Showing posts from August, 2011

Romantic Naturalism and The McQueen Effect

“I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”
—Alexander McQueen

The much-lauded Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has now closed. A total of 661,509 visitors makes it the most visited fashion exhibition in the museum’s history. I was recently asked to give an opinion about future trends in visual display/retail and I think we need look no further than this seminal event. It was just announced that it will be shown again in London but not until 2013. McQueen’s runway shows were well known for their sense of Victorian theatrical drama with sets that included birdcages, butterflies, feathered wings and antlers.  The exhibition, under the direction of curator, Andrew Bolton, successfully captured this spirit of Gothic splendor with its combinations of horror and romance.

Nature was the greatest, or at least the most enduring, influence upon McQueen. It was also …

Amy Winehouse in Fred Perry

"After much consideration and with the blessing of Amy's family, we have decided to release the AW11 Amy Winehousefor Fred Perry Collection. Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece.  In such circumstances the usual royalties and fees from the collection will be donated to the soon-to-be-established Amy Winehouse Foundation." 

Zara Phillips Gets Married

There's a chance you might not even know who she is but Zara Philips is technically a British princess is in fact 13th in line to the throne. Grand-daughter of The Queen, first cousin of William and Harry, she's spirited, athletic and very attractive. On July 30th in Scotland, she married another sporty-type, the former English rugby captain, Mike Tindall. Arriving on the arm of her father, Captain Mark Phillips, Zara wore a cap-sleeved, ivory silk gown designed by one of her grandmother's favorite couturiers, Stewart Parvin. The chevron-pleated bodice ended in dramatic inverted pleats on a dropped waist, designed to create a bell-shaped silhouette, while the concealed constructed corset had delicate fabric-covered buttons decorating the center back of the gown, running from the neckline to the hem.

The groom wore a morning suit from Saville Row tailor, Cad and the Dandy 

The bride wore the exquisite Greek Key tiara loaned to her by her mother, Princess Anne. I…