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Pam Hogg: ss11 catwalk show at On|Off

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Pam hoggPam HoggPam HoggPam HoggPam HoggPam HoggJamie Winstone at Pam hoggPam HoggPam HoggPam Hogg Pam HoggPam HoggPam HoggPam Hogg’s powerful spring/summer ’11 show opened with a topless Alice Dellal who descended the catwalk beating a drum and wearing a striking antler horn headdress and belt.

This set the scene for the first part of the show, which was a lot more commercial than we’ve seen from Pam before.

Using a colour palette of brown, cream and an unusual print which resembled knotted wood, she showcased an asylum inspired collection of outwear, dresses, pantsuits and a fabulous handbag. Models were constrained and gagged with brown belts and cream coats/dresses which resembled straight jackets.

I loved the small touches, the model’s eyebrows were pencilled in to look like antler horns, courtesy of Lisa Valencia and the MUA creative team.

The second part of the show leapt back to signature Pam, with metallic slashed catsuits in wet look gold and silver, huge bustle headdresses and transparent angel cape wings on skin-tight leotards.

Models Sophie Willing, Ben Grimes and Daisy Lowe all appeared in the show.

Front row spots included actress Jamie Winstone (wearing Pam Hogg), Primal Scream’s Bobbie Gilespie, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, singer Pete Burns, artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Moloko’s Róisín Marie Murphy, TV presenter Nicky Hambleton-Jones and former model Janice Dickenson.

Jimmy Choo visits the On|Off exhibition space

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

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Olivia Palermo talks to On|Off about Julian J Smith

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Olivia PalermoJulian J SmithJulian J SmithThe City’s delightful Olivia Palmero talks to On|Off from the front row at the Julian J Smith show.

“I got introduced to Julian last spring. I really like his collection, he uses cuts and fabrics that are extremely flattering and he has grown more as a designer. On|Off is a fabulous venue, it’s awesome to come to a different location and see the shows.”

For more Julian J Smith pics, see OnOff’s facebook page…

Stars turn out for Falguni & Shane Peacock

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

James BrownAbbey ClancyMiss IndiaMichelle Williams and Jimmy ChooFalguni Falguni Falguni Falguni Indian design duo Falguni & Shane Peacock drew an impressive crowd to their spring/suumer ’11 catwalk show at On|Off, including Jimmy Choo, Destiny’s Child Michelle Willims, Miss India, celebrity hairdresser James Brown and model/TV presenter Abbey Clancy.

The collection took inspiration from animals ‘under the threat of extinction,’ such as bees and tigers, with patterns woven into the designers’ trademark prints. The palette included vibrant yellow, nude pink, powder blue and crimson red.

The range had a slightly more westernised feel to it this season, but still kept to the designers’ signature prints, detailed embellishment, contrasting textures and slashed leather strapwork. Fierce shoulders featured throughout on short body-con dresses, maxidresses and bejewelled leotards.

Stylist Rebekah Roy told On|Off: “I’ve always really loved their printwork, it is great for red carpet events and great for music artists. The colour and embellishment in Indian fashion looks fantastic and their collection this season is really fun.”

FBC co-chairman and co-founder Courtney Blackman said: “I loved the collection, it is beautiful but edgy. I’d like to wear lots of the body-con mini dresses.”

“I really love the On|Off venue. Lee Lapthorne and his team are doing a fantastic job. I love the way On|Off is set up and the unique catwalk configurations. The contemporary, clean aesthetics ensure the clothing is the focus.”

Asos Jemma Dyas talks to On|Off about Louise Amstrup’s ss11 show

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

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Jemma Dyas, Louise Amstrup and Asos buyer Anna Baxter (right).

On|Off Visionary Award winner Louise Amstrup gave a nod to the Amercian desert- with its barren landscapes, junk cars and dusty roads- for her spring/summer ’11 collection, featuring oversized silk georgette shirts, sun-bleached playsuits and raw-edge cotton skirts.

Asos fashion scout Jemma Dyas, who picked Louise to win the On|Off Visionary Award 2010, said: “I thought Louise was very deserving of the Visionary Award. She has really progressed as a designer and made a sophisticated collection, I love the colour and styling, but she has also stayed true to her aesthetics.

“In the dresses, you can see her signature style including panelling and structure around the hips. I really liked the separates, such as the mustard blouse with blue silk flairs. The collection was very strong, I also liked the black mini skirt with raw edge detail. She has really nailed it.

“I’ve known her as a designer for a long time and watched her grow. She is so eager to learn and so passionate about the business, she really deserves a chance. The OnOff Visionary Award is amazing, there is a lot of support for new and upcoming designers but it’s great to offer more established designers support as well.”

Charlie Le Mindu causes LFW sensation with nude models at On|Off

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Charlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu CHarlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu Charlie Le Mindu put on a show to end all shows this season -complete with nude models, fantastic wig installations and stunning floor length hair piece dresses.

Inspired by LA, Hollywood and the glamorous, eccentric lifestyle of the jet set elite- his palette of flamingo pink and black featured in block colours on halterneck dresses, along with leopard print patterned leotards.

Charlie drew shocked gasps from the audience as he sent out two models completely nude, aside from a fabulous hat and wig installation, showcasing the pieces to their fullest glory!

Charlie told On|Off: “I was inspired by LA, the warm heat and having fun. The nude models wore my two favourite hair pieces from the show, the models were my flatmate and assistant.

“On|Off is really cool, I love what they do. The organisation and professionalism is amazing.

“I’m working on a Disney film after this. I’ll be designing the hair for Princess Rapunzel. I’m also doing a new TV show in France called Charlie’s Streetmate-Extreme Make-Overs. I would love to do something in the UK, why not? I love being in front of the camera.”

STYLE HUNTER: Charlie Le Mindu

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Crowds queued around the block in anticipation of Charlie Le Mindu’s amazing spring/summer ’11 show at On|Off.

His collection drew gasps and cheers from guests as models strutted down the runway in full-length, block colour hair-piece dresses or completely nude (!), aside from sky high pink PVC platforms topped with fabulous wig installations…it didn’t disappoint! Charlie Le Mindu 1Charlie Le Mindu 2Charlie Le Mindu 3Charlie Le Mindu 4Charlie Le Mindu 5Charlie Le mindu 6Charlie Le Mindu 7CHarlie Le Mindu 8Charlie Le Mindu 9Charlie Le Mindu 10Charlie Le Mindu 11

D&G snaps up On|Off designer Marc Philippe Coudeyre for new concept store

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Marc Philippe Coudeyre
Italian design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are set to re-open their flagship store in Milan as a new multi-brand concept store, investing in over 20 contemporary designers to showcase alongside their own-label fashion brand, for the first time ever.

On|Off designer Marc Philippe Coudeyre has been handpicked to appear in the new concept store, due to open next Friday. The shop, located in Via Spiga 2, Milan, will be called Spiaga 2 and will feature 23 contemporary designers, alongside D&G’s own-brand collections, an internet cafe and a coffee bar.

The fashion house said they are aiming to give ‘visibility to new emerging designers,’ to give them ‘a unique and real opportunity.’

Other contemporary designers snapped by the Italian duo include Erkan Çoruh, Christian Blanken (who showed at On|Off last season), Behnaz Sarafpour, Yigal Azrouel, Avelon and Araks.

Marc Philippe Coudeyre told On|Off: “They came up with the idea because they wanted to give young a talent chance. It is such an honour and I feel so thankful that my work is appreciated by two such established designers. They really understand how fashion works today, so many creative people just get lost in the engine but Domenico and Stefano are doing the opposite and supporting us and it is incredibly generous.”

On|Off caught up with Susie Bubble at Simon Ekrelius

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Emily Seares and Susie BubbleSimon Ekrelius On|Off caught up with fashion blogger Susie Bubble after the Simon Ekrelius show.

She said: “I thought it was a really interesting use of texture and shape, such as the bishop’s hat [see left].

“On|Off is a fantastic venue. I really like the designers at the exhibition, such as Shao Yen and Brooke Roberts.

On|Off always has such a strong selection of off schedule designers.”

Check out On|Off’s facebook page for a picture gallery of Simon Ekrelius spring/summer ’11 collection.

2 Responses to “On|Off caught up with Susie Bubble at Simon Ekrelius”

  1. Wow, i was there and i was thrilled, I had a seat and goodie bag and the show started with hart beat. and it was a truly hart beating collection, I love when i see new things and i get depressed when designers just repeating and copying each other. Simon Ekrelius never disapoint me, I will come next season and next to see and admire his work. I will also invest in something from his made-to-order range. Absolutely loved it. Hannah – London

    Comment by Hannah Shaw — September 19, 2010 @ 11:08 am

  2. Cool Stuff! Loved the prints and the cuts. gk

    Comment by g.khan — October 1, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

Asos Inc: Caren Downie reveals new designer initiative at Asos

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Asos buying director Caren Downie Caren Downie told On|Off about a fantastic new designer initiative Asos has just launched (only last night!).

The new scheme, called Asos Inc, has been set up to help support emerging and more established designers develop their businesses through new product categories.

Asos will work with designers to launch new product lines, such as accessories, which Caren said will give them the chance to learn about new areas of design, production and sourcing. Designers will then be able to produce the collections using Asos’ factories and production facilities, which will help keep costs low.

Asos will initially manage the new ranges through the sampling and product stages. But after the second season, the designers will be able to wholesale their new collection to retailers, with the option of taking control of product development and production after that.

Caren says: “We feel this is a new way of doing collaborations, the old collaboration concept seems a bit tired and a lot of them don’t really help the designers. We will pay them a fee, then a design fee. It also won’t affect their mainline collection because it will be a new category.”

Asos Inc launched last night with Thomas Tait, who has designed a range of accessories belts and bags which will go on sale at in February.

Caren said they are currently working on an accessories collection with Louise Gray for Asos Inc, with plenty more designers’ in the pipeline!

Asos is also set to stock Louise’s mainline collection for the first time this season, it already sells her diffusion line.

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