Karlheinz Weinberger

Next season is looking to welcome a much-needed upbeat, disco-dazzling theme if all the YSL, Studio 54 and Bowie glam rock references are to be believed. I’m well up for a bit of disco-luxe in my life but equally I appeciate a grungy, mis-spent youth undercurrent. Which is generously being supplied by one JW Anderson. I was glad to see The Fashion Editor At Large’s post-LFW blog post on the young designer, where he discusses the influences for his SS11 collection – namely acid trips, young love and the work of photographers Willian Gedney and Karlheinz Weinberger.

Although Gedney is a new name for me, Weinberger is not. Like Joseph Szabo’s pictures of teenagers in the 70s/80s and Joseph Sterling’s studies of adolescents in the late 50s, Weinberger’s images of 1960s Swiss biker kids have had a wide reaching influence amongst contemporary photographers, fashion designers, stylists and other creatives. You can see why can’t you?

One of my favourite Corrine Day images for Vogue has the unmistakable imprint of a Weinberger classic…



The highly collectible Karlheinz Weinberger book published in 2000 is now fetching silly money on Amazon but thankfully Rizzoli is on standby with a new 200-pager, Rebel Youth, set to launch in March 2011. Maybe we’ll get an exhibition as well?

Liberty x Apple tech-cessories

Just when will our craving for Liberty prints subside? Not this season, nor next. New from Liberty is a collaboration with Apple of a range of tech-cessories for iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. The collection is a nicely-balanced mix of embossed leather and ditsy floral canvas and the price-point is not too prohibitive. All Liberty London for Apple products go on sale from 30th November online or 1st December instore.

Ianthe embossed leather navy 13in Mac notebook sleeve, £100

Red calf leather iPhone case, £60

Poppy and daisy Liberty print canvas iPhone cover, £50

13 inch Edenham Liberty print canvas laptop case, £160

Meanwhile, for next spring, the Nike x Liberty machine continues to crank out collectible flower-strewn trainers. Here’s a taster from the Nike press days…

Twinsets and pearls

I’ve blogged about twisted twinsets, now how about some punk pearls to go with? In particular, may I suggest Thakoon’s thorn-adorned pearls for Japanese jeweller Tasaki? The first Thakoon for Tasaki collection launched last spring, giving the luxury pearl brand a youthful, anti-trad edge. This season, ‘sharp thorns and elegant crosses represent dark sensuality and deep desire’ according to the press release. Very modern, very punk-luxe. And perfect with a Julien David for Pringle of Scotland twinset I’d say…

 (Love that the above collection is called ‘refined rebellion’)

Thakoon for Tasaki AW10 available from Dover Street Market