South Korean born designer Eudon Choi, initially trained as a menswear designer in Seoul, where he acquired an in-depth knowledge of tailoring techniques. Eudon as he enters his fifth year, is one of very few designers who possesses the ability to translate his strong background in menswear into womenswear, and for his Autumn/Winter 2017 collection he managed to achieve this effortlessly, with his designs this upcoming season being very utilitarian while exploring sartorial silhouettes and fusing it with crisp tailoring, yet Eudon still managed to keep his signature feminine sensibility.
His AW17 collection, was inspired by the work of Adolf Loos, who was an Austrian and Czech architect and influential European theorist of modern architecture and a pioneer of the modernist movement. Eudon Choi’s collection commanded the attention of everyone watching on as the models sashayed down the runway to the sound of the perfectly timed cow bell and drum fused music. The collection focuses on Loos’ ethos for the elimination of adornment and captures his minimalist attitudes towards design.
Eudon paid homage to the work of the architect Adolf Loos who was a significant theorist of modern architecture. Loos’ essay ‘Ornament and Crime’ explored the idea of the deletion of ornament from everyday objects. Choi finds inspiration in Loos’ writing and translates this into clothing. He replicates plush interiors and sharp exteriors in his use of luxurious fabric and lavish fastenings, combined with the precise lines of his tailoring that he is well known for. Eudon took the words of a man who believed creating something just for the sake of ornamental purposes was a crime, and translated it into wearable designs, to grace us later this year.
The chosen colour palette was so calming and complimented the surroundings beautifully. It was quite muted with neutral tones at the forefront, with the odd deliberate vibrant piece, the use of orange and cornflower blue complimented the use of grey and khaki which was consistent in the collection as a whole, the use of pinstripes made it all so work-ready while editorial at the same time. The use of silk and shift dressed added a softness to the more structured pieces.
Eudon’s purposeful draping of knitwear worn half on over the shoulder, oversized pieces and puffer jackets that rested on one side of the body added another dimension to the show that was simply genius, adding softness in the right places. Layering was a reminiscent feature with this collection, which requires the right dose of creativity and style, that I believe takes a true creative to really know how to ty an outfit together, and it’s evident that Eudon has achieved this time and time again. His use of trainers to go with each look just perfectly accompanied the collection, I could envision professionals on the commute with their heels safely encased in their city bag. Every obviously detail deliberate yet was executed so effortlessly. Eudon is known for his attention to detail.
The power of fabric rang true as Eudon made the collection showcase his mastery of capturing movement in stiff fabrics through tailoring and creating flattering silhouettes from oversized pieces that drape across the body, and over-sized turtle necks, and puffed sleeves, showing proportion and celebrating it rather than completely disguising it. He is hands down one of the best designers out there when it comes to making crisp cottons look cool and wearable. He took every day work-ready/city professional pieces and gave them a new purpose, dare I say a new lust for life.
This season Eudon Choi has joined forces with global bag brand Decke to debut a range directly inspired by the ‘Villa Müller’, one of Loos’ most iconic works. The quality of the leather and unique hardware show a definite comparison to the fittings and fixtures within the Müller home. The collaboration encapsulates both the classic elegance of Decke and Choi’s refined attitude.
Each of the looks were paired with simple, clean scraped back ponytails, with each model wearing barely there make-up and a bold burnt orange lip, and deliberate bushy brows, tying each look together as Eudon Choi translated Adolf Loo’s essay of Ornament and Crime, the elegance of simplicity, simply!
Rohmir’s Vienne Imperiale collection was said to be a celebration of the opera glamour of the eternal imperial style of the beautiful city. Rohmir are known for their collections being a plethora of feminine, eloquent dresses and tailored suits. Vienne Imperiale, lived up to its upper class name with an opulent line up that made expert use of texture and varied fabrics. Which is no surprise, considering that founder and designer Olga Roh hails from Russian nobility. Both a former model and academic, with a PhD from the University of Bern, she has brains as well as beauty, combining a love of glamour with an acute business sense.
Italian influences are a key and running concept throughout this collection. The colour palette used this season, was as regal as the silhouettes, emerald greens, ruby reds, black and gold. By using the softest faux fur, lace and velvet detailed with statement brooches and bold necklaces. Dresses appeared in elegant oxblood and bottle green but it was shades of black with regal gold detail that dominated. Lace trousers matched with sheer and gold tipped velvet capes delivered the drama, European style.
The models hair was plaited then pinned into a traditional style, embellished with pearls, then intricately twisted into a regal up-do, again highlighting the almost princess-esque nature of the collection and the plait adorned their heads almost like a tiara, while the make-up was kept rather neutral, with bold brows with a pink stained lip and dark, smoky eyes and false lashes. The epitome of Italian glamour.
Backstage ahead of the show, the buzz was euphoric, there’s so much stigma with models looking moody and being underweight, but these models were smiling, laughing and joking, it was a delightful atmosphere to be a part of, and they all looked truly radiant and of a healthy weight.
Olga herself was beaming and so full of energy and very down to earth, even seemingly looking very relaxed. The catwalk was flawless and the pieces dripped elegance and sophistication. The live opera performance added an air of emotive grace to the show, and Olga’s daughter closed the show alongside the Opera, which received a well-deserved standing ovation for the collection and the performance alike.
The show entitled ‘Vienne Imperiale’ boasted ideas of grandeur from the outset and it was safe to say, that the show did not disappoint. The slow and sultry affair was as grand and as exquisite as promised from the title. Models slowly glided down the catwalk, rather than walk, to the soothing rhythm of the orchestral music and live opera singer. This is Vienna no compromises made.
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honouring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2015, were presented on January 30, 2016, at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. From swooping necklines to layers of tulle, I couldn't get enough of the Celebs well thought out ensembles on the night.
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It was Alicia Vikander’s night to shine and Alicia certainly did that as she headed to the stage to pick up her Best Supporting Actress prize at the SAG Awards. The stunning actress, who was honoured for her role in The Danish Girl, wore a long-sleeved Louis Vuitton gown which was completely covered in metallic, black and white sequins. I adored the black, gold, and silver abstract, in a mixed-metal, colour-block gown by Louis Vuitton, the sequined rectangles give the dress a really statement look. Of course, it's the sequin material that really packs the style punch though. While her poses on the red carpet didn't do the dress justice, Alicia ensured all eyes were on her as she headed to the stage to pick up her trophy. The star put on a very leggy display as she showed off her perfect pins in the daring number, which boasted a split up to her thigh. The 27-year- old Danish Girl star’s brown eyes received a metallic boost with molten makeup, and highlighted her stunning features. “I created a modern, soft smoky eye by using gold shadows to compliment the gorgeous [Louis Vuitton] gown,” celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told reporters. The pro used her own Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow as a base and then applied the golden shade from her Bette Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp to the inner corners and middles of the lids. She added definition with Rock ’N’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown on the outer corners of the top lash line and finished with Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black.
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The SAG Awards marked Eva Longoria’s first red carpet appearance, with her fiancé Jose Antonio Baston . The gorgeous 40-year-old was beyond stunning in her intricately-beaded Julien Macdonald green dress with plunging neckline, which showed a classy amount of cleavage and hugged Eva’s spectacular figure in all the right places. Eva Longoria teamed her dress with a pair of beautiful emerald earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. For her footwear, Longoria opted for strappy black sandals. Eva made sure to flaunt her best assets and flashed a major part of her derriere. In addition to the patchwork, there were some daring sheer mesh panels of her dress that allowed the pretty actress to flaunt her toned abs, legs, ample cleavage and derriere. The dress also had an open back and head-to-toe beading. This gave a shimmering effect to her attire. While Eva whose soft brunette sleek locks were styled by Ken Paves, she sported smokey eye make-up and nude lipstick, and of course her new ruby engagement ring.
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Rachel McAdams quite simply steals the 'Spotlight' in an embellished Midnight black gown as her film wins Outstanding Performance By A Cast at SAG Awards. Rachel McAdams is not new to the red carpet but she had an extra sparkle this time around. Rachel commanded attention in a black mesh and heavily embellished gown by designer Ellie Saab with sparkly details throughout. She had the added benefit of a tousled blonde 'do and understated make-up while posing in all her glory ahead of the show. Diamond earrings and rings sparkled while she made her way towards the auditorium, competing with the glittery additions woven into the fabric of her dress. Nude and black is one of my favourite colour combinations, and Ms. McAdams is really showing us how it's supposed to be done. From the floor-length train to the cinched in waist, it's a dress of a thousand intricacies, and the dotted lace floral embellishments completed the show-stopping gown. Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend balanced out the Spotlight actress’ Ellie Saab gown with “a sexy nod to the 1930s coif.” To boost the texture, Townsend started with Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil on damp hair. After blow-drying, he used the GHD Curve Classic Curl Iron for loose waves on the underneath section and the GHD Platinum Styler for S-shaped bends in the top section. He set the hair and let it cool. “Once I removed the clips, I sprayed her blonde locks with lots and lots of Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo for volume, texture and grit,” he told reporters.
The likes of Helen Mirren proved that beauty has no age, almost stealing the show with her timeless youthful good looks and class. Dazzling at the age of 70 in her sparkling Jenny Packman dress. Helen had no fear showing off her curves in her silver gown, as the dress hugged her body and elegantly draped at her feet. The 3/4-sleeve frock even offered a little sexiness with a slight v-neck. But perhaps the best part about Helen’s dress was how it sparkled on the carpet. Covered in jewels, the bedazzled gown made Helen shine even more than she already does! Although the dress provided plenty of glimmer to Helen’s look, she paired her gown with some glittery hoop-style earrings, a diamond band bracelet, and a gold box clutch. Considering her dress was such a showstopper, she kept her hair simple with some loose waves that perfectly accented her dazzling look.
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While Sofia Vergara has caused quite a storm online as she was seen wearing a full-length Vera Wang Peptol Pink dress which had a sweetheart neckline. The 43-year-old Modern Family actress, who recently tied the knot with Joe Manganiello, wore Charlotte Olympia shoes and styled it with matching Jimmy Choo clutch. The Modern Family star sparkled in an $185,000 18k gold and platinum David Webb necklace dripping with diamonds. She’s known all over the globe for her incredible hourglass figure, so it was a treat to see Sofia Vergara pour her curves into another show-stopping gown at last night’s SAG Awards. The stunning brunette made sure all eyes were on her in a blindingly bold hot pink dress, custom designed for her by Vera Wang. The bandeau style floor-grazing dress clung to every curve on Sofia’s much-envied physique, putting much focus on her cleavage and tiny waist. It’s plain to see this number was made for her.
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Orange certainly hasn’t been the new black this season’s palette, but it was really heart-warming to see the diverse cast on stage as they collected their award, with beaming smiles and appreciative speeches, their great acting certainly hasn’t gone uncredited. Yes, Uzo Aduba brought her prom date to the SAGs and from the beaming smile on his face he had a great time. She tweeted: ‘He asked me to the prom, I said yes. I asked him to SAGs, he said yes. #sagawards.’ The Orange Is The New Black star had a great night at the SAGs picking up TWO awards. She won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Uzo, who plays ‘Crazy Eyes’ on the Netflix show, looked amazing and delivered an inspirational message when she collected her trophy. Fun, eye-catching and glittering, Uzo’s Zac Posen green gown was almost as fabulous as she is — and hearkened back to one of her latest projects, NBC's "The Wiz Live!", with her a shimmering emerald green Zac Posen dress, styled by in-demand stylist Cristina Ehrlich.
Big winners on the night also included Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, the cast of Downton Abbey and Idris Elba.
Daring and diverse would be the perfect way to sum up the SAG awards this year, and neither could be more positive right now!