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Cos and Studio Swine in Milan

Always on-trend and ever with the thoughtful and spot-on great design collaborations, COS revealed a partnership with London-based Studio Swine that really became the talk of the festival a few weeks ago in Milan.

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Milan Design Week – Top Pick

In celebration of the Salone, fashion brand COS have partnered up with architect Sou Fujimoto to create ‘Forest of Light.’ We aren’t in Milan this yea- MASSIVE BOO-  but we keep checking Twitter and Icon magazine’s website to see what their top picks are!

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Taking inspiration from the COS Spring Summer 2016 collection, ‘Forest of Light’ explores ideas of interaction and perspective; the darkened space is illuminated by cones of light that are designed to respond to visitors’ movements. Specially-composed sounds, subtle fog and mirrored walls create an immersive, infinite landscape where the conical spotlights become abstracted trees in a shifting forest of light.

cosBuilt in the 1930s by Italian architect Mario Cereghini, the installation is located in Cinema Arti in Milan’s San Babila district. A former theatre, the now derelict venue has inspired the key aspects of Sou Fujimoto’s design and provides an expansive backdrop to the installation.

cosCOS has been inspired by the work of Sou Fujimoto for many years. Often focusing on negative space and the concept of bringing the outside in, some of Fujimoto’s most well known architectural projects such as the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion blur the parameters of space, with edges dissolving into their surrounding environment.

For more information on the project, click here.

Talented bags

Talented is a British, sustainable accessories and giftware brand, which celebrates the bag as an art form. God knows we do NOT need any more tote bags, but if we did, we would be buying the below.

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Iittala x Issey Miyake

What do you get when you combine a ground breaking fashion designer with an iconic homewares brand? This lovely lot!

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Combining Scandinavian and Japanese craftsmanship and design, Iittala X Issey Miyake brings a unique collaborative collection of  ceramics, glass and home textiles in gorgeous pastel shades and usable sizes.

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It’s the palette we are most excited about as well as the materials. They seem so luxurious and on point, but aren’t hugely expensive. Skandium are stocking them in the UK.

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The collection consists of 30 items. The play of textiles and pentagon forms of the glass and ceramic objects is an invitation to touch and feel the material, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers. The textile products are created based on Issey Miyake’s original folding and pleating techniques that have been used in its clothes making since late 1980s.

Click here for more information.

La Débraiellée- stunning leather bags

We got a press release all in French which tested us somewhat- however we were super pleased when we were able to translate- somewhat sloppily! And very pleased with the bags that we saw. La Débraillée is a Parisian brand of leather handbags created by the Italian designer Alice Rosignoli.

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We love this pouch that just slips over your wrist- nifty eh? Won’t be searching for your keys for hours in there will you!

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We are big fans of ruckscks as we get such bad backs hoisting half the house around with us every day. This is looks gorgeous and isn’t too small. Alice is a product designer and you can actually see that training in the bags’ shapes and cuts.

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The collection is not seasonal: it evolves with time with the leather ageing beautifully. We love bum bags too- and this is definitely the most stylish one we have ever seen. Luckily the prices aren’t vomit-inducing either. £170 for a good long lasting bum bag? It’s a bit steep but you can see the quality.

Want to know more? Click here.

 

 

 

Knomo and The School of Life

We had a fantastic time on Thursday night at The incredible School of Life’s launch of their partnership with design-led travel accessory brand Knomo.

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Learning to carry our emotional baggage with style.

The ‘Emotional Baggage’ luggage tags (£25) have been designed in collaboration with  Knomo, creators of accessories that cleverly organise and protect your devices and other belongings, to help you get ‘Life Organised’This concept taps into the ‘new normal’ of needing to keep our desk/mind/house/wardrobe/bag organised, to allow us to focus more energy on the things we enjoy.

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Knomo have created a brand that allows the modern working person to take only their essentials with them, allowing them to drop the ‘baggage’ they usually drag around with them.

Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel, says of the collaboration: “Nowadays we’re used to thinking of travel as the ‘fun’ bit of life, but enjoyment isn’t a reason why it shouldn’t also do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level, travel can assist us with our psychological education. Ideally, where we go should help us with our attempts at these  longed-for pieces of psychological evolution. The outer journey should assist us with the inner one. For the Emotional Baggage luggage tag, we wanted to create  a product which would help people  to reframe  their relationship to travel but which would also reflect some of its glamour. Knomo’s bold,minimal aesthetic and commitment to making high-quality, thoughtfully-crafted products made them the ideal collaborator.”

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Creative Director of Knomo, Frances Scorah says: “Through Knomo’s pursuit of a ‘Life Organised’, we know that organisation begins in the mind but is eased by the products we use and the spaces we occupy. Working with The School of Life and their Emotional Baggage series reminds us to consider the emotional alongside the physical, and we felt the luggage tag was the perfect product for the two brands to collaborate on. The School of Life understand emotional intelligence like no other, and the Emotional Baggage series offers up a clever way to keep ourselves in check.”

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Elektronista
Digital Clutch Bag

We are particular fans of the amazing Elektronista clutch that comes in various colours and allows us to totally streamline our day and make the bag do all the hard work!

To find out more about Knomo click here.

For more information on The School of Life, click here.

 

 

Menswear Spring Summer 2016: Saint Laurent

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Hedi Slimane’s SS16 “Surf Sound” collection at Saint Laurent

Look: Think Kurt Cobain crossed with The Strokes and you are on the right path.

Detail:

Statement jackets: Biker / 1980s cuts / Western / Baseball / Tuxedos

Patterns: Patchwork / Leopard skin / Floral / Check / Polka dot / Palm Trees / Sunset / Tie-dye / Hawaiian / Camouflage / 1980s geometric / Space / Stripes

Detail: Fringed / Stud / Sequins / Bleached denim

Finishing touch: White sunglasses / Check shirts / Loose cardigans / Worn trainers / Mohair jumpers bobble hats / Skinny jeans / Long scarf.

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Resort 16: Valentino

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Resort 2016: Valentino

Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s free spirited collection nods to the covetable clustered florals of previous seasons. The designers have created a youthful, heavily decorated line, merging Folkloric imagery with Far Eastern prints. Silhouette’s are simple, varied in length and let the pattern do the talking.

Note: Despoke loves the styling – Gowns finished with trainers.

Detail: Folkloric / Floral / Patchwork / Animals / Birds / Wheat sheaf / Navajo / Birds / Dragons / studs / Embroidered / Embellished / Kimono patterns

Fabric: Tulle  / Chiffon / Suede / Leather / Lace / Crepe de chine / Leather intarsias

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Pattern: Roksanda, Resort 2016

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Roksanda – Resort 2016:

One of the best print collections for Resort 2016 comes from Roksanda Ilincic. As per usual, the designer impresses with her signature graphic style. This season her Cubist inspired collection is a real showstopper with collaged print techniques presented on a range of statement dresses.

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Gucci Resort 2016 Collection

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Gucci Resort 2016 Collection

Details:

References: 60s + 70s / Granny chic / Dandy / Western

Pattern: Embroidered and embellished folkloric florals / Silhouette leafy florals / Geometric chevron / Heavily embellished badges / Snake motifs / Stripes.

Hems: A LINE – mini, midi, maxi.

Fabric: Chiffon, Lame, Coloured Lace, Fur

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Women: See by Chloe Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear

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See by Chloe Fall 2015

Detail: Contrasting collar, cuffs & waistbands / Patchwork / Victorian collars /High waists / Polo Necks / Ponchos / A Line / Spotted pattern.

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Styling Inspiration: Floating

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Berluti dinner decorations in Paris.

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Berluti shoes appear ready to float.

 

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Men: Engineered cuts at Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015

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Men: Cleverly engineered colour blocked pieces create a graphic silhouette at Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015.

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Editor’s pick: Chloé Pre-Fall 2015

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It has been a longtime coming – the return of flare. If you have held on to your coveted pairs and they still fit dust them off. Chloé Pre-Fall 2015 leads the way with a wide legged collection that also tapers into a bootcut.

Detail:

Tweed / Bomber jackets / High and low waist trousers / A line mini skirts / Sheer billowing shirts with lace inserts / Extreme 70s collars and cuffs / crocodile skin / Knee high boots

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Trend S/S 2015: Denim

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Above: Chloe S/S  ’15

Denim is one of the key trends for S/S ’15 seen at Chloe and Prada, to name but a few who embraced the look for next season. Expect to see this filtering through into interiors during the next couple of months.

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Above: Prada S/S  ’15

Think: Dip dyed / Chambray / Bleached / Leather trim / Over stitched / Patterned / Patchwork

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Top tip: Keep it minimal, use sparingly.

Cushion: St. Aidans Homewarestore – £42.50

 

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