Two deposits for the Culture bank please

Monday 23rd June, I was awarded the luxury of some me time and decided to head to the Rude Boy Returns exhibition at Somerset house. Mad excited since my art directed emailed me about it the month prior, I knew I had to go.

The exhibition consisted of 5 rooms and a partial corridor within the south wing. The exhibition shows the evolution of the rude boy style from its roots in Jamaica to today’s arbiters of the style. Rude boy style is this fusion of impeccable tailored pieces and elements of different cultures and fashion genres. It’s about standing out and being true to yourself. That Tom Ford quote “Dressing well is a kind of good manners…” kept springing to mind as I wondered around the exhibition. Hopefully its one you got to see.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Rude Boys from the exhibition, Seye Adelekan a musician. Dressed very sharply that one could not resist but to take a polaroid too.

 

Becoming incredible indulgent, I had a peak at the Colour through Form exhibition. Beautifully arranged pieces and fabrics, all very graphical. It was a great way to see fabrics, rugs and textiles presented in this way. Very different from the usual swatch packs found at designer’s stalls. Again, one to catch if you fancy a bit of interior design.

Goldfinger Factory Pre-Launch

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Goldfinger Factory prelaunch. In a nut shell, the project is about the up-cycling and preservation of furniture, something very relevant in design with a lot of effort being focused on promoting sustainability within the industry, but also something that is very community oriented. Aside from the benefits to the greater good of the future, it’s a lot of fun and is very stimulating giving these pieces renewed life and placing them in new homes. 

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It is a very community oriented project, and has found itself a very cozy and nurturing spot within the Trellick tower estate and amongst its residents. It’s great that they’ve also nodded back at the estates history, naming the factory (the project) after the estate’s architect, Ernõ Goldfinger.

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Oliver (known to us in the project as Ollie) is the ring leader in the operation, making sure things run smoothly, keeping his sponsors and supporters happy. In speaking with Ollie there’s so much he hopes to achieve within doing this project, which I wholeheartedly support. There are definitely a lot of benefits to be taken advantage of, especially for those within the community and those just interested. Through Ollie’s enthusiasm, passion and all guided with his very rigorous and colourful road map for the project, its taken off with an amazing start.

The project is made up of a few key components. A workshop, where the furniture is brought in and revitalised and has new life breathed into it by the super dedicated team. A store, where these rejuvenated pieces are proudly displayed and sold. It’s really great to see furniture of all times, styles and periods that collectively form a cohesive stock that gives this store a very unique and distinct look. All furniture is donated to the project.

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There is then Redemption Bar. A very unique and tasty way to take a break from the chill outside or break from helping out. Serving flavoursome, good hearty vegan dishes that all can enjoy. I was introduced to the chef, Jackie, who makes a mean vegetable curry and rice and peas. They also serve some of the best and unique non-alcoholic drinks I’ve ever tried.

It’s a great project, and I’d really say join in and have a go. There are also classes being run for those interested in creating something new through up-cycling. I’d like to thank Ollie and the team for having me and I will be getting stuck in. Definitely check out their Facebook and Twitter for upcoming or more information.

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Sombre Season

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The sombre tones. The darker palette of the prints. The shapes.

I think I just fell in love with Mary’s AW collection. Admittedly, it is a departure from her usually bright, colourful digital prints but it is a much welcomed change, experimenting with darker palette .

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The mood of the collection is carried within the tonal mixture of solemn streets and lonely landscapes, minimal yet strangely captivating is the way the images are blended together and form one. She plays very much on the darker nature /element  of autumn winter, the calm and the stillness of the images chosen. All this is then highlighted with accents of colour and contrasted to the shimmer of metallic fabric.

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She has yet to fail to impress with her structural elements that the clothes embody. The freestanding forms composed of the rigid patterns and way she utilises the materials to fall so elegantly into position. This is perhaps one of the things I highly admire about this designer and why every season I anxiously await to see where she is placed in the timetable.

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(Images from Style.com)

a moment

If you will.

Excitement ensues as one of the layouts I did for my work experience was not only approved by the Editor-in-Chief but as was published, not to mention, a few other pages that I helped out on snuck their way (untouched) into the issue. It is such an exciting time to think that something I’ve done, creatively, has contributed along with the work from the team into this months issue.

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Right, moment over. Back to work.

Thought #45

Design meets Fashion, well met, and quite literally, there’s a slight over lap of the two events, Fashion Week/end and The Design Festival, within London and both seem to occur towards the latter part of September. I always see this as like the beginning of the new year for both design and fashion as in my last post. It’s a chance to see what both British designers have been up too and where they see they’re new products and designs enriching our life’s over the coming few months (years in the case of me and that shelf).

It always feels like one has to choose between the two, as though fashion and design are these competing for the same thing but in different ways. Like a mother and father, both wanting their child to say they’re first word but telling the child to either say ‘mama’ or ‘daddy’, it’s so crazy how much both weeks pack so much creativity, showmanship and energy into such a short amount of time, but it’s also so very captivating and inspiring.

I missed quite a fair bit of fashion week. The style blogs were incredible, so much going, so many great details that made so many unique and distinctive looks. Getting to follow the entire months worth of catwalk’s over October is going to be pretty sweet. I hope that there are some great catwalk sets again. *cough* sneaky peak at Chanel *cough*

Stand at Design Junction; ‘Nakai’ wallpaper by Pierre Frey; Couple of twig stools by Pinch Design.

I did however get the chance to help out on The World of Interiors stand at Design Junction, just one of the many exhibitions open during the Design festival period. Design festivals are just such fun, you get to meet a variety of people with a mutual interests but widely different backgrounds. It’s great that these events and exhibitions are open to the general public.

The artek cafe and fantastic hanging lights

This cafe greeted you with such a warm and inviting scent of well prepared lunch and great coffee.

Giant Tyre Gorilla; Watches by Dezeen; Uber cool telephone adaptors for your phone

Nokia Lumia stand showing off the latest W8Phones from Nokia before release. The great thing about these design is that its manufactured from a single block of plastic but retains the great feel and quality from devices, such as the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 that they replace. Shown here with all the great accessories, such as the wireless charging cases and mats and NFC (near field communication) speakers and headphones, if only I didn’t have an iPhone already.

It was such a great exhibition, looking forwards to trying to do a lot more of the festival next year.

Christian Dior Couture F/W 2012

Raf Simon’s first collection for the Dior fashion house. Needless to say he had a lot to live up to, especially having to follow-up after none other than the very talented and dedicated beyond obsession, John Galliano. A man who just seemed to embody and channel Christian Dior’s spirit in every collection he did for the house.

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Mr Simon’s went back to basics with this collectIon. It embodied many features and characteristics that we all immediately envision when the words “Dior Couture” are uttered yet he has made it his own through a lot of the tailoring and way the piece’s are formed.

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The collection was spectacular and it is good to know the future of one of the most famous houses is finally secure, unlike in earlier discussion with my sister that the house should have either have ended or bring in someone who’s style would not be beneficial to the house by either way or enhancing or preserving the beautiful vision that man had for women’s fashion. I’m probably being a hopeless romantic who can’t get over the beautiful architecture that he envisioned.

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I’m guessing I’ve just written yet another positive review of this first collection for a designer at a new house.

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Lazy Days

I’ve come to appreciate these a lot more as of late. These days where time seems to pass so slow when you’re watching it, yet you turn your back for what seems like a moment and the day in its entirety has come to an end, and you have this feeling of dissatisfaction due to not completing ALL that you set out to do.

Monday was one of those days, well, kind of, I achieved a little more but lacked in other things. Monday was definitely a day of exploration and discovery to say the least.

With crazy bicycle rides from East to West, to S. West back to Central. Visits to both the Design and the Victoria & Albert Museum (two of my favourite public well known and visited museums in London to date) the day was just mad.

The Christian Louboutin exhibition at the design museum was definitely worth both the madness of the queue and the very loud and very unappreciative school teenagers (weren’t we all like that at one point?)  that were allowed to roam throughout the gallery. It was shoe porn!

Major highlight was the holographic video (click for making of video) featuring Dita Von Teese doing some of what she’s does best. Also the overall show man ship of how the exhibition was curated and put together, much like a fun fair-come-circus-come-performance-come-garden space. Honestly if you missed this exhibition it is really unfortunate, much like the no photography rule, which i respected for this artisan of footwear.

A future apartment behind Sloane Square; New exhibition outside V&A Museum

Much of the rest of the day was just left to exploring S.West London. Apologies for the lack of photos, however being a cyclist in London is much like trying to avoid being hit by obstructions much like a child playing in an adventure playground.

New “elephants” darted around London; London Thames welcoming the Olympics

I do wonder how other londoners do spend they’re off days.