FIFTY YEARS OF FUN



French actress Brigitte Bardot shows off a shortened skirt in London September 2nd 1966.
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If today controversy regarding women’s apparel is fueled by the Free the Nipple movement, half a century ago the piece of clothing that challenged the perception society had of women is something that 99.99% of ladies in the western world own: the miniskirt.

Although, to some of us, this item might appear to lack value, in the 1960s when it was first distributed, it took the world a little bit off guard. Not only did this sudden parading of legs cause conflict on the streets, it was source of debate between big names of the fashion industry. Coco Chanel and Christian Dior absolutely did not adhere to this new must-have. They both agreed the knees were the most hideous part of the female body and should by no means be exposed to the public eye.

Undeniably, this was a way for women to take control of their body as well as of the image that society had of them. The world had to look at women differently because women looked at themselves differently in the aftermath of World War II. It was only a matter of time before their attire caught up with their revolution.

Mary Quant in the Sixties © PA Photos

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Although it was created in the 50s, the mini didn’t become this liberating symbol until 1962 when British designer Mary Quant started presenting it as tool for young women in the UK to express their individuality, to dress according to their own standards. Three years later, exactly fifty years ago this year, renowned French designer André Courrèges brings this piece to haute couture by presenting more futuristic forms of the Quant inspired skirt.


In a supers mini moment, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell at the London Fashion Week Designer of the Year Awards held at the Museum of Natural History in 1991.
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Be it a 60s’ skater skirt, 70s’ denim skirt or a glamorous tube skirt from the 80s, we can all agree that the mini is not just practical, it’s viciously feminine. Middle-aged women’s reaction to the miniskirt can be heard in footage of the time belonging to the French National Audiovisual Institute: “C’est la mode, c’est la mode!” they exclaimed with a hint of condescendence. Young women, on the other hand, fully aware of the response their provocation was obtaining and refusing to take themselves or the world too seriously, proclaimed they were wearing the miniskirt for fun. 

Sarah Jessica Parker as the style-influencing Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City June 4th 2000.

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Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, and the Similarly Immortal Concept of Blogging




Jeff Carvalho, the Editor of the fashion website Selectism once wrote in an essay:

'I often receive emails from young writers and bloggers asking for tips and advice on how to expose their blogs in today's world.  I tend to respond with a flippant 'don't bother', but not without explaining to them that the platform and conversation has moved…While the readerships on Highsnobiety and Selectism remain strong, today’s world has moved to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.’

But has it? It should have. The advent of social media in the 21st century and the subsequent explosion of the sites we are all familiar with today were viewed as being able to accommodate the topics catered for by the blogs of old, and rightly so. Whether you’re interested in fashion or food, a medium such as Instagram delivers it in a much easier, more fluid, and more aesthetically pleasing format than any blog could.

Why is it then, that so many of my friends are starting fashion blogs, and not Instagram accounts? Moreover, why are we starting a blog despite being present on pretty much all relevant social media? 

Those of us born in the late 80s to the mid-90s were brought up on blogging. For myself, my fashion interest was sparked by the #menswear craze of the mid to late 2000s (thankfully those days are far, far behind us). Indeed, I know lots of people whose interest in fashion was sparked by a blogger, having been inspired by their take on fashion. Of course, I could happily have sat back and lazily digested an endless feed of ‘inspiration’ from Facebook and Instagram, but as someone who would go on to pay (an extortionate) £27,000 for the privilege of education, I’d rather fucking learn something.

Naturally, then, blogs and fashion forums were attractive to me.  Lawrence Schlossman’s extremely popular tumblr blog How to Talk to Girls at Parties was a good starting point, and everything blossomed from there into myriad corners of the world of clothing. This afforded me the opportunity to look at clothes without feeling like I was wasting my time, as I was learning about clothes at an alarming rate. And this felt right.

Now, of course, I do understand that social media presents an entirely new form of interaction with the fashion world.  Images are a hell of a lot easier to digest than sentences, and I’m sure that I’m not alone in lapsing back into this less strenuous form of consumption. If I’m waiting in between classes, I’m far more inclined to check the Instagram feed of Les Freres Joachim than I am to read the latest article of Colin McDowell. There’s a lot less effort in double-tapping a photo than there is in reading a paragraph, and everyone is cognizant of that, myself included.

Blogging is still just so superior to us though. We won’t stop at a mere Instagram account, because we know that people truly interested in fashion are desirous of more than that. However, a fashion blog bereft of astute analysis of collections and acerbic opinions entwined with a degree of knowledge that the blogger cultivates with you frankly isn’t worth your time. Nobody gains anything from reading someone’s shit post about Dries Van Noten’s AW15 show if they’re not giving their opinion on it, or at least giving any information beyond what one can see on the screen. God knows, I’m far too lazy to form my own opinions on a show if nobody is asking me what I think.  Blogging as a culture has survived, but in order for it to thrive, bloggers need to raise their game and cut the otiosity. 

‘If you wanted to present a point of view, it wasn’t just a visual point of view. You had to write something, you had to publish stuff’ reminisces Sean Hotchkiss, the editorial director of Suitsupply. He reflects on an era that I hanker for, an era in which posting entire galleries of Paris Fashion Week shows like hot cakes simply wasn’t enough to get them page views. Blogging hasn't died off because we still need it, and it will continue to prosper as long as people take a genuine interest in fashion.


Christian Robinson

London Fashion Weekend 26 Feb - 1 March



Our February Newsletter wrote about the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend. This is one of the largest fashion showcases right on our doorstep in the magnificent, Somerset House. We are all really excited about this event and so thought we'd tell you a little bit more about the bi-annual weekend! 

Catwalk Shows
This February, Vodafone offers an exclusive opportunity to spend your weekend in the official British Fashion Council Show space. Catwalk shows showcasing SS15 trends and four key brands will be on the same runways as those used for London Fashion Week. Inspired by the likes of Alexander Wang and Lanvin, the trend shows feature collections that will suit everyone!

Monochrome- Oversized stripes, graphic prints and the effortless dual colour combination. 


Florals- Pops of colours, large petals and embellished everything.



Seventies- Lace, suede and crochet are making a comeback this season, note however the sophisticated twist. 



Shimmer & Shine- A gentle metallic look with a pastel palette, gentle shimmer and light-catching soft glitter. 


The event also offers designer shows where labels will be showcasing their SS15 collections with each show lasting approximately 30 minutes. 


Amanda Wakeley- The 'clean and glam' signature style has attracted Hollywood's finest to doll up in her glamorous evening and cocktail dress. 


Halston Heritage- Founded in the 1960s, Halston's signature use of cashmere, suede and jersey to reinvent the shirtdress and the jumpsuit took the industry by storm. 


Fyodor Golan- Best known for crafting their collections in highly technical fabrics with 3D embroideries, elaborate shapes and intricate detailing. 


Jean-Pierre Braganza- A Central St. Martins graduate, experienced worker with Roland Mouret and dubbed by Karl Lagerfeld as his 'protégé' for the AWO08/09 this collection is definitely worth seeing!

Industry Talks
The Events Lounge hosts fashion editors, stylists and leading trend experts who will be offering a unique insight into the fashion industry. Previous insider talks have been given by 
Henry Holland, the British Fashion Council’s CEO, Caroline Rush and a selection of ELLE Fashion Editors.

Shopping
Of course, the weekend will have an array of pop-up shops boosting designer clothing and accessories from over 80 of the country’s best-loved brands. There will not only be collections from established designers but also those from upcoming talents. And finally, these versatile fashion labels will all be at industry insider prices!

Beauty, Hair Styling & Pampering
As well as fashion, the event prides itself on providing beauty fans with an exclusive experience. From make-up to skin care advice, beauty enthusiasts can discover the latests trends from experts at Maybelline New York and TONI&GUY. Or for those who simply prefer to relax, the event offers pampers with luxury manicures and massages. 

To buy tickets for this fashion and beauty filled event click here

NYFW F/W 15-16 (1)

The debut of a monthlong creative feast. This is what New York Fashion Week represents twice a year and this time the Big Apple has even witnessed a snowflake spectacle that added a magical note to this style fantasy. Elegance, sumptuousness and grandeur are the attributes that come closest to defining the designs presented at this on-going fashion week. The colour palettes have naturally been reinterpreted, yet the predominant shades remain the eternal black, the striking red, the sophisticated khaki and the intense dark blue. Here is a selection of some jaw-dropping Fall/Winter 2015-2016 collections that have dazzled the ones lucky enough to be attending the shows:

Jason Wu. The creations emanate both power and sensuality from every angle. What the designer must have had in mind is a strong woman with an atemporal style. Fur represents a motif in this collection, being present in a variety of forms, from scarves to vests and jackets.






Monique Lhuillier. Femininity revolves around everything that this Filipino-born designer touches. Needless to say, this collection was no different either. A geometrical element of embroidered evening gowns and structured coats stands out, as well as irresistible cut-outs and sheers. 






Prabal Gurung. The alluring mix of ethereal fabrics leaves an impression of imperturbable glamour and launches a journey to a land located far away. Neutral tones blend perfectly with the classic black and white, while splashes of red simply sweep us off our feet. 






Photos via Vogue

The celebrations move on the other side of the Atlantic from February 20th to London Town and we will mark this through a very special event, details of which were given in our first post. KCL Fashion Society is looking forward to meeting you there and to chatting with a drink in our hands!

Xx, Andreea

London Ethnic's Fashion Party

London Ethnic have invited KCL Fashion Soc students to their party on the 20th of February 2015 at renowned London venue, the Press club.



London Ethnic's emphasis is on promoting collections that are made entirely within the UK, helping you London-based fashion students and graduates get into the London Fashion industry, boosting British creativity and sustainability in both art and fashion design. To read more about their work please visit their website www.londonethnic.com

They will be showcasing the best London talent and their new collections with an exclusive catwalk show that will be held in the heart of London at the Press club. The event promises to be a night of fabulous fashion, fun and mingling whilst hosting celebs, press and photographers.

Event Schedule:
Doors open at 18:30 hours
18:30 - 20:00 Guests are welcome to enjoy the party in the Main Bar
20:00 - 21:30 Catwalk Shows
NB. If you are over 21, you gain free immediate access to the after party, however for those of us that are under 21 the Fashion party will finish around 10p.m. However, we will be moving the evening and having a social immediately after, at a nearby club (details of which will follow in an email to those who provide their names) .

There are a limited number of passes for students and it is an amazing opportunity for anybody who wants to make contacts within the Fashion industry.

If you are interested in joining us for this event then please email us by the 18th February to receive a unique password that will enable you to purchase a ticket for the reduced fee of £20. The ticket includes a goodie bag and catwalk shows. Please be aware that there are a limited number of passes so the sooner we receive an email the more likely it is that you will be able to purchase a ticket and join us for this London fashion week event!

If you would like any more information please feel free to e-mail us at kclfashionsoc@gmail.com and we will respond to you as quickly as possible!

Please note: All guests must be 18+, bring photo-id for entry to the club and a valid student ID.

Charity: £2 from each ticket sold will go to Capital's charity 'Global's Make Some Noise'.