Posts tagged “Alexander McQueen

McQueen in the Top Ten…

It was announced by the Met, New York this year that Alexander McQueen’s exhibition is the eighth most viewed exhibition that has been put on at the musuem in its 140 year lifespan. What an amazing achievement for the designer and what a way to show how treasured he was a designer, artist and creator.

TellusFashion love McQueen as much as any other fashionista/fashionisto and we still get goosebumps looking back at his collections through his career. Its fair to say that Sarah Burton is doing the designer great justice and has exceeded expectations in the seasons following his death, but I don’t think she will ever be able to surprise and shock us in the way that McQueen once did and truely deliver to the same extent of McQueen collections we once knew.  As a fashion lover, I believe that his death is still a major loss to the industry and I don’t get the same excitement before a collection. TellusFashion are happy to see that his collections are still so significant and that they are appreciated as much as the likes of Picasso*.

Take a look below at some of Alexander McQueens most influential garments which were showcased at the New York Museum…

 

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*Picasso was recorded within the Top Ten exhibitions at the New York Met.

Source: Vogue.com

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Fashion weekly news update

Alexander McQueen leaves part of £16 million to charity

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Documents made public this week reveal that Alexander McQueen left behind an estate worth just over 16 million pounds at the time of his death. The designer, who committed suicide in Feb. 2010, left most of his fortune to charities, but also set aside portions for his siblings, household staff, and the upkeep of his dogs.

The bulk (and remainder) of his estate was left to his Sarabande charity with the suggestion that some money be used for scholarships at Central St. Martin’s in London, of which he was a graduate.

BCBG Max Azria’s President Ben Malka Poached By Halston

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In other fashion news this past month we’ve seen Sarah Jessica Parker, Harvey Weinstein, Marios Schwab, and board member Tamara Mellon walk away from Halston. Then rumors of clashes between the remaining board members, left brand owners Hilco Consumer Capital looking for a strong figure to help rebuild the brand, which is now focusing solely on the contemporary Halston Heritage line.

According to NewYork daily Ben Malka initially denied rumors that he would take over at Halston, but confirmed this week that he had left BCBG Max Azria Group to do just that. Malka was the president of BCBG since 2001, and worked at the company for sixteen years, during which time he solidified BCBG’s place in the contemporary womenswear market.

Malka’s move to Halston also means a cash infusion of $20 million for the company, as his position on the board requires a substantial investment, according to a Halston spokeswoman. The company is now owned entirely by Malka and Hilco Consumer Capital, the latter of which bought out former board members Sarah Jessica Parker and Harvey Weinstein when they jumped ship this past month.

Malka is also rumoured to be bringing Marie Mazelis, creative director of Herve Leger and Max Azria, with him. Mazelis has confirmed that she plans to leave BCBG Max Azria Group, but would not comment on her next move: “I haven’t made a final decision yet.” Malka, for his part, denied just last week that he wasn’t joining Halston then I guess in a week things changed who knows the same might happen to Mazelis.

Despite the fact that Marios Schwab has left the company, Halston still plans to deliver his Fall 2011 collection to stores. Malka has yet to decide whether Halston will produce a high-end line for Spring 2012, a spokeswoman from the brand further added.

For me I wonder at the of Holston? Will it become another copy of what Malka did at BCBG, or will he go in another direction only time will tell.

Sasha Pivovarova, Daria Strokous Both Score Upcoming Film Cameos

I love when the worlds of fashion and movies comes together.

This year making their cinematic day beau are two models Sasha Pivovarova, who plays Justin Timberlake’s mother-in-law in the sci-fi thriller In Time, out Oct. 28, and model Daria Strokous who makes an appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller Contagion, which is out Sept. 9 and boasts a cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet. No details have been released about Strokous’s role, but Pivovarova can be spotted in the trailer for In Time below.

Now let’s hope that their acting is better than other model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who was in Transformers: Dark of the Moon this year.
In my humble opinion her acting wasn’t all that great and feel, if this is what’s to be expected in future roles somebody needs to stick to their day job. (ouch that sounded nasty.)
I’m sorry it had to be said.

Enough of me been a movie critic Moving on to more fashion!!!!!

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Kanye west’s upcoming womenswear label seems to be all abuzz in fashion news of late.

With professor Louise Wilson, the director of the MA in fashion course at Central Saint Martins, working with West to collaborate on the collection it’s bounded to be well considered and put together in a way thats unexpected and inventive. (one to lock out for)

For those out there thinking that this will be a one-sided affair with West as the face and Lousie as the lackey doing all the work will have to think again with Louise herself stating that Kanye researches thoroughly into ideas and is hands on and committed to his work.”

Goldin and West have reportedly set up a studio in Paris, but Goldin is said to be keen to relocate to the United States, prompting rumors that West will show the label at New York Fashion Week.

West has also reportedly been working with Harper’s Bazaar Australia fashion editor and street style favorite Christine Centenera on the line. Centenera met West in March at the Fall 2011 shows during Paris Fashion Week, and has since been flown to Paris twice monthly to work on the collection in a consulting capacity. When asked for comment, Centenera apparently replied that West is a very private person and that it’s not her place to comment.

Nse Assangha


Costume Gala Institute 2011

This year the Costume Gala Institute is celebrating the works of the late and great Alexander McQueen at the Met, New York with the theme of the occassion based around his work.

The ball was filled with the Fashion Elite including Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and the most talked about female designer of the past week, Sarah Burton. Needless to say, it was a glamourous event and the outfits were stunning to say the least. Many celebrities chose to wear Alexander McQueen, in keeping with the event however TellusFashion can also confirm that the fashion stakes were running high with the likes of the Olsens in Givenchy and Dior respectively, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hailee Steinfeld in Stella McCartney, Crystal Renn and Christina Ricci both looking amazing in Zac Posen and the ever stylish Alexa Chung wearing Christopher Kane. My favourites however, had to be one of my biggest style influences Florence Welsh in Yves Saint Laurent and Leelee Sobieski in Vionnet.

Check the pictures out below,  courtesy of www.fashionologie.com

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Caught Royal Wedding Fever

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…

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Queen Victoria

Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Margaret

Princess Diana

Princess Catherine?!


The future (fashion) queen of England

Following speculation last week that Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen may be designing the wedding dress, critics have been prompted to ask, just how stylish is Kate Middleton?

The question is well timed as a £650 Burberry trench she wore this week sold out in 24 hours, and the dress that originally caught Prince William’s eye in a university fashion show has gone under the hammer at auction, selling for a staggering £78,000. Although the future princess has been seen leaning away from more traditional styles to contemporary designers such as Alice Temperley, pieces chosen by Kate Middleton are universally snapped up by the public.

Despite her ability to champion young British talent, Kate is usually seen in classic styles more suited to a royal-in-waiting. When she visited St Andrews with Prince William last month she was snapped in a classic, but somewhat old for the young princess-to-be, two piece suit by Luisa Spagnoli.

This leads to the all important question – is Burton designing her wedding dress? Hilary Alexander, the Telegraph’s fashion guru, called the rumours ‘a bold and brilliant decision’. Although some have suggested McQueen’s penchant for the outlandish and exaggerated is a touch too much for a royal wedding, most have welcomed the suggestion. So now the public waits, for Waity Katie, to confirm the rumours which continue to circulate.

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Photo by Royal-News/Flickr Creative Commons)


Sarah Burton’s Collection Stuns Audiences.

Sarah Burton was perhaps the woman with the biggest expectations thrust upon her shoulders. She is the woman that was famously handed the Alexander McQueen legacy, the woman that had to live up to huge standards and make the deceased Lee Alexander McQueen proud.

 

Here at Tellusfashion we believe she has done just that. And it is not just us that think this, many fashion critics across the globe agree. Her autumn/winter collection was showcased at Paris Fashion Week, and many acclaimed the likeness, and indeed the believed approval, of the collection to her predecessor.

 

The collection, entitled ‘The Ice Queen and her Court’ used shades of white, black and lilac, embodied onto the typical McQueen silhouette. Hand-loomed silks, wool tweeds, animal fur, velvet and organza adorned the collection, giving this icy show a softer edge to it.

 

The general thoughts on the collection were unanimous; she really had surpassed expectation. She is everything the late Alexander McQueen would have hoped for and possibly more in his successor.

 

And what is more, there are rumours that a certain princess has asked the McQueen fashion house to design her wedding gown. Things are sure going in the right direction for Ms Burton!Images courtesy of Style.com


Kennedy Purple Glasgow

Ladies of Glasgow, our wishes may have just came true… carrying a REAL designer handbag will no longer be an unrealistic dream because I have found the solution to our problem – Kennedy Purple.

Kennedy Purple is an online company based in Glasgow. Its one of a kind to Scotland and allows us lucky fashionistas to snap up the must have designer pieces at an affordable rental cost. The great thing is having such a varied amount to choose from. That way we can pretend we are super rich and have the best accessories in Glasgow. What a fantastic idea to break the market in Glasgow and we love Kennedy Purple here at TellusFashion!

I spoke to two of the girls from Kennedy Purple to find out more about the company, Joanne Halley (JH) – CEO of Kennedy Purple and Victoria McFadyen (VM) who is the Marketing Assistant!

So Kennedy Purple is a rental company for designer handbags. Where did it all start?

JH: The company launched in 2009, and our new, and re-designed website went live in February this year.Of course we want Kennedy Purple to be the best it can be so we took on board feedback from our users to improve the site and we’re really pleased with the results.

I started the company after hearing about bag rental in the film ‘Sex and the City’, and loved the idea. I think all women deserve a bit of luxury but not all of us can afford designer pieces much as we would like to, so renting is an ideal alternative and means that people can chop and change as much as they like.

What do you do at Kennedy Purple? What are the perks of your job and what excites you most about working for them?

VM: I’m the marketing assistant at Kennedy Purple but because I’m in my final year of university I’m really just blogging for the company at the moment (http://mskennedypurple.blogspot.com/). The perks are definitely a different designer item every fortnight and a super friendly boss – you don’t get many of them these days! Because it’s a new company I’ve loved spreading the word and watching people get really excited about this innovative idea. It’s hard to spread the word about an online only company so it’s been an exciting challenge to try do something different for the company.

What is the most popular bag on the site?

Our Chanel piece is the most popular, closely followed by the purple Alexander McQueen Elvie bag. Both gorgeous and super-luxurious!

Chanel Bag at Kennedy Purple

Alexander McQueen Elvie Kennedy Purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are a lot of people interested in renting designer bags in Glasgow? Why do you think this is?

As the company is online, we can rent to anyone in the UK. The feedback from people in Glasgow, and outwith has been great. I think renting does offers many a more realistic alternative to buying a designer piece. Buying a designer bag in particular is a big investment and renting allows you to try before you buy, or just have an endless variety of pieces rather than spending all your money on one then feeling like you have to use it all the time to justify the spend.

If you had to choose a bag to rent from the site this season what one would it be and why?

The gold Mulberry Alexa! Only 40 were made and we were so lucky to snap one up. It’s a perfect size for everyday use and brightens up any outfit. With the summer growing ever closer as well, I’ve got my eye on the Angel Jackson Bright Rio bag because it’s a perfect day to night bag.

Limited Edition Mulberry Alexa in Gold at Kennedy Purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a lot of competition for this kind of business in Glasgow?

In Glasgow, there is no competition that we are aware of but there are other sites in the UK.

Are you based online or is there a store that enables consumers to go along and see the bags for themselves?

At the moment we’re an online only company. We recently revamped the website so it’s looking great! We’ve spoken about doing pop up shops before though to let people touch the bags so keep your eyes peeled!

What is the product offering on the site? Is it solely bags or do you offer other designer goods for rental?

No we rent jewellery and accessories as well which are perfect for special events. There’s plenty of statement pieces to choose from to make your designer experience complete.

House of Harlow Stardust Necklace at Kennedy Purple

Patricia Field Studded Belt at Kennedy Purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Kennedy Purple! What a great little business they have and I know I will making a list of gorgeous accessories to rent out very soon!

Go check out this amazing company at: www.kennedypurple.com or click on the pictures above for a direct link to the wonderous accessories at Kennedy Purple

Heather

Images Courtesy of Kennedy Purple