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gosha rubchinskiy, pleasant associates

Posted in designer, exhibition, menswear, photography by benperdue on 19/09/2010

Photography exhibition by young Russian menswear designer to watch Gosha Rubchinskiy at the new Pleasant Associates gallery in Clerkenwell until 13 October. You can see a quick interview I did with him for POP – with a little help from Anna Dyulgerova on the language front – on their blog here.

african print inspiration, spring/summer 2011

Posted in art, exhibition, inspiration, menswear, photography by benperdue on 20/07/2010

Saw a lot of African-style prints coming through for next summer from brands like Petrou\Man and Lou Dalton last time we were in Paris for the men’s trade shows. These are two kind of off-kilter examples I like. The top is found, the bottom is an installation by artist Matthieu Lavanchy.

maison martin margiela 20

Posted in book, designer, exhibition, inspiration, menswear, womenswear by benperdue on 08/06/2010

The Maison Martin Margiela 20 exhibition at Somerset House brought back memories of that cinema party at Pitti Uomo autumn/winter 2006/07 (still have the MMM espresso cup invite somewhere). True to the look of the label’s Paris atelier it ticks all the expected boxes: caravan out front, whitewashing, multiple tabi shoes, and dust sheets. Getting close to such iconic garments is a treat in itself and helps explain how Margiela made design concepts like deconstruction, hybridism, and trompe-l’œil feel sophisticated and original. In the hands of lesser designers the results can be naff. Highlight for me though was the video instalment featuring looped catwalks, backstage clips, and grainy collection previews played against a musical backdrop of old show soundtracks. The relationship between fashion and film strong as ever. (images scanned from the catalogue)

new symphony

Posted in art, exhibition, friends, gallery by benperdue on 08/06/2010

These moon light boxes and a rabbit sculpture constructed from old dried-out cacti are the work of my friend Douglas White, on show now alongside pieces by Tim Ellis, Katie Cuddon and Sam Plagerson at Simon Oldfield Gallery, Covent Garden until 04 July.