No One Jumper is Alike

Everyone or at least most people think that they have an individual style, which is an extension of who and what they are as a person.  It is through fashion that we are able to show all of those things instantly to the people around us, that is probably why they say that first impressions count.  If you think of all the people you meet what do you instantly remember about them? Is it really their name, if it is then wow well done and please tell me the secret, seriously.  If I only meet a person briefly and they introduce themselves the thing I am most likely to remember them by is what they looked like, which is not great if I have to meet them again and introduce them to someone else.  However, I will be able to tell you what they wore and what they looked like when I did meet them, but introducing someone as Mr Ray-Bans and green T-shirt does not go down well with most people, so I am working on resolving this.

When it comes to fashion, it is really true that no two people are alike.  Whist looking through my fashion week photos I realised that a few people were wearing the same H&M jumper, but of course each look is completely individual and I am pretty sure that none of the four people would ever wear each others’ outfit.  Bringing me to the point of style, a subject I find fascinating where different occasion, places and people would call for different outfits to suit the environment you are going to be in.  Cultural surroundings, backgrounds, origins and personality all have a big role to play as well.  That is why some people stand out and others fade in the background.  These fashion week girls and boy demonstrate the point of personal style very well in my opinion, as they are all wearing the same jumper but have styled it in they own distinctive way.  Style changes the way you look and how people respond to you, it cannot be brought; it is merely something you posses or you simply do not.

{All images by Alexandra Textiles}

London Fashion Week+end: Embellishment Whites

Before the MAN (Topman) show at the Royal Opera House.

This is a very British quite eccentric outfit, which I think really represents the youth of today.  The jumper for me is obviously the focal point, I had to add some close up details which you can just about see, I hope.  The rawness of the whole piece is fabulous, that running stitch holding some dismembered appliqué carton motifs to the jumper is very artistic and thought-provoking, for some at least.  The coloured wool sewn on freehand makes it look like the jumper grew the stitches on itself to try to patch itself together.

A totally different kind of embellishment to what you would instantly think of with beads or feathers.  The jumper is by Noki, an artist who works with customizing garments as a statement against mass production.  He reworks second-hand clothing a lot of which is branded with iconic logos, and creates one-off pieces that are totally eco-friendly.   This idea of each garment being unique is similar to the essence of couturiers’ where each item is made specifically to fit one person so they can keep and cherish it for a long time.  A fantastic idea for the throwaway society we live in today, which anyone with an old or unloved piece of clothing can recreate.  It is a kind of upcycling method, where you can merge various items of clothing to form one or perhaps make unused clothes or even other materials such as curtains to make something new like cushions, throws… also handy if you want to save some pennies.   That way you will also have your own couture piece, which you have actually created yourself.  I have linked Nokis website, perhaps it will give you some inspiration for your upcycling with a rough-and-ready touch.

{All images by Alexandra Textiles}

London Fashion Week+end: Cable Whites

A-symmetric hem line makes this oversize jumper almost looks like a cardigan which has been turned sideways.  That could be an interesting idea to explore for designers, but here it is in the form of my beloved turtle neck.  Thick and thin cables sit side-by-side in a-mix of ladders, moss stitch and rib.

Simple cable running down each side of this relaxed pullover, give it a bit of definition.

Little twist pattern all over this poncho add some texture, but the winner here is clearly the elongated fringing draping around the ends, which make this potentially plain poncho into something fun.  Yet another a-symmetric hem maybe that is the new direction knitwear is taking; I like it.

{All images by Alexandra Textiles}

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