Author: Una Støke

LFW: Faustine Steinmetz

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Faustine Steinmetz opened up London Fashion Week with more of her “bespoke” alterations of fabric, repurposing denim into casual wear that embodies webs, fur and old clothes that have been repaired a thousand times over.  The show was presented on Friday, 12 Sep, at the ICA Theatre at the Institute of Contemporary Art.  The crowd was excited to be there, especially with it being one of the first shows.  Especially exciting was to see Susie Lau of Styelbubble fame expressing great interest and having a long discussion with the designer. In conversation with Faustine, we...

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Esther Honig: Perceptions of Beauty

Our perceptions of what is “natural” and what is “fabricated” have become increasingly blurred in our technical world.  The theory of art(ifice) becomes increasingly important.  In the mid-19th century, art took on a perspective as an improver of nature.  Landscape gardeners like the Englishman Capability Brown pushed and pulled the countryside to make it more and more like the natural state.  Nature wasn’t even good enough to be itself.  In contrast, the hyper-organized parterres and forced perspective boulevard in the manner of Haussmann and Le Nôtre defied the the loose visual organisation of the natural world into a man-made concept of...

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High-Waisted Shorty Shorts: Why, Oh, Why???

As a feminist, I resist criticizing expressions of sexuality and desire.  As we move through the spectrum of fashion from Quaker conservatism and white pearls and sweater sets to the barely there string bikinis of Brazil, there are moments of power, expression, sexuality, desire and contradiction, all of which make me love the discussion of fashion even more.  But in each of these situations, there is the question of context and the personal expression of fashion which is style.  To work within a framework set out by the eminent cultural critic Roland Barthes, clothing and fashion are the collective...

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Crowd-funded, Crowd-designed

Getting Involved in the Design of Your Clothes If you’re like the average American, you buy more than one piece of clothing a week, but you don’t actually wear it–80% of what we own just sits in our closets, and we each toss out around 70 pounds of clothing each year. Meanwhile, clothing brands keep frenetically churning out new styles, using massive amounts of water and energy. Fast fashion is bad for the environment, and it’s not even making us happy. A new startup called Carte Blanche, now crowdfunding on Kickstarter, wants to reinvent the way women’s clothing gets...

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