Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Yvan Roddick has trotted the globe for the past four years, photographing the most stylish fashionistas striding our cities’ streets and posting his finds on facehunter.blogspot.com. Recognised as one of the world’s leading street style photographers, Yvan boasts a vast viral fan base that spread to the mainstream last month when he was invited to report direct from the autumn/winter 10 shows for Italian Vogue. The Swiss photographer also celebrated the launch of his debut book, Bible of Style: Facehunter, showcasing 300 of the best-dressed people he encountered on his travels. Featuring everyone who’s anybody, you just have to be seen to be scene. Get you hands on a copy and see if you made the cut!
Chevrolet has teamed up with a hand-picked selection of the hottest independent, musical, creative and design talents of the moment to drive a buzz around the launch in London’s Soho. As part of the Chevrolet Spark Unscheduled Tour launch event, cult nail salon, WAH Nails, set up by Sharmadean Reid will be hosting their very own ‘nail-car’, where guests will be treated to an exclusive free session from one of the fashion world’s leading fingertip artists.
Reid has worked on a number of high-end events including a pop-up shop in Selfridges, offering designs inspired by the store’s autumn/winter collection, from very Louis Vuitton leopard print, to Erdem-inspired florals – as well as being a fixture on London Fashion Week’s off-schedule shows. She’s been featured in top-end publications including Vice, i-D, Grazia as well as the Telegraph Magazine and the Independent.
The Chevrolet Spark Unscheduled Tour is a FREE invite-only event visit - www.sparkunscheduled.co.uk, for more information on how to bring the tour to your area and win an exclusive ticket.
Critically acclaimed band, The Mystery Jets have been named as the feature act for the ‘Chevrolet Spark Unscheduled Tour’. Following on from their European tour with the Arctic Monkeys the band will be giving fans the opportunity to hear their eagerly anticipated third album performed live in the UK before its release in June.
Other musical talent on the night includes a DJ set from Jack Peñate and Bullion with further acts to be announced.
Guests will also have the chance to graffiti a Chevrolet Spark which will be on display at the event, only it’s not real paint – it’s all digital. The system works when the digital spray can is depressed, spraying infrared light on the screen giving the same effect as spraying real paint on a wall. It offers a choice of 56 colours and various brush effects allowing individual masterpieces in just a few sprays of the digital can, and can be wiped clean ready for fresh paint in one click.
With light art commissions by none other than legendary illustrator and in-house art director at ISO Kate Moross, the Chevrolet Spark Unscheduled Tour is sure to provide a host of unique live music experiences across the UK.
Monday, 29 March 2010
Hannah marshall designs tight, slick and sophisticated womenswear for intelligent, fashion-forward individuals who understand how the understated modesty of monochrome combined with the sharp edge of constructed tailoring can illuminate the sihoutte of a womans body and create maximum impact. POW.
After arriving on the scene with her initial collection 'Quiet noise' in 07 Marshall has caused quite the stir in all the right places, sending ripples through the world of high fashion and independently setting trends that have resonated down the runways of some of the most influential and celebrated fashion houses. Allowing her powerful sculpted garments a simple aesthetic of self-effacing perfection, each and every stitch and hem of all she puts her talent to screams of a truly unique and demure glamour, quietly content to be seen and not heard on the bodies of the brave. To wear a Hannah Marshall outfit is to feel strong, proud and in control, to almost step into the skin of the designer herself and allow for the body to make its own unapologetic statement, her clothes are designed exclusively for those who are bold. Created from a muted palette of raw ebony and oil black the materials cling and sensualise through leather, chiffons and silk curated razor sharp attitude to create this Prada, YSL, Balenciaga inspired feel take on todays contemporary L.B.D. The future isn't bright, the future is Black and Hannah Marshall is the fashion Armageddon here to fiercely perpetuate the dawn of the new dead…
1. Name: Hannah Marshall
2. Age: 27
3. Education: BA (Hons) Fashion at Colchester School of Art & Design
4. Describe your label in one sentence: Minimalist Luxury
5. How long have you been designing?
6. Where are you based? Colchester
7. Who do you design for: Strong women
8. Whats inspiring you this season: Body modification and the work of
9. Whos your style icon: Grace Jones
10.Emerging designers to watch: Hannah Martin and Sophie Gittens
12.Film: Lost in Translation
15.Person: My Mum, and my Fiancé
17.Must have item for next season: a black dress!
18.If you weren’t a designer what would you do? Photographer
19.Whats next? My first On-Schedule catwalk show at London Fashion
Week, followed by sales appointments in Paris and then a press trip to
20.What’s been the biggest influence on your approach to design so far?
Theirry Mugler and Jil Sander
21.What are you working on now? The new Autumn/Winter 2010 catwalk
collection aswell as a special piece for a collaboration between a new concept store I am working with called RA in Antwerp and The Academy for their “Black” exhibition.
22.Where do you see yourself in five years time? With a bigger studio space and more staff!
23.Do you think the contemporary financial climate makes your job harder? The current economy means that buyers are making more considered orders so every single piece needs to be really special.
24.What are you wearing right now? Black vintage blazer, silk t-shirt dress, rubber look leggings and python short ankle boots.
25.How would you describe the evolution of fashion over the past decade? Innovative
26.What do trends and styles, derivative of the past decade, do you personally draw inspiration from?
I love the really love the silhouettes from the 80’s
27. What direction do you think the increasingly experimental and contemporarynature of the fashion industry will take over the next decade?Technology and fashion will be become more integrated.
Friday, 26 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Internationally acclaimed milliner and accessory designer Philip Treacy becomes latest fashion creative to collaborate with internationally acclaimed pioneering fashion photographer Nick Knight, for SHOWstudio.
Surreal and sculptural, PHILIP TREACY's hand-made hats are feats of craftsmanship. Born in rural Ireland, Treacy designs haute couture and ready-to-wear hat collections from his London studio. He has also created hats for the couture collections of Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino and Alexander McQueen.
Now for this one day, Mr Treacy will exclusively work in the SHOWstudio shop space, crafting an exclusive headpiece for inclusion in the in the extended Bruton Place exhibition now showing and extended to the 3rd April.
All live streaming filmed throughout the day is available for online viewing at: http://live.showstudio.com from 11am today!
Philips 'unlikely' sculptures cross the boundary of fashion into visual art, promising to make this project exciting and inspiring and definitely not one to be missed..
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
SICK is a treasure trove boutique on Redchurch Street, East London, owned by Steph Rayner the founder of BOY London.
Photography Nik Hartley
Steph Raynor’s SICK boutique provides those brave few with their very own backstreet dress-up box packed fill of studs, leathers, feathers, platforms, patents and chains. Originally located on Kings Road back in 1976, under the moniker of BOY, Steph was the designer and curator of an entity that shook up the fashion world, launching a challenging concept store that - together with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Sex shop - proceeded to change the direction of the previously under-whelmed punk scene. Today Steph spends his time in SICK with his assistant Tania, working tirelessly to reignite the sparks that spread so ferociously when BOY was so big. His unique outlet of oddities and 80s bric-a-brac sells out on a weekly basis, allowing him and his staff to travel to far-flung destinations to source clothes unlike anything you can find elsewhere. His intention is to brand his clientele with attitude. An attitude that breaks away from convention and asks all the wrong questions. We caught up with Steph to find out more.
Describe SICK to someone who has never been before?
It's a journey through my mind and a trip inside my head, it's not a shop, nor a gallery, nor an installation, it's a daily event that keeps changing to confuse and excite its victims. SICK was opened for me to have somewhere to hang out and do what I did in all of my other adventures, tantalise and seduce people.
You are currently curating a young designer boutique in the basement. What is the concept behind this?
The idea is to keep SICK moving forward fast and to generate constant excitement by doing the unexpected. This anti-retailing idea is perfect for young designers because they get it. It works as a hub for creativity. We're also in the process of making pieces under the SICK label, which is exciting and going to fit a hole in the market.
Who wears BOY London today?
He/she is underground and in touch with a deeper history. These people are tempted by the label and want to be seen in it. They're living in the minute.
Where do you see BOY in ten years time?
Today BOY is more of a design icon rather than just the must have label of the 80s. It's become a British institution. Everyone from Gareth Pugh to Henry Holland have studied BOY and are fans of BOY. We keep it exclusive and the effect grows, always offering handpicked iconic pieces that no other shop in the world is going to have.