At the beginning of this week I found myself in Paris, catching the last few days of Paris Fashion Week. One show that stood out to me was the Naco Paris presentation. Known as the fashion designer who doesn’t like fashion, and having created the famous Karl Who? Bags, it’s safe to he does things a little differently. This has granted the brand a sort of cult status in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan. For AW14 they created a unisex collection full of colour and angst which they called SUPER COOL. To launch the season ahead, they celebrated by teaming up with Nathalie Sauvegrain A.K.A. Natydred to produce this week’s #FridayFashionFilm.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It may only be March, but there have been some great music videos released already this year. We can hand-on-our-hearts say that Fancy, the new vid from Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX is the best yet. Iggy dons some infamous 90′s ensembles you’ll certainly recognise, as they were made famous by a certain Miss Horowitz, you know, Cher, duh! Directed by Director X, the video sees the two of them acting out scenes from, like, the best movie ever. It’s catchy, it’s nostalgic, it’s awesome. Check it.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
London Fashion Week is a bit of a circus. For those who are new to the game, it can be daunting and in some ways kind of scary. But what I find scary is the focus on those who attends, not shows. Personally, I think this has to do with how accessible fashion has become: if brands are going to make their shows readily available to mass public, those who might not be able to afford the high-end designs, then they will probably be more interested in who is sitting on the ‘frow’.
But with that, what I enjoy most about fashion week, is being invited to those somewhat younger, emerging designers presentations and shows. Of course there are some out there that possibly shouldn’t be showing at all, the schedule and the off-schedule in particular are over saturated, but there are a few that use the platform to its full potential, presenting collections worthy of their time and space. This season Fashion Scout introduced me to a young designer, dear readers, you should know about. Her name, Jamie Wei Huang.
With an impressive resume and great technical skills to boot, Jamie Wei Huang is one to watch. If working at Christopher Kane and Alexander McQueen wasn’t enough to get you started, Jamie can also call a certain McCartney her Mentor. Her models glided down the runway in Stella McCartney’s most coveted platform shoes (at least by moi anyway). Inspired by refugees and the elements of war, Jamie created structured pieces from a plethora of luxury textures in muted tones and shades. Industrial looking jackets and coats were complimented by shearling lined headgear, which all gave the illusion of an army, one with a fabulous armour. Her favourite materials to utilize are leather and wool and the Jamie Wei Huang girl, what’s she like? Confident, that’s your answer. I caught up with the designer post-show to find out more.
You worked at McQueen, Christopher Kane and had Stella McCartney as your mentor. What were the key things you learnt about having your own brand?
I feel so lucky to have worked and interned at those three British designer’s companies. I learnt different points of view from each of them. At McQueen, I trained hard, working long hours developing my process and [I learnt] how a big company work to create a collection. At Kane, it was the best working environment I’ve had. Working there gave me the chance to see how a business can be efficient and organised. With Stella I was impressed by the principles of her company and she taught me the possibility that a designer can keep their principles and create what they believe in. As well as create a healthy business in the fashion industry and be such a success.
You have stated that fashion, as an idea is the exploration of the inner self by materials and silhouette. Can you elaborate on that?
I believe that you are what you eat, and what you wear. Every line and detail on the item that you choose to put it on, in some way, defines who you are. Materials have their own language and so does the garment itself. It doesn’t matter if a garment that you find is second-hand, vintage or luxury, as long as it reflects what you think you are, then it is the most precious thing for you. This is the same as the character that I create. I believe that every stitch and pattern shows how the character was born and expresses themself in the language that I create.
How does a collection manifest? What is your process like, from idea to garment?
It goes through a long developing process, based on the principles that I wish it to appear in it. It takes time and hard work to try out every possibility.
For AW14, you looked at images of refugees and war. In what way did they shape the final catwalk outing?
For me it was not to create a “refugee,” it was focused on the character of that person who didn’t obey. The character was described in masculine cutting and menswear coats in luxury materials, finishing with the idea that contrasts luxury and necessity.
There is a playful connection between masculine and feminine in your collections. Would you agree this is a brand aesthetic?
I create a unisex collection, at least it is for me. It always features strong cuts with fine finishings and contrasts dedicates materials.
What else, other than the SS15 collection, can we expect from you in 2014?
It is always a continuation from every collection. So the story will always connect.
Friday, February 21, 2014
V Jewellery is a relatively new company on the market. Launching just last April, they have had an amazing first year with great recognition from blogs and consumer press alike. Their stunning bejewelled pieces come with very modest price tags, making V Jewellery a brand to watch. We are sure to see many pretty things under the control of Creative Director Laura Vann, who works with a timeless yet contemporarily minimal aesthetic. This week they launched their SS14 collection by releasing a short animation film directed by Hazel O’Brien which we’ve chosen as our #FridayFashionFilm.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Pharrell Williams has announced that he will be dropping a new album on the 3rd March. It’s title is simple enough – G I R L. The Oscar nominated track Happy is featured on there, but little else is known. I’m sure, however, we’ll find some great collaborations on there. For a clue of things to come, watch the trailer below.
Pre-order G I R L now
Monday, February 17, 2014
Heartbroken, skint and furious. This is how Ann-Marie, Eat My Heart Out‘s protagonist, is introduced to us. She’s 23 and blaming everyone but herself for her misfortunes, not unlike a lot of people I happen to know. The novel starts with a chance meeting, one that shows just how insane a young woman on the quest for love can act. But when Ann-Marie meets legendary American feminist Stephanie Haight, things can either go two ways – does she save her from herself, or, make everything much, much worse.
Hilarious, clever and in every way unapologetic, just like its heroine, it is a fantastic debut from Zoe Pilger, one I am struggling to put down. Zoe is an art critic for The Independent and the winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writer’s Prize. If you buy one book in the coming weeks, it should be this. Trust me.
Take a look at the upcoming events and readings from Eat My Heart Out HERE.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Agyness Deyn seemed to turn her back on the fashion world. After a successful run as a top model, she decided to act with roles in a few British movies, and her only tie to the industry was her four-year collaboration with Dr. Marten’s. Now, however, she is coming back with her own line. Dubbed Title A, Deyn’s contemporary collection will be released in March with a focus on suiting and well-cut basics. Ranging from $100-$625, the designs will be available from titlea.com. Take a look at the lookbook below, shot by Aggy herself.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Today’s music video fix come from GotSome, aka Alex Homes and Adam Gorsky, featuring The Get Along Gang. The UK production duo previously released the track, Bassline last October, but due to the songs current success, being played numerous times on British radio and in clubs, it’s having a resurgence and will be released again on 30th March 2014 by Defected Records. So to celebrate the re-release, GotSome created this retro video depicting the way music went viral in an analogue age.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Arthur Beatrice, the British indie four-piece, have just released their latest video for the track Midland. The song features on the up-coming debut album and the video itself is a dreamy parallel, directed by Oliver Pearch. We find a couple, struggling to work out what looks like a rather domestic affair, battling through the movement of contemporary dance.
Pre-order the album, Working Out, on iTunes.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Phoebe English has collaborated with the online home of fashion film itself, SHOWstudio, to create a visual for her SS14 collection. The young London-based designer, creates luxury pieces with a dark aesthetic, growing in experience season on season. The film, was created by George Harvey, a young director who focused on the structure, texture and detailing of the spring/summer line. The backing track features music by Gabriel Bruce who has collaborated with English in the past. Watch our #FridayFashionFilm below…
To compliment the film, SHOWstudio also interviewed the designer. You can watch the Q&A HERE.