Join My Journey: Studying Fashion From Home (Part 2)

Join My Journey: Studying Fashion From Home (Part 2)

Welcome back to the ‘Join My Journey’ series in which I’m currently attempting to study the fashion industry from home as lockdown provides me with more free time. Join my journey!

A link to part one is here in case you missed it: https://ctrlaltesc.home.blog/2020/04/07/join-my-journey-studying-fashion-from-home-part-1/


I don’t want to set an unrealistic standards of productivity in this series because I think it is SO important that people spend their free time doing whatever makes them happy! If I’m completely honest, my motivation levels have decreased massively recently and I have spent many days moping around my house and spending lots of time on my phone. So, if you’re in a similar position and see people all around you posting about how productive they’ve been, remember that everyone has their down days, weeks or months. Productivity isn’t a competition and you should prioritise your mental health, especially at this crazy time in our lives.

With that said, my urge to learn more about the fashion industry remains strong! Despite my lazy days, I would love to share what else I’ve been doing to educate myself on the world of fashion!


Since the previous episode, I came to the conclusion that it would be beneficial to hone in on fashion journalism, analysing and studying my dream industry. So, for Step 6 of the series, I made many notes, summarising the advice I’d received from professionals in magazine writing, editing and publishing after visiting various websites and watching a plethora of YouTube videos. I also joined the Glam Observer online course for helpful resources revolving around fashion journalism.

So, what knowledge did I gain from this research?

  • There is no textbook route into fashion journalism. Many Vogue writers got their jobs by luck (obviously hard work too).
  • Internships and work experience are crucial! Most of them are not funded but the knowledge gained should be priceless and help in the future.
  • Digital journalism is growing in popularity and if you want to enter the fashion journalism world in the modern day, you need to acknowledge the role of social media and the internet as a whole.
  • Analytics are vital; Vogue House London has a screen in the offices that constantly refreshes statistics of each post. This information ensures you know what the audience enjoys the most.
  • It’s important to keep up to date with all elements of the fashion world, not just the most obvious ones or those that you have a personal interest in.
  • Robin Girhan is a fashion critic who “transformed fashion criticism into cultural criticism”, a perfect example of how you should see fashion as a deeper and meaningful societal expression you can comment on rather than just being aesthetically pleasing.

For more journalism education and experience (not solely fashion related), I studied using Coursera which was an amazing online learning platform!

For Step 7, I picked up two books I received last Christmas: ‘Vogue on Dolce and Gabbana’ and ‘Vogue on Calvin Klein’ which were so insightful and beautifully written, so much so that I finished them in two days. If anyone shares my interest in high fashion, you should consider reading these as they provide the backstory of some of the best global designers. This element of study intensified my appreciation for the leaders in the industry whilst also encouraging me to write more about fashion as the way in which the books were articulated and presented was stunning.

The next step was so exciting! I joined the ELLE Online Education programme (https://elle.education/masterclass-stayhome/) and watched some masterclass videos. What better platform than ELLE, the worldwide fashion and lifestyle magazine, is there to learn from? It was truly inspiring to hear from people who have thrived in their careers.

Step 9 involved two apps: Vogue Runway and Pinterest. Most fashion enthusiasts would be familiar with both of these but if you’re not, I thoroughly suggest you download them. Vogue Runway allows you to watch the majority of fashion shows for free! By having access to this, I was able to come to terms with my favourite designers and their best collections. Similarly, on Pinterest, I created a board of each designer and added my personal favourites. This means that I can clearly differentiate between brands and understand what makes them all unique. Currently, my top 5 designers are Jacquemus, Prada, Iris Van Herpen, Guo Pei and Maison Margiela.


As the weeks go on, my passion and enthusiasm escalate further. Consuming myself in everything fashion has ensured I am comfortable with the terminology and community.

Source: Pinterest

By sharing my journey in this series, I hope to encourage others to do what they love and work towards their goals, no matter how difficult or unrealistic they may seem.

Thank you for reading… Part 3 is coming soon. Stay safe!

Grace x

Iconic Met Gala Looks That Epitomize The Meaning Of Fashion

Iconic Met Gala Looks That Epitomize The Meaning Of Fashion

The Met Gala is a parade of couture excellence held annually to raise funds for the Metropolitan museum of art and costume institute. As the world’s most spectacular fashion event gets cancelled for obvious reasons this year, today we’ll reminisce on the best Met moments. Innovative, inspiring, invigorating… these looks are what makes the Met Gala so ICONIC.

undefined


Last years’ theme, Camp, successfully encapsulated what fashion is all about: relentless expressionism and creativity. With most guests following the theme perfectly, it’s so difficult to narrow the list down, however, Lady Gaga makes the task a little easier as her costume springs to mind immediately. The metamorphosis queen, Gaga, created a jaw dropping performance on the pink carpet, transforming from a huge fuchsia dress from Brandon Maxwell to gorgeous black lingerie. With 4 separate and juxtaposing looks, she certainly was a transformative icon who took Camp to a new level with outrageous yet immaculate decisions going into her outfit. The attention to detail in the look ensured it was theatrical, exciting and all importantly – CAMP. What more would you expect from the co-chair and fashion experimenter that is Gaga?

It wasn’t only women who pushed boundaries and raised eyebrows at the 2019 Met Gala, Ezra Miller is a wonderful example of a man who owned the pink carpet and the entire night. Miller left us with an hundreds of questions, which is certainly a good thing as it embodies the camp theme. This curiosity sparks from his unexplained blank mask as an accessory, contrasting with his EYE catching face, as well as the Burberry suit paired with a dazzling diamond corset and not forgetting to mention his 7 eyes, obviously. Makeup was a large element of his costume, with intricate painting on the face being revolutionary. Although men have been wearing makeup for many years, especially in the music and punk industry, it still hasn’t been normalised enough in society so his look was far from basic. As face art advances throughout the years, Ezra Miller made a lasting impression which will inspire artists both now and in the future. You truly don’t know where to look with his outfit and that’s what makes it so beautiful.


If we’re talking about iconic looks, 2017 is a great Met Gala year to reminisce on due to the theme of: Rei Kawakubo and Comme Des Garcons. This revolved around creativity, recreation and construction due to Kawakubo’s iconic aesthetic and legacy.

Cara Delivigne looked like she’d stepped off a spaceship straight onto the carpet in 2017 debuting her bald head and metalic Chanel suit. The breath-taking silver look screamed for attention which is what it truly deserved. Again, the attention to detail was sensational. Delivigne’s chest was sprinkled with glitter to add yet another dimension to the look, perfectly connecting to the theme. The costume complimented her stunning figure as well as exemplifying a modern approach to fashion.

In a delightful Dolce and Gabbana gown, Zendaya was another Met gala 2017 icon. The design of the dress was just exceptional, hugging her body and accentuating her beauty. Covered in tropical parrots and flowers, you could anticipate the gown looking OTT but this was proven wrong as Zendaya floated across the carpet.


Let’s time travel another 8 years earlier to when the theme was ‘The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” in 2009. It is truly jaw dropping to analyse just how much creativity evolved in just a century from 2009 to 2019, with stars much more inclined to get out of their comfort zone and societal boundaries nowadays. With that being said, guests of the 2009 gala did not disappoint, with Rihanna as an honourable mention. Women in suits: classic and timeless. Rihanna took it a step further than a plain black suit by adding large shoulder pads that almost met her ears to add an unusual structure and reshape the look, perfect for the theme. Her edgy hair complimented her stunning face shape, this along with her chunky heels were representative of her popular personality and ability to make herself stand out.


Founded by Eleanor Lambert, the Met was established in 1948 and continues to be a highly anticipated event every year. The media becomes more involved in the ball as the years go by and it’s interesting to see how this affects the dynamics of the hugely anticipated event annually. This year, the media has the biggest role yet. The high fashion twitter community (hf twt) have invented the best solution to the fashion shaped hole in our lives at the moment… a virtual met gala! Join the fun and innovation from young enthusiasts on Monday 4th May.


Thank you for reading today’s post! There are so many looks I could have mentioned so I’m sure there will be lots more Met Gala related posts on my site in the future…

Like it if you liked it and follow to read more. Leave a comment below sharing your opinions or your favourite fashion moments.

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Grace x

Dreamy Summer Style 2020

Dreamy Summer Style 2020

Manifesting a Summer full of healthiness, happiness and beautiful fashion…

Today I’ll take you through major Summer trends, along with my favourite garments in my unrealistic wardrobe wish list. If it gives the same aura as an ethereal perfume advert, it’s going in my virtual basket.


PASTELS


Pastels: a timeless trend associated with the beauty of spring and summer, blossoming trees, lavender fields, Easter eggs. Add these soft colours into your wardrobe for an effortless Summer statement.

EMELIA WICKSTEAD JUDE GINGHAM CLOQUE MINI DRESS

This first piece combines 3 stunning trends- pastel, gingham and a sweetheart neckline to create a perfect Summer dress.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/emilia-wickstead/jude-gingham-cloque-mini-dress/1235416

VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM MINT TWILL WIDE LEG PANTS

Pair these elegant trousers with a tight fitted top for a chilled daytime look or add the matching jacket for a sophisticated summer evening outfit.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/victoria-victoria-beckham/victoria-twill-wide-leg-pants/1237140

FAITHFUL THE BRAND, LILAC LILLA CROPPED SHIRRED LINEN TOP

Oh how easy it is to fall in love with this top: the airy material, adorable bow detailing and puffy shoulders. A dream.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/faithfull-the-brand/lilla-cropped-shirred-linen-top/1193936


SILK / SATIN


Luxorius yet lightweight, silk pieces are guaranteed to make you feel like royalty throughout summer.

NILI LOTAN GOLD ARIZONA TIE-DETAILED SILK BLOUSE

Despite it’s subtle colouring, this blouse is both graceful yet eye catching. Also, someone needs to send it to Harry Styles immediately.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/nili-lotan/arizona-tie-detailed-gathered-silk-charmeuse-blouse/1190056

ALICE + OLIVIA BLUSH ATHENA SATIN MIDI SKIRT

This material + pink are a match made in heaven. Imagine an evening on the beach watching the sun set, this is the perfect skirt.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/alice-olivia/athena-satin-midi-skirt/1206318


ANIMAL PRINT


Whether it’s simple leopard print lining or zebra-all-over, animal print makes any outfit look bold and captivating.

SALLY LAPOINT IVORY BELTED COTTON BLEND ZEBRA TROUSERS

Zebra trousers are so popular right now and the hype is certainly understandable. These playful trousers and eye-catching alone but you can buy the matching top and jacket for a dramatic evening look.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/sally-lapointe/belted-cotton-blend-zebra-jacquard-straight-leg-pants/1232998

REDEMPTION ZEBRA PRINT ONE SHOULDER RUFFLED BLEND DRESS

Make a wild statement with this one shoulder dress, beautifully designed with dramatic ruching and a figure hugging fit.

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/redemption/one-shoulder-ruffled-zebra-print-cotton-blend-dress/1238901


BAGS


A bag is often the most crucial element of an outfit, with the potential to make or break the look.

JACQUEMUS WHITE LE CHIQUITO MINI LEATHER TOTE

Jacquemus managed to create such a huge statement with such a tiny bag. This white version is perfect for the Summer (if you don’t have much to carry but still want a beautifully executed outfit.)

https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/jacquemus/le-chiquito-mini-leather-tote/1214462

DIOR DUSTY JADE SADDLE BAG

Dior’s saddle bags are charmingly versatile and can be paired with both summer and winter outfits. This dusty jade colour compliments neutral garments for a simple but gorgeous summer look.

https://www.dior.com/en_gb/products/couture-M0446CWVG_M52H-dusty-jade-saddle-grain-calfskin-bag

DIOR TROTTER SADDLE TOTE IN PINK

I’ve included another Dior saddle bag but this time, a more eye-catching pink one. This has been my dream bag for a long time now and is currently not on the Dior website so here’s a link to a pre-owned version!

https://www.farfetch.com/uk/shopping/women/christian-dior-pre-owned-trotter-saddle-tote-item


Thank you for reading today’s article! Hope you enjoyed having a look at some of my dream pieces- share some of your favourite garments or bags for Summer in the comments below.

Follow/ subscribe to my blog for more fashion related content as well as posts covering other topics such as beauty, lifestyle, mental health and more!

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Grace x

What to Watch: Fashion Edition

What to Watch: Fashion Edition

If you’re wishing you could be wearing your favourite clothing pieces rather than pyjamas, attending catwalks or shopping right now, here are some things to watch while in quarantine to fuel your passion for fashion from home.


WHAT TO WATCH: FASHION EDITION


NETFLIX

Next In Fashion – Hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France, this series watches a competition between fashion designers in order to win prize money and a start up for their business. I’ve been binge watching this series and I can confirm it’s certainly worth the watch if you enjoy analysing the creative process of clothing designing. It’s versatility is an exciting aspect, with each episode focusing on a different theme or garment ie: couture, lingerie, shapes and patterns.

What I’ve added to my Netflix “list”

  • Styling Hollywood
  • McQueen
  • Franca: Chaos and Creation
  • Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
  • Clueless

YOUTUBE

A staggering amount of YouTube content is fashion-related, with hauls, DIY’s, tutorials, look books and catwalks… there is certainly lots to chose from.

Arden Rose is an amazing YouTuber who is honest and ethical, unlike many other influencers, due to her awareness of how harmful fast fashion is for our environment. She explains the issue so eloquently and provides her audience with reasonable alternatives which I think is truly admirable. She also makes videos going through her closet, talking about how to restyle pieces as well as sharing which ones she’s going to give away so they can be worn by someone else rather than thrown away. LINKS:

There’s also high fashion/ designer related content all over the platform.

Vogue stands out to me as one of the most popular and top quality channels. With videos containing some of the most famous faces in the fashion industry, it’s obviously perfect for those who crave fashion content.

You could also watch runway content! Simply search your favourite designer (ie: “Jacquemus Fall/Winter 2020/2021”) and you can easily access and immerse yourself into the world of your favourite collections and fashion shows. I’m currently obsessed with Miu Miu.

Link to Miu Miu Fall Winter entire show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um_g5gEdIec


IGTV

Lots of people forget about Instagram’s IGTV content but if you want shorter and vertical videos, it’s perfect for you. Here is a list of IGTV creators (companies as well as influencers) to look at for your fashion fix:

  • @ dazedfashion
  • @ cosmopolitan
  • @ fashioninflux
  • @ oliviagraceherring

TIKTOK

Tiktok is one of the most relevant apps at the minute, primarily known for it’s comedy and dance videos. While I certainly enjoy watching those, there are also many fashion tiktokers!

  • @ mayahavana reinvents old pieces in her wardrobe, shows the sewing process and provides tutorials
  • @ fashioninflux posts trend-relevant fashion videos and inspiration
  • @ nichole.ciotti shares fashion life hacks on her page
  • @ thatgemruby creates aesthetically pleasing videos revolving around effortless but effective fashion

Hopefully this helped fill the fashion shaped hole in your life at the moment! Let me know what you’ve been watching or if you have watched any of the programmes/ creators I have mentioned above.

Thanks for reading, follow and like if you enjoyed.

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Grace x

Music Inspired Fashion

Music Inspired Fashion

The magic of music lies in it’s ability to depict a different story and aura to each individual. Today I decided to create something new and merge two art forms (music and fashion) and show how music can potentially inspire outfits.


#1 Adore You, Harry Styles

Walk in your rainbow paradise
Strawberry lipstick state of mind
I get so lost inside your eyes”

Revolving around the overwhelming infatuation and excitement in the early stages of a relationship, this song conveys colourful happiness and the state of being carefree, hence the bright, loose clothing. The enticing and kaleidoscopic nature of the single, inspired by the 80s, encouraged me to add a pair of flared trousers.

Head to toe details below…
  • Sunglasses: Gucci, inspired by Harry’s kissy Instagram post
  • Eyeshadow png: Polyvore
  • Top: Kay Top in Bright Green, h:ours, Revolve
  • Trousers: Annina Trouser Jean in Idyll, Citizens of Humanity, Revolve

#2 Visions of Gideon, Sufjan Stevens

I have loved you for the last time
Visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon

This heartbreaking yet tranquil song is a reminder of the beautiful aesthetics in the movie ‘Call Me By Your Name’. The biblical reference, susurration and vocal vibrations influenced soft, neutral tones in the garments I featured below. Gold is a colour connoting illumination, prosperity and is representative of the spark between lovers.

Head to toe details below…
  • Top and Skirt: Sawyer in Gold, Majorelle, Revolve
  • Bag: Bianca Ball Mesh Handle Bag in Gold, olga berg, Revolve
  • Paired with a beautiful glitter eyeshadow look (cc: Pinterest)

#3 Young and Beautiful, Lana Del Rey

“Will you still love me
When I’m no longer young and beautiful?

Written for the soundtrack of The Great Gatsby, this song relates to the flapper girl image and the reality of the twenties. Lana’s ethereal voice corresponds with the graceful beauty expected of women therefore I have selected pieces that are loosely inspired by the twenties (opulent feathers and sophisticated colours) and ‘The Great Gatsby’ that are still fashionable now.

Head to toe details below…
  • Bag: Jacquemus Black Le Grand Chiquito Top Handle Bag
  • Dress: Revolve, Hailey Dress in Ivory and Black, LPA
  • Shoe: Revolve, Alea Heel In Black, RAYE
  • Perfectly paired with a bag in one hand, a champagne flute in the other

Thank you so much for reading! This is a new idea so I only featured three songs with brief descriptions, however, dependant on feedback, I could add to the list in the future. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Stay safe! Lots of love,

Grace x