Documentaries // Mademoiselle C

Considering Carine Roitfeld is basically my life goals, style inspiration and all-time idol in general, I thought I'd better mention her and her documentary as amongst my influences.
I must have genuinely watched this several hundred times, and that is no exaggeration. I could probably tell you the script word for word...  perhaps that isn't something to boast about though.
Not only is it an excellent starting point to those wanting to not only learn how the fashion world works and runs, but it supplies numerous points of research for anyone wishing to learn more of the influences and names within the world of high fashion. Don't get me wrong, there is one or two cringe lines, Stephan Gan claiming "it needs to be more... fashion" in a photoshoot for example, but other than that there is only love for it as a superb resource and documentary.

The journey of the creation of CR, Roitfeld's fashion magazine, documented by Fabien Constant, addresses the former Vogue Paris editor-in-cheif quoting Conde Nast in 2011 to start her own publication;CR Fashion Book. It's insightful to the industry of high fashion and although not accurate in representing all that starting up a magazine would consist of for any ordinary person, and perhaps to those of the highest scrutiny who know everything in fashion and aren't quite as in total admiration of Carine, it still goes to show the problems involved and give light to what her roles consist of, if only briefly addressed. In all it does give an inspiring look into the business and creative partnership of an enterprise, and acts as a reminder of how the most resonant sartorial fantasies begin with personal obsessions and inspiration. 

"Carine is my ideal woman... she has become a legend in her own time" Tom Ford

Using Carine as the subject for communicating the romance of fashion is an inspired choice, she epitomises re-invention in this role and highlights the necessity to be able to juggle a great number of projects with enthusiasm in order to be successful in this industry. 

For some help I've listed most of the people of importance included in this documentary (but this does not mean that you should not go and watch it now):

[Apologies for any spelling mistakes]

On a more personal and self-reflective note, I find that if I'm not filling absolutely every minute with one thing or another to in order to stay productive, reach the high standard and career goals I set for myself, I tend to be tough on myself about it. I find myself thriving under the pressure I put on myself and number of commitments I make, it pushes me each time and I never fail to surprise myself with what I achieve. I have to pay for this year's academic fees myself. I'm working a minimum of 20 hours a week, in addition to holding the post of Academic Representative, plus all the associated commitments of such an intensive course as this one amongst other personal commitments. In the past I've worked everyday outside of my year long college course, which was admittedly more intensive than my current university course, to fund myself then too. Having previously studied Biomedical Science but leaving after second year, I can genuinely say I have since spent every hour attempting to gain any experience, and teaching myself the ins and outs of the industry and anything else culturally. Seeing this as a trait in other highly successful people in the industry is definitely inspiring and helps me to work through the tough times where I don't feel like I can fit everything in.

Has anyone watched this? What did you think of the documentary and of Carine herself? 

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The FCP Course and Reflection // Native Nomad

After receiving the our first summative report with allocated trend, product and brand I have to admit I was both highly sceptical and felt rather disappointed with the trend I had received; Native Nomad. But after doing a large amount of research I found myself quite intrigued about the origins and issues surrounding it. Although not my personal style, I'm glad I was given a trend; it pushed me out of my boundaries, something I often try to do myself anyway.

Initial research on WGSN gave me the basic stepping stones. I had seen most of the films related such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, True Grit etc. But this gave me the chance to make comparisons through the trend. I also discovered a photographer I hadn't before known of. I often find myself more deeply moved by black and white imagery in photography; this has lead to my slight obsession with said film and photography. Ansel Adams stunning imagery of Colorado and New Mexico was a great discovery and research point. His imagery helped me to understand the link between clothing and functionality through the vast wilderness and almost surreal vulnerability, that would have been imposed on a person having to live in such an environment, he managed to capture in his work. 

The historical origins begin with the "Wild West" and Native American Indians. This research helped gain a wider understanding of any other influences involved, such as artists, musicians, photographers, brands and films.

The painter Fritz Scholder also led me into the cultural appropriation aspect of the trend. This brought the necessity to research the symbology of Native Americans and the reasons behind the use of colours and their own meanings. The heavy reliance on the trends warm earthy colour scheme and with the great number of runways featuring a multitude of native symbology, such as Valentino and SeptWolves, I found cultural appropriation becoming more and more of an important factor and even a necessity when researching the origins and influences in a trend. This is a point I will definitely be blogging on again as I progress with the trend.

Overall, I learnt that Fall 2016's take on the Nomadic trend is much more minimal, hard-wearing, and has more pixilated graphic patterns compared to previous years on the trend. Trimmed with furs, embroidered designs and rough edging; the utilitarian cuts combined with materials of a higher quality fabric, such as hard-wearing leathers, styled into multiple layers are perhaps the most wearable and understated as the trend has ever been. Its past has hinted at more bohemian, hippy vibes, with what has now become rather cliche. With this, the trend may not yet be as recognisable as I believe it has a heavy reliance on the consumers have a vast understanding of its origins. I think this will be a key point to research as I myself was in this same situation. In addition, I expect to find it hard finding said pieces, related to Fall 2016 rather than previous examples on the trend, on the high street. 
I'm excited to progress with this and see where it leads me with my Big Idea and Creative Concepts.

What are your thoughts on the trend, it's origins and the issues relating to it?

Charly xoxo

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The FCP Course and Reflection // Corrine Day's Influence and Reflections

Having greatly researched Corinne Day (See previous post) I found her influence on our outcome extremely beneficiary. Personally, I tend to have an OCD level of attempting to attain polish and 'perfection'; and Day's visual aesthetics meant I was being pushed out of my comfort zone.

To say I was extremely excited for this shoot is an understatement. I, currently, am aiming for a future involving Creative Direction, editorials and photography. And this process was of great interest and enjoyment to me. And although, as all creatives do, I may in years to come look back and think how limited my own skills were, I am sure I will still be proud of what I and my team achieved in this shoot. 

Corinne Day’s “let’s Dance” shot in April’s 2004 of Vogue resulted in us choosing; accidental authenticity, modern femininity, de-glamourised, intimate friendship and mismatched. Having been given glasses, we decided to shoot in outdoor locations in keeping with Day’s own realism style of photography. The Belgrave Rooms, a phone box and in the street by student accommodation seemed result in the best shots from the vast number and locations we had. Using a selection of glasses we embellished ourselves allowed us to hit into the ‘modern femininity’ and ‘deglamourised’ through damage and being set in real locations, alongside the use of natural lighting. The research of Corinne and her recorded diary was what gave us an insight into her hard-edge photography style for our post-night out shoot.

Having gathered our equipment and props we assembled ourselves, and went through our plan of action whilst adding any embellishments or finishing touches. Whilst planning to stay open-minded, see where the shoot took us, we made use of the natural sunlight and environment for our, currently, limited skills and low budget was a large factor. As the shoot progressed, we tried numerous locations from under car wheels (and being greeted by the owners with confusion) to hanging items off the metal hangings inside a dimly lit car park with our wide array of props. Taking a number of photos amongst rubbish, cigarette butts, broken glass and a rather grimy phonebooth (at this point we realised the importance of carrying hand sanitiser with us on our travels...), we experimented with slightly differing concepts and layouts, which played to our advantage as the numerous outcomes meant we could fit in each of the key words without over-complicating any individual image. 

We went on indoors, and spontainiousy created a second concept. One which relayed more of Day's ...... tones and qualities. These consisted of me, sat on the bathroom floor amidst the scenes of a party with friends, sat by the toilet and with the glasses and glitter fallen inside the toilet. 

We ended up opting for the first concept's images over the second as it was much more in keeping with her own style AND the brief. However, I do prefer some of the images from the second shoot, which unfortunately were not chosen mainly due to the fact they wouldn't have printed well on paper compared to their onscreen images. 

Final images:
Image 1: Shot by Myself, Creative Direction Myself, Heather and Morgan, edited by myself
Image 3: Shot by Heather, Creative Direction Heather, Morgan and Myself, edited by myself
Image 4: Shot by Morgan, Creative Direction Myself, Heather and Morgan, edited by myself

With only being able to submit 3 images and having printed images 1-3, we found image 2 was not in keeping with the concept of the other photos and at the last minute decided to exchange it for image 4.
Overall I am extremely pleased and proud of our work. Although a shame we couldn't have perhaps submitted more photos, or the two different concepts, it was a great first experience.

Does anyone else have any thoughts on her work, or any of their own work hers has had a large influence on? 

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