“Unchartered Territory” is the name of the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection from Western Australia-based unisex brand Salasai, which was founded in 2006 by designer Kirsha Whitcher. The collection is said to be inspired by ‘old English heritage and the Anglo Saxon movement’, and includes a vast array of simple yet elegant garments for both men and women.
Check prints play an incredibly important role throughout the collection, and help to reiterate the seemingly apparent Anglo Saxon relation. In addition to check print, lace, leather and raw silk edging are combined to ensure that ‘the feminine yet androgynous signature true to Salasai’ is evident in Autumn/Winter 2012.
“Unchartered Territory” is an accumulation of dresses, skirts, shorts, shirts, trousers, sweaters and coats for the girls, and shirts, trousers, coats and sweaters for the guys. The whole collection has been put together perfectly, and I’m finding it difficult to fault Kirsha’s work in any way!
You can view the “Unchartered Territory” lookbook on the Salasai website, and will be able to purchase the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection via the Salasai online-store or alternatively via the numerous Salasai stockists momentarily.
Images courtesy of Salasai
When I first latched eyes on the delight that is White Tent, it was nothing short of love at first sight. The simplistic practicality about the designs is something which really grabbed my attention and, ever since, my fingers have insisted on clicking over to the White Tent website numerous times a week.
For those of you who are unaware, White Tent is a Lisbon, Portugal and London, United Kingdom-based brand which was created in 2007 by Central Saint Martin’s and London College of Fashion graduates, Evgenia Tabakova and Pedro Noronha-Feio. The pair are said to ‘strongly believe in social responsibility’ and are working on ways of making White Tent a sustainable brand.
I will admit that the brand is relatively casual in comparison to the majority of other designers and brands I’ve taken an interest in over the course of the past year or so and, despite that, I’m all over the Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Subtle tones of white, green, red, navy and grey make up the majority of the Spring/Summer 2012 collection, with the odd metallic garment showing its face every now and then to help mix things up. There is a beautiful accumulation of shirts, skirts, jackets, trousers and shorts that make up this collection, with one of my favourite features being the wonderful array of clean-cut parkas.
With retail prices ranging from €89.00 to a reasonable €273.00, I’m not sure how you could go wrong with this collection!
All of the designs from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection are available to purchase via the White Tent online-store.
Images courtesy of White Tent
Even though I only discovered the New Zealand-based phenomenon that is NOM*D a matter of days ago, they’ve already managed successfully lure me in with their beautiful designs and conspicuous talent.
NOM*D is a brand that was founded in 1987 by Margarita Robertson, and has been described as “one of the ground-breaking New Zealand Four who showed at London Fashion Week in 1999”. The brand is also described as having “dark, intellectual qualities”, and I couldn’t agree more. Another fantastic aspect of NOM*D is that the designs are both unique and wearable. I respect any designer who can create intriguing, unique and wearable garments, which is why I must confess that Margarita has done an absolutely outstanding job!
“Shatter” is the name of the NOM*D Spring/Summer 2012 collection, and includes a little bit of everything as far as design, detail and material go. This collection is a mix of both the complicated and simple, with shades of black, white and beige playing a dominant role throughout. Panelling and loose weave crotched is extremely evident throughout the collection, which helps to balance out the elegant and unique concept. The use of panelling enhances the admirable structural abnormalities which is seemingly continuous in each design, and this enhances the fragile tendencies about the collection; relating back to the initial concept behind “Shatter” and its tangible reference to glass.
You can view the full Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook via the NOM*D website, and purchase a handful of the garments via Precious Peg; a New Zealand-based online retailer which strives to provide women who appreciate the unique talents of New Zealand and Australia with covetable items of clothing.
Images courtesy of NOM*D
Currently playing: Snow Patrol – Signal Fire
I can’t get enough of the video for this song, and not only because I have a seemingly peculiar admiration for Spiderman.
I try my absolute best to boast about my love of both fashion and art as often as possible, and I feel that the discovery of MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London graduate Ana Rajcevic has provided me with the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Ana is a London-based fashion artist who specialises in synthetic polymers, metal and leather. When I first caught a glimpse of Ana’s work via notjustalabel.com, I was both intrigued and overwhelmed. Following designers who take their ideas to the next level is what I live for, and this level of innovation is the epitome of everything I love about emerging talent.
What I truly admire about Ana is that she has not conformed to any generic fads when it comes to jewellery and accessory design, and has instead developed what she describes as a ‘new breed’ of precious objects.
“ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution” is the name of Ana’s current collection, and is the same collection which won her the MA Design Award from the University of the Arts London earlier this year. The description of the collection, which I have taken from the Ana Rajcevic website, is as followed:
The project is grounded in a unique visual interpretation of animal anatomy, building upon existing skeleton structures to create a series of sculptural pieces that appear as natural properties of the human body, suggesting strength, power and sensuality. Concepts of mutation and evolution are explored in order to develop a contemporary cross-image of human and animal, an atemporal, supreme creature, beyond past and future.
Despite the fact that the concept behind the collection is reasonably disturbing, I have to admit that Ana has done an absolutely fantastic job in creating a collection of intriguing and innovative objects.
If you admire Ana’s work and would like to view the full collection, you can do so on the Ana Rajcevic website.
Photography by Fernando Lessa
Images courtesy of notjustalabel.com
I like to think of myself as a reasonably knowledgeable guy when it comes to acknowledging potential. It is with this that I’d like to introduce you all to French designer Meryl Suissa, who established a brand in her own name towards the end of 2011, after 8 months of designing for her first ever collection.
Meryl’s designs are both structured and sophisticated, with vintage frocks playing a key part in the inspiration for each and every design. On that note, Meryl likes to think of her designs as a mix between the sophistication and elegance of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and, the “baby doll” tendencies of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.
I will admit that I’m not exactly crazy about every single one of Meryl’s designs, yet there are a fair few that I really do admire. In terms of potential and where Meryl Suissa is headed, I think that we’re in for an extremely exciting future!
If you’d like to view all of Meryl’s designs, you can do so via the Meryl Suissa website. You can also purchase a number of Meryl’s designs via Carnet de Mode; a Parisian online retailer which strives to promote the best in emerging talent.
Images courtesy of Meryl Suissa
Currently playing: Bon Iver – Calgary
There are not many bands I can sit and listen to for hours on end, yet I have to admit that American folk band Bon Iver is rapidly becoming a favourite of mine.
Every song I’ve listened to from Bon Iver is teeming with emotion and, come evening time, it’s nice to sit and relax with a little bit of Skinny Love, Holocene or Calgary playing in the background as I reply to numerous emails.