Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Back to the Futurism

Futurism: no I'm not referring to the fashion that people will be wearing in 'The future', in a time of hover-cars, timetravel, and aliens! Nor is about shiny tin foil looking outfits that would fit right in on an intergalactic spaceship...

Futurism is an art movement that originated in Milan, Italy (yes the fashion capital Milan!) in the early 20th century (1909).

It involves the principal of creating 'movement' in unfluid objects or materials, and showing speed and motion - often through the use of repetition. It was influenced by the growing use of technology at that time and machinery in particular. The camera was seen as a powerful tool for futurists as it was able to 'freeze' a moment, which could then be replicated through art.

This popular art form is still used today over a wide range of media: fashion, art, architecture, and sculpture.

Currently I'm studying it in art  - we're creating sculptures using the futurism model - and now that I know what it is I can see how often it is used in the fashion world! Whenever you see structured outfits that don't  quite make sense on the human body (think Alexander McQueen!) then you're probably looking at a futurism piece!

Shaggy, spikey, and spider-web-heeled shoes

This hairstyle fascinates me...
It reminds me of something weird, I just can't think what!

Yes, this is a glowing bag!

So, as 'futurists' would say: Live in the present, look forward to the future, and don't get lost in the past. I hope you're now inspired like I was.

xox Alyce

Saturday, March 26, 2011

L'Oreal Fashion Festival PART 2 - The Experience

Fashion events don't end on the runway..
If you've been following my blog you will probably have already read part 1 of this post:  L'Oreal Fashion Festival - The Fashion.
Now I want to tell you all about the amazing time I had 'pre' and 'post' catwalk!

The waterside pier was bustling with people eager to see and be seen. From celebrities, models, designers, and photographers, I was overwhelmed by the number of people I had seen on TV and were now right in front of me! Style was certainly a must and everyone looked amazing! It was like a fashion heaven and I came away longing for many of the to- die-for shoes I had seen paraded around during the evening!

Getting photo taken... = very exciting!!

I was so excited when a group of photographers came up to me, asking if they could photograph me for the 'Australian Fashion Guide' Best Dressed Competition!!! My dress was an original by an Australian designer - DeSaku, and my shoes are from a little boutique shop called 'Imagination'.

Photo taken for 'Australian Fashion Guide' Best Dressed Competition.

The entrance to heaven?
Another fun part of the night was getting our hair done in the L'Oreal hair and make-up tent! The queue to get in was almost as long as the runway! - But it was definitely worth it in the end!

I wish I knew how to do this!!

It really was an incredible night, and hopefully not the last! Fingers crossed that next time I go to a 'Paris Runway Show' maybe it will even be in Paris!


Jess, Me, Eliza, Leanne

xox Alyce

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

L'Oreal Fashion Festival PART 1 - The Fashion

L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival...
The other night I went to my first real fashion show; the L'Oreal Paris Runway 1, and I think I may have just lapsed into a dream state whilst there! It was quite simply: Amazing.

What caught my eye at first was not the length of the runway (which may I add looked like a rather painful hike for the stiletto wearing models!) but the massive crowd of photographers crushed together at the end! With their very expensive looking cameras poised and ready, it was quite funny to watch, and displayed a very different view of the catwalk!

Nina Maya
Hosted by Grazia, it showcased the latest creations from Australian designers such as Sass and Bide, Nina Maya, Leona Edmiston, Carla Zampatti, Rachel Gilbert, and one of my favourites; Romance Was Born.

Each mini collection was completely different from the rest, yet I did notice a re-occuring biker type trend subtly mixed into them all.

Edgy was definitely in; from Nina Maya's edgy thigh-high, lace up leather boots,  to the black leather knuckle gloves displayed by Rachel Gilbert. (I actually loved these and can see them becoming a big trend this Winter!!).

Rachel Gilbert
(Just look at those gloves!! So cool!) 
Romance was Born used clashing, bright prints and for me the words 'Harlequin' and 'Court Jester' sprung to mind. 

Whereas Sass and Bide embraced a more futuristic look with bronze metal belts, reflective satin jumpsuits, and cut away dresses.

Leona Edmiston brought back the black with sophisticated dresses and dark sunglasses, except I'm not too sure about the spotted veils all the models wore… From where I was sitting I wasn’t sure if it was part of the garment or if they'd drawn big black dots onto their face!

However, I loved Carla Zampatti's flowing gowns, and the furry white (was it a bag??) carried by one of the models added a unique touch.

Sass and Bide

All of the clothes were undeniably gorgeous, so I was extremely excited when a few days later I discovered a website where you can buy all the looks straight off the runway!! (Click here to go to website)

(If any of you watched Australia's Next Top Model last year then you probably recognise the model (picture to the right), Sophie!
I absolutely love the show so was very starstruck to see her strutting down the runway along with another former contestant; Cassi Van Den Dungen.)

Leona Edminson
Romance Was Born

 Carla Zampatti

Anyway, that's all I'll post for now or this thing could go on forever! Part 2 coming soon!...

xox Alyce

Saturday, March 19, 2011

'The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up'

...For helping me reach my goal of 50 followers!!! I would just like to say a big thank you to all of you lovely people who have shown your support for me and my blog! When I saw the other day that there were now 50 of you, it really made my whole day!

  I put a lot of care and effort into every post and it's so  great to know that people are interested in what I have to say and are supporting me! Even those of you who just leave such kind comments. So, to all of you who have made me love making this little part of the big wide web my own; I'm so grateful and think you're all incredible!

(I'm thinking about hosting some competitions and give-aways once I reach the big '100 followers', so join now to make sure you won't miss out!)

The Wonderful Ones:
(Not all of my followers have blogs, so I've only included those I was able to find displayed on their profile) 

Erica On Fashion
I'm SyriousLY In Fashion

xox Alyce

P.S:  Exclusive post on the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival COMING SOON!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Achraf Amiri

There are a million + one amazing artists out there... So to stand out, you have to do something different! You have to be unique, controversial...bold.

Achraf Amiri is a talented artist/illustrator who almost mocks the fashion world in his witty, sometimes slightly grotesque sketches. At 22 years old, he proclaims to be the "hidden son of the Adam's family," and was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium.

Here are just a few examples of his work:

xox Alyce

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