Dirty Digitaria

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I've been meaning to check out Digitaria after Buck Style's writeup but haven't had the chance over the past few weeks.  It's been open for a few months and I've had some good words coming back so on the balmy Saturday I had to go take a peek…

It's the oddest kind of treasure trove to be found in London and adds an interesting label roster that can't be equated elsewhere in London.  It also benefits from a cool location at an old tailor's shop hence why it's got the old fixtures, mirrors and wooden panelling.  Digitaria is an Athens-based label that makes the kind of loose and interesting silouettes that would be welcome in most wardrobes.  The menswear is especially interesting with tightly pleated wide legged trousers and double layered shirts.  I might talk about Digtalia, the label elsewhere as here's it's the shop that's the star.  Other than the Digitaria label, the shop has gathered up a number of labels that I've not heard of… and ones that I'm just getting wind of… Tian Wang who I talked up last week was selling here for a bit. 

There's an impermanence about the labels moving in and out, showing a flexibility that means every week, it could be different.  When I visited, it was stocking Euphemia, Stone of Surrey and paper neckpieces by Millie Cockton.  I can't even give links, that's how new most of the pieces are… next up, I'm excited that Katie Eary and Gemma Slack will be coming into the store…

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Millie Cockton..

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Downstairs is a gallery area that will be rotated regularly…

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I loved the mannequins that Lee Benjamin, a close collaborator of Leigh Bowery's has designed for the store…

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Loving these pieces by Euphemia… exactly the sort of interesting muted pieces I crave for summer layering…

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I came away with a white satin finger painted top by Stone of Surrey…

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…and some rather controversial (or maybe not…) printed thigh high socks by Lee Benjamin's label Sanatorium….yup, it's pretty obvious what's printed on them.  I can't really explain why I bought them other than the fact that I love the sort of rubbery texture of them (though they're not rubber…thank god…) and the way the print is on a very neutral colour.  I wore them today as below and they did get a few eyebrows raised but I'd like to think that we're not five anymore and we don't have to go "Uuuummmm!  I'm telling, I'm telling!" over something that's just a print and nothing more. 

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Woody Woody…

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>> This has been knocking around for a bit and I keep forgetting that I need to get myself over to the Kemistry Gallery to check out illustrator/artist Damien Poulain's cute totems.  'Cute' is I guess a bit of a derogatory term I guess for Poulain's efforts to capture moments of 20th-21st century history in wooden 'totems'. A totem is apparently

"any supposed entity that watches over or assists a group of people, such as a family, clan, or tribe"

In Damien's world events like Britney shaving her head, the fall of the Berlin Wal and the TV test card all deserve to be made into totems, carved out of reclaimed wood and hand-painted.  He also has added a few designers that for him are significant fashion 'events' of he past…

Gareth Pugh

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Comme des Garcons

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Viktor & Rolf

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If I was skilled enough to carve anything into wood (never ever worked with wood in D.T…), I'd have a different set of fashion events/figures to carve, entirely personal to me and not in any way significant in the grand scheme of things probably…

… Alaia's contribution to fashion in general…
…Boudicca's V&A Fashion in Motion show which I accidentally walked into…
…Discovering vintage for the first time in Rokit when I was 13…
…The Face (old, not the supposedly new digital version which someone is trying to unleash…)…
…Katy England…
…A pair of old Miu Miu platform shoes that were officially my first pair of proper serious heels…

Deep into the Heath

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>>I know this is very very lazy of me and these are gratuitous personal larking about shots that should go into the personal folder of the blog (think there's one of me snorting an olive and basil breadstick somewhere in this batch…) and I know it's not fashion week or anything so lazy outfit posts are completely inexcusable… but… I was quite impressed with the number of colours Style Salvage Steve and I managed to break out in yesterday despite the fact he was a bit illin'.  I've finally converted him to the therapeutic wonders of wearing something new/colourful, which thus lifts your spirits.  So he had his 50% COS colour block t-shirt and I had my stripy stripy Cooperative Designs dress which I layered over a Twelve by Twelve cheapie purple knitted dress because I'm feeling longer lengths now (it's a defiance act against the confuzzling fact that it's actually incredibly hard to find below knee length skirts/dresses on the high street…).  Random outfit post over…

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