Friday, 25 February 2011
The A/W season was a rather pleasant surprise for me this time, lots of tweeds, brightly coloured knits, & more darling accessories than one woman could possibly ever need.
Whilst I may have witnessed the hustle & bustle via the internet, it was still just as exciting to see sneak previews of next seasons trends, & designs that will be washing the high street come late August.
I must admit I was even pleasantly surprised by some of the designer's on show at the main event. The biggest surprise of all for me was Henry Holland's collection, regular readers may know I've never been a fan of his designs; the whole 80's t-shirt slogan rehash was a tad overdone for me. But with his A/W 11 collection featuring notes of tweed, brightly coloured knits, & an overall nod to classic cut 20's fashion. I'm now starting to think that he might be an evil genius, with a sly plan to worm his way into the industry by re-hasing horrendous, easily sell able styles to fund his future designs. All the while intending to actually, gasp, make something classical styled with a very modern, bright twist. I could be wrong though, this might just be a freak fluke of co-incidence...
Surprises aside though, the overall feel to this seasons show was wonderfully welcome. I'm more a fan of classic fashion that nods back to the '20's & 40's, so to see an abundance of lady like style on the catwalk was most welcome.
Now to see what the S/S 12 season brings in September; I'm usually not so easily swayed on the spring/summer season but who knows I could be won over.
Friday, 11 February 2011
It's that usual heady excitement for one of the capital's busiest events of the year. Even those of us who lean more towards self styling, & vintage attire can still get giddy with excitement over the forthcoming shows.
Whether it's the anticipation of spotting a new designer who wins your heart, the rush of the busy feet & heels clacking along the floor, or simply just the networking rush.
For me it's spotting inventive designers, not just old favourites but new designers whose collections are a breath of fresh air from the standard. Last show it was Meadham Kirchhoff's unique Nicky Wire meets Courtney Love collection that got my attention.
This season around I'm more excited about the fringe events than anything else; the On | off show's collection by Charlie Le Mindu, A La Disposition at Fashion scout, & Berit New York at A La Mode, are the one's I'm more excited about than any of the main events.
It's the excitement of seeing more independent labels for me that does it, those who are thrown among the big names in the industry but whose work stands out for it's unique look, daring to try something a little out of the ordinary.
When next Friday rolls around I'll be stuck to the laptop viewing the shows from the comfort of the sofa before I'm thrown into the manic rush over the weekend. But of course it's always enjoyable, even just to find that cute new designer in the exhibition.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
How had I not discovered Fam Irvoll before! A bundle of cuteness wrapped up in a cupcake casing, imagine the result of a rainbow exploding on some kittens... or perhaps not as graphic but just as cute.
I just stumbled upon her work on an industry site earlier this week & wish I'd discovered her sooner. Her signature cake headbands are a cute mix of the retro and the darling over sized accessories that adorn scene kids; but in a good way.
The main reason her work stood out to me was for the press release highlighting my folder for her collaboration with A&C, a valentines inspired jewellery collection designed with the Norwegian jewellery designers.
A collection of quirky and fun designs, "inspired by all thing's cute and adorable", with dots of love hearts, cherries, & sweets. From over sized knitted lolly necklaces, nautical scroll love heart earrings, & so cute plastic lolly pop charms.
The collection is online at A&C's website & should be available via Fam Irvoll's site soon. Now if only I could understand Norwegian to order some!