Friday, 28 February 2014

Marques'Almeida: Denim Never Dies

For us, denim remains a true staple whether in the form of jeans, jackets or skirts.  Now, design duo Paulo Almeida and Mara Marques (alumni of London's Central Saint Martins) expand the use of denim to create cutting-edge, utilitarian pieces, such as a frayed-hem chambray T-shirt dress and a distressed, oversized jackets. Their AW 14 collection again focussed on denim but Matchesfashion offers the current collection now.  If you're going to invest in denim, we suggest this is the label to go for.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Bold Prints at Milan Fashion Week

Show stopping STELLA JEAN  is a refreshing and bold designer off-the-block.  In Milan for autumn/winter 2014 she introduced a melange of Italian, Japanese and African cultures. Jean is a major stakeholder in the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative – gaining momentum for investment dressing.  We’ve been dressing our furniture in African printed fabrics for the past few seasons.  Looks like we might be stripping off the armchairs and wearing them!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Germano Celant and Subodh Gupta at New Delhi exhibition

Germano Celant and Subodh Gupta join forces in an exciting exhibition  based on itinerant images such as an iconic Mumbai taxi drowning under the weight of its luggage.  Everyday commonplace items are transformed and given significance.  The exhibition is spread across the original 1936 residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and the museum's modern concrete and glass extension.  Catch the exhibition at Jaipur House, New Delhi before it closes in March.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Infamous Hollywood Couplings

From the infamous – Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles – to the odd – Vanessa Paradis and Lenny Kravitz – to the unexpected – Tracy Chapman and Alice Walker Another magazine chronicles ten entertaining  Hollywood relationships:

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art. The landmark exhibition, opening at Tate Modern on 17 April, explores the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his spectacular cut-outs were born. In his final years, confined to his bed through ill-health, he created vibrant, joyful pieces with a staggering freedom of expression. Meanwhile, in the interim before the show British designers at London Fashion Week have been collaborating with artists or using painterly prints on everything from scarves to full on coats.  Below:   Burberry, Burberry, Mother of Pearl and Issa.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Theyskens stands out atNew York Fashion Week

Of the designers at New York Fashion Week showing AW 14/15, Theyskens Theory stood out from his peers with some of the most stylish updated classics......  Indian Ink blues contrasted with crisp white shirts, or chunky knits over slinky flowing skirts.  We swooned over the simplicity .... (image from

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Katie Eary for River Island Womenswear

of our favourite Menswear designers, RCA alumni KATIE EARY, has turned her hand to a high-street collection for River Island as part of its Design Forum collaboration series. The range will launch on February 18 during London Fashion Week with a short film, staged at a Fash/On Film event.
Embracing the spirit of Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the offering is a colourful mash-up of fluid silhouettes and wild prints and includes sexy swimwear. Make February 18 a red letter diary date…

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Best Designer Fashion Ads this Spring ....

Four of our favourite designer fashion ads for Spring 2014.  We love Trussardi's play on their logo, Prada's 'family' , Kenzo's colourful break up and Celine's ability to rein in their followers with stylish