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Summer of “Bardot” Top…

This summer British fashion is going crazy for ‘Bardot tops’, or in particular, the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders).

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This look was popularised by the beautiful French actress Brigitte Bardot.  This style was especially used for knitted sweaters or jumpers although it is also used for other summer fabric tops and dresses.

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Watch my fashion segment as I speak more in depth about the different types of Bardot tops Britain is currently wearing as well as tips and tricks to style them for that perfect elegant summer look.

DSCF4238‘Bardot’ style top by Rebecca Taylor, paired with white boot crop jeans and wedges

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 June 8 2016, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

London Exhibition: Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty, the biggest retrospective to date on the life and works of Alexander McQueen opens it’s doors at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

“The collections at the V & A never fail to intrigue and inspire me. The nation is privileged to have access to such a resource…its the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight.” – Alexander McQueen

Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997.  ©Marc Hom/Trunk Archive
Portrait of Alexander McQueen, 1997. ©Marc Hom/Trunk Archive

 

The exhibition has been greatly extended from the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art display, with the addition of 66 new items never seen before including McQueen’s earlier works.

Photo credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

Interview and exhibition preview with Senior Research assistant Kate Bethune on the curation of the much anticipated retrospective “Savage Beauty”, showcasing the biggest collection of artefacts from legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

 

The exhibition is divided into 10 themed rooms, each with their own story and atmosphere.

 

1.London: “The first part of the exhibition focuses on the time before McQueen was famous”, senior researcher Kate Bethune said. 3 consecutive collections “The Birds”, “Highland Rape”, and “The Hunger” are featured along with 10 garments that have not been seen since the original catwalk shows.

Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Savage Mind – McQueen was an innovative designer, that’s what made him so great. This section focuses on what was to become McQueen’s signature silhouettes due to his innovative cutting techniques, including the famous “bumster trousers”
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Romantic Gothic – Pieces from McQueen’s unfinished collection can be found in this section, along with many pieces with references to romantic gothic tradition.
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Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum

 

4.Romantic Primitivism – “McQueen was a bird and nature lover, he scuba dives, etc”. In this section McQueen’s fascination with the outside world and the inspiration he drew from animals can be found here. Garments include those made with horns and hair and skins.

Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

  1. Romantic Nationalism – Celebrating his Scottish ancestry, the pieces is this section are steeped in tradition, ancestry and colonial past of McQueen’s forefathers.

 

  1. The Cabinet of Curiosities – the major showpiece of the exhibition, this massive room is presented in a double-height gallery style showcasing over 120 garments and accessories, many of which are collaborations
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  1. Pepper’s Ghost – Kate Moss appears as in the finale of “The Widows of Culloden” collection

 

  1. Romantic Exoticism – McQueen drew much inspiration from Eastern cultures, and this section showcases pieces with inspiration drawn from traditional Japanese dress forms such as the kimono along with decorative motifs like the chrysanthemum.

 

Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: The Victoria & Albert Museum
  1. Romantic Naturalism – represents McQueen’s lifelong passion for nature, and the inspiration he drew from its beauty and fragility.
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  1. Plato’s Atlantis – the finale of the exhibition comes from what is widely regarded as McQueen’s greatest achievement. The collection has a futuristic theme fused together with McQueen’s love of nature.
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum
Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

 

Open to the public March 14 – August 2, 2015.

by Cynthia Gregoire

 

 

Mod: Why Britain’s biggest youth cult will never die

British author and historian Richard Weight hosts a panel discussion alongside the launch of his new book ‘Mod: From Bebop to Britpop’ at Pretty Green’s Carnaby Store location in London.

People all over the world recognise Brits by this Mod look, but why is it still relevant over 60 years later?

Listen here as Richard talks about what Mod style means to him.

Richard Weight dressed in Mod

 

The book launch and after party at Gibson Guitar Lounge was part of  Pretty Green’s  “March of the Mods” themed collection for Spring/Summer 2015.   Mod style is stronger than ever and Pretty Green is a living testament to this, having just recently expanded into America.

Pretty Green’s newest “March of the Mods” Spring/Summer 2015 collection

Since it’s conception in 2009, Pretty Green has established itself as an essential part of men’s contemporary fashion with the essence of Mod style infused in the brands DNA.

Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

Richard Weight’s book discusses how the style ‘Mod’ came to be, describes the key components of being a mod and explains what it is that has inspired people to fall in love with Britain’s largest youth movement.

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The Mod Journalist holds a signed copy of Richard’s new book

Richard Weight leads the discussion with a special panel of guests:

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 22.07.04Brown is a writer, actor, comedian and rapper.

Considered a voice of a generation, he is developing a music-based project with Ricky Gervais, having appeared alongside him in Derek.

His UK tour kicks off April 2015.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 22.08.24Dean West is a director at Pretty Green. Having worked with some of Britain’s leading brands, dean joined Pretty Green in 2009. When asked to sum up the brand, “It’s Liam Gallagher’s contemporary British heritage brand which takes its influences directly from streetwear culture from the past.” 

 

Sue Tilley

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The painting held the world record for the highest price paid for a painting by a living artist of 17.2 million pounds. She was considered a mover and shaker of youth culture, being a prominent figure on the 80s club scene.

Dean Rudland
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Rudland has worked on many musical catalogue projects, including the relaunch of EMI’s Stateside label before going to Ace Records.
Rudland’s Blue Break Beats series has sold over a 100,000 copies.

The Mod Journalist at Pretty Green Carnaby Street Store

Highlights of the panel discussion centred around the fact that Mod is a unique British amalgam that was born in the late 1950’s comprised of the best bits of European and American music and style, with influences from other parts of the world such as the Cariibean and Africa.

But why is Mod style still so relevant today?  Highlights from the panel discussion:

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Doc B: “There’s something very quintessentially British about it, the style is neat, tidy and tailored.  Mod is one of those things that couldn’t be from anywhere else.”

Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show
Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

Dean W:  “It’s the way Brits dress, and the world has come to know it as such.  The Herringbone and checked shirt have become staples in menswear.

Mod style is so accessible and there is so much to choose from today. In 1963 there were only about 5 years of music, and one look, by 1980 another 15-20 years of music and fashion and now, we are looking at 50 years of culture, music and style.

Mod style or any style for that matter is about reinventing things for each generation, taking the best bits and making it your own, it’s what fashion is all about.”

Photo credit: Tanya Geddes
Photo credit: Tanya Geddes

Sue: “Brits love to dress up and stand out, but also love to be part of something, a tribe, a cult, whatever you’d call it. It makes people feel as though they belong to something, and Mods were no exception.”

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Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

Dean R: “In the 1950’s , young people were happy and carefree post war and something unique was created. In the 50’s and 60’s there wasn’t the luxury for middle class to travel and therefore the Mods at that time had to live and breathe Mod culture in Britain, they aspired to ride the scooter, drink the Italian coffee, it became a way of life…

Mod style sits anywhere between British casual to the highest tailoring. You could have a £1000 suit, that’s Mod, or take jeans, converse and a Herrington jacket and you are still in the same parameters as Mod.”

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Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

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Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

The Mod Journalist catches Richard for a quick interview and asks him what his favourite Mod looks are for guys and girls, as well as what he believes will be the future for Mod culture.

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The Mod Journalist Cynthia Liza interviews Richard Weight

by Cynthia Gregoire

Special thanks to Richard WeightPretty Green and Thinkers PR.

Photos of event by Tanya Geddes of The London Culturist

 

 

 

 

Winter Fabrics with Helmut Lang, Rails, 360 Sweater & More

This week on The Chrissy B Show the theme was winter fabrics.  This week included luxury fabrics including cashmere, alpaca, Tencel/modal blends and ethical fur.

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Due to the thinness of the materials used, these winter garments are not as bulky as wool yet provide the ultimate in comfort, warmth, and of course style.

Host Chrissy B is wearing a long star print 100% cashmere cardigan by 360sweater with a pure cotton grey vest underneath by IMG_8714American Vintage.

The look is completed with Paige straight fit denim and Sam Edelman round toed high heeled ankle boots.

DSC_9177I went for a rock and roll chic look to match my red-lipped makeup look. I paired skinny leather-look black denim by Paige with a sheer long sleeve cotton black vest by American Vintage and topped it off with a beautiful dip dyed fur gillet. The brand of the gilet is “Copenhagen’, and they specialise in ethical fur. Black fringed ankle boots by Sam Edelman compliment the silver zipper details of the jeans, completing the rocker look.

Make-up artist Maegan is wearing waxed metallic denim by PaigeIMG_8756 with statement zippers. The colour of the jeans is a statement on their own so I paired them with a solid black top.

One of my favorite Autumn/Winter pieces of this year, an asymmetric one arm poncho by Helmut Lang is ultra stylish and has great movement. The fabric is 100% alpaca, which is a very soft and warm material coming from South America. Fabulous silhouette, a special piece to add to your winter wardrobe.

Céline Lefèvre is modeling a very casual look, pairing her favorite black skinny jeans and vic ankle boots with a red check shirt by Rails under a black vest by Rag and Bone. The Rails shirt is a 50% tencil/modal blend providing much warm and comfort. Tencil and modal are natural fabrics like cotton or silk, but are cutting edge due to the technology used in developing the garments.

Tonight’s fashion segment on Christmas Fashion  will air on The Chrissy B Show on Sky 203 Monday 8 December at 10pm, London.

by Cynthia Gregoire

Make up: Maegan’s Makeup

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

 

Christmas Fashion Part 3 on Sky TV’s The Chrissy B Show

This week on Sky 203’s “The Chrissy B Show” the topic was Christmas Fashion featuring many Christmas and Holiday season fashion ideas.

Trends such as asymmetrical dressing, the 1960’s current trend, vintage and Saint Laurent tip looks are discussed as well as menswear.

Click the video below to view the segment:

 

View the Men’s Christmas fashion segment here:

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For an in-depth read of the styling for this week click here.

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Maegan’s Makeup

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 December 1, 2014, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

Choosing Denim Jeans that flatter your figure

This week on Sky 203’s “The Chrissy B Show” the topic was denim, with a focus on choosing the best skinny, straight cut and boyfriend jean to flatter your figure.

There are three easy rules to follow when purchasing jeans, what I call the “CRC” process, Cut, Rise & Colour.

Click the video below to view the segment:

For an in-depth read of the styling for this week click here.

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Maegan’s Makeup

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired live on Sky 203 November 19, 2014, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

British Fashion Awards and After Party 2014 – In Photographs

London’s most glamourous fashion event of the year, ‘The British Fashion Awards’ were held at the London Coliseum Monday night.  The British Fashion Awards is Europe’s version of New York City’s Met Ball.

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Fashion designers, buyers, media and industry influencers came together to celebrate another year of creative talent and progress.

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British-born Anna Wintour received the Outstanding Achievement Award for her work and influence in media and design.  True to the rumours on social media the award was presented by John Galliano, the new Creative Director of Margiela.

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Many of the world’s greatest industry influencers such as Victoria and David Beckham, Cara  Delevingne, Rihanna, Tom Ford, Courtney Love, Lana del Ray, Anna Wintour, John Galliano, Alexa Chung, Karlie Kloss and many more.

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by Cynthia Gregoire