Get Some Craig On Yer…

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DSC_4308 It wasn't so long ago that the knitwear designer Craig Lawrence sent sirens and mermaids washed up onto the shore with Kyototex yarns trailing over the rocks for S/S 11 but today, Lawrence launches a mini collection for my go-to spots for hunting out new designer/statement piece, Machine-A, his one and only UK stockist.  Trailing on beaches in gowns which make your legs move in dainty mini steps is a lovely thing indeed but girls gotta move and Lawrence's particular dishevelled and raw knitwear can indeed be adapted for those requiring more limber movement. And so we have a collection of crop tops, leggings cycling shorts, shorter dresses together with long and short gloves that in their black and gold palette echo something of his A/W 10-11 collection but with their unfinished threads and draped strands reference S/S 11's techniques.  The wiry quality of the metallic Kyototex yarns make them look delicate and with the loose and slightly freehand way that Lawrence knits, you might look at the pieces and think they're quite delicate but have a good tug on them and the knit itself is actually quite resilient.  In any case, the point is that there's a real labour of love in each of these hand knitted pieces that makes me all the more grateful that they're now available in a grab-and-buy form.  I notoriously don't try things on in-stores and pieces like the cycling shorts or a crop top, knowing that I can layer them over vests, shorts or tights are weirdly enough a no-brainer.  Prices range from ¬£80 (for the gloves) up to ¬£800 which doesn't make this a diffusion line in the strictest sense but definitely is a step for Lawrence into turning his progressive work into a label that can grow beyond pieces that look great in motion in a fashion film or on a mannequin with a wind machine behind it. 

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Looking for a Crimbo frock?  All nans will love the shimmering Kyototex yarns in this little number…

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Gold I say… more GOOOOOLLLLD! 

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Sadly, it's dropped quite a few degrees today and so the idea of stripping down to try on clothes didn't appeal…instead, I looked tothese fingerless armwarmers and gloves for extra warmth with added value sheen!

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Craig and I are going for gold in his window where right about now, me thinks he may be doing some sort of interpretative dance in amongst the streamers and balloons for all of Berwick Street to se…

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VIPs only, yes?  If ur name's not on the list, ur not comin' in…

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If you require evidence of how Craig's new pieces on hangers transfer to bods in one cool swoop, look no further than these images shot by Morgan O'Donovan for Dazed Digital and styled by Kim Howells.

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In other Craig-related news, whilst I was in Berlin last week, I unfortunately missed House of Organza's second round of special objets, this time entitled 'Adorn' featuring original works by Fred Butler, Judy Blame, Piers Atkinson, Dr. Noki as well as these cuffs by Craig Lawrence, modelled here by Jourdan Dunn in a still from an accompanying film by Jez Tozer. 

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Printed Matter Cheer

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>> I'm still trawling through work that isn't evident on these pages (full time blogger MY ASS) oh and as per my Twitter outcries, I'm still taking in intern enquiries (gonna email details to whoever is interested – just drop me an email on stylebubble@gmail.com). 

In the meantime, I've got a few bits of pretty printed matter that have dropped into my round porthole postbox.  My building has a tendancy to have mail go missing, undelivered so normally, I get a fair few of those nasty Royal 'You have to trek to some weird depot' Mail cards waiting for me.  This week I got nice thick envelopes instead filled with the following…

Lulu & Co is launching this Thursday, feted by this sweeeeeet Will Broome illustration.  Is that Lulu Kennedy as a child – there are some insanely cute childhood pics of Lulu up on her blog at the mo so there's a way of comparison.  Lulu probably needs no introductions but basically she is fairy godmother of young London Fashion as founder of Fashion East and through that ten year history, she has had the likes of Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and Holly Fulton come up through the ranks.  Ten dresses reviving older collections of Fashion East alumni are therefore being launched… more on that post Thurs…    

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Whistles Press Day today.  Woo Hoo.  I have my high street faves and along with COS and Topshop, Whistles jostles around up there in the top three, not actually fighting but co-existing in peacful harmony because they all serve different purposes.  Not sure if the prints on this beautiful cut-out invite are an indication of the ones in the S/S 11 collection but I shall find out… in approximately two hours when I prise my bum off this chair… 

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Some of you have probably had a gawk at the non-product-placing Urban Outfitters Christmas catalogue me thinks.  Still, a book masquerading as a catalogue (or vice versa?) is always exciting stuff.  Dthe fact that I'm in Laaaandon where US-UO doesn't have too much of a correlation with UK-UO, I STILL get to paw my fingers over UO's impressive printed matter.  These photographs by Alec Smith Soth (apologies for typo!)  shot around Minnesota have trees aplenty with products barely visible or not in focus.  Some of the Christmas trees are deliciously depressing but I suppose that gives me more impetus to go the opposite direction for a holiday season that I'm actually relishing this time round…

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I don't actually know a great deal about Lauren Moffatt but I'll have to take a peek next time I'm in Anthropologie as it's stocked there in the London stores.  I sort of got hooked in from the brown-envelope-get-go to the pastel/bright colour balanacing in the stationary and nice font usage. 

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Then looking at the can't-fault-you cute-as-pie clothes for S/S 11, I suddenly got reminded of that devastatingly shocker of a storyline in the finale of Mad Men.  Gasp, he's engaged to HER.  She's French, beautiful and an open book.  Her honeymooning in these exact clothes isn't too much of a stretch with the younger deets such as socks with sandals, ickle boaters and babydoll dresses further emphasising the age difference and her somewhat untainted life.  Apologies for non Mad Men-addicts.  That paragraph was a selfish off-beaten track.  In all seriousness though, I'm always down for pastels contrasted with brights, scallop edging and a ditzy floral so I'll have to get more acquainted with Moffatt for uncomplicated story-board-telling clothes. 

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