Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Putting optical illusions on homeware: an interview with designer maker Dionne Sylvester

Meet Kent based fashion designer turned craftsperson Dionne Sylvester: traditional homeware will never be the same!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Dionne Sylvester plate designs
I first discovered the striking homeware of designer maker Dionne Sylvester at Spitalfields Market earlier this year, where they immediately caught my attention. Her colourful designs give traditional teacups, plates and upholstery a zingy modern update inspired by the play of light on the Caribbean sea and a fascination with optical illusions. I love them!

Dionne Sylvester portrait
Where do you find inspiration for the combinations of colours that you put together?
My inspiration first came from looking at different menswear books, which led to researching the phenomenon of British Dandies and the collections of Ozwald Boateng in particular. I like the smart appearance of the Dandies and the extravagant colour clashes so beloved of Boateng, who uses unexpected shades for the inner lining… read more

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An interview with Russian fashion designer Pitchouguina

Russian designer Anna Pitchouguina introduces her new fashion label, designed in London and made in Poland.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Pitchouguina by Isher Dhiman. Pitchouguina is the new label from Russian designer Anna, now based in London but producing her collection in Poland. Having first studied economics she is well […]

New Designers 2013 Surface Design for Fashion and Interiors: The Best Graduate Designers

Here's my round up of the best of the rest of my discoveries at New Designers part one: featuring stunning optical illusion wall art, beautiful 3D neckpieces and ricrac aplenty.

Written by Amelia Gregory

One of the great thing about surface design as a discipline is that it encompasses so many design possiblities. Here’s my round up of the rest of my fab discoveries […]

Matthew Miller: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

Matthew Miller continued his exploration of modern art with his S/S 2014 collection 'Radical Prototypes' at Victoria House on Tuesday 18 June…

Written by Matt Bramford

Matthew Miller S/S 2014 – all photography by Matt Bramford ‘I AM NOT THE ARTIST. YOU ARE‘ declared Matthew Miller‘s press release, distributed along the white benches of the Victoria […]

Raw Talent University of the Arts Graduate Fashion Show: Review

It wasn't the most professional of catwalk shows, but nonetheless I discovered some interesting graduate fashion designers at Raw Talent.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jeyanthy Balakrisnen by Ruth Joyce. Raw Talent kicked off their graduate design exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery with a catwalk show featuring hand selected designers from the University of the […]

Baartmans & Siegel: London Collections Men S/S 2013 Presentation Review

Baartmans and Siegel presented their 'South Pacific Aviation' S/S 2014 collection on Earlham Street on Tuesday 18 June…

Written by Matt Bramford

Baartmans and Siegel S/S 2014 by Hannah Smith Bright and early on the last day of London Collections: Men, I raced to Covent Garden to catch Baartmans and Siegel‘s S/S […]

YMC: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

YMC bring their cool, laid-back attitude to London Collections: Men, presented at the Old Sorting Office on Monday 17 June.

Written by Matt Bramford

YMC S/S 2014 by Natasha Likes Tea Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins borrowed legendary designer Raymond Loewy‘s slogan ‘you must create‘ to launch their label back in 1995. The brand […]

Agi & Sam: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton return with their best show yet, shown at Victoria House on Sunday 16 June.

Written by Matt Bramford

Agi & Sam S/S 2014 by Krister Selin I love Agi & Sam. A recent collaboration with Topman, ‘The Owls‘, featured a range of football-kit inspired clothing and gave a […]

SIBLING: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

West Side Story becomes 'East Side Story' for SIBLING's S/S 2014 collection of smiling boys…

Written by Matt Bramford

SIBLING S/S 2014 by Gareth A Hopkins Oh GOD I love SIBLING. Every season they manage to come up with an amazing theme that makes you wonder how they do […]

Kay Kwok: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

With the backing of GQ China, Kay Kwok staged his first on-schedule menswear show at London Collections: Men on Sunday 16 June…

Written by Matt Bramford

Kay Kwok S/S 2014 by Gabriel Ayala Kay Kwok was actually my first show of the London Collections: Men S/S 2014 schedule. When I turned up on the Sunday morning, […]

Free Range Art & Design Show 2013: Middlesex University Fine Art, Fashion, FDSP & Photography Review

My favourite graduate picks from the Middlesex University show at the Truman Brewery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Futuroid by Tomas Soltonas. Middlesex University took over the upper floors of the Truman Brewery a few weeks ago to display the work of all their graduating creative arts students […]

Katie Eary: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

Flamingos, leopard print and skateboards - Katie Eary knows how to hit summer hard with her S/S 2014 collection, shown at Victoria House on Monday 17 June…

Written by Matt Bramford

Katie Eary S/S 2014 by Dom&Ink Katie Eary pretty much started the current leopard print menswear trend. Back in 2010, she had boxing models head-to-toe in it. Her love affair […]

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New A/W 2013 Season Interview: Meet Fashion Designer CC KUO

In every clothing rack there's a silver lining, and CC Kuo is most definitely a ray of sunshine peeking out from behind the fashion clouds.

Written by Jessica Cook

CC Kuo by Laura Hickman I’ve always wondered about the phrase ‘the sun has put his hat on’. What does it mean exactly? What kind of hat is it? Is […]

Middlesex University Graduate Fashion Designers 2013: Preview Part Two

More amazing talent from graduating Middlesex fashion and fashion textiles graduates. Read on to meet some of the stars of the future.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Sarah Kathryn Grantham by Rebecca May Higgins. You’ve met my first pick of the 2013 graduating Middlesex University fashion and fashion textiles students: now meet the rest. A tailored trio […]

Middlesex University Graduate Fashion Designers 2013: Preview Part One

On Thursday 25th April Middlesex graduate fashion and fashion textile students showed their final collections in the Atrium, giving friends, family and industry insiders a chance to see their wonderful ideas on the catwalk.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Annest Gwynedd by Gaarte. Last week fashion students at Middlesex University held their 2013 internal fashion show, featuring work from over 100 graduating students. Some of them were then chosen […]

An Interview with Jewellery Designer Rosita Bonita

We chat to jewellery designer Rosita Bonita, aka Rowenna Harrison, about her new collection Siren

Written by Jessica Cook

Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days at Fashion Scout: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Catwalk Review

Ukrainian designers Anna October, Paskal, Yasya Minochkina and Anna Kolomoets showcased their work at Fashion Scout on Sunday 17th February. Photography by Amelia Gregory, illustrations by Jenny Robins.

Written by Jenny Robins

For this catwalk show I found myself sat one person apart from the infamous London Fashion Week performance artist Pandemonia. I’m not very good at spotting fashion celebrities (I can […]

An Interview with Designer Joseph Turvey – Part 2

Here's the second part of our interview with menswear designer Joseph Turvey where we look at his current S/S 2013 collection and Joe gives his advice for new graduates…

Written by Matt Bramford

Joseph Turvey S/S 2013 by Gemma Cotterell Joe’s MA collection: vibrant orange and magenta lace with transparent panels and translucent trenches was a massive hit. Fake Tokyo completely sold out […]

Ekaterina Kukhareva: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Catwalk Review

Seventies wallpaper glitz at Freemasons' Hall with Fashion Scout from Ekaterina Kukhareva on Tuesday 19th February 2013

Written by Jenny Robins

If you’d been with me and Amelia earlier in the weekend when she hastily gave me a beginners 101 in handling an SLR camera (kindly lent to me by Frances […]

Beautiful Soul, Basharatyan V, Neobotanic Fashion and Vita Gottlieb: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Presentation Review

Four designers under the umbrella of Felicities PR agency shared the Portico Rooms space at Somerset House on Sunday 17th of February. Although very different their work was all equally elegant. Combined with the modelled looks were digital presentations of the designers' work, which can be seen below.

Written by Jenny Robins

from left to right, Beautiful Soul, Vita Gottlieb and Neobotanic Fashion On Sunday night I popped back into town to stop in on the Felicities presentation. I was layered up […]