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Oh! You Pretty Thing!

What I love most about fashion week, apart from the parties and drinking and schmoozing, is all the fun, unique little things that seem to pop up all over the city around the same time… if you look hard you will find an abundance of fun little ventures which are tying their events/ presentations/ exhibitions in with the buzz and hype surrounding the week. With so much going on in one 7day period, your mind very quickly becomes over saturated with all the prettiness, so I find that often the slightly underground, off the radar things are what excite and inspire me the most (probably because I don’t have a chance in hell of attending the stuff that everyone else seems to get all fired up about – the Mulberry Party/ Peter Pilotto show or Elle Style Awards) During the S/S10 shows back in September, I attended the Rankin Live private view where me and my workmates became highly amused with taking ridiculous photos of ourselves in the old school photo booth after one too many free drinks… silly? yes… but forgettable? no… It was our stand out night from LFW, what we blogged about and ultimately the event we remember…

So this week I want to tell you about the things that others won’t – the side of fashion week that isn’t just about celebrities on the front row and who’s wearing what but the amazing exhibitions that are going on right under our noses that no – one ever mentions… also because I wasn’t invited to any of the ‘celebs on the front row’ ones… but again… shhhhh!

On Monday I attended the AW10 presentation from the unique Greek born designer Ioannis Dimitrousis and was bowled over by his intricately detailed designs that were both beautiful (luxe beading) and fierce (maddonna esque cone bra’s) I was lucky enough to meet the man himself at the end of the show and he was altogether delightful even to a little Bumpkin Betty like me…

His designs, a range of avante garde glamorous evening dresses which wouldn’t look out of place on the red carpet, explored texture and fabric manipulation with hand crafted techniques of crochet mixed with semi precious stones, beads and crystals. This season Ioannis added a new dimension to his already bulging repertoire of materials, utilising glow in the dark yarn to create a stunning after hours moonlight effect. After the initial shock of being plunged into darkness half way throught the presentation, the result was fascinating…

He says – ‘where sculptural crochet dresses fuse fashion and technology to harness the death of innocence’…

I say – Lady Gaga would have been right at home with these dresses, and anything she can do….

Last night, despite the pouring rain and having to wait for a bus in the freezing cold in high heels, I made my way to the West End for the opening night private view of a new fashion photography exhibition currently showing in Liberty’s, aptly named ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’

Featuring the work of 5 new generation British fashion photographers as part of Liberty’s Spring Projects Season, it was young, fresh and interesting… I adore Liberty’s anyway… I could spend hours inside that store never spending a penny but just admiring the beauty of it all, so it was no surprise that the fashionable setting inside the gorgeous fourth floor of the building attracted a most fashionable crowd of red lipped and prada bagged young women and their equally hip black framed glasses and winkle picker adorned other halfs. There were never ending refills of wine and beer and an altogether sophisticated atmosphere… which of course I fitted in perfectly with… ahem…

Each photographer had a refreshingly unique take on fashion imagery, ranging from Alice Hawkin’s portrayal of real people in their personal environments, such as Miss Teen Anglia and the playboy bunnies… through to Daniel Jackson’s austere portrait images of nudes from a 2008 shoot for Acne Magazine.


By far my favourite of the selection was Josh Olin’s, his images were bold, expressive and fun. Playing with pop culture the photos on display all had distinct 80s/ 90s Britpop feel to them and his edgy stand out piece features on the advertisements for the exhibition… an up close portrait of a Bridgette Bardot esque model sucking on a neon straw… It’s fabulous!

It’s on until 14th of March and if you are passing Liberty’s I really would urge you to go in as it’s definitely worth a look, even if it is just as an excuse to spend time in the wooden pannelling and exposed beams beauty that is the Liberty’s store…. ahh

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