Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In his last collection before his death in February 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen returned to nature for inspiration. ‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature,’ wrote the designer. Plato’s Atlantis was inspired by Darwin’s 1859 the Origins of Species with a narrative that concerns itself with devolution rather the evolution of mankind. Here McQueen’s complex, digitally engineered prints, inspired by exotic sea creatures, meet intricate... Read More

Richard James, fashion and BMW

BMW Park Lane transformed last week. This bright and airy car showroom, with its clean architecture and uncluttered interior, and vistas of Hyde Park, turned into a catwalk – a busy runway, models parading pastel-coloured summer suits along the long and narrow interior space. BMW Park Lane was the unusual venue for designer Richard James’ 2014 Spring/Summer collection, unveiled as part of London Collection: Men (LC:M). Only in its second year,... Read More

Exhibition: Hollywood costume

‘Clothes are never a frivolity, they always mean something’, so wrote? James Laver. Costume designers are storytellers and play a pivotal role in bringing movies to life. London’s V&A is celebrating their work with Hollywood Costume, an exhibition that brings together over 100 of the most iconic costumes designed for cinema characters over a century of film-making from 1912 to the present day. The exhibition ends 27 January 2013. For... Read More

Book review: The Colour Revolution

Fashion helps shape our visual landscape and, well, adds a little fun to our lives. However, behind what may seem like a frivolous world are countless brains deciding on what we wear and what colour these garments should be made available in. The colour of the season isn’t just some fluke or flippant decision made by the editor of Vogue but the work of colour specialists who through history have directed trends based on economic forces and shifting... Read More

Car, body, fashion

I was 18 when I first read The Nude by Kenneth Clark. Published in 1956, it was a sort of Bible for young aspiring aesthetes. I was on my way to becoming one, so I hoped, having enrolled on a pre-grad foundation in art and design. Many of Clark’s observations have been tirelessly quoted but the one that always resonates is this simple line: ‘The relation of head to body determines the standard by which we assess all other proportions in nature.’... Read More

Brit Insurance Design Awards

From an original concept for a cookery book and iPhone app, to an open air library, an organically-shaped chair and the world’s first designer lightbulb, the winners of this years Brit Insurance Design Awards at London’s Design Museum were an inspired collection from the world of architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. The seven winners, selected by a jury chaired by former chief executive of the... Read More

New York fashion week 2011

A bitter cold chill wraps its way around the streets and avenues whilst frenzied fashion media, models and designers all vie to miss the mounds of snow and slush in their efforts to get in the back of a yellow cab for the next show and which is almost guaranteed to run late anyway. Welcome to New York Fashion Week, in association with Mercedes-Benz, whose cars provided a brief respite between points and bun fights. #gallery-9 { margin:... Read More

Changing face of drawing fashion

Drawing – as in the traditional art of applying pen to paper – maybe a dead medium in certain design disciplines, yet surprisingly it has remained a major force in fashion design. The advent of photography changed the role of the medium, but it has evolved to represent a brand’s history and identity. #gallery-10 { margin: auto; } #gallery-10 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width:... Read More