Optical Fashion

23rd March 2015

Exploring optical illusions the collection from Anrelage shown during Paris fashion week explored pattern and textures that were only visible when ultra violet light was shone onto the clothes.

Needle punched white circles appeared as if a projected spotlight in stark contrast to the all black surroundings whilst garments were made from a special black fabric that only exposed the patterns under ultra violet.

At a time when the role of fashion is being questioned its great to see the 'theatre' back in fashion playing with form, materiality and tech (without it being wearable tech!)







Hacking Infinity

21st March 2015

The continuing conversation about inhabiting other planets such as Mars and Kepplar 22b continues to inspire designers. Surprisingly it was also inspiration for Iris van Herpen's latest collection, but what was particularly interesting about her take on it was the 'hackable' infinity that she uses to create both pattern and form.

Always at the cutting edge of materials, her latest collection mixes up her 3D printed materials with hand burnished metal gauze with patina effects that give a mottled planetary surface aesthetic.

She also collaborated textile designer Aleksandra Gaca who specialises in geometric textural fabrics.










Crafted Denim

25th November 2014

I have been a fan of Faustine Steinmetz's approach to materiality and denim for a while now so I was delighted to see this special shoot in Novembre Magazine by photographer Arnaud Lajeunie and stylist Georgina Pendlebury.

Celebrating the craft and handiwork that goes into each of the pieces the fabrics speak for themselves with delicate decay and directional origami inspired indigo dyed pieces as well as Mr Tumnus inspired voluminous fringing - a trend that we have been watching for a while on Unique Style Platform








Silhouettes in the Rain

2nd November 2014

Imagining a world with endless rainfall, Anne van Gallen has designed a series of clothing and accessories for such a world.

Posing questions and issues surrounding how we would evolve over time with our shape and posture her 'Warriors of Downpour City' range provides a range of armour to protect from the continual downpour.

A celebration of rain rather, her clothing pieces become pared down with diluted colours and transparent materials that appear as if wearable fog around the shoulders and the head.

Rather than designed as a series of actual garments the collection is designed to provoke conversation around styling and garments


our bodies with the necessary armour. Anne van Galen’s vision is a celebration of rain, in which fashion becomes pared down, transparent and layered with thin diluted colours. Wearable body pieces resembling fog settling around the shoulders, a face-concealing headdress, a tube to glove a clenched hand. The project contains a series of fashion photos to serve as inspiration and a poetic prospective, of silhouettes in the rain.









Contradictions Collection: 21st Century couture

21st October 2014

Exploring the boundaries of materials and our perceptions of value, Martijn van Strien launched his latest collection during Dutch Design week.

Evolving from his graduation collection last year whereby he used heavy duty tarpaulin to create a brutalist aesthetic, his latest is a foray into future fashion using unconventional materials.

Describing it as a 21st century approach to haute couture he uses laser cut techniques to create bespoke clothing that are cut using simple geometric shapes with welded seams.

Designed to take an androgynous aesthetic, his pieces are Inspired by a man who travels to the edges of existence, the patterns and cuts are representative of his journey and take form from the buildings and man made structures that he passes on his way.


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