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Piers Please: LFW The Daily chats to magical milliner Piers Atkinson in the back of a LFW Mercedes-Benz

INTERVIEW BY BROOKE RUTHERFORD BR: Dear Piers, what was your starting point for your A/W 11 collection? PA: I was thinking about everybody who comes to this amazing city to make their dreams come true, and how many of us make this dream come true at night: dancers, actors, night creatures. So it became about night life in London. Lots of night-sky colours, midnight navy, bruised purple, street-light sodium orange…

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All Walks Beyond the Catwalk: Debate & Groskop’s Response

For an industry that prefers the colour black it’s amazing how grey things may appear. A known fact highlighted by the Observer’s Viv Groskop in her article Supermodel demands new code to end airbrushing/Super model Erin O’Connor slams fashion world for lying to women. Said article addresses the debate that was held Friday evening, February 12th, 2011 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The organizers? All Walks Beyond The…

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Mechanical Botantical: Anna Coroneo

A while back I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting artist, designer, photographer and globe-trotter Anna Coroneo (told you I’m fortunate – artistic talent finds me). It was New York Fashion Week at the Lincoln Centre and spring collections were on the runway. Yet, despite an air of floaty and flirty designs, nothing evoked the essence of spring quite like Coroneo’s ensemble – a handcrafted silk-scarf dress created by…

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Model for a day

I am very fortunate to always land in the company of super creative, open-minded and experimental people, who not only enjoy flexing their artistic muscle, but encourage me to do the same. And though I am by no means a professional model, I do enjoy being the center of attention (don’t act so shocked), and so am able and willing to pose for the wonderfully talent and just plain wonderful…

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Tacky Done Right

I was in a pub in New Cross last night, The Hobgoblin, with a group of Goldsmith grads celebrating their convocation. At the bar was a woman, fairly cool I concluded. She was wearing this chubby wool sweater, crew-neck, really fuzzy, with a quaint farm motif that wrapped around the front and back. I loved it, instantly. This corny image consisting of trees, cows, a little red barn and it’s…

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A New Kind of Silhouette  

It’s not like trousers are new to the runway, but as a welcomed alternative to leggings and leg-baring skirts, the trouser succeeds at drawing attention downward, away from any erogenous zone, elongating the leg in the process. It’s a little more covered up, a little more comfortable, and subsequently a little more sophisticated and elegant. Although what’s quite unique about these Pre-fall 2011 looks is the extent to which the…

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New Year’s Resolution: Wear More Red

Happy Holidays everyone! Or as it’s said in London, Happy Christmas! I imagine you’re all with your friends and families, enjoying loved ones, resting and eating grotesque amounts of Christmas pudding, trifle, froie gras…whatever your food-related sin is. For me, times of rest mean brewing thoughts, times of reflection, times of growth, inspiration, relaxation, all things spiritual that keep me whole and centred. But I thought this would be a…

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Red Stamp by Benish Mahmoud

My dear friend Benish is a supremely talented visual artist. This is a piece from her graduate exhibition at Goldsmiths College, London. An international scholar, her work revolves around the notions of gender, identity, subversiveness, and deep and profound personal experiences. This particular piece symbolizes being trapped – literally and figuratively – between the roles one is expected to fulfil, particularly as a woman. The buzz is intended to irritate…

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British Sartorial Style

An original “street-style” photo circa 1970s depicts the always-quaint teddy subculture style inspired by the likes of Oscar Wilde, and Edwardian Dandies. This picture was NOT a source of inspiration for the treasures I found below, but rather a synthesis of the deep rooted elements of style I think these pieces convey. Together these elements reminded me of a teddy-boy-prepster-plucked-from-urban-utopia-and thrown-into-the-wilderness vibe. You know, when one is forced to partake…

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