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New Delhi based Manish Arora is always a treat for his dreamscape couture. Indian designers have a headstart given the countries heritage of craftsmanship but Manish I think is fair to say has blown the doors open for a new school of Indian futurists that have fused traditional and contemporary skills. I think SA can certainly learn something from how Indian fashion has gatecrashed the global fashion party.
Also worth noting is his Fish Fry collaboration with Reebok India (see video at the bottom of this post). I guess his strategy is to use avant garde collections as a brand building exercise which allows him to do more commercial activity (he’s also just launched a make-up collection with MAC).
Vogue is doing a number of podcasts from London Fashion Week. If you haven’t figured it out you can download podcasts for free from itunes (although you can’t buy stuff yet). Interesting to note the sheer numbers now going to Vogue.com: 1.2 Million a month! I’ve said it before (and i’m horribly biased) but the web, with its immediacy and multimedia, is destined to become the dominant media for fashion. In fact it maybe already. The first podcast features Luella, Paul Smith and Temperley London.
Dazed Digital are providing extensive coverage of New York Fashion Week – worth a visit.
Ah Sunday mornings, time to put Radio 4 on (via the BBC’s splendid iplayer) and make some coffee.
From The Observer (UK):Interview with Giles Deacon
From Dazed Digital:
Colette x Gap Pop-Up Store (can’t move for pop-up stores in 2008…)
From JC Report: Japan Fashion Week
Cute Havaianas marketing stunt in Joborg on The Frock Report
Oh and its New York Fashion Week:
Terribly busy at the moment but here are some quick hits:
“Where the fashionistas go for a quick fix” in the New York Times which covers online fashion magazines/blogs in the US.
“American Eyeful” American Apparel’s approach to online advertising from Portfolio.com.
The clothing company, known for ads resembling 1980s porn and for the pervy antics of controversial founder Dov Charney, is seeing sales climb as it buys up more cheap ad space on sites such as MySpace and Facebook than any other U.S. apparel retailer.
Splendid news that Black Coffee is going to be on the line-up for Virgin Mobile Cape Town Fashion Week on Saturday night but cue dubious coffee puns (not the last i suspect):
“This is also exciting news for Virgin Mobile and adds to a long list of other impressive design talent showing,” added Maweni. “Virgin Mobile has a creamy history with Black Coffee as they designed the clothing range of our sassy advertising photography and we are always amazed by their level of creativity and attention to detail. Superlative stuff!”
The Saturday schedule for Virgin Mobile Cape Town Fashion Week is now as follows:
18h00 : Love Water Love
19h00 : Virgin Mobile presents Black Coffee
20h00 : Maya Prass
21h30 : Virgin Mobile Finale
And speaking of SA fashion weeks nice to see Joburg Fashion Week galleries on Vogue.com again. Just go to their location finder and click on where you think Joburg should be.
Oh look i’m off topic again. But I simply must point you in the direction of ShowStudio’s Fashion DJs project who can give a lesson to us all in putting the F.U.N into Fashion. Kind of an underground hipster version of Fashion Rocks but not quite. Being an ex-hipster DJ myself (I still kind of miss playing Bobby O and Divine to the fashion kids in London) I eat this stuff up for breakfast.
Check out the store tour done by style.com.