A few shots from the Tate Britain's latest exhibition; 'British Folk Art'. The exhibition explores the creative pastimes of Britain's untrained arts and crafts enthusiasts, from the 18th century to present day. The exhibition runs till the 31st August with a curators tour on the 11th July from 6.30pm; for further insight into the fascinating, if not slightly bizarre, outsider art movement. Pictures by Fred Words by Amy
And some other things i saw whilst out and about at LCM.............
Top to bottom: Nasir Mazhar in streetstyle, James Long SS13 aluminum leather jacket detail backstage, Susie Bubble & Style Salvage Steve shoe steez, Fruit Salad colour combination shoe streetstyle, me and a Moschino model wearing a Work-it tshirt at the Jeremy Scott vs. i-D after-party, Edward Crutchley samurai inspired metal baseball cap at Fashion East, full glitter face makeup at Katie Eary SS15, white track-suit at Nasir Mazhar SS15, all white collection at Cottweiler presentation with FKATwigs & NTSLive at the ICA, Crackstevens dj-ing at Victoria House show space, John Cooper Clark performance for Sir Tom Baker show at the 100 Club.
Here are a couple of backstage detail shots from Christopher Shannon's SS15 collection inspired by emo culture and the imaginary spiritual paraphernalia that might be found in a teenager's bedroom such as this rip-up collage screenprint like a scrap book. The model's had hair twisted in tiny little buns reminiscent of a Debut-era Bjork, whilst the soundtrack included her signature vocals which morphed into the euphoric beats of Yeke Yeke (Chris always has my favourite music!). The show was dedicated to his mentor Louise Wilson with a cover note on the credit sheets as a reminder to everyone of the vital omnipresent presence that she will always have on this generation of London designers.
"We're all going on a summer holiday!!" was the song in my mind when I saw Kit Neale's Spring/Summer collection. I'm always looking for some fun in collections and Kit never fails to disappoint with his prints and presentations. Morning Sets had a built a mini runway (literally!) to reference the airport / flight illustrations for the holiday inspired graphics in the garments. The other main motif in the mix has come direct for that ultimate summer classic treat, Coca-Cola! Kit has had access to the archive of the fizzy pop's patterns to implement into his prints across a fifteen piece capsule range including dungarees and a tracksuit (see the white satin look on the left in this last snap).
This weekend The British Fashion Council hosted London Collections Men SS15 which kicked off for me with Astrid Anderson's show. I got a sneak peak of the sunset peach colour palette en route when I saw Charlie Porter sporting the back pack which he had been gifted just prior to the show. The accessories in collaboration with Luisa Via Roma are so lush I had to try the back pack myself and I loved the way Elgar had styled a long transparent visor, worn backwards over the printed dorag. This is my favourite Astrid collection to date, not only for the ombre hues but also the Sumo style Kimono shape sleeves to Obi wide belts from an Asian cultural theme after a recent trip to Japan. I would particularly love the cycling shorts!!!
(Photos taken backstage after the show at Victoria House)