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FOCUS: INDICE STUDIO

As its literal meaning, INDICE STUDIO serves as a social commentary, guiding viewers to look beyond mere surface of things.
 
After his debut during Paris Fashion Week 2017, Hao Lee's unique approach to deconstructed streetwear mash-up with satirical visuals and vibrant color palette won him Lane Crawford Creative Call Out. The unique cultural structure of Taipei, where INDICE STUDIO is based, shapes Lee’s design at large. Growing up in a Chinese society that was colonized by Japan and now fueled by American capitalism, Lee’s design shows a balance of the three contrasting cultures.

Taiwanese label Indice Studio follows up on its playfully torn-apart Fall/Winter 2018 collection with another range of heavily-reworked gear. This drop, dubbed “Emotional Blackmail,” takes the deconstructionist mentality a step further, with half-and-half parkas, clashing stripe patterns and metallic Tyvek accents. Object-dyed tees and washed denim are juxtaposed with Italian suit fabric, resulting in jarring harrington jackets and raw-hemmed shirts, accompanied by comparatively low-key track pants and drawstring athletic shorts. The sportswear influence carries over into striped denim layers, bucket hats and anoraks, the latter of which offer layered sleeves made more distinct by adjustable straps and interrupted sides stripes. A selection of sling bags and rope-like belts suitably accent the collection’s adventurous styling.

 





  Discover the collection SS19

December 12, 2018 by La Boutik
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London Fashion Week 17:: Richard Malone.

London Fashion Week 17:: Richard Malone.

Richard Malone graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA Fashion Womenswear in 2014, where he was awarded the LVMH Grand Prix scholarship. Moreover, his graduate collection was the one to open the BA Fashion press show as well as was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Fashion (previously won by Christopher Kane). This graduate collection was stocked in Brown Thomas Dublin, an Irelands leading luxury store and part of Selfridges group. 
 
 
‘Malone’s collections have been celebrated by international press and featured in major print and online publications including LOVE, Dazed, Interview, AnOther, Vogue Italia, Vogue India, British Vogue, WWD, The Independent and the Irish Times. Recently, Malone was selected by the BBC as one of the Best Young Artists under 25 working in the UK, the only fashion designer in the selection.’
 
 
 
His first independent presentations for London Fashion Week took place in 2015. This year, he has presented his AW17 collection in BFC, 180 The Strand. Presentation included life performance of dancers: Chihiro Kawasaki, Emma Fisher and Julie Ann Minaai.
 Patterns are inspired by the seats and soft furnishings found on public transports: trains, buses and ferries that Richard used to travel by. The colour palette is drawn from an often seen but rarely examined place: high visibility signage. Harsh colour combinations produce trompe l’oeil effects, which almost hurt the eye to look at- something Malone enjoys.
The bold graphics of these patterns also reflect the designer’s aptitude for arithmetic-maths was his best subject at school.  
 
 
 
 Shapes are informed by functional workwear such as aprons which, like bus seats and street signs, are often overlooked, disappearing within backgrounds. Sustainable produced, these garments champion the idea of work itself- all of them made using traditional crafts which are in sharp decline. Designed by Malone and hand-woven and dyed by artisanal weavers, they celebrate the workers themselves through individual tags bearing the code of the weaver. Some quilted, some not, the are constructed from hard-wearing fabric too and, despite their sculptural appearance, are designed with wearability and, ultimately, the wearer in mind. Several are fitted with pockets and bias cut trouses, are fitted with vents so you can alter the fit and ensure a greater level of comfort.
 
 
 
 
This collection demonstrates Malone’s skill as a pattern cutter. Daringly original and impossible complex, he creates, cuts and assembles these patterns himself, from scratch. They are designed to be to be seen from all angles, not just from a front-on view, as well as in motion- this session, the designer has enlisted several dancers to join his cast and demonstrate his designs in a more dynamic way.
Above all, this offering represents Malone’s latest response to the needs of the women he knows and loves- clothes that liberate their bodies instead of restricting them. It’s a new and radical uniform for the woman who refuses to conform.
 
February 22, 2017 by La Boutik
LFMA17 :: Found in Translation

LFMA17 :: Found in Translation

London College of Fashion continues its annual MA Season this year, 2017, with the exhibition Found in Translation. A compelling collection of work from the School of Media and Communication Postgraduate courses at London College of Fashion, UAL, is held at one of London’s most dynamic and creative spaces, House of Vans London.

The exhibition includes MA Fashion Curation, MA Fashion Journalism, MA Fashion Photography, MA Fashion Media Production, MA Costume for Performance, MA Fashion Cultures and Graduate Diploma in Fashion Media Styling. 
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"In an age of media convergence, Found in Translation celebrates a new generation of fashion linguist; multi-media communicators who work in a range of languages and channels to propose fresh narratives, meanings and spaces. This multi-disciplinary exhibition presents postgraduate work from school od Media & Communication and spotlights practitioners and researches across print, screen and experimental media. Combined with a programme of discipline related events and workshops; London College of Fashion and House of Vans London bring together an unforgettable showcase of fashion, music, style and talent."

Names to remember: 

Aleksandra Klicka http://klickaphotography.com

Peijia Xie  http://showtime.arts.ac.uk/mocamoca

Jovana Mladenovic http://jovanamladenovic.com

Camilla Glorioso http://www.camillaglorioso.com

Lucas Blasberg http://lukasblasberg.com/

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As soon as you enter the space of House of Vans you experience both: excitement and perplexity; A spacious skatepark is surrounded by vintage Vans sneakers, a sight which won't let anyone expect an art exhibition to be held such a space. People of different ages, interests and styles have converged together within the concrete dungeon to appreciate the expansive work of art. 
 
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Lucas Blasberg, photographer and participant of the LCF MA17 exhibition, has shared his ideas and thoughts with Laboutik:

L: What is your project about?

LB: Well, it's about anxiety, really. The three stages of anxiety: fear, stress and panic. It shows how you feel and what you see, or I see, during those stages.

L: Why do you want to speak about anxiety? 

LB: It’s very personal. I’m not sure how to explain it. It's just a very personal project.

L: What does it express?

LB: So this is basically what I see during those stages, but it also made to make the audience feel and experience it. Probably not now, because there is a lot going on around us. I also work with infrasound-the soundtrack you can’t hear, but it makes you feel anxious. Infrasound is a very high-pitched sound that people can’t here.

L: Is it on now?

LB: It’s on now, but due to the noise around, you probably don’t realize it and you can’t hear it anyway. Yet, the sound makes you tense. It’s subconscious. Everything is subconscious. That’s why I don’t have a sign “step closer”, so people would experience it on their own. So these are just x-rays of my body, showing that I’m perfectly healthy on the physical side. However, if you take your time and step closer, you’ll see that there is much more than meets the eye. 

Opening hours:
Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 February
Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 February

Thursdays: 4pm – 10pm
Fridays: 4pm - 8pm
Saturdays: 10am – 8pm
Sundays: 12pm – 6pm

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Selected events are ticketed - visit houseofvanslondon.com for further information.



 

February 17, 2017 by La Boutik
Collaboration :: Louis Vuitton x Printemps

Collaboration :: Louis Vuitton x Printemps

On Boulevard Hausseman in Paris, a new collaboration rarely goes unnoticed…

 

The famous luxury brand Louis Vuitton made a collab with the huge Parisian department store “Le Printemps”. From the 27 August to the 8 October, Louis Vuitton is the prestigious guest of “L’Atrium” - the new event space of “Le Printemps Haussmann".

 

                                                                                                                                            

Windows as pop-up stores are inspired by the AW 16/17 show, with an environment between lunar landscapes and huge canyons.

You will see there a program in eleven parts (eleven windows) and a temporary space with a selection of products from the French fashion brand along with some exclusive pieces for this event! 

  

                                         

September 05, 2016 by La Boutik
Sonia Rykiel dies at 86 !

Sonia Rykiel dies at 86 !

The famous French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel passed today at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson's for nearly twenty years.

Since 1995, Rykiel stepped down as CEO and Art Director of her eponymous brand, but she remained really close to it as Honorary President.

The designer began to be famous in the 70's as "the Queen of Knitwear" after she opened her first store in Paris. Her signature pieces include deconstructed rough-hemmed jumpers, which are the most important category in the company's mainline collections.

 

 

There is also a more affordable line known as Sonia by Sonia Rykiel.

In 2009, she was awarded the Order of Légion d'Honneur in recognition for 40 years of contribution the French fashion industry. A huge award for a huge and eternal Genius.

Today, the brand is deeply global, producing ready-to-wear, contemporary, childrenswear and even homewear. In 2012, First Heritage Brands, a subsidiary of Fung Capital LTD, took an 80% stake in the brand. Until then, it was one of the last fully independently-owned fashion businesses in Paris.

Nathalie, Rykiel's daughter remains on the board as Chair Woman. It's the end of a legend, the end of an era, but surely not the end of her brand and legacy!

 

 

August 30, 2016 by La Boutik
Vogue Paris to launch a Fashion Festival.

Vogue Paris to launch a Fashion Festival.

Vogue just revealed that the French edition of the Conde Nast group is set to launch the inaugural Vogue Paris Fashion Festival, a two-day event which will take place in November later this year.

Obviously, this event will take place in  France's capital, but the place they have chosen is simply out of this world: the prestigious Hotel Potochi on Avenue Friedland on November 4th and 5th.

You can probably tell that this festival follows a standard established by the British Vogue edition and their yearly event drawing in each year almost 7000 guests. And that's really not a coincidence.

As Xavier Romatet says "Each edition of Vogue tries to expand their influence above and beyond the printed magazine and website".

The two festivals are targeting a really different audience. The British one is composed of a variety of micro-events from personal styling sessions, to pop up stores, more traditional talks, and panel discussions. Alexandra Shulman explains that "the British Vogue Festival is not aimed at the industry".

In contrast, the French one will target both... Industry and customers. Indeed, the first day of this event will be focused on the business side of fashion with speakers like Tadashi Yanai (Uniqlo) or even José Neves (Farfetch)...

The second day has been designed with consumers in mind. The ticket holders will have the chance to hear Olivier Rousteing (Balmain creative director), see a performance directed by Muséé Galliera Director's Olivier Saillard...

The program will also feature educational sessions on topics like journalism and modeling.

This festival is a good way for all Vogue lovers to meet key fashion figures and a better understanding of their work. It also permits to see behind the scenes and meet journalists, stylist, photographers and even models.

 

 

This festival will charge for the ticket sales as well as advertising (for this year the main sponsor is Swarosky).

As Romatet said "Advertising partners are able to participate in the program with us and work on developing the various talks and events. On the other hand, we invite the Vogue community to come and participate, too, and for that opportunity, they can buy a ticket.”

So they are really looking for participation of industry players but also of all the Vogue community to make this event the unmissable date for September.

August 30, 2016 by La Boutik
COMME des GARCONS drops a new great batch

COMME des GARCONS drops a new great batch

The famous streetwear brand "Comme des Garçon" drops an interesting  set of Tees. This set is decorated with sort of artsy graphics.

Photos, typography and scribblings are well mixed and smashed together !

This Tee collection is already available at the recent opened London Haymarket Comme Des Garçon's store in the Dover Market.

head over to the Dover Street Market site for more info.

August 26, 2016 by La Boutik
Bella Hadid goes Topless for Vogue Paris

Bella Hadid goes Topless for Vogue Paris

2016 has been a revelation year for the 19 years old model Bella Hadid. Everybody wants work with her nowadays!

 

Earlier this summer, she was ranked as one of the top 50 models in the world by Models.com! More of that, a few weeks ago, she was seen as the main model for J.W Anderson FW16 collection.

 

She passed now a really huge exploit and a big step in her career, with her new accomplishment. She covering 3 separate September's issues this season including a shot by Mario Testino for Vogue China. Her latest work is also her most revealing yet as supermodel went topless for Vogue Paris.

 

The result of this shoot is simply amazing. Almost entirely in black and white, the shoot sees Bella in a mixture of designer clothes from Armani and Saint Laurent feature nothing but her birthday suit.

 

The full shoot will be released next month and we can't wait anymore for it.  

August 21, 2016 by La Boutik