Fashion

Fashion

July 3 2007




Matthew Williamson was called 'the king of bling' by the Sydney Morning Herald for a reason.
 
Since his London debut in 1996, one thing has remained constant: Williamson's models will sparkle. His 2003 spring collection saw gold-sequined blouses and brocade jackets, while the fall of 2005 line had shiny velvets and satins and the fall of 2006 featured shimmering gold and silver jumpers, to name a few.
 
The trend continued most recently during February's New York Fashion Week. Williamson paraded his traditional flashy jewel-hued mini minis and doll-sized dresses - but this year there was also a noticeable smattering of fashions to file under - the bigger the better. Models processed down the runway in gaping shorts and trousers that were paper-bag-synched at the waist, as well as tent-sized sparkly muumuus and necklaces boasting fist-sized shell pendants. The most innovative of these enormous fashions could be credited to the pioneering of jewellery designer Scott Wilson.



Wilson and Williamson are both decorated alumni from the UK's finest art institutions. Wilson studied jewellery design at Middlesex Polytechnic and millinery at the Royal College of Art while Williamson began his career at star-spangled Central St. Martins. Both designers earned coveted fashion positions early in their careers. Immediately after graduation Williamson began working for Marni, while Wilson earned employment with Karl Lagerfeld as an undergrad. Williamson eventually went on to launch his own successful eponymous line. On the other hand, Wilson has garnered much of his renown through his collaborative efforts with showstoppers Burberry, Rifat Ozbek and Hussein Chalayan in particular � though he continues to maintain his own jewellery line. As Wilson explained to the International Herald Tribune, 'One-off pieces are the ultimate expression of my work, but they can be very time-consuming.'
 
In their collaboration, Wilson clearly embraced Williamson's predilection for shine with his jewelled bracelets, which are evocative of bedazzled bocce balls. The enormous bangles were seen on the lanky limbs of Hilary Rochas and Maryna Linchuk during Matthew Williamson's parade of jewel-colored frocks at New York Fashion Week in February. According to Fashion Wire Daily, Wilson's 'sequined bracelets [were] a deft accessory addition to a collection that underlined how British designers stint showing in America has helped him mature into a producer of highly wearable, yet always hip, clothes.'
 
The funky though undeniably glamorous bracelets have most recently been spotted cuffing the delicate wrists of Mischa Barton on the cover of UK Elle. The bracelets are custom-made, and available to the most audacious of luxury collectors for a mere $900 each. Contact the creator himself at (TK Scott Wilson's email address). By L. Harper

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Fashion

June 26 2007


Consider it an antidote to the mass-produced “designer” fashions of Target and Wal-Mart. CoLab, an eyewear accessory collaboration, hand selects talented “street artists” from all over the world to become CoLab professors. These wisemen of design infuse their artistic aesthetic into the humble sunglass frame, creating a tantalizingly unique summer accessory.

CoLab is a brand-new venture out of Sydney with the aim of creating matchless art disguised as fashion. For the Spring/Summer 2007 season, CoLab invited Perks and Mini (PAM) of Australia, EBoy of Germany, Geoff McFetridge of the US, Rockin’ Jellybean of Japan, and Neasden Control Center of the UK into their “Colaboratory” to create inspired eyewear. Each pair will be sold as a limited edition, with no more than 1000 pairs of each design sold. Come next season, CoLab will select an entirely different slew of artists.

Each artist has contributed anywhere from three to five designs, culminating in a CoLab portfolio of 20 sunglass designs. Despite the commerciality of fashioning art into sunglasses, the project is inherently appealing to the underground artist as CoLab dictates: “There is no constraint, no rules to follow, no target market to appease.”

The designs intimately reflect this freedom, from blue goggle-shaped “Eyes” frames by PAM, to decal-ridden EBoy shades, to vintage inspired oglers by Rockin’ Jellybean.

The tragically hip lenses can be found through worldwide stockists, most notably, Paris’s Colette, which became CoLab’s first global stockist in January of this year.

In its distinctive pursuit, CoLab has created a brand without a brand — a welcome respite to those beleagured by the choice: Ray-Bans or absurdly-priced “designer” shades. By L. Harper


Fashion

June 19 2007




Emma Hope has come a long way from the overbearing florals of Laura Ashley fashions. After designing and manufacturing six collections with the company, Hope jetted on to bigger and better things - namely, her eccentric Emma Hope collection.

Since the commencement of her designing efforts, Hope has garnered five Design Council Awards, the Martini Style Award, and the Harpers & Queen Design Award. Hope's eponymous collection began solely with shoes - footwear could be considered Hope's forte, she's designed shoes for Paul Smith, Anna Sui and Mulberry. Hope later expanded her offerings to include handbags with quirky creations like a henna suede tote bag with delicate floral silhouettes carved out of its base, or a pair of men's white leopard print sneakers fashioned from ponyskin .

The designer's most eye-catching number is easily a velvet sneaker bag which offered in bright hues of violet, gold and fuchsia, among others. The unlikely juxtaposition of luxurious velvet to hold your sweaty workout ensembles seems a perfect fit for the celebs who emerge daintily coiffed - with nary a bead of sweat - after hours-long training sessions. And for the obsessively coordinated amongst us, Hope even offers matching "Magic Basket" sneakers, which are swathed in the same unlikely shades of velvet. These indulgent workout fashions are available at either of Emma Hope's three shops in London (Sloane Square, Westbourne Grove and Islington) as well as 150 additional stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Harrods. By Harper Walsh

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Fashion

January 20 2007


Trussardi parade last week at Milan Fashion Week - such a fantastic concept using a luggage conveyor belt to showcase their Fall-Winter 2007/2008 collection.



Fashion

November 20 2006


If you're just a kid at heart, you'll love this fairytale range of clothes, shoes and other accessories by London brand, Eley Kishimoto. The label was formed by textile design duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, whose fabric designs have appeared in collections by Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen (to name a few). For their own the range, the team drew upon the innocent cartoon images of childhood. Now all you need is a lollipop and the look is complete. by Lisa Evans



Fashion

June 9 2006

The hoodie is hot. From the early days when Rocky wore one whilst pounding into meat carcasses, through to our modern day rap poet Eminem, the hoodie, unlike corduroy pants has stood the test of time. Now the infamous hoodie has gone to the dogs with a variety of poochie hoodies for your favorite Fido. Your Shitzu can look shit hot in any one of these awesome hoodies from new Amsterdam based dogsdepartment.com by Andy G

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Fashion

May 21 2006


Forget what the designers say, most trends emerge not from their studios but organically from the street. Cool young things all over the world are the true pioneers of fashion, wearing clothes in new ways by customizing and accessorizing and creating a pastiche of retro and modern. Coolhunter's Paris correspondent, Yvan Rodic, has been so inspired by the street fashion in his native city that he's started to document it in his own blog, facehunter.blogspot.com.  And he's not the only one. Street style blogs have popped up all over the world, from London to Helsinki, New York, Shanghai, Moscow and Berlin, featuring pics of the what the cool kids are wearing right now. We can hear fashion's top designer's book-marking the blogs right now. by Lisa Evans

Here's the best of them: Helsinki, Finland  New York City London Berlin Stockholm  Moscow Australia Tokyo Shanghai
Paris Sao Paulo Toronto Barcelona Zurich Vancouver Reykjavik Oslo Milan Mexico San Francisco Lisbon Munich

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Fashion

March 8 2006


In the South of France lies an premium nano-country: the Principality of Monaco. It's a rich man's ghetto where everybody is obsessed by the size of their yacht and the definition of luxury. Enter Miss Bibi, aka Brigitte Giraudi, a young local creator, who has designed a jewellery collection in which each piece is an emblem of a luxurious but dark world of miniature chandeliers, chopping knives, saws, tools, mirrors, etc. From beautifully hand crafted killer earrings to sexy high heal shoe rings to infamously dangerous gun necklaces, anyone with a dry, dark, irreverent sense of humor and a taste for Monte-Carlo’s luxury will be richly rewarded. by Yvan Rodic



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