Friday, 28 February 2014

Youthful, sensual austerity

I found these Margaret Howell Summer 2008 ads yesterday; the look is just so quietly sensual and, testament to the brand's timeless aesthetic, up-to-the-minute...six years later! I have been trying to find out who made the glasses an though I couldn't find much about them I think they are very similar to my Oliver Goldsmith AKI sunglasses.

The similarity is also in the fact that they share the same pure aesthetic and the British handmade craft as Margaret Howell clothes. I am not sure where they can be bought, sadly Oliver Goldsmith no longer feature them on their website, maybe it's time for a re-edition, as an optical frame as well ;-)

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Street videos

Here is something I recently discovered, The New York Times Intersection videos where people from around the world talk about their style and their neighbourhood, but don't be fooled, it's not just about more hipster looks; a lot of these videos are about different cultures influencing each other's style.

Street-style photography is so intriguing when it's spontaneous, you just wonder who the people are in the picture and you make up your own stories, so I am trying to define the appeal of video street-style. You know a bit more about the people, admittedly not a lot more than from a photo, but you hear their voice and you see them move, then they also describe themselves, that adds a few layers to someone's personality. Do you agree? Or do you still prefer street-style photography?

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Monday, 17 February 2014

In the Making

see the bottom of this post for clues

Can anyone guess what these things are?

This is a post I had drafted and meant to publish just after visiting the "In the making"exhibition, a few of weeks ago at the Design Museum.

Each object is shown in a frozen moment in time, at a specific stage in the manufacturing process.

glass marble production stage

The appeal is not just for people like me, who are fascinated by the making process, but for anyone curious about how the things we use are made. Most times we are only a few clicks away from purchasing the things we need and a lot of the time we don't see them until they are delivered at our front door.

"In The Making" demystifies how everyday objects are made by unveiling them in their unfinished state, interrupted mid-production, their beauty is in traditional craft or industrial manufacturing methods alike.

Clockwise, from top right (only the last three objects are part of the exhibition):

- Sunglasses: Front blanks, milled from a sheet of acetate, 10% of the manufactory stage (not part of the exhibition but I think this is perfectly fitting! picture from

-Pencils: 9-ply, half slat with coloured strip, 60% of the manufactory stage

-Tennis Balls: Dumbell blanks, die-cut from a sheet of felt, 50% of the manufactory stage

-Glass Marble: Faunas cane cut marble stick, 70% of the manufactory stage

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Kathrin Kuhn

Kathrin Kuhn is an artist/illustrator/designer living in Berlin. She is currently studying visual communication and works as a freelance illustrator for magazines, newspapers and advertising.
Her collages are made of 1960s GDR-Magazines, 1950s Biology Books, 1970s porn and everything else she finds on flea markets and in vintage shops.
Inspired by bygone times and styles, her work is filled with notions of Art Deco, scraps of Pop Art and shreds of Bauhaus, mixed all up with the gloss of Now.

These are my favourite...

artwork by Kathrin Kuhn
artwork by Kathrin Kuhn
artwork by Kathrin Kuhn

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Is illustration an antidote to fashion banality?

artwork by Fran├žois Berthoud 

I read an interesting article by Colin McDowell on the power of illustration (and the lack of it) in fashion reporting.

Colin argues that too many of today’s fashion illustrations copy the techniques and poses of 60 years ago but forget "that a line, no matter how perfectly executed in pen or brush, is just a line if it fails to suggest that it is not only encompassing shape and volume, but also representing a flesh and blood body, adding that famous illustrators of the past "were confident because they knew how much they were valued and paid, confident enough to appreciate and value their predecessors and their work, without copying their techniques or emulating their viewpoints." Colin cites the work of contemporary illustrator, Fran├žois Berthoud as a fine example of experimental, modern illustration, here is a video showing the handcraft of linocut printing as well as how he digitally manipulates his work.

Streetstyle has become sterile an exercise as a lot of editorials on magazines have, and I think illustration is a reaction to this. I used to do a lot of street style photography at the catwalk shows and I now only sketch people I see in the street.

The beauty of Illustration is that it gives me the opportunity to interpret the looks I see on the street, as opposed to merely capture it on camera (maybe because I am not a great photographer ;-). I never seem to have my sketchbook at hand when I see someone interesting, so by the time I put what I see to paper (or my IPad) I would have further assimilated that image, made it my own. This is when it becomes unique, as opposed to just a record of what people wear on the street.

What are your thoughts on fashion illustration, or the lack of it in fashion magazines?

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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Movers and shakers

Congratulations to eyewear designer Percy Lau on her WGSN nomination as one-of-five top inspirational websites from China...of course, Eyespectacle knew all along that she was going to make a mark ;-)

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