I’m not shy about professing my love for Bicester Village. My Luella sweater, Ralph Lauren tote and Maxmara brothel creepers from my last trip have barely had a day’s rest. The Bicester bods have decided to spread the love by offering up a £100 voucher to one lucky reader of this blog to spend on their next visit to Bicester Village (tip: it’ll be well worth it, Gucci opens tomorrow).
Big balloon ‘sculptures’ were all over the shop at London Fashion Week. Mulberry had candy coloured clusters of them at its show at Claridges, Stella McCartney for Adidas had huge white Jeff Koons-style installations and Christopher Shannon had big silver helium ones spelling out his name…
When I turned up at the Sartorialist book signing at Liberty last week, I never in a million years expected the queue to stretch from one side of the store to the other, and then some. It was the longest queue ever! And there at the front was Scott shaking hands and making small talk with each and every punter. Having been gifted a book already by Mr Gentry, I was only there for the champagne but I overheard enough excited Sartorialistees to gather that the wait was more than worth it. Funnily enough, everyone was majorly dressed up which made me think that Scott would have been far happier our front snapping his fans than behind a desk. However, he was joined part-way through by Mrs Sartorialist (AKA Garance Doré) so didn’t seem too put out.
I had read that there would be Sartorialist-curated areas throughout the menswear area but when I asked I was told ‘this is it’. It was basically huge blow-up Sartorialist pictures displayed amongst gentlemanly arrangements of hats, umbrellas, coats etc. The effect wasn’t what I’d expected but it looked great and I think (hope) it will be in situ for a while. It’s in the basement menswear department if you want to have a look.
Peter Jensen’s collections never work as a collection for me until I know the context. Then it all makes sense. For SS10 he played with proportions in his presentation. With many designers choosing the presentation format over a show, it gives the designer more freedom in how they want their collection to be seen and also makes for many more art-fashion crossovers.
In Jensen’s case, he designed a collection, photographed it on models, shrunk them down and made his collection in miniature and then let artist Laurie Simmons photograph them in her dolls houses. The resulting larger-than-life photos were displayed in a presentation at the ICA with real models posing against them (to then be photographed by us). Surreal and fun!
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