‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ at V&A, the work and legacy of Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga
‘Haute Couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We, other couturiers, are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives.’ Christian Dior
Last May, the V&A opened the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his continuing influence on modern fashion. It is the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and showcases pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris.
Fashion and long walks through London at MANIfashion, latest photography book by Lorenzo Hernandez
Mannequins, people, objects: all of them are given the same importance in MANIfashion. The dreamy eyes of the mannequins trigger our imagination in the same way as the sensuous women in Hernandez’s fashion shoots or the tomatoes confronting each other in one of his still lives. All of them are seen by the same eyes, the piercing eyes of Lorenzo Hernandez.
Where does the process of designing a product end? How important is a product’s packaging — or is it what’s on the inside that counts? Do you judge a book by its cover? Have you ever bought a new item of clothing and liked the label so much that you kept it?
With the aim of improving comfort without sacrificing glamour, Silvia Fado has dedicated herself to developing a mechanism which makes walking in heels easier.
Who is Silvia Fado and what is she doing in London?
In my best outfit, with a coffee in one hand and wiping the sleep from my eyes with the other, I head off to London Fashion Week at Somerset House.
One thing you can say with certainty about Celia Arias’ designs and her brand, Lady Gonzalez, is that everyone has an opinion on them. After more than ten years of living in London, Arias’ designs are original, audacious, perverse and provocative, but most importantly they are never without humour.
Catalan designer Laura Figueras launched her first fashion label, Bambi by Laura, in 2003. She later moved to London, and in 2012 created a new kind of luxury fashion label, SUR and made her debut in the Spring-Summer 2013 edition of the Barcelona Fashion.
Anna Tomich and Jorge López Conde both have backgrounds in interior design and architecture and they’re the young pair behind LOTOCOHO, a jewellery company which they started around four years ago and whose international presence has taken them to London, Paris, Bangkok, Bahrain, the USA, Shanghai, Luxembourg, Florence…