Inspiration: Viviane Sassen

I have neglected this site for so long. When I started The Style Factory my main intention was to write articles, create stories and document it with pictures, but I no longer have time to write, and it would be terribly sad to see my blog come to an end for that reason alone.

Perhaps I’m taking a break from writing, but still love imagery and music, they have always been my main source of inspiration, and so my blog returns! I will be blogging more from now on, continue to showcase songs or playlist, and photos of all things that catch my eye, inspire me and influence my work as stylist.

I am not a writer, am just really enthusiastic about sharing what I find beautiful and interesting.

Today I want to share some images from Viviane Sassen‘s work. Her use of  colour and geometric shapes, and art and fashion combined create such striking photos, she is more than a photographer, she is an artist, one of many whose work I admire and find divine.

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Fashionable Alice

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Alice is probably the most iconic character having transitioned from a children’s book heroine to muse of many influential artists; film and art directors, fashion designers and stylists, who have reinvented her look over and over again.

The new exhibition The Alice Look at V&A Museum of Childhood marks the book’s 150th anniversary, It explores Alice’s wardrobe from follower-of-fashion to trend-setter through a selection of illustrations, several editions of the book, videos and garments. I found very interesting to see the evolution of her outfits over the decades in all the different publications of “Alice in Wonderland”by Lewis Carol, also in rare editions of the book in other countries.

I enjoyed the exhibition, but I would have liked to see more garments inspired by this iconic character, such as the Vivienne Westwood A/W 2011 Collection,  and the dresses designed by John Galliano for the “What you waiting for” video by Gwen Stefani. The concept for the video is “Alice’s adventures in Wonderland”and “Through the Looking Glass”, and the outfits and styling are incredible. In 2011 Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland the costumes are also very interesting and beautiful.

 Alice Liddell  has strongly inspired fashion and will continue to influence contemporary and future artists, and be a famous character  among generations to come.

 Vogue Shoot by Annie Leibovitz with Natalia Vodianova as Alice Liddell in 2003.

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Gwen Stefani in What You Waiting For video in 2004.

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Mia Wasikowska in Alice In Wonderland movie by Tim Burton 2010.

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Anne Hathaway in the Alice in Wonderland movie.

Anne Hathaway in the Alice in Wonderland movie.

Vivienne Westwood A/W 2011 Red Label Collection.

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Wild Bluebell women fragrance by Joe Malone launched in 2011, inspired by Alice.

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Window Display at the Temperley London  store in February 2015 during Fashion Week, to launch their A/W15 collection.

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 The Alice Look exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood runs until November 1st.

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Five days of LFW A/W15 Street Style

The madness and buzz of London Fashion Week is over, and so is the fun I had taking pictures of street style.

Five days and thirty five photos later, this is what I liked.

See you in September LFW!

PASTEL PINKS

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FUN ACCESSORIES

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RED & BOLD

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RETRO VIBES

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Alexa Chung & Pixie Geldof

PRINTS

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CHIC & SOPHISTICATED

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Whitney Port

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ALL IN BLACK

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Alexander “The Great”

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Exactly five years ago on February 11th, the news about Alexander McQueen’s death shocked the world Fashion industry.

Famous for his provoking fashion shows and spectacular designs, he is without a doubt the most iconic and inspirational designer of this generation. If he was alive today would continue to amaze us with his creations, produce the most imaginative shows and be the best British designer.

Savage Beauty is the most awaited exhibition, coming to the V&A in London on March 14th, it celebrates McQueen’s extraordinary contribution to fashion and features work from his incredible nineteen year career. Previously shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York it became the eight most popular in the Met’s history, and will finally open here very soon, I can’t wait to see this wonderful exhibition!

“Everybody else calls him Lee, I call him Alexander, because I think of Alexander the Great”. 

– Isabella Blow.

The spectacular white dress being spray-painted by two robots.

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Kate Moss hologram at the Paris Autumn/Winter 2006 Show.

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His Spring/Summer 2008 Collection was an homage to Isabella Blow.

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What Happened Next on Miles Aldridge’s Photography

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A few days ago while watching Alfred Hitchcock’s How to Catch a Thief  I found myself thinking about the extraordinary career he had, he was the master of suspense and had a very distinctive editorial style, the way he framed shots to maximise tension and the unpredictable, the violence, crime &  twisted endings of his films were his trademark, he also had an obsession for  blonde female characters as the leading role.

As a child I used to watch Hitchcock’s TV series every Monday at midnight while my parents were in bed, I was only 7 but I got hooked instantly and as I got older I continued to watch his films. I’m only one of many fans who loves and admires his work,  he has been a major influence to many artists and not only in the film industry but also in photography.

Miles Aldridge is an English photographer, he has been producing incredible imagery for over 13 years, he has done fashion editorials for Numero, The New Yorker, Pop, Chinese Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Russia and especially Vogue Italia, in which his work has consistently appeared since 2000.

There is an element of Hitchcock’s style in Aldridge’s photography and Miles himself has openly said the acclaimed director has been a source of inspiration for his work, I believe it is his predominant use of  glamorous and beautiful women, an obsession which Hitchcock had, or perhaps it is the feeling that’s captured in his rich and colourful photos, a sensation that something disturbing or chaotic is about to happen, just like in Hitchcock’s films.

There are two exhibitions of Miles Aldridge’s work in London,  I Only Want You to Love Me at the Somerset House until the 29th September and Short Breaths, at the Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery until the 28th September,  It would be a shame to miss them.

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The Blitz & it’s the 40’s all over again

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My style has evolved over the years, as I mentioned in my previous post I spent most of my 20’s dressed and inspired by the fabulous 80’s, wearing structured jackets, dresses with pad shoulders, glitter and big hair. As I have got older I’ve  developed a fascination for 1940’s fashion,  for elegant and flattering outfits which are so distinctive in this decade, beautiful summer dresses in flower and polka dot prints, knee length skirts, structured belted jackets with pad shoulders and coats with fur trims, there was so much attention to detail from head to toe, it started with the immaculate hairdo, then  outfit and accessories, such as round sunglasses and last but not least, stockings.

The photo above is a beautiful shot that simply captures the era, it was taken by my favourite film director, a genius and film master, Stanley Kubrick.

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Novelty sweaters, 1940’s.

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Flattering & elegant dresses from the 40’s

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Last month I celebrated my 30th birthday, I am officially a lady so what better than a stylish party in which my friends and I get to dress up in my favourite era,  it’s the Blitz Party! a once every three months event hosted at a secret location which is revelled only a few days before the party.

It is one of the best parties I have been to, there was an incredible live band playing all night, characteristic cocktails of the decade and people dressed in fabulous outfits, everyone really made an effort and dressed up in 1940’s,  it was a very fun night and having my friend Leroy there to photograph this incredible evening was the cherry on the cake.

I highly recommend The Blitz Party, do not wait until the lat minute to book tickets because it is  a very popular night and it sells out quickly, you will love to be a sailor, soldier or an elegant lady from the 1940’s.

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Juliete Essence, fashion designer and Yolisa, TV presenter.

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In Couture but I’m a Rebel

May is being without a doubt a crazy month for me, no time to blog is rather frustrating but I had to do a quick post on this, simply because I had to express how much I love this shoot in Vogue Paris May, it’s the clothes, styling, model and concept all combined.

As someone who has spent most of her 20’s dressed and influenced by the 1980’s I obviously appreciate the greatness of the punk movement and early 1980’s fashion in every shape and form, it was created by and aimed to rebels, such as  the one and only, Vivienne Westwood. I also do love what followed up, garments covered in gold and silver  sequins, pad shoulders, wild hair and list goes on.

This shoot has so many elements from that era, punk, rock & roll and glam and the beautiful Freja Beja Erichsen works each look so well, my favourite are Zuhair Murad’s gold and white feather cape and Margiela’s all in silver, sadly I wasn’t mad on the cover, purely because when I think of couture, punk and rebels I have a more fierce cover image in mind.

Vogue Paris May…you rocked this month though.

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