Article: Savannah Barthorpe
Photography: Christopher Sims
Influenced by the spirit of LA, the edge of London and the balance and simplicity of Japan, the brand new KIKIITO collection of luxurious, contemporary bags has just launched with a cornucopia of silhouettes and carefully curated, unexpected touches. Simple and always authentic, the KIKIITO focuses as much on how each piece feels as how it looks.
The latest KIKIITO collection channels the brand's culturally-diverse influences, inimitable Japanese heritage, and an unwavering passion for form and function with a compilation of bags that is at once simple and graphic in design, Elevated accents, high-end finishes and unexpected detail sets this brand new collection of bags apart from any standard, luxury accessory.
The brainchild of Japanese-born, London-based designer Kiki Ito, each bag in the new collection references the time Kiki spends understanding both functionality and aesthetic design of her creations, and the impact that particular detail and usability can have on the final product, always envisagining the connection that the wearer has with each piece.
“The KIKIITO woman manifests effortless style, has a soft spot for sports luxe and does not feel that she needs to prove either her sense of style or understanding of what is in style, she just is.”
Arts Editor: Christopher George
The Winchester School of Art, one of the UK's leading art and design institutions, an international centre for ideas and innovation reveals some impressive fashion designers during its BA runway show.
Ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide*, the University of Southampton is recognised as a global centre for in research and education.
Whilst pure form in combination with gender identity and fluidity continue to influence the face of contemporary fashion, the collections this year see a shift in mindset with the graduating fashion design students.
The reality of the world we live in has forced designers to reflect on the environment and the sustainability of their practise, as well as their own identity. Beauty and the aesthetic are no longer the only preoccupation of the creative mind;
This year, the design students have been heavily influenced by the notion of being a ‘Citizen of the World’ - their individual environmental and social responsibility. In parallel with this mindset designers have investigated and reflected upon their own personal and private worlds as well as politics, gender and society at large.
Utilitarian, loose details with oversized pockets working with the baggy fit.
A vintage working mans style, updated with the 80s reinterpretation along the way.
Soft pallet of creams and light mustard. Playful style and inventive design in knitwear.
Gender play with a futuristic narrative. The use of grey on the catwalk seems unstoppable, and a collection like this will only reenforce. Breathtaking.
Spectacularly casual !! A collection you can and will want to wear day in and day out. Easy fabrics, comfortable cuts and loose fittings. A statement look without the effort.
Glamour and Disco. Well they are the same!! Flowing fabrics with depth and texture. Beautiful cuts that hang perfectly on the body.
Bold and Red! Always a favourite choice and constantly referenced as stand out items on the catwalk. The choice of heavy fabrics in block red against the translucent softer fabrics and plaid , brought together in the same colour creating a genius creation.
Fashion editor: Savannah Barthorpe
Photographer: Ethan James Green
S/S 2020 Alexander McQueen womenswear collection, asymmetric trompe l’oeil suiting comes in men’s pinstripe fabrics, made in the textile mills in the North of England. Double-layered jackets are panelled in different scales of pinstripe, double-dyed black wool gabardine and grey tonic mohair – an early Nineties McQueen signature - and feature pleated half skirts.
Calligraphy flowers are taken from hand-painted artworks created in the McQueen studio. Monochromatic, they are woven into jacquards on tailoring and printed onto shirting. In fuchsia, black, ivory and indigo, they blossom from fine inky watercolours to x-ray florals and exploded kaleidoscopic blooms mirrored and magnified in scale.
In The Mood For Love, Oliver Spencer S/S 20 collection.
Fashion editor: Savannah Barthorpe
Creative Director: Christopher George
Celebrating the atmosphere of Hong Kong's exotics and vibrant night life, often fraught with mystery, intrigue and danger. Hong Kong's unique mix of east and West during the 1960 was the centre of Asian Western trade, and the last remaining international British port becoming a MECA for the wealthy, the corrupt, criminals and the glamorous.
Oliver Spencer captures the colour and mood of this period reflecting the energy and excitement of the era.
Committed to reducing the carbon footprint and making more sustainable clothing, organic cottons, linens and blends feature throughout the collection. With around 40% of the collection being produced in the UK and the rest in Portugal, reducing the milage and supporting workers rights and well-being.
Deconstructed silhouettes, summer fabrics and new textures reworking traditional styles. Blacks, navies, agains teal and burnt oranges creating the allure of a simple punctuated modernity.
Review: Christopher George
MAYA, the only jewellery brand in the world with this unique patented triangular cut, that's more sustainable than trillion, with more luminosity and depth than even traditional cut diamonds. Compared to a standard round cut of the same carat, a triangular cut stone will usually look larger.
The reason for this is that triangular diamonds are cut shallow, but at the same time they are wide. So if the size of your diamond is important to you, you should consider a triangular cut.
MAYA's creator a young entrepreneur who fell in love with the triangle cut, but identified issues with it and worked to unearth innovative techniques to overcome them, to create a truly unique product.
MAYA's unique triangular cut, love itself is enclosed. The top corner symbolises the divine spirit, the two corners at the base are the male and the female, and where all of these points intersect we find an allegory for unconditional love.
MAKING A STATEMENT WITH COCO DE MER
BY SARA DARLING
Coco De Mer offers sexy, erotic lingerie and sophisticated sex toys, so its no wonder it has chosen supermodel and activist Waris Dirie to front their AW19 Icons campaign.
Shot by long time collaborator, Rankin, Coco de Mer is backing the fight to stop female genital mutilation by using activist Dirie, who was subjected to FGM as a child. Having established the Desert Flower Foundation to raise awareness of the practice in 2002, Coco De Mer is supporting the charity by donating sales from the collection.
The stunning black and white images showcase the collection which has taken inspiration from the Renaissance period. With silk and mesh to seduce and tantalise, the intricate lace details add a touch of coyness.
Other pieces portray intricately entwined figures depicting different stages of sexual awakening, which is as suggestive to the wearer as to the voyeur.
Using iconic silhouettes with updated designs, it is the go to brand for women to feel empowered, sexy and strong.
AW19 is available from Coco de Mer’s flagship boutique in London’s Covent Garden and global outlets from June 2019.