The past few weeks have been ridiculously hectic with University but on the plus side I WON a competition for my article to be featured on YSH London which is a textile, interior and fashion online publication. I interviewed Textile designer for super cool London brand Felder Felder; Angela Hooker who was an absolute delight to meet. Read the full interview here:
Friday, 19 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Essence Communications represent a range of designers so it was rather fun delving into their press room. Below are some of my favourite picks...
Turkish designer Bora Aksu always has an mastery of presenting visually captivating clothing, he definitely exceeded himself after presenting a collection recently for Istanbul Fashion week as well as a one for London Fashion Week. The collection showed a range of interesting drapery and a mix of fabrics. I always appreciate Aksu's ability to manipulate fabrics to create interesting shapes and silhouettes.
I love Tara Jarmon's clothing; the collection is is a mix of elegant and feminine pieces which portray the image of a girl that everyone wants to be. I picked this particular dress as I love the mix of the sumptuous colour palette and the draping on the bust to create such a beautifully simple piece.
Emanuelle Katsaros is an Italian born designer, British trained who works out of Germany. His latest collection is based on Murder - but this theme is subtly played into with the quirky details; the red suede to represent blood on the gloves. Even though the designs are based on playful themes I think the bag shapes represent timeless design but for the modern market. The super-sized bags are literally 'to die for' - excuse the pun, (below) with the clever play on thew murder theme. I also adore the retro style frames.
Even navigating through the various plush press rooms in the Savoy, you can find that garments and accessories start to look the same but Forward PR had some innovative pieces on show.
S.C. Vizcarra are long established handbag designers known for their hand woven pieces. The company was orginally set up in Manila int 1925 but is now being run by the grand daughter who has taken to expanding the business through Europe. We saw a selection of bags from intricate mini woven bags to super sized (above). I think what makes a real difference with these bags are the hand made quality and the mix of leather and wicker. There is also a range of sculptural shapes and ergonomic designs as you can see Megan modelling below.
Beautiful Soul is a eco-aware luxury womenswear label set up by Nicola Woods. We had a look at her collection where all the fabrics were vintage Kimonos that had been redesigned into classic, yet interesting silhouettes. However, no scrap of material is wasted as they are made into fastenings and even jacket linings like you can see in the mens jacket below. As all the fabrics are vintage you will find that no item is the same which adds even makes the garments even more covetable.
London is such a culturally diverting city and I love gathering inspiration every time I visit. On this particular trip I found myself taking many pictures of buildings and brickwork. I then met up with Megan, Art Director for Sketchbook Magazine who took me along to the press day happening at the Savoy...