Space Out

What is that sillhouette through all the blue smokey haze? Glimpses of interlocking silver. One literal interpretation of space age fashion?

Perhaps, but Matthieu Blazy’s final year collection at the La Cambre Mode show (catwalk pics of all graduates here), which I attended a few weeks ago, was a highly finished, superb spectacle even if the astronaut them can be read as literal. What fascinated me more than the source of inspiration that Blazy took was his techniques with fabrics. On the catwlk, my eyes were glued to his ways of interlocking, interconnecting and creating complicated layers with an array of fabrics that balance out and don’t, as one would fear,end up looking like astronaut costumes. His muse is supposed to be the French former astronaut Claudie Haigner√© so perhaps Blazy’s intentions were to create a dream ‘working’ wardrobe for his muse. I may not be in the right occupation but I wouldn’t mind moulding to Blazy’s vision in one of his dresses.

Blazy, though technically a recent grad has already garnered attention from his 4th year collection which won him the Maria Luisa award at the Diesel ITS#5 competition (he got to take over the Maria Luisa store windows last October). I keep on throwing about the phrase ‘one to watch’ but in this case, all the watching has already been done and I’d expect him to end up at a big design house in Paris.

These photos were taken by Pierre Debusschere whose portfolio I’ve mentioned before and I think has done a fantastic job, capturing the essence of Blazy’s collection and creating the right atmosphere for the clothes.

Topshop’s Charity Scrum Sale

Thrifty weekend before payday was upon me again and what is a better than saving money and giving it to a worthy cause all at the same time. Topshop’s Charity Sale on Hanover Square yesterday, enabled me to walk through Soho/Mayfair without feeling incredibly depressed that I can’t afford anything despite it being sale season (walking into Concrete when the sale was on was particularly painful) as I managed to procure some weekend cheer for 20 quid and with all proceeds going towards the National Domestic Violence Helpline, the cheer was also of the saintly kind.

Basically people registered to set up stalls with the incentive of selling their old clothes being Topshop discount vouchers (the more you sell, the more discounts) so nothing was pocketed back by the sellers. It was a good selection of actual vintage clothing, yesterday’s old clothes and 90’s rejects, which surprisingly yielded some worthwhile things. 

I snapped a living Alice in Wonderland at the sale…..

My buys included an Arrogant Cat ruffled lace-trimmed top and some baggy vintage men’s trews – the sort I would never pay for full price seeing as I’m generally skirt/dress orientated but a fiver for a pair of trousers will surely convince me to go over to the masculine side once in a while. 

I also managed to construct another loosely C.Kane-inspired outfit on the cheap (this time, it’s REALLY cheap) with an old off the shoulder DKNY top (¬£2!) and a lovely wraparound brightly multicoloured patchwork skirt that will be worn in ways other than the Kane-way obviously.

The sales were held in London and York yesterday but there are sales coming up in Manchester and Brighton next Saturday so I would head on down for some rummaging fun.

Topshop's Charity Scrum Sale

Thrifty weekend before payday was upon me again and what is a better than saving money and giving it to a worthy cause all at the same time. Topshop’s Charity Sale on Hanover Square yesterday, enabled me to walk through Soho/Mayfair without feeling incredibly depressed that I can’t afford anything despite it being sale season (walking into Concrete when the sale was on was particularly painful) as I managed to procure some weekend cheer for 20 quid and with all proceeds going towards the National Domestic Violence Helpline, the cheer was also of the saintly kind.

Basically people registered to set up stalls with the incentive of selling their old clothes being Topshop discount vouchers (the more you sell, the more discounts) so nothing was pocketed back by the sellers. It was a good selection of actual vintage clothing, yesterday’s old clothes and 90’s rejects, which surprisingly yielded some worthwhile things. 

I snapped a living Alice in Wonderland at the sale…..

My buys included an Arrogant Cat ruffled lace-trimmed top and some baggy vintage men’s trews – the sort I would never pay for full price seeing as I’m generally skirt/dress orientated but a fiver for a pair of trousers will surely convince me to go over to the masculine side once in a while. 

I also managed to construct another loosely C.Kane-inspired outfit on the cheap (this time, it’s REALLY cheap) with an old off the shoulder DKNY top (¬£2!) and a lovely wraparound brightly multicoloured patchwork skirt that will be worn in ways other than the Kane-way obviously.

The sales were held in London and York yesterday but there are sales coming up in Manchester and Brighton next Saturday so I would head on down for some rummaging fun.

Open Sesame!

So my search for Preen magazine in the UK has been a bit fruitless.  Well, it’s not yet stocked outside North America and to procure the issues, I’ll have to do it the old fashioned mail-order method.  In the meantime, whilst I’m waiting for something to grasp in my hands and flick through furiously, an online magazine that is in the same vein and also very much like my beloved Lula is Sesame.  Originating for Australia and now in it’s 5th issue, it again features the same pretty dreamy yet low-fi photography and styling mixing vintage and established and up and coming Australian designers. Even more useful for me since there’s a whole slew of Aussie designers that I really need to talk up (even though Style Bubble is pretty UK-centric, I am aware of the existence of other continents…promise!).

From Issue 5:

‘A Little Bird Told Me’, photographed by Thuy Vy, styled by Nadia Barbaro – the skirt by Arabella Ramsey has taken my fancy. 

‘White Wedding’ – photographed by Germaine McMicking, styled by Nadia Barbaro – not usually a fan of Collette Dinnigan but the dress on the ‘bride’ works. 

‘Rollertrain’ – photographed by Germain McMicking, styled by Nadia Barbaro – My only gripe is that they listset the black jacket on the left as ‘Stylist’s Own’ – gah! 

People and their ‘Favourite Things’ – I can understand why given the multi-strapped beaten-up leather boots and the Paris Pink satin night gown…

Sesame also pays homage to anything from circus star Tosca to the humble tracksuit (I now have a hankering to find my old Care Bear sweatshirt…)

No P&P, no constant trips to Borders, just click.  It’s dreary, miserable and grey here and an hour of Sesame archive issue browsing should hopefully make the day go by quicker…