Been a long time (a little message)…

So I haven’t posted anything in a while unfortunately life got in the way and things changed. So from this week I am going to post at least an article a week as I have a passion for writing and fashion/lifestyle/culture, these things inspire me on a daily basis. I am going to make time for my blog and any future and current followers but also other bloggers.

Writing is my passion I will not let anything get in the way again…

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Levi’s x Harvey Milk Foundation pride collection 2016 

 

(Levi’s)
Levi’s has a rich history of supporting the important issues especially in in LGBTQ community to ensure equality. So this year Levi’s has teamed up with Harvey Milk Foundation for their third annual pride collection. Creating a gender-neutral range on election year to celebrate the outspoken and pioneering Harvey milk.

  Biography.com

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay official elected in 1977, unfortunately his time in office was cut short (less than a year) after being brutally assassinated. His message lives on through the foundation which was started in 2009 by Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk. 

Their message is clear no matter who you are you deserve to be seen as an equal. “The Foundation, through Harvey’s dream for a just tomorrow, envisions governments that celebrate the rich and universally empowering diversity of humanity, where all individuals – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the young, the disabled – all who had been excluded can fully participate in all societal rights without exception.” This is the vision of the foundation and Harvey Milk however this should be the mantra we live by everyday. However this isn’t the case but I’m glad the LGBTQ community has a foundation like the Harvey Milk Foundation and companies like Levi’s in our corner.

  


 

(Levi’s)

The pieces being released will be a gender-neutral collection which will include; t-shirt and tank top both with the Harvey Milk bottle graphic, Trucker jacket embellished with Harvey Milk inspiring quote “Hope will never be silent” and also stone wash jeans with rainbow embroided pockets with Harvey milk patches.

Levi’s will release the collection in May and June in selected locations throughout Australia, Asia, Americas and Europe the collection will also feature online www.levi.com. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the not-for-profit global organisation Harvey Milk Foundation.

Further reading

http://levistrauss.com/unzipped-blog/2016/02/the-story-behind-the-levis-x-harvey-milk-foundation-pride-collection-2016/

http://milkfoundation.org/about/


Easter treats-Mens

Happy first day of spring everyone! So to celebrate I have put together some key looks to see you through spring/summer ’16. 

Two Jackets

  

Green bomber jacket Topman (Buy) £50

  
Khaki Parker Zara (Buy) £59.99

 
White basic t-shirt New look (Buy)

 

Grey slim trousers River Island (Buy)

  

Black slip on trainers New look (buy)

Layering is key this season and double jackets are the freshest way to go. Seen on the runway by Casely-Hayford and Ermenegildo-zegnaused. I used different shades of greens which are in this season to, the trick is to break it up by using different length and material jackets. I used a slim legged trouser to give a wider fit but still giving shape to your leg.

🎉🌟🌟🌟 Top pick🌟🌟🌟🎉

  

Suede jacket H&M (buy) £139.99

  
Sweatshirt t-shirt Cheap Monday (buy) £50

  
Basic Bermuda shorts Zara (buy) £19.99

  

Plimsolls ASOS (buy) £16

Suede who doesn’t love a bit of that 70’s vibe in their life, however if you are thinking about investing in this piece It will quickly become your go to garment. Used on the runways by Officine and Generale rest assured suede will carry you through the spring summer months.

Elegance is simple

 

Shirt in premium cotton H&M (buy) £24.99

  

Tapered slim trousers COS (buy) £69.99

  

Navy trainer River Island (buy) £30

I love this shirt the print is my favourite this season, this look is something I personally own. I style with high white socks to break it up and to show a pop of colour, maybe also add a distressed look backpack to for street style look and also to look on point at work too.

Easter treats-Spring clean up your wardrobe (Ladieswear)

Easter is fast approaching and a wardrobe update is very much deserved, however there  are also Easter eggs too. So to help you along on what to spend your Easter money on, I have put together 3 outfits to get you started on which key pieces are in this season to help lift your spring wardrobe woes.

Denim and pleats

   

Denim shirt Mango (Buy) £35.99

  
Cream chiffon pleated midi skirt  New look (Buy) £24.99

  

Pink perforated lace up plimsolls  River Island (Buy)£24.00

Denim will always be that staple piece in anyones wardrobe and they can rework with a range of different looks. Boss, Tome and Altuzarra all used knife tight pleats in their shows for spring/summer ’16 last year, instead of the big and clunky car wash pleats which were popular in the autumn. So I’ve mashed together the different textures of the denim shirt with this chiffon pleated midi skirt up for a key spring look. For those cooler spring days warm up the outfit with a bomber jacket, this will also give a street style edge.

Budget

  

Off-the-shoulder dress H&M (Buy)

  

  

Black sandals Dorothy Perkins (Buy) £25

 

Earring with fringe  H&M (Buy) £7.99
 

This off-the-shoulder dress by H&M is not only bang on trend but it will save you some change, so you can treat yourself to coffee after. The Spanish style was seen on the catwalks from Diane Von Furstenberg to Michael Kors, using bold reds toreador-esque details. I have added the black sandals from Dorothy Perkins and the fringed earring also by H&M, this outfit is also perfect if you want to start your holiday shopping.

All the ruffles

  

Long sleeve ruffle top Topshop (Buy) £34.99
 

  
Gold toned skirt Zara  (Buy) £29.99

  
  Leather ankle boot ASOS (Buy) £42

Parfois fringe detail bag Debenhams (Buy) £24.99

Victorian style ruffles and paper bag waist are not really the easiest of pieces to pull off but when done right can be amazing, especially if you are aiming for to make high street look high fashion. Both pieces were seen over the runway for spring/summer ’16, played with by the likes of Emilia Wickstead and Tibi. If considering to purchase paper bag waist try and pair up with a tight top as this will balance your silhouette.


  

Ungendered Zara fashion faux pas?

When I heard about Zara’s ungendered range I thought to myself “this is fantastic what a brave step forward for the high street”. This was soon followed with my curiosity of what have Zara offered the gender fluid market, what I  found was an extreme let down. The pieces at a glance were just generic jersey basics nothing left me feeling excited or even inspired. When I looked into the collection further to my suprise it seemed to be a rebranding of their unisex range.

What was released was nothing that would have been basic wardrobe staples regardless of gender, unadventurous flowing t-shirts and jersey shorts were amongst the collection. My original thoughts on the matter quickly changed, so I decided to look into this further to find out what other brands can learn from this (how Zara could move forward?) and what the future holds for Ungendered fashion does it have a place on the high street?

  

(Image Zara)

To me gender fluid fashion holds no female nor male connotations meaning a garment like a denim play suit for instance, which is designed for both men and women to wear. So by Zara still describing the pieces as ‘unisex’ which simply does not apply to being Ungendered and still links to being male and females clothing just designed for both sexes. I-D magazine spoke to Farideh Arbanian who is currently studying a module “Ungendered fashion” at New Yorks Parsons school of design stating, “For me, unisex refers to a piece of clothing that was designed to fit and flatter both male and female bodies. ‘Ungendered,’ on the other hand, is much trickier and ambitious, as it suggests an elimination of any trace of masculine or feminine traits on the garment.”

   
(Yves Saint Laurent ‘Le smoking suit’)

 
(Jean Paul Gautier Autumn/Winter ’07)

So when looking for the inspiration for stylish more thought out pieces that are less dystopian future, my head first went to Le smoking suit by Yves Saint Laurent. First introduced in 1966 a age where women wearing pants was in heard of and inappropriate. This tuxedo-style suit oozed sex appeal and became an iconic look not just a statement party piece. Later In the 80’s Jean Paul Gautier caused controversy by sending male models down the runway in kilts, despite criticism Gautier gained infamy by playing with gender roles in his fashion lines.

Today we can look at pop culture as the non gender binary revolution has begun with the likes of Jaden Smith, who is the face of Louis Vuitton womanswear. Also Miley Cyrus announcing being gender fluid, with stars throwing themselves into the fold opens up the discussion and hopefully move Ungendered fashion into the right direction.

In conclusion Zara have made a huge step forward especially if the Ungendered range reaches stores, as this will open up retail space on the high street creating more competition and get them creative juices following to create strong and more inspirational garments. However I feel the execution of this range seemed to be a massive rebranding move on Zara’s part. With a bit more creative thought behind this market could lead to one of the most inspirational fashion movement in years to come. What I think the main challenge is men adopting what would be associated to be more feminine pieces, however I think I’ll leave my thoughts on that until a future date.