Corn rows, gelled baby hairs and du-rags. Now did I just describe to you a hip-hop video from 2003? or the latest SS15 trends debuted at Fashion month?Quite recently, DKNY is the latest target of Black Twitter following the debut of the hottest hairstyle for next Spring/Summer: Baby hairs and as of Tuesday night, the French powerhouse Chanel has come under quite a bit of scrutiny for the debut of the “Urban Tie Cap” or what me and you would call, a du-rag. To be fair, it hasn’t been confirmed that “Urban Fabulous” is the official name of this hairstyle seen on the DKNY catwalks and the du-rag images circulating around the Twitterverse are actually backstage shots of Derek Lam models flattening their hair but nonetheless the issue still remains.
What baby hairs and du-rags have in common is that they have been historically perceived as “ghetto” when really they’re just practical and creative approaches to dealing with different hair types. When seeing these images from New York Fashion Week, I couldn’t help but notice the double standard that arises when black people have been doing something for years, suddenly becomes acceptable and bold when put on a white body which artist, Jennifer Li perfectly captures in this piece:
When black people do something its “ghetto” and “unattractive” but the minute white people do the same things, its portrayed as unique and “edgy”. Instead of calling everything “Urban”, would it kill the world to say that it was inspired by Black culture? Why tip-toe around it when we’re all thinking it?
I don’t see anything wrong with being inspired by different cultures but it becomes a problem when someone refuses to recognise and acknowledge where these looks originated from.
second photo by olivia locher
As much as I drool at the sartorial delights Swedish designers provide or stare in awe at the creations of Parisian fashion houses such an Christian Dior and Lanvin, I’m totally, undoubtedly British to the core - Loose, languid yet restrained; Christopher Bailey captivated my heart with his take on the Autumn/Winter cover up that is the blanket-cape. Warm, cosy yet incredibly versatile, I knew I had to get my hands on one for this Winter and TOPSHOP came to save the day with their take on the cover up!
As well as the blanket-cape, my jeans are also from TOPSHOP. My shoes, t-shirt and hat are from H&M and my bag is from ZARA. I’d also like to take this chance to apologise for the grim expression on my face!
many thanks to SPICE TV for the photo.
ASLI POLAT SS15
New York and London based FIT graduate Asli Polat made her debut as a designer this morning at London Fashion Week in the avant-garde ME London Hotel, in a gorgeous room with amazing views of the city.
The brand combines fabrics in unusual colours and textures to create its signature sports luxe aesthetic and this collection lived up to that vision. It seems that through the collection Asli Polat has taken sports luxe into a new direction with soft tailoring mixed with athleticism, technical fabrics and streamlined silhouettes – my favourite piece was the rose gold biker gilet jacket.
There were certain pieces of the collection that were reminiscent of Alexander Wang’s SS14 collection such as the blue and white striped shirt dress and other garments with mesh panelling details.
Models were given slicked back hair which was scraped into buns. The make-up was minimal; dewy skin and a mild contour of the cheek bones and a flash of amber across the lids for a striking look.
HEMA KAUL SS15
Music from British icons such as Adele and the late Amy Winehouse set the scene for the Hema Kaul SS15 show, prepping the audience for a sassy yet refined collection in Freemasons’ Hall yesterday evening.
This season’s collection by Hema Kaul is titled ‘Le vie en rose – Life is pink’ which is incredibly befitting, as the Spring/Summer life of Hema Kaul last night was filled with pops of fuchsia, rose, floral applique detailing and 3D embellishments. Kaul also experimented with other feminine materials and textures too such as lace, sequins and diamante which is no surprise, as she’s known quite well for her glamorous and intricate designs.
Whilst most of the dresses and gowns could be viewed to suit an older crowd, the side-swept, bouffant hair and heavy eyeliner seen on the models could convince a younger crowd otherwise.
photo credit here.