August 30 2014

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Dominic Jones’ Intergalactic Fall ’13


After producing a particularly ornate Spring ’13 range—filled with intricate, scale-like gilded wares and extended razor-sharp claw rings—jewelry designer Dominic Jones kept it clean for Fall. “I felt it should be a reaction to the previous collection,” he explained. The result was a fusion of tribal adornments and stark futurism realized in white gold. “I wanted this season to be minimalist, almost Scandinavian,” said the designer, noting that the disk shapes of his earrings and necklaces, as well as his Fall talon motifs, came from traditional African jewelry. “I think it actually looks quite sci-fi, though,” he mused.

Indeed, his geometric cuff and jointed, slatted ring have a punk-tinged intergalactic edge, and Jones chose to emphasize this space-age feel in his Fall ’13 film. Styled by Victoria Young (Jones says he appreciates her brutal honesty) and lensed by Alex Sainsbury, the raw short lets Jones’ slick wares shine. But the video, which debuts exclusively below, isn’t the designer’s only cinematic triumph this week—those killer claws from last season are worn by Andrej Pejic in David Bowie’s new music vid, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” which was released yesterday. “It was a dream that I never even could have dreamed, come true,” said Jones. “I’ve been a fan of his since I was a baby.”

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Seeing a Pattern


On February 15, Phaidon Press will release Pattern, a book that highlights one hundred compelling fashion designers on the rise. Phaidon handed over the book’s curatorial duties to a group of ten designers and industry insiders (including stylist Keegan Singh, Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the SHOWstudio team, and Business of Fashion‘s founder Imran Amed, just to name a few), each of whom chose ten talents to fill Pattern‘s pages.

The book (which is a follow-up to the 2005 fashion tome SAMPLE) features established designers (Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton), well-known emerging labels (Eddie Borgo, Thomas Tait, Creatures of the Wind, Mary Katrantzou, whose work is pictured above), and proper newbies (Simone Rocha, Marques’ Almeida, Phoebe English, Maarten van der Horst). The designers’ diverse aesthetics, techniques and outlooks are presented via detailed introductions, backstage, campaign and editorial photographs, and never-before-seen sketches, all of which serve to give readers an in-depth understanding of their work. “For me, seeing that the designers had a consistent point of view that’s true to their style was important,” said Singh, whose picks include Cushnie et Ochs (left), Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Tabitha Simmons, Dominic Jones, and Gianvito Rossi, among others. “You know, it’s like Azzedine Alaïa. He has his thing, and he always sticks to it,” he added. So does Singh think the next Alaïa is somewhere between Pattern‘s covers? “It’s a possibility!” he laughed. At the very least, he notes, “the book gives the young designers a chance to reach broader audiences; it exposes them to a whole new group of people.”

Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators will be available on February 15, on

Photos: Both images feature in Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators. Mary Katrantzou—Nick Knight and Dinos Chapman originally for Garage Magazine; Cushnie et Ochs—Courtesy of Cushnie et Ochs.

A McQueen Homecoming On Savile Row


Yesterday’s headlines screamed that the U.K. was finally out of a double-dip recession, and, as if on cue, Alexander McQueen opened up its flagship menswear shop on Savile Row, offering the largest selection of RTW and menswear from within the brand. It was a poignant return to the street. As Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton (pictured, right), pointed out, “Lee used to apprentice here on Savile Row, so it is a bit of a homecoming, and since tailoring is part of our backbone, it makes sense to be in an area that is steeped in the codes of the house.”

Guests taking it all in included Dominic Cooper, Kristen McMenamy (pictured, left), Luke Evans, and of course Sarah Burton, who all respectfully looked through the shop with the gravitas required of the occasion. Not that fun wasn’t on the menu—as Kristen McMenamy told, “I had a lovely evening—the pretty boys finally outnumbered the girls!” But one of those girls especially deserved some praise. As she stood in a room that mimicked a banquet hall, but surrounded by gold skulls, the model added, “Sarah is so humble and brilliant—I just love what she is doing at the moment.”



Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images


Keeping Up With Jones


“I first met Florence when I was hitchhiking to the very first Secret Garden Party festival,” jewelry designer Dominic Jones remembered. “She was 17 and she and her friend stopped and gave me a lift. We hit it off straight away and have stayed close friends ever since—we have been through a lot together.”

That would be Florence Welch. Since their chance meeting, the pop star has become a muse to the Brit designer, and for his new short film by Ben Toms and Rafael D’Alo, Jones enlisted her, along with eight other of his current muses (including Tallulah Harlech), to show off his Spring 2012 collection.

“The finished product of carefully decided angles and surface gives the collection a refined modernity from the ornate origin of inspiration,” Jones says of his inspiration. “The combination of the Old World cathedrals against the almost futuristic-looking sculptures was something that I wanted to be reflected in the film—we shot the film in an amazing 16-room dilapidated Georgian house in East London. The aging walls against the highly polished surfaces of the jewelry really captured this.”

Above, Jones debuts his collection video exclusively with

London’s NewGen 2011 Winners Announced


London is famously supportive of its young designers, and today, the British Fashion Council announced the 18 who will be the beneficiaries of the NewGen sponsorship at London fashion week in February.

Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, David Koma, and Michael van der Ham will all be presenting shows on the catwalk, supported by NewGen. Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, J. JS Lee, and milliner Nasir Mazhar will hold presentations; jewelers Dominic Jones and Jordan Askill will stage installations; and menswear designer J.W. Anderson will screen a film. There’ll also be a larger exhibition featuring the work of all of the designers above, plus Dorchester Prize finalists Chau Har Lee and Thomas Tait, Fannie Schiavoni, Felicity Brown, Yang Du, and Finnish designer Heikki Salonen.

Check out the links above to see runway shows, reviews, blogs, and all of’s past coverage on the winning designers.

Pictured above, left to right: Spring 2011 looks from Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, and Michael Van Der Ham.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/