British Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Awards celebrated Tuesday the 27th of November the breadth and depth of talent in the British fashion industry from the emerging stars to the designer brands, models and style icons, from creatives through to awarding the ultimate accolade, Designer of the Year. The evening was attended by the most influential industry leaders, designers, retailers, celebrities, models and media to celebrate the best in British fashion.


Stella & Cara (two of the winners).

The Belt Trend, Winter 12/13

Photos by designers.

Many designers showed a wide range of belts in their A/W 2012 collections. Here are a few photos from Acne, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Hermes and Versace’s A/W 2012-2013 collections.

Some outfits aren’t much to look at without accessories. That’s why designers have created numerous beautiful designs for belts, coming in different types, and flawlessly materialized them in their 2012-2013 collections as they are wrapped around the waists of models, complimenting the clothes they’re presenting on the runways.

Corset Belts

One of the classiest belts in 2012, corset belts are quite sought after. It made huge appearances in the catwalks and many like it!

Leather belts

Known for yielding belts, leather is a great 2012 trend. They’re created in various styles, designs and materials, guaranteed to do wonders for the waistline.

Fabric Belts

For belts, the fabrics must be functional. Other than leather, materials such as silk, satin, wool and suede are commonly used. Ranges of fabric belts are widely available in the market.

Jewellery Belts

This type of belt is embellished with the most gorgeous stones, beads, metals, clips, and rivets. They’re very voguish on elegant and dressy occasions such as evening parties and formal events.

Fur belts

Faux or genuine, fur adds a lot of trendiness to belts in this year’s seasons as its popularity grows among fad-loving wearers.

Skinny Belts

These belts are less wide, yet just as fashionable. The runways show thin, stylish, and unique belts, emphasizing its importance in the list of accessories for 2012.

Wide Belts

Designers have created many chic and eclectic belts that are bigger than normal belts. Their width rocks any outfit and upgrades every look to the highest level.

Unusual belts

Some fashionistas dare to be different. Along with their venture comes an urge to wear fresh and innovative pieces such as this type of beltto give a certain statement to their get-up. For 2012, the designs are interesting, eye catching and extraordinarily beautiful. Print patterns come in different forms and shapes, pretty floral prints, and wearer friendly materials.

Side Buckled Belts

Instead of being placed in the middle, buckles are elaborated on one side. Representing a huge belt trend for 2012, side buckled belts are produced in a massive scale to serve its growing commodity.

Velvet Belts

You’ll never go wrong with velvet as long as you wear it to the right affairs. Velvet belts for 2012 are sophisticated and modern.

Madeleine Vionnet. A designer you should know.

Diana Vreeland, for many years editor in chief of American Vogue and known for her acid pen, called her nothing less than the “most important fashion designer in the twentieth century.” Azzedine Alaïa characterised her as “the source of everything that lives on in our subconscious.” And the legendary fashion journalist Suzy Menkes quite simply finds everything about her “utterly modern”. One thing is certain: among connoisseurs of fashion Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975), member of the Paris haute couture scene of the interwar years, is considered “the mother of all couturiers.” For everyone else, Vionnet the fashion pioneer is hardly more than a name long since forgotten. Unjustly, for her artistic influence is still very much in evidence.

Although the grand master of fashion Paul Poiret claimed exclusive credit for getting rid of the corset, the young Vionnet was actually the first designer to banish the armor-like-garment from her creations. Madeleine Vionnet designed feather-light, softly draped clothing distinguished not merely by the absence of a corset. The adoptive Parisian also forged entirely new paths in her handling of fabrics. Vionnet not only experimented with cuts (she was the first to work consistently with triangular inserts, circular cuts, vents, cowl necklines and halter necks), but also, with her exceptional feel for form and pattern, raised women’s couture to a whole new level.

This fashion architects most important innovation was the bias cut, in which the fabric is cut and worked, not as usual in parallel lines, but at the bias, at 45 degrees to the direction of the thread. Vionnet was fascinated by classical antiquity and it’s draperies. She was inspired by the fall of the drapes in ancient greek robes.

Madeleine Vionnet, perhaps the most gifted fashion designer of the twentieth century, has found only a supporting role in fashions collective memory in comparison to her contemporaries Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. Vionnet may have discovered the perfect cut, but she understood comparatively little about crowd-pleasing self promotion.

I never made fashion – I don’t know what fashion is……I only make the clothes I believe in.”

– Madeleine Vionnet

Impressionism and Fashion

Are you in Paris?

Then maybe you should visit the exhibition L’impressionnisme et la mode / Impressionism and Fashion in the Musée d’Orsay.

All Paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

Anxious to account for contemporary life, Impressionism favoured the representation of human figures in their daily surroundings and captured the “modern” man in his routine activities, both in cities and in the countryside.

Although they did not strive to render scrupulously the physiognomy, costume or habit, the Impressionists nevertheless accounted for the fashions and attitudes of their times. They achieved this through their keenness to consider the portrait as a snapshot of a person in his/her familiar settings, through their ability to renew the genre works from the double point of view of typology and topography and above all through their attention to the “daily metamorphosis of exterior things”, as Baudelaire put it.
With their aesthetic positions, the reality of men and women of the years between 1860 and 1880 and their clothes underwent an undisputable transfiguration.

Musée d’Orsay

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