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.

TEX SAVERIO TAKES ON PARIS FASHION WEEK

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One of my personal favourite designers, Tex Saverio from Indonesia, is gearing up to showcase his latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. This marks his second season showing Ready-To-Wear on the Paris Fashion Week off-schedule. A year ago, Saverio’s eponymous label was made a part of a joint program between London College of Fashion and Indonesia Fashion Forward. The result of which was the creation of Saverio’s first official ready-to-wear collection, only nine months later, launching last October for Spring/Summer 2014.
Known mainly for his outlandish and beautifully avant-garde creations, this collaboration shows Saverio’s capability to translate his innovative designs into ready-to-wear products, fit for western consumers.

You may not have specifically heard the name “Tex Saverio” but I’m sure that a lot of you will have seen his work. That exquisite wedding gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games? That’s Saverio’s. Having been a fan of his for almost three years now, I can’t wait to see what Autumn/Winter 2014 brings. Listen out for Tex Saverio, you’ll be hearing his name more and more, I’m sure of it. Stay tuned on the blog for updates on the Tex Saverio A/W 2014 collection!

The photos below are from the Tex  Saverio collection for Spring/Summer 2014. All photos courtesy of the Tex Saverio Facebook page.

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA A/W14

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There was a surprisingly edgy twist to Oscar de la Renta’s Fall show yesterday at New York Fashion Week. His use of leather, mesh and lace were in full swing creating a fresh take on dlR’s elegant cuts and shapes. I particularly loved the layered leather dress with long sleeves paired with the red T-bar pointed courts, such modern elegance. The short hair and simplistic makeup also gave a good contrast to the fresh modern take on the ever-present ball gowns. 

PRABAL GURUNG A/W14

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Deconstructed tailored suits paired with almost sportswear-esque jersey, silk and feathers in a mashed-up collection of loveliness was what Prabal Gurung offered us to wear for Fall 2014 and who wouldn’t want to partake? I’m really liking the complicated shapes and over exaggerated lines that he’s created using his deconstruction techniques. All of this paired with simple hair and makeup and shoes sets everything in motion for a glamorously casual Fall.

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NICOLE MILLER A/W14

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I’m loving the tough-girl-with-a-twist theme coming from Nicole Miller’s show this season. The all black colour palette with vibrant accents of prints with peacock elements gave a subtle contrast to the textures that included leathers, studs, chains and fur. The hair and makeup contrast also worked well with the strong eyes and contoured cheekbones paired with the softness of loosely pinned up hair. Warrior girl next door was the girl of the moment.

NICHOLAS K A/W14

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Now this is the kind of look I love. Cool, but not overly cool. The unconventional tailoring paired with wells and shorn black wigs gives off the kind of vibe that I would want to give off every day. Every single piece in this collection is easy to wear, comfortable, beautifully made and definitely cool. It’s cool okay? I want to be this cool.

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HERVE LEGER A/W14

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Fierce sex appeal was basically the running theme of the Herve Leger by Max Azria show this week. Slicked back ponytails, geometric panels and thigh-high peep toe boots were all that mattered on a chilly Saturday in New York. Bandage-designed corsetry, asymmetric shapes with fringing and pleats to boot were all key aspects to the mood unto which creative director Lubov Azria sees the upcoming Winter period. Intricate beading and feather trims accessorised with bare legs provided the ever-present glitz and glam.

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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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