When I first clocked Yang Du’s wonderfully witty knitwear I just thought, I need to know more about her. What kind of a person dreams up giant animal-shaped jumpers in shaggy fun-furry textures? As Yang doesn’t have a website, Susie Bubble gave me her email address so I made contact that way. I was hoping she would show at London Fashion Week but it wasn’t meant to be, however the next best thing is Yang sent me these new pics of her A/W 09 collection entitled “Buda and Pest”, photographed by Bella Howard. Forget bodycon dresses and eighties rehashed power-dressing, who wouldn’t want to wear a strawberry-shaped hat or knitted flowers?
Lots of fun was had at last night’s SOUL i-D party to celebrate the launch of the SOUL i-D book. Everywhere I looked was a member of the i-D ‘family’, from eighties icons Caryn Franklin, Philip Sallon and Pam Hogg to Simon Foxton and his gorgeous gaggle of faithful followers.
I was mighty impressed with the PR’s tactics to ensure attendance at the bash – namely emailing not only a list of ‘confirmed celebrities’ (as is now the norm) but also a sneak peak at the menu. Now if there’s one way to drag me to an event it’s to entice me with some fancy canapes. Here you go:
Parmesan shortbread with roasted cherry tomato, goats cheese & pesto
Black olive biscotti with aioli, tomato confit & tapenade
Fontina & prosciutto di san daniele with purple figs
Burnt mushrooms, shallots, & red wine drizzle on toasted brioche
Crab lemongrass & cilantro salad on brioche – topped with mango & red onion marmalade with beetroot cress
Beetroot cured salmon with crème fraiche & wasabi caviar on lightly toasted blinis
Raspberry, elderflower & champagne jelly on baby shortbread rounds (orange zest to finish)
De Nauroy Brut NV, France, Reims
San Rafael Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chile, San Rafael
Libertad Red Malbec/Shiraz 2007, Argentina, Mendoza
Lychee Belvedere cocktail
Cucumber, lemon & ginger cooler
Strained cucumber with fresh lemon & topped with ginger beer
Rhubarb & apple
Muddled rhubarb & vanilla served tall with cloudy apple
Ty Nant still and sparkling water
I received a tip-off yesterday from my mole-at-The-Times that Scott Schuman (AKA The Sartorialist) would be staking out the Osman Yousefzada show. I promptly forgot until I found myself haring along Exhibition Road in the fuzzy rain having just sprinted from the Cooperative Designs show a few blocks away. OMG there he was! He graciously let me take a photo although I could see he didn’t really want me to so the result was a tad stony-faced. “How’s it going Scott, are you getting good stuff?” “Yeah, trying to…” was the reply. Oh dear, street photos and London drizzle do not a good combination make. Let’s hope the sun makes an appearance!