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House of Maffia’s Selina and Lina joined forces with Julie-Ann Murray of House of Murray this London Fashion Week season. Lina started the afternoon by attending the Falguni & Shane Peacock show at ON|OFF. Selina joined the crew over at the Jasper Garvida show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout where we had the privilege of jumping the queue and sitting on the second row. We rounded off the evening by traveling east to the Christopher Beales presentation and partied the night away in VIP at the Falguni & Shane Peacock after-party …
Read on for Julie-Ann’s review on the events…
A darkly elegant collection from the Rock n Roll duo
Striking feather and shear evening gowns juxtaposed with dominatrix leather and embellished studding created an edgy yet elegant story of high lux couture along with their signature prints for their cool AW11 show.
It was lovely to catch up with the team at the after show party too!!!
LE BASIE (The Kiss)
Jasper Garvida AW11 at Vaxhall Fashion Scout
Effortless draping and peep hole ‘key’ prints gave us an insight into Jaspers more relaxed mood this season with a collection of refreshingly calm, oriental inspired minimalism. Armour-like embellished gowns and accessories gave an edge to the unusually light story which was much less extravagant than previous seasons.
Jaspers hit his stride!
Thanks for the mention Jasper!!!!
WHEN THE CRYSTAL CRACKED
Having worked behind the scenes in the fashion industry for the last 15 years, helping the likes of Lee McQueen and Matthew Williamson to create their catwalk collections, the talented and highly skilled Christopher Beales is finally emerging from the cracks and has presented a magnificent array of styles for his latest exhibition ‘When the Crystal Cracked’ presented by the team at Forward PR.
To anyone who knows him, Christopher is a delightful, talented designer and costumier who’s combined passion, skill and love of his art will no doubt propel him to the very top of his art!
We have only just begun to see what this magical young man can create!
Edited by Selina Dyer
It has been a couple weeks since LFW has finished but we here at House of Maffia enjoy looking back at the designers who have made a fashion print on our memories.
One of those is House of Holland by Henry Holland whose creations are loved by Agyness Dyne and Pixie Geldof. His stay in Miami and cocktail parties inspired his collection. Loud and colourful prints, crop tops and belted waist was a reoccurring theme throughout the collection.
Designed by Henry Holland and styled by Sam Ranger, the collaboration of the two are forces not to be messed with as this was fantastic summer styling especially the combinations of pleated skirts.
By Michaela Anderson
One of the most eagerly awaited shows of the season, designer duo Basso and Brooke have once again captured the minds and hearts of their adoring fashionista fans with yet another beautifully dynamic S/S line.
The focal point of this collection, it appears, is an artful blend of contrasting yet exhilaratingly well-put together prints; pastel florals (springtime soon, how lovely!) next to bold black and white block colours make for an intriguing look into an anticipatory summer filled with garden parties and romantic candlelit dinners (the scene: an alfresco dine-out with scented lavender and sweet natured fireflies).
The most interesting (and soon-to-be well sought after) item of the season is undoubtedly Basso and Brooke’s contribution to warm weather outerwear; practical, lightweight and of course, aesthetically pleasing to the ardent eye of the ever-scrutinising stylista, these print blazer jackets are a strong finishing touch to a discreet summer ensemble.
In addition to its sharp yet feminine prints, A-line hems provide an extra delightful girlish touch to an otherwise formal and grown-up collective. For an outfit with a sexier edge, the Basso and Brooke team bring us a low cut silken jumpsuit.
High waisted saloon trousers with a slightly masculine edge worn with heels are also decadent occasion worthy choice (fashionable work wear perhaps? Watch out for jealous colleagues!).
By Lily Niu
Images courtesy of londonfashionweek.co.uk
So this week Paris fashion paid its respect to Alexander Mcqueens final collection. The medieval inspired collection included ambiguous religious references which, along with the sombre classical music created an intensely dark atmosphere which seemed appropriate after Mcqueens recent passing.
The pieces were distinctly Mcqueen with the definite shape, intricate detail and above all the creativity which first launched him to fame in the 1990’s. The collection seemed to focus on structured shoulders and voluminous skirts. The golden encrusted angels and crushed skulls added as much rumour as it did drama to the presentation at a time when the whole industry is attempting to come to terms with its loss.
So what is next for Alexander Mcqueen as a brand? We have been told that the Gucci group who own a majority share of the company have not began to look for a successor for Mcqueen despite insisting that they will continue to trade. Robert Polet (CEO) commented yesterday about the collection; “It was a very moving experience to take a deep and serious look at his last collection. It showed Lee’s unique talent to create pieces of beauty that touch many of your senses, leaving one enriched. Although the sense of loss afterwards, I found overwhelming.”
pics courtesy of Catwalking.com
UCL’s fashion society,MODO, held a spectacular show at the Hotel Russell on 28 February 2010 with garments made from a variety of materials including Ikea bags, paperclips, photographs, newspaper and human hair, some wearable and some not so much! One of the male models was brave enough to walk down the runway wearing high platform boots.
Hair, make-up, models, stage, designs (using sustainable materials), lighting and photography all by UCL students. Sponsors included 10:10, TRAID, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
After the unrivalled success of their Spring/Summer show Untold returned this AW 10 to showcase not one but 9 designers during one catwalk show with the Grand Hall at the Battersea Arts Centre as a stunning backdrop.
Untold was born through the desire to succeed and progress in the cut throat world of fashion. Financial constraints make it difficult for designers and artists to platform their work. Untold changes this and ensures that designers are seen, heard and understood to make their vision a reality.
Designers on the Untold catwalk this season included: Chichia London, Gevorgian, Ma:LE, Lana Luk, Mononoko, Desiderata, Chrissiefizz, Pia Love and Bestow Elan.
Check out our very own Lisa Maffia in the front row!