Earlier this week, a group of us from UCA went to up to Edinburgh to meet the students of Edinburgh college of art. We were there to support the All Walks project founded by - Caryn Franklyn, Erin O'Connor and Debra Bourne. This project is trying to raise awareness of the lack of diversity on the catwalk and attempting to make a radical change.This means broadening the boundaries in age, weight and race for models. Together we protested on the streets, blogged, designed and handed out flyers. It was really exhausting work, but It was really worth the effort and hopefully a change will occur soon. We are really trying to get the message out there so please follow and support us:
JW Anderson’s S/S 2012 collection - “Craft goes machine”, has wrenched him from the back seats of fashion week, into the front row. Having previously succeeded with his “modern day heritage” menswear lines, His spring collection is a positive twist on the previous chunky knits and masculine tailoring from fall 2011. His rural home - a farm in Northern Ireland, is part reason to Anderson’s use of traditional prints, stitches and shapes. This season’s collection exemplifies Anderson’s trademark of frequently mixing traditional craftsmanship with unique fabrics and materials. Using a traditional blanket stitch, conventional pyjama suits are juxtaposed with leather sleeves and collars. Similarly, the original button down cardigan is morphed into a flapper style dress with sleeves hanging from the hips. Having studied menswear at London College of Fashion, the interweaving of menswear and womanswear is instinctive for JW Anderson - as seen with his patchwork tops and baggy pleated trousers. The strongest piece from my perspective, (and the one I most want for myself) was the colour block angora jumpers. These almost “mesh-like” jumpers hit the summer trends head on whilst still encompassing Anderson’s anarchic ideas and conventional styles. I’m actually really looking forward to seeing his A/W 2012 collection this week and record his progression.
"The Only way is Blogging" or TOWIB was my first group blogging experience. Being in a room full of accomplished bloggers was really encouraging and I managed to scribble down enough blog names to last a long weekend. Fingers crossed I put all the information given to good use. Managed to make some friends too - added bonus for sure. http://towib.blogspot.com/
Spring/Summer 2012 looks to bring the customary paisley print back on trend as German-born Jil Sander and her creative director Raf Simons have featured the paisley print in their latest catwalk. Transferring the traditional paisley print into neon Persian pickles -this print decorated tailored white shirts and dresses in electric shades of blue and pink. This transition from Carnaby Street to catwalk demonstrates the progression of this pine cone inspired print.Once emblematic of the sixties, this internationally classic print will be renewing the psychedelic feel of a sixties Carnaby Street into 2012.