• Love that I always see the best pieces by Brit designers abroad @nicoll_studio @liger_hk
  • Swash land at @liger_hk Patterson St store #SwashLondon
  • Patchwork chair by Brut Cake at @littlethingmag shop in OCT Loft Shenzhen
  • Close up of @_dion_lee_ skirt and #ToBeAdored shirt from @sister_tokyo
  • Chased after Brunie here up Hollywood Road. Just because.

The title might sound like a petulent title to a rant proclaiming that Fashion is ART (you know the sort of rants that end up with numerous Alexander McQueen pictures to uphold their argument).  It is in fact a reference to the Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Plus Fashion event that is going to be taking place on Thursday night.  Remember the slightly rubbishness that was Fashion Rocks where "music fused with fashion"?  Well this is miles better than that.  The Whitechapel has explored art's relationship with other visual arts in their annual Art Plus parties and now it's the turn of fashion.  There'll be a posh gala where anyone can buy tickets to attend for a princely ¬£150, a Sotheby's auction of works by the likes of Francesco Vezzoli, Corrine Day and Bridget Riley to raise money for the gallery's education programme, and more interestingly a coming together of four stellar fashion postgraduates with four artists in what promises to be an unconventional catwalk show (the first ever in the gallery) produced by Blonstein and Associates.  The artists are mostly video or installation artists and their video work will hopefully be presented in tandem with the MA collections of four MA fashion grads, which have been selected by Giles Deacon, Bella Freud and Marios Schwab, in line with the gallery supporting emerging creative talent.  I'll be donning a gala-suitable frock on, on Thursday and heading down there to check it out but in the meantime, I thought I'd preview the potential pairings…

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Trine Hav Christensen graduated from the Royal College of Art and scooped the first prize ofthe Swarovski Elements Award and I loved seeing stylist Tess Yopp wear her designs during London Fashion Week.  Her collection plays with the opposing elements of fire and water, using resin and plastics to create different light reflective qualities and levels of iridescence.  Her acidic fronds will be teamed up with Ursula Mayer's film Gonda, which also plays with light cast on a human beings.   

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Ursula2Stills from Gonda (2012) Ursula Mayer

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Volume and gender interplay are evident in Hiroaki Kanai's RCA MA collection.  A ruffle, a volume at the back of a vented top and a curved shouldered sweatshirt all suggest the mid-century couture trappings that currently invade womenswear and so it feels refreshing to see them filtered through a menswear collection.  His pieces will be presented alongside Bonnie Camplin's Colonial Fanny film, which films herself against various tropical backdrops in famous fashion photograph poses.  

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Alexei_MDisplay_1883.Hiroaki.08Hiroaki Kanai MA collection shot by 1883 Magazine - Photography by Alexei Izmaylov, Styling by Tomas C. Toth

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There was a lot of questioning of the occult and the witchy in Sabina Bryntesson's Central Saint Martins MA class last year.  Bryntesson's MA collection does just that, mixing up religious references with black metal and drone.  Of her collection, Bryntesson says "It‚Äôs about the scenery behind these things. How you enhance the image you want people to believe in."  Hilary Koob-Sassen's disjointed and sci-fi scenario film Transcalar investment Vehicle will be integrated with Bryntesson's hooded figures.

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EXIT-1Stills from Transcalar Investment Vehicles (2012) Hilary-Koob-Sassen

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Sabina Bryntesson MA 2012 collection

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Craig Green is perhaps the most advanced designer of this group of four, having presented his second collection as part of MAN at London Collections Men.  His CSM MA collection, which was again inspired by religion and cults as well as by the film The Village of the Damned, lingers on in people's memories for its highly considered and abstracted questioning of uniforms and workwear.  Green's misshapen bodies will be paired with the straight grid-esque lines of Simon Payne's Point Line Plane video piece.  

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Th_78d33a6311f860a47e69d6e256566c6d_aw13look8Craig Green A/W 13-4 Collection


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Craig Green MA 2012 collection

Comments (7)

  1. milex says:

    Thank you for incuding some of the mens looks!
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Marta says:

    I really like all that pics. Are great and so original.
    http://www.martasfashiondiary.com/

  3. Morenike says:

    Brilliant just brilliant! I love how unconventional this is. http://Www.arewa.ca/blog

  4. Amazing. These images sing like paintings.

  5. Rachelle says:

    Your blog is fast becoming a favorite of mine :)
    I like how you talk about inspiration and art and take the time to explain… It is much less commercial than the other popular blogs filled mostly with pictures. Refreshing! Keep it up!
    Rachelle
    Lil Miss Prim but not Proper

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