Work In Progress: Ya Wen

'We are slaves of objects around us', might seem like a heavy topic for a graduate collection, but it's exactly that which Ya Wen, second year...

Drunk pattern cutting

Thank you Nicole for your picture!:)

Inside the minds of Fashion and Textiles Foundation students at Central...

Foundation students at Central Saint Martins open up about their backgrounds and sources of inspiration. They explain to us what they think is important...

The White Series: Horace Page

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Learning from the boss: GQ’s Dylan Jones

Last night, GQ Editor and Chairman of London Collection Men, Dylan Jones spoke with Fashion and Beauty Monitor’s Editor Sarah Penny at Conde Nast College of Fashion in Soho. We learnt a multitude of things: from the decline of investigative journalism to his aspirations of becoming a photographer, we've shortlisted what Dylan Jones taught us.

Breakfast with 1 Granary: Stavros Karelis

Remember Galliano’s first collection, and that of Chalayan? When they were fresh out of Central Saint Martins, Browns bought their entire collections, displayed them in their windows, and became one of the leading institutions to embrace the talent of young designers. Machine-A, the Soho-based store founded by Stavros Karelis, followed the example set by Browns, and has quickly become one of the main globally recognised destinations to sell clothes by recent graduates and that of designers who are still studying. From Astrid Andersen and Nasir Mazhar, to Grace Wales-Bonner and Tigran Avetisytian, Karelis was the first to spot them. But the route to getting there wasn’t a fashionable one at all times, and Stavros’ story is one of extreme dedication and non-stop work. He’s adopted the attitude that separates the wheat from the chaff: not having a day off or a holiday in years. Time is filled with tireless work until the early hours, hosting exhibitions, working together with SHOWStudio’s Nick Knight on projects, and throwing launch parties with Nicola Formichetti. Stavros works as hard as a machine and aptly called his store just that: Machine-A, with the ‘A’ meaning ‘new beginnings’. But, he’s not just a hard-core buyer. More importantly, Stavros has become a sounding board to those emerging designers who he supports and consults. Because, as he says about the stocked garments, “the final result should be absolutely perfect. Better than high-end brands, as you are going to be judged much harder. If you see a fault in a Prada piece, you’re going to think that it’s a production fault. If you see a fault in a graduate piece, you’ll think: “he’s not ready yet”. Courtesy of Dishoom, we met the eloquent and very humble Greek for an extended breakfast, dressed from top to toe in CSM graduate fashion - discussing London, the politics of buying, and what it actually takes to start your own brand.

Anything but sustainable fashion: Harro! Do you know who made your...

I have a confession to make: I find Abercrombie & Fitch quite fascinating. The long queue of girls and boys going crazy for the hunky shirtless male models during the opening of their Hong Kong flagship store back in 2012, is a picture that is truly hard to forget. As a design student, I find it bizarre how much my peers are willing to pay for these crappy clothes (I apologize for my bluntness); as a marketing student however, I have a certain respect for their (once) effective marketing strategies. I remember what my tutor said to us at the beginning of our second year: “When you graduate from this course, you should be able to sell your work, even if it’s just a collection of white t-shirts.” For Abercrombie & Fitch, it is the good old all-American sex sells trick, but sadly it still works!

Ready to Launch: Hannah Dang’s Inter-Galactic garment

“To infinity and beyond.” The famous catchphrase echoed by action toy figurine character Buzz Lightyear may have sparked the original idea for Hannah Dang’s...

Jurgi Persoons: Inspiration can be something that disgusts you

He had his own universe. A universe where catwalks were irrelevant and Belgian fashion legends Inge Grognard and Ronald Stoops shot all the outfits from...

Oh yeah, Celine’s Johnny Coca teaching at CSM.

Imagine you were a designer for Celine. Accessories designer. Head of accessories - bags, shoes, sunglasses, jewelry and all. Well, you are not, but Johnny...

Jim

"i am a skinny person with long hair in womenswear, however, i am neither a girl nor a gay... i am skinny merely because...