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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sadie Williams, Alan Taylor and more brightness - by Silvia Bombardini

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Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,

 

A recent graduate from her Central Saint Martins MA in fashion textiles, Sadie Williams already has her own window at Selfridges, as part of their ever so astute selection of Britain brightest rising stars. And hers is bright indeed. In our London weather so dreary and wet, her floor-length gowns refract and glow. Pillars of light of an almost papal grandeur, they're glittery statement of a luminous female authority. So different from the flimsy, slippery womenswear we've somehow got used to, Sadie's work gives us dramatically dropped waists in sparkling racing hues. She was inspired by Japanese bikers gangs and brought to the London scene their flamboyant stance, their speeding hearts and wild and warm, fast summer nights. Her textiles were achieved with multiple treatments of sublimation, print design, and through the use of a heat press "that squishes everything together" - for an already iconic result. Just last week Susie Bubble was wearing one of her Selfridges-sold, 60s-shaped minidresses, and  new prestigious collaborations already seem on their way.

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On a side note, I think I could mention maybe once more how very fond I am of Selfridges' Bright Young Things initiative. Their Concept Store at the Oxford Street shop is just like an inflatable cabinet of wonders. And this year they're also launching a series of interactive events you really wouldn't want to miss out on. Earlier this month I went to see Alan Taylor chatting with Steve Salter of Style Savage about his newest collection and the influence of Francis Bacon. Here's a clip, in case you're curious:

 

 

Later,

Silvia

Posted by Silvia Bombardini at 03:20 AM | Permalink

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I love reading you. xxxD

Posted by: DP | Sep 22, 2013 7:25:45 AM

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