My guest blogger this week is William Clark who will discuss some of his choices for this fall’s fashion lineup accompanied by a historical reference of fashion falls gone by. And this being a small business blog, the last designer is just that.
William is the founder of JETTSTYLE, his consulting business where he has worked with Reese Witherspoon, Pauletta Washington, Benny Medina, and Renee Zellwegger. He brings to JETTSTYLE a wealth of experience in every facet of fashion. No less impressive is the fact that he was selected to assist in the styling of a major shoot for a recent edition of Italian Vogue. His background includes working with Carrie Donovan at Vogue, Bill Cunningham at the New York Times, Jean Paul Gautier, Thierry Mugler, Comme des Garcons, Giorgio Armani while, at the same time, overseeing direction of the Emporio Line visually for the US, and Bottega Veneta. His red carpet clients in addition to those mentioned above, include Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Hilary Swank, Gwen Stefani, Mary J Blige and Salma Hayek.
It’s official: we’re diving into summer — let’s talk about my favorite ready to wear collections of the season.
We are first taken on a African safari with Sarah Burton of the house of Alexander McQueen who was obviously influenced by Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent’s African Queen collection from the 70’s . She used vibrant graphic prints and intricate textures in abundance. Her use of textiles was so beautifully executed by making feathers and beads to appear to be checkered tweed. The crocodile and gold harnesses worn over graphic printed kilts then gave it a medieval twist.
Miuccia Prada over at the house of Miu Miu looked to the 60’s & 70’s through a naughty school girl’s rose’ colored glasses for inspiration. Her use of muted pastels such as pistachio, powder blue and neapolitan in beautiful childlike prints of parrots, foxes and angel fish could have easily been seen on supermodel Veruschka in the 70’s or today on the houses Oscar winning muse Lupita Nyong’o. Muiccia’s artisan approach to usage of textures like crochet, tortoiseshell, suede and python was perfection.
While back home stateside Prabal Gurung presented a hyper colored and floral splashed collection out of the 50’s with a ultra modern twist. These vibrant colors lined dramatic evening coats in metallics giving them edge. Between binding the waists of dresses and pants with clear pvc belts and the ultra sexy shoes there was a slightly erotic vibe to his collection and I liked it ;)
Next on to design duo Badgley Mischka. We’ve been invited to a party thrown by the Great Gatsby on one of his opulent yachts. The color palette is muted pastels and the theme of coarse is nautical. There are chic touches of the 20’s & 30’s in pleated chiffon palazzo pants, fringed bugle beaded dresses, bucket hats and the girls wore marcel waves in they’re hair.
Our last destination (a small business fashion house) is Ancient Egypt where there is new Queen on the throne and she is The Serpent Queen from the House of Rubin Singer. For s/s 2014 this rising star couturier is giving elements of the ancient and regal culture with a ultra modern approach. He uses embellishments in his embroidery such as bugle beads, chains and swarovski crystals. He sculpts and drapes the female form in combinations like silk brocade, chiffon, python, and metallic leather embossed with hieroglyphics from the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. His Serpent Queen is a dangerous temptress that knows she can seduce with her dark beauty.
Hi Joseph! So, tell us a little about yourself…
Creative Style Director
Specialties: Forbes is a vigorous global media company celebrating the inconceivable changes within the realm of both luxury style and living smart. Forbes.com is a new world edition of fine art, style, nightlife and travel-featuring luxurious and exclusive content. Menswear’s diplomatic inspiration to business and recreational high-profile lifestyle. Accomplished Fashion Director, (content provider, stylist, writer, editor) Fashion Film Director – image creator and marketing liaison in the luxury category for magazines and web sites. Creative Style Director, with a keen sense for editing and developing luxury apparel collections. Spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, participant in Executive Fashion Panel for various Fashion Brands, Associations as well as Luxury Retailers. Proficient in identifying and capitalizing on new market opportunities within the luxury apparel, footwear and lifestyle products categories.
Fashion forecaster for luxury apparel industry, producing trend pages for Forbes, Forbes Life and The Style Capitalist found on Forbes.com. Directed Fashion Films and style coverage for Kiton, Blue Pony Brand and Jack of Spades. Celebrity Stylist for Forbes Editorial Covers including Justin Bieber, Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Kevin Systrom. Specialties: Menswear Apparel, Luxury Market and Dressing to achieve Corporate Ascension.
For those of us unfamiliar with this market, please inform us…
THERE ARE SEVERAL EXCITING PLATFORMS WITHIN MY POSITION. THE THRILL OF CREATING THE IMAGE FROM CONCEPTION TO POST PRODUCTION, MEETING AND WORKING WITH A HANDFUL OF THE MOST POWERFUL INDIVIDUALS IN FILM, SPORTS, BUSINESS AND THE ARTS. AT FORBES, MANY OF THE SUBJECTS HAVE CHANGED THE ENTIRE GLOBAL PLATFORMS IN BUSINESS, SCIENCE, FOOD AND TECH INDUSTRIES. I ESPECIALLY ENJOY WRITING AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA AS WELL AS TRAVELING TO EUROPE TO REVIEW THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FASHION SHOWS AND PRESENTATIONS
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career…
I HAVE RECENTLY DIRECTED A FILM FOR KITON TITLED ” A NEAPOLITAN DREAM” WHERE DIRECTED AND STYLED. I HAVE LIVED AND WORKED IN PARIS, FRANCE FOR MANY YEARS, AND HAVE ART DIRECTED AND STYLED NUMEROUS MAGAZINE COVERS AND SPREADS SUCH AS ESQUIRE, PEOPLE MAGAZINE, ROBB REPORT, FORBES AS WELL AS MANY AD CAMPAIGNS.
What will the students learn from your class?
STUDENTS WILL LEARN PROPORTION- FIT AND STYLE FROM A LEADING MENSWEAR AUTHORITY WHO IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE GREATEST BRANDS IN THE INDUSTRY. STUDENTS WILL LEARN, STYLING TIPS WITH RESPECT TO ALL MENSWEAR APPAREL CATEGORIES, HOW TO FIT EACH RESPECTIVE FORM AND CREATE SILHOUETTE ON AN BODY, COLOR COORDINATION, MENSWEAR LINE REVIEW AND AN INSIDERS TAKE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER GROWTH MARKET WITHIN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. STUDENTS WILL ALSO HAVE A KEEN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MARKET.