Oasis and The Zoological Society of London

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An unlikely collaboration: fashion brand Oasis and the Zoological Society of London have teamed up to create a collection covered In beautiful exotic prints for us to feast our eyes on.

“Meet majestic tigers, playful lemurs and more in our stylish expedition.” Oasis.com

Inspired by the work of ZSL, the prints highlight some of the worlds most endangered animals. Enchanting illustrations of many different creatures from zebras to cheetahs and an array of colourful birds, the prints are some of the most interesting on the high street at the moment. ZSL are really excited about this collaboration and are hoping to promote awareness of their work as an international charity.

About The Zoological Society of London

ZSL is a international charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals in their habitats. They have active conservation projects in over 50 countries and continue their work at their two zoo’s in the UK, The London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo.

“Oasis has captured the essence of ZSL and we’re excited that this collection will show we’re much more than just a London zoo.” Kathryn England, the head of commercial at ZSL. thetimes.co.uk


Clive Reeve, Creative Director at Oasis, with the vine print

“There’s been a big trend on the catwalk in animal prints so it seemed a neat fit to ask ZSL if they wanted to go one step further and design a collection based on their animals.” Clive Reeve, Creative Director at Oasis, thetimes.co.uk


The range instantly draws you in on the Oasis landing page with the exotic, tongue in cheek imagery. The look book is a refreshing take on classic high street fashion shoots and we really love this image with the suspicious shadow. Did you spot them in the earlier images?

Oasis again use clever placement of their prints. These are not only flattering but help keep the range unique and exciting, standing out in a competitive market. It is also a great way to fully exploit a hero design across a range.

Left to right – Lucy from ZSL wearing the collection, http://www.oasis-stores.com/gb/blog/oasis-meets-zsl-introducing-lucy.html, Helen from ZSL wearing the collection, http://www.oasis-stores.com/gb/blog/oasis-meets-zsl-introducing-helen.html

Watch this video showcasing the collection here:





Erdem X H&M


The teaser film is out and we are very excited about the latest collaboration of British designer Erdem and H&M.


H&M creative advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson, designer Erdem Moralıoğlu, and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann together on set in England. Image from H&M.com

Established in 2005 in London, Erdem is one of the most feminine and romantic designers to grace the catwalk. Erdem Moralıoğlu, the designer behind the brand, is well known for showering his clothes in beautiful prints and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for this H&M collection.

The collection will reinterpret and represent some of Erdem’s styles focusing on print and delicate craftsmanship.

Of the little teasers we have seen, the prints are looking most exciting. In keeping with Erdem’s classic style, we see lots of florals in bright colours sitting on both ivory and black grounds.

Erdem Pre Spring 2018

“Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes.” Erdem.com

H+M and Erdem Collection

Only to have worked on womenswear, Erdem is taking a giant leap designing also for men. With a very feminine handwriting, we are excited to see how he will take on this challenge.

On the H&M website, Erdem reveals his inspiration for this project:

“It’s very personal,” he says. “The collection reinterprets some of the codes that have defined my work over the past decade. It’s also inspired by much of my youth, from the English films, ’90s TV shows and music videos I grew up watching to memories of the style that defined members of my family. Taking from these inspirations, I imagined a group of characters and friends off to the English countryside for the weekend. There’s a real play in the collection between something decidedly dressed-up and equally effortless.” Erdem Moralıoğlu

Film maker Baz Luhrmann was part of the launchand will continue to work with Erdem and H&M to bring the collection to life. Watch the video below for a sneak peak.

Images from H&M.com and Erdem.com



Lucienne Day – A Sense of Growthat The Whitworth Gallery

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2With a career spanning 60 years, Lucienne Day has had an important influence on surface pattern design which was recently celebrated in an exhibition at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

The iconic work of Day symbolised a post-war revival in design. Prints became more bold and vibrant, exploring the use of colour and pattern in new and different ways.


She created a unique style which rekindled the enthusiasm interior design following the dreary era of utility design during the war years.

The design that catapulted Lucienne onto the mass market was ‘Calyx’ in 1951. The design was forward thinking, abstract yet still resembled the idea of nature and growth. This was the start of a long relationship between Day and Heals and an iconic shift in the history of textiles.

This design has since won numerous awards and went on to become a best seller for the Heal’s Wholesaleand Export Company so much so that is was reissued as part of their Classic Textiles 2003 collection.

Courtesy of the Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation

Courtesy of the Centre for Advanced Textiles, Glasgow School of Art

Lucienne also went onto design prints for wallpaper for companies such as Cole & Son and John Line & Son.

Robin and Lucienne Day with Telechair in their Cheyne Walk studio

Copyright the Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation


Dandelion Clocks furnishing fabric, 1953, Heals

“A keen gardener, Lucienne was fascinated by the structure of plants. Many of her early patterns have a quasi-botanical quality, incorporating abstracted pod, stem, root, flower, petal, leaf or seed head motifs.” Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

Classic Textiles, https://www.classictextiles.com/lucienne-day/


John Lewis is celebrating Lucienne Day’s Centenary with an exclusive range of cushions made up from Classic Textiles reprints of her iconic 1950s designs.



All Images Copyright the Robin & Lucienne Day Foundation

Anna Sui


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The World of Anna Sui

The Fashion and Textile Museum are hosting the first ever restrospective of an American fshion designer in the UK. With over 125 full looks ‘The World of Anna Sui’ explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has become known for creating fabulously original clothing inspired by spectacular amounts of research into vintage fashion and popular culture.


Left Image: Linda Evangelista modeling A/W 1991 – Anna Sui’s first runway show featuring looks inspired by 1960’s Carnaby Street.

Right Image: Pop-sydelic Collection, Autumn Winter 2016, featuring Jamie Bochert & Justin Gossman.

Images left to right: Anna Sui, 2011 © Anna Sui.

Anna Sui’s collections take you on a creative journey that is unparalleled in the world of fashion. Mixing vintage inspiration with her current cultural obsessions, she effortlessly makes hip and exuberant original clothes. Anna Sui’s first fashion show in 1991 earned her international acclaim. She won the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent in 1993, and in 2009 she received their prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.


Images left to right :

Gracie Van Gastel backstage at the Spring Summer 2014 Collection inspired in part by the Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde exhibition at the Tate in 2012 combined with the work of The Fool, the 1960s psychedelic design collective.

Image © Raoul Gatchalian Spring Summer 2012 Isetan Mitsukoshi promotion featuring Frida Gustavsson.

Image © Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello. S/S 2014 collection featuring menswear inspired by the Sixties London boutique Granny Takes a Trip.


Images left to right :

Nordic Viking Ensemble, A/W 2015, inspired by the History Channel’s Vikings show. Textile print by Zandra Rhodes featuring feathers, shells and hibiscus © Zandra Rhodes, 2015.

Gigi Hadid and Caroline Trentini modelling the Polynesian Collection, Spring Summer 2016. The print on the dress modelled by Gigi Hadid was commissioned from Zandra Rhodes and the models also wear wedge-heeled Hush Puppies shoes, which highlight Sui’s ability to make strategic partnerships with kindred designers and manufacturers.

Image © Jennifer Graylock. Surfer-inspired look from the S/S 2016 Tahiti collection.

The exhibition is arranged thematically with 12 inspirational archetypes which recur throughout Anna Sui’s collections. Please refer to the exhibition booklet for additional interpretation.







Anna Sui designs and manufactures from her New York City headquarters. Her runway shows continue to inspire and set trends with her signature rock- n-roll romanticism. The Anna Sui brand has been independently owned since its inception in 1981.

The Fashion and Textile Museum is at 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF.

http://www.ftmlondon.org #annasui

Vintage Verity

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By Laura Newton – designandcolour@gmail.com

A friend of mine dressed her two little girls in outfits with matching fabrics, they were obviously adorable but I was broody for the prints…

Based in Hyde, Tameside; ‘Vintage Verity’ has combined her two passions in life, her children and design. 3 years ago she created an online business sourcing fabrics and custom making delightful childrenswear.


‘I am a mum who has a passion for design, with a vision to dress my children in unique, beautifully designed clothes in designer fabrics, made with love.’



Predictions for Fall

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Theses are a selection of designs from Sublitex showing strong print trends and colours for the next season.


We predict a dustier navy, mustard, black, kelly green, khaki and berry red for the bolder grounds. Florals are de rigeur and have a vintage feel. They are medium sized, moving away from the dramatically big and often spaced.


There is a Jacobean feel to some of the florals and hence the paisley is on the rise but in a loose fluid format. Patchworks or handkerchief designs but less rigid in structure from those of the past.




Softer dustier colours add elegance with sages, greys, dusty pinks, stone and teals.

Moving on from the gingham and striped grounds we now have random spots and woven checks and textures.



Sublitex will be showing these designs and others from the new range at the London Textile Fair next week.

We will have a full range of colours for Autumn Winter.


Starla Michelle Halfmann

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First coming across Starla Halfman’s work in Anthropologie, I was enchanted by the vibrant, painterly surface designs of her ceramics range. Looking into her work further, this expressive style is emulated across many different types of products and her portfolio of work is extensive. Based in Austin, Texas, Starla began her creative journey at University where she studied Fine Art and Design Communications. She then went on to work at a ‘desk job’ for 8 years before she decided it was time to pursue a career in her true passion.

I managed to catch up with Starla to ask her a few questions about her work.

– Describe your style in 5 words

Joyful, Textured, Bright, Colorful, & Detailed

– Where do you gain inspiration from?

I gain inspiration from nature and my faith


– What is your favourite medium to work with?

I love working with Acrylic

– Your collaboration with Anthropologie seems to be a huge success! What has been your most successful/favourite product for them?

One of the products Anthropologie launched in 2014 containing my art was an intricate jigsaw puzzle. It featured my original “Peruvian Night” and was a piece of art in itself. The craftsman’s ship was amazing!


Mooreland Puzzle for Anthropologie, 2014, feauturing Starla’s ‘Peruvian Night’ design

– Do you have any tips for aspiring designers/artists?

Keep doing what you love and try not to worry or force the outcome.

Starla is also currently working with May Designs on a range of stationary products. These are available now from https://www.maydesigns.com/m/starla-michelle/

May Designs

Thanks to;

Starla Michelle Halfman, http://www.starlamichelle.com

All images Copyright Starla Halfmann 2017


Checks, Belts and Chains

Fast Fashion strong trends for AW 2017

These are a small selection from the Sublitex library but there are plenty of other checks and colourways available. What is critical is that the print looks as if it is a true woven. Sublimation printing, being either gravure or digital, allows for the finest of details. As the dyestuff is absorbed into the molecular structure of the fibres this avoids that awful crunchy feel of too much ink lay down with direct printing methods when printing heavy checks.