Lots more wornettes & other fantastic folk were there! I just didn’t catch them on camera (including Alyssa as a show-stopping Katy Perry). Yay WORN! Yay ROOKIE!
What inspired this outfit?
The desire to dress eccentrically. I awoke that morning reasonably late and had less than five minutes to spare to pick the day’s outfit. I picked my go-to “outlandish” outfit — a white dress with the Miu Miu cat sketched onto the collar, my ocean graphic dress on top, and finally my two-tone tights.
Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing?
I find a lot of strangers are intrigued by my two tone tights, and whilst walking in the city I get approached by a range of different people commenting on them. Women in business suits in the middle of the Financial District, prepubescent boys on skateboards, homeless men… quite the odd range.
What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
Heat: How to Stop The Planet From Burning by George Monbiot. This book goes into a descriptive plan of action to cut greenhouse gases in order to avoid further consequences of global warming. In the midst of reading this book I stumbled upon the ocean dress and purchased it without hesitating. The image on the dress is the condition of our earth that Monbiot urges us to conserve, so it felt very fitting.
What style icon would wear this outfit?
I feel like Bjork would wear something like this to the grocery store. Or as pajamas.
Where did you get all the items in your outfit?
The ocean print dress is from H&M, the white dress with the Miu Miu cat collar is thrifted, and the two-tone tights I purchased on eBay about three years ago.
“I believe we’ve reached a saturation point [in fashion]. The future stopped in the ’60s. Before that, you had everyone looking forward, and now it’s just a tide of people looking back. What I’m really looking forward to is the future.”* Daphne Guinness’ words echo in my head whenever I flip through the newest Fashion Week collections. “Look forward, people! Towards the future!” reverberates loudly in the back of my mind. We are as close to the future as we have ever been, and dwelling on the past is rarely a good thing. So why not approach fashion in the same way?
Mary Katrantzou‘s work feels not only like it looks towards the future, but invents an entirely new visual language. Her radical approach to creating clothes sets her apart from her contemporaries. Her past four collections were outwordly influenced by the classic art mediums of painting, photography, interior and furniture design (her mother once owned a furniture factory), but are warped with modern technology. Katrantzou manipulated the traditional methods to create a technological collage of colour and pattern. A major contributor to the uprising of digital print onto clothing, Mary is definitely looking forward.
Autumn/Winter 2009 Ready to Wear
Simplified images of perfume bottles was Katrantzou’s motif for this collection, though digitalized into abstraction.
The first time I laid my eyes on an item of clothing with a celestial print I gazed with an unremitting fixation. It was a dress, the skirt almost horizontal – seemingly exploding from the model’s midriff. The top half was covered in multitudinous sequin diamonds to compliment the print of galaxy stars. The tailoring was enough to blow me away, sure, but what left me gaping was that a photograph of space seemed to have been literally printed onto the dress. I’ve seen interesting prints, but this transcends the definition of ‘interesting’. Although printing photographs onto clothes is a recent reoccurring venture for designers and companies alike, pictures of space take this initiative to an entirely different level. It is extraordinary and radical for a photographic print – they are almost lurid with colour.
The pictures are derived from an orbital instrument called the Hubble Telescope. It captures a series of alluring colour pictures of galaxies, planets, and nebulae deep within space. They are disparate yet blend in a concise manner, almost unsettling and of such an ethereal quality that space seems to be a finished painting. I was being affected by a piece of art rather than a scientific photograph.
Christopher Kane Resort 2011
Kane’s signature is placing photographs onto his clothes; these cosmic images had less of a photographic quality, and more of an abstracted explosion of colour.