Walking to work today I could help but notice that the empty shop next door had big writing in the window. Ok, I got a little excited, I thought we were getting new neighbours, but what I read made me even happier. FLASH SALE! Yes, a massive secret clearance sale for AW10/11 goods from amazing brands including Jaeger, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood (see the flyer for the full list) with 50%-70% off. It will last from 2nd -6th March and take place at 65-67 Monmouth Street in the Seven Dials, Covent Garden.
If you look on my book shelf you will find several publications from Laurence King, and their latest future classic, Fashion Designers Sketchbooks by Hywel Davies, will be definitely joining the shelf when it is published on 4th October.
This book is a must for any budding designer or fashion enthusiast alike, exploring many major names working in the industry today, including John Galliano, Dries Van Noten and Vivienne Westwood, who are interviewed alongside their own sketchbooks.
The entire process is followed, showing how photographs, sketches, mood boards, line-ups, toiles, fabric swatches and so much more contribute to the final pieces we see strutting down the catwalk every season. Fashion Designers Sketchbooks is an up-to-date, cutting edge overview of fashion design as it is today.
Ok, so this isn’t a new book, but I have found myself referring to it a lot recently. A year or so ago I bought How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton, and have used it many times since, although I had mastered walking in high heels long before I bought it. The book covers tips on everything from packing correctly to understanding politics and working on two hours sleep to complaining with class, along with all the style and beauty tips you would expect.
Along with Camilla’s own guide, you will find snippets from many of her fabulous friends including How to pick the perfect shoe by Manolo Blahnik, How to appreciate art and where to start by Vivienne Westwood and How to compile your own soundtrack by Jade Jagger. If you are a girl, who wants to be socially adept, wants to tackle your technophobia or just wants to learn to walk in high heels, I highly recommend you get this book!
Georgie and Alex Cleary are a brother and sister design duo from Melbourne, who created the label Alpha 60. They never set out to start a brand, and neither of them has a background in fashion, the t-shirt designs started out as a teenage past time, which spread through friends from word of mouth. The launching of Alpha60 officially took place in 2005, alongside a Vivienne Westwood Retrospective at the acclaimed National Gallery of Australia.
Their designs show beauty with a dark edge, they are dramatic but accessible, featuring a strong colour palette, jersey drapes, tucks and spliced garment. Georgie and Alex draw a large amount of their inspiration from iconic films, featuring their heroes of the moment and view their clothing as “sophisticated quirk”. There is definitely something different about Alpha60’s garments, for starters the designs are printed on gorgeous fabric, rather than a plain tee, and their non printed pieces offer designs that are just as beautiful.
Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:
London College of Fashion and Central St Martins graduate Heidi Mottram worked in the art, fashion and textile industries for several years, working with many major international designers including Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson. In 2007 she decided to launch her own line, using the textile she is known as the “UK guru” for in its use in design and fashion, eel skin.
Heidi uses her skills to manipulate the skins to create pleating, ruching, pin tucking and folding, creating beautifully crafted bags, purses and wallets. The designs also come in a range of sizes and colours, offering a lot of choice, which can be rare with such a specialist method. With everything from card holders, to oversized clutches we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll love.
Here are a few out About your Dress’ favourites: