Day: January 18, 2014

Fashion Designers | Vivienne Westwood

(In honour of ellesaintdeveil – an excellent, well written blog – and her punk post Ripped-Up)

Vivienne Westwood outfitted the very first English punks and then gave birth to successive waves of music fuelled, street-influenced trends. In “Portrait of a Former Punk,” Marion Hume writes in Vogue (1994) that she “is probably England’s greatest fashion designer of this century.” 

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She’s the Coco Chanel of our day,Alexander McQueen told Vogue in 2006. “Vivienne Westwood is an unbelievable influence,Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor in Chief, told The New York Times in 1987. “Designer for the nineties” is how Vogue contributor Joan Juliet Buck describes her in an article on British style.

 

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Fashion Brands | Agent Provocateur

(In honour of ellesaintdeveil – an excellent, well written blog – and her punk post Ripped-Up)

Luxury lingerie line established in the UK in 1994 by Joseph Corré (the son of Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols’ ex-manager Malcolm McLaren) and Serena Rees. The aim was to create an availability of high quality designer lingerie with creative flair to stimulate and enchant both wearers and their partners.

Agent Provocateur Kate Moss

 

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Fashion Models | Cara Delevingne

Model of the moment. Cara Delevingne is outspoken about her distaste for high heels and often arrives at shows and shoots in onesies (she likes to joke that she might bring out a line of onesies – if she did, it would surely be a lucrative joke, for anything she touches sells.) She does not go to the gym, she likes McDonald’s, she makes no bones about not wearing make-up.

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Fashion Photographers | David Sims

British photographer, a regular contributor to Vogue, creating images for famous fashion labels such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Vuitton. But it was a 1995 campaign for the Japanese avant-garde designer Yohji Yamamoto that was the real turning point pushing Sims to the crest of a wave of punkish nineties realism.

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His first major assignment for Vogue – a 2004 accessories portfolio of platform and column heels, titled “The Anti-Stiletto” – set a new standard, showing the model of the moment, Daria Werbovy, in motion as she leaped across the page and kicked up her heels in flowing party frocks.

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