The newest addition to Blow Presents Eleanor Amoroso has been greeted with open arms from the fashion world and has recently been feautured on Not Just A Label with a one on one interview, but her amazing creations are also available to be purchased on the online store of Not Just a Label prices start from £95 for these hand made pieces!
Blow Presents designer Varun Sardana was chosen to design the windows for Aux Laines Ecossaises for Paris Fashion Week.
This Parisian boutique is one of the oldest in Paris, it first opened in 1894, and is also one of the chicest places in Paris to drool over pieces like Varun’s. These stunning displays are all the more proof of Varun’s extraordinary talent working with knitwear.
Check out the stunning photographs below (all from Varun’s blog)!
These exclusive bright prints, are a departure from her signature black palette, whilst still maintaining a dark aesthetic for Spring-Summer 2011. The photo-realistic print of a female nude, is censored by hyper-real blue roses; one of which appears to be falling away to give a sneaky peek.
On sale now are bright separates, perfect to throw over tee’s and dresses to add vibrancy or wear on its own for a grungy 90’s, midriff bearing, look.
Be quick, there’s only a few available and I will be buying most of them….
BLOW Presents designer Iris Van Herpen has collaborated with United Nude on the production of beautifully crafted, limited edition shoes. Check out the images and more info from the United Nude website below!
The Iris van Herpen X United Nude product is a glamorous ankle bootie with smooth round lines and golden leather detailing on the front and back of the shoe, with three-dimensional characteristics. The production of this unique product has been kept to the very low number of 240 limited edition pairs worldwide of which 168 are in black with gold and 72 in ivory with gold.
United Nude’s Creative Director Rem D Koolhaas reflected on the collaboration by saying: “I was introduced to Iris after I had admired her work. I offered to make shoes for her, as I know that for fashion designers shoes always come as an afterthought and most fashion designers don’t have the resources to get it all done on time. I think the result of our work together is that of a pure and successful collaboration as her identity and our expertise and craftsmanship are joined in this marvelous product.”
- Text via United Nude
Iris van Herpen for United Nude Amsterdam, shot at launch party in the streets of Amsterdam, model: Claire Granlund, photo by RVDA
For more information on Iris van Herpen: www.irisvanherpen.com
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Taka Arakawa is the founding father of what is now BLOW Presents. Taka kicked off BLOW Presents with its first show in S/S 09 featuring Komakino, Gemma Slack, and Craig Lawrence. It is safe to say that without this initial event and without Taka’s inspiring motivation, we would likely not be here. So, although Taka has since returned to Tokyo, Japan to do PR for Japanese concept store Midwest, we can still feel him watching over the BLOW Presents team as we prepare for the S/S 11 shows !
Check out our interview with Taka below!
You recently moved back to Japan after living in London for many years. Tell us all about Tokyo:
Favorite Club: Walpulgis, Fancyhim, and Parlour.
Favorite Restaurant: Gyoza rou. I love dumplings and they do amazing ones in Shinjuku.
Favorite Location: Koenji.
Favorite Bar: Rock Bar Mother
Favorite Vintage Shop: Kuro Benz and Mouth.
Favorite Emerging Japanese Designers: Diet Butcher Slim Skin, and Phenomenon
Next Samples Sales: GIVENCHY
What are your main duties within Midwest?
I do the PR for the menswear as well as for the store itself.
What is the concept/ idea behind Midwest and fashioncore-midwest.com?
The boutique carries all of the current fashion trends and is the core of the fashion industry.
You are a blogger yourself and your blog is included in changefashion.net, tell us more about it.
I never considered myself a blogger because nowadays blogs have the same power as the media. I use my blog more as a diary in the sense that it is a mixed media code based on my own ideas and thoughts.
What is exciting about the Japanese fashion scene at the moment?
A few young designers have started forming a community and they have been trying to change the whole fashion scene in Japan. There are so many underground labels that are not well known internationally despite the fact that they create pieces that are more interesting than the mainstream pieces.
For example, Phenomenon did an amazing runway show last fashion week. It was really strong and beautiful, and I felt as if I was watching a European Menswear show. I got the same feeling from watching that show that I did when Raf Simons first turned up. I know that it is only a matter of time before they become internationally renowned.
What are the major differences between British and Japanese Fashion weeks?
Fashion week in Japan is definitely more commercial, so there are not as many spaces for young designer to show their collections.
Fashion wise, is there a city or place in the world that particularly interests you at the moment and why?
I will always be fascinated by London because of the young energy in the city.
Where, how or from whom did you learn the most about fashion?
My aunt was actually fashion model and so she has always been one of my main influences. I was also a big fan of Jean Paul Gaultier when I was younger, and my aunt even took me to one of his exhibitions.
If you could change one thing about London Fashion Week, what would it be?
I would make Mens Fashion Week separate. I think that there should be a separate date around the same time as Mens Fashion week in Paris rather than the last day of London Fashion week.
From your point of view, what are the main differences between Fashion PR in London and Tokyo?
The main difference is that the press we have in Japan is more catalog rather than editorial, which makes the entire system different.
Last night BLOW Presents stopped in at Machine-A for design duo Fanny & Jessy’s launch of their AW10 collection. The pieces from their collection were exhibited upstairs in the store, and downstairs their new film ‘Vaniloquence’ by Danny Sangra was projected in the Machine-A gallery space.
Scroll down to see a few pictures from last night!
Last night, Frida and Calum represented BLOW Presents at the Wolf and Badger event at Selfridges. The wonder room was filled with fans of the Notting Hill boutique who came to sneak a peak at the new Pop-up store and drink champagne amidst the new pieces created by the Wolf and Badger designers.
Photos by Emanuele D’Angelo
Canadian designer Dane Richards has studied textiles, hair, fashion, and pottery; an eclectic combination that is evident in his F/W 11 collection. Richards’ designs evoke a certain wildness in both material and cut, and if he listens to his mother’s advice for next season, there may be a wildness in colour as well!
Check out BLOW Present’s interview with the young designer after the jump.
Q&A With Dane Richards
Favourite Store: TRUSST CLUB
Favourite Club: Velvet
Favourite Restaurant: Apollo
Favourite Location: Parc Jean Drapou
Favourite Band: CocoRosie
Favourite Bar: Bifteck
Favourite Vintage Shop: Rococo
Favourite Blog: Susie Bubble’s : http://stylebubble.typepad.com/
Favourite Magazine: Purple
Favourite Emerging Canadian designer: Thomas Tait
BLOW: Can you tell us what it is like to live and work As a young designer in Montreal, Canada?
DR: Living in Montreal is so magical and full of amazing people to be inspired from. There’s a strong creative force at play here keeping us artists aroused. Working on the other hand is a little trying. I come from Saint John, New Brunswick originally which is the only bilingual province in Canada, so I do have a background in French. Unfortunately I lost my 2nd tongue and I like to get my feet wet in the night life and park adventuring, 2 qualities that are frowned upon in the industry here. Continue reading
Last Thursday, the Blow Presents team took a field trip to Machine-A to check out Dominic Jones new collaboration. Jones designed a t-shirt that was presented along side bondage-esque unitards and leather spiked jackets. The t-shirts were designed and sold to support the World Land Trust, an organization that works towards conserving endangered animals and plant species throughout the world, specifically the Atlantic Rainforests of Northern Argentina.
Scroll down to see pictures from the event!
All photographs taken by BlOW Presents, Machine-A, and Change Fashion