I didn’t really go into depth explaining my concept so I’m going to give you a little more insight into it. With strong inspiration from designer Alexander Wang’s street wear aesthetic and an imperative element of luxury for the ‘future’ component of the brief, I came up with the concept: Street Luxe. I wanted to really start exploring and refining my own aesthetic.
Street Luxe – An urban street provocative ideal blended with feminine elegance.
I did some further research to add more meaning to my designs, placing the concept under the notion of a woman’s relationship with fashion. The woman, since the beginning of time, has been associated with fashion and beauty, and always will be. On the one hand she enjoys adorning herself and seeks the attention of men, she takes pleasure in being desired and endeavours to be desirable. And on the other, she is a slave to beauty, she is “required by society to make herself an erotic object” and she cannot escape this stereotype (Simone de Beauvoir in The Second Sex).
Either way women are permanently tied to appearance. This idea of the ‘erotic object’ and being bound works in with the provocation aspect of my concept. When combining this idea with swimwear, a picture forms of an extremely desirable woman, a siren, a mermaid, which also makes reference back to Annette Kellerman and her likeness to a mermaid.
”]This again brings me back to the photo below and this idea of the mermaid and the sea which lead me to ropework in the beginning and also happens to be an emerging trend.
It is not however all seduction and bondage, to align with the brief a certain classic elegance must be achieved. This is where the luxe element comes in. With clean cut lines, silhouettes to suit a variety of body shapes, and of course the use of divine black wool-lycra jersey, a feminine elegance emerges and luxury and street unite.
Ropework also lead me to explore knots and both signify the servitude of women to adornment, beauty and fashion – they’re permanently tied to it, a form of bondage, an erotic object.
And here is one of the finished but I’ll do another blog to show more detail