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
Betty Jackson Catwalk at Somerset House this morning. Wow. Well what can we say? Definitely worth missing out on our usual sunday lie-ins for! Despite kicking off at 9am the fashion population of London were out in force to support this iconic British designer and were certainly not dissapointed. A mix of floral pattern, sturdy tan and black leather, gorgeous tailoring and oppulent use of gold fabric created a visual masterpiece that not only looked fabulous to view on the runway, but felt like garments that we could slip into for work or an evening out and instantly feel a million dollars.
If you weren’t lucky enough to catch any of the designers’ exhibitions at London Fashion Week, you’ll be pleased to know that you can still get a piece of fashion action at the Fashion Revolution London Exhibition, at LWF’s Somerset House. The exhibition is a mixture of photographs, moving images, instillations and interactive shows, featuring images of Naomi Campbell by Nick Knight, as well as work by Bjork, Alexander McQueen and more.
The exhibition is spread across different rooms displaying a huge mixture of iconic photographers and models, so why not pop down there this weekend?! The exhibition is on until Dec 20th, and has a very worthwhile entry fee of £5!
Get your fashion film fix this week at Bethnal Green’s cross-arts centre, Rich Mix. After celebrating London Fashion Week with a “Cut and Create” fashion workshop, and “In Coversation” with fashion legend and BIBA creator, Barbara Hulanicki, Rich Fix are completing the celebrations with fashion film “Brit Chic“.
Brit Chic is a series of rarely seen films from the BFI National Archive, from the 40’s to the 70’s, based on post-war British Fashion. From King’s Road to Zandra Rhodes, the selection is sure to be an exciting escape in to the British Fashion world of Couture!
Us lucky FashAddicts went along to see French designer Brye D’Anice Aime’s show at London Fashion Week and absolutely loved his structural way with fabric and form. Sadly, our camera conked out on us before we could capture the collection on the catwalk… but at least we had some images from the exhibition that we can share with you! We think the combination of the looser, floating polka dot chiffon with the harsh spiked collar on the dress above is really exciting – but our complete favourite is the golden beige skirt, constructed into chunky peaks, in the last image.
We had the pleasure of bumping in to Dennis Swiatkowski at the London Fashion Week Estethica exhibition. Whilst he was there working for the Environmental Justice Foundation, which we pointed you to in our tee shirt blog post, he also told us about his own blog ‘Get Your Plane Right On Time‘.
‘Get Your Plane…’ is a diverse place to stop by at, with Dennis having the eye of a style magpie; picking out music videos, editorials and street snaps for our perusal… all accompanied by specially selected tunes and his own stunning photography. As Dennis says, it’s “A journey into a potpourri of fashion, film, music, observation and city-hopping” – and city hopping is right! He’s only just arrived in London from the Netherlands and will be staying for just 6 months. We’re looking forward to seeing the street styles Dennis captures here in that time, since his ones from LFW (shown here) are so great!
The British Fashion Council came up with the NEWGEN scheme in 1993, and it has been nurturing amazing emerging designer talent ever since. Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald have all been supported by NEWGEN, with money awarded towards their show costs, sponsored exhibition space, usage of the BFC Catwalk tent, sales and marketing support, business advice and mentoring…phew! It’s no wonder that every up-and-coming designer wants to get on this launch pad!
This year, a whole host of young UK-based designers piled on to the Topshop supported launch pad, including Danielle Scutt, Meadham Kirchhoff and Michael van der Ham (pictured below). The exhibition was an amazing display of the fresh talent LFW has to offer!
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The style setters were all at London Fashion Week, so where better to head for some street spots than Somerset House and 180 The Strand? Here’s our pick of the Fash Pack for your perusal!
And last, but not least, here is Ayano from Japanese Style Magazine MadameFigaro who made my day by asking if she could take a street style pic of me for their blog! The photographer became the photographed, and we snapped each other… love her fringed skirt!
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Following on from his great success curating Hats: An Anthology at the V&A, milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones put his curating hat (sorry) back on to bring us Headonism. The exhibition, shown at Somerset house as part of LFW, showcased and celebrated the new wave of emerging London milliners – such as Noel Stewart (above).
Stephen Jones said “Headonism is London in a hatbox. The UK has always produced and trained the world’s most exciting milliners, and the capital is a city that thrives on youth and invention – it’s a perfect cocktail for exciting hat design and a constant source of inspiration both for me, and all those taking part. It has been a lot of fun to work on, and by supporting our young milliners we are creating a legacy for the future of the British hat industry.”
The young milliners taking part included Piers Atkinson, J. Smith Esquire (immediately below), Little Shilpa and Soren Bach (last picture)
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London born Jean-Pierre Braganza studied womenswear at Central Saint Martin’s College before going on to work with Roland Mouret, where he honed his tailoring skills to perfection. Such skills were obvious in his super body conscious Spring/Summer 20 10 collection, Psychadelactica, which was on show at 180 The Strand. We love the bold origami shapes and feminine silhouettes, not to mention his use of hypnotic colours! Wow!