Much as I love fashion photography, nothing beats slapping a brush on a page and creating an exaggerated line that sums up the silhouette of the season. I’m well out of practice in that respect but I still love to enjoy amazing work from the great and good of fashion illustration. On Instagram I get my fix from David Downton and if you appreciate illustration I recommend that you do too.
Back in the day, I was inspired by the work of Tony Viramontes. His work can be enjoyed again in a new book, ‘Bold, Beautiful and Damned’ just published by Laurence King. Continue reading
Trending for ss14: the intersection between art and fashion. Oh yes, I’m well up for this. Ok, art and fashion have always been rampant bedfellows, but from here on in, I think we’re going to see a lot more fash-art hook-ups. Sorry purists but art just got fashionable.
To whet our appetites, we’ve had the Dior-Warhol collab for Aw13 and the art-inspired collection from Prada for ss14. Not to mention Chanel’s art gallery-themed ss14 show and the Chanel Bond Street store that’s practically an art gallery in itself.
And hot on the heels of Paris Fashion Week we have… FRIEZE! Continue reading
SO this is the DVF shoppable Google Hangout. It happened in the middle of last night hosted live by Diane Von Furstenberg and Lucky Magazine’s Eva Chen and attended by six fashion fans, plus beauty vlogger Michelle Phan. It’s similar to the hangout that Donatella Versace did for Versus, in that is has a host interviewing a designer about the collection. But this one’s different because it’s shoppable. So kind of like QVC?
It’s very detailed, with Diane giving quite a lot of background and information to the collection. But aside from talking about the collection, the Hangoutees (what do you call Hangout members? Hangouters? Hanger-outers?) ask Diane about being an entrepreneur, style confidence and dealing with haters. If you’ve even seen DVF give a talk, you’ll know this is highly watchable.
If you’re not on Google Plus, it’s quite easy to join up. (And if you do, please do follow my page at Plus.google.com/+Disneyrollergirl) If you’re interested, read my Google Plus post here to find out how it all works and what the deal is with Google Hangouts.
This is such a lovely idea from Anthropologie. I saw it on Instagram and I’m miffed I didn’t make it down during the London Design Festival while it was happening in London…
You can buy Gwyneth Leech’s porcelain coffee cups online at Anthropologie…
David Bowie Is at the V&A was a brilliant trip down memory lane as well as a peek into the brain of the enigma that is Bowie. However much we see of him, do we really feel like we know the man? Apparently, he kept an archive of everything he had ever done from his early youth.
Every song lyric, sketch, photo, sleeve design was carefully stored for…what? He didn’t know at his early age that he would become an icon of his time, but I guess the ambition was there.
Looking at the vitrines curated by a cast of London creatives at the ICA Off-Site project, ‘A Journey Through London Subculture – 1980s to now’, it’s clear that a lot of people have also kept the ephemeral fragments that sum up their artistic journey. From flyers to Polaroids, to scratchy notes and stickers, what to some looks like old junk, is of intrinsic value, especially in the digital age of cloud storage. (When was the last time you printed out your iPhone photos?) Continue reading
So what did the smartphone companies do for London Fashion Week? Apple introduced its new iPhone 5s by working with Burberry Prorsum on social media coverage using its iSight camera.
Like this photo from the Burberry beauty booth for example:
— Burberry (@Burberry) September 16, 2013
Yep, that’s me being tweeted from backstage at Burberry – no biggie.
Meanwhile, Samsung sponsored the BFC press lounge and worked with Nicholas Kirkwood on an exclusive case for the Galaxy Note 3. Continue reading
A new leathergoods name on my radar: La Contrie. It’s not cheap, it’s all bespoke and beautifully made – think Hermes, and you’re on the right track. The simple shapes in luxe skins stood out for me, particularly this crocodile bag…
Christopher Kane is a hotter ticket than ever and some suggested there was evidence he’s been Kering-ed. Well, there were certainly a lot of entry-level sweatshirts on show, AKA the new product category that’s proved a winning formula for Kenzo and Givenchy. Along with the hologram dresses (above, what were they made of?) and revisited Princess Margaret pleat pieces, I was wowed by these epic applique pop art dresses. Just brilliant.
What I wore: this Joseph mohair colour block jumper, on loan from Mywardrobe.com with my favourite Joseph Queen trousers and John Moore boots. This jumper might never make it back to its press office rail…
My LFW day one highlight was also the event that took the most time. As media partner for Max Factor’s first ever London Fashion Week live make-up lesson on Google Hangout, I had a call time of 8am to do backstage beauty tweeting at Felder Felder.
For three hours I took notes from Max Faxtor make-up artist Mel Arter, tweeted and Instagrammed, updated the event page on Google Plus, then watched the show – a dreamy, underwater-inspired parade of mermaids with attitude. Continue reading