Saturday, 17 February 2018

Burberry: The February Show-Bailey's last stand...

Hello lovelies!



This is a bittersweet post for me to write, as today saw the very last collection from Christopher Bailey for Burberry.  He's been a revolutionary over the past seventeen years at the house; from copyrighting the Nova check and reclaiming it back from the hands of nineties chavs, to being at the forefront of the 'see now, buy now' revolution.  It goes without saying that I absolutely adore him.  Some of my favourite fashion and music moments have come from the Burberry runway, particularly  discovering James Bay and enjoying listening to my hero Paloma Faith belt out tunes from her third album; both provided a soundtrack to some of the most beautiful clothes and exquisite tailoring that I've ever witnessed.  I could go on and on about how much I love Bailey and why (and if you check back over some of my old posts, I definitely do!) but this post should be all about his final collection, and he certainly went out with a bang!  I should probably mention as well, that if you'd like to watch the show for yourself, or pre-order the collection (or buy depending on when you're reading this!) you can do so here.

Image taken from Vogue.com

The evening began with space-age lighting and haunting vocals.  Then, out of the darkness appeared Adwoa Aboah wearing a rainbow-striped maxi skirt and an oversized graffiti-print cashmere hoodie.  It was clear from the outset that this collection was going to be fun, with a bold use of colours featured.  Old met new, as Bailey brought back reissues from the archives of his reign, some as they were intended and others with a more modern twist.  Modern pieces also took reference from history, such as the red Stewart tartan trousers, which screamed Vivienne Westwood and 1977 punk.  Chequered pieces clashed, doodles met tailoring, and the classic Nova was reinvented with a rainbow-stripe.  Featured on a lot of the pieces, the rainbow pattern related to the theme of the show, a nod to Bailey's support of three LGBTQ+ charities in what is being dubbed the Rainbow Legacy, a symbol of inclusiveness and joy and in celebration of diversity.

'My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to - and in support of - some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world.  There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.' -Christopher Bailey

My highlights from the collection were the reconditioned coats and trench coats, a long black, military style coat (a nod to the amazing Burberry tailoring I've grown to love so much!), the fun accessories such as the rainbow print bag and rainbow-chequered scarf and the fun rainbow puffer-jacket.  There was so much beauty and fun in this collection, it will surely be remembered as one of Bailey's best.

Image taken from Vogue.com

The showed was closed by Cara Delevingne in her first runway appearance since 2016, wearing a coat of many colours akin to Joseph's, although I sincerely doubt his was lined with Burberry's trademark check.  The lights formed a rainbow-coloured prism as the models took their final walk, and Bailey his final bow, met with a rapturous applause.  Gone but never forgotten, Christopher Bailey if you're reading this, thanks so much for the amazing memories!

Image credit, The New York Times 

Until next time lovelies,

Kay xx
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

CATWALKING: FASHION THROUGH THE LENS OF CHRIS MOORE at The Bowes Museum...

Hello lovelies!  

I come bearing some very exciting fashion news today; The Bowes Museum will be hosting a major fashion exhibition in July, featuring the work of legendary fashion photographer, Chris Moore!  As well as displaying his original photographs, the world's greatest fashion houses will be loaning the museum some of the featured catwalk outfits!  The Bowes Museum has held some amazing fashion exhibitions over the last few years (check out some of them here in my round up or search 'Bowes' on my home page) confirming its status as the place for fashion history in the North of England; this exhibition definitely won't disappoint! Here are all of the details:

CATWALKING: FASHION THROUGH THE LENS OF CHRIS MOORE
7th July 2018 – 6 January 2019

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The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce a major new exhibition, CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore, from July 2018.

The show will present original fashion photographs by Chris Moore, the undisputed king of catwalk photography. Moore has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades and still today he is capturing all the iconic catwalk moments - in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

The exhibition is an exclusive opportunity to see 200 original photographs, chosen by Moore from his extensive archive, capturing the key moments at legendary fashion shows including those at Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, John Galliano, Comme des Garҫons, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.  A selection of original catwalk outfits, as seen in the accompanying photographs, will be lent to the Museum by the world’s leading fashion houses in a unique collaboration.

CATWALKING brings a rare insight into the fashion world, with previously unseen images and glimpses of behind-the-scenes at shows. Charting the startling evolution of fashion over six decades, the exhibition demonstrates the impact that new designers had on fashion, the rebirth of haute couture, and the rise of the supermodel.

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Born in Newcastle, Moore entered the world of fashion in 1954, aged just 20, when he began work at Vogue Studio in London, assisting photographers including Henry Clarke and Cecil Beaton. By the late 1960s he was documenting the collections of designers such as Paco Rabanne, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Moore has worked with all the leading UK national newspapers and is also the founder of Catwalking.com, the first UK website dedicated to catwalk imagery.

The exhibition expands on Catwalking: photographs by Chris Moore, published by Laurence King, with words by Alexander Fury, an award-winning fashion journalist and critic. Fury, co-curator of the exhibition, said of its concept: “The excitement is in combining the ephemeral with the eternal – translating the fleeting ‘fashion moment’, experienced by so few at the international collections, cementing it through the reality of the clothes, and translating into an exhibition all can enjoy. These clothes will literally ‘leap,’ out of the images and back to life again.”

Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at The Bowes Museum, said: “Chris Moore is the eye that shows the catwalk to the world.  Our exhibition charts the evolution of fashion in displaying clothes and accessories by the top designers that are captured in Chris’s photographs - Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Comme des Garçons, Giles Deacon and Jean Paul Gaultier, to name just a few! I’m excited and honoured to be working with Chris Moore and Alex Fury, as The Bowes Museum becomes home to an exclusive fashion exhibition once again.”

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The exhibition opens on 7 July 2018, running until 6 January 2019.

I'll see you there!

Kayleigh x


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