Sunday, 19 December 2010

NewGen sponsorship announced!

This week eight of London's best young menswear fashion talents have been selected to receive NewGen sponsorship, at next London Fashion Week in February. Under the scheme, supported by Topman, the designers will all be part of London Fashion Week's Menswear Day, on Wednesday 23rd February 2011.
Catwalk sponsorship for Somerset House was given to Christopher Shannon, James Long and J.W Anderson. Salon show sponsorship at the TOPMAN show space was given to Lou Dalton. Presentation sponsorship in the Portico Rooms was given to Katie Eary, Omar Kashoura and SIBLING. Last but not least,  installation sponsorship  was given to Christopher Raeburn.
NEWGEN MEN began in February 2009, building on Topman and Fashion East's successful MAN initiative. It has since been instrumental in raising the profile of emerging British menswear designers.
Jason Griffiths, Topman's Marketing Director, says :"This season NewGen Men boldly expands further with the introduction of new exciting tiers in the form of presentations and installations to further compliment the catwalk shows which have formed part of the Menswear Day over the last two seasons. Topman is proud and excited to be part of this continuing men's fashion revolution.'British Fashion council HOME

                                                                              Samples from SS11 collections 
                              (clockwise)     SIBLING  Katie Eary  J.W Anderson Lou Dalton James Long 

      Wednesday, 15 December 2010

      Inspiration Links

      "Family stuff"
       by Huang Qingjun and Ma Hongjie.

      More Photos

                      THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
                                               An Academy Award-winning documentary short
                                             produced by Thomas Lennon | directed by Ruby Yang

      Following A year in the life of children in the remote villages of Anhui Province, China, who have lost their parents to AIDS. Traditional obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease. Gao Jun (pictured above) is one of just a handful of children we come to know in this film: Nan Nan, who after her parents’ death, was shunned by relatives and left to live without adult care with “Little Flower,” her teenage sister; and the Huang siblings, who vividly describe their ostracism at school. The suffering of these orphans is all the more devastating for being largely unnecessary, the function of misinformation about the nature of the disease.

      Yet the film is more than a mere catalogue of woes. Nan Nan reveals her impish humor and joy; the Huang children resolve to become educated and outstrip those who shun them; and Gao Jun, in the closing scenes, demonstrates his ferocious determination to live.


      Carolyn Massey SS11 film from Chris Brooks on Vimeo.

      This film was a key source of inspiration when it came to creating my own film. It maintains direct focus on the garments without feeling like an in your face advert. The seamless change between garments and the simplicity of the movements of the models keeps its clean, slick and overall a very successful preview to a great collection.

      "LATTICE" Installation hand in

      "LATTICE" Installation hand in

      Tuesday, 14 December 2010

      Pre- Collection VIDEO

      Collection by Yasmin Bawa from Liam Simpson on Vimeo.

       This video has been created to showcase my SS graduate Pre-Collection.

      Designer/Stylist: Yasmin Bawa
      Director/Editor: Liam Simpson
      Director of Photography: Nicholas Peel
      Models: Chris Ranson, James Ranson


      Research Wall

              -- LATTICE --


      Inspired originally by a photography project "Family stuff" by Huang Qingjun and Ma Hongjie. The project photographs the homes of 50 rural Chinese homes, taking all of their possessions from inside their house and placing it outside. While artist Huang is particularly interested in the social change that is becoming visible in daily life, photojournalist Ma is concerned with showing China from its authentic side, the reality of the country’s rural majority instead of the urban facades usually portrayed by the media. Above all, however, both artists want to document the profound transition China is undergoing. Nowhere else can this be observed more clearly than in the everyday life of normal families. Family is the central institution in the Confucian tradition; the family home represents identity rather than style. It is this rural way of life where home is a means of existence and livelihood that Huang and Ma sought to document and that has already been superseded by a more westernised, materialistic understanding in the cities. The times are changing... 
      This collection combines elements from these rural Chinese villages and the traditional lattice design artwork with a more technical element, showing the social change taking place as modern culture seeps its way into these homes and families. Natural fabrics, hand dying and screen prints created the traditional element whilst laser etched prints on cotton drill and leather shows off the use of modern technology. Gradient effected on on the fabrics are a further emphasis on this change that is going on, with one colour slowly taking over the next. As a menswear collection is shows classic shapes whistle creating a whole new look with the colours, prints, function and detailing