Monday, 24 October 2016

Slow Factory

 Slow Factory was set up by Céline Semann Vernon,

"Fashion activism is using fashion as a tool to create social change. I feel like fashion plus human rights equals fashion activism. What we are seeing right now is a lot of people trying to find new ways to create and produce in ways that don’t hurt the planet, ways that contribute to a bigger cause. I think some designers are more conscious and responsible in wanting to create a social impact."  Céline Semann Vernon

Are We There Yet? from Slow Factory on Vimeo.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Gino Anthonisse

Gino Anthonisse's inspiration  has to be something that shocks and astonishes him; "my most recent collection was partly inspired by a book called 'Codex Seraphinianus' by Luigi Serafini. It is an encyclopedia about an imaginary and surreal world with very strange illustrations . . . 

and an invented language the author created himself. It is considered one of the most peculiar books and has generated debates about its meaning. This is what inspired me, the curiosity in human kind to discover the mysterious, the magical and the occult. My designs represent that part of the consciousness, the surreal." Gino Anthonisse

Gino's designs appealed to me as they reminded me of legacy folk traditions whose meanings as often lost in time and so they are surreal events stepping forward through history macabre and startling. They also have echoes of Nick Caves sound suits, I look forward to Gino's career blossoming,  he is an extremely exciting designer.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Rich Mnisi

Rich Mnisi is a South African label founded by Rich the graduate winner of the Africa Fashion International Young Designer of the Year 2014. Combining modern pop culture with Africa's rich heritage this label combines minimalism with craftsmanship and design, here is a selection from his Summer 2017 lookbook.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Justyna Matysiak

Joy today at discovering outsider fashion illustration by Polish artist Justyna Matysiak, they bring great humanity  and joy to the world of high fashion, rendered complete with accessories in felt, glitter or gel pens. Justyna's work is held in many collections internationally and 2007, she was awarded the Grand Prix Insite by the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Thank you, Tui Sankamol.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

In an initiative to bring some sense of identity and self worth to young people who are hospitalised, Krista Raspor inspired this project and with creative partner Lia MacLeod and with designers backed by Rethink and Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada launched this wonderful project.  The project was developed by designers: Izzy Camilleri, Sarah Boyce Sargent, Raegan Hall, Rebecca Nixon, India Amara and Casey Von Esteban. Through their work these designers have brought joy to the patients who now feel more empowered and more like themselves.
“I had insight into what it’s like being there, especially as a teen, when you’re trying to express yourself and be yourself and you don’t have access or the ability to do that when you’re in the hospital,” Krista Raspor