So I admit that lately I’ve not been entirely overwhelmed or interested in the Royal Wedding… but I appear to have finally caught on to what all the fuss is about – mostly because I am so excited to see what the latest iconic royal wedding gown will look like. Here at TellusFashion, we have been listing the endless possibilites of what Kate Middleton will be wearing tomorrow (I feel strongly in my heart that it has to be and probably will be McQueen). However, I began to think about the true meaning behind the Royal Wedding dress…
To those who may not consider Fashion to be something of a major significance in their lives, they might not realise why the fashion crowd are making such a fuss over this dress but I am here to tell you that there is a lot more to it than just looking like a beautiful princess on the day… its about defining an era.
In general we define specific eras in time by historic events, music and fashion. If you look at specific garments in particular, most people would generally relate them to an era in time – flares (70s) mini skirts (60s) shoulder pads (late 80s). We might not like them now but they are definitely part of our history and help you to associate with everything that was surrounding them at the time.
So its here that I reitirate, just how significant this dress will be tomorrow. This is a dress that will stand the test of time and will be something that won’t be looked upon as “timeless” but will be representative of how we are today. I am extremely curious as to how this unknown and no doubt extremely nervous designer (Sarah Burton, I know its you!) has translated this modern era into this iconic dress. I think there will be a lot of Kate’s personality in the dress, but I hope it will be something a little unexpected. I see Kate Middleton as a classic, elegant person, however I kind of hope that the dress rebels against the traditional a little and truely marks the change in the Royal Succession.
My alarm is set, and I am definitely gearing myself up for something amazing! I can’t wait!
For now, take a look at some of the most Iconic Royal Wedding dresses to date…
Now these two young lads…where do I begin….I LOVE THE LOOKS! For me, they are the definition of #COOL. Their outfits are a little complicated yet so sleek. There are no single words to describe their looks, to me, it’s a combination of prep/skater with a fifties touch…I think this is a stylistic evolution. So much has been integrated into these two outfits, it’s almost like no care was taken whilst they were getting dressed, however it works. I think the fact that they’ve selected light washed denim jeans is what has brought all the elements of the outfits together, if they had chosen a dark denim it would have been a fashion #FAIL!
Keeping with the bridal theme, White Gallery, a London Bridal show, is set to take place from the 22nd to the 24 of May. Each year it aims to bring us the next best designers in the wedding field, and this year is no exception.
Tobi Hannah is one of this years new talented designers set to make an appearance at the show. The London based designer launched her first bridal collection in 2009. Her short-length, tea dress bridal gowns are unique in the industry, giving her designs a funky, young distinction.
Tobi Hannah is also dressed TV presenter Angelica Bell in her wedding celebrations last month in Mayfair.
The three day White Gallery event is held in Battersea Park and is only in its second year but is already a huge hit with bridal magazines.
Tellusfashion advise bridal fans to keep an eye out for other up and coming wedding designers such as Terry Fox, The Vintage Wedding Dress Company and Sanyukta Shrestha at this event.
Images courtesy of Bow Occasions.
Would you wear a short wedding dress?
With the Royal Wedding getting closer and closer, the question in all fashionista’s minds is: “Just who is designing Kate Middleton’s dress?”
Well the answer to that question is far from being revealed, leaving the anticipation for Friday even greater. So who are the potential labels in the running to be the royal wedding dress designer of the decade?
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A major contender for the role, Sophie Cranston is the brains behind Libelula. She has previously won the 1999 Designer of the Year Award and went on to work with the likes of Alexander McQueen. Libelula, meaning dragonfly in Spanish, was created in 2002 and uses bold colours and prints on well cut, flattering clothes.
Image courtesy of Bruce Oldfield.
Bruce Oldfield is a famous British designer best known for his bridal designs. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art in 1973. In the past he designed many outfits for Princess Diana, making him a strong nominee for the wedding designer. In 1990 he was a awarded an OBE for his contribution to the British fashion industry.
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Jasper Conran was also awarded an OBE for his contribution to the British fashion industry. Over his 20-years in the business he has successfully designed a popular Debenhams range, many women’s and menswear lines, as well as china and crystal for big brands. His signature designs revolve around the cut and silhouette of the clothing line. He also designed Princess Margaret’s daughters wedding dress in 1994.
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A popular choice for the princess’s designer. Sarah Burton took on the role of Creative Director for Alexander McQueen after his death in 2010. She managed to produce a great first collection and has been rumoured to have designed the royal dress for the past few months.
Image courtesy of Issa London
Designer of the label Issa, Daniella Helayel is said to be Kate’s favourite designer. She has also bagged herself an invite to the wedding, could this mean she is the one? Her signature style is bright and feminine.
Image courtesy of Temperley London
Kate’s sister was seen in this Alice Temperley’s shop recently, arousing suspicion that this could be the royal designer. Her label launched in 2000 for London Fashion Week and has since become more and more prestigious. The label specialises in wedding gowns for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and guests.
Image courtesy of bridesmagazine.co.uk
Philipa Lepley is one of the bookies faves. Her bridal business began in 1988 in South Kensington and business has been booming ever since. Her designs often appear in top bridal magazines.
Let Tellusfashion know who you think it will be.
I adore this whole attire. The colour scheme is amazing throughout; this gent has adapted his look to this seasons “sock” and “bold colours” trends with his bright orange woollen socks, making this look that extra bit edgy. Besides the socks, the trousers, blazer jacket, tie and shoes give the look neutralness with the pastel like creams and browns. The crisp white shirt adds simplicity bringing together all the other elements of the outfit. Did you notice how he has tucked his tie into his shirt? Smart idea right! I also like the fact that he rolled up the sleeves on his blazer allowing his tattooed sleeve on his right arm to show adding another element to this look.
Tellusfashion enjoy seeking out new designers, especially ones which are set to make the big time in the very near future.
Corrie Neilsen is just the type of designer we love discovering. Her style is romantic, drawing influences upon 18th century illustrators James Gillray and George Cruikshank. The A/W 11 collection is full of masculine tailoring in dark blacks and greys.
Corrie Neilsen graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004 with a BA First Class Honours Degree in Fashion Design Womenswear. She has since gone on to do various freelance projects before designing her own label.
The highlight of her career was when she won Fashion Fringe in 2010. Fashion Fringe is a nationwide search to discover new talent in cutting edge design across the UK.
We predict there are plenty more highlights to come for this American designer.
Images courtesy of London Fashion Week
Tellusfashion have just discovered a great new jewellery designer. SuShilla launched her collection early last year. The designs focus on the quality, colour, cut and texture of semi-precious stones. One of the major collections is Tallulah collection which incorporates unusual yet beautiful rough stones such as Smithsonite and Vessonite into the jewellery designs.
Rough stones are not the only gems which feature in the SuShilla collections, the only qualities they need to possess is to be interesting and of beautiful colour and depth. The delicate Julep and Oriel collections are more intricately designed and use these cut forms of stone.
Sushilla Done grew up travelling the world with her family. As a result a lot of cultures such as India, Morocco and Istanbul have inspired her designs.
She told The Oxford Times: “I was brought up in London until the age of 11 when my father began working with the United Nations. We moved to Khartoum in the Sudan and lived there for two years, then went on to Nairobi, followed by Zambia and Malawi. I don’t think you can spend that much time travelling as a teenager without it having a huge influence on you.”
Stockist include, Tate Britain, Ec One and Pearl & Queenie.
TellusFashion love a good Fashion Editorial and I imagine they give you future fashion names a whole lot of inspiration for shooting your own collections. I noticed this Editorial in the May Edition 2011 for Spanish Vogue. The shoot was styled by Katie Mossman and photographed by Greg Kadel. The shoot could only be described as seductive seventies and has a hot summer feel too. Its stunning.
Check out the images below
Images Courtesy of www.fashiongonerogue.com
Christopher Shannon is genius. OK he might not be a scientific genius but his menswear collection is really good. His collection is inspired by his interest in photojournalism and David Attenborough’s Planet series, where he noticed sportswear such as old tracksuit tops were worn by tribes along with their traditional clothes.
I love the mesh of different fabrics he has used. Nylon is mixed with knitted fabrics and Peruvian style embellishment. I also love how he scouts his models for his show from the street so they are just regular lads walking down the catwalk. He has truly changed peoples views on menswear. Can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next!
Images courtesy of LondonFashionWeek
One of the most recognisable, and most expensive, fashion trademarks is currently the subject of a lawsuit.
Christian Louboutin’s red soles are the recognised hallmark of a Louboutin, and now the designer has launched a lawsuit over copycat soles produced by YSL.
The lawsuit allegedly cites four models – YSL’s Palais, Woodstock, Tribtoo and Tribute as the culprits, with Louboutin stating these designs have all copied his patented red soles.
According to Refinery 29, Christian Louboutin is suing for a massive $1 million for infringing on his trademark style, and is quoted by the Telegraph’s fashion team as calling the soles “virtually identical”.
YSL are said to be making no comment on the offending shoes which are still on sale.
As Louboutin was awarded trademark rights over red soles in 2008, our money backs him as the victor, but at the time of press, the dispute was ongoing.
If you’re getting fed up of the ladylike trends which are so hot for spring, we have just the thing for you. Stripes are also big news for the season and are both more versatile and – dare we say it – masculine than the lace that’s been floating around.
Seen all over the catwalk, here are our stripy three of the best:
At Prada stripes were paired with another key trend – colour blocking. During both their womenswear and menswear shows, stripes were thick, bright and in one solid tone. The models wore flirty flamenco style dresses in citrus tones of bright orange, blocked with purple and black; or in azure and turquoise. Even accessories were striped – the key theme running through a fun collection.
Meanwhile, at Celine, stripes were less of a focus, but still present. Angular, structured tunics were shown in vertical and horizontal stripes in block, yet muted tones. The collection as a whole was much calmer, with the focus on nudes and neutrals, with stripes providing a pop of colour to break up the classic pieces. Wear your stripes the Celine way by pairing with classic shapes and pale tones.
If there is a bright trend to be found, you can be sure it will be seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Far from Celine’s French chic – stripes at Marc by Marc Jacobs were the calmest offering in the collection, mingling with 70s style big hair, ruffles and neon brights. Once again, stripes popped up in block rainbow tones, ranging from sunflower yellow to cool grey, on summery maxi dresses.
We recommend wearing your stripes in bold and bright tones for true summer sunshine style.
Name: Lee Kai
Occupation: Art Student
Favourite Place to Shop: Zara
I did not expect this attire from a 21 year old Art Student, but I like it alot. Speaking with Lee Kai more about his interests, he also makes films and music videos and have a very businessman attitude about him. Keeping the trilby, loafers and blazer/shirt combo casual with the dark jeans, I really liked the outfit. (He also carried a man-bag but he put it down for the shot, shame.)
Now this is what I call the new ‘suit and boot’. The contrast between the blazer, linen shirt and chinos to the banged-up air force 1 trainer boots seem to appear quite genius and unique. The choice of wearing worked-out air forces rather than fresh whites make the overall look appear to be more masculine, out ruling the femininity that could be perceived through the ‘fitted-ness’ of the garments worn. I even like the fact that the shirt hasn’t been buttoned all the way to the top, this for me adds to the scruffiness and masculinity, which is needed since he’s a rather well groomed fella.
If you are looking for up and coming fashion designers, then Tellusfashion is definitely the right place to start. High hopes have already been pinned on Dutch designer Michael Van Der Ham, and predictions that he will go far in the world of fashion have already been stated.
Michael Van Der Ham has a strong background in fashion designing. He graduated from Central Saint Martins college with an MA in fashion, and has interned for some impressive designers such as Alexander McQueen.
His A/W 11 collection hit the Newgen catwalk at London Fashion Week earlier this year. It is filled with feminine pieces; well fitting dresses made with shimmering velvet material, in deep autumnal colours.
Michael Van Der Ham is sure to be one to watch.Images courtesy of London Fashion Week
The clothing brand Mother of Pearl opened a pop up shop in New Bond Street, London, last night. The event attracted fashion bloggers and editors in their droves to discover what the next season holds for this well known brand.
Maia Norman is the creative director of Mother of Pearl. She has the unique ability to blend art into her designs, making her collections bright and bold. It is not surprising her collections are rich with these elements; after all, she has some pretty strong links with the art world. Her partner is the artist Damien Hirst, and she grew up heavily influenced by everything creative.
Each season, Mother of Pearl collaborates with different artists to produce different styles. For the A/W 11 collection she has collaborated with artist Keith Tyson, which brings stylish prints to the range. The right balance has been struck with this collaboration, and results make an artistic statement of their own.
My latest fashion obsession takes inspiration from Christopher Kane’s Pre Season Collection for SS11 which I mention in my post “The Rise of The Scottish Fashion Industry”. This obsession is of course Galaxy Print. This particular print has been used for many different garment shapes including leggings, tunics and bodys and I am dying to get my hands on at least one of them…
After some hours spent scouring Ebay, Asos Market Place and every online retailer I could think of, I stumbled across a fantastic Australian brand: Black Milk. Black Milk has by far, the best offering of Galaxy Print garments and embodies the same kind of brand aesthetics as American Apparel. Needless to say its a very cool and playful brand. So if you’re looking for an outfit (cue cheesy line) that’s out of this world then check them out and maybe take a little fashion inspiration from the pictures below. I can’t wait to try out some of these looks and hoping it will look pretty nice with my newly pink, dip dyed do!