After the astounding world record breaking LZR Razor suit, launched in 2008 by Speedo, was banned by the FINA in 2010 Speedo was left with a significant number of the polyurethane swimsuits. They decided to collaborate with British fashion students and eco brand From Somewhere to create these fashionable sportswear pieces from the left over LZR suits.
Speedo have also done a more recent collbaouration with Orsola De Castro, of From Somewhere, pairing up with Falmouth University graduate Rebecca Jayne Taylor. They created a beautiful ball gown from surplus fabrics of the Fastskin Super Elite swimsuit. The dress inspired by water and the importance of conserving it, was created from the use of sportwear design techniques, De Castro said “The sewing, finishes and details were constructed as if the dress would also have to withstand swimming, which presented an exciting challenge.”
More on the work of Orsola de Castro from From Somewhere here.
McQueen and Hirst Team Up In New Scarf Collection.
Some people love shoes, or bags but for me its scarves. I just love them. Of course the classic Alexander McQueen skull scarf has been on my
need want list of my, so far imaginary, designer scarf collection for a long time. The new collaboration between McQueen and artist Damien Hirst has only reaffirmed my love for the classic British McQueen scarf. The 30 piece scarf collection has been created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the British design house. Along side the collection photographer sølve sundsbø has created a short film capturing the slightly eerier aesthetics of both artists.
The scarves take imagery from Hirst’s entomology series. Butterflies and various other insects have been put together to create kaleidoscope patterns, and a few of the designs are pulsing out from the classic McQueen skull. The limited edition scarves are available in chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere, ranging in price from £315 to £715. They are only available online and in McQueen boutiques and are on sale now. My personal favourite is the ‘Forgiveness circular skull scarf’ (Third down on the left) if only my student loan could be more forgiving!
Dame Vivienne Westwood for Lush
Lush have teamed up with Dame Vivienne Westwood to try and tackle the issue of how much unnecessary wrapping paper we use and dispose of each year. Did you know we could wrap the world up nine times with all the Christmas paper used each year?
Lush, well know for its eco cosmetics and Westwood, known for her eco fashion and climate revolution campaigns, have designed a scarf that can be used as an alternative to wrapping paper. The scarf which in itself is a gift is made from 100% organic cotton produced by John Spencer Textiles and printed by Standfast and Barracks both based in the UK.
"I always say, buy less and buy better quality - so that what you buy will last. These Climate Revolution Knot-Wraps can replace wrapping paper and will last a lifetime. More importantly, when you buy them you join an uprising: the Climate Revolution that we need if we are to have a future that we can survive and thrive in." - Dame Vivienne Westwood.
The scarf, avalible in pink and beige are £15 and available in shops, as well as online, from the 18th November. Each scarf also comes with a note on how to tie them in different ways, although Lush do some great videos online with ideas too!
I personally love scarves, and Lush’s creative use of them caught my attention a couple of years ago as well as their amazing cosmetics. Its such a great idea! This year i am going to try and get scarves from charity shops to wrap my christmas presents to all my family! - And of course rushing to my local Lush to get one or two!
What if we could sustainbly grown our own clothing? Well Suzanne Lee is a Fashion designer pairing up with biologists to discover a way of doing this, by using a mix of bacteria, yeast and microorganisms. Not only has she developed this process of creating a new fabric Lee is also developing ways it can be shaped around the body and dyed naturally. This is again another inspirational TED talk looking into the future of textiles and fashion and how it is developing alongside science.
Fam Irvoll is one of my favourite up and coming designers! I have already posted about her S/S13 collection here, when I first noticed her quirky style and lovely illustrations. Fam Irvoll’s has created yet again another great collection, naming her S/S14 collection 'Call The Exterminator’. The collection, presented at the Freemasons Hall with Vauxhall Fashion Scout, featured Irvoll’s quirky printed illustrations of bugs, birds and rodents, hence the collection being call ‘Call The Exterminator’! Irvoll’s colour scheme mainly consisted of mint greens and pastel purples, pairing well with latex accessories which were part of a collaboration with VO by VIN + OMI.
My last project from Year 1 at Falmouth was in collaboration with Watershed, Newquay, a surf and skate lifestyle brand. With myself being a new
pro surfer I wanted to focus on new trends within the sports. I soon came across the exciting new sports that is night surfing. Nike host an annual night surfing event in Newquay, I looked into what clothing was trending at these events. British heritage and chunky knits were reported as key trends. I focused on playing around and experimenting with textiles and technology. I wanted to explore these trends and incorporate new ideas relating more specifically to the idea of night sports.
This is where I came across the idea of using glow-in-the-dark materials, and retroreflective yarns and materials. I knitted and wove them, inspiring my designs further by the idea of creating my own fabrics. I was quite limited by what I could do as I didn’t have access to quite the right equipment at the time and wish I could have got my hands on better yarns, however this is something I’m not going to discard, I want to explore them a bit more in my own time and in later projects.
I also thought about how wearble techonolgy could be incorporated. I researched into alot of different companies who supply premade circuit boards and LED lights and came across Aniomagic. I used Aniomagic’s circut board and simply set up the LED’s to play around with how this could work. Again this had so many possiblities and I only briefly touched on it! After playing around with these technologies I started incorportating them into my ‘British heritage’ designs.
For my final line-up I had a mix of pieces that were made from a light weight orange jersey knit, combining it with woven and knitted retroreflective and glow-in-the-dark jumpers, as well as loose trousers. Pairing them them with chunky knitted accessories. I also designed a wool coat as well as a lightweight transparent jacket which each had LED’s incorporated into the sleeves.
Looking through my tumblr blog I realised that I hadn’t uploaded any of my recent Falmouth uni projects! So here is a little update on my work…
This is a short snapshot my yoga wear project where I designed a one piece yoga suit for the Hayman island spa in Australia. After researching into current yoga wear and yoga trends I really liked the idea of creating a piece that could be worn in either a hatha yoga class or whilst doing SUP (stand up paddle boarding) yoga. This meant the piece had to be quick drying and have a two way stretch, my first time working with stretch materials! My main inspirations came from bugs and beetles, in particular their exoskeletons. I then experimented with cutting up the beetle exoskeletons and placing them on a model, from there I could then design more detailed pieces. I felt this was such a short project and there was so much more to develop and play around with, but it was all an experience and I feel I learnt a lot about my own style and way of working, helping me progress with my later project.
The second part of the project was to collaborate with fashion photographers, which was a new experience and so exciting to be ‘behind’ the scenes during the shoots. Despite being in a chilly England I wanted the look book photos to look like we were really in Australia! Lucky for us Falmouth has some lovely beaches so with a little bit of editing the look book had a hint of Australia!