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So, we had a quick trip over to Paris yesterday. It had been a bit too long since my last trip to Gay Paree and I was really looking forward to it and not just because Paris is the home to my favourite shop in the whole wide world (more on Merci to come!). There are always some creatively inspiring surprises to be found, and the first one that we’d like to share with you is particularly delicious!
Lanvin‘s genius grand fromage, Alber Elbaz, has collaborated with supremo macaroon purveyors, Ladurée, to create a fashion fabulous box of macaroons- as if we needed more encouragement to stuff our faces with these super sweet treats!
Inside each box are eight pink toned macaroons, all of which are bubblegum-flavoured, apparently to remind us of the “bubble of childhood” according to Elbaz. Beautiful, whimsical, clever, inspirational- these macaroons are like a Lanvin collection magically transformed into something we can actually afford!
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Following on from yesterday’s homage to the classic ‘Little Black Dress’, today we swap the meaning of the ‘B’ and this time it stands for ‘Bright’! So, if a black dress is just a bit whatever for you, how about something with a bit more colour impact? Here are some of our favourite bold, bright looks spotted around London’s best retail addresses in the past week or so. Want to dress like a vast floral arrangement? No problem! An ice princess more your thing? We’ve got it covered. An 80’s body con attired popstrel? Look no further!
So, we’re almost doe for the year, but if you’d like to keep on reading, then just click here to catch up on all of our retail themed posts. If you’d like to catch up on the frock news, then just click here. Enjoy!
Here is the third in our four part series from the LCF‘s MA Graduate show. The ‘Fashion Photography’ students showed a really wonderfully diverse approach to the art of fashion photography. Some of the projects looked like glossy magazine editorial, others looked like works of fine art. And then there was the work of Giovanni Martins. We were struck by the incredibly accomplished feel to the video that he presented at Victoria House. It felt really exciting, energetic and really very striking. Thanks Giovanni, for the following insight into your vision…
I started out with a BA in ‘Lifestyle & Design’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where I completed 2 years, but as I wanted to pursue a Fashion photography career I started searching for other courses that would help me to achieve my goal. I found this in the MA in ‘Fashion Photography’ at the London College of Fashion. Looking at some of their successful alumni, I decided that this would be a course that could help me to realize my dreams.
My time at LCF was a big experiment, working with new techniques, people and fashion. I actually gained a deeper and better understanding of my work, and even more important, how to communicate my vision and my narrative through visual storytelling.
THE FINAL PROJECT
My final major project consisted of another experiment. I have a deep interest of mixing media, combined with the rise of fashion film, so I decided to try to take this medium to a new level. I searched for a technique that I wanted to explore and gain a deeper understanding in, and I found that in ‘Bullet Time Animation’.
In short, this technique consists of an array of 50 photo cameras, which are all synced up together, and are able to take images simultaneously. I worked with the amazing guys at Lumasol, who specialize in 360 degree photography. In post production, layering and morphing these images together, results in a full frozen in time and space 360 degree view (in film) of the model. This technique is perhaps best known part in creating some of the key visual effects in ‘The Matrix’ movie trilogy.
When commencing work on this project, I started to research the Surrealist movement, as the surrealists were at the creative cutting edge in their time as well, trying to utilize new techniques in order to visualize their film based storytelling. I ended up with a 5 minute Fashion photography related moving editorial, inspired by ‘Le Manifeste du Surrealisme’ (1924 Andre Breton) as well as other diverse surrealist movies, such as ‘Blood of a Poet’ and ‘Un Chien d’andalou’.
Styling included avant garde couture pieces from designers such as Iris van Herpen (Dutch Design award winner) as well as Jan Taminiau, Una Burke, Emma Griffiths and ‘wearable works of art’ from Bibi van der Velden’s latest collection called ‘Sphere’.
The film, called ‘Manifesto’ received amazing feedback and is up for selection at some exciting film festivals, which i can reveal more about in a while…
What would your dream job be?
Who or what has proven to be your longest standing inspiration?
Viktor & Rolf hands down.
These 2 dutch designers set the fashion world up side down with their elaborate catwalk presentations and perfectly executed mind-blowing concepts. Every show is a major inspiration for me, and would love to shoot their designs!
If not fashion photography and video art (is that even the right term for what you do?), what other creative discipline would you have chosen?
As mixed media is all a big blur, I think I would stay in the same disciplines, blurring boundaries of photography, film, animation and graphic design.
Can you see your skill set and style being utilized within the fashion market?
Currently I have some interesting projects running, so be on the lookout you might see my name pop up in place you would, and also would never expect!
What is the most exciting thing that you learnt on your MA?
Not so much in terms of ‘learning’ rather than that my Masters really functioned well as a catalyst in order to push my boundaries and take me and my work to the next level.
What three words best sum up your aesthetic?
Avant-garde, sexy, chic
Thanks so much to Giovanni for the time that he gave us, and do click here for interviews with other creatives who we find inspiring. Enjoy!
If I fancy a bit of high end retail therapy I have a special route that fulfills all of my desires. My journey takes me from Liberty, cutting through Hanover Square across to Bond Street, then into Bruton Street, a flit across Berkeley Square and into Mount Street, then a stroll up South Audley Street and the final destination is Selfridges. Its a walk past some of the highlights of international fashion, incorporating some of my favourite names. You can say hello to Martin, Stella, Marc and Matthew as you decide whether you are thinking new shoes, frock or handbag- or perhaps all three?
This week I used the excuse of avoiding Oxford Street and headed on my therapeutic route. When I reached Mount Street, I was struck by the store windows. Some of the brightest and boldest that I had seen- and a joy that they were bereft of ‘final price slash sale bonanza’ signs. Grand scale and lots of wattage seemed to be the order of the day.
The final interview of the year, and dare we say that we may have left the best until last? No, we couldn’t possibly say that. It would be rude to the rest of our interviewees- but maybe this one is about the most ‘up and coming’ or the ‘most fashion exciting’…
The subject is the wonderful Felicity Brown. We first spotted her work at February’s LFW when her inaugural collection was shown as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout. We fell in love again when we saw her work at September’s Fashion Week as part of the NewGen designers. Have a look at our post on this great selection of talent, including the brilliant Felicity Brown.
Prior to launching her own collection, Felicity had designed for Alberta Ferretti, Loewe, Mulberry and, most recently, Lanvin. That’s an incredibly impressive CV to build up in a few years since graduating from the Royal College of Art. Her work seems to combine a certain fragility with a really modern feminine aesthetic that is utterly unique; as is Felicity’s working arrangements- she splits her time between her studio in East London and a wonderful atelier in the desert of Dubai.
Many thanks to Felicity, Henry and the team who made this interview possible. We are very grateful for the time that you gave us.
For you, what is the most important aspect of being a designer?
Having the amazing opportunity to create my own ideas.
How do you start developing a new season’s look?
I bury myself in lots of books and mountains of fabric
What project are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?
I am currently working on my A/W 2011 collection that’s very Bedouin inspired. It is looking a little wild right now and maybe a little too uncut but so far I am happy with it.
Which comes first for you, your personal aesthetic or general trends?
What is currently inspiring you?
I have been looking at Central American masks. They are not pleasing to the eye but there is something appealing in the expression created out of all the contrasting elements.
I love the way that they mix up completely opposing things, like the way they fill the hair with crazy different elements and the extreme expression of the mask. They are so bizarre, so odd, I really like them.
Do you think that ethical and sustainable issues are at all relevant to what you do?
I wish they were but its currently only a wish because of the nature of the dresses, we are a small production. Its all very cottage industry at the moment.
But everything that has been made is hand made, from paper stenciling to hand dying and printing. All done in old traditional techniques giving the garments that look.
What or who are your longest standing design influences?
I admire Lanvin and Balenciaga
How would you describe the Felicity Brown aesthetic?
Any style secrets?
Keep it unfinished
Who would you like to collaborate with, past or present?
I would love something incredible like a day in Picasso’s studio and as for present, I would like to work with someone from a different discipline, like a painter.
What would you like your business to achieve in 5 years time?
To stay strong and true
Pencil and paper or computer and mouse?
Do you work differently in your Dubai and London studios?
Yes, in London you take it all in and absorb where as in the desert you can concentrate- it’s so still.
I feel most creative when…
When I’m buried in fabric.