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From stunning historical fashion pieces to modern day ready-to-wear pieces, there’s over 120 exhibits here to fascinate with the theme of vulgarity and excess. We had the good fortune to be sent an invitation to The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined Exhibition Private View at Barbican Gallery, London. Here’s our review of it and some of the enjoyable highlights that we encountered.

Set on two floors, we found that fashion curator and exhibition maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips have produced a thought-provoking event that confronted our current attitudes towards what is vulgar in current fashions and gave a very clear and interesting explanation of the origins of fashion vulgarity and excess. Of the more contemporary exhibits amongst our favourites were Richard Sage’s Pound Sterling Bank Note Dress created from £6000 worth of actual banknotes (sponsored by Britannic Money!) Hussein Chalayan Dress with painted nails and the excessive Victor & Rolf Van Gogh Girls Couture Show, S/S 2015 pictured above (© Team Peter Stigte)

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If you think that the Vivienne Westwood’s, Alexander McQueen’s and Jean Paul Gautier’s to name but a few were over the top then you’ll in for a real treat from some of the historical exhibits such as the jaw-dropping 18th Century court dress 1748-1750 courtesy of the Fashion Museum Bath (see above), the I’ve got load’s money Viennese Gold bonnet 1798/1810 from the Wien museum.

As exhibitions go this is not a blockbuster of Alexander McQueen and David Bowie proportions but is right up with many of the best of the intriguing and displays of iconic creative fashions. If there is one slight criticism that one could make is that there could have been some more examples from lesser known designers rather than so many of the large established brands and designers.

It’s an exhibition that discusses what people think of what is vulgar and does vulgarity really exist. It’s an exhibition that will stimulate your grey cells and challenge your perceptions of states of minds and people believing that they are superior to other people.

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To continue your experience of The Vulgar into the real world head to Gallery’s shop where you can purchase a replica of the famous Mondrian dress designed by Yves St Laurent – a snip at £199.

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Or this Vulgar Hand Fan by illustrator Alice Smith for just £20.

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The Preview Evening attracted several hundred famous people from the fashion and art world including Grayson Perry (above), Simon Le Bon and Pam Hogg who had several exhibits herself.

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The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined. Barbican Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2 runs from 13th October 2016- 5 February 2017… More details at https://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=18736

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See Now! Buy Now! Was the new fashion runway concept to hit many London Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections from big brands such as Burberry through to retailers such as Oliver Spencer and emerging brands like Helter. First up, Rennie Mackintosh’s watercolour paintings inspired Teatum Jones’s LFW show at BFC Space, Soho, London (pictured above). Teatum Jones as did many others followed the traditional route of previewing for SS17.

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We loved the Rohmir show at Fashion Scout, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden. On Rohmir’s catwalk the English Country House was the source of inspiration with a large collection of glamorous yet well-behaved sophisticated dresses. Lots of florals from Liberty-style small prints to bolder painterly prints for daywear and evening were in evidence. Tweeds on dresses and suits were edged with feathers  Designer Olga Roh did a great job and we are great fans of her Maddox Street boutique just off Bond Street.

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FashionFab’s Russell Rose and Tracy Rose FROWing at London Fashion Week!

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Helter was showing a ready-to-buy now collection inspired by stingrays and sharks with cut-out panels and slits featured.

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Omer Asim’s architectural training was apparent in the clean lines.

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Another great fashion presentation by Edeline Lee!

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Rock rolled with Ginger Baker Afro Beat at Oliver Spencer’s LFW Show at Brewer St Car Park, Soho, London! Oliver Spencer showed seventies velvets and striped tops in burgundy, rust and black were available on an app  as you watched the show!

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Tracy Rose at Oliver Spencer party at Liberty Regent Street

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With DJ Trevor Nelson at Oliver Spencer party at Liberty Regent Street

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Remy Martin VSOP Mature Cask cocktails with Dolin Dry Vermouth, tonic water and lemon wedges were served all evening!

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Among the guests were famous fashion writers and stylists Leroy Dawkins, Jai’me Jan, Karen Grace and Jonas Oliver

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10_-Estorick-La-Dolce-Vita-Mansfield-and-Hargitay-Rome-1962-500x500We were very pleased to be invited to the preview night of The Years of “La Dolce Vita” at the Estorick Collection of Modern Art in Canonbury, North London on 29th April. It’s a marvellous exhibition exploring the birth of celebrity culture and one of the most fertile periods in contemporary Italian cinema that has strongly influenced fashion designers ever since. Above, encapsulating La Dolce Vita spirit: Jane Mansfield and Mike Hargitay leaving “Piccola Budapest” in Rome 1962, by Marcello Geppetti.

??????????There are so many wonderful images here to enjoy. The eighty photographs, capture the dolce vita (literally ‘sweet life’) enjoyed by Italian movie stars and Hollywood ‘royalty’ working in Rome during the 1960s. Through the lens of the camera, these photographs vividly evoke an era of extraordinary glamour, creativity and decadence, and challenges us to consider our response to the media’s obsession with celebrity, the invasive nature of the images, and the ‘guilty pleasure’ we take in them.

Burton_and_taylor__gallery_imageImages include Bridget Bardot, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch not to mention Richard Burton kissing Liz Taylor in Ischia on the 18th June 1962 – one of the most famous pictures ever taken! Not that life was always plain sailing for the stars. There’s lots of delightful Jane Mansfield images but also one poignant image of her being attacked during a festival in Fiuggi in August 1962.

2. Estorick La Dolce Vita - Bardot-1Above is Brigitte Bardot in Spoleto, June 1961 by Marcello Geppetti, MGMC & Solares Fondazione delle Arti

7. Estorick La Dolce Vita - Welch and Mastroianni-1And another one we loved: Raquel Welch and Marcello Mastroianni at Cinecitta on the set of the movie “Shoot Loud, Louder, I do not understand …”, 1966, by Marcello Geppetti, MGMC & Solares Fondazione delle Arti

??????????This is an image of Audrey Hepburn snapped relaxing and doing a bit of shopping at a bakery…

??????????Here’s us enjoying a bit of the La Dolce Vita…We’ve just been papped!

La Dolce Vita was the era of Paparazzi at their most intrusive. Sometimes the celebrities hit back! Well worth a look are the three pictures of Anita Ekberg attacking a photographer outside her house in 1960.

If you love the La Dolce Vita period and great photography, this is an exhibition we can thoroughly recommend.

The Years of “La Dolce Vita,” Estorick Collection of Modern Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN runs until 29th June 2014. For admission times and more details see http://www.estorickcollection.com or telephone 0207 704 9522.

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DSCN4819-1A walk on the wildside, perhaps, there’s much to see and enjoy at this vastly interesting and well-curated major exhibition entitled The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Devoted to the celebrated French couturier, Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion world. it’s choc full of his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs. Capturing his reputation for witty and daring designs and his continuous interest in social issues and identity coupled with a beauty borne of difference, this exhibition it gives a fascinating insight into the work of one of the leading fashion designers of our time.

DSCN4811-1The exhibition highlights Gaultier’s fascination of world cultures and countercultures creating twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations of fashion and his eradication of boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes.  This theatrically-staged exhibition brings together more than 180 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue (see picture above: Crocheted dress with “cherub” linen appliqué; crocheted headress and mask from the Virgin Collection, Immaculata gown, Haute Couture 2007. Dress worn by Kylie Monogue in her video for “Like a Drug” in 2009).

DSCN4810-1From the start we loved the French accented English talking Jean Paul Gaultier mannequin complete with authentic facial expressions welcoming us with “I think with my collections you can travel the world. I try to show the beauty that is within all us. Enjoy the show!”

DSCN4814-1Here’s a gold sequin catsuit made for Beyoncé in 2008. There were also mermaid dresses with corset tops. Some of the dresses in this mermaid took 176 hours to make!

DSCN4816-1When Gaultier was in London in 1984 he designed Backless sailor striped knit top, pinstripe trousers from his Boy Toy collection. The annotations around the exhibition are enlightening. One learns that “A couturier with a punk soul he adopted the concept of recycling and embraced the offbeat. The idea of rebellion and the “destroy” look appealed to him.”

DSCN4820-1Of note was this man with a top hat. Feathered tartan coat form the Russian Collection Autumn/Winter 1997-1998. The mohair tartan suit in riding coat style came from the Flower Power and Skinheads collection.

DSCN4855-1Around the exhibition were Jean Paul Gautier designed perfume bottles, products  and memorabilia. Not included in this exhibition is this rare limited edition bottle of Evian water (with kind permission from the Fashion Fabulous Archive Collection).

DSCN4821-1A fine example of his craftsmanship was shown in this metallic brocade tuxedo suit with beaded net top from the Pink CanCan collection.
Walking around we saw suspended plasma TV sets showing catwalk shows and an intriguing rotating conveyor belt of model mannequins clunking around.

DSCN4822-1The exhibition tells of the first time Gaultier showed men in skirts the 30 strong Vogue staff stood up and made an exit as did St Laurent and a retinue from Marie Claire. “I was slated by the French press for designing for hairdressers and homosexuals. It took them two years to accept my statement.”

DSCN4815-1This Black velvet cassock (far left ) had an opening to reveal a religious icon made in 1997 was 126 hours to make.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, Barbican Centre, Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS runs until 25th August 2014. For more information and admission details see http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=14772

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??????????Fashion Fabulous was delighted to be invited by Olivia Colling, Head of Press at The Victoria and Albert Museum, to a preview of the new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, on the 2nd April. Curated by Sonnet Stanfill, this wonderful exhibition explores Italy’s craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories.

??????????Wonderfully displayed  are approximately 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, by the leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace alongside the work of forgotten post-war designers such as the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta. We loved the white Giorgio Armani dress pictured above.

DSCN4704Multimedia presentations were put to good effect as for example this Emilio Pucci design from the famous La Dolce Vita 1960’s period in Rome.

DSCN4706-1Actor and film star Richard Burton once said that “Elizabeth Taylor only knew one word of Italian and that is Bulgari!” So it was very nice seeing this stunning  Bulgari emerald and diamond necklace worn by Liz Taylor that rarely goes on display to the public.

DSCN4708-1There are many glamorous dresses to see such as this Valentino red.

DSCN4711-1…and this inspiring Roberto Capucci 1987 silk evening dress. This designer opened his first couture salon in 1950 and soon became praised by the international press as Italy’s best designer. This dress is a superb example of the designer’s penchant to amalgamate abstract art and fashion.

??????????The exhibition also features some excellent examples of Italian designed ready to wear fashions.

??????????Well worth a look is the Moschino “Made in Italy” ensemble poking fun at Italian fashion with a map of Italy on the dress (pictured second left) and  a jacket with magazine adverts on it (far left). The Missoni knitted ensemble, 1972 (far right), is one of many great examples of the use of luxe materials and artisanal skills that Italians are renowned for.

Sonnet Stanfill, curator of 20th century and contemporary fashion at the V&A has produced an exhibition full of fascinating displays and commentaries that is a pleasure to walk round and with much to delight.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 runs 5th April – 27th July 2014. For admission details call Tel 0207 942 2000 or see http://www.vam.ac.uk.

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Temperley AW14 image 2-1In this second part of our star picks from London Fashion Week  whatever your style there will be a lot to look forward this coming Autumn and Winter. Temperley London (pictured above) presented a broad selection of styles and colour palettes many featuring hues of blue. Hemlines were floor  or thigh skimming with looks finished off with large attractive scarves – a definite trend that will prove very popular!

DSCN4578Zeynep Tosun at the Fashion Scout venue, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden showed her “Oxidised” collection featuring  rust, cinnamon, misty blues and greys for her autumnal colour range. Brocade, wool crepe and leather were fashioned into layered dresses with large high collars, oversized coats and bomber jackets.

??????????London based designer Cassie Sneglar showed a very likeable confident easy-going collection at Mishkins, New York deli restaurant at 25 Catherine Street, Covent Garden… And her label?   Caslazur  It’s one to watch!

DSCN4591-3Hemyca  showed an excellent afternoon presentation at the BFC Space at Somerset House and it was great to meet up with designers Myra Nigris and Helen Clinch again. We felt this was their best collection to date featuring dresses with leather details accentuating the waist on soft wool fabrics. We loved the midnight blues and moonstone silvers. Coats and capes were particularly outstanding. Hemyca is available by appointment at their studio in Chelsea, London. Another great label to watch!

DSCN4592-1Surrealist artist Salvador Dali continues to inspire designers. Liz Black showed a surreal lip skirted dress very much in the Dali vein!

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Fyodor Golan gave a super shiny catwalk show. PVC in black, shocking pink and pewter formed the fabric of an edgy statement-wear
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DSCN4593-1Anna Sekularac at the showrooms at Somerset House showed a very pretty handmade capsule collection made from wool and silk organza. Some also included cashmere. It’s a preview of what’s going to be in the new Layers shop.

DSCN4605-1Tata Naka’s collection was inspired by interior designed wallpapers and carpets. For their current collection pop along to Mania Mia, 307 New King’s Road, London SW6.

DSCN4518-1Zeynep Kartel  at Fashion Scout, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden showed a high glam collection of golds and  pewters inspired apparently by Manchester Town Hall. Here’s a burgundy jump suit from the collection which we particularly liked. Zeynep Kartel catwalk revealed some great shimmering eveningwear gowns that will certainly appeal to women’s red carpet desires.

DSCN4529Nico Didonna from Soho, London, showed a very wearable collection of both women’s and menswear over at the The Bloomsbury Set Event, at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftsbury Avenue, London WC2.  A highlight was the feminine wrapover eveningwear that draped flatteringly over the body and was cut thigh-high. It certainly appealed greatly to Nancy Dell’Olio celebrity and socialite who was sitting in the front row. Nadia Minkoff designed handbags specially for this collection that are also on sale at Nico Didonna’s shop at 16a D’Arblay Street, London W1F 8EA.

Peter Pilotto-1Peter Pilotto produced one of our favourite collections for the autumn capturing burgundies, blues, and pinks executed in very clever geometric patterns to dramatically flatter the body. This successful brand is extensively available in major London stores and boutiques.

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??????????Fashion Fabulous was thrilled to be invited by The Director and Trustees of The Fan Museum to a private view of the new exhibition, Globe Trotting on 9th September. Curated from The Fan Museum’s renowned collection archives the Globe Trotting Exhibition reveals intriguing insights into the culture and production of fans from around the world.

Amongst the highlights were fans hailing from Africa, Oceania, Caribbean, Sri Lanka/Burma  South East Asia and the Americas that included the museum’s earliest fan, a pre-Columbian fixed fan plaited and woven – edged with yellow feathers dated back to the 11th century. As we wandered around the elegant displayed exhibits by geographical region one discovers an immense diversity and evolution of fans made from a plethora of materials and fascinating construction.

DSCN3862-1Hélène Alexander MBE gave a short informative speech to a gathering of fan enthusiasts describing some of her favourites including a large feather French 1918 mother of pearl fan featuring the entire bird of paradise feathers reconstructed into the fan complete with bird’s stuffed head! (See image above)

Jacob Moss MA, curator of The Fan Museum gave us a quick whistle stop tour of the rest of the museum – many exhibits were visually stunning. Some such as the fan by Dali was well worth seeing. We can’t wait to return again!

??????????At the end of the evening, refreshments were served downstairs in the very pretty Orangery.

Fan MuseumGLOBE%20TROTTING%20POSTERGlobe Trotting runs 3rd September-31st December 2013. The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10, Tel 020 8305 1441, http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/

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The Olympic flame may have been extinguished now but all the excitement and vibe continues to soar as London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 rolls out another season of wonderful shows and presentations to admire. Fashion Fabulous once again has been looking at the very best that is coming into the shops and seeking out emerging designers that that will be star names of the future.

Trending for 2013 are vibrant multicolours.  One of the first glimpses to appear of this was at the Caroline Charles show whose mood was a delightful Mardi Gras. This went really well on the lime, mango, magenta and shocking pink short shorts and wide legged trousers. Black maxi wrap-over skirts teamed with her signature jackets in bold colours are certain to be must-haves for her fans. If shopping in Knightsbridge then don’t miss the Caroline Charles shop at 56 Beauchamp Place, London SW3.

Fashion Fabulous’s Tracy Rose gave a whole new meaning to theatrical hats when she wore one inspired by the new Park Theatre to be in the celebrity auction at Sir Ian McKellen’s Gala on October 19th.

From the moment Tracy entered the courtyard at Somerset House, photographers from all the major publications were snapping pictures of her latest creation. Said Tracy Rose “The Park Theatre Hat has a red satin square crown inspired by the front of the building. Over the face there is a square structured organza veil inspired by the front window of the building. Sweeping up is a representation of a brick wall in pink silk depicted the bare brick that is in the building whilst another brick wall sweeps downwards. One has two hundred bricks – the other ninety representing the number of people in the audience in the two theatrical spaces. “

To date the Park Theatre, based in Finsbury Park, North London, has raised £2.2 million to create a state of the art theatre and is currently fundraising for an Education floor which is designed to nurture the youth in one of London’s poorest areas. Sir Ian McKellen is hosting a truly glamorous Gala to help raise the final £100,000 that is needed.

The auction is being led by auctioneer Lord Jeffery Archer and they’ll be 270 guests and each lot has been designed to be a very special exclusive opportunity.

Some of the other cool things being auctioned are – Drinks with Stephen Fry after seeing him on the West End in Twelfth Night, Flights to NY and tickets to see the sold out show Book of Mormon. Other lots being auctioned are from The Ritz, The Savoy and from the world of fashion, film and sport. Alan Rickman, Celia Imrie and Tamsin Outhwaite are amongst the many celebrity supporters of the theatre.

The event takes place at the Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London SE1 9DT and for tickets email gala@parktheatre.co.uk  or 0207 7731 1263 with further details on www.parktheatre.co.uk

Architectural influences were also the subject of Krystof Stozyna’s catwalk show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout at Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden. Columnar silhouettes were matched   with prints on silk depicting Greek Ionic columns that worked very well on sleeves and trousers. Several plain dresses had columnar detail on the neckline. Lilacs, corals, white and red were sent down the runway in a collection enthusiastically received by the audience.

There was plenty of well justified applause indeed for designer Maria Grachvogel who showed her signature designer jumpsuits as well as hauterneck tops with draped low backs with optical prism prints in stardust. We particularly liked the boxy short sleeves and black and white panelled dresses. Transparent fabrics abounded in pleated skirts and shirts whilst fan of her digital prints will find much to choose from. Maria’s reputation for creating very wearable flattering silhouettes has gone from strength to strength. Her shop at 18 Culford Gardens, Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2ST is well worth a visit.

Geometrics formed the basis Jean-Pierre Braganza’s catwalk collection featuring uneven hemlines that showed triangular and squared-off all on the same dress. Several were more simple shapes with one side of the skirt elongated.  Short neat collars, low vees or slashed necks were the order of the day in a palette of black, white and aqua.  Things are really shaping up for Jean-Pierre Braganza. He’s definitely a name to watch!