Unfortunately it’s in lots of parts but watch below…
I always wanted to go to the Minnie Mouse Centre for the Totally Unhip. I love that at the end of the special Minnie and Elton John sing together – bit weird a gay guy and an animated mouse flirt-singing but brills anyway. Janet Jackson’s Nasty and the Disney montage in part 7 is a particular fave also.
A little while ago Claire Pepper asked me if I wanted to do the fashion for a video she was putting together for ethical London Fashion Week project, The Good Fashion Show. It launches on Saturday 18th February… here is a teaser.
Last week I styled a film for ethical fashion event The Good Fashion Show (shot by the wonderful Claire Pepper). In prep for the event I discovered a whole host of brands that in no way correlate to the stereotypes of eco-fashion (hemp cardies and Miss Trunchbull boots) but instead champion avant-garde designs and ethical business practices. One of the brands that knocked me for six was Hattie Rickards, whose stunning rings we shot (and cooed over). I decided to follow up on the shoot with a Q&A with the designer herself:
When did you start your brand?
Hattie Rickards Jewellery launched in June 2010.
How did you get into jewellery?
I’ve always loved jewellery but it wasn’t until my foundation course at Wimbledon Art College in 2002 and a BA Jewellery Design and Making degree at Central Saint Martins in London that I decided to make a career in the industry.
(Ed: What I love about this ‘Rubix’ ring is that the three sections twist so you can wear the colours in any combination.)
How did you come to be involved with Made?
It was the fairtrade aspect of HRJ that brought Made to me and a friendship was quickly formed. After Made saw my designs, they immediately invited me out to Kenya to work on my inaugural collection. My second range for Made is called Kaleidoscopic and is due to launch April 2012. Rebeka Bliffen, General Manager of Made says “the moment we saw Hattie’s designs we knew we’d found a designer who would develop a collection unlike anything we’d seen before. Hattie oozes talent and it was an honour to launch her first collection.”
What do you do to ensure your brand is ethical?
It is important to myself and my brand that the materials used are as ethically and environmentally sound as possible. This isn’t always very easy in the jewellery industry. It took a lot of research to find my source of gold initially, but even in the short space of time since then, the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold certification has been launched with a great success. For my collections I now only use gold sourced from a particular mine in Columbia that has full traceability. I feel incredibly proud to be one of the first 20 companies to be registered Fairtrade and Fairmined Liscensee in the UK. I believe it is the responsibility of both the designer and the customer to demand greater ethical visibility and responsibility from our suppliers – only that way can we help to shift the industry.
What is beauty to you?
Being outside amongst nature and watching light touch different surfaces.
What’s the one piece of jewellery you never take off?
My ‘Sibling’ earrings (below) from the recently launched ‘GEO’ collection which I don’t even take off to shower or sleep.
What’s next for your brand?
I have lots of new designs which I am bursting to get produced! Many exciting collaborations, shoots and commissions as always. Turquoise Mountain have commissioned me to go out to their workshops in Kabul, Afghanistan this Autumn to design a collection of jewellery which shall be distributed worldwide. This month we launch a new piece over London Fashion Week which is super exciting so look out for it!
It’s taken me a little while to get round to writing this post. My usual habit after a mammoth working week is to just keep on going but this month has been really challenging so I decided that straight after LFW I would avoid my laptop, shun all work emails and really try to do nothing so that I might enjoy physical and mental rest and recuperation. But now I find myself ready to reflect on Fashion Week and my personal highlights..
Below – some snapshots from LFW S/S12
The lightbulbs at the My Beautiful Fashion venue on New Oxford Street. It was great discovering that someone I used to intern with at Robinson Pfeffer is now working for MBF and catching up with her briefly after a show.
Eudon Choi is my favourite emerging designer right now and his S/S12 collection moved away from his signature utilitarian vibe into something more sportsluxe. And colour! I loved it.
The Felicity Brown presentation at the Royal Opera House complete with violinist in A/W11 FB – exquisite.
The Zoe Jordan show, inspired by Little Edie in Grey Gardens, was an absolute winner for me (and very autumnal for a Spring collection). After the gorgeous show I got to go backstage and chat to Zoe herself.
On Monday 19th I went backstage at Antonio Berardi to see the preparations for the 10am catwalk show. I was delighted to meet manicurist Sophy Robson and get snap happy around the fabulous slicked back hair looks courtesy of John Frieda.
I then hotfotted it front of house with Miss B and her fabulous glitter Miu Mius to catch the show which was characteristically gorgeous.
I got to sit front row at Pringle of Scotland where Abbey Lee opened the show. Alistair Carr‘s debut Pringle show was such a new turn for the heritage brand and I’m really excited to see the next stages of its reincarnation. If S/S12 is anything to go by, Pringle is in safe hands.
I’ve attended LFW every season since September 2009 but attending as part of Team LLG aka LibertyLondonGirl.com has been quite a different experience to say the least. LLG really does open doors and I’ve been so privileged to be able to join Sasha and Miss B as well as the lovely LLG assistant Katie B for this season. The pictures I’ve put up here don’t even begin to portray the mad, exhausting, fabulous week. The first day I survived purely on cake, frozen yoghurt and vitamin water; I got to ride in the Mercedes-Benz, sit front row next to my editor idols, witness gorgeous shows and generally be a part of a much-envied tradeshow.
Here’s to S/S12 and London! There’s plenty to celebrate in the capital right now.
Plus don’t forget Matthew Williamson’s ‘Collection for LFW’ CD is out on Monday. You can buy it from iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Play as well as selected contemporary fashion boutiques. A limited number of albums are already on sale in Matthew Williamson stores and online at www.matthewwilliamson.com
The CD features the likes of Marlena Shaw, The Temper Trap, Best Coast, Róisín Murphy, The Raveonettes, Santigold, Cold War Kids and Caribou. Check out the full track listing and more info ——————————————————–> here
Yesterday, Tuesday 22nd, I started the day with a rush to Somerset House to see Marios Schwab.
It was a fabulous show. The palette was very autumnal – burgundy, deep olive, chartreuse, nude-grey and gorgeous blue. I adored the chic puffa jackets and belted dresses. It was luxe and understated. Check out style.com for better pics.
Then I ran over to Topshop for the Melanie Rickey and David Koma live Q&A. It was really great seeing them in the flesh and hearing about their LFW experiences and general lives! I made extensive notes and will be writing up a piece to go on modabot.de imminently. It’ll be written in german but hopefully with english translation so watch out for that one.
Back at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Freemason’s Hall I got a seat for the Bodyamr show, put on by Liz Matthews PR. Front row I spotted Clara Paget (so lithe and beautiful!) and LFW-fixture Amber Rose. OK! tweeted that Louise Redknapp was also there, though I didn’t see her myself.
The collection itself was a bit confusing – it seemed to be a bit disjointed, though each individual piece was stunning, and the lights went down almost completely for at least four looks.. Bizarre.
Cropped black jackets with navy fur, floaty dresses, again in chartreuse and burgundy, and fabulous body con dresses, the pieces were all beautiful and sleek, as usual.
Then Alice Palmer. I’ve been a fan of Alice’s knitwear dresses since my first London Fashion Week. This season I loved her harder edge. The knitwear has become a lot more textured, monochrome, with accents of gold, and mussed up with bold messy eyeliner. I loved it.
Better images to come…
I then attended the FAD show. Celebrating ten years, FAD runs a competition to help new graduates gain exposure and get fab internships with people like David Koma and Jane Shepherdson at Whistles. The students design two outfits to a brief, this year ‘Escape’, and these should be able to stand alone as a mini collection.
My write-up of the show will soon be on BLOWonline but suffice to say I felt that out of the fifteen finalists, the two runners up and the winner were the right designers to win. Above, runner up Laura Carew-Gibson from DeMontfort University. Her two outfits were gorgeous – Sara Bro-Jorgensen mets Felicity Brown I thought. Fabulous layering-up of material on the shoulder of the top (on the left) reminded me of Felicity’s layered fabric and the tassel skirts reminded me of Sara’s collection which was at VFS’s Ones to Watch earlier in the week.
Above, a glimpse of the winner, Milly Jackson’s fabulous monochrome ‘Tweedledee and Tweedledum’ dresses.