One of the main reasons that I am in love with fashion is that it, a little like me sometimes, has no boundaries. Some of the most notorious, breathtaking and genius things that I've seen have been on the runway.
Fashiontech is a concept that's fairly new to me. With technology advancing at such a fast pace these days it's no surprise to me that it's being used to experiment with new, innovative fashion creations.
Behnaz Farahi is an absolute genius whose applications include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies and has even worked on two research projects funded by NASA.
I discovered this talented woman when I came across an article on Dazed & Confused Digital about a creepy cape that has the ability to respond to the male and female gaze, hence the name 'Caress of the Gaze.'
Within this textured, 3D printed piece is a tiny camera which is connected to a micro controller, this sensitises the piece even more and gives it the ability to work out the gender of the person whose gaze is upon it, along with their age and this further changes it's motion.
While I have to agree that the concept is a little creepy, I think this idea is incredible and I can't believe that it was actually executed in perfect working order, and not looking too shabby either.. This piece gives us a tiny glimpse into what future fashion may some day become and is greatly motivational for other tech headed fashion lovers around the world.
What do you think of 'Caress the Gaze?'
That Spook-tacular time of year is coming around again, Not only can you smell the fireworks in the evening breeze, it's also becoming icy cold in the mornings and that familiar sound of leaves crunching under your boots is back.
This year I feel like Halloween isn't as big a deal as previous years... I haven't seen one decoration yet and I'm already seeing Christmas gifts in stores and lights up on the main shopping streets.. What is happening to the world?
Well fear not my friends, Via Serena isn't a place that's willing to give Halloween a skip, The buzz is very much alive and I thought it would be fitting to discuss some spooky, haunted runways...
John Galliano has always been a little nutty in his ways, But his 2006 Couture collection for Christian Dior really takes the cookie. Creating his own parallel universe on a Renaissance themed runway with blood red clouds swirling above, the collection was both surreal and theatrical with the models rocking a goth punk/ warrior look.
After seven years away, Gareth Pugh returned to London with a bang for fall 2015, creating a memorably haunting runway. The whole collection was designed with pagan rituals and self sacrifice in mind, This bleak, dramatic runway saw ladies marked with red crosses and carrying red flags as they strutted their stuff on the runway.
Many of Alexander McQueens runways are costume like and dramatic, but I thought I'd focus on his Fall 2009 collection which took high drama satires from the 20th century and reinvented them with his own Avant Garde Twist... the collection features parodies of the classic Chanel suit and Dior silhouettes, reinvented using things like garbage bags and aluminium cans, All in all this has to be one of the spookiest runway shows i've seen.
If your feeling a little drained of costume inspiration I think the above will help. What do you think of these freaky fashions? Do you remember any haunted runways that spooked you out over the years?
It has been a long time coming but I feel like this season is a huge one for Rose Gold!
The last couple of years we've seen this blush toned trend creeping on to the scene starting with jewellery and now exploding into clothes, accessories and it's even trending on the beauty and hair scene.
Gold has always been my favourite colour so I've been welcoming this trend with open arms and am now delighted to see it popping up in every shop.
This season Ted Baker have taken their classic leather shopper bag and added a twist with a light reflecting Rose Gold colour, a detachable diamond encrusted pouch which can be used for storing your makeup and extra bits, or alone as a simple clutch to add a little sparkle to any outfit. This bag will set you back €235 and is a great way to keep up the trend throughout Autumn/Winter. It's also an essential if you wear a lot of black to lift every outfit. You can purchase this handbag in Ted Baker stores on www.tedbaker.com.
Apple have recently released the new iPhone 6S in a stunning rose gold tone. Seeing as my iPhone 4S is now on it's last legs, and barely lasts half the day before dying at 20% battery, the new 6S is definitely on my Christmas list this year.
I came across the above pair of Rose Gold Nike Air Max on Pinterest and stalked them back to Ebay which is the only place I can find them being sold. I loathe the Nike trend as I'm not a sporty person and hate the idea of wearing gym gear outside of the gym.. but these babies may have changed my mind..
My go to nail polish is Rimmels 'Frankie My Dear'. It's a solid gold colour and it genuinely makes me happy every time I look down at my hands... Seeing as I've been hooked on this polish for well over a year now I guess it's time for a slight change.. and this Essie Rose gold polish is looking like my next buy. Although 'Penny Talk' is labelled as bronze, I can't help but see it's uncanny resemblance to Rose Gold. Particularly in the photo above.. I'll have to buy it and let you know how it goes as I'm new to Essie nail products.
All in all these are the four on trend items I have my eye on this month. I hope to see this trend stick around for years to come, but the real question here is for you.. Is Rose gold becoming the new gold? What do you think of this trend? Have you got your eye on any killer rose gold pieces?
On a recent trip to Zara three key pieces caught my eye and haven't left my mind since...
Velvet is one of those fabrics that I absolutely despised growing up, but since studying fashion and learning to truly appreciate the properties and visual aesthetics of a fabric, it's now up there with my favourites. Then there's embroidery, as someone who normally opts for a Bohemian edge to each outfit I am a huge fan of special details like embroidery, and it's hard to find on the high street without designer price tags.
Velvet and Embroidery combined, Zara have found a match made in heaven with a Gothic and Baroque feel that reminds me of some of the works of Balmain and Dolce & Gabbanna. Just add a red lip (Mac Ruby Woo being my go to) and you can achieve a high fashion look for any occasion.
The first of the pieces to draw my attention was the shorter dress. It costs €79.95 and falls short in length. It has loose, easy butterfly sleeves and an embroidered square cutout at the neckline which peaks into a high collar and fastens around the back of the neck. I tried this on during my lunch break last week and loved it, but unfortunately I'm not in the predicament to spend this money at the moment with Christmas and a holiday coming up. I will however be stalking this dress in hopes that some day it will end up in Sale.
The second piece to catch my eye was the Velvet Kaftan which is priced at €69.95. A key wardrobe essential this season, this lazy, easy to wear kaftan can be thrown on over opaque tights or even skinny black jeans or paired with some heeled boots for a night time look. The shapeless silhouette is the perfect contrast with the embroidered details that embellish the front of the dress and give it a special, Baroque feel.
The third piece, which I also got a chance to try on during my lunch break, is this cropped Velvet top with an embroidered bib detail on the neckline. This top is priced at €49.95 Unfortunately Zara in Stephens green don't stock this top in anything smaller than a Medium, and I sometimes have to opt for XS in there as I find their clothes quite a generous fit. I tried it on anyway and unfortunately it didn't sit right, but if it did this would definitely have been a buy for me. Although styled over a white top on the website, I'd wear this over a black bandeau or even just a black bra if I'm feeling extra brave. The high neckline and slits in the sleeves allow this top to be perfect for both day and night looks.
Apart from these three pieces not much else has caught my eye in Zara this season. I tried on another two pieces which unfortunately didn't drape as nicely as on the hanger. I am however extremely impressed with the three pieces above. I love it when high fashion clothing is made accessible to regular peeps like you and me in high street stores.
Have any of these pieces caught your eye? How do you feel about Zara's current A/W collection?