Image courtesy of thehollywoodgossip, 2012
There has been much anticipation and hype around Lady Gaga's first perfume, as it is the first ever Black eau du parfum, which sprays clear. It has been escalating rapidly over the last fortnight, with the preview of the perfume's promotional photographs, the release of the largest-ever Vogue September Issue with the songstress on the cover and the revelation of her new album title "ARTPOP", due for release in 2013.

The commercial trailer for the fragrance, 'Fame", was uploaded yesterday onto Youtube, and may I say I can definitely feel the High Fashion Goth atmosphere throughout the trailer. The director, Steven Klein, has captured the very essence of High Fashion Goth in a matter of 30 seconds, and the styling by Brandon Maxwell should be highly commended, as he stayed true to the vibe of the mysterious scent. I have no doubt that Gareth Pugh, aka the Dark Prince of Fashion, had an influence on the video, as the fashion films for his collections are much the same - sound, visuals and styling. I haven't seen a High Fashion Goth film for a perfume ever before, and thus Lady Gaga has once brought innovation to the fashion and cosmetic industry again. 

On a final note, I can see a lot of Mugler, Giorgio Armani and Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton in the film, or is that just what I see because she always wears these illustrious labels? And if this is only a trailer, I can only imagine how good the full video will be!

"Fame" is due for release in late 2012.


Rest In Peace, Anna Piaggi

Anna Piaggi and Karl Lagerfeld
Anna Piaggi and Stefano Gabbana

A few days ago, the sad news of the passing of the famous Anna Piaggi, esteemed Senior Fashion Journalist for Vogue Italia and Vanity magazine, shook the fashion world. Anna is one of my fashion heroines, and she was one of the many inspiration people to drive me to pursue my career in the fashion industry, especially in journalism. Her surrealist and theatrical style has never been surpassed by any other, and her down-to-earth personality brought her a following of close friends, including Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Pernet and Stefano Gabbana. May she rest in peace forever.

RIP Anna Piaggi
Images courtesy of The Fashion Spot, Tumblr, MIISTA and Neon Cactus


Ksubi Bad Sports Launch Party

I was invited to the Ksubi launch of their new collection "Bad Sports", my favourite collection from the label so far, as it is a pure embodiment of London street style - a focus on the details and texture of the designs rather than the print or even colour. I went with my friend Anthony, but we didn't stay long, due to our demands at uni the following day! But from what we saw, the crowd was due for a long night of rebellious partying and of course shopping the new collection.


Armani Tweet Talks No. 2 - Fashion and Sports

Armani has begun a series of online conversations between fashion experts and the general public on various fashion-focused topics. This is a great opportunity to voice one's opinion to those who cater for our fashion needs and wants, and the most recent topic of conversation was Fashion & Sports, coinciding with the start of the Olympic Games.
I voiced my opinion about how sports has influenced fashion design throughout the years, and to reiterate what I said, and to sum up what I talked about the most during the conversation - I think we are more inclined to buy sportswear in the spirit of the Games, and fashion has definitely played a role in sportswear in terms of the relationship between the beautification of the body that working out and playing sports does and how fashion aims to create a functional piece for the body. Does anyone agree? Feel free to comment down below!

The fashion experts I most relate to from the panel are:

Dylan Jones, Editor of British GQ. Mr. Jones is an experienced and well-renowned fashion magazine editor, being the Editor-in-Chief for my beloved magazines such as i-D, GQ and Arena

Jeremy Langmead, Editor-in-Chief of online high fashion menswear boutique and magazine, Mr Porter. Mr Porter is the go to place for high end menswear, stocking designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and the like. In addition to being a boutique experiencing high demand, the site features an online zine for the fashion conscious man to look through.

Tony Lewis, the founder of Spashion, probably being the most relevant to this particular discussion. Tony has opened the public's eye to the relationship between sports and fashion, or in other words, the movement and function of the body and durable, functional and high quality fashion. It is with great thanks to Tony that the Sports Luxe fashion trend has emerged in both womens and menswear.

Now, a question to you, what do you think about the relationship between fashion and sports?

Images courtesy of Armani

Fashion at Olympian Heights

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, I just wanted to share with you a few of my favourite "Sports Luxe" looks, a trend which has emerged due largely to the anticipation of the coming sporting events!

To all the Olympians at the London Games - GO FOR GOLD!

Images courtesy of Adidas, Opening Ceremony, Dion Lee, Oyster Magazine and i-D Magazine