Archive | May, 2011

I HEART UNA BURKES

26 May

This is a conceptual collection of wearable art pieces, depicting a series of eight human gestures associated with the cause, the physical and psychological effect and the healing stages of human trauma. Sculptural forms are created around the shape of the contorted female body. A number of pieces are reminiscent of prosthetics and medical braces. This signifies the potential for healing within the boundaries of something which inhibits the body.

Carcass-like in form, each piece is hand crafted from vegetable tanned leather, resulting in a colour indicative of human flesh. They have been produced to be viewed as contemplation artefacts observed in the environment of the gallery and they can be used as fashion accessories when broken down into sections, such as arm pieces, leg pieces, head or neck pieces and shoulder pieces. They could be combined with other garments in flowing fabrics which would create beautiful contrasts with the structured forms of these pieces.

“Through my work I continually aim to create leather objects which are both visually captivating and technically challenging. They are pieces of wearable art which are indefinable as particular garments, preventing them from being placed into the conventional categories of the fashion industry. They are free to exist just as the objects that they are, interpreted independently by each individual. I use traditional leatherworking techniques to produce these evocative, conceptual creations. In doing this I hope to encourage a new and more modern appreciation for leather craftsmanship and present the possibilities achievable through the use of this material in both the areas of art and of functional design”.

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Burberry Brit store opening.

13 May

“We are really excited to open our first Burberry Brit store in London. We have had great feedback from our Brit stores around the world, so it felt right to open the biggest Brit store in our home city. The store is designed to be multi-functional and modern in the way everything is presented to the customer; all the stock is on the floor with moving fixtures and fittings that can alternate.

Music is intrinsically connected to Burberry Brit; it’s very much the attitude and energy flowing throughout the collection and the store. It’s very modern, it’s a little bit dishevelled and it’s distinctively British.”

Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer

Christopher Bailey hosted an event to celebrate the opening of the first Burberry Brit store in the UK tonight.

The evening event, at the Burberry Brit store on King Street in Covent Garden London, was attended by over 300 guests including Burberry models Lily Donaldson, Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Tali Lennox, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Douglas Booth, Tara Ferry, Jacob Young, Seb Brice, Sasha M’Baye, Thomas Penfound, Johnny Flynn, Karen Anne and Alex Watson all attended dressed in Burberry.
Ellie Goulding, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Poppy Delevingne, Gemma Chan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Luke Treadaway, Michelle Dockery, Misty Miller, Jack Penate and Alex Gardner also attended.

British Burberry Acoustic band ‘Life in Film’ performed a live acoustic gig at the event and DJ/ Burberry model Tom Guinness played a set.

Designed by Christopher Bailey using British materials and heightened audio and visual technology, the 10,000 square foot space is the most digitally innovative Burberry store in the UK.