Sunday 23rd April 2017

Opulent Charm

I know I’m a little late to write about this but I can’t stop thinking about it. The Bureau Betak set for Dior Couture earlier this year was out of this world! The white scaffolding and pink carpeted floor, with a mirrored ceiling and walls created a beautiful endless maze. Amid the Rocaille-style architecture of the Musée Rodin, Simons and team erected a futuristic scaffolding maze inside a simple white box, that proved even the humblest materials can assume an opulent charm in the hands of a master.

Death by Diamond and Pearls

A friend of mine sent me this video this morning and I have watched in over and over again. I love everything about it, the use of music, the styling, the way that fashion and art effortlessly glide together throughout this short video.

Mechanical Bloom

For those of you who were following Couture in Paris last week, there is no way you missed the mechanical bloom at Chanel. I mean it was origami, collage, paper, flower heaven! Karl Lagerfeld is really a pro at bringing together fashion, art and design. It was simply stunning – a man-maded botanical garden. The gardens of our future. The collection, unsurprisingly, was incorporated with fantastical flora. Watch the video below to see the incredible display.

Stars Starfish Escapism

With the beautiful escapism collection that Valentino presented for SS15 -  pyschedelic floral motifs, graphic scarf prints and an ethereal under the sea exploration it is without surprise to see what I consider to be the most beautiful campaign for summer. Set on what appears to be a deserted beach landscape, creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli  (photographers included) decided to enlist a few new faces on for their new brilliant and fantasy-like campaign. Shot in Tuscany by newcomer photographer, Michal Pudelka, the ethereal images include a cast of up-and-coming models Vanessa Moody, Maartje Berhoef, Grace Simmons, Clementine Deraedt and Hedvig Palm as they are washed ashore a sandy beach. The collection was inspired by travels in Italy during the 18th century.

Michael Pudelka (who is 22 years old)  perfectly captured the dreamy Valentino aesthetic, giving models a flora and fauna twist as they posed in water in delicate gowns and climbed trees in an enchanted forest. The shot took place in the woods of Punta Alauscany on Tuscany and the young unseen Michal Pudelka was chosen by the Valentino designers to do the shooting. They thought that they’d underscored the importance of supporting a younger generation. This was his first international campaign

In one visual, the models are pictured submerged in water – some with just faces showing, whilst two matching Valentino Spring/Summer 15 gowns are drenched in water with the models seemingly floating on the surface. It is mermaid like with one of the images creating an etheral washed up mermaid – with both models relaxing on the beach.

 

Chalayan Throwback

I’ve been doing a research for a talk that I’m giving on designers that change our perception and experience through their designs. And I obviously have to mention Hussein Chalayan. Just wanted to share this video with you all for those of you who have never seen it…

Hussein Chalayan – watermill from FabHub on Vimeo.

Hussein Chalayan – 5 dresses using microchip and animatronic technology from FabHub on Vimeo.

For the whole show click here. 

Shrimps

Shrimps is one of my new favorite brands on the market. I’m hooked! A newly launched faux-fur fashion label from the young London-based designer, Hannah Weiland. With a background in History of Art and a diploma in textile design from the London College of Fashion, she takes her inspiration from the witticisms of modern art and a playful engagement with pattern and texture.

Her brand is built around carefully sourced fabrics that emphasise colour, Shrimps has created a range of beautifully crafted pieces, perfect for the forward-thinking customer with a taste for the fun in fashion. A great British brand that captures British humour, creativity and innovative fashion.

For AW14, Shrimps predominantly draws inspiration from a British childhood. The collage artwork of Eduardo Paolozzi, British cartoons, childhood memories and doodles of daisies – which have been translated onto the lining of the collection, are seen through the colours, the accessories and RTW collection.

Colour remains key with a heady combination inspired by the collage work of Eduardo Paolozzi. Pastels, classics and pop-brights combine throughout the collection; in powder blue, strawberry and cream pink, as well as a rich navy and a brilliant bright pink flame. Emphasising the colour combinations are the ‘Shrimps’ Breton stripes, once again featured on the coats in a variety of new forms. Childhood memories play into the collection, with the ‘Ivana’ scarf inspired by a traditional British striped school scarf, the ‘Pluto’ collar in keeping with the Popeye’s sailor collar and a new ‘Shrimps’ mascot – ‘Lenny the Lion’, inspired by the ventriloquist Terry Hall’s puppet ‘Lenny the Lion’, whose catchphrase
was “Aw, don’t embawass me”. A British brand inspired by a British childhood.

 

 

For Spring Summer she has collaborated with Poplin and Sophia Webster to create a series of fun pyjamas (which can totally be worn during the day) and the most dream worthy shoes. The pearl details are my favorite aspect of the collection.

 

 

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