Style & Then Some

AW12 Press days | Mickey Mouse meets Mumbai

Last week, Million and Naomi went along to the Blow PR press day and discovered some beautifully unique designs from around the world.

Located in a very underground basement just off Regent Street, Blow PR is one of the most well-established public relations companies in the city, with a client roster spanning from well-known brands to freshly graduated designers from all around the globe. We were pretty excited when S&TS asked us to cover the Blow press day. On arrival, we swapped our coats and heavy bags for a big glass of vodka sour – now that’s what I call a proper welcome.

The first designer we came across was Little Shilpa, a Mumbai based designer and Central St.Martins graduate renowned for her fabulous handcrafted head pieces.

Little Shilpa

Little Shilpa

Her “Disney Couture” collection was a huge success of Lakme fashion week. I mean, how cool is that mickey mouse scarf?

Little Shilpa's Disney Couture collection

Little Shilpa's Disney Couture collection

Little Shilpa's Disney Couture collection

In these hard times, it’s always good to do a bit of recycling. Jane Bowler (an RCA graduate whose talent was dicovered by photographer Nick Knight) certainly embraced that by designing a whole collection out of scrap plastic. My favourite piece was this knitted sweater: totally wearable but sustainable too.

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Now Marie-Me Jimmy Paul are a couple that know a thing or two about the term ‘thinking outside the box’. Based in Amsterdam, the design duo took the concepts of shape and texture to an extreme level: their clothes are bursting with patterns, colors and fabrics, creating a geometric feast worthy of an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. And yes, those bags really are made of concrete.

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Alpana and Neeraj specialise in the design of striking couture dresses. They mesh together two extreme ideas such as plastic bodices swathed in soft drapes, bandages and surgical masks teamed with slim dresses and structured armour-like cages.

Sorapol, born  in Bangkok, considers London’s cultural melting pot a great source of inspiration. His autumn/winter collection is inspired by the story of Vasilisa, a young orphan was adopted by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, an exiled extremist, during the Russian Revolution. Sorapol is a real story-teller who instantly engages you with his dark and edgy designs.

Bjorg, an artisan from Norway, started making jewellery in India in 2004, and went on to design numerous collections which have featured in magazines such as Italian and French Vogue. Materials he uses include silver, uncut diamonds and bronze, all responsibly sourced. Isn’t the golden cigarette holder just genius?

Bjorg

Bjorg

There’s no doubt Charlotte Valkeniers has a bright future ahead of her: her unique neck and arm pieces of embroidered leather definitely fall into the statement jewellery category: big, yet classy.

Charlotte Valkeniers

With the new hipster trend spreading like an oil stain, Underground Creepers are one of Blow’s key brands.  The new collection revisited the classic wulfrun shoe by adding colours like robin’s egg blue, acid green and metallic silver, as well as showcasing a new range of Creeper Wedges.

Underground Creepers

Underground Creepers

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