!

>> Farfetch relaunches its collection with menswear at its forefront. You can see a snippet of the collections at Browns, South Molton Street. The indie online e-retailer has collaborated with celebrities such as Usher to a launch campaign curated by Swizz Beats for their beefed-up menswear offering.

>> Counterfeit goods have been rife on the fashion market for decades but June Unesco and Comité Colbert take a stand on fashion counterfeiting. As featured on style.com, in an interview they commented: “The ultimate goal is to promote culture and fight against illicit trafficking, and thus counterfeiting”.

>> Fashion and music idol Missy Elliot is making a come back! This June we were given major hints that she will be returning to the scene with a bang, after she was named as the Bestival’s Sunday headliner. Missy hasn’t released an album since 2005, so we are all eagerly awaiting new material.

>> Vanessa Snow and Jason Schwartzman come together to shoot Araks’ latest lookbook. The photo-book features a wonderful range of minimalistic lingerie shot by numerous close friends of the pair, using a disposable camera to add a more authentic and real element to the shots.

>> Dope, the latest movie to hit the box office with a bang is set to make all watchers reminiscent of the 90’s. The coming of age movie takes inspiration from what is considered to be one of the most influential decades of fashion, featuring celebrities such as A$AP Rocky, Zoë Kravitz and Chanel Iman to capture the scene.

26 June, 2015


London Collections Men street-style photographed by Dominika Wojciechowska during Day 2 of the presentations and fashion shows.

24 June, 2015


London Collections Men street-style photographed by Dominika Wojciechowska during Day 4 of the presentations and fashion shows.

20 June, 2015

#LCM: STREET-STYLE at Burberry

Photographs by Dominika Wojciechowska, taken at Kensington Gardens in London after Burberry SS16 catwalk collection.

#LCM: Burberry SS16

Written by Amy Jackson, photography by Dominika Wojciechowska.
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The Burberry Prorsum brand is like the epitome of British satorialism. You'll find the 'Burberry man' sipping coffee in Chelsea, or taking a stroll through Hyde Park looking effortlessly sharp and stylish.

Christopher Bailey, the designer behind the brand, believes fashion is something that should include a mixture of traditional, historical design with 'real' fashion, a statement that adheres to the brands latest LCM SS16 collection. The collection, titled Strait Laced, was inspired by British Dandyism, In particular a group titled The Macaroni's, London's original dandies whom in the 18th century, wore blouses made of lace. 

Narrow silhouettes of precisely tailored jackets and trousers were softened by the intricacy of a lace shirt or tie, expertly crafted by small artisanal companies, and the classic trench coat was updated with a lace collar. The look as a whole was that of the classic Burberry man, but with a subtly feminine touch; preppy meets pretty. In an interview with The Guardian, Bailey commented on this androgynous move - 

"Some men will wear lace, and some men will not. Some pieces in the show are not for everybody. But I like the poetry the lace brings with it-" 

Along with the seasons tailored pieces, Bailey also included influences of street fashion in the collection, in keeping with the luxurious feel of the show with tracksuit pants made of cashmere, and silk T-shirts, adding some formality to otherwise casual garments.

10 June, 2015

Portrait: Carl King

Photographed by Chris Cassiel

Q&A with Chris Cassiel

Fashion Philosophy team just welcomed a new photographer, Chris Cassiel. Here he is in conversation with our Editor-in-Chief, Dominika Wojciechowska.

Dominika Wojciechowska: Tell me a little about yourself. What are your passions? 
Chris Cassiel: So I don't really have any other passions besides my photography. I'm a nerd at heart though! In my spare time I like watching Japanese anime, reading, and playing computer games when I have the time... Not many people know that side of me.

DW: What would you like to bring and gain from contributing to Fashion Philosophy? Is there anything you’d like to see on the site? 
CC: I'd like to bring my style and views to the site. My work is quite raw and very natural, I just hope it benefits the blog. It would be cool to eventually meet the Fashion Philosophy team in person to discussion collaborations so that things can move forward and evolve. I was planning to get more into Fashion Week shooting so maybe it would be good to have a frequently updated feed on the shows, back stage, maybe even some videos.

DW: How did you first get interested in photography? 
CC: When I was young I was really into nature, Steve Erwin was like my childhood hero. You know, the crocodile dude? I was always going on little adventures into the woods! My mum eventually got me this pocket digital camera, I'd always be out taking pictures of things like flowers, patterns, shapes, and colours that caught my eye. When I started college I eventually moved onto photographing people. Just friends so I could practice and build a portfolio. A designer called Benaiah Mathewson from my hometown of Huddersfield gave me the opportunity to shoot his look-book which gave me my first taste of "fashion". Not too long after that I applied to LCF... And now I'm here!

DW: How do you see your future? Are you hoping to establish a career in the fashion industry? 
CC: Ah that's such a tough question! I couldn't even guess what the future holds. Hopefully I'll be a multi-millionaire photographer getting paid £50,000 a shoot, hanging out at my penthouse in LA, that would be nice... Ha! A year ago I wouldn't have imagined to be where im at now with my work and ideas, who knows. The only thing that I'm sure of is the only way is forward.

DW: Do you have any favourite blogs or fashion magazines that inspire you? 
CC: There are the typical magazines such as Dazed, ID, Another Mag, etc. Those are cool. When I flick through them I usually come across the work of people I've met or work with and it's dope to see them published and making a name for themselves. I like a lot of small, random blogs, there's so many interesting individuals and it's crazy how easy it is to see how they think visually. Other than that I sometimes find inspiration in music I've listened to, films I've watched and even books I've read.

DW: How does your creative process look like, do you do any preparation or research before you start working on your illustrations? Whose work inspires you? 
CC: My creative process is pretty chill, sometimes I'll started with some images to show whoever I'm working with where I'm coming from. I always like input from other people to see how a idea can grow. A lot of the time I just make it up as I go along. Don't know how I've survived so long, I'll be honest! My favour photographer is Alisdair McLellan, his style is very natural, quite intimate but very bold. I always like portraying my subjects in the most natural way possible. When people see my work I want them to want to know more about who I'm shooting, I want them to feel something.