Days of Future Passed
The collection is about a place between an unmemorable past and an unimaginable future. It embodies the contrasts between something other worldly and misplaced but at the same time familiar and well known. The silhouettes are inspired by the existence of time traveling. A Collage of futuristic and mechanical, but somehow useless and outdated industrial shapes and something from an unknown and non-existing past. This feeling is evoked by the use of a reinterpretation of traditional handy craft methods. Hand weaving, patchwork pleating, embroidery, blurred hand painted illustrations, water colour patterns and thick brush strokes. Leather, cashmere, hand painted silk and mink fur mixed in uncanny juxtapositions, combining ladylike and tomboyish, effortlessness and over dressed. An invention and reinvention of history.
Alternating through the surrealistic autodrome, GROUND-ZERO F/W 2015 is to provoke your inner rebellion of indigenous youth. Girl power is the inevitable takeaway, where technical fabrics are reinvented with an exquisite take on intoxicating youth culture. Attitude starts from the "GROUND" up, whilst intensified by the magical number "ZERO".
GROUND-ZERO's F/W 2015 collection is to fantasize your ultimate sensation to a motorcycle racing held on an off-road runway in Paris. The signature machinery aura is slightly trimmed with a more playful tone. The irregular cuts draw inspirations from motor gears in which a glam hybridization of sports-luxe spirit is manifestly accented. Shiny fabrics are retouched through the sartorial expression of patterns and prints, while capacious silhouettes feature a scent of the nostalgic 80s.
Jacquard details are extensively seen through the collection, no matter on the screenplay pullover or the jersey shift dress. The duo designers tactfully take adventures to experiment lavishing textures with athletic-influenced shapes, which not only inherits the spirit of S/S 2015, but also elaborates its core thesis to another level. Vibrant colors explode through the collections with motocross-influenced silhouettes featuring BMX lingoes on the clothes, which animate the collection with some sporty quirk. A metaphor is emerged from the classic Marlboro cigarette case, extending that fashion could be "Addicted Anyway". Scribbled lettering like "Rebel Youth" or "Romance Generation" seen on sweatshirts and gloves give a nod to the designers embracing their retro romanticism.
Here comes the 2.0 edition of GROUND-ZERO GANG, the racing tracks are well-paved and -groomed. And you're cordially invited to take a wild ride with us.
50 BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAITS: Having made his name in international fashion photography, as a fashion film director and through solo and group exhibitions, Jean-François is showing a highly personal collection of large scale, stylized black and white photographs. For the past three years, he has pushed his own boundaries in both subject choice and technique, photographing people nude on their own beds in their own space. His subjects and collaborators are friends and individuals he met at parties and social gatherings, most of them part of the East London social scene. Jean-François’ understanding of form and light and his very personal compositions have created beautiful images that celebrate the natural and sensual quality of the human body, showing both the individual’s fragility and strength. Taking an approach that is not meant to be titillating, shocking or obscene, they abandon themselves to the camera without any fear of voyeurism or awkwardness. Shot on black and white film, the portraits convey a beautiful depth and a connection with their subjects in a traditionally classical way.
Photographic Exhibition at Forge & Co Gallery / 154 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6HD
20 February - March 4
Tony Ward’s Spring Summer 2015 collection, inspired by Gothic Architecture, is a stage where the designer reinterprets structural lines and figures, to theatrically reveal a modern silhouette that illustrates a lost heroine of the ancient world. Intricate shapes collide and intertwine in this collection where elegant filigrees morph into a variety of feminine looks. Dramatic evening gowns reside side by side with more sensual, revealing garments. The fabrics are a mixture between Zibeline, printed Gazar, embroidered Crinoline and Lace. The softness of the wooden pink, silver and blue, balances the more dominant black, pure white and antique gold. Just as many noble materials that represent the cathedrals stained glass windows where abundant light shines through. Ornamental Silk wires formed into delicate tracery hold a dominant place in this collection defined by visible three-dimensional details, executed with new techniques developed at the Tony Ward Ateliers. Armatures, pointed arches and ribbed vaults are clearly shown in the repetitive symmetrical patterns; the rose, an essential element of Gothic Art, is also very present.