Like a fairy: Stéphane Rolland’s SS2014 Haute Couture

“This has got to be distortion at its most elegant form”, that was my first thought when I watched Stéphane Rolland’s SS2014 Haute Couture runway show. Rolland’s collections has been consistently whimsical, feminine and just simply beautiful.

At the mere age of 20, Rolland joined Balenciaga and was promoted to the position of Creative Director of menswear within a year. He subsequently left to start his own prêt-à-porter company and eventually took on the role of artistic manager for Couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer, thereby embarking on his journey into haute couture. His experience as a costume designer probably also injected that element of glitz and glamour into his designs. Rolland presented his first eponymous haute couture collection in 2007 and has been churning out stunning pieces one after another since.

There is no better way to spend the day than looking at beautiful things and looking through Stéphane Rolland’s haute collections just makes my day.

X Sybil

(Images from FWP)

Kerry Howley: Hair on your neck

Hi everyone! I’m back, you may not realize that I haven’t been writing any entry for the past month or more because Sybil did such a great job holding up the fort. A million thank you’s and a heart full of gratitude!

BLUEPRINT was a great experience meeting buyers and like-minded creators, there was just so much energy and insight, making friends and getting feedback. After rushing for BLUEPRINT, I spent some time figuring what I want to do after hearing feedback from the buyers. I am still in the process of serious soul searching which includes a lot of ups and downs but once the direction is set, it will be a full sprint forward.

Anyway, I’ve learnt so many things about myself since I started my label and one of them has been my strange obsession with hair. There’s just something about knowing that there is someone’s DNA inside which makes it so mysterious and probably repelling to some at the same time. Here’s someone who seems to share my obsession.

Kerry Howley, a contemporary jeweller and jewellery artist who graduated from Middlesex University, London, creates intriguing neck pieces woven with human hair. She is fascinated by the power materials have to influence our emotional response to jewellery, with a particular interest in how these emotions can be conflicting.

“Attraction/Aversion is a material exploration of how people can feel seemingly opposing emotional responses simultaneously. The necklaces are made of human hair, a familiar material that we take pride in. However once off the body, hair becomes an innate source of aversion. Kerry wanted to see if she could make discarded hair attractive again. Through the familiar form of a necklace, and using patterns and symmetry that are instinctively pleasing, Kerry has created a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer’s feelings of aversion and attraction.”- Kerry Howley’s Homepage

That is the exact same thought I have. I love that it looks so beautiful aesthetically but yet, the fact that it is hair kind of makes your hair stand.

These works were done in 2011, but it would definitely be interesting to see what else she can come up with!

 

X Alex

(Images from Kerry Howley)

SchulzWorks: Fun and playful

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The name of the Taiwanese fashion label, SchulzWorks, and its characteristic hand gesture are inspired by a German drinking game. Similarly, the brand of SchulzWorks is relaxed, light-hearted and playful. As explained by the designers, “SchulzWorks is for people who don’t take themselves too seriously, who like the easy-going feel, life’s quirks, and a dash of colour.” Founded in 2011, a designer team is under the label and they were named New Designers of the Year 2012 by Elle Magazine, Taiwan.

The label’s trademark is their prints which are hand drawn by their designer before being made into fabric. According to the designers, the quirky drawings and patterns are inspired by the wonderfully weird and silly things that life presents us.

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The designers were in town to present their collection at BLUEPRINT last month.

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A sneak peek to their SS2014 collection:

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Hope they’ll be stocked in Singapore soon!

x Sybil

(Images provided by SchulzWorks)

Haute Couture for everyone

It’s a noble idea, to bring haute couture to everyone.  Haute couture was born in Paris in the mid-19th century and can be said to be a uniquely Parisian industry.  It is a small industry dominated by talented designers and artisans and their exclusive clientele.  Man on the street may not have access to this elite fashion scene but they can now witness the history of haute couture in an exhibition that is free for all.

The Paris Haute Couture exhibition pays tribute to this little-known world with 100 dresses.  Sourced from the collection of Musée Galliera and selected by its director, Olivier Salliard, along with its curator Anne Zazzo, it is the first time so many haute couture dresses are being shown together.  Presented by Swarovski, the exhibition is dedicated to historic haute couture designs by the likes of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia and many more.

The exhibition also features a selection of drawings and photographs to allow visitors a behind-the-scenes experience into the making of a couture dress – from initial design through to production.

The exhibition is on show from now till 6 July 2013 at the Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint-Jean, 5 rue de Lobau, Paris 4th arrondissement.

x Sybil

(Images from Mairie de Paris)

How Very Dare: Dare to be different

Digital printing is all the rage these days, adding to the variety of prints we just have to own.  The fashion label, How Very Dare, has a name that speaks volumes for its creative concept since they “create bold, striking photographic prints that are sure to spark conversations”.

A fairly new label, it was founded in 2011 by three friends who wanted to explore the possibilities of digital printing.  While some people may think that digital printing does not require much effort since the machine does most of the work, the truth is it sometimes take longer to make a piece of garment.  From creating and layout to colour correction and sewing, the designers are involved in every stage of construction, including the photography and editing that makes the prints.

Selected looks from their Danielle Steals My Heart collection:

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Notice the black and white stripes in every single outfit?  The designers had subtly incorporated this basic element to create a contrast between the chaotic nature of the prints and the simple pattern of stripes.

x Sybil

Berlin fashion: BAGAZ

It’s time to introduce Berlin designers.  They’re not easy to find but thanks to concept shops like KONZEPT86, emerging fashion designers have a platform to showcase their collections.

From my recent visit, I discovered several Berlin labels and one of them is BAGAZ.  A young label, BAGAZ is founded by Yuliya Gröling and Veronika Filonova in 2011.  Yuliya studied art history and Veronika studied architecture, giving them a unique perception on fashion.  According to the two designers, BAGAZ is a symbiosis of Grunge and modern architecture, made for women who want to emphasise their individuality.  The intended look is fierce and powerful, in monochrome cotton, silk and woolen fabrics.  Winter is typically dark in Europe and in Berlin, you get a real sense of how the Germans mix layers of different fabrics in various dark hues for that cool winter chic look.

Titled Invention of Grey Reality, below are selected looks from BAGAZ’s Autumn Winter 2012 collection.

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It’s no wonder the only way to look good in so many layers is to go with dark colours.  The pieces are simple, minimal and structured, which makes layering for the winter effortless.

 

x Sybil

(Images from BAGAZ)

 

London Olympics 2012

I was watching the London Olympics 2012 the other day and my all time favourite event has been gymnastics.  It’s breath-taking to watch the elegance of the lines that our bodies can make.  The lines and curves look beautiful. It was only when they replay the sequence in slow-motion that I am reminded by how much strength, focus and practice each move was executed with.

I was sure fashion had a part to do with this major event, so I started looking for that little bridge that connects us. Other than finding items that now come in 3 colour schemes (bronze, silver and gold), I found a few interesting collaborations for the Olympic Uniform kits.

Stella McCartney X Adidas for Great Britain

Ralph Lauren for U.S. Opening and Closing Ceremony

Giorgio Armani for Italy

Prada for Italy’s Sailing Team

Hermes for France’s Equestrian Team

Salvatore Ferragamo for the Republic of San Remo

Cedella Marley X Puma for Jamaica

My personal favorite is the one for Jamaica. It’s just so Jamaican; bright, fun, playful!

Happy Olympics everyone!

 

X Alex

(Images from olympics.timedailymail, telegraph, Prada FB, VOGUE UK and houseofmarley)

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