Here are a few photos of my latest trip to Paris courtesy of COFRAD, a mannequin manufacturer company which has chosen a small group of students of London College of Fashion in which I am lucky to be included to organise a small collaboration event / exhibition to be held next October in their showroom on 12 Rue Vauvilliers. After the meeting I had time to re explore one of my favorite cities (I used to draw the Eiffel Tower while dreaming with being a bohemian painter when I was little even before I had been there…) and catch up with a few friends before catching the Eurostar back to London the day after.
Thank you Stephane for your hospitality and allowing me to enjoy the stunning views from the private terrace in the Penthouse Suite at Le Meurice Hotel **** …
I also had time to catch up with my friend Akiko, who I met during ASVOFF Barcelona and had not seen her since. She first showed me her little office and showroom as she works for PAS DE CALAIS now. Have a look at some photos I took below or click on the brand’s name above to find out more about them.
And then we walked around Le Marais area, which is full of lovely bars and restaurants (I highly recommend this neighbourhood, it reminded me very much to Gracia in Barcelona).
We went for dinner to a traditional bistrot style French restaurant called Chez Nénesse on 17 Rue de Saintonge (+33 1 42 78 46 49). Delicious!
Myself and Akiko at the restaurant enjoying some Bordeaux.
à bientôt Paris!
Here’s my latest creation (branding, logo design and photography) for the very last project at London College of Fashion before I move on to the final one + dissertation. Yes, it has already been three years since I started. Time flies!
‘LUBNA' is a 20 something year old Fashion Design student at LCF too who also happens to be an artist mastering the technique of oil on canvas (soon to have her own profile on 'Saatchi Online’. This translates in her, being able to create unique prints… Something on which she will probably concentrate more in the future. So far she has been an intern at Alexander McQueen for a few months and one of her prints made it to the final menswear collection of McQ AW13 (an incredible suit!).
Lubna’s viral video (please share!) Making of: G.
Cordwainers College was founded as a leather trade school in Bethnal Green, East London in 1887. It merged with London College of Fashion in 2000.
A cordwainer’s workshop has been recreated at LCF (John Princess St - Oxford Circus) to reference the hand-making techniques and crafts inherent in the production of leatherwear.
Stefan Siegel (founder of NotJustALabel.com) gave a lecture last night at London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London).
We all listened carefully to his anecdotes of how he started, he quit his banking job in New York’s Wall Street a few years ago to dedicate all his time to build a website to expose all those new design talents (some of them his friends) coming from Central St Martins, LCF, and other fashion schools and countries… so that everybody would have online access to their designs. The economic success started coming after (this is something to learn when people usually tend to think too much about the money rather than how good the idea can be for yourself and others). ‘It’s all about karma, it’ll come back to you' Stefan said.
A truly inspiring success story. Visit the NJAL website and find out a new world of possibilities.
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