Friday, 21 March 2014

Incorporating Art into your wardrobe

I have always believed 'Fashion is Art', particularly when you think of the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivian Westwood, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and many more. There has been a different fashion movement going on the last couple years where the reverse has been true and Art has inspired Fashion. The designs of Frida Khalo, Picasso, Miro and eras such as Modernist, Baroque, Renaissance to name a few has been popping up on the runways.
Although I don't follow trends as I keep saying, I am finding this movement interesting and refreshing. There are intelligent and cultural complexities in the design of art in fashion.
I decided to write this post on 'Cubism' used in fashion and the use of block colours. This artistic movement was formed by Picasso and Braque and was inspired by 3D shape design and predominately primary colours. For me It is more about the influences of that art era using objects that are torn and reshaped in an abstract manner, symbolising that era rather than actual graphic prints of their art on fabric. Below is my interpretation of 'cubism fashion' and how it can be incorporated easily into your wardrobe, especially the work arena, hence adding to my post 'working it'  where I discussed jazzing up your work wardrobe. 
Many of the designs are flattering due to positioning of the shapes and colours.
I could have kept going and placed many more examples but there are too many wonderful Cubist inspired frocks out there to mention. But by all means, ask me for more tips if you like!!

Dresses, skirts, Pants
Colour blocked pants are a great alternative to plain pants...flattering due to the vertical panels generally placed on the sides. 
The abstract patterns with contrasting colours are very flattering especially if the detail  is around the stomach as it is distracting to the eye. Gorgeous coats in primary colours teamed with bright coloured pants are a bold corporate look.
These are great dresses for the corporate world. Notice again how the shapes are positioned around the tummy area. In my view these dresses have the slimming effect. Jackets can easily be added. Accessorise as I always say to do, this makes the look more interesting.... and even better add a graphic bag. 
A-Line and shift dresses can be pretty and feminine. Add bold colours with accessories and shoes. Go a little wild with handbags.  No matchy-matchy. 
The graphic dress: The asymmetrical design of the dress along with all the varied patterns on  make this style of dress a statement.  Tee it up with boots or nice heels and some pretty earrings.  
Cubist inspired skirts worn with sharp lined jackets. These three diverse styles can be worn with open toe shoes in the summer or boots/closed in shoes for winter. As you can see shapes and colours are mixed carefully making them interesting. 

Black and White
It is not all about bold colour with Cubist style. Sharp, hard edges in black and white...always very smart: sexy tuxedo jackets, wrap coats and dresses. There again is the 'slimming' dress with the black panels running horizontally down the sides giving you the illusion of a trim waist line. Chic looks for both the work and social areas. 

Night Time Glamour
Beautiful maxi dresses with sharp colour contrast are a wonderful change for the night time affair
Long Shift dresses with bold patterns are a real statement. Be daring and go for colour, and wear the dresses with equally colourful shoes and pretty handbags. 
Elegant and simple cut dresses with sharp lines are a proven formula. A dress like this is flattering with both horizontal and vertical lines blending. Wear it as a gorgeous cocktail dress with a sharp edged handbag or soften the look with multi-beaded one. There is no right or wrong with this.

I don't know about you, but I love this movement and know that if offers so much creative scope in your wardrobe. 

 If you'd like further help in incorporating this look in your wardrobe or for any styling consultations contact me via my email

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Underwater Glamour

Fashion + photography + Underwater = Breathtaking Art 
Underwater fashion photography has been popular for years now. This unique style ranges from magazine editorials that show models gracefully submerged under water fully clothed in haute couture, some even in home decor settings (like photo above), to underwater fairytale creative shoots for books and personal family albums as you will see below. Although I had seen over the years some underwater fashion photographs, they didn't capture my attention as much as now. Maybe it's the calmness and elegance of these images that resonate with me now in this super busy world we live in. Either way you can't deny that these photos are anything but beautiful art. The collaboration of skilled photographers, makeup artists, choreographers, graceful models, glamorous fashion and 'water' is simply beautiful. I want to be a part of it.....just like a mermaid.
Clearly it is more complicated to photograph underwater than on land. To understand the world of underworld photography click on fashion photographer Aaron Wong  as he writes on the subject and gives you tips on how to do it. Personally, I'll leave it to the professionals...the fun for me would be dressing in a Dior gliding through the water. Oh dear! I wonder what happens to the wet garments?
Aaron Wong Photography

One of the most famous underwater photographers is Bahrain born/London raised Zena Holloway. Her images below leave me speechless. Click on her name to view more images of her work. 

Family albums: Yes kids and pets too are also stars under the water

And then there is 'funk' underwater it. 

It all looks like many hours of fun...and hard work. 
See you soon Gess X