Frida Fever

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Copyright: Nickolas Muray- Frida Kahlo

With the highly anticipated V&A exhibition ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ in full swing,  the world has been reminded of her iconic style which has seen itself manifest in interior and fashion trends this season and beyond. The exhibition presents a collection of the artists artifacts and takes the visitor on a journey through her complex life.

Growing up in Mexico, the exhibition shows the colourful landscape she was surrounded by and the tropical world on her doorstep. Surrounded by Mexican and Guatemalan textiles, fabrics and colour had a big influence on Frida sparking the bright bold style for which she is recognized today.

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Copyright: Nickolas Muray- Frida Kahlo

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A highlight of the exhibition is seeing the unspoilt, decorative garments that were once worn by Frida. Mixing Guatemalan woven materials with Asian patterned silks, each outfit was a real insight into Frida’s love of different cultures and fighting the norm. She liked to experiment with her identity and expressed herself though her clothes and make up.

 

 

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Fashion has continued to be inspired by Frida Kahlo throughout the years. From floral headdresses to small embroidery details, her style is timeless and will always be captivating.

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Jean Paul Gaultier 1998, MOSCHINO 2012, Valentino SS15

All images from Vogue.com

See how the exhibition and prominence of Frida Kahlo is already influencing design in both current fashion and interiors:

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& Other Stories

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Temperley London

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Camilla

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Topshop, Anthropologie, Zara

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The Sofa Workshop, Jan Constantine

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Andrew Martin

Richard Quinn X Liberty

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Known for his bold use of colour and saturated bloomed fabrics, Richard Quinn returns to work with Liberty of London for a fun and fabulous accessories line. Back in 2016 Quinn unknowingly used a print from the Liberty archive for his MA collection. He manipulated the print in an ultra modern, digital way and since then, he has used many other prints from the archive to achieve his signature look.

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Richard Quinn’s SS18 collection was showcased in Liberty of London in front of a floral backdrop. He used five of their prints to achieve the clashing printed looks he achieved and almost made them unrecognisable.

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Since the success of his SS18 show, Quinn has gone on to win the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design and has had a collection with H&M so this collaboration is another great stepping stone for the young designer from Peckham.

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Richard Quinn receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at his AW18 Ready to Wear show. Getty Images

In true Richard Quinn style, the new range of accessories for Liberty are full of giant blown up ditsies, bold primary colours and clashing pattern. The prints range across 30 different pieces and across varying products from scarves, to handbags to purses.

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We love how Quinn has updated the well loved ‘Iphis’ Liberty print, which is iconic across liberty accessories, and injected his own floral mayhem on top.

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The incredible store fronts (images above) were aimed to be ‘instaready’ for the customer. He wanted the figure to be completely covered in the print designed for the collection and the accessories to be an extension of this.

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Quinn is also known for clashing opposing prints which works so well with these vibrant, bold blooms.

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Images from Liberty.co.uk

Antoinette Poisson

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Gucci florals are always beautiful and can be recycled season after season, but this resort show felt even more special. Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, came across the unassuming Parisian company Antoinette Poisson. Michele decided to teamed up with the wallpaper studio to create some of the enchanting prints we saw walk down the runway for the Resort 19 show.

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It’s easy to see why Michele was in awe of the decadent designs of this French atelier. Striking geometrics combined with oriental, detailed florals feels new for the Italian fashion house and certainly adds a difference to their most recent collection.

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Photo by Jason Lloyd-Evans for Wmagazine

About Antoinette Poisson

Founders Julie Stordiau, Jean-Baptiste Martin and Vincent Farelly were working as freelance wallpaper restorers when a project to work with 18th century ‘Domino’ wallpaper arose.

“The paper is made according to traditional 18th century techniques. Jacques Bréjoux who makes our paper collects old linen and hemp clothes from the 18th and 19th century which he shreds into small pieces which are then hammered, put into water and then sieved in order to create a pulp which is dried and pressed”. “It takes approximately one day to print 100 sheets and around one or two minutes per colourper sheet to paint.” Julie Stordiau

https://thegarnered.com/designers/antoinette-poisson

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“Each hand-painted design is available in the original colourway, as well as a more restrained, modern palette,” Julie Stordiau

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Photo: © À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson

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“Hand–blocked and hand-painted, the prints are reproductions of the ‘dominos’ that were once employed to decorate smaller nooks and crannies – lining closets, corridors, boxes and books.” Julie Stordiau

https://thegarnered.com/designers/antoinette-poisson

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https://www.vogue.com/article/gucci-resort-2019-collaboration-with-antoinette-poisson

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Florence X Liberty of London

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Our paisley fascination grows this season as Liberty of London pair up with the ever stylish singer Florence Welch to create a limited edition capsule sleepwear collection that we need to get our hands on.

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Her love of sleepwear combined with her obsession with Liberty prints made this collection close to her heart.

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The collection features 6 different paisley designs from the Liberty archive hand picked by Florence. The designs range from 1820’s designs to 1990 designs and have all been bought back to life. The great thing about liberty designs is that they are timeless and can be used time after time.

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“I do a lot of writing in the morning, still in my pyjamas with lots of very strong coffee.
And as a Liberty print obsessive, I was honored that Liberty allowed me to trawl though their archives to create this collection.”

Florence Welch.

“I’m a romantic, so I wanted to avoid restoring the patterns and to keep the faded look to them,”

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“I am kind of a maximalist at heart, I’m not even sure I have anything plain in my wardrobe.”

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Watch the paisleys come to life in this video showcasing the collection:

All images from Libertylondon.co.uk

https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/department/liberty-collections/discover/florence-x-liberty-london/

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/florence-welch-liberty-london-pyjama-collaboration

Orla Kiely – A Life In Pattern

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As one of the most recognizable and iconic designers of the last few decades, it only seems right that the Fashion and Textiles museum are celebrating the work of Orla Kiely in their latest exhibition “A Life in Pattern”.

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 Image by Nicole Nodland© OrlaKiely

Since her London Fashion Week debut in 1994, the designer has been recognised for her perfectly repeatable retro patterns and a nostalgic colour pallet. “Growing up in Ireland in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was intrinsic to my creative DNA.” Inspired by all things mid centaury and with a love for nature, Kiely’s work is charming, uplifting and stylized.

In the Fashion and Textile Museums latest exhibition, visitors are able to see over 150 patterns and products from the Orla Kiely archive and a unique insight into her inspiration and design process. The exhibition explores the power of decoration and the impact pattern can have on our life.

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“Overseeing every single detail within the design process, Orla Kiely is meticulous, motivated, focused and passionate. Prior to production, every aspect matters to her from the first phase of designing to making, mixing colours, creating artwork and sampling.” Fashion and Textile Museum

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“Pattern is not a trend for me, to be taken up one minute and abandoned the next when the winds of fashion change. Pattern is in me. It is my life” OrlaKiely for The Fashion and Textiles Museum

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Kiely’s work spans across home-ware, fashion and accessories and her pattern handwriting lends itself to all 3 product categories.  Her designs are translated through print, embroidery, knitwear and woven fabrics with her unique taste of colour carried throughout each product.

Here is a closer look at her work:

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Orla Kiely Spring Summer 2017 New York Fashion Week. Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely.

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Image 1: Orla KielyAutumn Winter 2017 Campaign. Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely, Image 2: Orla KielyResort 2016 Campaign. Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely

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Image 1: L’Orla 2018, Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely, Image 2: Stem Lookbook 2018, Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely11

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You can see the Life in Pattern exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum until the 23rd September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/orla-kiely-life-in-pattern/

https://www.orlakiely.com

A Celebration of Flowers by Kaffe Fassett with Candace Bahouth

 

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The Victoria Gallery, Bath, Somerset

                                                23rd May –  24th August

 

 

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To celebrate the release of his new book, Kaffe Fassett has organized a new exhibition “A Celebration of Flowers” along with one of his long term collaborators and fellow American; Candace Bahouse. The installation includes 40 of Fassett’s quilts and some of Bahouth’s many ornate mosaics mirrors and pieces conceived for being placed outdoors.

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Kaffe Fassett is originally from California but moved to England as a student in the 1960s. He is now one of the world’s most renowned textile designers and his work features in museums world wide including in the Victoria and Albert. This exhibition is an exciting riot of colour leaving one feeling uplifted and joyful.

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Candace Bahouth is an American artist who settled in Somerset. She is known for her unique mosaics that she makes using fragments of china, natural materials and sometimes pieces of plastics. Her work also features in many museums including the Victoria and Albert.

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If you are visiting the lovely Georgian city of Bath any time soon, you might want to pop into the Victoria Gallery to see the exhibition or even attend some of the talks that are being held by both of the artists. More can be found on the Victoria Gallery website:

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All pictures thanks to http://victoriagal.org.uk

Festival Fashion

We felt the loss of Glastonbury this year but Festival Season is well under way and the sun is shining (for now)!

So, whilst most of us deliberate between packing flip flops or wellies, lets look back for inspiration at the Coachella Festival in California earlier this year.

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Resort 2019 – Top 8

Resort SS19 has seen a plethora of print and we have bought you the a run down of our favourite printed pieces. Here, we take a look at some of the collections that we feel will set the colour and pattern trends for the summer months in terms of print.

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Gucci treated us to more scarf prints as a continuation from many of their recent collections. Decadent flowers with borders of contrasting colour and cleverly placed motifs make the ever loved Gucci floral feel new and updated.

Etro

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“The Daydreamer” by writer Ian McEwan was the imaginative inspiration behind Veronica Etro’s latest collection. The collection is full of mystical prints with a slightly psychedelic feel which mimics the novels idea of being swept away into otherworldly places. We love how the prints hark back to the 1960’s with the bright colours and free moving patterns.

Valentino

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Branding has continued to be a big print theme from AW18 and Valentino have gone all out to deliver it. Paired back with beautiful scarf prints and mix and match ditsies, the written word within a print is a great novelty update.

Altuzarra

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As we start to see ‘Toile de Jouy’ prints returning, Altuzarra took it one step further with large scale illustrated landscapes wrapping around silhouettes. This Italian landscape motif, inspired by the novel ‘Call Me by Your Name’, is used on everything from accessories to sequined cocktail dresses.

Erdem

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Print guru Erdem blew us away yet again with his whimsical floral fabrics. The resort collection showed prints on many different coloured grounds which is perfect for the lead up to spring summer. Florals are very feminine with pops of colourand exotic birds.

Johanna Ortiz

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Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz is always a highly anticipated designer to watch in terms of print. A relative newcomer to the fashion world, the designer is not afraid to experiment with scale and colour. With a strong safari theme coming through in her collection, we feel like this show will influence a big trend going forward in the season.

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Designer Prabal Gurung gained inspiration for his latest collection on a trip home to Nepal. Blown up paisleys and a sea of tie dyes, Gurung explored the concept of cultures colliding and the idea of being a free spirit.

Diane von Furstenberg

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Only featuring 8 looks, DVF is certainly more about quality than quantity. Prints are bold, graphic and vivid in colour; everything we expect from a DVF collection.

Leicester

Leicester – 18th– 19th June 2018

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Hello!

My name is Fran. I come from a small town near Bath and attend one of the town’s secondary schools. I’ve always been interested in art and design.

Part of my school’s program is to offer work experience to its year 10 students. I was offered a position with Design and Colour Ltd who are the agents for Sublitex, an Italian design company making heat transfer paper.

In order to understand their product better I was taken to Leicester.

Arriving in Leicester

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I also visited the Sublitex office and shown the library of all the fabric designs. I was given the chance to make some moodboards for Spring Summer 2019 and was taught about how to identify a good and bad quality print.

 

 

Visiting Retailers

We visited Quiz to see the prints and find out which were selling best.

It was interesting to learn that clothes were made in Leicester and also to learn how to read labels and see what they are made of and where things are made.

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I now know so much more about fabrics and clothes.