I love Grand Designs so much that I often bore Lewis half to death watching it on 4od. It fuels my (highly unlikely) dream of renovating or building my own home. I'm even considering subscribing to the magazine. I think I must be turning into my dad.
I particularly loved this house built by interior designer Kathryn Tyler, I would like all of her furniture! Plus she seemed so lovely. Often the subjects are a little annoying. I would like a house of my own one day! The episode is available to watch here.
All pictures of Corkellis House from Kathryn Tyler's website Linea Studio.
Top to bottom: Wharton Esherick home & studio, Paoli, PA, Louis Kahn's Esherick House, Chestnut Hill, PA, Bertoia Barn, Barto, PA, Vladimir Kagan’s living room, NYC, JB Blunk's home, Inverness, CA & Walter Gropius' living room, Lincoln, MA.
I went to see the Yohji Yamamoto wedding dress on show at the Wapping Project when it opened a while ago. The dress is suspended upside down over a flooded boiler house room. The room is very darkly lit so you see a reflection of dress the right way up from the water which becomes clearer as the boat man takes you closer around the dress. The boat can seat 2 people and costs £5 but just viewing the dress from the entrance platform is free. I would definitely recommend the boat ride though - it was serene and quite beautiful and a much more interesting way to look at the piece. Wellies are provided although be careful if you're wearing anything long - Jennie's coat unfortunately got a bit wet from the water at the bottom of the boat!
The Central Saint Martin’s MA graduates for this year deserve their own post – in fact some of it was the best of London Fashion Week. So at least there are some new designers who will hopefully be able to drag London out of the dull stupor it seems to have fallen into, for most part I’ve found the AW11 collections a bit dull, boring and well just a bit disappointing but more on that in a seperate post later.
Some of the collections were quite similar in style with long drapey sheath dresses featuring highly in the womenswear and very rounded exaggerated shoulder shapes in the menswear. My absolute favourites were Bethan Silverwood’s long black dresses with beautiful embroidered orange inserts and Charlotte Smith's incredible long fringe dresses. I think orange might well be my new favourite colour. Overall the standard looks incredibly high and puts the professionals to shame. I also was really glad to see a lot of colour and good print in the collections as well after a generally dismal display from the rest of LFW.