Last week, I went down to Rankin’s studio in Kentish town to attend a party for ‘The Hunger’ a biannual magazine. It launched in November 2011, however this evening was to showcase Rankin’s second edition. Several years after Dazed & Confused was founded, and 10 years after the birth of AnOther, The Hunger provides creative types with ‘a new platform for uncompromised self-expression, innovation and discovery.’ Hungertv.com was also launched in sync with the magazine which is a video-based website featuring exclusive in-depth interviews and fashion films with those featured within the magazine.
A couple of weeks ago, Fourth & Main released their SS12 collection and arts journal. The event was held in The Bargehouse , next to the Oxo Tower; A spacious, untouched four-storey building, in a raw state, providing the perfect blank canvas with tremendous scope for exhibitions and events. The setting was stunning, and an ideal place to show off art, film and let beautiful people congregate. A new, creative production company called The Event Bears organised the showcase and everything ran swimmingly. A complimentary bar moistened the palette for an evening full of laughs, atmosphere and culture with music provided by The Alpines DJ-ing (what more could you ask for?) Guests included, Mario Testino, Laura Marling and Sophie Coombes and many more which can be seen via Tatler’s coverage of the evening. It was a pleasure to attend this event, one of my favourites of 2012
I was looking over photos of friday night and did this quick illustration of Daniel Lismore. He was a vision of fabric, mystery and doll-like makeup, so here it is, hope it does him justice!
On Friday I was lucky enough to attend Sorapol’s A/W12 show ‘Iron Grip’, which was held at The Old Vic Tunnels, a unique London venue. It was perfect for the event, creating a chilling atmosphere within the catwalk space. The dank, urban venue was perfect for Sorapol and his collection, a real sense of intense drama was created. Standing in the queue before entering the venue built up the excitement, witnessing a hedonistic display of colours and sparkles. Important characters were whisked through the intense crowd and past my friends and I. The high volume of guests clearly paid tribute to Sorapol’s enhanced success and interest, several were even turned away because of over interest! Once in, we were surrounded by archways, brick walls and Bridget Riley style black and white graffiti.
We were submerged in a choir of the alternative, fluorescent, fashionistas. Familiar faces were noted, Boy George in a large orange hat, my favourite doctor, Dr Christian Jessen, and bigging up the hair volume for the evening,the outrageous Jodie Harsh and D.J, Lady Lloyd. It was good to see new faces such as the adorable T.V Twins from Playing It Straight, Sam and Ben, who had me in stitches!
The show opened with silence, being broken with a sharp, shooting sound, followed by leaking smoke overriding the catwalk. This was then fused with the hearings of an eerie classical tune, which became synchronised rhythmically with the movements of the models, slowly making their way back and forth down the runway. The girls exhibited a range of patterns, materials, textures and shapes which were all a triumph. I found myself not wanting the next model to come out as quickly because I was too fascinated by the range of intricacies in each outfit; fur, pearls, skulls, metals were just a few items that formed a truly exceptional collection. There is no doubt in my mind that Sorapol, especially working with inspiring, Daniel Lismore, will just go on further to mesmerise people.