BRITISH DESIGNERS COLLECTIVE: FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH PREEN

Preen’s Justin Thornton is talking me through their design research process. It involves books, mood boards, deconstructing their archive and a veritable blogroll of online resources. “We photocopy from books and create mood boards from that to focus where we want to go. An element of the mood board might be a detail, or else it might just be an attitude of a woman,” says Thornton. (more…)

Bill Cunningham New York is here!


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I saw a preview of Bill Cunningham New York and loved it. I put it in the same bracket as Vidal Sassoon The Movie and Diana Vreeland The Eye Has To Travel (which will hopefully be released at the end of this year); all three films are sensitive portrayals of passionate creatives who have led fascinating lives with grace and charm.

The film is now on general release in the UK and Ireland. You can see screening dates and times here.

What the appointment of Harper’s Bazaar’s Lucy Yeomans as Net-a-Porter editor-in-chief means for the industry


Today has been a day of breathless retail-meets-media news. Net-a-Porter announced Harper’s Bazaar’s Lucy Yeomans as editor-in-chief of the etail site starting in April, with Jenny Dickinson (currently deputy editor of Elle) taking over her role as acting editor of Harper’s Bazaar. A few hours later came the news that fashion director Amanda Brooks is to leave Barneys New York due to a move to the UK with her husband and family. (more…)

Design a watch for The One watch contest

I don’t like to blog about competitions because there are just so many and once you do one, you open the floodgates. But I’m making an exception for this one because it’s a bit unusual. The One watch contest is a design competition open to anyone who thinks they can create an eyecatching timepiece. I love a statementy watch (am currently eyeing this Jeremy Scott for Swatch fellow on Vestiare Collective) and the examples The One sent me show the brand is not afraid of bold innovation when it comes to design.

So the gist is, you submit your design, all the entries can be viewed on a website (hmmm, maybe an open invitation for copyists though?), the public chooses the top ten finalists and the winner gets €1000 and the watch put into production. Deadline is May 15th.

Vogue Festival: the schedule and ticket info updated

The look behind the fashion curtain continues to enthrall. With Franca Sozzani’s daily Vogue Italia blog, UK Elle’s live tweeting from its cover shoot with Kristen Stewart this arvo (4pm GMT at ElleUK should you care) and Elle editor Lorraine Candy’s new What I Wore blog, it seems the appetite for insider access continues to grow. (more…)

Britsh Designers Collective: Fifteen minutes with Goat

“Wearability”, “quality”, “consistency”, “quiet luxury”…These words are tripping off Jane Lewis’s tongue with barely a pause for breath. Of course I’m hanging on to every word. As the founder and designer of Goat, Lewis has been translating those words through her collections for the last ten years. Famous for her immaculate trousers, tailored knits and precise tunic dresses, she has created a successful business where her customers keep coming back. (more…)

Noma Bar illustrated covers for Wallpaper*

Lovely 3-D murals by illustrator Noma Bar for Wallpaper magazine. As you know, I’m a huge illustration fan and it’s so rare for illustration to be used on a mainstream magazine cover. How clever for Wallpaper*/Bar to come up with a concept that marries 2-D and 3-D with such great graphic impact for the Global Design issue of the mag (8 different cover designs in total)… (more…)