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LV in LND

The Louis Vuitton, Series 3 Exhibition. 

Last week I attended a private viewing of the “Louis Vuitton Series 3” Exhibition at 180 Strand. The event was hosted by Susie Forbes , principle of The Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design. As part of the Condé Nast alumni, I was privileged enough to be invited. Wearing a handmade Chinese embellished coat (vintage) as a dress paired with a modern heeled biker boot, I travelled in style with blogger, Joesphine Vermilye (Click here) .

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                My Invitation

The Series 3 Exhibition is a chance for the public to experience the deep and imitate mind of Nicolas Ghesquière. The exhibition itself is a maze, entwining rooms of multi-sensory installations that will only exhilarate the viewers mind. The most Intricate train of thought is exposed through diverging mediums. Exhibiting the inspiration, craftsmanship and creative activity from all aspects of the brand. One is allowed to fully submerge themselves into this futurist province.

From the very first room, a geodesic dome – an odyssey in time and space. As you travelled through this silent space, the viewers own mind is loud with thought; as if the audience themselves were in a mind – visually being able to distinguish the structural element of ones mind, explaining the connotations and connections a conscious makes. The first step to being a creative genesis.

Personally, two rooms of this mesmerising exhibition really stood out to me – in which I thought were curated in a way to physically control the viewers mind. The Master Mind and The Accessories Gallery.

The Master Mind further exhibited Nicolas Ghesquiere’s creative process and inspiration. In the Centre of this domed room hovered an open trunk – creating an impression that his ideas and thoughts were spilling out and being projected on the surrounding walls. By doing this it emotionally connected with the audience as one felt involved in this process, a thought which was carried through in every part of the exhibition. Giving such a strong impact, almost claustrophobic, I felt dazed, as if there was not any room for my own thoughts. The viewers mind is being completely controlled. The Louis Vuitton ethos is so strong, there is no other alternative one can experience.

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Rooms of darkness. Illuminated objects and videos guide the way to each room and give a focal point. Then came The Accessories Gallery. 

“I’ve always loved designing accessories. For me, accessories never stand alone, there has to be a common thread between them. They’re am integral part of each outfit, either clashing or complementing it. They share the same sentiment and movement as the garment. A silhouette is a complete make-up of all these elements” – Nicolas Ghesquière.

Bright white. A blinding sensation of pureness. White figures standing alone. Accessories possessing all the power and energy. A brand originally known for luxury trunks and leather goods taking control of an entire room. The deep colours and cuts of the accessories stand alone against the white structures which they are placed. It truly gives the audience a chance to examine what the brand built its name upon.

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If you haven’t already popped in to 180 Strand, I strongly recommend that you do. The exhibition is like no other.

It is a true performance.

Ella Elysia x

‘CHECK IN’ AT CHANEL

Karl Lagerfeld has done it again, the classic Chanel collection transformed and exhibited into a sight of brilliance.

With the sense of urgency tampering with your heart rate, the music enforces a beat imitating the rush and chaos of a check-in we all have experienced at an airport. The models counteracting this extremity with the causal strolls towards and around the desk, something which highly reflects away from the reality of check ins. The repetitive sound gave a chance for the audience to really view and examine the collection. A collection of elegance and self worth. A collection allowing for comfort and conforming to a first class etiquette. A collection, I can confidently say, the audience dream about wearing.

Travelling to various destinations has become somewhat fashionable, making one cultured and experienced with life. Karl takes it upon himself to draw the attention to the act of travelling and the etiquette one is expected to contain whilst participating in this act of character building.

Featuring SS16 collection's Sunglasses. All images sourced from Vogue.co.uk

Featuring SS16 collection’s Sunglasses.
All images sourced from Vogue.co.uk

Paparazzi capture celebrities life on a daily basis, including how and where they travel, evaluating how they look before and after a flight. The use of parading the collection’s sunglasses exemplify this, as if to shield the light from photography flashes from the eyes. I feel Lagerfeld scrutinises this to an extent where it is almost gives a slight comical feel. The act of vanity as one dresses to travel between destinations. The airport has become the new location to exhibit fashion.

As models strutted to the gate, No.5, it gave the audience the impression that they themselves, were also in the first class departure gate. By integrating the audience within this showcase allows for the viewers to become completely involved and almost take on a role or character that would be waiting for their flight with Chanel Airways. Giving the audience a chance to emotionally connect with the environment they are in and therefore the connect to the collection itself.

Casual yet Classic - Photos sourced from Vogue.co.uk

Casual yet Classic – Photos sourced from Vogue.co.uk

Stripes have been present on many of the high end designers collection this season. So watch out, the vertices and horizontals juxtapose to create a vision of interest, captivating, a confusion to guide the eye around the body. Personally, I love the stripe trend, however, one has to understand their body before they can truly understand what type of stripe is flattering to them – Fortunately, for Karl’s models, they would look good regardless.

Every fashion week, I look forward to Chanel. We are promised, whether we approve or not, to receive not just a showcase of a collection, but a show. It is one of the most highly talked about show of every season. It provides the audience with a comment to what is important in todays society as well as being classically classic. Only a genius could achieve this every season. This genius is named Karl Lagerfeld.

I’d love to know what you thought.

Ella Elysia x

AMY – The girl behind the name

A contaminated mind of reflection and self worth.

Sitting in the most central position of the cinema, I came to the conclusion that this documentary was to make the viewing audience feel something, experience the mental and physical destruction of fame whilst simultaneously giving elements of hope coincided with anti-climatical behaviour.

“Everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle.” James Gay-Rees

The film AMY directed by Asif Kapedia and produced by James Gay-Rees is a sight of excellence. By visually reading the lyrics of the singer-song writer, Amy Winehouse, allows one to truly understand what Amy was attempting to convey, something which she was always successful in achieving.

Watching the media swarm her every move. The strobe lighting the audience experience as the paparazzi capture every inch of the pavement she walks on. Asia Kapadia cleverly gave the blinding view point from Amy herself and reflected this onto the audience, to almost make them feel uncomfortable watching it, letting them only sympathies for only seconds at a time. A really true brilliant skill of cinematic film.

The audience sits there viewing the credits in complete confusion and reflection. Us who remember and were even fans of the great singer-songwriter let the media eat her up. It brings the focal attention to the impact the media can have in todays society. It is too late for Amy, but will we see a change for public figures now?

“As riveting as it is sad, AMY is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity – the lethal spiral of addiction” Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian.

If anybody is considering waiting for this breathtaking documentary to be released on DVD or public television – I would strongly advise against, see it in cinemas now, the experience and effect of the devastating story will not have the same potency.

I would love to hear what you guys thought of AMY, did you have the same thoughts?

Ella Elysia x