Accessories

Bidding a peaceful adieu

BREAKING NEWS: Earlier today, Raf Simons hands in his resignation as Creative Director of Christian Dior

When you hear this news, multiple questions flood the mind; ‘What drove Simons to make such a rash decision?’ , ‘Who could possibly be the successor?’ & ‘How would this affect the future of fashion?’ Could it have been the stress that Raf just couldn’t handle or was it due to company relationships?

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Sourced photograph: David Sims/guardian.co.uk

Some suggest his move to focus on his own label, whilst others suggest he just couldn’t handle the pressure. Due to what was stated in an interview conducted by Cathy Horyn for System Magazine, Simons discusses that he doesn’t have the physical time to allow for his creative flow he that he so eagerly craves.

“When you do six shows a year, there’s not enough time for the whole process. Technically, yes — the people who make the samples, do the stitching, they can do it. But you have no incubation time for ideas, and incubation time is very important. When you try an idea, you look at it and think, Hmm, let’s put it away for a week and think about it later. But that’s never possible when you have only one team working on all the collections.” – Raf Simons

A quick history: Raf Simons, born 12 January 1968, began his creative career with an education in furniture design and later in 1995, established his own menswear label. June 2005 Simons was appointed creative director of J.Sander, where, in my opinion, is where his creative flow really took growth. After the dismissal of Galliano in his role of creative director at Christian Dior, Simons was quickly appointed as his successor (Womenswear only). He kept to the traditional elements of the brand whilst simaltaneously allowing popular culture and modern society to ever so slightly influence his creations.

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While only designing for Dior of just three and a half years, Raf Simons has not gone unnoticed.

.The classic silhouette (originated from Dior’s 1947 collection ‘New Look’) with a modern twist:

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Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars 2013. Wore a couture Dior gown. The Classic silhouette of the small waist and wide hip was honoured by Raf in is designs. The modern twist is apparent in the layering of the trail and tight fitting derrière, a modern day phenomenon, which creates a sight of feminism and sexuality, something which the public lust over – especially in todays society where celebrities are considered ‘role models’.

. Groundbreaking accessory designs 

From previous education in furniture design, Simons designs jewellery and shoes as if they were furniture for the body.

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From Left to Right: 1.RTW.FW13/Pascal Le Segretain-Getty Images 2. RTW.SS14/Agence France-Presse -Getty Images. 3. RTW.FW13/vogue.co.uk

Very structural and captivating. Simons manages to incorporate modern technologies and use of materials to design structural and futuristic accessories. By juxtaposing futuristic designs with classic silhouettes enables Simons to let the brand grow.

So what is next?

Raf’s statement of resignation holds a few indicators:

 “It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book”

Although Raf Simons designs may hint towards the future, he does not hold facts of the future. The future of the brand, its next creative director and Simons next move is ambiguous to all. But what would the fashion industry be without a little mystery and excitement?

Ella Elysia x

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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