Author Archives: Holly Lynch

Hussein Chalayan Exhibition

A definite date for the diary this September is a solo exhibition from British designer Hussein Chalayan at the Lisson Gallery (Sept 08-Oct 02, 2010). A truly inspiring designer in a sea of typical catwalk looks; Chalayan pushes boundaries and his avant garde pieces could never be seen as clothes for the sake of clothes, they are always vehicles for his challenging and interesting concepts. An exhibition at an art gallery is perfect for Chalayan whose catwalk shows are often more reminiscent of art installations.

They combine incredible artistic concepts with amazing technological ideas and result in one-of-a-kind pieces that would be much more at home in an exhibition space than ever on the high street. Highlights from the designer’s prolific career include the wooden skirt which transforms into a coffee table from his A/W 2000 collection.

Also his spring 2007 bubble dress comprised of lots of plastic bubbles roughly resembling a mini-dress recently copied by Lady GaGa on her Fame Ball tour.

We can’t wait to see what the designer has up his sleeve for this gallery show.

Hussein Chalayan at the Lisson Gallery, NW1, Sept 08-Oct 02 2010.

Images: style.com, nymag.com 

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky…”

Title quote from thinkexist.com. Said by Coco Chanel, 1883-1971, who ruled over Parisian Haute Couture for almost six decades.

Now and again we stumble across some fashion that is truly breathtaking; something that is not confined to the current trends of the high street or high fashion. Something so beautiful it is not subject to the bubble up effect of the street or trickle down effect of the catwalk for it could never be reproduced, a pure fantastical figment of the designers imagination come to life in one collection, and one collection only. It does not adhere to a set of rules of how to sell clothes in a failing economy, which, only too often, steal the spontaneity and creativity from clothes and replace them with words such as ‘wearable’, ‘versatile’, ‘trans-seasonal’. Couture is the one place this decadence and pure unadulterated excess still exists. The Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy Couture show for A/W 10, overwhelming in its detail, was one of those moments.

The collection’s dream-like quality is enhanced as it is seemingly impossible to ever be worn, first due to the weight of the garments so heavily embellished and secondly as this would mean someone would have actually had to of bought it. Comprised of degrade ostrich feathers, baboon fur, porcelain, silk duchess satin, pearls, Swarovski crystals and gold paillettes, how would a price ever be able to be put on such a dress?

Ricardo Tisci “claimed his inspiration was Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions: religion, sensuality, and, given the painter’s lifelong battle with spinal pain, the human anatomy.”

But instead of appearing somber the collection is delicate and romantic, if not a little bit intense. These are the dresses that keep fashion alive and remind us that, whatever our budgets, a girl can always afford to dream.  

Images: style.com

Trend Fix: Dressing-up Box

  

For all those of you, who are already tiring of the flimsy nature of summer dressing and yearning for something with a bit more substance, look no further than the latest collection from innovative duo, Meadham Kirchoff for A/W10. An eye-watering amalgamation of sequins, glitter, costume jewellery, crowns and veils this dressing-up box approach to outfit building is truly creative and inspiring and set to be an under-the-radar-trend for next season. Focusing on layering, bright colour, and heavy embellishment and accessorising to the max, the collection is the perfect antidote to this season’s simplicity and pared down silhouettes. The collection is based on a “documentary tracing Romany culture and its links from India through to Spain”. Become a magpie and use your own travels this summer as your starting point, your body as your canvas, and your imagination as your stylist and create your own truly original dressing-up box style come autumn.

 

Images and quote: style.com

Glastonbury street style 2010

This weekend was Glastonbury weekend and for once the weather didn’t disappoint!  Possibly the biggest and most highly anticipated music festival in the UK, this year’s line up included the likes of everyone from Muse to Stevie Wonder, Glastonbury draws a very cool crowd to its stages. As famous for its super-star headliners as it is for the celebrity following, the festival is definitely a place to garner some style tips.  From celebs to inspiring festival fans; here’s our pick of this years best dressed.

Images: style.com, look.co.uk.

Nike78

One for all you sneaker freaks, Nike 78 is a new project created to merge cutting edge design talent and the trusty Nike trainer. The 78 refers to the 78 creatives who will each be sent a new pair of Nikes and, using sport as inspiration, will challenge their traditional function and create weird and wonderful new interpretations of the footwear. The progress of these inspired ventures can be tracked at nike78.co.uk and will eventually be collated into an exhibition to feature in the London Design Festival in September.

Highlights include Erica Dorn’s mouth-watering Marathon Cake which is the exact negative calorific value of a marathon; all shaped beautifully into a trainer with pink laces to boot and Fred Butler and Chrissie Abbott’s Lets Get This Shoe On The Road remote control car Nikes.

Nike78.co.uk, Londondesignfestival.com

Images; nike78.co.uk

Lost in Juliette Losq

“Broken sentences and forgotten names wink like fossils among the ruins” (Iain Sinclair, ‘Lights Out for the Territory’)

London’s Royal Academy of arts annually holds it RA Schools Show to, each summer, display graduates work and showcase the emerging talents of London. With academicians such as Tracey Emin behind the event, this is an extremely exciting date in the art calendar and Juliette Losq is tipped as the one to watch for 2010. The 31-year old Londoner creates captivating landscapes, brilliantly executed in an almost photographic style that whisk the viewer away to all together different time and place.

“Drifting purposefully is the recommended mode”(Iain Sinclair, ‘Lights Out for the Territory’)

Instead of idealistic and typically pretty settings, the collection of beautiful drawings and paintings focus on derelict and forgotten places. This allows the viewer’s imagination to wander through the image, piecing together what might have gone on there. For the Summer Show, Losq will be displaying a range of works that focus on dilapidated interiors just as enchanting as her outdoor spaces. Remember her name.

Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition 2010, 14th june-22nd August 2010

Images: losq.co.uk

Body Art: which tribe are you?

Summer is always the season of body art, and judging by this season’s catwalk shows it’s a bigger trend than ever for 2010. When Chanel and Selfridges had epic waiting lists for the brands transferrable tattoos, sported by the models in the S/S10 show, it was official that wash-off body art was now definitely for grown-ups.

 When tattoos are used like make-up they can become a versatile new way to accessorize and different designs can create totally different looks. The dilemma is now less whether to brave it or fake it, more whose style tribe you want to pledge allegiance too. An It-Bag is no longer enough, the hottest way to wear your brand of choice is branded on your skin. We are torn between two looks. Number one; Chanel’s delicious girly look and their delicate chain and trinket designs perfect with the Gorgeous Florence lace top from the Mags & Pye collection.

 Or number two; getting creative ourselves and drawing on our own thick black markings and teaming them with the studded Andrea sleeveless biker from the Va Vizuri collection to nail the warrior girl look a la Jean Paul Gaultier.

Luckily that’s the beauty of this trend; with the tattoos being wash-off we can be a different girl every day. Which ever look you decide on this summer, show some ink.

Catwalk images: style.com