Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Kiev Fashion Days

February 13th, 2014

Ukrainian Fashion is coming to London again. After the designers from Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days presented their collections a year ago at Fashion Scout London; it’s become somewhat of a tradition. Six of the best Ukrainian designers will show their AW14 collections on Sunday, February 15th.

The independent platform for discovering new fashion designers is famous for scouting emerging brands and in turn giving them a chance to showcase at LFW. This also helps them build their name and support them for its first 6 seasons.

Designers of the Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days and Fashion Scout Kiev develop their brands internationally; aiming for world class fashion standards with collections featured in Vogue UK, L’Officiel Italia, Maria Claire UK.

We are looking forward to seeing the amazing work of Anna K, Lara Quint, Lera Leshchova, Krasilnikova, Paskal and Yasya Minochkina in Freemasons’ Hall this week and after showcasing in London, they will present their collection during Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashio Days in March 2014.

“Bus Stops” by Juergen Teller

February 13th, 2014

Year of the Bus is upon us and what better place than in London to mark the occasion.

TFL have join forces with art giants Annin Arts and world renowned photographer Juergen Teller to create ten iconic images that will grace this years London Fashion Week by being blown up and placed on the tops of bus stops along the Strand.

Images will include faces such as Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss and Bjork and if Juergen Teller’s previous work is anything to go by, every single image will create a buzz of excitement.

Fashion Mode think it’s an amazing idea and a complete breath of fresh air from other types of “free art” around London. We can’t wait to get a seat on the top deck of any London bus via the strand over the weekend!

Pictures to follow!

Hello my Name is Paul Smith!

February 7th, 2014

The doors opened to Paul Smith’s “Hello my Name is Paul Smith” exhibition on the 15th of November 2013 (at the Design Museum), and if you were lucky enough to be there when they did, you will agree that the content was breath-taking. The entirely British designer is presenting his 40 year career and allowing visitors to step into his slice of the fashion world; showing the processes he goes through when designing and marketing his collections using both imagery, audio and video.

The gallery space is separated into individual rooms; recreating Smith’s story as you go round. You enter the exhibition through a three metre square cube; designed as an charming replica of Smith’s first shop in Nottingham. This is where the journey first started for Paul and thus is an appropriate place of the exhibition to begin. The entirety of the exhibition is very personable and installations include a hand-painted replica of his first showroom at Paris Fashion Week and a complete reproduction of his design studio.

The exhibition also reminds everyone of the outstanding collaborations that Paul Smith has been involved in; Mini, Giro Helmet, John Lobb, Rapha, Evian, Leica Cameras, HP Sauce to name a few that are displayed throughout the rooms.

“Hello my Name is Paul Smith” is a complete eye-opener to not only Paul Smith as a brand but also Paul Smith as a man. For example did you know he carries a notebook and his camera everywhere or that his inspirational places include street markets such as Portobello Road. He believes in the importance of simplicity and absorbing your surroundings – because the ideas we have can come from everywhere. You can find out all this first-hand and even more in the “Inside Paul’s Head” –  the digital room where you are able to listen to Smith’s narrated thoughts.

He inspires visitors with never-ending ideas and in the central space of the gallery a carefully selected array of framed pictures from Smith’s personal collection are laid out all in different sizes onto two massive walls.

To top the exhibition off, on your way out you face a giant post-it note that reads: “Every day is a new beginning”.

The exhibition is an absolute must-visit and Fashion Mode thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

 

 

The best of Graduate Fashion Week 2013

June 6th, 2013

As the room buzzed with anticipation, the chatter among the room was filled with enthusiasm as everyone awaited the first designer, Anna Wilhelmina. The lights dimmed and everyone found their seat.  The sharp white lights cut through the dark, and the first model glided on to the runway. The bright neon colours of the sporty American attire contrasted against the white setting. The model clutched a football helmet. The graduate fashion week had started…

The graduate fashion week started on the weekend of the 2nd and it runs through until 5th of June 2013 at Earls Court 2 in London. All the amazing work the students have put together will be judged and the battle for the top prize commences. During the week there will also be more emerging BA fashion graduates from all over the world, as well as, 40 UK Colleges and 16 international Universities. With graduates coming from countries like Pakistan, New York, Turkey and Taiwan, there is definitely a mixture of culture to hit the runway.

The idea’s and imagination that were brought to life on the runway were phenomenal. From the beautifully appliquéd and embroidered flowers to head covering pieces with sheer, tile printed dresses. There was a huge contrast, but what remained the same throughout the show was the cheering and bright flashes from camera’s that couldn’t get enough of the designs.

The highlights were from graduates like Syed Hamma Sohail Sadiq, from the Pakistan institute of fashion design. The audience were presented with an inspiring collection with eye popping bright colours and beautiful modern prints.

Also Chisung Ihn from Bunka Fashion Graduate University, Japan proved to be an unusual but headline grabbing designer. Her work presented dramatically curved capes with obvious modern straight lines and dresses that were made with digital prints and leather. Best of all from the collection was the dramatic Swarovski helmet which added a Gothic edge.

The Graduate’s work didn’t stop there, an exhibition also took place and showcased fashion portfolios and students work, which were on display so people could get an understanding of how the designs were produced from drawings. There was a real excitement as everyone walked around admiring the work and socializing about the show.

Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset house

June 3rd, 2013

Somerset House will be hosting a major exhibition – Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! – dedicated to the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow.

This autumn The Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St Martin’s will both stage over 100 pieces owned by the Iconic fashion editor. Isabella Blow is known for (amongst many other things) discovering models like Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, as well as also being credited for discovering fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Philip Tracey.

The exhibition will present Blows aristocratic background, growing up at her family home in Cheshire as well as her love for the British countryside.  It will also feature mannequins wearing bespoke Isabella Blow outfits to demonstrate her distinctive and extravagant style.

Daphne Guinness who purchased her wardrobe following Blow’s suicide in 2007 said of the exhibition, “I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them (Blow’s clothes) we’ve done the right thing – and that it is what she would have wanted.  I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.”

The exhibition is set to take place from 20 November 2013 to 2 March 2014.  We will definitely be checking out this inspiring piece of fashion history!