Friday 19 September 2008

Thurs 18th Sept: Dazed Digital by Jerry O'Sullivan

An extended version of the interview that is in the current issue of Dazed is now uploaded to Dazed Digital online:

DD: What were your key inspirations behind this range?

I didn’t want to think too much about it or be too affected by anything so I just started making. It’s like when you are in education and you have to do mood boards of research, I just decided to skip all that. There did end up being one recurring theme and that was triangles.

DD: Did you have a muse?

I have had a picture of Anna Piaggi up on my wall as inspiration for a muse; I love her sense of colour.

DD: Is there a message behind your collection?

It is a collection of accessories which are pieces designed for a man or woman to wear in their own way. Some pieces are versatile so although something may have been made as a belt, it could be worn on the shoulder or head, the possibilities are endless.

DD: What type of person is it designed for?

Someone that has a magpie sense of style drawn to special shiny things and someone that has no self doubt in their appearance coupled with total conviction in wearing things as an experience to enhance their happiness. It has been quite a self-indulgent process so ultimately I may have just made them for myself!

DD: What are you inspired by in day-to-day life?

I like accidental things like I saw a lamppost that had danger tape on it and the way it had formed made this nice geometrical pattern.

DD: What influences your own style?

A lot of kids programme’s and books I read when I was little, particularly the pinball machine in Sesame Street and I also like bright colours.

DD: You have worked with Patrick Wolf in the past, what is it you like about him?

He has a totally individual style and manages to pull off lots of different looks. I’ll be interested to see how his style evolves and where he takes it next.

DD: What is the best thing about being Fred Butler?

It’s good to be doing something I have always dreamed of, I feel really privileged to be able to make a career out of being creative. I’m just happy making stuff.

Wednesday 17 September 2008


Wow. Cooperative Designs outdid themselves today with a runway show commencing with a spine tingle inducing film and soundtrack. Amy Gwatkin made a projected animation of models in knitted samples, posed to make up the letters of the girl's logo which was so awesome I clapped before the models had even stepped out. When they did, every lady in the house was drooling in lust for the loops of yarn in this sexy confident collection. Blocks of heavy gauge primary colour and monotone stripes were broken up by flashes of flesh and body hugging neon digital prints. Step back, Im 1st in line to procure a Coop playsuit............ well perhaps 2nd after Amy herself who I have borrowed these pictures from @

Tues 16th Sept: They Call Us Mellow Yellow

The beautiful Alex Cunningham and I at a Swarovski party for which I donned an archive AsFOUR Supernova Swarovski Broach (pinned on my barnet). There wasn't a mirror at the studio to see what I was doing with the carpet-tape secured crystal makeup so I discovered a new fangled technological development by such instances simply make use of the photobooth function on an Apple Mac which works equally as well! Can't believe I never thought of it before.............

Party Photo Credit: Billa @ Urban Junkies

Tuesday 16 September 2008

Tues 16th Sept: Nasir Mazhar

Nasir Mazhar presented his millinery via a live interactive event today enabling you get close and really see his incredible head wear. This format was so refreshing, if not a bit scary as you walked around a dimly lit room, serenaded by a Flamenco style Cardinal (?!) accompanied by a Mary Shelley character pianist. The construction of the "hats" was immaculate and each one a masterpiece in its own right within the flow of the collection. I was really pleasantly surprised to see this living and breathing showcase, having expected a static exhibit. Expect to see them cropping up in many of the new seasons editorials!

Tues 16th Sept: 95 Chapel Market

The launch of Mariano Vivanco's book "95 Chapel Market". Named after the address of his 1st residence in London where he shot new faces over 5 years which amassed this beautiful collection of Polaroid portraits.
The young subjects seem wide eyed and open although they are new to being photographed (note an extremely Bambi fresh Lily Cole). Perhaps this is down to the nature of the photographer who graciously signed my book and generously is donating all profits to the children's ward at St. Barts London Hospital.