Indie Lookbook Spring 2012 Fashion Week

This is the 2nd in a series of three Lookbooks I’ve put together from Spring Fashion Week 2012, thanks to  Inspired by Peppermint and Frankie magazines, this Lookbook includes new and established designers that are quirky and sometimes eco minded and includes recycled, upcyled and limited edition collections.

Indie Lookbook includes: Chicago based label Creatures of the Wind by Shane Gabier and Chris Peters; Nigerian-born, London-based designer Daro Olowu; Tara Subkoff, an American actress and designer who shows upcycled vintage for Imitation of Christ; Parisian based, American designers Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong from NAHM; Brazillian designer Pedro Lourenço; and New York designer Gary Graham.

Although more major label than Indie, Milan label Marni shows bold wallpaper style prints.

Christopher Raeburn’s collection is a surprising combination of street wear, hiking/adventure wear and high fashion.  He upcycles and uses recycled fabrics and combines technology with fashion.  His multimedia presentation at the Museum of London is described here with a view of the installation.

Indie Lookbook Spring 2012 Fashion Week

Lookbook Spring 2012 Fashion Week

Here’s some favourites from Spring 2012 Fashion Week.  The selection focuses on interesting fabrics and originality of design.  The labels to watch include Californian sisters Rodarte, who designed the beautiful ballet costumes for the movie ‘Black Swan’.   From London, Basso & Brooke show amazing contemporary prints; Meadham Kirchhoff combines Japanese cosplay with Galliano boudoir style; and Marques’Almeida from Fashion East presents oversized ripped denim pieces.

Most outstanding is Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, who lives in London and studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and prints for interiors and textiles at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.  Her eye for colour and print combinations and strong silhouettes makes her work highly influential.

Lookbook:  Sublime Spring 2012 Fashion Week

See videos of past collections by Rodarte at their website

Visit the Mary Katrantzou website here

Lock the Gate

Please join the protest against coal seam gas mining on agricultural land by supporting Australian farmers at Lock the Gate

and sign a petition for better regulation of coal seam gas mining at GetUp

Both websites have more information about the hazards of coal seam gas extraction including the practise of fracking and how it can affect the water table, rivers and soil.  A report by Four Corners (ABC TV) earlier this year also highlights the dangers:  Farmers count the cost of coal seam gas rush

‘Bloom’ exhibition


Here are some of the fabrics for the Bloom exhibition, at Artistic License Gallery in April.  It’s a departure from the previous three years work of using eucalyptus dyes exclusively, with the riot of colours available from fibre reactive dyes.   All are based on Australia wildflowers, such as the Grevillea, Kangaroo Paw, Lechenaultia,  Wattle and Sturt’s Desert Pea, to name a few. Continue reading ‘Bloom’ exhibition