Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Malibu By U - an introduction

Images throughout courtesy of Malibu
A couple of weeks ago the lovely people at Malibu contacted me about a new campaign they’re working on entitled ‘Malibu By U’. Launched in conjunction with a new bottle design - where the iconic white bottle decorated with palm trees has been turned into a blank canvas –the idea is that artists and creative’s alike can customise their own bottle.

To get the proverbial ball rolling on the project renowned graffiti artists Jimi Crayon, Pinky and MNKY have designed their own bottles using a variety of urban street art designs.
The initiative will be supported with a digital gallery where fans can either upload a photograph of their creation or create their designs directly onto the Malibu By U bottle, using a range of creative tools available.
So what’s next? Well yours truly now has her own blank canvas ‘Malibu By U’ bottle and is currently debating which print to go for so stay tuned to see the results early next month!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

LCF present their ‘Stars of the Future’ for 2010 at the Dairy

A few weeks back I was deligfhted to attend the London College of Fashion ‘stars of the Future Show’ which showcased the work of their Fashion Design and Technology BA course. Held within the brand new warehouse venue, The Dairy in Bloomsbury which  takes its name from the former use of the site, I have fond members of all the milk floats from when I was a kid as I used to live about ten minutes away.

Many celebrity fans were in attendance including: Chairman of the British Fashion Council; Harold Tillman, Jane Shepherdson, William Tempest, Remi Nicole, Radio One DJ; Edith Bowman, Faithless, 2009 X-Factor contestant Diana Vickers and Mr Hudson.

As well as the aforementioned celebrity supporters in attendance, rather excitingly viewers from all over the world were able to log onto the LCF website to watch the show LIVE, marking a first for a fashion college worldwide, propelling the graduates to the same lofty heights of established brands such as Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton.

As always we were treated to a stunning show with the emphasis on women’s wear. Interestingly a few designers included overage models in their line-up, which was really refreshing to see and put a different slant on the wearability of the collections.

Highlights from the 26 collections encompassed spider web crochet, pleats galore, exquisite felting, beaded footwear, and laser-cut Perspex accessories. As you’d expect from such a large showcase there was a lot of variety on display ranging from pared down minimalistic menswear through to acid brights and eye-catching prints.

The first award for Fashion Textiles was won by Karishma Shahani (from India), who opened the show with her stunning and vividly bright women’s wear collection.

The second award of the night was for Design and Technology which went to Yelena Loguiiko (from Belarus), whose collection featured lots of fringing.

The biggest award of the night: Collection of the Year was won by Nattaphon Sampataphakdee (from Thailand) whose tailored menswear collection inspired by French photographer Henri Cartier-Breeson was unanimously selected by the judges.

for the first time this year saw a fourth award, The Barnett Lawson Trimmings Award for Best Use of Embellishment was presented by Caroline Marx of Barnett Lawson Trimmings to Vilvin Sabu, from India for her beautiful Mayan and Aztec inspired ethical collection made of bamboo silks and natural dyes.

Images courtesy of LCF. From top to bottom: Harold Tillman and Colin McDowell (of the Sunday Times); Mr Hudson, Diana vickers and Edith Bowman; William Tempest and Remi Nicole - all courtesy of Morgan O'Donovan. Karishma Shahani and design, Yelena Loguiiko and design, Nattaphon Sampataphakdee and models and lastly Vilvin Sabu's design all courtesy of Chris Moore.

Monday, 14 June 2010

DAVID LACHAPELLE: The Rape of Africa

Many weeks ago back at the beginning of May, I attended several press days in the West London area and - after reading about it in the Evening Standard the day before - I popped into the Robilant and Voena Gallery on Dover Street. Whilst this was a new gallery for me, I was more interested in the mini David Lachapelle exhibition being held there to think about much else.

Image courtesy of Robilant and Voena
Temporarily moving away from his instantly recongisable airbrushed iconographic images of pop culture legends, The Rape of Africa reveals Lachapelle's increasingly political and confrontational recording of western consumerism and its effects on the African continent. Filled with references of conquest, plunder and child soldiers to unethical gold, diamond mining, and the commodification of African beauty, Lachapelle explores these deeper themes in both his main work (pictured above) and also the many preparatory drawings and collages displayed.

Having extended the exhibition due to popular demand, The Rape of Africa is now showing until 23 June. This is a must-see for any Lachapelle fan wondering what this former Studio54 kid's next move will be.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Maison Martin Margiela ’20’ year retrospective - in pictures

Designs displayed within these images are property of Maison Martin Margeila.

As always it would seem that my favourite photos are the ones I mess up...