A Rose Reborn

Published in the South China Morning Post, September 2014 Luxury fashion houses have long courted artists and photographers to collaborate on creating a more cutting edge image for the brand and lend a bit of artistic cachet. But the last few years have given rise to another collaborative partnership, luxury brands teaming with filmmakers to…

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McQueen x Hirst: Bitten by the Bug

Yes, I know! Fashion-art collaborations are so commonplace right now that I’m hard pressed to think of a brand, high or low, that hasn’t employed the services of an artist to produce limited edition collections. British artist Damien Hirst, enfant terrible of the YBA dominated Brit art scene of the ’90s, has done particularly well…

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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

Style icon, image maker, muse, and patron of fashion and art, the inimitable late, great Isabella Blow has left an indelible mark on the world of fashion. In life, her name became synonymous with out-there couture hats, and increasingly provocative fashion spreads and collaborations that established her as an unconventional and legendary figure within the…

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Art and Fashion in the 21st Century

The intersection between art and fashion, although not all that new, looks to be a growing trend that isn’t subsiding anytime soon. Earlier this month, Damien Hirst and Miuccia Prada unveiled their Doha desert pop-up juice bar, decked out as a chemist in a reinterpretation of the artist’s late 1990s ‘Pharmacy Restaurant’ (it was accompanied…

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Stepping Up

You may not know his name yet but you’ve most certainly seen his shoes. At only 28 years of age the self-taught Japanese shoe designer Noritaka Tatehana has become a cult designer of extreme footwear for those who prefer their style avant-garde and unique. His gravity-defying vertiginous heel-less platform shoes are favoured by both Lady…

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Designs on Daphne

She is one of the most recognisable style icons of today, inspiring the creations of countless designers. But Daphne Guinness has over the years proven she is much more than a mere clothes horse, trying her hand at fashion design, perfume, and film. This year the trained opera singer also embarks on her first musical…

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Jewel Purpose

The last few years have seen jewellery becoming the statement accessory. More so, in fact, than the ubiquitous ‘it’ bags and statement shoes. Bold eye-catching baubles regularly crop up in front rows at fashion shows, on fashionistas and celebrities. The right piece can dress up an outfit and cement your style, and it can say…

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Roland With The Times

Since 2006 Roland Mouret redefined the dress with the sell-out Galaxy and Moon dresses and made a feminine, curvy figure desirable once more. Victoria Beckham was such a fan that, well, frankly the similarity of her first collection to Mouret’s didn’t go unremarked. He’s dressed Rachel Weisz, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Middleton, and Dita von Teese.…

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London Showrooms Hits HK

It’s been a week of British fashion and glam cocktail parties in Hong Kong with London Showrooms in town for the second year in a row with new collections from a crop of emerging Brit designers. In an effort to raise the profile of London’s finest designers in the international market, the British Fashion Council’s…

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