April last year, a time where Condé Nast, the giant publishing house of Vogue and Tatler but to name a few, was reporting an enormous investment into its digital platforms. Receptive design was hailed as the solution to bridging the gap between print and online, whilst in the mean time one of it’s own print publications was drowning in a saturated industry barely keeping it’s head above water. Read the rest of this entry »
She was once the frizzy haired bookworm of the big screen, now Emma Watson turns her knack for pen and paper to the quirky glossy, Wonderland magazine as she plays guest editor. Think of it as a modern-day
Alice Emma in Wonderland. Read the rest of this entry »
It was the year fast fashion resulted in the deaths of hundreds of production workers. With the harrowing sounds of Primark’s Bangladesh based manufacturing factory collapsing to nothing but mere rubble in April of this year ignorance became a cemented moral wrong to the high street buyer. It was the year the high street consumer began to check the label, not merely for the price tag, but for the origin of production. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday night summoned the most important date in any industry members calendar, albeit it an evening of questionable acknowledgements (Harry Styles winning the British Style Award), the best of British talent was celebrated. I celebrated with colleagues, former colleagues and my dearest Ella, La Petit Anglais.
Last season London-based designer Benjamin Bertram brought with him a collection entitled Suburban Boys. The collection lacked colour and focussed on a wasting youth, a generation at a loss. This season Benjamin focussed on a youth on the run.
When it rains it pours and at Kenzo we were told a story of water, that is to say Creative Director’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim created a collection with all the components of water. The collection was clean, the cuts either clinical or flowing delivered a show that was altogether a soothing addition to Paris for spring.
We’ve been asphyxiated with Alexander Wang since his six unisex silhouette line shortly after graduating from Parsons. The best thing to come out of San Francisco, alongside Harvey Milk, his new role as Creative Director at Balenciaga saw the sport-luxe cuts we all know him so well for at his eponymous label carried over and merged with Balenciaga’s striking silhouette through the use of sharp cuts in spherical angles in fabrics such as raw leathers and neoprene.
“Clean room, clean mind” my mother always used to tell me, a precedent that heavily influenced my preference in design aesthetic. In toddler talk, Neil Barrett’s SS14 collection was clean, simplistic and humble. His designs were just that, heavily design led. Read the rest of this entry »
Stella McCartney seduced us with a top heavy silhouette for summer that harked out to one of the biggest, not least to mention cleanest, trends for spring. Her white suit was over sized, with a blazer nodding towards cocooning elements that came single breasted with shoulders reminiscent of the 80s.