Uni | A Cruise Without Karl

I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the Chanel cruise 2020 show. I was intrigued to see how Virginie Viard would go about writing the next chapter in the history of Chanel, after the passing of Karl Lagerfeld in February who had been at the house for 36 years. Despite Viard working alongside Karl for 30 years, I wasn’t sure how she would go about this first collection without him and if she would go in a whole new direction or stay true to his vision.

The atmosphere however I felt was a little off, compared to previous shows. I didn’t feel the sense if togetherness and excitement, although this may be down to nerves and people being a little apprehensive of what was to come. This also could be down the grandness of the venue itself.

THE INVITATION

Information printed on plain white card to symbolise the freshness and almost blank slate that new creative director Virginie Viard has going into the next chapter of Chanel.

THE THEME

All aboard the Chanel express! This year’s show was held at the Grand Palais in Paris, and the theme was staged around the Beaux-Arts style train station. What I loved about the show from the beginning, before I even saw the clothes was that Lagerfeld feel. Karl was known for his incredible themes and sets, most of my all time favourite Cruise shows are Chanel, and I’m so glad they continued this. I took the train station theme as the brand starting a new journey, but it has been said to symbolise “the promise of an adventure”.

THE COLLECTION

The show was a total of 79 different looks, and it honestly did not disappoint. I loved the pastel colour palette and how each look blended into the other, much like the view of the sunset on your train journey home. I also loved how some of the Chanel classics from Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel made a comeback with a fresh new look.

It’s started with workwear looks that seemed to be inspired by those of station workers, from long line coats to Victorian blouses. We then saw a transition into knitwear, it was very minimalistic but chic. Then slowly but surely we started to see some colour come through with some neon pieces. After that the looks ranged from waxed coats to asymmetric dresses. I wasn’t a fan of the two toned colour block heels however the bags made up for that.

I have attached some of my favourite looks below.

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I was a little disappointed with the lack of diversity in the casting of the models, but that really isn’t anything new. I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the Chanel cruise 2020 show. I was intrigued to see how Virginie Viard would go about writing the next chapter in the history of Chanel, after the passing of Karl Lagerfeld in February who had been at the house for 36 years. Despite Viard working alongside Karl for 30 years, I wasn’t sure how she would go about this first collection without him and if she would go in a whole new direction or stay true to his vision.

What did you all think of the show? Leave your comments below

Love always

AHVB X

Uni |Cultural Appropriation Or Cultural Appreciation

First it was Gucci at the beginning of the year when they were criticised for sending white models down the runway with turbans, then Chanel was accused of humiliating the indigenous Australian Culture, and then it was Vogue who had to apologise for offending people  with the photographs of Kendall Jenner with an afro. But most recently  Dolce and Gabbana are facing backlash after their ‘racist’ advert, which features a Chinese woman struggling to eat spaghetti and pizza with a pair of chopstick, and have been forced to cancel their fashion show in Shanghai. What is happening within these big brands for this type of cultural appropriation to keep reoccurring? What conversations are being had?

At the minute within my fashion communication and promotion course we are working our way through the creative process and the four key stages. There is a lot that happens before you can even get to an outcome, from research, investigation and experimentation to planning, analysis and development. From working through this process myself in the last few months, I struggle to understand how no one within the team of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana decided to challenge the idea or question it.

Personally I feel that the main issue, especially in terms of what Gucci and Vogue did, is that they have chosen to use a white models and have placed features, practices and products of non-white cultures onto them instead of just using models from that particular culture, and that is the problem. When I initially saw the Vogue photo I was more offended that Vogue considered that to be an afro more than anything, and I did understand why people found the whole concept offensive. I also felt that a lot of people were more upset and angry because the model was Kendall Jenner and once again it was another member of the Kardashian’s being associated with cultural appropriation. I just feel that if you are going to use diversity then do it properly and really embrace it, and then it will be appreciated and celebrated, but for now this isn’t cutting it and something needs to change.

It will be very interesting to see how Dolce and Gabbana bounce back from this backlash and how they go about changing things moving forward. After a circulation of Stefano’s racist comments online, will getting rid of him make things any better? Let’s wait and see…

Uni |Hero to Zero

Within the industries of fashion, beauty and food there are concepts and ideas that are often shared by a range of brands. Whether this be down to inspiration, imitation or just thinking alike it is everywhere, however there are some brands doing it better than others creating hero brands and zero brands. I decided to do a little chart of my hero to zero brands.

Left: Hero is Rituals and Zero is The Body Shop Right: Hero is Jo Malone and Zero is Yankee Candles.

Left: Hero is Beauty Blender and Zero is The Real Techniques Right: Hero is OPI and Zero is Essie.

Left: Hero is Urban Decay and Zero is Make Up Revolution. Right: Hero is Anastasia Beverly Hills and Zero is Sleek.

Left: Hero is Women’s Best and Zero is Protein World.  Right: Hero is Gymshark and Zero is Protein World.

Left: Hero is Chanel and Zero is Zara.  Right: Hero is Mango and Zero is H&M.

What did you think of my Hero to Zero brands? What would yours be? Comment below

Love Always

AHVB X

Beauty | May Favourites

I can’t believe we are in June already, where is the year going?

I have been trying out a few new products this month, and I have also gone back to some old products I used to use and so I thought I would do a post about all the beauty products I am currently loving.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream

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I have heard incredible things about Bobbi Brown’s skincare range but it is quite expensive. And so for the last few months I have bought one product and month and tried it out. This month I bought their hydrating eye cream as I have no eye creams at all in my skin care drawer, and I can say it does not disappoint. I don’t have bags or dark circles but my eyes can sometimes look tired, and so this really does hydrate under the eye and eliminates the dullness. I use the eye cream every night on top of my moisturiser, and I have used it occasionally before applying my concealer to help prep my under eye.

Chanel chance eau fraiche perfume

With the beautiful hot weather we have had through May, my Chanel perfume has been my go to. I love how fresh and sweet the smell is, I love the bottle and I love how little you need to smell good all day.

Jordana Ticia lipgloss

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I’ve seen a lot of my favourite make up artists using these lipglosses on their clients over the past few months, and so when my boyfriend bought me two for my birthday I was over the moon. I have the glosses in the shade Clueless and Peach please and I haven’t stopped wearing both since I opened them. They’re both very pigmented and true to colour. They aren’t sticky at all, and they smell amazing and look even better on. I will definitely be getting the glosses in more shades when I get paid.

Doll Light highlighter

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I now finally have my own doll light highlighter, after borrowing one of my friends and falling in love with it. This has been a favourite of mine for a while now, and was such a lovely birthday gift from my close friend and such a surprise. It is so pigmented and leaves such a beautiful flawless finish.

Glam Glow super mud treatment

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This is a product I have seen a lot on Instagram and always wanted to try, luckily for me my two bestfriends suprised me with it for my birthday. Since then I have used it twice and already noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. It’s definitely up there with the Rituals face masks that I love, and I’m very excited to see how my skin improves over time from using it.

What were your May beauty favourites? Comment below and tell me all about them.

Love always

AHVB X