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Exhibition: Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith


I love a good fashion exhibition, a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look into a fashion house, a designer or even a fashion icon, what the Design Museum have done to honour Paul Smith is much more than a celebration of his fashion but of him, his inspiration, how he ticks, it is more about his personality.

Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith, is a totally apt title for this exhibition, of course his fashion is explored, well actually it only has one room dedicated to the designer’s clothes, it is more about where he works, where he gets his inspiration, the items, pictures and trinkets he has picked up along the way, as well as a historical look back at his career to date. It really is fascinating.

The exhibition is sectioned off into themes, there is a mock-up of the first shop he owned in Nottingham, a 3m x 3m box, a recreation of his “cluttered” office, a gallery lined with framed pictures of images found, sent or captured by the designer, a replica of his design studio, as well a look at how the brand’s first showroom space in Paris inside a hotel suite, and a digital room featuring a short psychedelic film ‘Inside Paul’s Head’ along with screens showcasing abstract images, which is narrated by Smith explaining his creative process.

There are also rooms dedicated to the designer’s numerous collaborations from cars to teapots, his individual approach to the design of his shops, which includes a wall decorated with buttons, as well as a look behind-the-scenes of his menswear show in June, and there is even a fun ‘selfie’ area where you can snap yourself with life-size cardboard cut-outs of Smith.

There are many favourite bits in this exhibition – I love how his office is the focal point of the exhibit, it was fascinating to see the things that he keeps close by and that inspire him – from rabbit figurines, a pink Dyson, vintage cameras, a bike, and stacks of books. It makes me feel that my organised chaos surrounded by Barbie dolls is completely normal!!!

It was also nice to look back at the history of the brand through the invites and launch gifts – I wonder how many people will be checking eBay to get their hands on Paul Smith fashion transfers!!! The other highlight had to be the gallery filled with pictures he has collected over the years – some of which were pictures and letters that people had sent him and it was nice to see that he collects them.

What I loved most about this exhibition is its appeal to non-fashion people, fashion actually takes a back seat and it’s the creativity that shines through and it really is a fascinating look in to the mind of a fashion designer.

‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith’ at the Design Museum runs from November 15 – March 9, 2014.

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#LFW: Excitement As The Schedule Is Announced

So last week the British Fashion Council announced the official London Fashion Week schedule for SS11 for September. I have been mulling over the schedule and I am liking what I see. The big highlight has to be Giles Deacon confirming his return to London, marking a return following two seasons in Paris – he appears on the fourth day and it will definitely be the hot ticket of the week.

Giles Deacon commented on his return to London: “Giles is a quintessential London label and I am extremely happy to be showing in London after two successful seasons in Paris”.

Other things I was happy to see on the schedule were: Swedish fashion house Acne are debuting at LFW for the first time with two salon presentations, which is nice to see, especially after the successful opening of their London flagship this week on Dover Street. Other newcomers to the schedule include one of my favourite emerging designers Holly Fulton who is going a catwalk show with the help of NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop.

It is also great to see that Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson, Pringle of Scotland, Antonio Berardi and Jonathan Saunders are returning for a third consecutive season. As well as British talent in Paul Smith, Jasper Conran and Betty Jackson to world-class emerging designer businesses such as Christopher Kane, Erdem, Marios Schwab and Richard Nicoll. It is going to be a great season.

But one of the most interesting things to see on the schedule is that of a Alexander McQueen Memorial set for Monday, September 20, at 11am. No further details have been announced yet, but I am sure it will be packed full of fashion editors and fashionistas paying their respects, I just hope that they also stream it live for all his fans as well.

I am already making my wish-list of tickets: Erdem, Sass & Bide, PPQ, DAKS, adidas by Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Kinder Aggugini, David Koma and Holly Fulton back-to-back, Mark Fast, Peter Pilotto, Jaeger, Christopher Kane, many more I am sure – and of course Burberry and Giles *well a girl can dream*.

At least this season I will be dropping down to more shows for work, my registration is already submitted, I also can’t wait for the digital schedule to be announced as watching from the comfort of my sofa was also a nice luxury.

For the full schedule click here.

Let me know what you are interested to see?

Barbie: Ken Gets An Esquire Makeover

Pic: Matthew Donaldson courtesy of Esquire

When these pics dropped into my inbox I just had to share – as Ken has been given a style makeover courtesy of Esquire magazine. In the picture above Ken is sporting Burberry Prorsum, barley cotton canvas overcoat, grey cotton utility shirt, black wool pants and black leather boots – what a hunk – this is a good way to make Barbie jealous!

With Ken making his big screen debut in Toy Story 3 this month, Esquire’s fashion team headed up by Fashion Director, Catherine Hayward, came up with this fabulous idea. I love it, Barbie always gets the spotlight and now her ex-boyfriend is getting his camera time – do you reckon she will change her mind and take him back after these shots?

The six-page shoot is in the August issue of Esquire, out now, and Ken is wearing key pieces from autumn/winter 2010, including Burberry, Prada, Gucci and Paul Smith. It is so cool that they got these designers to take part. Now I wonder if we will get a limited-edition designer Ken.

Pic: Matthew Donaldson courtesy of Esquire

Who: Gorgeous Ken

Wearing: Gucci head-to-toe, a cream suede trench coat, grey cashmere turtle-neck sweater, white wool slim pants, dark brown calf-length boots, tortoiseshell aviators and my favourite item a beige weekend bag.

Verdict: Country winter chic at its very best and I love his weekend bag and I am sure that Barbie will be most jealous of this item

Pic: Matthew Donaldson courtesy of Esquire

Ken in Prada: camel wool jacket, beige wool sweater, blue cotton shirt, black wool pants, brown leather shoes and a camo print leather bag

Barbie in Prada: pink gabardine camo coat, brown leather heels, and a burgundy/brown leather handbag *I want this Barbie*

Esquire’s Editor-in-Chief, Jeremy Langmead says: “It was great to work with such a style icon as Ken.  If you thought the metrosexual was dead, Ken proves otherwise.  There were no tantrums, although he did spend a little longer in hair and make-up than is usual.”

I can’t wait to check out the full Ken Fashion Icon photo shoot in the August issue of Esquire – I looked tonight on my way home and the newsagent didn’t have. Check out how sexy Katy Perry looks on the cover – those shoes are so pretty and those Mark Fast knickers are amazing.

Pic: Esquire - August issue