Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Andrea Pompilio Spring/Summer 2013

In Florence, Andrea Pompilio's Spring 2013 is an exuberant display of blocked pastels and powerful structure. Schoolboy-chic meets Calvin Klein-Americana! To me, this Collection, though in obvious inspiration from our current season, takes bold masculinity to a fantastic and fabulous level. The overlaying blocks of colour, the hints of shine, and the dramatic, over-sized luggage is to die for. It is a totally and brilliantly composed amalgamation of this season's hottest looks; from Versace to Phillip Lim. But I have to say, I'm partial to the carry-alls - did you see the giant, neon yellow tote?! Yes, please!


Thursday, 21 June 2012

YSL Major Re-Branding and Name Change!

Iconic Fashion House, Yves Saint Laurent, has just undergone an enormous change under the reigns of it's new Creative Director, Hedi Slimane! Just months after acquiring total creative control over enigmatic brand, Slimane has reportedly opted to make history and officially change the name Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris!

The name change came as a shock to the fashion world, as it not only affects the brand's identity as a Fashion House, but also the historical significance of the name itself. Founded in 1962 by Pierre Bergé and legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent (after his emancipation from the House of Dior) Yves Saint Laurent, as a brand, quickly became one of the most luxurious and sought after Design Houses on the planet. Forever changing the aesthetic of the chic woman, Yves Saint Laurent helped usher fashion into a new age; taking Haute Couture to the streets, and creating the first Prét-à-Porter line in the world. Yves Saint Laurent was a name the evoked more than the designer himself; it evoked freedom, power, and absolute finesse; and represents one of the three major shifts in fashion history spear-headed by brilliant designers the likes of Coco Chanel and Alexander McQueen. The name YSL, as well as the logo, have been ingrained in fashion history as synonymous with ultimate luxury and style ever since.

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I absolutely worship Yves Saint Laurent! He was one of the most incredible, fearless designers that has ever graced the world's runways with his work. Almost everything we see in modern women's wear today, in some form, can be traced back to some of his original ideas, visions, and silhouettes (as well as Chanel, I should say in fairness). He created ultimate classic, and it's because of him the Fashion House itself became the epitome of style that it did; holding quite prominently the position, up until the moment Yves himself decided to close the Couture House officially in 2002, just 6 years before his passing.

This re-branding effort has come in an attempt to return YSL to it's former prominence as one of the leading luxury Houses in the world. It is, according to Slimane, a new, modern take on the brand's public identity. As someone who adores everything YSL has represented, this is almost sacrilegious for me to hear! The logo itself is fashion history, and the very idea of not seeing the name of that incredible designer grace those designs as they should is almost cringe-worthy! What would Yves say?! I don't know if I can love it, but I don't know if I can knock it either! This may very well be the next, prominent age of YSL. What do you think?


P.S. I should mention that this also means that new Collections from Saint Laurent Paris will NOT include the original formatting of the iconic YSL name! Yes, that's right! If you can get your hands on a YSL logo print, design, or piece that includes his original name you SIMPLY MUST. It's officially fashion history from this point on people, get yourself a piece of it before it's gone forever! I know I will!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

H&M + MMM = Fall/Winter 2012

It's official! What's been buzzing around the fashion world recently has just been confirmed; H&M is planning an exclusive collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela, the famously eccentric design house that currently sits as a staple of historical innovation once held by Margiela himself. The collaboration came as a jolt to the industry; when H&M surprisingly released an email announcement about the exciting project earlier today.

Maison Martin Margiela embodies an aesthetic that continues to be a re-interpretation of fresh deconstruction. Obtrusive elements meant to create harmony, and the diversion from, or perhaps expanded definition of, what the fashion world deems luxurious. To be honest, though the collaboration has come as a bit of an unusual shock (since H&M tends to collaborate with designers of glittery exaggeration - re: Versace, Anna Dello Russo, Marni), I couldn't think of a consumer-driven, fashion boutique that could possibly hold a Margiela aesthetic better than H&M. The project is intended to include both men's and women's designs with a focus of knitwear, coats, and winter accessories. If there was ever any reason to be excited for Fall this year, I think this would have be it!

Maison Martin Margiela X H&M will be officially released on November 15th, 2012, and will only be available in select H&M stores around the globe. Step aside Summer! My wallet needs to survive 'til Autumn!


Monday, 11 June 2012

Ranya Mordanova for Metal #27 // Retroactive

Metal's Spring Issue features a stunning portrayal of graphic prints, bold, orthogonal elements, and brilliant metallics. So on-season that it almost hurts! Featuring pieces from Givenchy, Burberry Prorsum, Stella, and Vuitton; Mordanova is a vision of modern style. Photographed by Papo Waisman.


The Devil's in the Details

Katerina Levina Fall/Winter 2012-2013


See an HD Version on Vimeo here.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Julia Winkler Fall/Winter 2012-2013

Young, Berlin-based visionary, Julia Winkler, created this Collection as part of her Bachelor in Fashion Design at ESMOD. Entitled "Pinky's Dream, Watch the Room", the aesthetic is an interesting, almost futuristic take on belted robes, wraps, and interchangeable layers; with a strikingly ahead-of-season palette of bright reds, aubergines, and black accents. Absolutely brilliant. 

Julia Winkler F/W 2012-13 Fashion Film from DEPESHA on Vimeo.


Sunday, 3 June 2012

Jeffrey Chan Photography

Jeffrey Chan is a good friend of mine who works out of Toronto, Canada as a freelance photographer. He is one of the most talented people I know and has dabbled, honed himself, and excelled in everything from travel to editorial fashion photography and then some; you can even see some of the work we did together on my website here.

Jeff's latest endeavour is a modern take on wedding photography. Traditional it isn't, but memorable and beautiful it always is. Documentary-style candidness captures the essence of the celebration; the joy, the tears, and the slightest details - from subtle decor to background hilarity. These are living moments, as I'd like to see them, and truly embody the memory of the day as opposed to the image. The wedding becomes organic, and it looks more beautiful and human than any traditional photography I've seen. You can see some of his brilliant work below, featuring a wedding abroad that took place in Hong Kong. (Click the link below for the full set)

See more of Jeff's work (as well as how you too can get a hold of him for your special day this Summer!) at his Official Website!


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