Friday, 20 September 2013

Friday 20th Sept: Evening Standard's "The Power 1000"

Last night I joined guests at Battersea Power Station as the last party to be held in the derelict building before it is developed - an awesome and epic space for a landmark London celebration.  The Evening Standard held a night of music and speeches (Boris Johnson) to launch their annual "Power 1000" listings of the capital's most influential people.  Amongst the businessmen, entrenpenuers and politicians in their suits was a little pocket of colour and pattern from the nominated fashion category. ........... which included Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Gary Card, Anna Lomax, Sharmadean Reid, Alex Brownsell.......... and musician Andreya Triana who also performed.  The other live act was Senegalese rapper Sister Fa who sang one of her songs with lyrics to raise awareness for charities working to free the world from female genital cutting............. to find out more visit the Orchid Project page here.   
Read the list of Fashion influencers here.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Thursday 19th September: BLOG TAKEOVER - Anna Lomax 'Bright Young Things' event @Selfridges.

From 5 September to 10 October, Selfridges will be giving you the chance to meet each of their 15 Bright Young Things with a series of exclusive events hosted in The Concept Store at Selfridges London.

We caught up with the wonderfully talented Anna Lomax for her event yesterday. People were invited to come join her and design your own portrait in a custom build Photo booth based around a recent shoot she did for Wonderland.

Lomax an art director, set designer, installation artist and collector, 28 year old Anna was born and resides in London. She studied Illustration at Brighton University and went on to do an MA at the Royal College of Art in Fine Art / Printmaking.

Anna's work stems from a fascination with pop-culture, folk art, the intrigue of inventions, colour, movement and scale, the old and the new, the often absurd and the sometimes humorous. 

Anna has worked with a verity of clients including Nike, Topshop, Becks, Vice, Diesel, Creative Review, Garage Magazine and Wonderland.

We had great fun playing around with Anna's colourful tactile props, and it was a pleasure to catch up with her and hear about all the exciting things this young bright thing has been up to. This girl really is one to watch, we will be keeping our eye out here from Fred Butler HQ to see what this lady gets up to next.

Check the link for a list of events, past and present, and for your opportunity to meet and learn from each of 'The Bright Young Things.'

Archive posts featuring Anna Lomax here.

Archive posts on 'Bright Young Things' here.

This has been a blog takerover by Ciara Clark from Fred HQ.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday 18th September: Guest Post - Bethan Laura Wood LDF ZIGZAG//CRISSCROSS @ The Aram Store

With the London Design Festival in full swing, The Aram Gallery  has been treating the experimental design-philes of the capital to numerous exhibitions showcasing anyone who's anyone in the world of innovative product design right now. Last night was the turn of Bethan Laura Wood; product designer, Royal College fellow, and an all round creative super force, with a seriously enviable rainbow wardrobe. 

Her recent practice has been influenced by the urban environments of London and Mexico City, and features a wonderfully varied selection of tones, textures and finishes, emulating the vast diversity of both cities.  The stand out pieces of the evening were the light features, which cast the most beautifully ethereal patterns in a selection of candy tones, echoing the glassy spun sugar of her colourful cachetada cocktail installation.

ZIGZAG//CRISSCROSS runs until the 2nd November 2013 and is at The Aram Gallery, WC2B 5SG.

Words and Pictures by Amy Lee. 

Wednesday 18th September: BLOG TAKEOVER - ICA Off-Site - A Journey Through London Subculture, 1980s to Now

A major new project at The Old Selfridges Hotel opened this week, an experiment whereby the ICA seeks to test the existence of an interconnected legacy that can be traced back to the 1980s and beyond.

The instillation really embodies the spirit of the post-punk DIY aesthetic. The ICA's off-site project takes over the first floor location of the Selfridges Hotel, a vast crude industrial space.  Sitting amongst various installations and video are more than 50 vitrines exploding with life, history, memorabilia, and relics from an eclectic mix or artists, studio collectives, style icons, designers and other legendary subcultural figures who were asked to create a mood, or 'personal archeology within.' 

The space brings together up to 60 influential artists and art movements from London past and present, including Bodymap, Matthew Darbyshire, Giles Deacon, LouiseGray, Zaha Hadid, Jeffrey Hinton, Sarah Lucas, Lucky PDF, NicolaTyson, Julie Verhoeven, Studio Voltaire, Jonny Woo and Bethan LauraWood.

We very quickley spotted ones of Freds Brooches located inside the VogueFabrics cabinet curated by Lyall Hakaraia. Instantly identified due to the spectral colour and clever use of paper in origami form. Hakaraia, a regular host of 'transvestite after parties,' set up the East End club Vogue Fabrics in 2008. Housed in the basement of a Dalston townhouse - which in its previous life was a Turkish dance studio, immigration office and dosshouse - Vogue Fabrics now hosts parties every weekend and cultural events during the week. 

The project invites you to walk through London's sub culture from the punk, new romantic, club kid, fetish scene, making links between London’s diverse creative scenes from the past and into the current. Examples from art, fashion, design, film, installation, architecture and dance, as well as nightclubs, restaurants and bars, make up the monumental instillation.

An exciting and energetic space and 'experiment', there really is so much to take in, a reflection maybe of London's diverse and ever evolving scenes and movements. The project asks some interesting questions - What is counterculture and does it still exist? Over four Decades, what connections can be made between all of these different strands of creativity? Do the creative generations today have the same desires to make something for nothing? Is there sill enough risk-taking? Visiting the exhibition we are invited to take the journey and find the answers for ourselves.

This has been a blog take over by Ciara and Nicci from Fred Butler HQ.

(Picture credits:  Exhibition shots by Ciara & Nicci. Private view portraits by Fred inc. Bethan Wood, Julie Verhoeven, Christos Tolero, Felicity Hayward, Tamie Adaya, Princess Julia and Bobby Abbley.   Snap of Fred & Seye by Gemma Cairney)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Tuesday 17th September: Blog Takeover: NEWGEN at Somerset House LFW SS14


NEWGEN is an internationally recognized 'launch pad' for new designers, providing a source of funding and support for emerging British talent since 1993. Sponsored by Topshop, the showcase at Somerset House included mens and womenswear designer Nasir Mazhar and footwear designer Sophia Webster.

Nasir Mazhar showed his SS14 womenswear collection yesterday at the Topshop presentation space in the form of a girl gang party photoshoot. Known for literally putting his name all over his work, this season's interesting twists included fringed branding, figure hugging bandage dresses, and amazing leg accessories including something akin to leg braces(!!)

Sophia Webster is a name that we have heard a lot this summer. A graduate from the RCA Footwear MA she is going from strength to strength having been awarded the Conde Nast Footwear New Emerging Designer of the Year award for 2012 she is now a part of NEWGEN. Her ss14 collection is wonderfully fun and feminine, harnessing the innocent fun of little girl-hood and translating them into fashion forward footwear.

This has been a blog takeover by Ciara and Nicci from LFW.

Tuesday 17th September: BLOG TAKEOVER - Patternity Studio presents 'Patterns on Screen' LFW S/S14

Photos from Ryan Saradjola

We were very excited to be invited to 'Pattern On Screen' as presented by "Cult Pattern Visionaries" Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham A.K.A PATTERNITY at the Canon presentation space, Somerset House. The event was an exciting and inspiring showcase of past, present and even future films with an exclusive preview of upcoming projects and collaborations. The screening was followed by a short panel discussion and Q&A with fashion film directors  Zoe Hitchen (former first assistant to Nick Knight at SHOWstudio),and Lily Silverton (fashion features editor at POP magazine) discussing how 'pattern' shapes their practice. 
Collaborative films showcased included 'Conscious Pattern' from Zoe Hitchen x Patternity Studio, a film launching Patternity's knitwear collection with Chinti + Parker. Merging pattern with classic knitwear shapes the collection is described as being a wearable celebration of pattern. It is also a visual reminder (and an addition to) the constant presence of pattern in our daily lives, a key directive in the Patternity manifesto:

In 'When Stripes Collide' from Lily Silverton x Patternity, pattern is created through digital multiplication of the model's body. The manipulation of the film to the soundtrack is sharp, the use of monochromatic fashion very bold and striking. A particularly stunning shot is the layering of the model towards the end of the piece; here colour inversion produces a really unusual and almost supernatural image of the body.

'Pattern Power Superstripe' from Plastic Horse is a short animated piece exploring the distortion of stripe. The imagery within this piece is particularly eye-boggling. Pattern has been chopped and reworked into optical illusionary landforms and graphics which visually respond to the soundtrack, each rolling hill swathed in contour stripe.

As well as collaborative work we were also treated to some of Patternity's personally selected inspirational films, one of which was 'Incandescent Meta-morph-incessant' directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock and styled by Kim Howells for our very own Fred Butler. Praised in the introduction for her attention to detail, Fred's fashion film explores pattern and repetition through the purity of paper and paper folding. Shape and silhouettes are developed through Freds ongoing research into the possibilities of origami. 

STREETSHAPES, another film from Zoe Hitchen, was an exclusive preview into a collaboration between Patternity and Pretty Polly. Putting patterns onto legs and creating patterns with said legs (pattern-ception), this fashion film married motion graphics and film with true precision. Katie Hilton, graphics and motion designer from Manchester worked on the motion graphics in this piece; if this is anything to go by then she is certainly one to watch.

The presentation certainly left a lasting impression on our minds. Our journey home proved to be more interesting than usual, spotting endless patterns in what is usually a mundane trek through the city. It would seem that Patternity's objective of increasing awareness of pattern has certainly worked on us.

Our snap on the way home:

This has been a blog takeover from Ciara and Nicci from LFW.