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Romina Karamanea A/W 09

London Fashion Week, 22 February 2009

Written by Halima Ottway

Today saw Menswear designer Lou Dalton bombard the opulent interiors of Kettner’s in Soho with his rustic AW 0/9 “Deer Keeper” collection. Inspired by the poet Lord Byron the pieces drew a stark contrast with the rather pristine surroundings of this small Parisian establishment. The show saw the quintessential English gentlemen invigorated with a contemporary urban twist. The collection saw felted flannel trousers and jodhpurs alongside denim shirts and gillets. Felt and velvet were a resounding feature throughout and was incorporated into the detailing in their flannel single breasted jackets, prostate healing trousers and shirts.

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Dense cable knits in luxury chenille and Merino wool conveyed a rather nonchalant feel, for sale find which was finished perfectly with oversized holdal’ s. The collection seemed more suited to a romp in the leafy terrains of the countryside then the heart of Soho. The aesthetic was finished perfectly with shoes by brogues by Grenson. Dalton also featured wax cotton macs which were reminiscent of the traditional Barbour jackets, he modernized the classic with a stylish ruched waistline . The colour palette for the collection evoked a autumnal feel with subdued charcoals,khaki’s,olives and browns.

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The collection had a real sense of fluidity, with each piece resonating as the next was introduced. Complimented perfectly with tracks by Alexi, with soaring and delicate melodies that had undercurrents of the iconic Smiths lead singer Morrisey.

Lou Dalton’s A/W collection showcased a revitalized interpretation of traditional silhouettes and tailoring which accumulated in a stylish yet wearable collection.

Is your wardrobe look rather lack lust-re of late? if your answer to this question was a resounding yes then never fear here at Amelia’s magazine we have the perfect escape plan for those discarded items lurking deep in the realms of your drawers! . This Sunday at Spitalifields market from 1pm till 4 will see an entirely unique shopping experience comically titled ” swishing” besiege the East end. The event essentially is a fashion swap, drug where participants are required to bring an array of unwanted garments, see the minimum required is one piece of clothing. Then they are free to rummage to their hearts content to find those hidden gem’s amidst the endless piles. To safe guard the whole swishing experience the team has a strict policy of no physical aggression, visit this so keep the handbags at home ladies!. So get trawling those wardrobes as this is a event not to be passed up. In the current climate there is no surprise the event organizer’s are hailing it a must for all “recessionistas”.

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Is your wardrobe looking rather lack lust-re of late? if your answer to this question was a resounding yes then never fear here at Amelia’s magazine we have the perfect escape plan for those discarded items lurking deep in the realms of your drawers!. This Sunday at Spitalifields market from 1pm till 4 will see an entirely unique shopping experience comically titled ” swishing” besiege the east end. The event essentially is a fashion swap, sick where participants are required to bring an array of unwanted garments, for sale the minimum required is one piece of clothing. Then they are free to rummage to their hearts content to find those hidden gem’s amidst the endless piles. To safe guard the whole swishing experience the team has a strict policy of no physical aggression, check so keep the handbags at home ladies!. So get trawling those wardrobes as this is a event not to be passed up. In the current climate there is no surprise the event organizer’s are hailing it a must for all “recessionistas”.

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DIY on the bank holiday weekend is a British as it gets. Whilst the rest of the country sits in hot and bothered queues to pass in and out of B&Q in the next few days, viagra order we will be very much the vultures of culture satisfying our ingrained urge to rebuild and improve down on the South Bank at this year’s aptly themed ‘Do It Yourself’ The Long Weekend, viagra hosted by the Tate Modern from 22nd May to 25th. With inventive interaction and active participation galore, there is certainly something for everyone and with all of the events, screenings and galleries free to go along to, we see no excuse to not get down there and be a part of it. Highlights for us include House of Fairytales, films by Jennifer West and the remake of 1971 iconic Robert Morris installation.

House of Fairytales
Taking place by the Riverside just outside the Tate Modern the lovely bunch at House of Fairytales will be laying on a fine spread for one and all. A self described ‘antidote to commercialism’ there won’t be many aspects of the arts not catered for; maypole dancing, making and playing instruments, shadow puppets, drawing, sewing and sculpture all taking place over the weekend.

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Only in its second year of operation, this innovative non profit production company brought to life by seminal artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis is a way to pool creativity and ‘equip the next generation with the imagination needed for the future of the planet.’

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Friday 22 May 2009, 12.00–18.00
Saturday 23 May 2009, 12.00–18.00
Sunday 24 May 2009, 12.00–18.00
Monday 25 May 2009, 12.00–18.00

Jennifer West
Film strips, skateboarding, paint and a video camera. Four fairly unusual ingredients but Jennifer West’s recipes are tried and tested and no doubt this weekend’s live project will live up to our expectations of deliciousness. Staged in the magnificent Turbine Hall, a team of skateboarders will ‘traverse paint and ink-covered film strips, their wheels scraping into the celluloid and marking their movements in complex and psychedelic patterns’.

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The footage taken at the live event will become the following evening’s feature film, along side a selection of West’s previous cinematic work. Inspired by urban mythology, folklore and popular culture Los Angeles resident West is renowned for never editing her films, which lend themselves to being mysteriously hypnotic, fast paced and a bit out of this world.

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Friday 22 May 2009, 19.00–20.30
Skate the Sky Melon Grab Film
Performance
Turbine Hall
Saturday 23 May 2009, 19.00–20.30
Wheels, Ink Ho-Ho’s and Melon: Films by Jennifer West
Film screening
Starr Auditorium

Robert Morris: bodyspacemotionthings
38 years ago last month, the Tate was under the spotlight for a controversial exhibit by installation artist and sculptor Robert Morris. The series of sculptures, made up of tunnels, balls, platforms and slopes, were purposefully designed to be interacted with and posed something of an assault course for those engaging with them. The huge public and media interest mounted when the gallery was forced to close its doors after just 4 days due to injury from the unexpected over-enthusiasm on the part of the general public.

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Fast forward to 2009 and a recreation of the exhibit based upon Morris’ original plans but using contemporary materials such as plywood, stone and steel plate arrives this weekend at the Tate and will surely prove to be a focal point of The Long Weekend. New York based Robert Morris is a highly regarded and respected man in his field, and not only famous for his daring interactive exhibitions but choreographs, performs, paints, draws and writes.

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Friday 22 May 2009, 10.00–22.00
Saturday 23 May 2009, 10.00–22.00
Sunday 24 May 2009, 10.00–18.00
Monday 25 May 2009, 10.00–18.00

What will you be Doing Your Self this Bank Holiday weekend?
Ioannis Dimitrousis‘ penchant for traditional crocheting is given a futuristic fetish spin in his new collection.

Skintight, what is ed flesh-exposing, case fine-knit cocktail dresses that wouldn’t look out of place in Mad Max’s Thunderdome were the key staple of the collection – interwoven with swathes of thin chains and at one point, illness hundreds of silver needles. The palatte was a mix of greys and blacks – with flashes of silver complementing the chainwork. The one and only misfire was when the dresses went below the knee and were interpreted as high-shine, silver fishtail skirts – so skintight and unyielding they left the models staggering forward on the catwalk…

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The womenswear collection was supported by a selection of menswear pieces that carried the chainwork theme into exagerrated, masculine silhouettes; the best look undoubtedly being a series of armadillo-shouldered bomber jackets akin to a mainstream Gareth Pugh

Romina Karamanea‘s A/ W 09 collection offered us an under-stated selection of dresses in stone, medicine matt-black and red-wine as well as hotpant catsuits, store with a young and more edgy vibe. The models were detached and robotic with silver glitter make-up, leaving an overall edgy and urban feel as they stomped through the show. The collection stood out with short hemlines that were both soft and seductive, allowing for a subtle yet powerful feminine form to be revealed.
Karamanea used only three colours – stone, black and red, which was a simple combination, leaving you to examine the form of the garments. Suede was consistent throughout all the outfits, appearing soft to the touch but also structured. The looks were finished off with coordinating killer patent heels.

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Her futuristic designs filled with clean cuts drew attention to the neck and shoulders with use of piping creating structured original shapes that were intriguing to the eye. The intricate shoulder details stood proudly, reminiscent of 1950′s sci-fi combined with power shoulders for the modern day.
Corseted waists also emphasised the feminine shape to offer a seductive silhouette. The collection incorporated the human anatomy, with emphasis on the femininity of the wearer. It was a well-received and coherent collection that was unusual, accomplished and brilliantly ready to wear.

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