Industry Inspo: Carolin Holzhuber

All images via Carolin Holzhuber

All images via Carolin Holzhuber

As you can probably tell, aside from my own personal style, my taste in fashion tends to err towards the avante garde. Victor & Rolf, Iris Van Herpen and Chromat are just a few of my favourites - I prefer for fashion to be scintillating and unexpected as opposed to something I can very clearly see lining my entire wardrobe (although I wouldn't mind that either). Recently, I discovered yet another amazing addition to my roster of faves: the fantastically eccentric shoes of Austrian-born footwear designer, Carolin Holzhuber. 

As with most things these days, I came across her work purely by chance through my Instagram feed and I was instantly mesmerized. I've seen (and even tried on) some pretty crazy shoes in my day but these (part of her Autumn/Winter '14, showcased for #tbt) were next level. 

As per her website, this collection, appropriately titled, 'Conjoined Illusion' was all about mirroring, reflection, visual illusion and of course, conjoined twins. I love that she didn't just lightly touch upon, tease or play with the idea of duality. Homegirl straight up replicated the shoe itself and clapped it on to the bottom of said shoe, as if you could just flip it around and wear it either which way. I love that sort of unapologetic approach to design, it tends to produce genius results. For the 5,0001 of you that are foaming at the mouth to ask, "How do you walk in those?" (omg y'all are so annoying, I'm sorry), it seems pretty clear to me that, for the most part, the concept seems similar to illusion heels (aka 'heel-less shoes'). They basically work and feel like a very narrow (and very high) platform wedge heel. For those of you asking, "WHAT ARE THOOOSSEEE?!" The answer is ART.

For her Spring/Summer '16 collection, Carolin says it best, "I didn't see symbiosis only as a biological phenomenon but also as a metaphor that everyone needs another one to support each other, to be able to live. My aim was to show this in my new designs. I tried to create a merged harmony of shapes and sizes." Sure enough, when I look at each shoe, their components seem like a series of parts that would seem disparate without one another but fit together beautifully, like a sophisticated game of tetris. I also love her editorial imagery, the styling and photography works wonderfully with the product.

Overall, I'm completely enamoured with Carolin's use of smooth, sleek lines and luxury materials and how she skillfully combines them in a contemporary way. She produces each piece herself in a workshop in East London. Be sure to check her out on Facebook and Instagram.

xo,

Dayana

Runway Review: Details II

When we last left off, London Fashion Week had just kicked off. Below are some more Autumn/Winter '15 looks that stood out to me during Fashion Month...

 

1. Simone Rocha

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The delicacy of the white and sheer pieces in this collection set my heart a-flutter. I love different takes on lace and/or playing with the idea of opacity and the graphic shapes used were genius in my opinion.

 

2. David Koma

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I loved the sexy shapes and silhouettes shown in this collection. For being all-black, it certainly made an impact. The show made me think of perhaps a more ready-to-wear version of what Chromat is known for: feminine yet dangerous at the same time.

 

3. Jacquemus

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By now you know I'm all about the avante-garde and unexpected. Though nothing in this show came across as particularly wearable, I appreciated the different point of view (although I'm not gonna lie - I'd love to see how some of these pieces translate to the streets).

 

4. Stella Jean

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Stella Jean is a staple favourite of mine and I've yet to be disappointed. I love the juxtraposition of masculine/feminine, hard/soft, prints and cultures in all of her work. This colourful pom-pom boyfriend blazer is adorable and I need it in my closet, post-haste!

 

5. Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne is another regular favourite and I immediately fell in love with this particular look. I'm digging the floor length fringe skirt, paisley patterned men's jacket and how both pieces look one on top of the other. Her styling is always so on point!

 

6. Sacai

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Sacai is a label I never would have gotten into had I not worked at a luxury department store but I'm glad for the introduction! The stuff can really be a breath of fresh air amongst the racks of the erring on conservative wares that buyers tend to go for. For someone who is Winter's Number 9 Billionth fan, I gotta say I loved the coats coming down the runway. So elaborate but so good.

 

7. Iris Van Herpen

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Iris is one of those designers/artists that never fail to amaze and inspire me. Words cannot even describe her work, to be honest so I'll just leave this here and urge you to check her out for yourself!

 

8. Miu Miu

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Sometimes I find myself more enamored by the styling of a collection rather than the actual design elements and this was definitely the case with Miu Miu. It gives me a little Stella Jean, a little J. Crew catalogue and a whole lotta, "I'll take one of each look, please!"

 

9. Valentino

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You didn't think I would gloss over this amazing pop culture moment, did you? Full disclosure: I am not the greatest lover of Ben Stiller and/or Will Ferrell movies. As such, it took a lot of convincing (I was forced) to watch Zoolander in the first place. Honestly, I'm just glad I got the the reference but obviously the collection itself was gorgeous and Be-I mean, Derek and Hansel really killed it on the runway! Heck, they even got Anna Wintour to crack a smile!

Any standout moments for you? Looking forward to Toronto Fashion Week? Let me know!

xo, 

Dayana

Runway Review: Details

Fashion month is well underway and it's all I can do to keep up! Although it can all seem like one big blur of high fashion, there have been a couple of looks that leapt out at me amongst the sea of Instagram videos, Twitter posts and countless slideshows.

1. Delpozo

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A) Sweater. B) Goals. I love everything about this look not least of which being the palpable sense of ease and comfort. The knit detailing is nothing short of amazing and I love how seamlessly it works into the simpler cable knit turtleneck. The sleek pony, minimal makeup, perfect slacks and adorable shoes are the cherry on top of a look that says, "I'm the most awesome New Yorker you'll ever meet."

2. Proenza Schouler

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I want nothing more than to acquire this look and wear it everyday for the rest of my life. It is everything that I love: heather grey, skin tight, midi-length, long sleeves, turtleneck, cut-outs and cool hosiery to boot. Seriously, it's like I typed all that into some sort of internet Make Your Sartorial Dreams Come True Generator and this outfit came out. Definitely playing with unconventional methods for showing off my tights next season.

3. Chromat

Image by Richard Gasparro via TheUpcoming.co.uk

Image by Richard Gasparro via TheUpcoming.co.uk

By now you should know I am all about crazy lingerie. Chromat is definitely one of my faves in this respect. I not only loved the (surprising) range of each look but the diversity shown in the models as well. I love it when a show goes beyond having spectacular, Gotta-Have-It clothes and dares to have a message that resonates as well. 10/10, would endlessly lust after. 

4. Jonathan Saunders

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Full disclosure, I was moreso in love with the boots in this show than the actual fashions. Don't get me wrong, Jonathan Saunders did a great job as always, but lace-up leather thigh-high boots are my jaaammm. I loved his use of colour and flirty retro-inspired silhouettes but the accessories were the real stars for me.

5. Mary Katrantzou

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I loved this take on a mermaid skirt in the Mary Katrantzou show. I equally enjoyed the fabrics and colours used and how she styled each look. There's something equally gamine and ladylike about the whole show and I kind of look forward to seeing this trend trickle down to the high street and seeing how it plays out, to be honest.

Any particular looks or shows catch your eye? Comment down below!

xo, 

Dayana

Cloakroom

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I think even the most fashion-obsessed of us can admit to being a little callous with the way we treat our clothes sometimes. At the end of the day, we treat them like mere rags or products to be collected, shown off and discarded. Interesting, considering the myriad of emotions clothes are able to instill in us. We covet, we swoon, we hate, we hurt...and yet, how soon after these garments are taken off our bodies and thrown into their respective (or non-respective) places in our bedroom do we forget about them and move on?

Cloakroom is an hour-long performance by award-winning actor and ethereal creature Tilda Swinton alongside fashion historian Olivier Saillard. The premise of the show, which is interactive, is centred around a common coat check, with Tilda playing the "coat check girl". Taking pieces from the audience itself, Tilda enthrals as she finds a connection with each piece. And by connection, I mean anything from talking to, wearing, laughing with even hiding from the article of clothes given to her. I would have loved to see this show in person but images will have to do.  

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This has definitely prompted me to take a closer look at my relationship with my wardrobe. Not just how the clothes make me feel and not in a "I'm gonna wear a different sock each day so none of them get jealous" type of way but, as Tilda so expertly conveys, the role each piece plays in my life (whether big or small), what place they hold in my memories, etc. I think it might be a fun exercise, don't you?

xo,

Dayana

Do We Love? Paris Couture Fashion Week

I look forward to Paris Couture Fashion Week every season, it just fills me with such inspiration and nostalgia. Seeing masters of the craft push their limits (and ours) is not only stimulating but brings me back to my childhood days. Back then, I thought Runway Fashion was meant to be completely over-the-top and by no means wearable. I thought the point was to make the most ridiculous, unattainable outfits you could sketch on paper come to life. To reinvent the wheel over and over again. I guess in some ways I was kind of right?

The trip down memory lane aside, I thought I'd share some of my favourite looks from some of my favourite shows this season.

1. Christian Dior

What struck me the most about this collection were the details more so than the silhouettes (it's usually the reverse). I loved the combination of ethereal dresses and tops, ultra-feminine floral prints, a vibrant colour palette and the rigidity of the vinyl booties and thigh-highs (Which. Were. To. DIE for). Raf Simons was inspired by David Bowie and his ability to convey himself as more than just a person but an idea, a look, a feel. Futuristic details were juxtaposed with retro 50s, 60s and 70s silhouettes for an altogether effortlessly chic look.

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2. Viktor & Rolf

I've always been a huge fan of Viktor and Rolf. I love their overly graphic, in-your-face, avante-garde approach to fashion. This season was no exception. They started out with a look that was simple, if not a little pedestrian and turned it completely on its head. A basic babydoll dress, flip-flops and straw hat (2/3 of which I would never be caught dead wearing) became the genesis for a world of whimsy (teetering very close to the edge of just plain insane). As the show progressed so did, well, everything else. The dress got wider (with help from a petticoat underneath), pops of colour grew in intensity and the straw hat seemed like it would reach out to the front row if given the chance. Although this idea of going from 0-60 in the time it takes to go through a well curated runway soundtrack is not new with Viktor and Rolf, I appreciate their continuously fresh take on it nevertheless.

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3. Ulyana Sergeenko

I loved the more intimate feel of this show and thought it went perfectly with the collection. Such minute attention to detail and exquisite workmanship can't really be appreciated from a fast stomp down the runway. Known for her steadfast commitment to represent her home country (Russia) and its many traditions, this time was no different as Sergeenko took inspiration from Georgia and Armenia. I loved how each piece was all at once lady-like yet palpable in its strength, like Sergeenko's own version of an Ice Princess. There was something cold and unattainable about the collection as a whole yet I still found myself wanting to be this person (or at least own her wardrobe). You can definitely say I had visceral reaction. 

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4. Bouchra Jarrar

Bouchra Jarrar's collection was perhaps a bit of a departure from your typical couture show (which is usually all about eveningwear/"occasion pieces" and at least one bridal look) but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I loved the slouchy PVC pants (of course), biker-chic asymetric zip jackets/mini skirts and interesting fox fur accessories. With the added touch of crisp white shirts, the overall feel was very Bad Girl meets Uptown. Perhaps what I loved the most about the show was the styling of each look and maybe that isn't really the point of a couture show but I appreciate Jarrar's guts for going right when everybody else was going left.

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5. Honourable Mentions

There were of course other shows I enjoyed (but not as much as the ones above). I loved Armani Privé's spin on the (played out, imo) typical asian-inspired theme. This time, the delicate qualities and strong shapes of Bamboo was the point of departure for this collection and I think it played out quite nicely. Jean Paul Gaultier can always be counted for some good tongue-in-cheek high fashion. Titled "61 Façons de Se Dire Oui" (61 Ways to Say Yes), rather than finish with a bridal bang, he turned the whole show into a wedding fiasco (and actually finished with the revered Naomi Campbell as a literal bouquet) with each look being a different interpretation of a blushing bride. Finally, while Atelier Versace started out a little slow, I'm sure we've all seen the gorgeously sexy cut-out gowns posted all over the 'net by now.  Taking a cue from the female form, it is said that there was "not a straight line to be found" in the whole collection (interesting considering the structural silhouettes of some of the dresses).

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What were some of your faves from Couture Week? Let me know!

xo,

Dayana