In the midst of a digital pattern boom in London designer's repertoires, one of the capital's founders and most reputed renegade masters Jonathan Saunders presented his menswear collection at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms. The centrally located but secretly hidden tall thin building constructed for scenic painting on theatre backdrops was the perfect setting for Saunders S/S13 spectrum palette. The frames usually stretched with calico canvases were stripped and hung with poster images from the campaign with models standing in turn infront of the corresponding colour-way. The Smartie's box palette of primary shades and circular disc repeats, were finished off at the feet with red soled Christian Louboutin lace ups. The glass window roof acted as the perfect lighting on the subject with a rare sighting of Summer sun shining straight thru to reflect off the installation silver surfaces and boy's mirror shades.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Just a quick follow on from Chris Shannons's folklore theme and accessories collaboration with Craig Green to Craig's own collection on display as part of the Fashion East installations today........... (Craig Green film directed by Zoe Hitchen)
Christopher Shannon's show is always a highlight for me on the menswear schedule and when the invitation arrived, I knew it was going to be a goody with an image of a traditional folk costume in a modern urban carnival setting. This theme became apparent as the models appeared one by one in shredded fabric headpieces shrouding their faces, made in collaboration with Craig Green. In explanation for those of you outside the UK, this peculiar and particular costume is worn by folk dancers in celebration of the summer solstice (and bizarrely the style has more recently been adopted by young travellers in South East-Asia). Christopher also sites the cosmic 1970's home craft bible "Native Funk and Flash" as a source of inspirational imagery to arrive at this colourful and textured collection. Here is
Friday, 15 June 2012
Its the first day of Menswear London Collections and also Anna Trevelayan's birthday who I blog alot on here because I can never get enough of her colour and overall vibe! Her most recent flame hair by Charlie Le Mindu has magically transformed into a turquoise, violet and pink situation with a return of a fringe since she was a teenager. Watch this space for the next dye job................
Here are some of the beautifully attired guests at this evening's Child Of The Jago presentation including Amechi Ihenacho
Always the most vibrant and atmospheric show of the schedule is "A Child Of The Jago" and this season was no exception as a salon format at The House Of St. Barnabas with models mingling amongst the audience. Designers Joseph Corre and Barnzley Armitage were on hand to demonstrate the look, fitting the boys into their suits which had laundry bag cheque detail finishing. Guests were encouraged to try on a big Buffalo style hat from the range and a free-for-all ensued which I got heavily involved in and begrudgingly had to part with my chosen top hat as I left........... see the next post for some examples............
Yesterday Kim and I went down to the new Kings Cross campus of Central St Martins for the private view of the graduate show which covered all courses from Fine Art to Textile Futures via Performance Art, Ceramics and all inbetween. Unfortunately across the board photography was forbidden so I can't share the incredible quality of work that we were totally bowled over by BUT I did capture an essence of the ingenuity and avant-garde foresight in the form of street-style. Here is Fashion student Victoria whose outfit is the kind of presence that I miss greatly from Charing Cross Road, but colour scheme actually looked perfect against the new school's glass structure.
The show is open to the public on Thursday so make sure you take the day out to roam the corridors of exceptional exhibits.
My favourite course was BA (HONS)FASHION COMMUNICATION WITH PROMOTION with a class of fascinating new publications - check it out here.
It was so exciting being backstage to see the rotation from one stellar collection to the next and having close proximity to give the garms a feel. Especially this one by James Walker from UCA Epsom which was out of control in the very best way! Tweed tailoring with a traveling twist - each look incorporated features from function in luggage such as this extendable zipper shoulder jacket. The accordion skirt addition was a cute and cunning twist on classic suiting and all the leather buckle fastenings were exquisitely finished. This is what a graduate collection should be about - running wild with your ideas and being the most creative you care to be........... this is your last chance to go bonkers, so do it.............. there is a whole future of fear to calm down and become accessible to sell............. so in the words of Prince "Lets Go Crazy"!! Well Done James - I would love to see this in an exhibition for more people to have a look!
Catch catwalk shots over on Vogue to see the whole collection.
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Here is my absolute favourite collection of the Galla by Claire Acton from The University of Central Lancashire with curby-grip fringes and pop-art style prints. So, so clever and immdediate - I really want this perspex hairclip necklace! <3