“The silhouette made the collection.” Cathryn Horn commented in The New York Times on the Miu Miu Fall 2013 show- a versatile and prim presentation with that signature cheeky Miu Miu edge- models swathed in velvet, stripy socks and the sweetest silk neck ties. What’s surprising is how tactile the imagery is, I wonder how much the prevelance of imagery for e-commerce will begin to affect designer’s choice in material and styling.
Miuccia told Style.com she wanted the collection to have the feel of something sport, industrial, contemporary and tough all adjectives I would not immediatly associate with Miu Miu as a brand- but that is of course what Miuccia does so well- taking bold risks to present something really new, fresh- not just the same formulaeic brand ID. Although she did manage to sneak in some polka dots and pink which she apparently gets somewhat instinctively drawn to over and over again…you know what Miuccia me too, me too.
After a long weekend of serious indulgence at my parent’s house in the countryside (flapjacks, chocolate, banana bread etc) I spent the afternoon cooking up my favourite green soup- perfect to nourish the body and get you back on track for a busy week ahead! Serves 2. 150 cal per serving.
Vogue Latin America March
Ingredients: Celery, Broccoli, Half an Onion, Bag of Spinach, Olive Oil, Vegetable stock, Salt and Pepper, Vegetable Stock
Step 1: Add a little olive oil to your pot and finely chop up the onion, add to pot and simmer until soft. Boil kettle and make a litre of vegetable stock
Step 2: Dice all the ingredients ( except for the spinach) and place them in the pot to simmer for 15 minutes.. Read on for the rest of the recipe (more…)
On February the 26th London’s Mayor Boris Johnson was in Bethnal Green, not to hang out at Shoreditch House or pick up some Vintage off Brick Lane, but to formally open East End Manufacturing, London’s newest garment factory.
The business, which is owned by Barry Laden (ahem ultimate factory owner’s name) focuses on jersey and has interest from big names including Next. He recently told Drapers: “Obviously we are not at the stage to produce Next’s mainline garments, but for special ranges or test runs we can produce items in the low thousands. There are some things we will never be able to compete on – jeans for example – but with certin products we can compete on price and quality as well as making things quickly.”
With more scrutiny than ever on British retailer’s supply chains ( see Horse Meat Scandal) will consumers be willing to seek out those ‘Hand Made in Britain’ items and in most cases pay a premium for them? It’s a trend I know many of my jewellery designers on MYFLASHTRASH.COM will welcome, as with our office,most of them are based in London’s jewellery district Hatton Garden and help support a thriving community of CAD designers, setters, platers, stone and chain suppliers- but from a retailers point of view rarely has the origin of the jewellery or the material ( many high fashion and recognisable jewellery brands simply silver or gold plate brass) been questioned by the consumer until now. As customers are more frugal and selective with their purchases thoughtful touches such as hallmarking and packaging are helping incite trust.
1. Gold Suit Case Necklace £175 Hallmarked by Katie Mullally 2. The Beautiful boxes for BARK jewellery
All signs that whilst the high street is shedding its skin looking for a new identity, ‘the maker movement’ is in full throttle, as Etsy holds its position as the most pinned company on pintrest more and more people are investing in local individual’s hand made goods that start life as hobbies and over time become legitimate brands. So perhaps the answer is yes to British made goods and a revival in British manufacturing but not just on a factory scale- its the kitchen table production lines that are bit by bit propping up local economies and taking up a significant share of the e-commerce market.
How beautiful the Lanvin Fall 2013 show was on Thursday! The brand continues to be more flirty and fun than ever under Alber Elbaz‘s direction and for Autumn it seems he envisaged girls throwing open a dressing up box. ‘I felt this change of direction, a kind of crazy mood in Paris that I didn’t see before’ the designer told WWD. Alluding perhaps to the fan-fare of fashion week in all it’s parading maximalist glory, the bold word necklaces stamped with ‘Cool’, ‘Happy’ and interestingly ‘Help’, were layered amongst swathes of pearls and chains- a look you can easily see being emulated by many for the pleasure of street style photographers.
The buzzing bees were the final touch that caught my eye pinned as brooches on top of butterfly or dragonfly printed silk dresses- its reminds me of playing dress up with friends as a little girl, our house in the English countryside on a warm spring day, the sound of laughter – sunlight streaming through an attic window and the hum of buzzing bees in a nearby meadow..#fashiondaydreams
image credits: Vogue.co.uk, FashGif, WeHeartIt