Being art director has its perks. Not only seeing shows, but actually being able to sit front row at a few was such an experience in its self. I’ve heard that stupid saying, y’know the one about you being a nobody (industry importance) if you aren’t in the front two rows, I think I kind of understand the meaning behind it, well my meaning. Hear me out, if you aren’t within those two rows, you are practically watching the show through someone else’s iPad/tablet/phone screen, you gain the perks of the atmosphere there but not actually being able to watch the show for the reason you came (I came), the performance and the clothes. It’s a bit of a bullet to bite when you’ve travelled a way to see a show to then be confronted by several hundred screens all attempting this visual display. It’s as though you may as well have sat at home and streamed it, at least you’re guaranteed to see the clothes. I also learnt that to enjoy the show one must also take a break from capturing it and just visually gorge.
Oh how I’ve actually longed to write something about Whistle. First introduced to me by a University friend I very much fell in love with the modernity, yet versatility of the pieces. At this time however, in 2009, there wasn’t a menswear line and this saddened my soul as to me its a perfect blend of clean design but not for an eye watering price.
This fall they’ve done what I’ve hoped they’d do since this that day. Under the direction of Nick Passmore, the men’s collection has been brought to life. My favourite thing about this collection is how anti-fit, casual but still refined and smart this collection is. The colour palette is one of my favourites, but then again, I’ve always been very partial to a bit of navy, grey and white. They do incorporated pops though. Bit of pink here and there.
It was so good, I had to watch it twice. Recently the trailer for the second Yves Saint Laurent film, coming later this year, has been unveiled. It’s strange, I actually can’t think of a time when two movies covering the same subject matter we’re realised, well at a both at a national level.
The first film was beautiful and romantically shot, even in the scenes of the crazy underworld of parties and clubs, the palette remained muted and elegant. The soundtrack, the same (which has been on repeat since coming home from the second time of seeing it), beautifully matched the sets, locations and costumes which were all incredible. The work of Thomas Hardmeier and Ibrahim Maalouf and their respective teams, just wow.
This film is told through Pierre Berge, Yves’ business and onetime life partner. It’s romantic and sweet, an ode to Yves. For myself, it was a great visual reference and starting point for me to begin
research, building my knowledge to understand the story of this designer, which remains superficial at best.
The second film, to be released later this year, it feels more, not commercial, yet commercial,
for lack of knowing a better word, in the sense it’s so damn seductive. I’ve only seen the trailer and I’m already bouncing off the walls with excitement. Its more vibrant and carries a much different energy to. It feels a lot, clearer and crisper, lensed by Josee Deshaies. It seems more focused on the peak of his career, rather than the entirety of his career. I can’t wait to see how this will tell that particular part of his story.
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.
wanna-be photographer and graphic designer styling, here are the results from a shoot I recently did with Nadia+Zehra at the Barbican. I’ve got to say, these girls are extremely talented, definitely check out their work on the link above. With one of my good friends, Kurtis, who was roped in offered to model and had to wear make up LOL, the results, I think, are pretty darn good. Well done team. Check the rest of the editorial out below.