As much as my days of all black dress, dark heavy eye makeup and ultra gothy vibes have passed me by, I still get pangs of excitement deep in my chest whenever I see anything styled remotely Gothic and Medieval. So it’s no surprise these images in Vogue Italia made me stop dead in my tracks. Valentino always, always brings out some of the most stunning garments that seem more works of art than actual articles of clothing, but it no less makes me wish I was the type of person who had a place to wear gowns of such luxury. The starting point for this particular collection was Rome, which feels like the most suitable place to adorn intricately embroidered gowns and heavy metallic accessories with a stoic disposition. I wish I could transport myself into these images so I could be a part of this gothy, sullen world. When in Rome, right?!
It comes as no surprise that as soon as Samantha Pleet’s x UO capsule collection was released I quickly headed over to UO’s blog to take a gander at the accompanying video and lookbook “Post Script”. Aside from the video and lookbook being strikingly beautiful and enchanting (no surprise there), I especially loved what Samantha had to say about the idea behind the video:“It was such a cold winter in New York, and we just had on our minds the juxtaposition of what we were seeing and what our West Coast LA friends were sharing of their experience of like, being on the beach in January while we were freezing and miserable. We wanted to explore the idea of how people follow what their friends are doing, everyone sees life through Instagram and photos, so even when you’re far away you feel like you’re there. You feel like you know what everyone is doing all the time.” I can wholeheartedly relate to this sentiment. Well before the internet, and especially social media, it was hard to ever truly experience someone else’s perspective since we had no visual to accompany it, only in phone calls, letters (email) and pictures sent could we experience another’s world. It was often only our imaginations that could take us to another place instantly. Nowadays, even if your friends are across the world, with a simple click of a button and a post to instagram, you can see what everyone is up to without even asking. It’s hard to remember what life was like before this. What was it like not knowing what was happening all the time, always, with everyone? While I feel social media creates such a wonderful connection (I have met so many amazing people online), it also creates a disconnect – relationships often don’t feel as personal as they once used to. I hate to admit I sometimes forget I haven’t spoken to some of my friends from far away (heck, even friends close by) in a little while because I feel as though I already know what has been going on. And of course, the ever familiar feeling that only perfectly curated feeds and blogs can make you feel as if everyones life is far more exciting than your own. Just like Samantha stated: “the message is really this ‘it’s always greener’. you always want to escape to a world you’re not in.”
Is it really a surprise that I absolutely love Jeremy Scott’s Fall 2015 collection? No, not really. It embodies all things I truly adore and have made abundantly clear by now – the 60s, colours, playful femininity, dresses, matching sets, mary janes…the list could go on. As I had mentioned, I recently styled a shoot for a new designer and I used a lot of fun, coloured tights to play up the dresses and give that awesome (and ever popular) 60s french new wave vibe. So bright tights have been on my mind and even more so after seeing this collection. I’ve always shied away from personally wearing colourful tights, yet I own a ridiculous amount of brightly hued ones. To me, it has to be done right or it looks insane, so I guess thats where my hesitation comes from. Bright colours and a lot of colour can seem scary, but if done right, it can look so visually striking, it’s nearly impossible to look away. Jeremy Scott did this for me. I can’t stop scrolling back and forth and wishing these outfits were my own.
To say I am in love with Valentino’s 2015 Pre-Fall collection would be an understatement. This collection feels like everything and more. From the prints, to styling, to silhouettes, to it’s distinct 70s & Victorian inspiration, it’s just so absolutely spot on in my mind I’m having a hard time expressing my feelings (over-dramatic much?! i’m a cancer, i’m allowed to be). I could go on and on about why I love it so much, but there is no need. At the end of the day, the collection speaks for itself and I needn’t say more.