Style Watch: Alexa Chung

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Ah, Alexa. I don’t know exactly what you do for a living, but who cares, when you bring me so much joy with your choice of threads and kooky combinations.

Let us marvel at the husky voiced enigma that is, Ms Chung. (But seriously, what does she do for a living? Model? DJ? Presenter? Muse? All of the above? I need to check out her LinkedIn profile)

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Oh, Alexa, ya big fashion ride.

Image source: Vogue, Pinterest, Elle UK, Daily Mail, Celebrity Hive

 

 

In the Fold – Exhibition at Kildare Village

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In the Fold – an exhibtion that showcased eight up and coming Irish designers, which exhibited at International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week in March – has now launched at Kildare Village.

Kildare Village was the main sponsor for In the Fold, brought to you by Irish Design 2015 and curated by Gemma A. Williams, under the direction of Aisling Farinella – Fashion & Textiles Advisor for ID2015. The eight designers involved were; Rory Parnell Mooney, Michael Stewart, Caoimhe MacNeice, Naoise Farrell, Richard Malone, Jocelyn Murray Boyne, Oliver Duncan and Laura Kinsella.

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Guests at Kildare Village will have the unique opportunity to see the work of these innovative young designers and attend a series of fashion and design focused talks to take place at Kildare Village each week. The series of events hosted by Kate Coleman from Le Cool Dublin, will allow guests and design aficionados to meet with some of the designers and engage with them around each unique area of expertise.

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We attended the launch of this beautifully curated exhibtion in Kildare and had the pleasure of hearing four of the designers speak about their journey during In the Fold and London Fashion Week, life after college, and what Ireland can do for up and coming designers to progress their careers – within Ireland – and make the world outside college a little less daunting.

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One to watch: Designer Richard Moore spoke articlately and with passion about being true to yourself as a designer, the waste that luxury fashion houses produce, and how he believes the Irish fashion industry can improve and nurture new talent. At twenty two, this kid is seriously going places.

If you are taking a visit to Kildare Village pop in, its really worth a look. You can also engage with these talented designers in exclusive events at Kildare Village throughout May:

Thursday 21 May: ‘Sustainability of Fashion’ with Richard Malone

Saturday 23 May: ‘The Craft of Weaving’ with Oliver Duncan Doherty

All events are complimentary but booking is essential as spaces are limited!
To reserve your place:
email RSVP@KildareVillage.com
telephone (045) 534 945

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Image source: Kildarevillage.com

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London Fashion Week 2015

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Fashion Week season is coming to a close in Paris, ending weeks of major fashion highs – the Chanel French Brasserie show at the Grand Palais, Zoolander’s cameo at Valentino, J.Crew’s ‘sequins are the new black’ moment in NYC, and fresh talent that we have come to expect from London Fashion Week. Here is a look at my trip to London for the International Fashion Showcase, at LFW. A stunning, innovative, and otherworldly exhibition.

Eight up and coming Irish designers were invited to show their work at an exhibition entitled Into the Fold at the prestigious British Fashion Council, International Fashion Showcase. This event was supported by Irish Design 2015 and Kildare Village, and was the first time that Ireland has showcased at the event.

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The exhibition, curated by Gemma A. Williams, selected designers Caoimhe MacNaoise, Richard Malone, Jocelyn Murray Boyne, Michael Stewart, Naoise Farrell, Rory Parnell Mooney, Oliver Duncan and Laura Kinsella to show their work during the four day exhibition, along with one hundred and thirty designers from thirty countries.

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And other countries…………….

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And a trip to London would not be complete without a taste of the quirky street-style. I must say, I did enjoy all the young people lurking around Somerset House in the hope of getting photographed with their – probably high-street – version of LFW. From the cooky to the insane, London had it all. And why not?!

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Image source: WEAR It/dublin, Anthony Woods, ID2015

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Marc Jacobs: ‘I am appalled by the whole social media thing’

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Marc Jacobs Inc. is a social media fan. Having read the interview Jacobs did with Suzy Menkes for Vogue, I did some online stalking and it would seem that Twitter – up to four accounts for different sides of the company – and Instagram have been, and are, very good to Mr Jacobs and his team. No successful, global organisation could suggest that they could survive without social media in this day and age. So, when I read this headline, I was a little surprised – having also seen Marc himself stand in for many a celebrity selfie on tropical holidays with Ms. Moss and Campell et al. But having read on, I can’t help but agree with his comments, to some degree.

“I am so appalled by the whole social media thing,” he said. “I don’t get it, it doesn’t appeal to me, neither does a computer, or working on a laptop. I don’t want to read a book on a device. I like a book with a hard cover, and text on a piece of paper. I like magazines. I don’t care if I carry around 100lbs of magazines, I’d rather do that than look at them on the internet. I am just not of that generation. I get the allure of it, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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He continued, by scalding younger designers who think they’re on the cutting edge of fashion; “You know, I am an older person now, I’m going to be 52 in a couple of months, but I look at young fashion and it seems like it’s all the same – the idea of what is edgy or cool. It’s style with no substance; it doesn’t really seem born of anything. I don’t see the rebellion or edge in it. It just looks like a cliche: salad oil in the hair, Frankenstein shoes and the trappings of punk and all these other things.”

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The older generation of designers have long been bewildered by the use of social media, and feel that it suppresses the creative process. In 2012, Yohji Yamamoto told WWD that designers were losing creativity via their love of the internet. “We are losing those young people because we have too much information by media, especially through computers. We can see everything at the same time, so already they are spoiled too much. So when we have talk sessions with young designers or students, I tell them: ‘Be bright. Your eyes have become dirty.'”

Whether in a creative or more corporate environment, we are all guilty of being a slave to surfing – and not the Mediterranean sea kind. We spend hours ‘researching’ our chosen topic online instead of looking around us, or above us, or next to us. There is inspiration everywhere. And, online, there is distraction everywhere. You may have an amazing idea or concept, but once you Google this, you will inevitably find someone who has tried it, or a variation of it – as they say, nothing is new. But does this make you want to move forward and do it better, or sit back and feel disheartened that something similar already exists? The volume of information online can cloud our process and make us doubt our taste and originality.

Jacobs statement on ‘trappings of punk’ in new design is a little unfair. When it comes to fashion, the past is continuously reborn – look at the current re rebirth of the 70’s in almost every collection at London Fashion Week and beyond. But the use of online media to propel existing creativity, rather than enhance a potential idea, is something everyone, including Marc Jacobs Inc with their many social media accounts, should embrace. We cannot hide from it, we need it.

Just make sure to look up from that iPhone and see what’s around you.

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