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LONDON FASHION WEEK ARRIVES…

…and we are ready for you!

London stores have gone all out for LFW with schemes of strong monochrome and/or floral mixed patterns with flashes of metallics and pops of acid yellow, coral and the occasional cobalt blue, humour, movement and layering…

LIBERTY

Liberty London Fashion Week Window 2014I took quite a few pics of this one- so much to take in!  Love Liberty’s collaborative window with Helen Bullock, which involves mixed media layered window with loose paint strokes on the glass, and the fabric swatch and paint drip backdrop.  The simple clean mirror props weighted by stone contrast nicely with the busy backdrop.  I like it because it’s got an energy to it…makes me think of either a frantically busy design studio or a city at night.

OASIS

Oasis London Fashion Week Window 2014Oasis’ windows do literally move with the floral patterned L, F and W initials going up and down like fairground carousel horses.  ‘The Oasis Go Round’ design idea was dreamt up by two students, Anna Horvach and Bai Yehe, from Central Saint Martin’s Narrative Environments course.  Oasis’ Christmas window scheme was my favourite festive window last year, so it’s nice to see the flagship store follow up with something equally as eye-catching for Fashion Week.

WAREHOUSE

Warehouse Philli Wood Fashion Council Window 2014Warehouse’s simple window scheme contrasts greatly with Oasis’ display across the road but it’s a great environment to showcase Philli Wood’s debut capsule collection in collaboration with the British Fashion Councils Colleges Council.  I like the unfinished board, the warm clean strip lights and trestle style supports…not showy just a few design elements so the clothes speak for themselves.

JIGSAW

Jigsaw London Fashion Week Window 2014The photos don’t really do this Jigsaw window justice.  It tells a story and it made me smile.

H&M

H and M London Fashion Week Window 2014H&M have stuck with their favoured monochrome colour palette but have added accents of electric blue with the mannequin styling, and metallic panes to the backdrop and within the triangular floor structures.  The contrast between the 2D rectangular backdrop panels and the angular prismatic lighting and 3D floor pyramids works really well.

MANGO

Mango London Fashion Week Window 2014Mango’s window also made me smile with the bespectacled wide eyed mannequins walking chiwawas and strutting their stuff.

I saw so many lovely Spring windows today which I’ll post soon…London is looking good!

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H&M ‘Go Gold’ Limited Edition- Window & In-store display

Today I headed to Oxford Street to do some product spotting for my future Valentine’s post and I walked past this H&M window…

h and m limited collection window

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It’s just foamboard cut into different sized triangles which interlock together, but I think it’s stunning!  The random gold vinyl triangles really help highlight the structure as well as linking in with the ‘Go Gold’ Limited Edition tagline.  I’m constantly impressed with the work the H&M visual team do with this store.  The shop is slap bang in the middle of Oxford Circus competing with the likes of Topshop and Nike who are known for having strong windows, but H&M always manage to keep it fresh but still within their brand identity.  The windows change frequently, they’re not overly complicated but they always get maximum impact.  Here are some more pics showing close ups, and how they carried this feature in-store highlighting the ‘Go Gold’ Limited Edition collection area.

h and m limited collection window collection

h and m limited collection instore feature 2

h and m limited collection instore feature

h and m limited collection instore closeup

h and m column with gold vinyl

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Top Drawer and Home London- SS14 Trends

Yesterday Earls Court opened its doors once again for Top Drawer and Home London, two shows specialising in gifts, lifestyle and fashion accessories, and homewares and interiors.  I love this event…as well as seeing what new pieces the well established wholesalers have to offer, it’s a great opportunity to meet new independent designers and makers.  It’s great when you see a product from a new company and you just know the product will sell and they’re going to have a successful year- you feel excited for them!

The two shows cover such a large variety of product in so many different design styles, there really is something for everyone there.  I’ve pulled together some of the trends that stood out for me…

COOL COLOUR PALETTE

Cool blues, off whites, greys and purples seemed to be the predominant colour palette with occasional burnt orange, yellow and teal accent colours.

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METALLICS

Metallics were strong again this year.  They were used either minimally to highlight a detail for example the outline of an illustration or a fitting on a table, or they were used in a more unusual way but on a larger scale to be the main feature of that particular product.

Home and Top Drawer SS14 Metallics Trend1-  Another Country are exhibiting some beautiful crafted furniture which use simple brass fixtures and fittings that compliment the matte finish of the wood.  I also love their Another Desktop Series 2 accessory set shown on top of the bench which uses brass sheet to highlight the function of the stationary item.

2-  LSAs striking Polka Collection combines an all over metallic glaze with a strong colour palette.

3-  Independent surface pattern designer Claire Murray is exhibiting her new Birds and Butterflies wallpaper on the Heart Home Magazine stand.  The pattern has also been printed onto fabric for cushions and lampshades but I like how the slightly metallic grey background to the wallpaper really makes the pattern’s lemon yellows, oranges, pinks and teals pop out.

4-  Love the dimpled texture and contrasting gold and gun metal finishes of Lisbeth Dahls trays.

5-  Sabre Paris have done a range of metallic acrylic cutlery which would be great for entertaining.

6-  Get me one of these Broste Copenhagen rugs!  I love them so much!  The natural palette works really well with the skinny strips of copper woven through.

SIMPLICITY

Of course there are a fair amount of more detailed, and ornate, and shabby chic items on show, but for me, the really striking pieces were the more stripped back simple products, either simple in their form, their finish or texture.

Top Drawer and Home SS14 Tends Simplicity

1-  The simple radiating chevron pattern on Rorstrands Swedish Grace collection works really well with the pale glaze.

2-  Absolutely love Maia Ming Designs porcelain Salt & Pepper Rings with one ring having a matte finish, and the other being gloss.

3-  Selettis Desktructure range is good fun.  I like how the clean coloured band running along the bottom edge helps give the blocks presence.

4-  Another product by Seletti.  The Multilamp comes in various forms, but this tall floor standing lamp is my favourite.  The simple matte finish frame, clean angles, and neat 6 lamp grid work really well.

5-  I spent ages looking at Royal Doultons 1815 range.  The rep explained how they created the collection by going right back to their beginnings (in 1815) when Royal Doulton created more everyday utility pieces.  This shows in the clean forms and simple dipped glaze finish.  I really like the range of colours they’ve chosen and it will be interesting to see how they develop the range for the bicentennial anniversary next year.

6-  Chives wall bricks are about as simple as you can go and they just work so well as a striking indoor or outdoor wall feature.

FACES

Quite a random trend, but faces seemed to pop up every now and then.  Following on from the Simplicity trend above, they were often simple line only illustrations on simple white forms with the face being the only detail.

Top Drawer and Home SS14 Faces Trend

1-  The Nordic Element stand showcased pieces by Finnsdottir.  The Babushka vases really stood out.

2-  The Po: range of character mugs and egg cup holders with silicon hats on the Gilberts stand were good fun.

3-  The New English exhibited Paul Bishops Seemore family.  Meet Cyril, Kevin and Duane.

There was of course animal products everywhere but that is a whole other post!  Top Drawer and Home London are open until Tuesday 5pm.  You can register for free at www.topdrawer.co.uk or www.home-london.net.  If you do go down, make sure you wear comfy shoes- there is alot to see!

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I’ve found Titus!

Last night I met up with my good friend Sophia Barton, Senior Designer at Bene Furniture, and we checked out some of the showrooms on the last night of Clerkenwell Design Week.  First stop was the Camira Fabrics and Ege Carpets joint showroom, where we saw Camira’s stunning collaboration with textile designer, Emma J Shipley.  They have taken her gorgeous intricate pencil line drawing of a silverback gorilla called Titus (named after the gorilla in Dian Fossey’s book) and developed a beautiful coordinate and standalone fabric printed onto 100% traceable wool Blazer fabric.  It looked great on the chairs they had upholstered- very cool statement piece!  The collaboration also supports The Gorilla Organisation– bonus!

titus and tangle emma shipley camira

The illustration, the chair, my tweeted entry pic to try to win a Titus scarf!

Ege Carpets showcased the 4 finalists of their carpet design competition.  The winner was Ben Webb , interior designer at funky interior design studio Black Sheep– his carpet design ‘shows how the urban grid entangles nature creating a unique interplay between man-made and the untouched’.  I was pleased to see that Grace Foster, a soon to be graduate of Leeds College of Art was a finalist.  I did my Interior Design degree at the College and I think the course setup there is so good, really thorough.

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Ege Carpet Design Competition Finalists

From there we headed to Order of St Johns- I loved Tracy Kendall’s Black Swan wall covering which is bands of thick black feathers.  It’s very striking but I’m not sure how practical it is for long term use.

tracey kendall wall coverings

Tracy Kendall’s Black Swan wall covering

Boca do Lobo exhibited a few stunning furniture pieces, and I picked up a brochure for Delightfull Graphic lamp collection– they have the entire alphabet in different illuminated font styles- great if you want to create your own Christian Laboutin style display.  Loving the ‘M’ especially!

delightfull graphic lamp collection mdzn_Christian-Louboutin-Mount-Street-Window-by-Studio-XAG-2

Last stop was the Fritz Hansen showroom where they showcased the Ro armchair by Jaime Hayon.  The bronze legs looked amazing and being able to see the design process from initial sketches to prototyping was really interesting.

ro armchair design process

Design process for the chair

ro armchair finished fritz hansen

Sophia in the Ro Armchair

First (short!) experience of Clerkenwell Design Week was great- next year I‘m definitely going get more involved in the action!

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