28 February 2011
From September 24TH - January 8TH The style of Grace Jones, Talking Heads and New Order will feature in the autumn blockbuster at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Curators claim it will be the first exhibition to look at how postmodernist ideas spread from architecture to all areas of popular culture - from film to graphics, music and fashion - during the Seventies and Eighties.
It will look at the architecture of key figures such as Charles Moore and James Stirling, the designs of Ron Arad and Vivienne Westood, and films and music videos by names such as Derek Jarman and Laurie Anderson.
The exhibition will also seek to re-claim postmodernism from its misuse as a synonym for irony or even an expression of abuse.
Curator Glenn Adamson said the movement had its roots in the sense that the utopian ideals of modernism, as exemplified by post-war social housing schemes, had failed. Purity and simplicity in design were overthrown in favour of bold patterns, exuberant colour, parody, wit, but also a strong sense of classical history.
However, by the end of the Eighties the concept of postmodernism was seen as meaningless because of over-exposure. Mr Adamson said: "People started to think it just meant irony or winking self-satire but that is a disservice. Postmodernism is really about an exquisite awareness of what it is you're doing as a designer or artist."
From oversized floral prints on minidresses to one-shouldered purple or hot pink puffed sleeve numbers, grosgrain beribboned waists and defined shoulders on sexy black styles, the much-anticipated collection is a fashion feast. Think shades of vivid red, tulle and jewels that manifest themselves as twinkling necklines - or three-tiered skirts on ballerina dresses, skirts draped in black or ivory and ruffled into shape. Then there's the tuxedo jacket, the black silk-satin evening coat and the faux fur number for elegant winter evenings out. Click here to see the full collection
KATE MOSS is set to star in a short film to promote her new line of Longchamp bags.
Named Faraway, the film was directed by Vogue photographer Alasdair McLellan and shot in Marrakech. The film will be fully unveiled on Thursday but fans can see a preview today on Longchamp's Twitter and Facebook pages.
25 February 2011
HANDWRITTEN INVITES YOU TO MEET FOUNDER, DESIGNER AND FASHION INSTITUTION TANYA SARNE
Tuesday 1st March, 6pm, 1st floor, Creative Labels
Tanya founded the fashion label Ghost which defined the 90s effortless chic. Building the label from scratch into a multimillion-pound operation Tanya became a fashion institution. Returning with a new line Handwritten, we invite you to join Tanya in store for a talk about her iconic career and life, followed by useful styling advice based on Handwritten’s SS11 collection.
Handwritten is all about the modern woman – retaining her femininity, sensuality and confidence. It’s about design that meets practical needs, that’s both wearable and easy to maintain.
To attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Guest will receive 20% off when using their Liberty loyalty card
Silk Thread Martyrs...Palestinian textile designer Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury’s collection of 22 garments is on show at the Mosaic Rooms, London until 9 March 2011. Entry is free. Inspired by traditional Palestinian costumes, he follows his ancestors’ methods of creation. The fabric, natural dyeing and embroidery are created by hand. Exploring duty, gender and social constraints, the collection has an underlying tone of sadness at the political conflict in Palestine.
24 February 2011
23 February 2011
An excellent ambiance prevailed at the Indigo Fashion edition, which continued to see visitor increases and sustained business activity. Some 13,572 visits were registered in February 2011, a rise of 9% over the corresponding 2010 edition. The accumulated result of the 3 days is greater than that of the 4-day edition in February 2010, and shows a particularly high visitor-to-exhibitor ratio for the sector, a cause for cheer among the 156 exhibitors at the show. When compared with last September, the first 3-day session, the increase was equally notable (+ 20%). this Paris session confirms the return of the international market to practically pre-crisis levels.
Aware of the importance of Indigo as a business and image platform for their studios, Indigo exhibitors sought to stand out and impose the image of their brand by developing customised stands.
The results of the February 2011 Fashion Edition of Indigo regain pre-crisis levels, and attest to the coherence of the concept of a multi-industry and multi-product show. At the heart of a sophisticated fashion process, Indigo constitutes an obligatory passage, as pointed out by Peter Westcott of Westcott Designs and Appaloosa (United Kingdom), who has been showing for many years at Indigo: “...Indigo is a vital resource for the fashion industry, the designers from which gather in increasing numbers at Indigo each season to stock up on prints and embellishments for their collections…”