WHAT IS “HIGHBROW” ANYWAY?

In a culture obsessed with celebrities, those of prolific talent as well as those with a penchant for sex tapes and twerking, the lines between high and lowbrow are blurring. The words “style icon” are coined very loosely around figures in the media deemed to be notoriously “lowbrow” such as the likes of Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus. But with the levels of fame and popularity rising amongst such “clans” of celebrities, is the nature of what is “highbrow” actually changing? And what even is the meaning of “highbrow” nowadays anyway?

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I personlly hate the terms high and lowbrow and the notion that it is already decided for me what is intellectually stimulating and what isn’t. We live in a world where virtually anyone can be famous, for anything. With the rise of YouTube stars such as Zoella and Tanya Burr; those making a name for themselves on Vine such as “King Bach” and Brittany Furlan; even up to the endless amount of bloggers that make themselves “popular” on the various social media platforms available for them to do so. So with all these rising stars and their followings, how do we decipher who is a celebrity and who is not? Is there a universal definition or is it a subjective outlook? Does having a massive following make you “highbrow”? That seems to be the way our society is changing. “Highbrow” used to mean something that is intellectual, cultured and serious. It is questionable as to whether the meaning remains the same, or at least the label of “highbrow” being used too loosely.

The rise of such tabloid figures has also participated in such blurred lines of high/lowbrow in fashion. The “celebrities” that are famous for what some would say “nothing”, are becoming ever more popular, which in turn makes them ever more richer which enables such “stars” to buy into “highbrow” fashion. This simple ability to shop has led certain media outlets to label these “stars” as “fashion icons”. All because they used their money to choose something to wear from a pre-styled mannequin.

Whilst I will be the first to admit my obsession with the Kardashians, my love for “reality” TV knows no bounds when it comes to The Real Housewives and I personally thought Miley’s twerking and tongue waggling incidents of 2013 were pure PR genius, I still feel nostalgic for a time when the Daily Mail weren’t constantly updating the world on who is dating who on TOWIE, or which Z-list “celebrity”, who everyone forgot about eight years ago, is pregnant again. Do we, the consuming public, actually care? Is this what stimulates us, what we consider to be “highbrow”? If not, what are we aiming for? Why don’t we, as intelligent consumers, solely focus on what we deem to REALLY be “highbrow”?

Why? Because we’re too busy discussing the likes of how fat Kim got whilst pregnant.

NEW IN: ZARA BOOTS

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Zaraaaaaa. Zara Zara Zara. Zara is…. Well. Put it this way, I went in there today with the intention of spending £0, I really did. But of course I upped my budget once I saw these. But you see it would have been an absolute crime for me not to get them; the price tag said £29.99 which I thought was a steal. I tried them on and they were the comfiest boots ever in the whole world (no really, they are) and as I wandered around the shop, mentally spending three-figures over my intended budget, I went to the till where the nice Spanish man with slicked hair said, “That’s £12.99 please”. £12.99. TWELVE NINETY NINE?

So you see, it would have been just illegal for me not to, right?

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150TH POST!

So this is officially my 150th post here on my blog! When I first started my blog 18 months ago, I struggled with finding inspiration for posts, finding the time to write inbetween schoolwork, exams etc. But since having left school, taking a gap year and re-finding myself, I’ve found that my blog has come into its own too! I’ve really enjoyed writing on my blog for the past year and I can;t wait to see what the next 150 blog posts bring!

Thank you for your kind comments both on here, on my twitter and my instagram! You don’t realise how much it is appreciated and how much time it takes to blog when having a full-time job!

xoxo

COUTURE WEEK OVERVIEW : FALL 3013

Couture Week’s are my absolute favourites. The glamour, the imagination, the pomp and the delight. For me, it’s so far removed from reality it’s an art form of escapism, a means of being free for the few minutes of feasting my eyes on the extravagance of each piece. From Old Hollywood glamour, glitz and sophistication at Elie Saab, the over-the-top leopard and fur-ness at Jean Paul Gaultier to understated-overstated shapes and fabrics at Ulyana Sergeenko, Fall 2013 Couture was certainly a sight to be seen.

VIKTOR & ROLF

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Nothing says allure like the colour back. Black with minimal hair, makeup and flat shoes is alluring at it’s best. The Viktor & Rolf show provided such allure. With the draped silks, modest shapes and contrasting furs, paired with flat sandals, the show was a contradiction of terms. A couture show with opulence in fabrics and styles with a twist of minimalist pairings. 

ULYANA SERGEENKO

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As ever, Sergeenko takes references from her Russian heritage for her Fall couture collection. Showing a juxtaposition of stockings-and-suspenders with a high necked Victorian collar alongside virginal white fur with orange leather demi-gloves.The show was a beautiful medley of constricted values of rules with rebellion peaking through.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Opulence, glamour and other-worldly are all words that can always be used to describe a Gaultier couture show. Fall 2013 did not sway from this way of thinking. Feathers, fur, sequins, tailoring, leopard, headwear, veils, glitz, leather, lace, jewels, chains, velvet, silk, chiffon are all elements of this show, along with, as you can imagine, many many more. There was a tone of burlesque to the show, many circle elements in the garments; figure hugging and curve creating shapes that emphasise the female form, keeping much to Gaultier’s signature style.

ELIE SAAB

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The Elie Saab show was Elie Saab Elie Saab Elie Saab. His dresses have become iconic and easily recognisable for their classic shapes, OTT glitz, sophisticated elegance and movie-star quality. There is never a collection of his that wouldn’t make you feel a million billion dollars if you were one of the lucky few to be able to even try one of his gowns on. The Fall 2013 collection was no different. With his muted tones of taupe, nude and mauve paired with his classic aubergines, ruby and emerald; the collection was as glamorous as ever, a collection to be lusted, desired and pored over forever… Or at least until the next collection.

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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There is always excitement that surrounds a Dior show, especially since Raf Simons took over as creative director. The Fall couture collection did not disappoint the many anxiously anticipating spectators in the audience. ‘Freedom’ was the starting point for the creation of this collection by Simons and it was certainly apparent in the lack of restriction in the garments, with still possessing a form fitting silhouette and immaculate lines. The freedom comes mainly from the fabrics used in the collection. From muted sequins to jewel toned taffeta and silks; full length fringing and hints of Houndstooth, the show was sprinkled with surprises.

ALEXIS MABILLE

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Alexis Mabille’s influence for his Fall 2013 couture show came from the brush strokes from eighteenth century painter Giovanni Boldini. You can definitely see in this collection Mabille’s creative marriage of bring old and new styles together, tying them with the definitive idea of the brush strokes and art pieces. Beautifully crafted silks, chiffons and brocade frame the show with the idea of mixture heavily present.

ZUHAIR MURAD

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Being a favourite for red carpet goers, Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2013 collection is one in which can be imagined being worn by the world’s most famous and glamorous faces. With an edgy twist, this collection brought us the tying of classic glamour with sex appeal and understated controversy. Opulence is what Murad does best and this collection did not fail to bring us the pomp and glitz that consumers crave when observing a Zuhair Murad show. I love the idea of the gowns being modestly covering the body, with hints of flesh peaking through wide set lace, sparsely placed sequins or chiffon. 

WINTER WISHLIST

I know I know. It’s June, I get it. But I just couldn’t help absolutely fawning over this peacoat from Belstaff at Net-A-Porter. It’s absolutely bleedin’ gawgus. I’ve decided to blog about this coat because I’ll never be able to afford the £895 bill, I’ll just admire it from afar with tear-stained cheeks while I wear my Primark togs. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating (slightly). Well perhaps not Primark but definitely something about £800 cheaper than this beauty.

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I just adore the modern take on the classic shape of the peacoat with the zips and shoulder and elbow detailing, it’ll last forever and be in style for eternity. Now, where is my lottery ticket?

CAN WE TALK ABOUT VIVIENNE WESTWOOD FOR A SECOND?

So I couldn’t stick with my minimalism obsession strictly, so here is a break from all the clean lines and block colours with some fantasy-land-esque numbers from the one and only Vivienne Westwood. I’m going to pick looks from both the Vivienne Westwood A/W13 collection and the Vivienne Westwood Red Label A/W13 collection because I simply can’t decide on a favourite show to review.

Here are my highlights from the Vivienne Westwood show:

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Aren’t they just to die for? The tulle, the contrasts of colour and texture, the hair and makeup, the gooooorgeous footwear. Pure fantasy clothing that will make your eyes pop and get your heart racing. Beyond your wildest dreams.

Now for the Red Label collection:

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It had more of a 50s pin-up vibe to it with obvious Westwood touches of glam. With her signature shapes, necklines and bold fabric choices, this collection was a shining star or A/W13. And can I just give an extra mention to THAT petrol-irredescent biker jacket paired with the sequinned harem pants? OH-EM-GEE. I would die.

MINIMALISM ON THE RUNWAY

So as you’ll know from a previous post, I have recently embraced minimalism, which I must say is stepping into very new, very strange territory for me. I’m a Galliano/Westwood/McQueen girl so for me to embrace the simplicity of the Celine’s of the catwalk is a big BIG fashion step.

My two favourite collections from A/W13 that embraced the art of minimalism were by far Celine and Apiece Apart.
I adored the fabric layering and contrasting materials at Celine, as well as those TODIEFOR ankle boots!

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And then there was a certain kind of androgynous-sexiness going on at Apiece Apart that I was just so drawn to. All the looks just seem so easy to wear, go with everything and give off a ‘I-just-threw-this-on-and-don’t-I-look-seemlessly-amazing?’ look.

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