A photo diary of shots taken in the beautiful City of Zurich. A mixture of graffiti filled streets, minimal modern art-galleries, vintage shopping spots and landmarks. Everything that inspired me whilst there.
I consider Saint Laurent to be one of my favourite designer houses. Their previous creative and image director from 2012-2016, Hedi Slimane; used imagery and design in controversial ways that I thought set the designer apart (can we talk about this dreamy editorial featuring Courtney Love). The 70s rocker vibe that came with this was so influential in read-to-wear fashion and key items such as leather biker jackets and suede ankle boots have become signature to Saint Laurent after the relocation of house from Paris to L.A. However as announced earlier this year, Anthony Vacarrello will be taking over Slimane's position.
The collection debuted this Spring during Paris Fashion week and was located in the dignified original Saint Laurent Headquarters surrounding the signature YSL logo beaming on the crowd. It took the original flair that YSL had in the 1980s and adapted it to appeal to the modern-day fashion-consious woman.
From photographs, I felt everything imitated liquid metal. Black was used to compliment dark silvers and chromes; leather and mesh combined for unique textures and lengths were barely-there putting focus on upper bodices. Most were evening-wear inspire looks.
I was particularly intrigued by this statement from his interview with Mark Holgate for Vogue UK about the direction he is taking aesthetically.
"When you say a girl of today, do you mean it’s more casual, is it more about the street?
No, it’s a girl who knows Yves Saint Laurent—maybe she had a mother who wore YSL, or she just knows what he did in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and she is taking those references, and she is mixing it with her own personality and her own wardrobe, to make it personal. She has a lot of respect for the past, but she’s not dressing like she’s stuck in the past, she’s dressed for now."
& you heard about a short film?
Accompanying the Spring17 collection a short film has been released starring American artist Travis Scott (always up for that trap meets hip-hop sound). The short clip peaks in sex-apeal, has a futuristic undertone, androgynous styling and features the electronic beats of Poter Elvinger. Neat.
Lake Zurich was the perfect location to shoot. The Limmat River that flows into the lake serves as a border between the new and the old districts of the city. Although different in their architecture, both areas encompass the continental bustle that inspired me whilst there. The River and Lake are at the heart of this buzz, surrounded by people of all ages swimming, sunbathing and socialising whilst immersing themselves in the sunshine. Yet the further you venture, the more tranquil the lake becomes. It's crystal clear water and dreamy back drop was a view of dreams.
The pairing of a feminine satin camisole and masculine teddy-girl inspired jeans embodies my personal style perfectly. The addition of the skinny scarf continues this 60s esque look. And a final note; oh boy are these jeans comfortable.
Designers in London delivered this fashion week as expected. With so many leading-edge shows, I have detailed below a few of my thoughts on the shows that stood out to me.
I am in awe of the juxtaposing heritage inspired garments with a nineties grunge flair. The layering of geometric patterns and explicit graphics plays on this contrast and is unexpectedly complimentary. Setting? A teen girls bedroom, with the entirety of the show paying tribute to the young River Phoenix. TOPSHOP UNIQUE
I look forward to Topshop Unique every season because of their accessible collections that still boast lots of character. The Cool-girl styling of creative director Kate Phelan focused on the variation of clothes you can hunt down in London Markets.
In love with these dreamy, feminine and romantic visuals. Mixings of pastels and darks, florals and mesh.
The diffusion line of Versace focuses on militant styling with monochromes and dark greens. The combinations of leathers and denim felt very contemporary as expected from Donatella's creative work.