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.

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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

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

Join My Journey: Studying Fashion From Home (Part 1)

Join My Journey: Studying Fashion From Home (Part 1)

Fashion is an aesthetic expression I’ve always been hugely fascinated and excited by, therefore, I decided now is a great time to develop my knowledge of the art form further. This blog post will introduce you to my journey of studying fashion from home; looking at areas of inquiry and certain designers I am personally interested in. Please feel free to join the journey!

Please note: I am not following a syllabus and I’m certainly not a professional. This is purely for the satisfaction of learning new content whilst in quarantine, with the hope of continuing it for as long as possible.


Without further ado, welcome to part one…

I adore fashion journalism: it’s a dream job of mine. The first step of developing my knowledge of the fashion spectrum was simple because it was something I regularly do anyway… reading and writing articles, blogposts and magazines. Links to my favourite recent articles:

Secondly, I decided to take an online course from Institut Francais de la mode (French Fashion Institute) on FutureLearn entitled “Understanding Fashion: From Business To Culture” and so far, it is marvellously motivational and informative. I’m currently one week 1 of 4 so shall talk in more detail about the course in a future post. During week one, hearing from Simon Porte Jacquemus truly captivated me as his intense love for his job was revealed. This leads me onto step 3…

Step 3 of this exploration was the point in which I moved onto studying an individual designer… Jacquemus who has created one of the most well known upcoming brand in the industry. Having previously been obsessed with his lavender field runway (s/s 2020 “Le Coup de Soleil”), mini bag trend and after understanding his dedication during the online course, I was inspired to delve deeper into everything Jacquemus.

This began by me rewatching the Le Coup de Soleil runway video, this time taking note of anything significantly thought provoking (favourite pieces, artistic references etc). It was difficult not to make note of every single detail because I almost certainly could have… the collection is wonderful and the entire production is perfection. Next, I looked at previous collections and runway videos. Moving onto interviews, I began to establish a more detailed understanding of Jacquemus’ creative process and reasoning for creating his brand in the way he has. Before I knew it, I’d become a huge fan.

Inevitably, step 4 was MORE RESEARCH! I was eager to study more designers in detail, getting to know their garments as well as their motivations in the industry, using similar methods to those mentioned previously with regards to Jacquemus! Below is a list of a few more designers I looked at:

Step 5 will begin for me tomorrow, moodboard creation. Scrapbooking is something I have loved for a long time, it’s therapeutic, relaxing and satisfying. I am going to build up a portfolio/ scrap book of runway looks and magazine cut-outs and formulate them in a way in which I can annotate but is also aesthetically pleasing. If this goes well, I’ll share the results in the next post of this series!

In true Pinterest style, here are some pictures that captivate fashion study/ work to motivate us!

CREDITS: (order of top left to bottom right)
freyawewer on Instagram
Rose Inc. on Instagram
FashiionGoneRouge @ bellathomas on Instagram
Deborah-lovegrove on blogspot
DGTRF on Pinterest

Thank you so much for reading today’s post. I hope you enjoyed the first part of the ‘Join My Journey’ series! Part 2 will be up soon. Comment any thoughts or questions you have below, leave a like if you liked it and follow for more content!

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

March Favourites

March Favourites

March 2020 will be described as bizarre, monumental and intense by many including myself, however, I’m dedicating this post to positivity and my favourite things I discovered and enjoyed during the month despite the circumstances.

WHAT I WATCHED

If you haven’t watched it already, ‘This Country’ on BBC is the best mockumentary series I’ve ever watched and I thoroughly reccomend it. The characters are so endearing and everything about the programme is hilarious. I watched it with my family and we laughed our way through the series within days.

On YouTube, I’ve been watching ‘Freddy My Love’ who creates aesthetically pleasing, girly videos on all things fashion. Take one look at her channel and you can see the worthwhile effort she puts into making her content beautiful.

I also really enjoy watching interviews of actors and actresses after I watch a certain movie or tv shows, infact I’d love to become a show business journalist myself one day. Throughout March, I watched many Timothee Chalamet interviews because his dedication to his art is amazing to watch and hear about. With reference to earlier, I’ve also watched interviews about This Country to get more information on the creative process of creating such a raw, funny programme.

WHAT I LISTENED TO

For my birthday, I received a Google Nest speaker and the volume and quality are incredible, it’s certainly one of my March favourites as I’ve been playing all my music on it whilst relaxing at home.

My top 3 albums to listen to recently have been Fine Line (Harry Styles), The Divine Feminine (Mac Miller) and Lust For Life (Lana Del Rey), none of which were released this month but I just adore them all. My Harry Styles concert has been postponed until 2021 so I have to make up for that by having virtual concerts in my room.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a podcast to listen to rather than music, The Receipts Podcast should make you smile. The girls are down to earth and consequently hilarious, perfect to listen to if you’re ever feeling down or lonely during self isolation.

WHAT I WORE

I’ve been wearing comfy clothes most days for obvious reasons (staying at home) so my favourite pieces have been casual. Mens Primark joggers are so comfy and the right fit if you size down. During February, I went to a Vintage Kilo Sale and bought oversize jumpers which have also been perfect in March!

I’ve spent most of my days with a bare face but sometimes I put some makeup on to make myself feel better, even if I’m just staying at home. This may sound ridiculous to some people but I know many girls who are the same. Bad Gal Bang from Benefit is my current favourite mascara which is great for adding volume to your lashes and you only need to use a tiny amount! Additionally, I’ve started doing winged eyeliner (also using Benefit!) which I found impossible at first but have now mastered the right technique with this easy to apply eyeliner. The final makeup product to mention is Gimme Brow eyebrow gel which I use on days when I’m creating a minimalistic look.

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Ultimately, my favourite thing in March has been writing. Starting up this blog again and planning new ideas has been really exciting. Similarly, I’m currently taking an online course in fiction writing which has kept my brain active and occupied.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope April is happy and healthy for you! Feel free to share your March favourites in the comments below.

Grace x