Saturday, 20 October 2012

Saturday 20th October: Sneaking Into Fashion

Here are just a few of the trainers in a new exhibition charting the history of the footwear in popular culture spanning six decades : Sneaking Into Fashion.  Curator Tory Turk has pulled together rare and covetable kicks to demonstrate the progression from plimsolls to performance sports shoes to status symbol in streetstyle.  One-off designs have been collated from fashion houses (Gaultier, Westwood), musicians (The Prodigy, Oasis) and even film costume wardrobes (Kill Bill) thru to the Nike Volts worn by double Olympic champion Mo Farrah at the 2012 Games contrasted with the pair worn by Roger Bannister when he ran the first under 4-minute mile in 1950.  Hotstep it down to Covent Garden Piazza to see all 40 pairs on display until 28th October,  9am-7pm. 

(Top to bottom:  "Ascension Sneaker" by Jeffrey Campbell,  Mel B's 1998 Spice Girl's Buffalos,  My "Get This Shoe On The Road" remote control Nike, Margelia, Bernhard Willhelm X Camper, Missoni vs. Converse, Pierre Hardy Poworama)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Friday 19th October: Tim Walker: Story Teller via Lucy Bridge

Since Tim Walker's "Pictures" exhibition at The Design Museum in 2008 and Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan 2010, the photographer / film maker has been prolifically producing enough shoots to warrant a new epic showcase at Somerset House " Tim Walker: Story Teller  ".  Continuing to work with Hillman Studio on curating the space with integrated props, here you can see some of the outsize set pieces in Lucy Bridge's photos from the private view on Wednesday night.  The stripped back style of Lucy's portrait is a direction the photographer has been pursuing in recent times, in a strand moving away from fantastical scenes and focusing exclusively on a subject for strength in engaging imagery.  I find it absolutely fascinating that when I see one of these stark and (deceivingly) simple portraits its distinctly the work of Walker ........... but what is it about such a straight forward set up that encapsulates his style?  Its not just his signature sensitive lighting or subtle positioning of the sitter, but the way he manages to connect with each star and get a strong essence of their real personality, not perhaps the associated identity you might expect.  Spanning realms of creativity (actors, directors, musicians, models, designers) Tim is documenting crucial moments from club kid subcultures to invaluable iconic imagery of legends willingly unveiling vulnerability such as Lee McQueen or Isabella Blow.   
I cant wait to get down to Somerset House to see this massive selection of prints and props and pop into the book shop to flick thru the accompanying mammoth monograph.  There is also a Vidal Sassoon exhibition on at the same time!
Thanks to makeup artist Lucy for sharing her snaps - check out her site here and read my archive interview with her here
(snap of Siobhan Lyons, Lucy and Keko by Teo Connor)
18 October 2012 - 27 January 2013
Daily 10.00-18.00, 
Until 21.00 on Thurs 8, 29 Nov & 6, 13, 20 Dec
East Wing Galleries, East Wing

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Thursday 18th Oct: Style Feed Book Launch

The launch of "Style Feed, The World's Top Fashion Blogs" last evening at Urban Outfitters with writer William Oliver (and Susie Bubble via Shanghai) where the book is stocked exclusively until next month featuring blogs such as ASVOF, Filep Motwary, Disney Roller Girl and Patternity who joined me on the decks to turn the shop floor into a dance floor........................ 
(bottom photo c/o B4YT)
Read The Telegraph's top 10 blogs here.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Weds 17th Oct: House Of / Hunger Magazine Issue 3 launch

Following on from yesterday's mention of Kim Howells "House Of" project in Hunger Magazine, to the launch of the magazine last evening at Rankin's studio gallery space.  Here is Kim with a wall of the story consisiting of pages dedicated to artists with graphic illustration by Zandra Rhodes.  Season 4 of House Of is centred on beauty with the range spanning from hair with Peter Gray headpieces, a Charlie Le Mindu bleached rat's tail and Kenna Lennard's brush with floor length red hair............. to makeup by Ayami Nishimura via body painting and Isamaya Frrench's rose blossom bejewelled vajazzle ........... to Marian Newman's micro miniature vanity mirror manicure.  Pick up an issue now on sale to see the shoot in its entirety and a wealth of features and interviews with actors, musicians and models including Azealia Banks, Tinie Tempah, Charli XCX and Man Like Me.
Here is the commerative PINS London badge and some of the revellers from the private view, top to bottom:  Anna Trevelyan's Balenciaga Neoprene jacket print,  Alexandra Moonage and Louie Banks, Alun Davies with Keko Hainswheeler and Tom Ryling, Kim with Isamaya Ffrench, Suzy Pettigrew with Grace LaDoja.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Tues 16th Oct: L'Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy via NOKI with Peter Gray

Back in 2008 I reported on the amazing gravity defying hair by Peter Gray for NOKI's Fashion East show which reminded me of Narwhal whales spikes, coming straight out of the girl's skulls.  The two creatives continue to collaborate and here are incoming photos from NOKI's styling for the rebel theme of Peter Gray's part in the weekend's L'Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy (essentially the Olympics of the hair colour world).   
Pick up a copy of the new issue of Hunger Magazine which has just landed featuring a story shot by Rankin and styled by Kim Howells for her latest "House Of" project which features a page dedicated to Peter Gray.............. find out more over on her facebook fanpage or site.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Monday 15th Oct: Frieze Art Fair - Highlights

Highlights from London's Frieze Art Fair via Teo Connor who kindly snapped some colourful graphic pieces specially for us.  Check out Teo's brand new website here.