Fashion sleuthing is what I seem to spend half of my time doing and just as well that I’m a dilligent student as I was going through my archives, I realised how much of a random variety of things I had written about.
The sleuthing begins when I spot something and note the name down as a draft SMS message on my phone and then I am itching to Google it at home. You hit a stump when the person/object in question has no online presence but you score a ker-ching when they have a superbly designed website as demonstrated by Fred Butler, whose giant zip necklace I spied in the Selfridges window, seamlessly blending in with the blue Herve Leger bandage dress (so much so I wished the zip was part of the dress…).
Fred Butler is actually a woman who studied fashion but later trained in set design. My fascination in objects/props used in editorials for the purpose of heightening an outfit doesn’t seem to want to end because though the exaggeration of say a giant paper-cut scissors is purely there to create a sense of the surreal and odd, for me that inspires me to take it to the next level and somehow incorporate that into reality, into what I wear in real life. It doesn’t surprise me how little bearings editorials have on what people wear in reality but for me, I’m very likely to sponge off Fred Butler’s extensive portfolio, to inspire whatever shenanigan of an outfit I put together, For example, is a Swarovski flesh covered bodysuit such an impossible feat in reality? I don’t think so…
Impact on personal style aside, Fred Butler’s accessories and editorial set-ups really do add that final touch that no conventional designer accessory or garment could ever do. The sort of stylists that I admire are the ones that really use their imagination in pushing the boundaries of a certain ensemble by collaborating with people such as Fred Butler. It doesn’t of course work for everything but on the right garments, the FB touch is just what is needed.
Scissors and paper necklace from ‘Hue Model Army’ from Observer Fashion Supplement from Tank Issue 6 // Swarowvski covered bodysuit from ‘The White Sands’ from Vogue Nippon, Issue 91
Collars adorning two Hussein Chalayan dresses from ‘Analogue Bubblebath’ from Quest
Star paper cut-out applied as make-up from ‘Cut Out and Keep’ // Mirroballs and cardboard headpieces from ‘Trip Trick’
Prop setup from ‘I Love Bags’ from Amelia’s Magazine Issue 7 // Cardboard set-up with Emma Cooks and Alistair Carr shoes