Currently playing: The Drums – I Felt Stupid
The Drums are a band that I can listen to whenever, regardless of my mood, where I am or what I’m doing. “I Felt Stupid” is one of my favourite tracks from the band, and I got hooked on it after seeing it performed live when I went to see Florence and the Machine two years ago in London at the Hammersmith Apollo where, to my surprise, The Drums were the support act.
If you haven’t already given this a listen, I highly recommend that you do so! Believe me; it’s absolutely fantastic, and incredibly catchy!
Product posts have never really been my sort of thing, yet I’ve recently been noticing that I tend to admire particular items rather than whole collections, which is why I think that upping the amount of product posts I write may not be the worse decision I ever make. Plus, I’m a sucker for throwing my opinion out there and banging on about what items I’m obsessing over.
An oversized t-shirt is an incredibly simple item to have in your wardrobe, and is often deemed as a necessity. Plain clothing is versatile and, now that the sun is finally here, it’s handy to have a good, plain white t-shirt at hand. I appreciate that there are hundreds of shops that sell white t-shirts, yet this oversized t-shirt from Claudia Ligari’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is one that I particularly admire. The t-shirt is 100% cotton and priced at £55.00 and, no matter what anyone says, it’s almost definitely going to of a much better quality than similar t-shirts you’d find in stores like H&M or Urban Outfitters. Don’t get me wrong, those stores are great if you’re looking for something to tide you over for a season, yet this t-shirt is going to last, which means that you can throw it in your wardrobe and have it handy for winter and perhaps even next summer too.
If you’re going to invest in a designer piece, then what could be better than a reasonably priced, versatile item that’s in it for the long haul?
Photography by Rosa Rendl
Images courtesy of Claudia Ligari
Propagande Noire is a wonderful new unisex brand that was founded in 2011 and is based in Florence, Italy. The brand mixes both clean-cut, minimalist design with a subtle, urban approach. All of the pieces are relatively casual but, at the same time, impeccably tailored.
The Autumn/Winter 2012 collection from Propagande Noire follows the brands urban aesthetic by throwing tailored jackets and basic t-shirts into the mix, whilst also adding a handful of oversized dresses for the girls and the odd versatile sweater or two. The palette for the collection is relatively simple, with black, grey and off-white making an appearance in most of the pieces. I’m also a big fan of the Autumn/Winter 2012 campaign, which was shot in a rundown warehouse and on a construction site in order to emphasis the brands appreciation for urban design even further.
When I think of Italy, my head is bombarded with stereotypes and visions of fine, tailored suits, and I’m thrilled to see that Propagande Noire have broken this stereotype and managed to create an array of casual pieces that are, as expected, all of an impeccable quality.
You can view the full collection on the Propagande Noire website.
Wolf & Badger is home to numerous independent and emerging designers, and it is Wolf & Badger that I have to thank for my discovery of London-based womenswear designer Christopher Waller. Christopher produces all of his pieces in London, United Kingdom using United Kingdom and European sourced fabrics, which is, in itself, a reason to admire his work.
Christopher’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, ‘A Shot Across the Bows’, continues to evidently present his admiration for clean lines, block colouring and quality fabrics. All of the pieces are relatively simple, which is an aspect I’ve only recently come to admire, and is one of many reasons as to why I’ve become so interested in Christopher’s work. The collection features an array of fabrics, including white jersey and silk. The palette for the collection includes what Christopher describes as “dusk pinks, classic French navy’s and sapphire blue’s”, which is a much better description than I could’ve ever come up with.
Images courtesy of Christopher Waller
Currently playing: Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
After a recent influx of female vocalists that I’ve become totally obsessed with, I thought I’d post this track by English singer-songwriter Ben Howard. The track is absolutely fantastic and well worth a listen, and I’m hoping that this will show you that I do also like the odd talented male vocalist or two.
Easy listening is not a phrase I utter very often when it comes to music, but I would almost definitely be lying if I were to describe this track as anything else!
Petter Hollström and Gorjan Lauseger, the duo behind Swedish unisex brand Odeur, have once again pulled out all the stops in their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, ‘Aerial Ambitions’, which is inspired by the human illusion of being able to fly, as in the tales of Icarus that covers human conceit. The collection follows suit with the brands signature, focusing predominately on detail and playful silhouettes. The palette for this collection is monochrome in white, black and grey, which is again similar to Petter and Gorjan’s previous work.
I’ve been following Odeur for approximately 1 year now, and the development I’ve seen has been remarkable. The way in which Petter and Gorjan have manipulated classic sportswear in order to create elegant, tailored and detailed garments is phenomenal, and they’ve definitely earned themselves a well deserved position as one of my favourite emerging brands!
You can view the full collection on the Odeur website, and purchase a handful of garments via Coggles.com and selected stores worldwide. You can view a full list of stockists via the ‘Retailers’ page on the Odeur website.
Photography by Axel Engström
Arena Page is a London-based womenswear designer and pattern cutter who graduated in 2012 from the London College of Fashion in MA Fashion Design and Technology: Womenswear. Arena is yet to release a commercial collection, but her MA collection is spectacular and something I simply couldn’t ignore.
Arena’s MA collection is incredibly structured and inspired by the single sided surface through the study of Topology. With a focus on geometry, Arena used a 3D modelling computer program to generate complex, minimal surfaces to which a ‘flattening’ process was applied. The design process involved going from 3D surface to 2D and then back to 3D until Arena was happy with the outcome, which she then applied to paper and fabric for further manipulation and experimentation in relation to the body. It is said that “this collection is a true celebration of creative pattern cutting”, and I couldn’t agree more.
I think that Arena has heaps of potential and, from this collection alone, it is clear that she is incredibly talented. I will, without fail, be following the work of Arena Page in the foreseeable future, and I urge you to do the same.
You can view the full collection on University of the Arts London’s online gallery, Showtime, where you can also view a handful of illustrations.
Photography by Panos Damaskinidis
Images courtesy of Arena Page via Not Just A Label
Currently playing: Florence and the Machine – Breath Of Life
I’m sure that most of you know that I’m a big fan of Florence Welch and Florence and the Machine by now, and this track that Florence threw together for Snow White and the Huntsman is simply phenomenal. Film tracks can often be incredibly generic, yet this, accompanied by the video, is anything but!