Lulu Guinness is one of my favourite brands and Lulu Guinness herself is cute as a button – it was delightful to meet her at her press day. The Covent Garden shop was transformed into an old school confectionery sweet shop a with colourful hard-boiled candy, stripped paper bags and balloons. Humbugs were one of the favoured sweets, inspiring perspex clasps and Guinness’ iconic black and white stripes reworked in many different forms, from small pouches to everyday carrier bags. The new oversized tote in black and white squares is made locally, at a factory in Hackney, East London.
My favourite handbag was the globe in neon pink and bright yellow perspex. I had the opportunity to speak to Lulu Guinness and she said that the globe was one of the most technically challenging bags – just getting the right size and all the mechanics of it, so that it opens in a way that things won’t fall out and so that it’s still small and practical enough that you can fit your mobile in it. The globe will be available for SS14 at Gallery Layette. Lulu also mentioned that she’s coming out with her own lipstick collection – she didn’t say when but it looks like she has lots of surprizes in store for us!
Lulu Guinness said that whenever she is traveling and passing through airports she always notices the handbags and the luggage that people are taking with them, what’s important to them. She said it’s one of the best places to see people and their handbags!
3am was such a fun video to style. Most of the video was shot at The Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, it was the perfect location for a 70’s roller disco! All the clothes were sourced from a variety of vintage shops and at Gemma Cairney’s charity sale Rumble in the Jumble. I found some great pieces, including a red jumpsuit for Kate Nash – which was quite exciting – having the right looks makes all the difference. You can never underestimate the power that clothing can have for a performer or actor, it can help put them in the mood of the character instantly!
Patrick studied at the University of Brighton in 2009. After his Bachelor of Arts, he did his MA at Royal College of Art of London graduating in 2011. He then went on to work with Hussein Chalayan and Victor & Rolf. Patrick was then selected as Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch and showed his collection February 2013 at London Fashion Week, and I have been working with him since then.
This collection was inspired from noted contemporary artists Jason Peters and Ivan Navarro and their intriguing work and experimentation with light – showcasing installations that play with illusions and the form of light. I love how Patrick uses texture, combining interesting fabrics and the pop of neon colours with white, giving the collection a feel of sport lux and geometric shapes.