Which Gola Are You? Last Style of Defense

Next to answer the question ‘Which Gola Are You?’ is Author of Last Style of Defense, Dan Hasby-Oliver…
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Gola is one of the oldest British sportswear brands in existence, who mixes heritage, quality materials and contemporary styling for a fresh approach to footwear. Having been a wonderfully sunny day, I got out in the garden to capture a couple of the SS15 collection – to answer a question of Which Gola Are You?
The first pair I chose was the Samurai Leather Sneakers which fuses a leather upper with a sleek white sole on an ’80s archive inspired profile. Perfect for wearing with a pair of slim cut, washed denim jeans and a bright, graphic t-shirt; the combination of the slightly dressy black leather offsets the casual combination of the two blue tones. .
Next I chose the Made in England Pacer 1905 pair, these are part of the Made in England 1905 collection, which see’s Gola return to its manufacturing roots. Gola Pacer is a jogger based on an original ‘70s design and features a high quality mesh and suede upper on a soft EVA mid sole, that also features Union Flag tab and tongue branding. Adding onto this; because both are these are perfect for exploring the city in, or just running into town to get a few bits, is the Barlow Stone rucksack. New for SS15 is Barlowe, a heavy wash canvas bag with a roll top fastening. Barlowe is a preppy inspired canvas rucksack, featuring a distinctive woven badge and padded should straps, it has all the right styling cues.
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Creative Focus Awards

Friday 13th of June 2014 marked the beginning of the University of Central Lancashire Creative Focus week and the event that opened this event was the Creative Focus Awards.  A large crowd gathered in the University’s Atrium space to support the 30 plus students from the University of Central Lancashire all nominated for an award in recognition of their achievements

The awards were judged, this year, by not only the university but members of Creative Lancashire,  an initiative create by Lancashire County Council with the aim to support and promote creativity within the county. Winners from each of the three UCLan schools (the school of Journalism and Media, the school of Art, Design and Performance and the Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture), were awarded by Charles Hadcock, the chairman of Creative Lancashire and Professor Gerry Kelleher, the UCLan Vice Chancellor.

Winners from each category were announced as follows:

Architecture Award – Sally Archibald (Architectural Technology)

Design Award – Nicholas Norcross (Illustration)

Fashion Award – Femida Adam (Eastern Fashion Design)

Fine Art Award – Daveid Darbyshire (Drawing and Image Making)

Media Award – Lauren Clark (Screenwriting with Film, TV and Radio)

Performance Award – Catherine Shaw (Contemporary Theatre and Performance)

Creative Lancashire – Best in commercial viability Award:

Samantha Binns (Fshion and Brand Promotion with Photography)

Lanty Ball (Contemporary Crafts)

For further information on the event and its winners visit –

http://uclancreativefocus.com/uclan-recognition-creative-achievers/

Creative Focus Week

This week the University of Central Lancashire opens its doors to the public for its Creative Focus Week from the 16th to the 21st June. A week long degree show exhibition of all its creative final year students individual work with courses stretching across a broad spectrum of subjects from Architecture, Media, Design, Fine art, Performance and fashion across the universities Preston campus.

The week features sculpture, design, paintings, sound instillations, animation, film and much more displayed in various studios located in the Hanover, Victoria and Harris buildings and the universities Media Factory. With the Hanover building also exhibiting work by the foundation year art and design students.

The week also features the Creative Focus Awards on Friday 13th June, with one student from each of the creative courses nominated and a student will be chosen from each area to receive the award. Friday the 20th of June will also see the catwalk exhibition of the UCLan Fashion Design students, many of which showcased their collections at this years Graduate Fashion week at London’s Truman Brewery.

The entire week long Creative Focus exhibition (10am-6pm )  is completely free and guided tours are available for businesses, schools and colleges. Staff and students can also be found throughout each building ready to discuss courses and individual work for any visitors wanting any more information. This highly anticipated event is a chance to see many important names of the creative future displaying their final major projects that their whole three academic years have been working up to.

Aimee Green – GFW 2014

 

Amiee Green, 23, from Liverpool, is an upcoming fashion design student from the University of Central Lancashire debuting her collection ‘Dressing Down Dior’ at this years Graduate Fashion Week, held in its new location of East London’s Truman Brewery.

The collection was developed through experimentation with silhouettes and influences from fashion in history. Aimee’s inspiration was everyday casual street style mixed with design aesthetics from Dior’s signature look. The collection also features a strong colour palette and range of prints, all influenced by the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Amiee is also using the Gola  Clasic’s, Women’s Spirit Jewel trainers to add the finishing touch to her look, with their classic sport shoe silhouette yet the added opulence of  small gems glittering with any movement.

With many previous students achieving promising careers in fashion after showcasing their collections at the event and the pressure to live up to UCLan’s huge success in 2012, with the fashion design students winning four awards and being shortlisted for seven, Aimee is feeling positive about the experience and feels it is a helpful steppingstone into the fashion industry.

Amiee’s collection ‘Dressed Down Dior’ was recently exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week.

The Whitepper

As it turns out, Tumblr is not only the most addictive blogging platform in the world. It can also be a good starting point when thinking of setting up a new clothing brand – that’s how it started for The Whitepepper back in 2011. Quickly, it led the brand to open their own boutique on ASOS marketplace and later start their own website and consequently being stocked by Topshop on Oxford Circus and independent retailers from all over the world.

Founded in East London, The Whitepepper are still loyal to their British roots with all of their products designed right where it started. Heavily inspired by streetwear and Tumblr culture, their clothes are original, eye-catching and just the right amount of quirky. Refreshingly, there is something for both boys and girls to have a look at and prices are high street affordable.

But The Whitepepper are not only about the clothing; they have their own magazine, TWP, where you can order for free, from their website. They also still keep their Tumblr page which is an endless source of inspiration and regularly share their own London secrets on the brand’s blog!

Finally, being a girl in love with everything sparkly, bubblegum-y and festive, I have to focus on the brands’ newest winter lookbook. Presenting not only a collection of perfect Christmas-party dresses (think velvet, collars and glitter), but also genius accessories (two words: UNICORN. CLUTCH. Ok, couple more: PINK. GLITTERY. SHOES). It is all you need to make these cold months a little bit more enjoyable and special.

If you are bored with your wardrobe and feel like you can’t find anything on the high street without looking like everyone else, check out The Whitepepper’s website. Be warned: it may result in vivid dreams about having your own, perfect unicorn clutch!

Lily J London

“Fashion fades while style lasts forever”.

Lily J is a London-based clothing brand that sells beautiful clothing at affordable prices.  Launched in 2010, Lily J started as a single store, and has now expanded to four; three in Camden and one in Notting Hill.

Their product offering is extensive, with dresses, tops, cardigans, skirts and coats, although there’s a particular emphasis on their beautiful dresses.  The main focus is lace, which is evident throughout pretty much all of their clothing, whether on ruffles, trims or the whole outfit.  Lily J is a paradise for any lover of girly, beautiful clothes with a kind of Alice in Wonderland feel to them.

Their outfits have been constructed very thoughtfully – they can be dressed down with tights and flats in the day, but equally, teamed with a pair of heels and sparkly jewellery, they would look great for a night out sipping cocktails at a sophisticated bar.

To have a look at some of their pretty clothes on offer, have a look at their Facebook page (although unfortunately, they’re quite inactive) or website, where you can shop online.

Lauren Smith

Graduate Fashion Weeks are the best occasions to spot new, refreshing talents on the British fashion scene and what screams ‘the next big thing’ more than winning a Gold award at London’s GFW? Not so many things, let me assure you. Last June, the award went to talented hands of Lauren Smith from Edinburgh College of Art.

The collection, that Roland Mouret himself described as “emotional” won Lauren £20,000 to launch her fashion career and a capsule collection for George. Don’t think that it stopped the young designer from developing her skills even further – right now, she’s doing her Masters in Textiles at ECA.

Lauren’s designs are really emotional indeed – delicate and dreamy they spread the feeling of nostalgia but also bring the unexpected with the strong, architectural structures being shown next to neon-yellow tulle and loose jumpsuits.  The collection, constructed around two primary colours – yellow and blue – is inspired by the relationship an artist forms with their sketchbook, making Lauren’s designs even more personal and even kind of intimate. After all, those are her sketches that we can see embroidered on the garments.

Other than winning a Gold award at GWF, Lauren has more successes in her portfolio. Recently, she designed a dress made of… 50 kilograms of chocolate for the National Chocolate Week to enjoyment of all of the sweet tooth our there (myself included).

I am more than excited to see what the future holds for this 23-year-old designer, remember her name,  this year you will see Lauren’s designs everywhere!

 

Santal 36

There is no bigger luxury than a beautiful accessory created from the finest materials with the greatest attention to detail. Well maintained, it can serve you many years and become your best style friend, no matter of changing trends and seasons. That’s why I am always on a hunt for new accessories designers and I have to admit it, my heart skipped a beat when I came across Santal 36’s and their beautiful bags.

Santal 36 is a brand started by Miryam Lozano, Spanish-born but  London-based accessories designer who graduated from London College of Fashion earlier this year. The philosophy behind her brand is a big focus on quality and original designs made using sustainable materials such as veg tan leather, laminated pony skin and wood-look laminated leather sourced from Italy. Bags designed by Miryam are also versatile and have parts that can be removed or adjusted, depending on the will of their wearers.

Amongst her biggest inspirations Myriam mentions furniture designers such as Charlotte Periand and Jean Prouve and clearly states she’s opposite the visible, vulgar branding of her products. As a result, the pieces designed by her are simple, classic, timeless and fresh and remind me a little bit of a good rawness of high-quality Scandinavian design. With their beautiful, wood-like pattern they are also in the running to become iconic items sought after by every fashionista.

Miryam still works on making her collection available to buy and plans to launch Santal 36’s online store in March 2014. I can’t wait!

Ayesha Tan-Jones

Ayesha Tan-Jones is a student at Central Saint Martins and an installation and video artist who makes music as Brownie Promise. I have only ever been a spectator online but to me, her work (and whole online presence) acts like an invitation into her distinct own brand of the psychedelic, it is a wonderland and functions like a treasure trove. Ayesha seems to drift effortlessly through mediums in her music, gently reflecting the tenor of her cystaline and pretty bodily installation. The video work feels like it threads everything together into a totally multi-sensory experience which becomes almost other worldly!

Of course the best person to collaborate with is another version of yourself!

Ayesha uses her alter-ego Una X Jynx like another voice through which to make work, we see them video chatting and interacting online where they plan to make collaborative hypnosis videos and collaborations like software upd8 // version 2.∞ // STEP 1. For me their work function feels like two girls coming together over the web to voyage through it as a mystical entity, as if together they can begin to understand it.

 

Ayesha can be found onilne via her visual journal and website and specific art blog and Una at her very own website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunsmoke and Lavender

Unfortunately for men when it comes to fashion, there seems to be a lot less choice out there compared to their female counterparts.  However, one male fashion brand pushing the boundaries is Gunsmoke and Lavender set up in 2010 by fashion stylist Jo Hawtree.

The basics are clear; classic tailoring, whether that be graphic tees, sparkly vests or a faux fur waistcoat.  The brand itself was built on extensive research into human emotion, resulting in controversial one-off pieces and small collections in associated colours.  Gunsmoke and Lavender’s AW 13/14 collection ‘Walking in our Shoes’ was influenced by the dark history of psychiatric facilities and with that, the intensity of a fractured human mind; showing that fashion is anything but shallow.

As mysterious as the brand itself, the Gunsmoke and Lavender man is a “dark passenger… he is beautifully sinister and gracefully insane.  Fractured and abandoned, he carves his own path; his dreams as vivacious as the contents of former patients forgotten suitcases… their possessions, once meaningful, soon to belong to an anonymous name”.

Gunsmoke and Lavender is anything but anonymous and in my opinion, it’s definitely a brand to watch.

To have a look at these intriguing creations, head to the website; or Gunsmoke and Lavender’s facebook and twitter.

 

 

Elly Cheng

Sometimes to let your creativity roam freely, you need a change of scenery – moving to another city or country can be a life-changing experience that will allow you to truly express your real self. For Elly Cheng, originally from Hong Kong, her hometown was a big but not open-minded or revolutionary place when it came to the young and emerging designer, so she decided to move to London after taking a pattern-cutting diploma and a year in fashion marketing in her motherland.

In London, Elly graduated from the London College of Fashion’s design course with a collection that is everything but tame and predictable. Inspired by her childhood memories of aprons and floral dresses, Elly has created designs bursting with pastel colours. Although colourful and childhood-inspired, her garments are incredibly feminine and grown-up thanks to the great amount of thought behind them. The collection took the young designer a year to research and design and another two years to make.With her attention to detail and use of unusual materials such as hand-dyed sheep skin (she couldn’t find one in London so she decided to use hair dye to dye it!), the results are astonishing.

What is more, other than clothes, whilst designing Elly thinks about the complete look and feel of her projects. That’s why amongst her work we can also find silicone backpacks and Velcro trainers that when matched with bubblegum pink fluffy skirts and glittery eyebrows, give the lookbook shots of her collection an eclectic feel of 1990s and Harajuku streets.

What does the future hold for this bright young designer? Right now Elly is working freelance as a pattern cutter but also, as she admits in many interviews, just experimenting and finding inspiration. Hopefully, we will hear more about her in 2014!

To see more of the designer’s creations and inspirations visit her Tumblr.

Dawson Denim

Are you a keen lover of vintage clothes but also like to see some innovation in your wardrobe from time to time? And maybe you also happen to be a lover of denim (don’t we all?)? If yes, I may have something just right for you: Dawson Denim.

With all of the products made in their own specialist workshop in Brighton, Dawson Denim is a family brand focusing purely on clothes made from red-line  selvage denim sourced from Japan. Coming from a 100-year-old mill, this type of denim is the oldest, most authentic denim woven on the original looms.

Working on antique sewing machines, Dawson Denim are real denim geeks – on their website, you can even find a denim glossary! Ever wondered what is a Japanese term to describe the fading creases and seams of a jean? Or maybe what Genoa, Italy, has to do with the denim history?  Well, these guys have all of the answers and made you think how much of history goes behind just one type of fabric.

With a great attention to quality and detail, Dawson Denim make sure every piece of clothing they make is historically accurate and could as well be found in a working clothes shop somewhere in 1930s. And if you are still worried whether your jeans are not going to fall apart in a month, every product comes with a little log book, entitling you to a free service within the first six months of wearing a garment, with all of repairs carried out in Dawson Denim workshop in Brighton.

Fashion is changing – more and more often we find ourselves nearly attacked by the “Made in China” labels and try to look deeper and find something regionally made.  It is a good thing to know that more and more brands decide to stick to their roots and offer us clothes made in Britain from responsibly sourced fabrics.

Way to go, Dawson Denim!

 

Visit Dawson Denim’s website! Click here.