Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Weds 30th Sept: RAPHA + LIBERTY

For the last day of fashion week I added a new colour to my spectrum wardrobe - this pale duck egg blue / airforce aqua.  It's a collaboration between Rapha and Liberty's Art print archive which is a first for a performance sportswear brand.  Their graphic aesthetic has brought about a novel selection from the floral archetype of Liberty's heritage series.  The 1930's optical dot pattern begins a two season partnership between the two British brands.  The complete range carries across the active wear to the accessories and city line.  I wore the whole look which fortuitously matched the colour scheme for fashion week, with the BFC's own choice of turquoise.  The new LFW venue on Brewer Street was also only a few doors down from Rapha's London Cycle Club where the line launched to coincide.  It's available at their other international stores and Liberty with a window installation and two bikes built from the pattern paintwork.  I'm mega chuffed with the Musette bag which has upgraded my usual backpack for a more fluid messenger chic!       
See the complete collection here and here.
(Images Top to Bottom: In store at Rapha CC, onsite at LFW, with Aaron Frew at Ashish, London Design Festival in Paternity's installation at Somerset House)

Monday, 28 September 2015

Monday 28th September: Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition

If you look closely at the top image of the polyhedra you can just about see little people underneath, like the size of ants in comparison to this giant sculpture.  It is one part of the vast Louis Vuitton exhibition now on in London till mid October.  Situated in an old office block a few doors down from Somerset House on The Strand, the space is totally unrecognisable to the raw empty shell from before.  The luxury company have replicated the epic proportions of their Parisian Foundation art gallery for a temporary taste of their brand in Britain.  The art trail around the floors includes immersive sets, a life-size runway, a live workshop with craftsman working on bags, light-shows and projections.  It's totally free to the public, in exchange for your details!  Head over to the site to sign up for an allotted time slot or simply turn up at the door.