"Liberty in Fashion" , the new exhibition at The Fashion Textile Museum celebrates the 140th anniversary of the London Institution. From Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of all of these styles since the 1950s. Not only is this a typically beautiful show brimming with pieces you've never seen before, but its the upstairs room that particularly excited me. "The Art of Pattern: Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961 -77" has all the ephemera from the background of the print process. I LOVE this kind of thing for the chance to see sketchbooks, scrapbooks, tests, prototypes......... all the glorious workings of a cosmic mind in colour. Its absolutely beautiful and a great acknowledgment of the fundamental creativity in devising shape, space and hue by hand. These repeats were formulated by piecing together tessellation's without any CAD and crazily cosmic as a result. Go and see for yourself and look up the full list of events and classes that are running to coincide.
Friday, 9 October 2015
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
For the last day of fashion week I added a new colour to my spectrum wardrobe - this pale duck egg blue / airforce aqua. It's a collaboration between Rapha and Liberty's Art print archive which is a first for a performance sportswear brand. Their graphic aesthetic has brought about a novel selection from the floral archetype of Liberty's heritage series. The 1930's optical dot pattern begins a two season partnership between the two British brands. The complete range carries across the active wear to the accessories and city line. I wore the whole look which fortuitously matched the colour scheme for fashion week, with the BFC's own choice of turquoise. The new LFW venue on Brewer Street was also only a few doors down from Rapha's London Cycle Club where the line launched to coincide. It's available at their other international stores and Liberty with a window installation and two bikes built from the pattern paintwork. I'm mega chuffed with the Musette bag which has upgraded my usual backpack for a more fluid messenger chic!See the complete collection here and here.
(Images Top to Bottom: In store at Rapha CC, onsite at LFW, with Aaron Frew at Ashish, London Design Festival in Paternity's installation at Somerset House)
Monday, 28 September 2015
If you look closely at the top image of the polyhedra you can just about see little people underneath, like the size of ants in comparison to this giant sculpture. It is one part of the vast Louis Vuitton exhibition now on in London till mid October. Situated in an old office block a few doors down from Somerset House on The Strand, the space is totally unrecognisable to the raw empty shell from before. The luxury company have replicated the epic proportions of their Parisian Foundation art gallery for a temporary taste of their brand in Britain. The art trail around the floors includes immersive sets, a life-size runway, a live workshop with craftsman working on bags, light-shows and projections. It's totally free to the public, in exchange for your details! Head over to the site to sign up for an allotted time slot or simply turn up at the door.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
PATTERNITY are busy (stripes) bees, also creating an interactive environment at Somerset House for LDF. In a wing of 10 new designers, PATTERNITY's installation is a whole room of pattern sculptures and walls plotted as an immersive space for visitors to climb inside.
Patternity held a five-day festival celebrating the inspirational power of pattern to coincide with London Design Festival and to launch their very own book on the subject. The exhibition included curated pairings of photographic prints, interiors using their archive of products and collaborations and films. The opening night also had a live performance of a sound artist demonstrating the patterns in sound waves by pouring salt on a platform above the vibrations of the speaker. Totally cosmic. Totally Paternity! Check out their site to see more about the events from the festival, upcoming projects and buy the book.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Top to bottom: Anna Trevelyan wearing one-off Craig Green pink trousers, Mr. Hat & Pharaoh at Hedonism, Yang Du's new backpacks on Peter Xu, Anna's pink nail art, "This Isn't The Uniform" Reeboks & Anklet, a limited edition Louis Vuitton diary by Rosy Nicholas & Hillman Studio, Kitty Joseph SS16 pocket books, Sadie Williams upholstered bunk bed, me wearing Rahpa at the KTZ show after returning from a day cycle to Reading (photo by Stephen Mahoney)