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Christopher Raeburn

London Fashion Week

Presentation

FLIGHT SS13

The collection references the style and pursuits of the first female aviators. Among a selected group of editors, fashinistas and style concious people the collection was unveiled at the Portico Room in Somerset House during London Fashion Week SS13.

FLIGHT, takes a spin on a militant quilted style. The Coat, Jacket and Bomber are fitted and ribbed and inspired by European combat pilots. The lightweight component of this ready-to-wear collection is done by nylon complemented by cotton paneling giving it a almost iridescent quality.

The show beggings with aerial music playing int the background, almost like a world war II movie, the sounds of the planes diving and menuvering sounded all too realistic. The show was a hit, a small audience but a definetely a well received collection of fashionable and utilitarian wardrobe. The backpacks and handbags were also a big hit among the crowd. Seems that the ready to wear with a flare of vintage military inspiration applied to new materials was a total success. Expect to see more of these trends on the stores as the people really like the inspiration and color palette for SS13.
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Freelance does not mean Free work.

I got this very interesting offer a few months earlier, the praising made it sound like a fashion spread for a local publication.

I said yeah I’ll do it but I needed to have some questions answered, I’ve been dealing with editors lately and this sounded a little bit strange to me, they usually know what they are looking for and who they need to go to for their spreads and photo stories. After pushing for answers, I was directed to a makeup artist involved in the shoot.

So, I fired out my questions and the answers I got was totally different from the spread story that was the intro into this adventure. It turned out it was for an ad in the publication, my response was I don’t do ad work for free and I turned the offer down.

Who in their right mind would do something like this for free? I know I’m a freelance photographer that does not mean I’ll work for free while you’re paying to put that ad in the pub. I’m not getting any fraction of the sales from your ad work and your not giving those customers that walk through your front door free products and services. How are photographers supposed to make a living doing free work. Rent, photoshop and equipment were not free I had to pay for all those.

Anyways, I thought that was the end of it but earlier this week I saw the ad in the publication. They did get a sucker to do it for free and guess what I know that sucker.

 

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LFW

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week takes place biannually and it features established designers such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood as well as emerging talent sponsored by Topshop.

LFW is one of the highest profile fashion events int he world and it’s one of the ‘Big Four’ international catwalk shows with the most influence.

 

The event is organixed by the British Fashion Council and it’s sponsored by brands such as Vodafone, Canon, Mercedes-Benz, American Express, Topshop, The May Fair Hotel, MAC, Vitaminwater,etc.

The following took place in London Sept 13th-18th 2012

–The Courtyard early in the morning– Before the shows begin, people prepare around the grounds. Make up artist and Hair stylist arrive early to do their magic and make everybody more beautiful than they already are. Photographers also get to Somerset early, they must mark up and be ready when the shows begin. Of course, the people at Somerset are there, polite and hard working, they all look and act so professional. There are the door people, always making sure everyone has the right credentials to go in and out of the buildings. It’s amazing that so many different people get together to appreciate the one thing in common, FASHION. There are Magazine editors, Fashion Stylists, Buyers, Bloggers and friends of the House, among the celebrities attending the Fashion Shows. It’s all so surreal and at the same time.

Everyone is working, prepping and preparing for the days ahead. People are picking up their credentials and doing pre- coverage of the event.

The place is peaceful with a glance of what’s about to change in the next day or so. Guards are all holding their post, each at the entrance of the many rooms and always very respectful and attentive.

The courtyard transforms into a hub for the Fashion world.

Pictures don’t do justice to the amount of work that goes on days prior to the event. The coordination and execution of the details is just perfectly tuned.

Nice area to take a break from the hustlr and bustle of the day.

ACL

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Austin is well know for its music and music festivals, music makes us happy and music helps to put Austin on the map; hence the reason why people call Austin the Live Music Capital of the World®

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This year we attended Austin City Limits ACL, an annual three day music festival at the city’s cental public park, Zilker park. ACL brings more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, country,indie,electronic,etc on eight stages.

Austin TexasZilker Park Oct 12-14

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From the beginning of the day people start arriving to the park, like an ant formation people gather around the streets and sidewalks surrounding Zilker park. Finding parking can be quite a difficult task if one arrives afternoon, but since we needed to cover the festival since early we arrived first thing in the morning and parking was not bad at all.

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Everyone is all so enthusiastic to be attending the fest, families, couples and friends all get together for one weekend in October and plan on attending this musical nirvana. Some people bring tents, lawn chairs and the all so needed long pole to mark their camp.acl5

At the beginning of the fest I was quite unsure about the purpose of this element but the more and more I kept on seeing it around it became clear that it was more than just a decorative element but a much needed one. The park gets packed and I mean packed, try 70,000 people or so.Big Gigantic

It’s virtually impossible to find someone at night unless one has divided one of this ingenious poles with flags, decorations, knick-knacks on them to make them unique.

Things would be easier if the cell phone reception but as luck would have its way, poor to say the least. One can no count on a message getting through but who cares anyway, here we are ready to have fun and cover this fun experience for all of our readers and the fans of the many bands here.acl9

We’ll bring you interview and images from the fest in the next set of articles.

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Fatima Lopes SS13

Sept 25th 2012

Theatre du Chatelet

Paris France

Fatima Lopes

http://www.fatima-lopes.com

Lopes was part of three Portugese designesrs showing at Paris Fashion Week. Her collection seem to draw inspiration from a jungle theme. Filled with bright and bold print and colors, her collection “Luxuriant Paradise” was a combination of curve hugging and asymetrical pieces.

Unfortunately, I did not get to attend the show due to the overwhelming crowd and the lack of space at the venue. Even though we had an invitation, it seems that things were sketchy to say the least. Well, I chose not to dwell on the fact that there was no room in the show and I awaited patiently while conversing with a fellow acquaintance from London. I had just seen her at LFW and now here in Paris, so we stay behind chating about the stories from last week and shows to go. It’s always interesting seeing how people react to things. There are those people that loose the coolness and make a fuzz about not getting into a show, there are those that scam their way into the show. There are so many stories unfolding right infront of my eyes and to be honest, I really enjoyed staying behind to document this experience. More about it in a future blog.For now I’ll leave you with the pictures we got, thanks to our amazing team of photographers we were at least able to cover that part of the show.

We can infer it was very colorful and festive. Below I’ll leave the looks for SS13 for this designer.

 

The first look is an open slit dress with asymetrical lines. The one 3/4 long sleeve in a stretchy material. The print and colors are very bright, aquamarine tones and slight purples.

Next, a model wearing a body fitting dress with 2 slits on the front with the same patterns and tones.

A short dress in green tones and abstract print, along the strapless knee length two slit mustard/shiny metalic tones dress. Followed by more tight curve-hugginh combinations.

A pants ensamble was also featured at this collection, as seen on the pictures the black pants with pleats were a little below the knee in a trend for the season. The ultra bright top was also silluette hugging. Accesories were also present. Flowers moulded in belts and necklaces and as part of the shoe decorations. A good play in bold colors and tropical prints were the staple for this collection.

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Fred Butler Live presentation

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A Bee In My Bonnet, With A Honey Hair Comb

SS13 Live Presentation & Fashion Film Screening

Mon 17th September

Portico Rooms, Somerset House

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As part of London Fashion Week Schedule SS13 Fred Butler unvailed her collection. Gold, metallics, hexagones and honey bees can summarize the aesthertic of this wearable sculpture of intricate textures and accesories. Multi-talented Fred has been called the London renaissance girl due to the many talents such as custom made prop styling, art directing and film making. For a closer look at the work, check the site.

Invitation to the Presentation & Fashion Film Screening SS13. As much as I wanted to keep every single invitation for reference while typing these notes, I have to be honest and say that I couldn’t and left some (most) behind in London, but this one was way too cute for me to leave and I packed it inside a GRAZIA magazine for the rest of my trip. Let me tell you, one invitation may seem not to weight a lot but if you keep on adding, the weight piles up. Like I said, this Fred Butler invite was so well tought that as an artist, I have to give her my respects and keep this piece for all of you to see. I know, I could have easily taken the picture back in my hotel in London and move on, dispose of it as many (most) people do, but in my case this invitation was a product of a very creative person and I would have not felt right to discard it, especially after seeing the amount of detail that went into this presentation. From the model’s nails, designed as bees with a wasp and all to the hexagonal backpacks looking like a honeyhive. No detail was spared, everything seemed perfectly planned and thought through. and of course the music. Wbhat a great presentation!

Fashion Film Screening

Fred Butler Spring Summer 2013 Collection video

Music collaboration with Two Inch Punch. Red Bull Catwalk Studio.

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Ekaterina Kukhareva

Sunday September 16th London

Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Ekaterina Kukhareva Catwalk show

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Burst of colors and energetic prints brought the show to a maxized fashion fuel for the SS13. A very fun play with color blocking and prints accesoried with metalic and geometric items.

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