Denim has been one of fashion’s core trends for decades and remains one of the few staple items to have survived an ever changing fad driven society. This year we witness the reinvention of this staple. The latest take on denim has been heavily influenced by urban culture. It’s characterised by over-sized and baggy fits. The aim is deconstruction. The feel is raw, gritty and urban. It is the antithesis of everything haute couture. Raw is the new black. Street is the new high fashion. Deconstruction is the new très chic.
Olivier Rousteing’s latest collection truly encapsulates Balmain’s young and glam ethos. The collection incorporates a prominent athletic influence, remaining young, vibrant and edgy. With the athletic influence being contrasted with pastels, florals, lace and ballerina inspired pieces, maintaining the feminine integrity of the brand. From stone washed denim, to dungarees, embellishments and incredible silhouettes, this collection is definitive of the model it girl. It exudes an edgy feminine strength, subtle sexiness and eternal confidence.
Arguably one of the most controversial trends to exist within the fashion world, fur has been at the subject of many debates for years. Debates centered around questioning where fashion ends and our moral conscience as people begins and whether these two even need to be separated to begin with. Critics of the use of genuine fur have cited animal cruelty in the name of fashion as vain and inhumane. Faux fur has been relentlessly suggested as a viable alternative to fur directly from animals, however, some of fashion’s greatest devotees remain resistant to change, e.g. Anna Wintour and who can forget Kanye West unapologetically rapping “Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor” on Theraflu.
Nevertheless, Fur undeniably remains one of the most luxurious materials at designers disposal. With Charles Ross, the Head of International Marketing for Saga Furs, citing this as the golden age of fur. Be it genuine or faux, fur has has made a notable return on runways, and has impacted international street style trends. It appears to have found a new market as it has become more accessible to a wider consumer base. A younger, edgier, more fashion forward audience has embraced it, offering a new take on a traditionally one dimensional trend.
From traditionally neutral winter tones to hues of deeper shades, fur/faux fur can be seen in statement pieces such as jackets, scarfs, Ushanka’s or less fur-centric approaches with minimal but notable fur accents.
Stella McCartney’s pre-fall collection in the July/August issue of both Russian and German editions of Interview Magazine.
Models : Anna Ewers and Irina Nikolaeva.
Photographer Maurizio Bavutti.
In one of the bravest and most exciting fashion moves to be witnessed in recent years, media mogul Khanyi Dhlomo has launched Luminance Private Label – an exclusive high fashion boutique in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Described as ‘a high-end fashion and lifestyle concept store which is a one-stop shop for consumers who covet world-class quality and beauty’.
The store is owned by Ndalo Luxury Ventures, a fashion and lifestyle retail company founded by Khanyi. The brand name is taken from her own name meaning ‘light’ and is aimed at inspiring it’s customers to ‘live life beautifully’ according to it’s website.
High end South African consumers will now have direct access to coveted international brands such as Alexander McQueen, Armani Prive, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jil Sander, Mulberry, Oscar De La Renta, The Row, Tory Burch, just to name a few. This marks a new era in South African fashion and solidifies the notion that we are becoming recognised as a growing market for luxury goods.
The store is set to open the 10th of July, with an e-commerce site which will go live in November. There are currently trunk shows being held around the country offering consumers a sneak preview in anticipation of the store’s official opening. (Dates can be found on http://luminanceonline.com ).
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