“Bearded Faces” is the graduate collection of Xénia Laffely, she is from France/Switzerland. She is curious about illustration, graphic design… everything that involves images.
Her most of her inspirations are masculine. The designing process starts with an obsession. She starts to build a story or a character, using drawings, collages, and images. This time, two figures haunted her, a father wearing a classic suit and a priest in vestments. She used their ashes in order to fashion a third character: an unworthy, disobedient, flamboyant son.
For this collection Xénia worked with shiny and luxurious fabrics and played with them to make them stiffer. She fused everything and also used classical tailoring techniques. The collection is full of pattern, patchwork and pageantry. Beards and other illustrations have become prints, interspersed with embroidery of orthodox cassocks and woollen men suits. Then, they have been cut out as classical suits lines.
Posted by: Ugutz Falzes
Ukrainian Valery Kovalska´s designs despite the neutrality of the colors have a lot of presence. I love the forms and shapes of every creation she does. Every item adapts perfectly to the body of the model thanks to the haute couture elements combined with high- quality materials.The aim is not attracting the attention with garish colors, but to take care of creating a beautiful movement and highlight women´s curves.
I enjoy the cut out dresses, combined with high-quality materials that fit in the model creating a strong look. The slight Gothic touch that Kovalska has included in the garments make the collection a very urban yet elegant option for any occasion. They´re edgy but timeless, futuristic but classic and any type of women can look great on them.
Image source: Not just a label
Posted by: Nerea Eguia
People might think London is where everything happens, let me say something: it’s not. The society we live in is so connected because of the technology and Internet, so I would say that is in this parallel cybernetic society where things are actually happening. Everywhere.
But in words of Penny Martin, the “Internet’s frustration is that it’s not real, tangible”.
I met Penny Martin back in 2011 in Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa, placed in the little village the great designer has born. I was attending to her masterclass about Fashion & Communication. I felt contagious for her passion and her knowledge about creating content for Internet. She started in Nick Night’s SHOWstudio in 2001 and she worked there for 7 years. The key was to work in a “cheap” platform and the agenda to experiment with the latest technologies to create a new fashion imaginary.
Prior to working in fashion, Penny started out in museums as a curator, she’s specialised in historical fashion photography. After being Editor in Chief in SHOWstudio she was Chair of Fashion Imagery at London College of Fashion.
Now she is the mother and editor in chief of The Gentlewoman, a magazine that celebrate inspirational women, the femenine equivalent of Fantastic Man. Besides she continues being a writer and independent consultant. Definitely an inspiring gentlewoman.
Posted by: Ugutz Falzes
Our Fashion Writer Ben Sharp meets with Marios Schwab and talks all things fash’.
Discover why the London designer is about much more than just clothes and how his talent enables him to go from just a word to an awe-inspiring collection. A certified veteran of the capital’s fashion industry, Schwab has thoughts and ideas as laudable as his designs.
Schwab’s passion for Fashion, however horrendously the cliché may resound, is irrefutable. What’s more, it is authentic.
Enjoy the interview in full here
Posted by: Fashion156 Team
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