6 September 2011

And Here We Go Again...

And Here We Go Again…

As we wait in anticipation for New York Fashion Week to kick off another season, lets pause for just one second, (I know I know, easier said than done for the fash pack) and take a look at some of the most defining and iconic moments in fashion history, most of which, have help to shape Fashion Week into what it is today.

Christian Dior’s New Look
After the war was over, women were filled with an insatiable yearning for luxury, and Mr. Dior was more than happy to provide it to them. The silhouette of the, ‘New Look,’ featured a full bust, tiny waist and voluminous skirt and it was this shape that dictated the lady-like fashions of the ‘50s.

Twiggy, the Face of the ‘60s
The youthquake, lead by the iconic Twiggy, that took over the ‘60s changed the dynamics of fashion, pushed gender and cultural barriers and gave a voice to the magic that is high street fashion.

That’s a Wrap
Diane Von Furstenberg graced us with the one and only original wrap dress in 1972. More than thirty years later the style contiues to be updated and moderised providing women with an easy to wear piece that transitions perfectly from day to night.

Dramatic Displays of Affection
Alexander McQueen, gave us an excess of innovative creativity, with countless ground breaking displays throughout the years. One such awe inspiring event took place when he sent Shalom Harlow out onto a revolving platform, where her white strapless design was painted by robotic machines.

Anna Wintour Gives Vogue Back its Strength 
Anna Wintour was appointed Editor in Chief of Vogue US in 1988, and quickly returned it to the holy grail of high fashion that it is today. By controversially choosing to put celebrities on the cover Anna has ensured that Hollywood and fashion remain strongly intertwinded today.

Controversially Grunge
In 1992 a ground breaking collection was sent down the Perry Ellis runway, designed by Marc Jacobs. Inspired by street style and influenced by grunge, the contraversial collection showcased a dark mixture of Doc Martens and plaid and as a result saw Jacobs fired.

Heroin Chic
Making its debut in 1993, Heroin Chic presented a direct contrast the super models of the ‘80s. Making its debut in a Calvin Klein advertising campaign, the emancipated frame and vacant look of Heroin Chic continues to have relevance today.

The Move to Bryant Park
After seasons of chaos, Spring 1994 marked the orchestrated the return of a centralised location for designers to showcase their collections in New York City, Fashion Week as we know it was born in Bryant Park

Sex and the City
A show that liberated the single woman and allowed fashion and New York to be just as much a part of the story line as the four leading ladies. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda each had a unique style and it is these four distinctive and boundary pushing looks that continue to encourage women to experiment with fashion today.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Last Good Bye
In 2002, during a very emotional last show for YSL Haute Couture, the Iconic Yves Saint Laurent said goodbye and handed his empire over to Tom Ford. Six years later we sadly said a final good bye to one of the last French Couture designers.

The Fall of a Genius
The fashion world went into mourning when Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home in February 2010. He was a true inspiration and a creative force that has left a significant void in the fashion industry.

The Birth of the Blogging Phenomenon
The rise of fashion blogs has been met with open arms as innovative individuals share their styles and talent with the world. The likes of the Style Rookie, The Sartorialist and Jak and Jil are shaping and changing the industry and with it comes our new found love of and obsession with street style.

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