power of making at V and A: craftsmanship and imagination

V&A’s latest show The Power of Making is a thoughtful showcase of modern craftsmanship and its relationship with imagination. While the theme is nothing new, I’m struck by the choice of objects in this collection. From gigantic wool knit, a gorilla made of metallic coat hangers, bio-degradable coffins to spray-on fashion, the objects question the…

Yohji Yamamoto

I went to see Yohji Yamamoto‘s current show at the V&A, his first UK solo exhibition. There in a room of white light, you see the sheer simplicity of clean lines and shades of red, black and white, whispering fashion. It isn’t the size that undermines the exhibition but rather the want of a compelling narrative….

Dutch eco-design: uncomfortable stories of the pigs and sheep

I am drawn by the work by a Dutch designer, Christien Meindertsma, who made her name with the pig book project, hinting at the residue traces of slaughtered pigs in the products made for human activities and comfort: beer, chewing gums, glue, bread softener…The pig’s yellow earplug affixed to the chic book cover is hugely…

Casual fashion: cheerful and carefree bag

My fashion statement: I like cheerful, casual fashion. I think fashion should be a way of making us like ourselves better, and true to our character. I think bags are dear to women. We need them. I have made a carefree and cheerful bag this Spring. It celebrates the free-willed child and the longing for…

Not Just Fashion but Fun: Alexa Chung

I like Alexa Chung. Who wouldn’t? She is sweet and sexy, cheerful and quirky. She is 27 years old. She is 5 foot 8. She doesn’t seem to care and she has a cool boyfriend (or seems to be). She can wear anything with her smile (showing her teeth). She is a TV presenter turned…

The new face for Burberry

Since Emma Watson has become the new face for Burberry Fall 2009/Spring 2010, those classic check patterned handbags have been disappearing off the shelves. Sales have gone up by 8-12% since the ad launch, and I have to admit the posters look much more appealing than run-of-the-mill fashion ads. It has to do with the…

The innovation of product names

I like objects and experiences with a personal touch. Being personal is to draw relevance, to unpeel layers, it is a whittling-down to the core of things. When you meet the person for the first time, you will find that repeating his or her name as you chat with him or her will help to build up a personal connection…