Friday, 28 October 2011

High Fashion High Street

     In the U.K. we are lucky, whilst we may never be able to compare the quality of a Topman tee with that of one of Bailey's designs at Burberry, we can compare the style. The materials are different as is the craftsmanship but the look is not and this allows us to embrace fashion, which ever background we're from, as we create our own personal styles through fashion, whether its designer, high street or both.
    Our high street stores take the latest looks off of  the catwalk and mould them into more affordable versions for us to live-in, love and cherish until they get lost, tear or receive a stain which to our dismay not even Vanish Oxi Action can remove. From FCUK to River Island, the state of the British high street really is commendable; our stores give us the chance to be high fashion without the high fashion price tag.

     What's more is that our high street understands high fashion and perhaps more importantly high fashion understands our high street. It is this bond between both sectors of fashion which makes British fashion so exciting. The two are not mutually exclusive but instead intrinsically linked as they both allow each of us to do the same thing: express ourselves.
      Thus, understandably the two mix: in our wardrobes, in our outfits and behind the scenes in design. New Look wedges sit next to Louboutin loafers in fairytale cupboards and ASOS jumpers work well with A. Sauvage suits for fashion filled combos. We accessorise our high street basics with saved up for designer goods just as actors, musicians, models and even royalty do, as the Duchess of Cambridge proves on many occasions as she sports the likes of a Reiss dress with an Anya Hindmarch clutch.

     However, undoubtedly the most brilliant mixture of high street and high fashion lies off of the street and in the workshop, where international brands such as H&M take it upon themselves to do lucrative one off collaborations with some of the worlds most sought after designers. From the likes of Largefeld in 2004 to Lanvin in 2010, the company has made the bridge between the high street and high fashion shorter than ever. 
       Instead of high street imitating high fashion, H&M literally allows designers to create high fashion for the high street and it does this on an annual basis, garnering enough fashion focused attention to let a scrunchy go unnoticed. Of course this season is no exception, as Versace takes hold of the task and offers the high street buyer a unique chance to enter their world at more attainable cost...the result, whilst not as commercial as previous collaborations, does not disappoint. 

      Together Versace and H&M have created a fashionable be it in your face collection of designs to satisfy all those like me who, no matter how much we love Versace, cannot afford its longed for clothing. From lamé dresses to leather wear each outfit will be in high demand because despite being made for the high street, the clothes haven't lost any of the sleek but bold sensuality central to Versace.
      They are exactly what they should be: beautiful and bold with the result that the wait until their on-sale date of November 17th is beginning to seem all the more unbearable - yes I do really want to try out those monochromatic jeans and girls I know that you're dying to at least try out some of the looks which Lindsey Wixson and Abbey Lee Kershaw are wearing if Daphne Groeneveld's printed dress is too out-there for you...

     That being said, with behind the scenes treats like this and with all that our high street currently has on offer, I'm sure we'll find a way of keeping ourselves occupied until then.

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