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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Internalized Social Criteria

George Styler is a graduate from College of Textile Design, Technology and Management in Belgrade;who first came to my attention after seeing that he was listed as one of Fashion Scout's Ones to Watch.I was intrigued by his use of fabrics and colours as well as the highly specific and intricate details on his wonderfully decadent designs.
His pieces have been featured in many different magazines and media publications including Vogue,The Wild,Huf and Fashion Affair.His collections are " sociological studies expressed through fashion, where words and phrases are replaced by clothing of expressive communicative powers." 
I decided to get in touch with this exciting new designer and he kindly agreed to participate in this short interview.
George talks communicative powers ,rebellion and embracing the beauty of nature.



-Could you tell me about your latest collection , NetWork?

My latest collection explores various types of networks.  Some of them include the society we live in, or interconnection of cultures and customs in the modern society. I created a unique “net” by interlacing woolen yarns from different parts of the world. I connect traditional with contemporary -using the classic hand knitting combined with the latest weaving techniques.  My designs are a link between past and present,terrestrial and aquatic. They embrace beauty of nature that is, nowadays,somehow forgotten somewhere between hectic lifestyles and social networks.






-What's your favourite thing about working in fashion?

My favourite thing about working in fashion is taking part in creating something new. I’m also fascinated by the entire process involved. It’s an amazing feeling when you turn your sketches into reality. Then there is planning the fashion show, choosing the models and communicating with different people on a daily basis. It’s all very exciting for me.



-Was there any defining moment in your life that made you think,wow ,I've got to make clothes?

Ever since I was little, I loved to draw and paint. I created my first fashion illustration during primary school and began dressing myself. It was then that I realised that I really wanted to make clothes.




-What are your biggest influences to your work?

The biggest influence to my work is the world around me. I’ve travelled to many different places and have always felt inspired by the things I saw.My collections are sociological studies expressed through fashion, where words and phrases are replaced by clothing of expressive communicative powers.




-You've won a ton of awards , which award meant the most to you?

My biggest award was being chosen as the Ones to Watch Winner of the Season.


-Your collection "captivity" , made quite an impact , can you talk me through a couple of your favourite pieces?

My collection 'Captivity' is initiated by reflections on the existence of freedom of the modern man, his right to belong everywhere and to everyone, to move and speak freely, and to dress without restraint, yet still captivated by the freedom of his choices. 
This paradigm derivatives from the reality in which liberty is largely a declarative right, and We are increasingly captured by the modern society, new media,prejudices,internalized social criteria and externally-imposed anticipation.
I’m dealing with the questions of freedom through fashion design which includes elements of symbolic meaning. A bird is a symbol of freedom; but a cage could also be associated with freedom; the punk movement is a symbol of rebellion and nihilism; and decorative details of this collection represent  my opinion that the society wants the man to become a simple decoration - a decoration of the world which he believes he rules.

If you want to hear more about what this fabulous designer has to say go to http://georgestyler.com/  to watch his clothes go down the runway or read more about his background.
Thanks very much to George for helping me out with this interview,you'll definitely be hearing a lot about this guy in the future so keep your eyes peeled.
Kate
xox

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Earth Hour 2014

Hola everyone! Just a quick reminder that tonight at 8.30 is WWF's Earth Hour: where millions of people around the world switch off all of their lights for just one hour to conserve energy.
Sign up and join the people who want to protect our planet and to make change happen- http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/
This year Andrew Garfield (a.k.a the new Spiderman) has become Earth Hour's first super hero ambassador:
Earth Hour has already begun in some countries and the countdown to the UK's festivities is well under way, please join me and supporting this fantastic event.All you have to do is to switch off your lights for an hour , such a simple thing ,but when united with other like minded people can make a real change.
Kate
xox

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

L'Wren

As you may know the highly successful designer , model and business woman , L'Wren Scott was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday morning.
Although I was never L'Wren's most devoted fan , I have always admired her work from a distance. I'm not going to pretend that she was always my favourite designer but she was a talented and valued model , designer and human being.
My favourite collection of hers was entitled "Yorkshire Pudding" ( S/S13) , in this collection she explored minimalist designs and colours as well as more extravagant detailed pieces.
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As highlighted by Dazed Digital ,it emerged from the news coverage of L'Wren's death that the most important thing about her was being "the girlfriend of Mick Jagger". Highlighting that even in today's society many successful and important women are still only recognised as their partner's girlfriend or wife.
The magazine had picked out a few tweets expressing their disappointment with the media:
L'wren Scott had a name. She was also a fashion designer. @BBCNews should be ashamed of report saying "Mick Jagger's girlfriend" has died.
So sad that in media reports today, she was reduced to "the girlfriend of". L'Wren Scott was an accomplished designer & businesswomen.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Ghost town

I was reading Dazed Digital and I came across what I think is the most spellbinding thing I have ever seen on the internet .....so,this Estonian photographer discovered this abandoned outdoor cinema in an Egyptian desert.EOTWCinema3
You can read more about it here:Visit the cinema at the end of the world , just thought I would let you guys know.

Kate
xox

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Boy With Apple

I went to see Wes Anderson's latest creation,The Grand Budapest Hotel ,today at FACT , and I have to say it was excellent. The cinematography was spectacularly intriguing , as was the plot.It tells the story of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at  the famous Grand Budapest hotel and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who helps him on an adventure involving a renaissance painting named "Boy With Apple". The set and costumes were perfectly quirky and lavish.The whole film was very precise and oh so dreamy,  it was so far yet so close to reality : it was perfect.



A star studded cast included , Ralph Fiennes,Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and Jude Law to name a few, but the actor who really stole the show was Tony Revolori playing the part of lobby boy , Zero.

You need to go and see this film as soon as possible , I promise you will love it just as much as Moonrise Kingdom or The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore or any other Wes Anderson film.It
will not be long until The Grand Budapest Hotel gains the highest of cult movie status'.


Kate
xox

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Postcards from Blackpool....interview with Carrie-Ann Stein!!!

Carrie-Ann Stein is a London based designer who creates fantastically beautiful and unique pieces that are enticing many in the industry , including Susie Bubble and the people of Elle magazine.Her graduate collection , "Postcards from Blackpool",is so unusually dreamy - with postcard silhouettes , neon shades and urban imagery. Carrie agreed to do an interview with me , which is pretty darn exciting, so with that , let us begin...



-Have you always been interested in fashion/art and is that something you've always wanted to do?

I was academic at school so I was channelled that way. Fortunately, my family are artistic: my dad experiments with painting, photography and modelling. My mum has always had a talent for interior design, in particular, with textile design; and my elder brother is an art dealer.

-How did you kick-start you career in fashion?

I was beginning to feel disillusioned with my job as a lawyer so I began to take short courses in sewing, pattern-cutting and design. This led to a 1-year foundation course at the London College of Fashion and then a BA in Fashion Design with Knit at Central Saint Martins College.


-What are your main influences to your designs?

I am inspired by the conceptual designs of Rei Kawakubo and the uplifting artworks of David Hockney. Working class life is the undercurrent that feeds my designs.



-Is there anyone who you would love to dress or to wear your pieces?

I wouId love to dress Grace Jones or Tracey Emin - women with a fearsome attitude.


-What are your plans for the future? 

My plans are to continue developing exciting prints and silhouettes.




-What kind of music do you listen to/movies do you watch/artists that you like?

 I listen to electronic music such as Metronomy and Daniel Avery and the experiments of Damon Albarn. I love to watch British comedies such as The Office, Granma's House, The Thick of It and The Royle Family. I am inspired by the works of David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Gabriel Orozco.


-Where is your favourite place to go?

My favourite place to go is home.



Thank you so much to Carrie-Ann for this interview!To find out more about this magnificent woman got to :http://www.carrieannstein.co.uk/

Oh and guys , I'm currently in love with this song , partially due to the fact that I've watched Nick & Norah's infinite playlist approximately 9 times over the past few months:

Kate
xox

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Light

I am now able to get into 15's at the cinema.Yes ,that's right I turned 15 a couple of weeks ago-I feel kind of old , but I'm looking forward to legally getting into 15 +rated movies.This makes me the same age as Max Fisher in Rushmore , Millie in Freaks and Geeks and the same age as Kate moss in the picture below.

lindsay kate moss 15 years old
So , the week before last I went to Crosby beach to see Antony Gormley's surreal installation of around hundred life-size cast iron men across the sea shore. Every time I see this art work, I think that it's not completely real : it kinda feels like a weird dream.It was a shame because when we got there the tide was in so you couldn't really see that many of the statues and it was really cold and windy , but the light was really pretty.In fact ,I spent the whole time taking pictures of the different light and how quickly it changed.






 (That's one of the iron men , not just some guy trying to reflect on life or something)


(If you look closely you can see one of the iron men half-way into the sea)

P.S - sorry if I took a picture and you're in it.
Kate
xox