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Velonotte London

Velonotte London has been held last Saturday night and when I discovered I decided that it could not be missed. For a lover of cycling in London it is a must event. Continue reading Velonotte London

Designer of the month – DEGEN

Who still think that knitting is a “Grandma’s activity” is wrong. How can I be so sure? During the last five years, back to my glorious days at Uni, and right after, I have seen the art of knitting (because personally I think that being able to knit and through that creating really good things, see knitthecity.com and doknityourself.com, is a true art) becoming a proper trend and then some kind of “movement” that keeps involving ever more people.

My latest discover, thanks to the always efficient and updated shoes website solestruck.com, is called Lindsay Degen, who have made of knit art a way of life, creating in 2011 a proper “activist” brand that goes under the namesake DEGEN.

“My brand celebrates the human body as a work of art and encourages expression through garments. A product of obsession, DEGEN embodies the lover of the handmade, general silliness, and an exploration of ideas through the knitted stitch”, as Lindsay explains.

Her creations are unique, eye-catching and fun in which, as she says, the human body is the central element of her work.

Every collection has a political or deep message, except for the FW 13 one, that is  instead an approach of the human body on a microscopic level, inspired by the work of the designer’s parents, both geneticists.

What a piece of work, DEGEN!

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By Anna D.

Spin LDN

Cyclists in London is a growing community, despite figures show that only 2% of journeys are made by bike. However, if anyone out of town takes a look at the streets in the rush hour can be astonished of how many bikes are behind the lines at the traffic lights and it’s difficult to believe in just a 2% for zone 1-2 and East. As being cyclists ourselves we can say that when you switch from public transport to bike, you will never go back. Cycling is the best way for discovering London and unreachable places as you can see in our blog section “One Shot One Ride”. The list of benefits is long and different from everyone but one thing maybe is true for all: for a Londoner become a way of life. Spin London showcased exactly this, “the progressive, forward thinking international brands & smaller independent makers in Fixed gear, Single Speed,custom & BMX bikes. Alongside this hardware are emerging cycle fashion brands, apparel & accessory retailers and creative talent from this exciting urban cycling subculture.”

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Bycicles by Design

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Pedal Powered Cinema by Electric Pedals

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Milk, rear light in the frame

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Hackney GT apparel

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Luv Handles

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Blaze Components. It projects the symbol of a bike down onto the road, ahead of the cyclist, increasing the visibility of the bike for lorries and drivers.

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Bike ParkaFull Windsor

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Mango

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Tokio Fixed

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Flat Frame Systems

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Biba

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Tamasine Osher

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Eric Forey – Architecture becomes texture

Eric Forey is a photographer, but first of all is an observer. What he creates with his photos is poetry, but also expresses his way of seeing the world and all is around himself, from the architecture to the people. The city is his inspiration, and allows him to portrait it in a way that makes you feel better and leaves you open-mouthed.

What he does with his camera is catching images that almost pop out from the framework itself, and all the richness of the colours fills you.

From his works you can see patterns, drawings, colour blocks, stories…and it is amazing to look at that!

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Végétaville

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Façad’face

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I just could not resist on comparing Forey’s works with the textures coming from Fashion…

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By Anna D.

 

Suddenly in love with white.

I just look around myself and I see white. Maybe it is just because I am tired of all these dark colours of an extended winter, or maybe it is because it is actually happening that passion for white is spreading everywhere. Continue reading Suddenly in love with white.

Let’s spend a (worthy) word about – Andrea Crews

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“Andrea Crews is a Collective led by Maroussia Rebecq who performs between art and fashion by federating stylists, illustrators, musicians, video directors and performers. Combining several aspects of contemporary creation, we present and stage our collections as performances, happenings and videos. In opposition to the dominant uniformity, Andrea Crews emphasizes personal creativity, experimentation and independence.

I can explain what Andrea Crews is only through the words of the “team Crews” itself. We have been aware of this Collective for quite some time now and we were pleasantly surprised after our visit to the shop in Rue Frochot (now moved in 83 Rue de Turennes), in Paris, a couple of years ago.

What Andrea Crews offers and does is a particular and extremely intelligent way to do fashion: in addition to the proper collections, the guys of Maroussia Rebecq are involved in what they call Fashion Activism, something really similar of what the artists collectives did starting from the end of 60’s. Fashion, Art, Music, Video…Andrea Crews’ people involve all these resources to express themselves. And I see the piont: if the World gives you the means and you have the abilities why not not to use them?

What I really appreciate about this Collective is the fact that in their activities they promote and go alongside fundamental concepts for contemporary living, such as recycle and sustainability: we are so full of clothes and products that we accumulate every year, and we throw so easily away so many garments to make space for new things, and we often do not realize that among the things that we leave there are still a lot of potential clothes and objects that we can re-use. And from Andrea Crews comes often this powerful will to take all these things and make from them something new and different through the fun way that Workshops can give them, involving lately also children.

The amazing thing is that, if you think about it, everyone can be involved in this project because it is something that comes form the resources that the World we are living in is giving to us. “EVERYBODY IS ANDREA CREWS” (from www.andreacrews.com)

That is what means take action in Fashion!

Fashion Activism – Recycling Workshops

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By Anna D.

Art&Fashion: lines, squares, Chanel and Fendi

The Elementarism and Neoplasticism (De Stijl) of Theo van Doesburg, the Suprematism of Kazimir Malevich, the Bauhaus’ style inspired textiles of Anni Albers…the Art of the first half of the 20th Century is seductive and full of power. It is amazing to see how a group of lines and geometric figures can be so fascinating and meaningful, strong enough to create an artistic movement that has changed history by stimulating designers to create the life we ​​are living today.

This kind of Art is still an inspiration for fashion designers: Art gives the input to Fashion to create patterns, prints and shapes that are unique and attractive. The winning combination for the next season.

Inspiration is right here: just open your eyes and have a look around you.

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Kazimir Malevich – abstract painting, 1916

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Theo van Doesburg – Composition XXII

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Theo van Doesburg – Counter-Composition XIII

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Theo van Doesburg – Composition XXIV

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Anni Albers – Second Movement II

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Anni Albers – textile designs, 1927

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Anni Albers – textile designs, 1927

By Anna D.

 

Movies&Design: the story begins with the (main) titles

They always say that the first impression is the one that counts the most. In most of the cases it is true.

As movies, for instance. There is nothing more involving than a movie that begins with excellent opening titles. The opening titles have the specific purpose to introduce the movie: they tell you a lot about what you are going to watch, without actually reveal nothing. Behind great opening titles there is always a massive job, and sometimes they become more famous and estimated than the movie itself. Graphics and images, along with the music or sounds, have the power to create around the movie the perfect suggestion.

The graphics with the influence of the Russian Constructivism of Saul Bass and the motion graphics of Kyle Cooper, in more recent times, have had and are still having a big influence on the choice of the right opening titles: it takes about three minutes in total to watch them, but they have to be the perfect starters for the whole movie, and the best ones, like an appetizer make with skill, will always leave a very pleasant taste in your mouth.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – by Park Chan-Wook, South Corea, 2005. Opening titles by Yu+Ko Studio

Seven – by David Fincher, USA 1995. Opening titles by Kyle Cooper

Spider-man – by Sam Raimi, USA 2002. Opening titles by Kyle Cooper

It’s a mad mad mad mad world – by Stanley Kramer, USA 1963. Opening titles by Saul Bass

Anatomy of a murderer – by Otto Preminger, USA 1959. Opening titles by Saul Bass

Casino Royale – by Martin Campbell, USA 2006. Opening titles by Daniel Kleinman

The girl with the dragon tattoo – by David Fincher, USA 2011. Opening titles by Blur Studio

Recently also the TV series caugth my attention because of their opening titles: Dexter and How to make it in America are the perfect example of what I like to see before the beginning of the episode. Because it is a TV serie the opening credits are even more important: you are going to watch that serie for quite a long time, so why not to enjoy over and over again a really well done intro?

By Anna D.

Life In The City.


There is nothing more interesting than a display window of a shop that looks like an art installation.

This time Liberty (Regent St, London W1B 5AH), really reached the top! Big tidy windows with fiew but eye-catching elements. I would stare at it all the day, studying every single detail.

That’s the life in the big city that I will always love!

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

 

By Anna D.