Saturday, 23 January 2010
Here is a phone-pic pinged to me by Hillman Studio setting up Tim Walker's "Pictures" at Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan which opens today................a continuation from the exhibition the forces fused at The Design Museum in 2008...........
Whether it happens to be in or out of fashion, I think we are all in agreement that an all-in-one is one of the best looks to rock. Its a classic and an essential wardrobe staple for automatic style. I have quite a few vintage numbers (mostly '80s it has to be said) but I think its time to discover some contemporary playsuits. I fell in love with Nina Ribena's hooded harem pant onsie last year and asked her to make a gold one for my i-D portrait with Nick Knight. Ive checked back in with her to see where her jumpsuit fetish first started and whats happening for her label "We Are All In One" for 2010.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
I'm SO EXCITED to see Bethan Wood's new "designer in residence" exhibition at The Design Museum since ending her MA at the RCA last year. Her emphasis and fascination has followed on from looking at urban surfaces and moved from table tops to streets and sidewalks. Here are some of her reference images and sketches that are from her fantastic documentation on her Design Museum blog which you must check out! The show opens next week so I will be catching up with her at the opening to find out more.............but for now here is a portrait I got at NOKI's shop opening and you can just see amongst the multi-pattern layers, her own camouflage silk scarf. I LOVE this laminate take on chip board..........I wonder if she has turned this into a fabric design too?
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
A few moons ago, I moonlighted on a couple of occasions assisting super set designer/art director Anna Burns. I helped her make a replica SLR camera from card and a giant lifesize Godzilla costume! Over these years (5 to be exact) Anna has been engineering and devising extra set up shots inbetween shoots to collate a catalogue of personal imagery. She has collaborated with photographer Michael Baumgarten under the guise of The Deformers and published a book of these scenes named "Attempted Deception". The themes are otherworldly with an international backdrop as they have moved around the globe during jobs on location. It is almost a voyage through their dreamscape with narratives that are implausible and playful. Infact. it's a little risque - so not a coffee table book to be purchased for a prude! It seems that a book has been the perfect format for the pair to explore provocative extremes, perhaps not possible in editorial...........here you can see a set of backstage snaps from the process kindly sent to me by Anna for this post.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Cube PR have just turned front of house into a temporary sample sale with a selection of some of their designers. A few of the bows that are left over from my SHOWstudio Christmas tree are in the mix amongst designers such as Siv Stodal, Sophie Hulme, Dr. NOKI, Louise Amstrup, Horace..........its on till the 23rd on Lambs Conduit Street.........Mon to Fri 11a.m -6p.m.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
I was born in the wrong era as far as clothes are concerned. Just look at these treats from the current Foale and Tuffin exhibition at The Fashion & Textiles Museum. The name was on my radar but I really don't know anything about them so this is a brilliant eye opener to the brand by 2 of London's pop dress protagonists. The duo met at the RCA and founded their label when they left in 1961, working on their dining room table using sewing machines bought as 21st birthday presents. When sales escalated they moved out of their South Ken flat and set up premises and resulting prospering business just off Carnaby Street in 1964. From an initial studio floor paying 6 guineas a week, they eventually took over the whole building and opened the ground floor as a shop. They were known for being forerunners in creating the current trend in fun young styles but combining it with quality finish. Their trademark look was a revolutionary trouser suit at a time when trousers weren't de riguer but it was their reactionary development from the miniskirt and stockings combo.
My snaps are from 1 section of the exhibition as I didn't have time to look round the whole thing..........Ive got to go back! Its on till the end of February so advise anyone to get down there! Ive included a snippet of the film projection made for the show by Neath Films.