Dress – American Apparel; Leg Harness – ASOS; Cuff – Urban Outfitters; Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell
So I haven’t had the guts to try and pull of a full leather body harness (it feels so S&M!), even though mainstream retailers such as Topshop and ASOS have quite the selection to choose from. Instead I’ve been trying out body chain harness jewellery – this one is a really interesting thigh chain I found at ASOS. It actually is secured around the waist with an adjustable belly chain which then has the leg section attached to one side of it (yes, it sounds complicated and yes, it is hard to put on correctly). It was the main focus of this outfit so I kept the dress as simple as possible and paired with my trusty Litas.
Last night was the eve of London Fashion Week, and I was invited to the Bjorn Borg fashion show and party at Battersea Power Station. They turned the inside of the building into a Winter Wonderland, with snow, trees, hot tubs, wooden huts, and of course the obligatory open bar (and oyster bar!). Needless to say it was a lot of fun, definitely helped to have the semi-naked models walking around too (I need not say more).
The whole event was shown live on MTV, and streamed an hour later on Bjorn Borg’s Facebook page. There was even a laser light show outside, plus they screened their campaign video on a 30ft high wall of sprayed water!! I took some photos while I was at the event and I’ve also posted the video of the catwalk.
And here’s the video of the fashion show:
The Haute Couture shows in Paris never fail to astound me with the astonishing level of craftsmanship, eye to detail, and exquisite craftsmanship. This year, however, one house in particular caught my attention – Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci.
There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not couture is relevant in modern day society. We live in a state of constant flux, disposable garments and ever-changing trends. Gone are the days when a lady commissions garments to be created just for herself; garments that last for a far longer period than the items that we wear these days. Haute Couture is seen as outdated, extravagant and frivolous (in these hard times). However, with the S/S ’12 collection, Ricardo Tisci embraced modernity, maybe not so much with the painstaking embellishments and crazy price tags, granted, but with the concept and inspiration for the collection.
First and foremost, the collection was presented in a gymnasium with basketballs strewn around. (“What?!”, I hear you say.) Yes. Basketballs. Secondly, he used crocodile skin as a key textile in the ten pieces that he created for the collection. He also made the models wear absolutely enormous earrings and nose rings; whether or not he made them all have their noses pierced I don’t know, but they must have been heavy.
Oh, and did I mention that one of the dresses took 350 hours to make? You wouldn’t think we were in a recession, right? But far from that being a criticism, I honestly believe that for those interested in fashion, the couture shows are and always will be pure heaven. An indulgence, something that we can dream and fantasise about! Sure, we’ll most likely never be able to afford any of it (in any case, if we could, I’m not sure there are enough crocodiles in existence), but Haute Couture is, in its purest form, an Art.