I should have gone and inspected these in person at the press day to certify that there's no metal-to-skin contact but I'll just have to make that assumption.  I've never paid much attention to Atelier Swarovski given that I've never seen their pieces in stores.  Obviously it's hard to escape the world of Swarovski seeing as they're bent on getting involved with the cream of the fashion crop, new and established as well as sponsoring competitions like Hyeres now. 

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Giles Deacon's jewellery designs for Atelier Swarovski though have caught my eye namely because he's combined felt and Swarovski that reminds me of the Julian Louie presentation for A/W09 that I saw in New York where he encrusted felt and tailored the material into constricting jackets and dresses.  That Deacon has chosen to use 5mm felt also gives me hope that my skin won't flare up into red pussing welts given my allergy to metal elements.  Instead, the hardware of Swarovski Elements, safety pins an studs decorate the outside of the cuffs and necklaces using the felt as a sturdy base.  Now, I just need to know whether this stuff is actually for sale or just a phantom of an image purely for show on their flash-ridden website.       

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Though I am completely swayed by the precision of digital printing especially when it involves cosmic prints like the ones above, that's not to say hand dying isn't completely ruled out.  Especially when someone like Shabd Simon-Alexander, based in Brooklyn, NY is doing it with such vigour and enthusiasm, having just opened up her e-shop selling hand-dyed leggings, bodies, tops and shorts with jewellery and accessories soon to come.  It's not just the scorching heat this weekend that is making me yearn for these prints that are of course best enhanced by sunlight but that it's preserving a craft in a way that is contemporary and relevant…

What makes it even more interesting is that Shabd is willing to custom dye your own items to your specification meaning that with the right dress, I could end up print-blocking different prints together… I'm most defintiely into the idea of mixing Prism, Crystalline and Lichen all together into one garment (these are the names given to the various prints…).  This really is a case where messing around with a bunch of dyes in my bathtub would probably NOT result into these prints and so a true dye master is needed to get these spaced out effects…  

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From this basic line of garments, I'm also sure Shabd has some more complex design ideas up her sleeve looking at her portfolio… I'm literally DYE-ING to know what Shabd will get up to next…

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>>I know LF Markey's Vermeer-inspired, contra-period styled A/W09 lookbook has been extolled about before but since I'm in a rush to get a train to Manchester for the weekend and I have a thing about all things nicely packaged, so be it…

I present to you LF Markey's basic line shrink wrapped in the tightest way possible.  I've had a fetish for the Foodsaver infomercial ever since I saw it when I was 11… Vacuum Save them and they will last forever!  I love the way when you open anything vacuum packed and that air poofs out.  Can't explain it.  It's just immensely satisfying.  I reluctantly opened this one but then the air popped out and I was left with a perfectly formed whtie shirt so all is well.

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More packaging porn… a neatly presented lookbook in a box…

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Serenity comes only with white headphones, a Mac Book, perfectly falling velvet dresses and some apples (Pink Lady please!)

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What the crap is up with me and my weather inappropriate-ness…yesterday I was sweltering in tights and today, I present to you an ensemble that could crank up most people's sweat glands just looking at it.  Still, I'm not thinking of the present sweaty days but er…future days when I'll have some talc on the go for this latex/pvc-effect (? can't be sure on the exact material make-up…) on these harem/drop-crotch trousers with exaggerated hips and nude top from River Island's Graduate Fashion Week collection.  I was none the wiser to the fact that the students who have passed through GFW in recent years are all at River Island squirelling away designing and this collection is supposed to reflect that, with all the pieces being designd by past Graduate Fashion week students.  These will be going on sale in store when GFW is happening…

Looking forward to those days when I don't mind looking like a human oil slick as opposed to melting into one like I am now in the office…

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Other goodies worth a look-in is the big, black and chunk chunky jewellery, this white structured dress for people who can wear white dresses without too much dirt distraction…

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…more harem goodness in these silver sequin ones that are rightly heavy with the volume (I'm not liking the half-ass harem trew…) and the neon and silver triangular cut-out shoes…

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