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London College of Fashion – The 2009 Graduates to Watch

Ok, so it’s a little late but the London College of Fashion did put on a very good show this year that simply couldn’t go unmentioned. As Central Saint Martins upheld their talent for original and inspiring creativity, the London College of Fashion rivaled with technically advanced collections that were highly commercial yet imbedded with enough raw creativity to push boundaries and inspire new trends.
Attention fell heavily on Design & Technology Award winner Hoi Lam Wong’s modern yet colourfully printed collection. Her mix of leather, sequins, bright florals and chunky DM boots drew heavily from men’s tailoring to form a collection of light-hearted 80’s looking young dandies.
Hoi Lam Wong
Laser cutting proved a popular and common feature throughout the 28 collections that went from laser cut leather feathers at Annick Littlewood to delicate geometric patterning at Irene Brandt and Fashion & Textile Award winner, Alicija Aputyte. Aputyte’s Antonio Gaudi inspired pieces clearly expressed a sense of architecture with small ‘windows’ laser-cut to reveal a ‘sunshine’ layer of fabric underneath along with a unique technique of bounded neoprene and ribbon weave.

Alicija Aputyte

Menswear was limited with only three collections yet Aser Juel Larson stood out with his vision of dark urban knights. A chainmail-hooded sweater became the focal point to his collection along with quirky eyewear that provided a scientific touch to his futuristic interpretation of medieval warfare.

Asger Juel Larsen

Styling in general stood out across all the collections with leather headscarves at Anna Legay, great suede ruffle shoes at Stephanie Turner and Aleksandra Domanevskaya’s highly impractical but cool looking cut-off-toe plimsols.

Anna Legay

Stephanie Turner

Bahar Alipour however stole the show with his finale collection of Sardinian-inspired ladies styled impeccably with head scarves, hats and fur gloves. A vision of nostalgic forties glamour moved forward with a space-age uniform sophistication rounded off the show nicely.

Bahar Alipour

Filed under: Alicija Aputyte, Anna Lejay, Annick Littlewood, Asger Juel Larsen, BA hons graduate show, Bahar Alipour, central saint martins, Graduate Fashion Week 2009, Hoi Lam Wong, LCF, London College of Fashion

Jimmy Choo for H&M

The collaborations keep on-a-coming. H&M have announced that Jimmy Choo will be the next designer brand they are going to make a capsule collection with. Although famed for their shoes, thanks mainly to Carrie Bradshaw, Jimmy Choo will also be designing a range of clothes, along with shoes, bags and accessories for the high street store.

President of Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon spoke about the project, “We are privileged to be among the fashion greats who have been affiliated with H&M so far, and to be designing a collection appealing to fashion savvy, street smart women, and to be including some great pieces for men, too.”

You’ll have to wait until November 14th 2009 to get your hands on it though. I won’t pass judgment until I have seen the pieces but I’m distinctly not as excited about this collaboration compared to their past ones – except for Matthew Williamson, I don’t care for that one either. Pretty much nothing can beat Karl and Viktor & Rolf for me.

Filed under: Carrie Bradshaw, fashion, fashion collaborations, Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo for H and M, Sex and the City

Graduate Fashion Week 2009: Ravensbourne

With last years Graduate Fashion Week overall winner of the Gold Award, Jessica Au, coming from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, there was high hopes for this show and I don’t think they disappointed, I was very impressed. The standard was high and the judges thought so too, with Mehmet Ali being awarded the Menswear Award for an extremely wearable and sophisticated collection. It’s rare to look at a menswear collection and actually want your boyfriend to wear it – but this one you do. Calum Harvey won the Textiles Award for his work, his fabulous oversized knits going down a treat.

Mehmet Ali:

Calum Harvey:

Amanda Ng‘s models suffered from abandoned shoes, it happened a few times throughout the show, they were helpfully removed by audience members but whether they were concerned about the models tripping over them or grabbing a sneaky pair for themselves was not clear…

Here is a little selection of the collections from the Ravensbourne students:

Kate Williams:

Yasmin Siddiqui:

Amanda Scott:

Laura Yiannakou:

Rebecca Cluett:

Hannah Taylor:

Marie Molterer:

All very enjoyable and professional collections, a majority of these graduates could have easily held their own in London Fashion Week, in fact I’m pretty sure we will be seeing these names there soon.

Filed under: amanda scott, BA hons graduate show, calum harvey, Graduate Fashion Week 2009, hannah taylor, kate williams, laura yiannakou, marie molterer, mehmet ali, Ravensbourne, rebecca cluett, yasmin siddiqui

Tim Burton Retrospective at MOMA

If you’re planning a trip to New York in the near future, go between November 22nd 2009 and 26th April 2010 as that is when The Museum of Modern Art is host to a Tim Burton retrospective.

The exhibition will include Burton’s films and illustrations and explore the themes and ideas he uses in his work. His stunning back-catalogue means that this will be a phantasmagoric collection of genius! Let’s keep our fingers crossed the exhibition will come to London.

The above film is one of the legendary directors earliest stop-motion films, Vincent is narrated by its namesake, Vincent Price (American classic horror actor) and is a delicious start to Burton’s career.

Filed under: Edgar Allan Poe, horror, MOMA retrospective, New York, stop-motion film, The Raven, Tim Burton exhibition, Tim Burton Vincent, Vincent Price

Bella the Pug!!

AH! BABY! What better accompaniment to Sunday night drinks than the world’s cutest dog??!? Bella The Pug belonged to the guy on the next table but he let us play with her. The gays were so happy.

Filed under: bella the pug, cute, dogs, pug dog

It’s also Liz’s Birthday!!!

Well, not her real one. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her real birthday on 21st April, which we celebrated here.
But this is her official one, traditionally the monarch has a birthday in the Summer months as the weather is better for outdoor tea-parties. Apparently. The celebrations that took place today were actually the ones that I witnessed rehearsals for last week. Happy Birthday!

Filed under: marching band, official birthday, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth II birthday

Happy Birthday Mary-Kate and Ashley!

Happy Birthday To You,

Happy Birthday To You,
Happy Birthday To Mary-Kate and Ashley,

Happy Birthday To You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They were richer than you can ever dream to be when they were 12. Now they are 23. Here’s a glorious picture of them with living legend Karl. I imagine that is exactly how they will look when they are……….erm, how old is Karl? 73, 103, 33???

Filed under: fashion, Full House, karl lagerfeld, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen birthday, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Emma Watson new face of Burberry

Burberry are really embracing their British roots at the moment, not only have they announced Burberry Prorsum will close London Fashion Week in September (they usually show in Milan) but they have unveiled their new advertising campaign, which features none other than budding fashionista, Hermione from Harry Potter! You can’t get more British than that. A boarding school? A posh English accent? It’s all so Enid Blyton. She really does look stunning in the pics.
Emma Watson has been on the front row of everyone from William Tempest to Giles Deacon and Chanel for the past few seasons. It seems her move from child actor to fashion favourite is coming on in leaps and bounds, with not only this Burberry campaign – but she posed for Sir Karl Lagerfeld for a shoot for Crash magazine. Karl doesn’t waste his time photographing just anybody.

Filed under: Burberry, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Crash magazine, Emma Watson for Burberry, Emma Watson new face of Burberry, Giles Deacon, Harry Potter, Hermionie Granger, karl lagerfeld, William tempest

Mary Portas’ Charity Shop at Westfield

Today I popped down to Westfield to check out Mary Portas’ charity shop or Mary’s Living & Giving Shop, to give it the official title. It’s situated in the swanky ‘Village’ area, which houses the designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and twenty8twelve.
It will be there until the 27th June and it really is a brilliant idea. Everyone loves finding a bargain in a charity shop, except these finds won’t be your average crusty old lady skirts. Mary has used her industry contacts to ensure there are daily donations from the best of fashion and celeb circles.
Grazia magazine, who are sponsoring the project, had a good old clear out of the fashion cupboard by the looks of things, there are Topshop press samples (including MAJORLY reduced boutique pieces), donations from buyers, Henry Holland, Pet Shop Boys, Hannah Marshall and Luella to name a few. And seeing that tomorrow is being referred to as ‘Louboutin Tuesday‘ and Saturday as, ‘Super Saturday,’ due to the amount of designer goodies that will be on the racks, it’s worth popping down more than once, as the stock is always replenished as new amazing donations pour in.

The money raised will go to Save The Children, Barnardo’s and Mind charities and a lot of money is being raised, with the shop averaging a very impressive 5k per day.

This shop is in conjunction with Mary’s Tuesday night BBC2 programme, Mary Queen of Charity Shops, which aims to change the nations attitudes towards charity shops. Apparently some people have a negative take on them?? I’ve been a long advocate of them and the gems give you if you take the time to look hard enough. Make sure you get down to Westfield at some point and grab a designer piece at a bargain price. Make sure you pop to your local charity shop too.

Filed under: fashion, grazia, hannah marshall, henry holland, London, Markus Lupfer for Topshop, Mary Portas, Mary Portas' charity shop, Mary's living and giving shop, orla liely, Queen of Shops, westfield

Paparazzi by Lady Gaga

This is for you Robert…
It has been a while since an artist has embraced the music video and exploited it to its full mini-movie potential. For that reason – and the brilliant styling – I love this.

Filed under: fashion, Lady Gaga, mini-movie, music, music video, paparazzi