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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.


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

Title quote from 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.  


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.


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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.



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 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.,


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


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.

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Sell Me Candy

Louis Vuitton has just opened its brand new emporium on Bond Street and, as it seems Victoria Beckham and Rhianna both have, we will be running straight to the hand bag section; for there resides this season’s most delightful array of mouth-watering arm candy.

Candy could just be the theme behind the pastel confections that Marc Jacobs sent down the runway for S/S 10, stealing the attention away from the clothes. In his own words the collection was “about travelers—the movement that came after punk. Then we were thinking about hiking, trekking, and then denim and parkas—city utilitarianism” and this eclectic mix was nowhere better summarized than in the accessories. Sugary sweet shades on soft leather are fashioned into practical duffle bags and messengers all embossed with the brands infamous monogram. Once embellished with toggles, tassels and even tails as the fur dangling from the ‘Sunrise’ bag illustrates, these beauties become less functional more fantastical!



FashAddict Accessories

With the launch of the new website comes an exciting new addition to the brand, a jewellery line. Available to buy direct from the site and in Mag & Pye Boutique, the collection comprises a selection of quirky gold-plated chains and charms with a vintage feel that compliment the brands clothes perfectly. With pendants ranging from horse and carriage to two entwined birds on long chains, they provide a quirky accent to any summer outfit.

A favourite is Electra with two horse heads creating a heart. Team with the ‘Drapey Beige’ vest from the new Brick Lane’s Finest label to nail edgy simplicity in the sun.

Boutique Run

Keep the 10th July free ladies and get yourselves down to Battersea Park for the brand new event Boutique Run, exclusively for women. Not only a run, either 5km or 10 km, it is also a great night out for you and your friends. Expect food stalls, a picnic hamper ordering service, and fashion and diet tips along with a range of pampering delights to treat yourselves with afterwards. Indulge in complimentary champagne, followed by a hot shower and massage then let your hair down at the fabulous after party complete with ‘Bouti’ bags to take home.

The fun doesn’t only start on the day either. In the run up to the day a series of Boutique Jog Squad classes have been organised by Fit For A Princess, the original gym alternative for women. Taken by Jo Flury, elite marathon runner who is Fit For A Princess head running trainer and Annie Foulds, marathon runner and City Princess trainer, the courses are focused on having fun whilst still achieving results and are the perfect way to make sure everyone is fully prepared for the big day. Costing only £5 a class when you are registered for the Boutique Run and with £1 of this going to Breast cancer, the Jog Squad is a worthy way to get in shape, for the run, and beyond.  

Boutique Run, 6pm, 10th July 2010, Battersea Park

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