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DECADE OF DESIGN From humble Danish origins to being a stalwart of European style, Peter Jensen has more destroyed the ladder than climbed it. To celebrate his achievements and successes and his ten-year anniversary this year, the V&A dedicate the latest in their Fashion in Motion series to the designer alongside a retrospective tome of his work published by Dent-De-Leone. Featuring each of his 21 muses from Jodie Foster to the 16th century Princess Christina of Denmark, the book will delve deep into Jensen’s archive and present an intimate look at this unique designer.
VIVE LA REVOLUTION! Dame Vivienne Westwood is no stranger to political and social activism with her interest in the cause she calls “active resistance”. Her manifesto, “Active Resistance to Propaganda”, set the art world aflame, urging youth to rise up against conformity and a lack of communication with a cultured world and seek out what is unique and self-revealing. Now, in a collaborative project with Lee Jeans, 100 poignant images have been cherry-picked from worldwide online submissions to create the tome 100 Days of Active Resistance, a stunningly insightful testament to the power of the self.
GOLDFINGER Solange Azagury-Partridge has read our minds and provided us with the means to wear solid gold 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Paying homage to the geometric forms that have made her as synonymous with modern jewellery as the square is with sudoku, Solange launches her first ever all 18ct gold, 24:7 collection, extolling her recurrent themes of the sphere, triangle, square and star – including a rather giddy combination of them all. Just call us Mr T!
SPELL ON YOU Alterna-beauty brand Illamasqua, famed for making gothic mainstream and reacquainting everyone with their dark side has released Freak, a pungent concoction of belladonna, poison hemlock and black davana, bewitching the senses and offering a surprisingly refreshing alternative to mainstream scents. Don’t worry, there’s no hair of dog or witches tears in this bold brew.
FROM SPAIN WITH LOVE Loewe’s history is indebted to its craftsmen and women. Such is their regard for the materials and processes involved in the production of their wears that less than five per cent of skins are considered of high enough quality to use. In honour of this, art director and illustrator Robert Clarke wove the story of its artisans, ateliers and tanneries in The Masters of Leather. Graphically inspired by Picasso and Miro, the book is well deserving of even the worldliest coffee table.
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