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Van Eyck Exhibition Opens at National Gallery, London

A NEW show of the work of Van Eyck is opening at the National Gallery in London.  This autumn, his oil painting the Arnolfini portrait, is set to be exhibited at the National Gallery, providing a unique opportunity to view Pre-Raphaelite paintings next to the work that inspired them. The National Gallery received the Arnolfini portrait in 1842 and immediately captivated the Victorian audience. The Netherlandish/Flemish Van Eyck is one of the most significant representatives of Northern Renaissance art.

'Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife' or 'The Arnolfini Portrait'Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife 1434 by Jan Van Eyck, Courtesy of The National Gallery London

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was made up of a group of young artists who sparked a revolution in British art. The Convex mirror in the Arnolfini painting is a key motif and it led the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to explore the themes of distortion, doubling, and reflection. The painting has left an imprint on the Pre-Raphaelites’ work, spreading its motifs like the mirror device, seen in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and a pair of pointed slippers seen in Holman Hunt’s The Lady of Shalott.

mirror-final-versionConvex Mirror owned by Gabriel Dante Rossetti, Courtesy of Kelmscott Manor

The convex mirror has been an important source of inspiration for many generations of artists and so Van Eyck’s influence lives on.

by Marco Pretara

The exhibition, Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelite’s is on from October 2, 2017 until April 2, 2018 at the National Gallery, London WC2N 5DN
Tel: 020 7747 2885
Email: information@ng-london.org.uk

Front Page Image: Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife 1434 by Jan Van Eyck, Courtesy of The National Gallery London

Handbags with a Conscience – Introducing Spanish brand Lautem

FOUNDED in Spain, Lautem is an exceptional leather goods brand that promotes an unique blend of luxury, conscious production with timeless design.

Clean lines, boxy shapes and strong, rich colours form Lautem signature style. The designs are all carefully created to transcend fleeting trends – Lautem only launches a small number of new models per year, usually outside of the conventional fashion season dates.

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Lautem bag entitled Structurae – I Got Rhythm Yellow

Lautem redefines the “box bag” vogue and succeeds in fashioning a staple that bridges generational gaps. Luxuriously modest design appeals to women of all ages who, like the Lautem team, adore a simple, but excellently executed detail – hence the brand’s celebrity following which includes Emma Watson and Eva Herzigova.

The brand’s founding principle is ultimate extravagance with ethical edge which it combines with the exceptional skill of its makers with every stage of the bags ’construction led by the notions of excellence and durability.– resulting  in a modern classic destined to last decades.

ponsa1A model with a Lautem bag Structurae

The creative mind behind Lautem is designer Elena Garcia Silva whose prime interests and experience come from restoration, architecture and furniture design, which all manifest themselves in the sophisticated practicality of Lautem bags. In her own words, she is “an architect is first and foremost a thinker-designer. From a blank sheet you start creating using your knowledge and experience”.

Lautem relies on traditional craftsmanship and handmade production to create their exceptional goods – all elements are made in native Spain. The assembling of the bags takes place in a small village Ubrique, known as the homeland of some of the most prestigious leather specialists in the world, with the leather first treated in Catalonie and the handles manually manufactured in a small factory in Valencia.

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Another view of a Lautem bag in yellow

Most importantly, however, Lautem follows the growing trend of brands turning to highly skilled crafts people capable to produce their output. The local Spanish artisans producing the bags for Lautem use of historical techniques which are the main component of the final item. The brand also stresses the importance of fair treatment and payment to all of its employees.

by Magda Pirowska

Lautem bags are available from their online store and selected stockists – details here

Luxury Accessories Brand Sevda London Unveils New Designs

LONDON-based luxury accessories brand Sevda London has unveiled the newest additions to their striking collection of handbags and scarves.

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Designed in London and handmade in Italy, Sevda London designs are a unique blend of classic elegance and style. Created to withstand the test of time they strive to bridge the gap between generations and their needs and desires rather than follow trends and are meant to become those unique pieces of wardrobe heirlooms that define a woman’s approach to fashion.

Sevda LondonAudrey Tote Blue by Sevda London

 Sevda LondonVictoria Tote Off White, Sevda London

The latest bags and scarves perfectly embody Sevda London’s signature subtle sophistication and all-round functionality.

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SevdaLondon £750.00Yellow handbag by Sevda London

by Magda Pirowska

To view the full collection and more go here

Future Feast – Winchester ‘16 Fashion and Textile Graduates

THE Vinyl Factory Soho, London was awash with a kaleidoscope of bold seasonal colour and stylish looks at Future Feast a show of graduate talent from the Fashion Marketing and Fashion & Textile Design programmes at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Guest representatives from the fashion industry including Victoria Beckham, Harvey Nichols and Topman attended the show and waited in anticipation of the Fashion Direction and Fashion Textile Awards which were presented by womenswear designer, Michael van der Ham after the catwalk presentations.

 

Winchester SS1Looks from Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Winchester SS2Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Jasmine Broughton, memorable for her fabulous faux-fur outerwear with exquisitely beaded motifs won the Fashion Textile Award and front-line menswear designer, Christine Xu was the winner of the award for Fashion Direction. After the ceremony, guests were invited to peruse a dazzling assortment of preliminary sketches and ideas from the students’ portfolios.

Christine Xu’s collection which won the award for Fashion Direction. Photograph by Geoff Pugh

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL2A look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton.
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL4Another look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

The innovative event combined outstanding graduate work from the institution’s Fashion Marketing and Textile programmes. These two courses focus on developing students’ creative ability, while aiming to enrich them with the necessary marketing and practical skills required for successful careers in fashion.

by Miranda Charalambous

Beautiful Soul Introduce Patti Wilson film

BRITISH fashion company, Beautiful Soul launched their SS16 Patti Wilson Collection earlier this year in their quintessentially English style brimming with vintage charm, nostalgia and subtle sensuality. Named after the mother of founder of the brand, Nicola Woods, they are timeless pieces intended to be handed down from mother to daughter and cherished forever as sustainable items. Her signature blue hydrangeas and peachy pinks sing of English summers, ladybirds and the hum of gauzy wings on delicate white blossoms.

Beautiful Soul Street Style by Beautiful Soul, 2016. Photo © Nicola Woods

Day to evening wear in gorgeous floral silks comprises a romantic silhouette of softly-waisted gowns with gentle ruffles or discreetly plunging necklines. Graceful dresses in diaphanous English lace flow effortlessly and relaxed shirt-styles have luxurious silk habouti collars, deep cuffs and delicate couture details. Floral cropped tops are cut with a playful swing designed for easy layering over dresses for the perfect chic look.

 

 

by Miranda Charalambous

Photo © Nicola Woods

Backes & Strauss Unveils Timepieces to Mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday

BACKES & Strauss, the world’s oldest diamond company established in the 18th century, have marked Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth’s II 90th birthday with a creation of two unique pieces. The diamond masters are now a part of the Franck Muller Group who are the leaders in timepiece making and this union resulted in the creation of watches of supreme quality.

BS pieceThe Princess Elizabeth by Backes & Strauss

One of the intricate designs crafted by the most talented experts of both companies is The Princess Elizabeth. The timepiece boasts a unique dial featuring Princess Elizabeth’s youthful profile and a XC at twelve o’clock.

The dial is distinguished by having been hand – engraved by Backes & Strauss’ master engraved and then enamelled with the use of English Blythe enamel and Grand Feu technique – a process which requires application of several layers under strictly controlled high temperature to achieve the royal purple hue.

The second piece celebrating the royal anniversary has been named The Queen Elizabeth and will be unveiled at a special event in October held in Japan.

by Magda P

The timepieces are available from Backes & Strauss

Aalto Arts University and Juni Agency present Exhibition of Finnish Fashion Designers

An exhibition celebrating the best of Finnish young design talent has been organised by Helsinki-based communication and production agency Juni in collaboration with Aalton University – one of the world’s most prominent art, design and architecture academies – being ranked 15th in the world. The designers whose works are being showcased are all Aalto graduates and are represented by Juni.

SuomalainenA design by Maria Suomalainen

finnish piece jellow dressA look from the collection by Anni Raasmaja

Ilona Hackenberg will be presenting her royalty-inspired collection accessorised with ceramic jewellery designed in collaboration with Matias Liimatainen. Furthermore on show will be Maria Suomalainen’s collection – a result of her studies on the way that form and body can interact and complement each other.

finnish piece printed pieceSeparates by Marianne El – Khoudry in her signature Hawaii print

The exhibition will also showcase Marianne El – Khoury’s pieces inspired by Parisian Haute Couture from the 1950s and ‘60s as well as holiday attire with Hawaii patterns and themed embroidery.

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A fringed silver jacket by Anni Raasmaja

Lastly the visitors will be able to admire Anni Raasmaja’s minimalist collection featuring unique embroidery technique developed by the designer herself.

iloa hackenbergA look by Iloa Hackenberg

by Magda Pirowska

The exhibition’s private view will take place on February 2 at 6pm and open to open from February 3 – March 4, 2016.
Gallery at the Finnish Institute, Snickarbacken 2-4, Stockholm

Begg & Co collaborates with cancer charity on exclusive scarf range

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Model wearing Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Circles Scarf

Begg & Co, the luxury Scottish scarf brand, and the pioneering cancer charity Maggies have joined together to create an exclusive range to support the charitys groundbreaking work in the field of patient support and recovery.

blue scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Check Scarf

Maggie’s is a cancer charity that takes a unique approach to their work – their 18 architecturally distinctive centres have been designed to create comforting environments that simultaneously hearten, aid and inspire recovery and reinforcing well-being.

Begg & Co cashmere scarf for Maggie's cancer charity Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Borders Scarf

 The scarves are a result of Begg & Co designers joining forces with Maggies team and reflect the charity centres unique architectural features. All profits from the collaboration will aid Maggies far – reaching effort to support cancer sufferers and their familys in their day to day struggle.

This generous contribution will enable the charity in their ambitious path to reach out to maximum number of patients and their nearest and dearest across UK, abroad and online. The charitable collaboration came to life thanks to Kirsty Wark, journalist and broadcaster and Maggie’s Honorary Patron, who introduced the manufacturer to the charity.

labirynth scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Labyrinth

The designs include elaborate forms placed on plain backgrounds – a black and blue piece inspired by garden at Maggie’s Dundee and Chartres Cathedral in France and featuring a labyrinth that carries a metaphor of life and yellow and a blue and white scarf with oval patterns that was prompted by Maggie’s Aberdeen skylight. There are also simpler propositions – a white scarf with four coloured edge that reflect the straightforward, linear architecture of all Maggie’s Centres and a checked scarf that dwells into the visual heritage of both brands.

by Magda Pirowska

The scarves are being made in Begg & Cos unique Wispy quality and are 100 percent cashmere. They are available to purchase from Begg & Co’s website, at Fenwick department stores in Bond Street, London & Newcastle and in Jane Davidsons store in Edinburgh,  all priced at around £265.00.