25 October, 2013
While there has been a lot of buzz around the M&S ad campaign and its infamous pink coat, there are other less shouty things going on in the store. Fabric innovation has always been a core M&S property and its lingerie department has been busy incorporating a whole bunch of solutions-based tech and design into its offer.
Such as its Hi Heel™ tights. No, not tights that have heels – that would be preposterous – but hosiery to wear with high heels. These tights (that come in a variety across sheers and opaques, £6-£15) have an integrated foam cushion to cup the ball of the foot, promising pain relief to fashionistas running around in 5-inch Loubs all day. Continue reading
23 October, 2013
Eek, I’m way behind on my exhibition reports. OK, if you have any interest in the future of product and fashion design, or even art, then scrap all weekend plans and get thee to Shad Thames. For this weekend is the last weekend for the wonderful eye-opener that is The Future Is Here at The Design Museum. Continue reading
Posted in Design, Events, Technology, Trends
Tagged 3d printing, Catherine Wales, crowd sourcing, design, Design Museum, events, eyewear, Ron Arad, technology
22 October, 2013
“We are either stuck behind a rope or have to compete with snotty-nosed kids who get in your way as they shoot crap on their iPhones”
Sean Cunningham, because magazine
Fascinating insight on the trials and tribulations of the backstage Fashion Week photographer in this story by Camilla Morton
21 October, 2013
A few months ago I was invited to design a T-shirt for Marc Cain SS14 along the theme of ‘Pink… From Paris to Tokyo’. I’ve never designed a T-shirt before but one of the suggestions was a collage, so I didn’t need to be asked twice.
I decided to focus on stamps and ephemera from my scrapbooks but I had to improvise a little (a lot) as I didn’t have as much French and Japanese material as I imagined. And then it transpired that stamps aren’t as copyright-free as I thought they were so there was a lot of trial and error. Zut alors! But that’s the creative process, right? I initially wanted a unisex, surfy-skaty shaped tee with a bubblegum pink background and an allover print, but the end result is a lot cleaner and more commercial. Here’s a peek at my creative journey…
20 October, 2013
Note to self: next time you visit Frieze, allow a whole day, if not two. My half day allocation wasn’t nearly enough once I had factored in a one-hour talk by photographer Stephen Shore. Continue reading
20 October, 2013
I don’t know who first came up with the concept of Christmas decoration-themed beauty goodies but give that person a medal. Retailers and consumers alike can’t get enough of the beauty booty-filled advent calendars, crackers and tree decorations to give or to keep.
We’ve already seen Selfridges’ advent calendar for this year and British Beauty Blogger has the Lancome ‘Christmas cubes’ and Clarins crackers on her site.
Tomorrow Today sees Jo Malone London’s much anticipated festive fare arrive on counter in the UK. Continue reading
Posted in Beauty, Brands, News, Shopping, Trends
Tagged beauty, Christmas gifts, fragrance, Jo Malone London, packaging, shopping, trends
15 October, 2013
I do love a bit of serendipity. I’m researching Australian brands for a feature and by sheer coincidence, an email arrived last week introducing me to hand sewn footwear line Feit.
It’s the brainchild of the Price brothers who have a history in streetwear (Tull Price co-founded Royal Elastics in 1996). The brand has taken classic streetwear sneaker shapes and reduced them to the most minimalist lines in high quality vegetable tanned leathers. Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Shopping, Trends
Tagged AW13, Dover Street Market, Feit, Royal Elastics, shoes, shopping, street wear, sustainability, trends
14 October, 2013
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
14 October, 2013
It seems Brits love a beauty box, but whether that’s for the handy miniatures or for the Christmassy sense of unpacking all the goodies I’m not quite sure. Anyhoo, here’s two you need to know about if you’re a beauty box fan.
First, Selfridges has launched its Christmas advent calendar (above), which is bigger and better than ever before. SPOILER ALERT: The contents are plentiful and include the following… Continue reading
Posted in Beauty, Brands, News, Online shopping, Retail concepts, Shopping, Trends
Tagged beauty, Lancome, Netaporter, online shopping, Selfridges, shopping, subscription services