Pourquoi Story

Bryce d’Anice Aime – BACKSTAGE!
February 27, 2009, 11:05 am
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I had the great opportunity to sneak in the backstage area of Bryce d’Anice Aime, just before his show at Vauxhall. I was blown away by the vibrant ambiance: stylists, hair dressers and make-up artists rushed around the models busy as bees… and then a last minute rehearsal before the show… What a thrill! – AH


Avsh Alom Gur A/W 2009
February 26, 2009, 5:36 pm
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This collection encapsulated 15 colourful imaginative dresses transporting us to an Alice-In-Wonderland-like dream, with some reference to Bulgarian gypsy. While bright pinks, crinoline dresses and frills would make little girls smile, the designer added some spice to his collection by using prominent gold embroidery which blatantly referred to the current economical downtown.  The contrast of “airy” beauty and economic concern was interesting (if a bit obvious – i.e. the distracting sparkling gold “Credit Crunch” emblems were accompanied by quirky songs like ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’.)  Overall though, it was an ironic, fresh and entertaining show.

His press release announced “an enthusiastic presentation of excess”. Indeed! -AH

Bryce d’Anice Aime A/W 2009
February 26, 2009, 4:20 pm
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The first show I went to was Bryce d’Anice Aime at VFS.  The collection was seductive and had a cool chic.  The fitted jackets, short skirts and transparent tops brought out the feminine silhouette (even on the skinny models!) and layers added to the sex appeal.  Headscarfs, feathers and “difus” (Bryce d’Anice Aime’s interesting take on cuffs for the legs and arms) gave the garments an edge without being too over-the-top… there was shimmer and sheen, prominent zippers and sculptural lines.  I definitely felt an air of Mugler: sharp cuts and strong colours. I also love the contrast of fabrics, such as shiny leather and soft chiffon. The whole show was powerful, refined and fuelled by fast upbeat music.

I think classic, elegant and uncluttered lines in fashion will be a trend in the seasons to come (in contrast to a more flowery girly style such as Luella). Architectural and pure shapes and simple chic will be a welcome style. And Spring/ Summer 2009 collections have already picked up on that. -AH

LFW – Vauxhall Fashion Scout
February 25, 2009, 3:49 pm
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Vauxhall Fashion Scout can kickstart serious success – lucky designers may become high-flying stars like Alexander McQueen or Christopher Kane – so it’s always an exciting place to be during London Fashion Week.  Emerging designers present their new collections, fashion buyers and press come from all over the world (or from the BFC tent down the road) to discover unique pieces and fashionistas get their fix…  The shows this season were fresh, edgy and inspiring.

Friends of the blog made their way in and out (more reviews and pics to come!), but I got a chance to see just two – Bryce d’Anice Aime and Avsh Alom Gur – and hang out backstage at Bryce d’Anice Aime.  I was looking forward to Spijkers en Spijkers but the show was cancelled at the last minute (hmmm….why?). – AH

Vauxhall Fashion Scout

February 17, 2009, 11:50 am
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All cultures have legends and tales to communicate their values and traditions; art, fashion, movies and music and other means of creative expression are ever so much inspired by tales and stories.

I was enchanted when I travelled to Australia a few years ago and got in touch with the “Dreamtime” for the first time. It’s a truly amazing story.  The Australian Aborigines believe that every meaningful life activity or event that occurs at a certain place leaves behind an invisible “vibrational” residue in the earth – jiva or guruwari, a “seed power”.  As with a seed, the power of an earthly location is tied to the memory of its origin.  The Aborigines refer to this power as the “Dreaming” of a place.

The meaning of things – life as it flows around me – is an endless source of inspiration.  Are there still pourquoi stories in our contemporary lives?  Perhaps not, but I think we should always keep an open mind…


dreamtime stilts

Junya Watanabe SS'06