Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Fashion Alphabet

"Do you know your neats from your knife-pleats?"

Swot up on your fashion vocabulary with the help of's handy glossary.  Here's a few of my favourites...  

F is for...Filigree

Alexander McQueen

Definition: Ornamental work of fine wire, usually in silver or gold, with the addition of tiny beads. 
Detail: This jewellery method has been a decorative technique since 3000 BC, favoured for its delicate, feminine finish.

N is for...Neats

Anna Sui

Definition: Small socks with evenly-spaced designs. 
Detail: As popular with adults as they are with children, little socks constantly pop up on the catwalks of quirky labels like Miu Miu, Prada and Dries Van Noten. Here Anna Sui works the look with sandals.

T is for...Trompe L'Oeil

Mary Katranzou

Definition: An artistic technique where realistic imagery is used so to appear three dimensional. 
Detail: Mary Katrantzou is almost single-handedly responsible for the popularity of trompe l'oeil in contemporary ready-to-wear since first parading her perfume-bottle inspired dresses for autumn/winter 2010.

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