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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stranger Things

We didn't know anything about a London label called Digitaria until we got an email from them today. So we dutifully traipsed over to the website and, after being greeted with clips of strange people with statement hair doing random things, we learned that the line was started in Athens by designer Eleftheria Arapoglou, who now collaborates with the London underground performance art scene on various art and fashion projects.

Living up to the claim of "unique tailoring," the dresses seem good and witchy, and the knitted caps are adorably elf-like. Should you need to see the spring collection in person, head to their new Soho showroom (60 Berwick St.) on April 24, 5-8:30 pm for a host of experiential things, from sound installations and film screenings to gallery shows and what will probably be very strange performances by Theo Adams, Masumi Tipsy and that drag-witch herself, Scottee.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Royal Yell

We received this email from the Royal College of Art in London with a reminder that their graduation shows on June 10 are open to the public and made possible through ticket sales only. What, you thought the next Chris Bailey worked for free? Well, he/she probably does, but only for the next few minutes. Besides, a ticket gets you champagne and canapés—not bad for only a few £...


The Royal College of Art (RCA) Fashion course will be hosting its annual graduate fashion shows to the public on 10 June and to press and trade on 11 June 2009.

The 36 MA students, in menswear, womenswear, footwear and accessories will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow alumni such as Ossie Clark, Philip Treacy and Christopher Bailey. More recent graduates who are making an impact on the fashion world include Erdem, Holly Fulton, milliners Justin Smith and Soren Bach, and menswear designers Aitor Throup, James Long and Katie Eary.

In the spirit of designers such as Katharine Hamnett and Vivienne Westwood, several students this year are designing with a conscience, infusing social and political messages into their collections, from the wasteful nature of the fashion industry to the crisis in Zimbabwe. Many students are incorporating recycled or found materials in their work or ensure that fabric comes from Fairtrade sources.

Collaboration with industry is a major part of a student’s time at the RCA. The results of several projects will also be presented on the catwalk and in a static display at the show. Highlights include a partnership with Italian tailoring company Brioni who have asked menswear students to re-design the travel jacket; and a new project with Swarovski & Sophie Hallette will see fashion and jewellery students teaming up to create embellished garments using crystals and lace.

Shows take place at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Wednesday 10 June: 4pm (£12) and 7pm (£25)
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 020 7590 4566 or online

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hint Tip: The Convenience Store

Goodbye wire hangers, hello Eames chairs. That's how the conversation will go when the Convenience Store—the little underground boutique in London that sells hard-to-find anti-labels in a deliberately low-budget, corner-store setting—pops up and spreads out at St Martins Lane from March 19 - April 9. Finally, the Philippe Starck set can get their hands on Gareth Pugh's ventilated armor or Rick Owens' backless jumpsuits, or Bruno Pieters, Hannah Marshall and Boudicca, without leaving the swanky comfort and disco-lights glam of the hotel lobby.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

London Street Style

By Kasia Bobula...

Yasmina Dexter, 36, sales director @ Relative PR
shirt: Spijkers & Spijkers
skirt: Preen
shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood for Belstaff

Scarlett Hull, 19, Central Saint Martins student
dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs
sister's school uniform jacket
shoes: Kurt Geiger
cardigan: Vivienne Westwood
grandmother's scarf

Yu Masui, 28, fashion writer
jacket & leggings: Miki Fukai
shirt: Uniqlo
shoes: Miharo Yasuhiro
bow: Lanvin

Julia Dunstall, 24, model @ Women
all clothes vintage

Andrew Blyszak, 23, brand manager
jacket: Michael Tapia
vintage pants
shoes: Prada
sunglasses: Cutler & Gross

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