Posts Tagged ‘Alexa Chung’

Alex Kart has your in-depth look at the House of Holland Spring/Summer 2013 collection during London Fashion Week.
Theme: The Nineties. Moody, angsty, grungy teenager.

The Look: Mad for Metallic — Henry Holland is all about injecting the fun into fashion, with colorful and playful creations, and his S/S 2013 “Buzz Kill” collection was no exception. Models took to the London Fashion Week catwalk on an irreverent print parade, blowing up the grunge eras signature check and thrift-shop florals with an added touch of elegance.

The collection opened with a large, diamond print trouser suit ensemble, which quickly rolled to peplumed crop tops, bright dip-dye dungarees, printed jersey maxi’s, and high-waisted shorts — appearing in an explosion of colors. Each of the looks were clashed with shiny boots in jeweled tones of purple, emerald green, sapphire blue, and gold. Check out the statement buckles and open-back heels on the boots (a look to watch out for!)

Meanwhile low slung waistlines and loose jumpsuits were adorned with delicate lace trimmings and back panels, sparkling brocades were complemented by jewel encrusted beanies and embellished shoulder bags. But it would have been the brightly constructed dresses in splashes of acid yellow, that topped-off the understated glamor of the Holland ladies.

Hair & Makeup: Sultry, bronze-smokey eyes. Tousled platinum hair, parted in the middle, romantically pinned on either side.

The Music: Bassy soundtrack

Front Row: Kelly Osbourne, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldoff, Laura Whitmore (TV presenter), Poppy Delevigne (model), Lauren Laverne (DJ).

Where to Wear: House of Holland defines all things glam, urban, and street making it the perfect choice for a downtown gallery opening!

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Wonderful that Vogue is devoting six pages to an ‘ethical special’ this month with Alexa Chung acting as the postergirl for the growing army of women who care about how and where our clothes are made, in just the same way we make decisions about the food we buy at the supermarket – or should I say, the local farmer’s market. Chung is not claiming to be any kind of green goddess. Who can? But she is voicing an increasing awareness among women – and men -to question what and how they buy.

In pictures: Alexa Chungs award-winning year in style

‘I was first made aware of the appalling conditions factory workers are often forced to work under while filming a documentary in 2008 for Channel 4,’ she writes. The idea was ‘to recreate a sweatshop environment in a makeshift Covent Garden factory, in which we then invited high-street shoppers to work. Most grumbled about the dirty water, sweltering heat, poor pay and forced overtime. A good few quit almost instantly. Questionable ethics isn’t the only disturbing factor in the production of the clothes I love. Ecologically sound brands try to limit the vast carbon footprint that production and distribution create, while fair-trade brands ensure that nobody in the creative chain is taken advantage of financially.’

In an ideal world, all of these things would be taken as read and Vogue wouldn’t need to single out specialist brands who are doing the right thing in their own little ethical ghetto. And it has to be said, things are getting better. The high street is being forced to conform to regulations on carbon footprint, factory conditions and pay. The next generation of designers are leaving college knowing that too many clothes are being dumped in landfill every year. Whether they choose to do anything about it is up to them.

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It seems the all round solution is for us to buy less, choose more thoughtfully – Chung says she has a mental checklist whenever she buys anything; if she can’t style it three ways, she usually doesn’t buy – and, where possible to recycle, swap, thrift, or buy from designers like the brilliant Christopher Raeburn who produce well-made clothes that will last, made with upcycled or locally sourced materials in small batches.

‘I for one,’ admits Chung, ‘am all too often guilty of pointless purchases that don’t make it beyond one or two outings. It is unlikely, for example, that those Primark espadrilles or Topshop shorts will be handed down to future generations as my grandmother’s fur coat and dresses were to me.’ Chung’s own style icons including Patti Smith, Debbit Harry and Francoise Hardy wear the same things like a uniform until they fall to pieces.

Problem is, we also – like Chung – love fashion. And that means new stuff. That’s why we are reading Vogue in the first place. What would be really wonderful is for the industry itself to take a deep breath and slow down so that we don’t feel quite so much pressure to change the colour of handbags quite so often and for ‘ethical’ fashion not to have to be pigeonholed but its principles embraced by everyone from the high street up, and not just the chosen few. Oh and yes, Alexa, that organic cotton shirt looks great and so do the red jaquard fairtrade shorts.