Unexpected Muses

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It’s clear that fashion has always had its muses. This season, the designers looked forward to all decades – and all of them had their unexpected muse that influenced the whole collection, even though she wasn’t pinned to the moodboard… here is a break-down of spring-summer 2016’s eight unconventional women who left their style DNA forever in fashion!

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Kim Gordon x Marc Jacobs

Kim Gordon, the vocalist and guitarist of 80’s/90’s top grunge band, Sonic Youth, seemed to be present with her spirit in Marc Jacobs’ spring collection. Kim is in Marc’s fashion story from the very beginning – when he was at Perry Ellis, she performed at his debut show. Then, Gordon appeared to be in Jacobs’ first ever advertising campaign in 1998, photographed by Juergen Teller. The recent collection of the American designer focused on the Old Hollywood glamour, however the off-duty, grungy twist was visible in the way the models wore their dresses. They really didn’t care about them, and this was very her.

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Doona Bae x Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere

Doona Bae, the actress of the iconic science-fiction film, Cloud Atlas, became an instant, yet very unexpected muse of Nicolas Ghesquiere. Her home-cut bob and manga inspired way of dressing reflects one of the top looks from Louis Vuitton’s collection. The cyberpunk, sci-fi aesthetic is Nicolas’ current obsession – so no wonder why Doona’s film character excites him so much. Just check out his Instagram account.

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Madonna x Miu Miu

Miuccia Prada conveys, as she likes to describe, something “perverse and girlie” to Miu Miu. The recent collection, filled with sheer apron dresses, felt seductive and elusive at the same time. Just like Madonna’s style from Erotica and Human Nature period – a lot of flesh exposure, satin underwear and transparent mini dresses, as everyone can distinctly remember. Erotica, romance. I’d like to put you in a trance.

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Courtney Love x Chloe

Chloe is all about freedom and care-free attitude this season. And this attitude is something you can consider as Courtney Love’s way of being – concerts, parties and fun. Take a note at the photograph above.

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Meryl Streep x Celine

Lately, I have watched Woody Allen’s Manhattan film, and I am surprised to admit that whole New York used to wear Celine dresses! Just look at Meryl Streep, who played Jill – the minimal, light dresses she wore made me think of Phoebe Philo and her feminine, creative direction at the coveted Parisian brand. And, I must say – Meryl looks flawless in this film.

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Sade x Anthony Vaccarello

Sade’s Soldier of Love is as timeless, as denim, which was seen in Anthony Vaccarello spring show. A simple, well-fit pair of jeans can make every outfit look effortless, and Sade has proved that throughout her career.

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Diana Ross x Vetements

Demna Gvasalia would have never considered Diana Ross as his SS16 muse publicly. But the sparkling, sequin dress from the most anti-fashion and anti-corporate brand, Vetements, just screams Chain Reaction. Disco vibes alert is turnt on!

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Frida Kahlo x Gucci

When I saw this dress designed by Alessandro Michele, my first thought was “Frida Kahlo would nail this one”. The meticulously embroidered tehuana dress is such a bold nod to this eccentric, Mexican artist, who totally changed the female art scene. I am in awe – if you ask me, this is the most beautiful dress of the season.

Art x AW15

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 Loewe X Constantin Brancusi

Fashion and art? Some say these two are strictly different worlds. But some think they have a lot in common. In my opinion, fashion and art are both somewhere in the middle – fashion and art inspire each other, but are still used in contrasting ways. Fashion is first of all a good business. Art is a strong form of expression. For AW15, designers went into trend-without-a-trend thing, giving us various art references. Here is what I observed throughout the fashion week in Paris.

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Haider Ackermann X Leanne Shapton

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Celine X Alex Katz

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Lemaire X Johanna Tagada

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Chloe X Pieter Bruegel

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Jacquemus X Maria Pininska Beres

AGELESS

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 Joan Didion in Celine SS15 shot by Juergen Teller

Whoever said that 60+ women can’t have fun with FASHION, really lived a dull life of boredom. Fortunately, this stereotype is officially broken since Tuesday, when the new summer campaign by Céline was realeased. The 81 year old American writer, Joan Didion, stars in this specific campaign shot by Juergen Teller. After the first preview, the internet broke. Wearing dark sunglasses, Joan looks smart, chic and sharp (even sharper than some teen-models). For the creative director of Céline, Phoebe Philo, that’s a smart move – since the beginning of her career, Phoebe designs clothes for all women. Not only for 20 – 30 girls, as some designers do. And now, with this campaign, she proves that every women, regardless the age, counts in the fashion world, and in her label.

But in reality, it’s not the first time 60+ women appear in fashion – the truth is, that this happens pretty often nowadays. Iris Van Apfel, 94 year old interior designer and businesswoman, wears Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto on daily basis – in 2012, Iris was present on the cover of Dazed & Confused magazine, wearing incredibly bold dresses and head-covers. The other mature beauty is Linda Rodin (63). She owns the beauty brand, Rodin Olio Lusso, known for using natural ingredients in all of their cosmetics. And in the free time, she stars in The Row’s look-books! Also, we can’t forget about Rei Kawakubo (74), the Japanese fashion genius who created Comme Des Garçons in 1973. She is the woman that pushes the boundaries of imagination through her mindful, intellectual collections. Fashion would never be so dynamic and creative without her input. And, just like all of these inspiring women, she’s not planning to slow it down. Surely, now you won’t say that your grandma is „too old“ for FASHION… (originally published on nuicons.com)

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Iris Van Apfel in Dazed & Confused

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Rei Kawakubo

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Linda Rodin in The Row Pre-Fall 2014 look-book

Calm Down

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Dries Van Noten is man, that knows what women want, and that’s not so common nowadays. His collections are always so clear, so feminine and beautiful… for SS11, for example, we had a blast of hand-painted florals; for AW12, Dries brought oriental mood to his chic silhouettes; for SS15, he made the models (and clothes) calm down and sit down on a hand-made carpet from Buenos Aires. Known for great styling skills, he was the first to make a woolen sweater, striped shirt and feather-appliqued midi skirt look so good. Forgetting about being shiny on the New Year eve- maybe one of those outfits will inspire you?

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