>> Today it's short and sweet I'm afraid as I'm backed up with work but when it's as sweet as this unexpected collaboration between Fashionary and knitwear label Sibling, that does useful things other than look great, then it deserves some peeping attention. Fashionary is basically a moleskin notepad with fashion design chutzpah and fiendishly useful information that journos, students or anyone who's a budding seamstress or dressmakerwill appreciate.
Sibling condenses their knitting knowledge into a useful little black book that comes in this special Fashionary x Sibling set that will please any knitwear fiends out there from amateur to professional. They've also lent their signature leopard print to the cover of the Fashionary as well as a knitted iPad case that also doubles up as a small clutch or huge cosmetics bag depending on how big of a product junkie you are. I'm definitely using it as a clutch seeing as I'm STILL iPad-less. Stone me now for not kowtowing to all things Apple. You can buy it from 39-39's online shop or in their new physical store on Kingsland Road, which I still need to go and check out as they have all sorts of Christmas-appropriate nifty gifty things.
I may as well take this opportunity to flag up the lovely addition of Sister by Sibling which was unveiled at S/S 12. Women stealing Sibling's supposedly mens-only knitwear has been a well-established practise so they've made the very easy transition to womenswear by making items such as knitted biker short-shorts and shrinking the sizes down to being more girl-friendly. The video above co-directed by illustrator Yuko Kondo (who also contributed some tattoo prints to the collection) and Jasi Urb gives you a rough idea of the fairground theme at hand. The theme 'hot dog' conjures up Brighton and Coney Island which by means on nostalgia alone, men and women should be well and truly slayed by the references to helter skelter rides, candy floss (or cotton candy…) and carousels.
>> This is a London-specific post… I've been wading through a batch of sample sale invitations and thought it best to collate it all into one place on Google Calendar so that it will be useful for everyone. Here is the link to the Sample Sale calendar so that you can see all the details. I've added all the ones that I know about but if you have any more to add, let me know here so I can add it in. If you use iCal, you can add all the dates by clicking here. It gets more useful when you click over to December to see the chug of sample sale traffic that include Christopher Kane, Erdem and Peter Jensen. Where there are multiple labels being sold at the sales, I've added Facebook events and website links so you can check out the full details. In particular, I'll be posting about the Onedayshop and Circus 11 closer to the time but they're definitely larger scale shopping events rather than bogstandard sample sales.
Just a heads up here, on 17th December, I'll be selling my old clothes and stuff at Circus 11 in a similar fashion to the Yard Sale I had last summer. Except, it's not gonna be outdoors and there'll be a ton of other designers there as well as mulled wine and all that jazz. It's going to be a mini landfill of clothing…
>> The one outfit which I omitted from yesterday's sticker-fun antics was this Ostwald Helgason dress from the S/S 12 collection which I've shown here without the addition of gelly/shiny stickers because I wore it for the thoroughly serious British Fashion Awards last night, where stickers aren't really welcome. I'm not a pro at the whole LET'S GET SUPER DRESSED UP for one night only because in effect day could be a glad rag day if I wanted it to be. I am glad that the prettiness of the satin and printed florals stopped at the feet where the Sixby6Bloggers shoes took over with their uncompromising clumpiness.
You'll have read the awards rundown by now probably but some initial thoughts include…. GOOOOOO Lauren Laverne for providing light banter whilst hosting the awards….. WOOOOOO Mary Katrantzou for scooping the Emerging Talent Womenswear award…… BOOOOOOO to Jordan Askill or Nasir Mazhar not getting the Emerging Talent Accessories award (I love Tabitha Simmons but I don't consider her to be 'emerging'…?)…… loved Victoria Beckham's blubby moment on stage when she accepted her Designer Brand award, which is exactly how she is at her shows – totally and genuinely vulnerable…. I like the addition of the New Establishment award, which rightly went to Christopher Kane and it's good to recognise those that are on their way to becoming SERIOUS worldly brands…. LOL at Paul Smith's perfunctory acceptance video for his Lifetime Achievement award where he cycled in his office….. Alexa Chung doth protests too much as she accepted her British Style award and said "This is for all girls who dress like boys…" whilst wearing the girliest of confections in the form of a diamante encrusted dress from Christopher Kane's S/S 12 collection. Gwwwwwaaaan Alexa, it's ok to be girly….. one big roaring cheer of YAAAAAAY for Sarah Burton who of course got the Designer of the Year award which tops off what has been a humongous year for her.
…. and last but not least, my favourite outfit of the night was worn by Rebecca Lowthorpe, fashion features director of Elle UK who borrowed a fly fishing motif printed pyjama suit from the Giles archive (A/W 09 I believe…). Sending out internet urges to Giles to do another sample sale soon….