Literally living for Yu.............post LFW, he's still posting..............
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Here is the original portrait shot by Benjamin Lennox for the cover of the 4th issue of VOLT magazine which I customized for an exhibition alongside Craig Lawrence, Holly Fulton, Dean Quinn, Katie Eary, Gemma Slack, Manjit Deu and Hannah Marshall ............now up for auction and on view at the Swarovski lounge opposite Liberty's until 14th March. F.TAPE have taken a close-up of my iridescent landscape and used it as the backdrop on their homepage now which is brill, thanks guys! Thanks also to Jess Meek who helped me make this and Camille Jacquemart for helping devise the technique in the first place last summer!
For the final day of London Fashion Week the women were swept away with a wave of radical menswear. The New Gen exhibition space within Somerset House was gutted and transformed over night for the "Fashion East" men's installations. Highlights were Florian, Husam el Odeh and this unexpected set up of a designer that I don't yet know about. Matthew Miller accessorized his models with great fun bulsa wood 3D specs and felt applique robot bibs. I want to find out more about this witty new kid on the block.............
to see more from the different designers on how, check out Lulu's blog.....
Here is a film of the collection by Alex Johns
Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
To coincide with Marina and the Diamonds album release this week, the March issue of ASOS.com magazine features the artist in its Music special. Here she is in the shoot wearing the Orient Calf Stars that I made for the SHOWstudio SHOP as part of my Christmas installation. Ive seen them worn to full effect in the hair but never styled like this and its a great take on my design, I love it! If you go over to the site you can watch a video of the shoot to see the styling which also shows Marina wearing one of my A/W headpieces/necklace actually on her arm.............that's exactly what its all about..........in the mix..........thanks to her stylist on the day Scott Clark and his assistant Bianca Swan.
Whilst we're at it, here is another phone pic pinged to me by NOKI last week when he had just installed one of his hats at SHOWstudio. The new exhibition in the SHOP is "Headress" which features work by a few of the capital's best milliners for a moth - Nasir Mazhar, Charlie Le Mindu, Stephen Jones and Jordan Askill. Here is the NOKI creation "Pinkpin-Punkpinhead" from its initial incarnation as modelled by Judy Blame in i-D, shot by Tyrone Le Bon..........surely this entry wins on its name alone! Genius!! However if you are a Gaga fan, click over to check out a couple of her iconic headpieces up for grabs............
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
For London Fashion Week I was asked by Richard Sloan to contribute a film to Dazed Digital / ASOS.com and came up with the idea to record the behind the scenes of a shoot I was undertaking for ASVOFF. Diane Pernet commissioned Elisha Smith Leverock to make a film for her Vogue.It collaboration and we teamed up to create the short with my accessories. Rosy Nicholas joined the project and produced her own accessories to add into the mix with mine. You will have to wait for the special preview of the final feature but can check out the documentary that recorded the process directed by Murat Yılmaz Gökmen.
Vogue.It launched today, so head over and have a look...............
top image is a screen grab, bottom image is one of Elisha's actual photos from a rare moment that she wasn't filming.........
Congrats to the Selfridges team for putting on a party like the good old days of fashion week........fantastic set design with an entrance as if you are the White Rabbit escaping down the warren...............great tunes by Alice Dellal which triggered unabashed dancing (rather than the typical atmosphere of too many people looking around the room to see who else is there)........but the dancefloor soon came to a standstill and gridlock as a Goldilocks looking Courtney Love came on stage to sing Bette Davies Eyes.........apparently Slash (G&R) was at the party too.........but I didn't notice as it was a "Mad Hatters" fancy dress theme.........
Here is Yu looking heavenly as ever in a Piers Atkinson cherry headpiece...........and Selfridges pantone smiley shift...........hats off, he's always the most considered outfit!
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Pam's gone and turned up the sexometer to ridic'oclock............its not leaving much to the imagination this season with entire bodymapping in mesh with the tinniest of modesty panels in metallics. Shoulder silhouettes are out of control and head's are adorned with organza pom pom halos...........here is Siouxsie Sioux who was first out to everyone's joy, just look at all those amazed faces...........this is LONDON..........read it and weep, and then get SEXY, oh yes!
For the first time Mary has gone 3D direct on her surface pattern and wants to brandish the departure before she is tagged with the graphic print title for the rest of her career. She wants to subvert her own symmetrical statement and has done so by layering lace and jewels between motif panels. Her "thematic" approach has investigated paintings from the 18th Century this season, in particular Madame de Pomadour. She visited the National Portrait Gallery and trawled reference books to mimic the painterly quality in her new prints by collaging exciting elements. The collection is split in 3 compartments ......
a) Officers and their medals (as seen here in trompe l'oeil print)
b) The embellished resplendent dresses worn for grandeur to signify social status in the paintings (implemented with the lace, frills and bows)
c) Snuff boxes (interpreted with the crystals, jewels and jewellery)
Mary wanted to decode the dress history of decadence and pair it down to be wearable for the modern edgy woman. For those of you that have desires to purchase these pieces but perhaps not the paycheck to do so, keep faith. The power that is Top Shop has commissioned Mary to design a range of accessible t-shirts, shifts and a brilliant bodysuit! It launched on the 18th to mark the start of LFW in store and is available to be snapped up NOW.
Thanks to Mary for sitting down to explain this all to me with her generous kind nature...........of course this was made possible by her mum standing in and looking after her New Gen exhibit..........the most famous mother of fashion week..........quite frankly, I would be extremelydisappointed not to see her appointed this task for a subsequent season...........its become an institution!
Monday, 22 February 2010
My ultimate streetstyle case study always has, and always will be Yu Masui...................and now I discover that he is blogging too! Woo Hoo! Here is from Friday wearing all Ann Sofie Back having just come from the TopShop Unique show where he was the unwitting embodiment of the aesthetic..............fur feet and all! If you want to know what everyone else will be wearing next season, just look to Yu last season. He had been wearing this bag as a little tribute to Ann Sofie for the 2 days before her show as a little joke to those in the know and see who else would notice.........he's a walking talking sartorial time bomb and its about to go off over on his blog!
Yum! I Love the new Natascha Stolle collection! Sexy cream box jacket and bum hugging mini skirt combo........cute baby pink knit leggings.........peacock blue satin tailored pants..........acid yellow sheer shifts..........all topped off with this boombastic print. Natascha has screen printed a pattern derived from the goggly eyes of her very first collection and handpainted bright marks within the blocks. You can see in the shirt above that its sewn inside out with the top side of the print peeping out on the turned up sleeve. I WANT!
Sunday, 21 February 2010
I first met Mark Eley in Santiago De Compostela at a fashion festival curated by Diane Pernet.............it seemed only serendipitous that I should arrive at the all day EK presentation at the exact same time as Diane..........so fortuitous infact that i got this lush snap of the two friends in the reflection of the pattern lab mirror installation.
Next portal on the EK pattern lab collection tour will be taken to Paris between 4th-11th March @ Galerie jeanroch Dard, 13 Rue Des Arquebusiers 75003