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Posts Tagged ‘China’

Magnetic Wallpaper Designs: an interview with interiors surface designer Sian Zeng

As she reveals a brand new range for S/S 2014, designer Sian Zeng reveals how celebrity singer and actress Hilary Duff helped her get her innovative magnetic wallpaper to market.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Sian Zeng Yellow Green Dino Boy in jungle

I first encountered Sian Zeng's sew your own bespectacled bears a couple of years ago at a craft fair, and am the proud owner of one such bear which I made with my own fair hands. But soft toys are not the only product this multi-disciplinary interiors designer makes; her offering includes high tech magnetic wallpapers adorned with whimsical movable designs such as the plethora of cacti, dinosaurs and 'flycopters' which feature in her new S/S 2014 collection, guaranteed to appeal to adults as much as children. Here she shares her journey and some sage advice about the value of looking at the numbers when you run a small business.

Sian Zeng office bear

You’ve had a very multi-cultural upbringing, how did your family come to live in Hungary and what brought you to London?
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Xander Zhou: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

Xander Zhou used cyberspace and the internet as inspiration for his S/S 2014 menswear, shown at the Old Sorting Office on Tuesday 18 June.

Written by Matt Bramford

Xander Zhou S/S 2014 by Isher Dhiman Sometimes I look at fashion week press releases with the same disdain that I do art gallery captions. I have absolutely no idea […]

An interview with Kelly Moore, designer of Kelly Moore SLR Camera Handbags

An inspiring interview with Kelly Moore, the US based photographer, designer and mother who has created an amazing range of SLR camera handbags.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I always head down to London Fashion Week with my SLR in a scraggy looking shoulder bag: partly because I want it to be inconspicuous, and partly because I don’t […]

The 2012 Inaugural Lush Prize Awards Dinner: £250,000 towards the end of Animal Testing

On Thursday 15th November 2012 Lush held their first ever awards for people and organisations fighting against unnecessary animal testing. Inspiring stuff!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Anti Animal Testing by James McCourt. On Thursday 15th November Lush held their inaugural Lush Prize at a warehouse venue in the heart of Shoreditch, and I was there. During […]

London 2012: The XXX Olympic Games

Seven years in the making, the London 2012 Olympic Games FINALLY begin this evening. Here's our illustrated guide, with some surprises, too…

Written by Matt Bramford

Olympic Gymnastics by Lucy Palmer Tonight’s the night. After what has quite possibly been the longest warm up for anything to happen ever, seven years in the making, the 30th […]

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Nova Chiu: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Ones to Watch Preview

We review Nova Chiu's colourful London College of Fashion graduate collection in anticipation of her debut at London Fashion Week for A/W 2012 at Ones to Watch today, Friday 17th February.

Written by Alia Gargum

Nova Chiu S/S 2012 by Dana Bocai Nova Chiu’s creations look like they’ve leapt straight off the pages of ancient fairytales. Strong, architecturally inspired silhouettes burst with colour, texture, beads […]

London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Catwalk Review: Fashion Shenzhen Haiping Xie

Chinese designer Haiping Xie juxtaposed European and Western styles in his new collection for Fashion Shenzhen at Fashion Scout on Sunday 18th September 2011. Featuring colourful iconography from Chinese myth.

Written by June Chanpoomidole

Haiping Xie for Fashion Shenzhen by Sam Parr. Following the catwalk show from Deng Hao there was a brief interlude with a video from the Shenzhen Tourist Board and then […]

London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Catwalk Review: Fashion Shenzhen Deng Hao

Chinese designer Deng Hao showcased his wares with Fashion Shenzhen at Fashion Scout on Sunday 18th September 2011. The show was a flamboyant mix of Chinese and Western styles inspired by the decoration of Islamic temples.

Written by June Chanpoomidole

Haiping Xie for Fashion Shenzhen by Phoebe Kirk. There was a palpable sense of energy in the air as I walked into the hall and the lights dimmed for the […]

London Fashion Week S/S 2012 Exhibition Review: Fashion Shenzhen

‘MADE IN CHINA’ doesn’t have to be a negative, as I discovered while immersing myself in the beauty and culture of the Fashion Shenzhen exhibition at the Grand Connaught Rooms on Monday 19th September.

Written by June Chanpoomidole

Haiping Xie at the Fashion Shenzhen Exhibition by Claire Kearns. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived at the Grand Connaught Rooms for the Fashion Shenzhen exhibition. When […]

Lazy Summer Days with Handmade Ethical Clothing from Lowie

I discovered Lowie when I shared a press day with them a couple of months ago. The brand was started by Bronwyn Lowenthal nine years ago and specialises in very cute, colourful dresses and knitted garments. Illustrated to perfection!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lowie by Emma Jardine. Lowie was set up by Bronwyn Lowenthal – born in the UK, raised in Tanzania, with Jewish roots and a Welsh name. She was trained in […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule A/W 2011 in Łódź: Vitor

Portuguese fashion created by a Brazilian and shown in Poland. We live in such an international world! Vitor normally shows at Moda Lisboa but joined Fashion Week Poland on Sunday 8th May as part of the Off Out Of Schedule shows. Lovely stuff.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Vitor A/W 2011 by Sam Parr. Sunday began at Off Out Of Schedule with a super quick and well edited showing from our friend Vitor (or V!tor, as it is […]

Howies: Ethical active clothing pioneers in Wales

Howies was set up by former ad execs Claire and David Hieatt, with principles of good design and sustainability at its heart. Here's an extract from my profile about this active wear brand in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Howies by Bex Glover. Howies has since 1995 pioneered the creation of ethical active clothing with a strong design aesthetic. Based in Cardigan Bay, Wales, the company has built up […]

Edmund Clarke: Guantanamo- A review

Edmund Clarke’s photography exhibition fails to ignite our reviewer’s interest. But Nadav Kander's downstairs show at the same gallery is a delightful surprise.

Written by Valerie Pezeron

Detail of Interrogator/guard’s call button in Camp Five courtesy of Edmund Clarke. Photograph by Valerie Pezeron Where is the fire in Edmund Clark’s exhibition? Guantanamo: If the Light goes out […]

I stole an Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seed from the Turbine Hall…

And then I stole some more... This magnificent new exhibition at the Tate Modern links creator to audience like never before.

Written by Amelia Gregory

All photography by Amelia Gregory. Those of you who follow me on twitter will know of my plans for a smash and grab raid on the new Ai Weiwei exhibition […]

Graduate Fashion Week Interview: Northumbria’s Naomi New

In the latest in our series of post-Graduate Fashion Week interviews, Matt Bramford chats to one of his favourites, Naomi New, about Elvis, Gaga, Mad Max and what the future has in store for this young, fresh 'n' new designer…

Written by Matt Bramford

Naomi New was undoubtedly one of the highlights at Graduate Fashion Week 2010. Her incredible costumes dazzled the press and had me bouncing up and down on my seat at […]

Sketchbook Pop-Up Shop: Susie (Style) Bubble Talk

Currently in a ‘pondering phase’, Susie (Style) Bubble talked fashion blogging and the future at the Sketchbook Pop-Up Shop on Thursday 13th May…

Written by Florence Massey

Illustration by Naomi Law For the last day of  the Sketchbook Pop-Up Shop, Susie Bubble of Style Bubble fame gave a lecture, bookending an event that celebrated the creative arts in […]