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hen asked “who are you
wearing?”, the response these
days seems to be “It’s vintage!”,
Guestlist Shoots YOU! A Month in Fashion 2010
YOU READ ME RIGHT
Fendi through the great Karl
but what is vintage, really? When
Lagerfeld eyes is soft and
we hear the word “vintage” used
in the context of clothing, most
Spring Summer Collections
lovely this season. Soft! If
Our very own photographer Paz and fashion reporter Nia, took to the
people likely think two things: old
streets of Brick Lane to see what you cool katz are wearing out there.
I know it’s early but the fashion world just can’t wait.
and used. Check it out:
there is something this sea-
son taught us is that feminine
Vintage is more than just re-cy-
We want the Spring Summer Collections RIGHT
in the traditional sense is
cled fashion though. While it is
NOW! Oh, the frilly, light dresses, short shorts and
back. If even Karl does it…
used as a catch-all phrase for all
student pastel colours - is that really all fashion has to offer?
second-hand clothing, by defini-
tion clothing which was produced
by Nia Aronoffsky
We have never seen so many legs. Prada
l St Marti
was short, short extra short. There were a
before the 1920s is referred to
of shoes bagged later, I’ve been
lot of crystals, which was only matched
as antique clothing and cloth-
a self-declared vintage junkie ever NEW YORK - Harlequin’s girl- and greyish colours. Lovely,
by everyone else’s use of sequins. Since
ing from the 1920s to 1980s is
since. friend was strutting down the cat- but autumn-ish don’t you think? when is Miuccia following trends? Watch
considered vintage. Retro usually
The appeal of vintage comes from
walk at Marc Jacobs. It was beau- Thanks to Thakoon, we got a
out for crystals everywhere next season.
refers to clothing that imitates the
getting something a little different
tiful but not a wearable collection. splash of bright colours and
Versace and Gucci did what they do best.
style of a previous era and cloth-
- each piece has been on a jour-
Underwear as outerwear? When prints. Yes, the cut are simple,
Strong, sexy superwoman. It has been a lot
ing produced more recently usu-
ney, unique for its own era and
are designers going to under- don’t look here for overly compli-
ally called modern.
maybe, just maybe, it will be one
En vogue at the moment, you
of a kind. After all, no-one wants
stand this is never going to work? cated styles, but god the prints!
fashion-savvy peeps out there are
to run the risk of making that ma-
Let’s be fit and all sporty at Al- Up to three different on one
donning a contemporary look that
jor fashion faux pas of wearing
exander Wang. There is a slight dress, that’s what I call uplifting.
blends vintage with what’s new in
the exact same thing at the same
military feel and an utilitarian
the high street.
time as someone else, do they? If
take on fabric. God, are we in
tweed jackets, cute dress-
So what’s so special about vin-
you’ve ever been in that situation,
a recession? Where is the or-
es, glamorous dresses,
tage anyway? Personally, I never
you know said scenario begs
ganza, the velvet, the silk…
silk, embroidery, what do
really ‘got it’ until I was in my late
THAT question - who looks better
Tailoring and mini dresses for
you mean you can’t find
teens. Before that I just equated
wearing it? Recoil! 3.1 Phillip Lim, classic glamour
what you are looking for?
vintage with granny-wear – the
Moreover, when you buy vintage at Donna Karan Collection; I am
look minus the zimmerframe. Well
you’re giving it a new lease of life worried, what is happening to
somehow that didn’t really appeal.
- in the UK alone, nearly 2m tons
summer? According to all the
A random, impromptu visit to Por-
of clothing and shoes go to land-
designers aforementioned, we
Let’s go back to Miuccia, shall we, because what she did at Miu Miu is
tobello Road market however
fill sites each year. So you could
will be clad in khaki, beige, dusty
just beautiful. Take a woman version of Peter Pan, give her indigo, lilac, pink,
changed all that. I stumbled upon
say that vintage shopping is good
black, beige and gold, a choice of childish prints (cat, daisy, puppy, swallow),
a pair of some really rather worn
for the environment. Call it ethical a seventies inspiration and platform shoes. It looked like a dream. At Lanvin,
pointee-toed 1950s kitten-heels
consumerism ;) another one of my favourite designers - Mr. Elbaz, did what few can. Give me
and for the massive sum of £5!
There you have it. Whether a
Pink and red, orange, navy...
grown up fashion, eveningwear that would look appropriate during the day
Bargain. I didn’t have a clue what
twenty-year-old dress is classi- This duo had so
r dance m
The turbulent child of fashion capitals, Christopher Kane, the designer every- and craftsmanship like we rarely see. Of course, it was black, red, beige…
clothes in my wardrobe could pos-
fied as vintage or not doesn’t re-
rs floral D
LONDON got its big names back home. one is so in love with gave us check. A strong slightly retro-futuristic (only Nicholas Ghesquiere can get away with
sibly match but I thought ‘what the
ally matter. If the dress fits, one
Richard Nicoll gave us a trip to the Checked dresses, checked skirts,
this) woman was the Balenciaga heroine this season. Think hood, tailoring
heck I’ll try them on’. Sure enough
should just wear it, non?
cloudy sky with beautifully easy; checked shirt, god isn’t that boring?
and splash of colours in an otherwise monochrome collection.
they fitted. Like a glove –no need
seemingly weightless mini Beware, Mr. Kane does check pat-
to push and no need to shove. Eric pictured here at Spitalfields market “... bought this entire outfit
Money handed over and one pair
dresses in a muted palette. terns with colours. So we had FASHION has to offer everything
from vintage shops, all for less than £100 and in less than an hour.”
Paul Smith had fun, showing a blue, yellow, pink etc and
this season. It won’t be really
collection I cannot describe he does body conscious,
bright, nor will it be really soft but
otherwise as eccentrically super tailoring as well.
let’s hope the weather will contrast
English. Pink and red, yellow, That’s why we love him.
nicely that little overlooking from
orange, navy, tribal prints; Vivienne Westwood was a
the designers. I can’t wait for the
this is what summer is about. manifesto for environment.
future. It seems someone did do
Retro candies at Luella. The cat- The after party Red Bull and
frilly summer dresses. Thanks to
walk was transformed into a patis- Coke drinks at the old Post Office
Stella McCartney, we will have the
option to actually look summery
serie display with pastels and sweet in High Holborn got us talking about
this summer. Last but not least,
sweet designs. Oh, and polka dots. saving trees and not turning on the
the grande dame of fashion
The Burberry show was not only star heater during winter while dancing like
houses. Chanel. Taking a trip to
studded, it was also inspirational. maniacs to a soundtracks oscillating
the countryside, Chanel was a bit
Yes we saw trenches, but not the between Nirvana and Missy Elliott… of everything not for everyone.
old one you have in your wardrobe. But London Fashion Week is Skinny jeans, tweed jackets, cute
Christopher Bailey clearly knows what also Vauxhall Fashion Scout dresses, glamorous dresses, silk,
he is doing when it comes to design and and On/Off. It was edgy, it was
embroidery, what do you mean you
I will certainly know what I’m doing when pretty, it was fun and summery.
can’t find what you are looking for?
ned I buy one of these covetable pieces.
Here at The Guestlist Net- has an obsession with T-shirts!
work, we believe in positive vibes I created my first T-shirt when I
and great fashion. Recently, we was about 16 years old and had
have come across a very promi- a lot of requests from people to
nent T-shirt range by an upcoming customize their clothes but never
and talented graphic designer. The really thought about taking it to a films...the list keeps growing!
T-shirts are positive, colourful and business level until recently.
full of fun. Her name is Gabrielle What do you think of the UK
Smith and her T-shirt range is How would you describe T-shirt scene at the moment?
called G*ology. TGN’s Kamran your T-shirt range? I have mixed views. I know a lot of
Assadi chatted to the lady herself Well, at the moment, it’s very people that designed shirts before
to find out more about the creative much seeing how I can graphically the whole ‘let’s be different’ phase
brain behind the tees. represent different elements of my came around. Now I guess bigger
culture. I’m hoping to update it all brands are buying into that whole
very soon as I have an ‘unfinished ethic so it pushes people, who are
What is the concept behind designs’ folder on my laptop that trying to create products because
the name, G*ology? needs sorting out! It’s humorous, they’re passionate about it, out of
It’s everything about me! You have colourful... just like me! the way. On the other hand, it’s
subjects like biology and the like great because it’s causing people
which are the study of that certain Where do you get your inspi- to be a lot more creative than
nd fi subject. Well, this is the study of ration from? before.
tom- me! All the designs are of me and Wow, there’s so much! My iPhone
everything I’m inspired by! is full of random notes that I write Where can we find or pur-
down as inspiration... people, chase your T-shirts?
How did you get into design- my culture, colour, funny things You can find a collection of my
ing T-shirts? people say, the UniQlo billboards T-shirt range and more information
Photography by Paz
Well, I’m a graphic designer who on Oxford Street Underground, about it at www.iamgology.com
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