Friday, 28 September 2012

THE SPLENDOUR OF LONDON FASHION WEEK 2012...


So London fashion week is over for another season & what an impact the fashion houses & designers have had on us all here at Ego Towers! With fabulously sculptured pieces towering over the catwalks from Philip Treacy to fantastically futuristic fringing from Mark Fast it seams there is something for everyone to explore there alter egos with! 

This fashion week saw trends in abundance. One distinctive trend was the comeback of block colours which were seen at the Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique, Paul Smith & PPQ shows. 


Next up shimmery metallics which are all set to be hot news next Spring/Summer. One stand out designer was most definitely the iconic Burberry.  The collection included classic capes & trenches – of course all with a twist of foiled metallics in an array of shades from purple, pink, lilac to blue & green. Another designer to take metallics to another level was Mark Fast whom teamed up sumptuous pastel tones with extreme fringing, another huge trend set for SS13.  

               
Over sized biker jackets in all sorts of prints from House of Holland's 90s grunge-esq pastel paint which he then completely switched up to metallics.




Sassy peekaboo sheer/transparent fabrics mixed with delicate embroidery were a hit on the catwalk. Mark Fast went for the staple of any women's wardrobe the body-con shape & brought it right back up to date with sheer risque detailing.




One of my favourite designers has got to b the one & only ASHISH! My love for sequins is hardly a secret if only they were "every day wear! " Well the new collection by ASHISH has combined both cool relaxed shirts, oversize tee's with baggy blue denim jeans & cotton tracksuit bottoms.....all with a sprinkle of sparkle with his signature sequins! Contrasting the baggy sweats & denim was floor length fitted sequinned gowns in pale peach and midnight blue, both of which were accessorised with Reebok trainers and mismatched sequin socks. Who would have thought such oddly mismatched outfits could work so well.....East London kool kids eat your heart out!  


Lastly if ever we have been inspired here at Alter Ego it would be the king of sculpture Philip Treacy! Legend in his own right he opened his show with the one & only Lady Gaga in a fuchsia burka...now who would have ever thrown those elements together? The models all wore original Micheal Jackson costumes which were a world exclusive, the outfits are due to be auctioned on 2nd December in Beverly Hills, California. So what is Philip Treacy famous for? Pushing the envelope in very way in the world of  millinery & this season is no different. Hats and headdresses took centre stage bigger and brighter than any you’ll have seen before, more like works of architecture. Featured in the show was a mohawk helmet with Swarovski embellishments, a smiley face, a Neverland crown & LED-lit body cocoon....!!


Thank you LFW for another truly inspirational week. See you next year! xx

Friday, 21 September 2012

CATCH HER WHILE YOU CAN!

LAUREN BAKER EXHIBITS AT DESIGN FASHION WEEK.

(click for larger images)

Upon first impressions, one might assume the use of skulls slightly controversial. But Lauren Baker's beautiful twist on something that is usually associated with death carries a wealth of spirituality and happiness where otherwise expected. 

Over the last year, Lauren has excelled through the art world going from strength to strength, endorsed by galleries and celebrities alike, and she shows no sign of slowing down. From hosting one of the Tate Modern's most successful workshops with her Damian Hirst inspired event, 'Living Dead', through to her skulls making an appearance in George Michael's music video featuring Kate Moss, Lauren is fast becoming hot property. Her distinct skull art makes for exquisite wall-candy, lavishly adorned and  embellished with treasures that celebrate life and hope of bringing luck to the living. Upon meeting Lauren, a woman who carries a very positive and kind energy, it is no surprise to understand how she has taken something often affiliated with sadness and turned it into something quite beautifully inspirational. 


Her creations are made from ethically sourced deer skulls that are gilded in gold leaf and embellished with beads and mosaics; and dramatic brightly embellished human skulls, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. Lauren explains, “Each skull has a different energy and personality and I name them accordingly. My aim is to give each deer an enchanted afterlife, restoring the skulls into something beautiful and treasured.”




Conscious in her work, Lauren is committed to sourcing skulls ethically, meaning she never buys the skulls of animals killed for sport. She maintains strong links with The Deer Society, which ensures deer flourish in harmony with their environment.

“People are intrinsically drawn to skulls,” Lauren explains. “They are sacred and alluring, reminding us of both the beauty of life and the certainty of death. There is mystery and power in every skull. Skulls are celebrated at the Day of the Dead celebrations in the hopes of bringing luck to the living. I wanted to bring elements of that metaphysical power into my designs.”

Setting new boundaries for the ancient art of mosaics and twists on modern taxidermy, Lauren Baker is one of London's most exciting emerging artists of now. 

(Mosaic shoe collaboration - Summer 2012 Collection. Shoe design by Joanne Stoker and mosaic artwork by Lauren Baker)




You can catch Lauren Baker exhibiting at Designersblock, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre : Details here Lauren Baker at Design Week, or follow her here.





Alter Ego Hero!

LEOPARDS LUNCH

We're LOVING Leopards Lunch's new 'Zoomanity' and 'Expressions' illustrations. Inspired by the relationship between animal and human behaviour, Kate Philipson captures the animal within in this beautiful set of artwork. Prints are available on her website : www.leopardslunch.com, and follow Kate here : http://www.facebook.com/LeopardsLunch ♥

 "Wolf Whistle", Zoomanity Series 
"She Wolf", Zoomanity Series
 "Nice Kitty", Zoomanity Series
  "Cheetah Girl", Expressions Series.
"Tiger Tiger", Expressions Series.
Bendy Mehndi – for a new Indian inspired project