Mission: research an entire fashion design project, without the Internet

Research is and will always be a vital part of a designer's creative development. In this project, the second year Womenswear students were thus...

Jan-Jan van Essche: the fashion designer embracing slowness

Talking with Jan-Jan van Essche in a tiny courtyard at the back of his Solar Shop in Antwerp — in which one can buy collected objects of desire as well as his clothing — is like being pushed into a meditative state. On day two of a trip to the Belgian city, I meet the fashion designer who takes a very craft-based and non-seasonal approach to creating garments with soul and longevity, and it takes a mental effort to adapt to his stillness when living and working in a city as fast-paced as London. His long dreadlocks are draped on the table between us, on which a glass of water stands, and a phone. Halfway through the conversation, his friend Charlotte Koopman — a chef who creates food in Het Bos that tastes as soulful as Jan-Jan’s clothes (a testimony: we ate it) — pops in and out of a kitchen at the very back of the shop. The conversation we had on one of the hottest days of the year, while both wearing black, follows below.

“Don’t get wrapped up in the hype,” and other advices from...

“Can everyone please, please crawl out of this man’s ass?” In fashion writing, not everyone tells it like it is. Katharine K. Zarrella does....

A monochrome life: Eugene Rabkin, Founder of StyleZeitgeist

Eugene Rabkin is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of StyleZeitgeist: a forum-eventually-turned-magazine that offers a place for intellectual discussion on avant-garde, slightly obscure, and unknown...

Steven Tai AW15: The Mad Catter

"The Autumn/Winter 2015 collection is based on looking at artists’ spaces. I am interested in why they feel very drawn to the spaces that they're...

Seetal Solanki

Hanging in Hoi Polloi, kedgeree with an espresso martini on the side, casually dressed and cool hair (“I was always a tomboy growing up...

Influential Fashion Educators: Westminster’s Andrew Groves

Andrew Groves has done the bad boy boogie: from secretly printing a hundred Playboy t-shirts in CSM’s old print room to staging controversial fashion shows with theatrics as daring as McQueen’s (he was his right hand for a while). Does anybody remember SS99's ‘cocaine nights’? Andrew has been the University of Westminster’s Fashion Course Director for the past 11 year, and is now ready to give us the Louise rant about young designers wanting to do MA’s or join conglomerates, and opens up about shock value, and getting an audience to ‘think’.

Philip Sajet and Hau Wen: The insightful relationship between Master and...

While there is no placement year at Central Saint Martins’ BA Jewellery Design, some of the students travel during their spare time to meet...

Jordan-based designer Nafsika Skourti explores the idea of ‘Temporary Security’ in...

Nafsika Skourti is the up-and-coming designer from Jordan, now presenting her third collection since her graduation from London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins. In the last few days, following a Parisian showroom, she set her sights on Dubai. Her new collection “Temporary security” – a collection with its influence rooted deeply in the Arab world – was shown at Fashion Forward Dubai SS16, the new platform for Middle Eastern designers which aims to bring international attention to designers from the region. She is now one of the finalists for the Style.com/Arabia – DDFC Fashion Prize.

15 Seconds in Heaven with Tom Ford

MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, we were invited to Tom Ford's show. Don't ask us how, but we're opportunists, so not only did we attend, we...

The stuffy art school that got spiced up – legendary RCA...

Wendy Dagworthy sits in her serene white office at the Royal College of Art, one week before her last official day at the college. It's...

Mashed Brains, Salmonella, and Tutors’ Indifference: Amielia Katze’s MA Cull

On a boiling August day, I meet MA Textile Futures graduate Amielia Katze in one of High Barnet's lively cafés. A few gory details...