Rahul Mishra's Woolmark Creations

Rahul Mishra Launches Line in Sydney

Indian designer Rahul Mishra won the Woolmark Prize earlier this year and has launched his winning Collection in David Jones, Sydney. The Collection is inspired by the works of a graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.

Mishra studied at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan and began his label very close to his entry in the Woolmark Prize. He has been working hard to promote Indian hand looms and employs the Indian Craft Community through his sustainable practices. Mishra says that he "always think of the three Es when I start to create a collection: environment, employment and empowerment, and if you can think about all these things then your product will be perfect." Mishra involves villages all over India and employs them at an above average wage. “I work with people who may not have great privilege but who have a great skill and so it also savours crafts and skills which could otherwise be lost.”

You can see Mishra's progressive and impressive pieces in the photos below. In the detail shots it is clear that these pieces have been created by proud Indians. Mishra gave his Indian artisans wool that he spun himself to embroider the garments below. Having seen India first hand myself over the past week it is a great thing that their proud attention to detail will be shown to the rest of the world through these clothes.

The collection will be stocked in Australia by David Jones, and will retail internationally in Harvey Nichols in London, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Colette in Paris, Joyce in Hong Kong, Isetan Mitsukoshi in Japan and online at mytheresa.com.

The 6 Piece Collection Produced and Ready for Sale in David Jones, Sydney

The 6 Piece Collection Produced and Ready for Sale in David Jones, Sydney

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

DETAIL: A Look from Rahul Mishra's Woolmark 6 Piece Collection, photo W Magazine

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The Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

To celebrate the opening of the Issey Miyake London store (designed by Tokujin Yoshioka) a series of fabrics based on a three-dimensional steam stretch process which alters flat fibers into origami-style forms when an iron is used, will be presented at the store. These pieces are from the upcoming Spring Summer 2015 Collection.

The new store is a 460 square meter space which represents a juxtaposition between textures such as dyed-blue aluminum and exposed concrete beams. The site was a former bank and it is now transformed into a retail space created to reflect Miyake’s acclaimed reality lab, combining the concept of technology and craftsmanship.

You can see pieces from Miyake's Autumn Winter 2014 show in the store below. I have included a link to the video from this runway show which includes live music by Ei Wada + Chiyako. I particularly loved this presentation because of the way the models use the clothes to create a performance artwork. The collection is presented in a way so that the viewer can really appreciate the movement and true form of Miyake's pieces.

Images © Antony Crolla, Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka Inc.

Check out the video and images below. Issey Miyake is quite famous for his clothes all over the world. He was one of the first Japanese designers to show in Paris really connecting Japanese designers to Europe. Have you heard of him? Comment at the end of the post.

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

Issey Miyake Flagship Store London

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What in the World is Rexel?

Since it's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Spring Summer 2015 I thought I might introduce you to an ethical fabric called Rexel. Rexel (as it is known in Japan) or Tencel® is a fibre made from Eucalyptus pulp. It has exceptional natural characteristics for absorbency, hygiene and temperature regulation making it excellent for use in Spring Summer clothes. It is also a great for children’s bedding because of these same characteristics.

Eucalyptus is a smart choice for making fabrics because it can be grown on marginal land unsuitable for food crops with minimum of water and care. Eucalyptus wood chips are mixed with a solvent to produce a wet mixture. This is then pushed through small holes to form threads. These are chemically treated, lubricated, and then combed and cut into usable lengths. The lengths of fiber are then spun into yarn and woven into cloth. The final fibers are biodegradable and can decompose in soil burial or in waste water treatment plants.

The concept of ethical fashion, which has taken root in Europe and the United States, is spreading in Japan. For example Japanese apparel maker United Arrows Ltd has released ethical products under the Tege brand and they are also part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative. The EFI was established by the International Trade Center, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, to provide economic opportunities for women in developing nations to help lift them out of poverty. Other EFI participants are some of the world’s leading brands, such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Australian brand sass & bide.

When I think of ethical fashion I still mostly think of natural looking clothes that don't excite me at all. The pieces are a far cry from a Chanel suit or an Alexander Wang sports luxe dress. Google ethical fashion and the images are mostly natural coloured boho looks that scream hippy chic. This sort of look is not really me at all. I think when more brands adopt the ethical fashion standpoint there will be more fashionable options available.

In 2004, Paris Fashion Week launched its Ethical Fashion Show, and from 2006 Estethica brought ethical fashion to London Fashion Week. Ethical Fashion Show Berlin premiered in January this year and in late April, an ethical fashion show was held in Tokyo that was organized by Ethical Fashion Japan as part of a yoga event. Although momentum is gathering this still means eco fashion is marginalised.

Ethical Fashion Japan have a great directory on their site that lists ethical fashion designers from around the world. Ada Zanditon, a British fashion and jewellery designer, is an advocate of fair trade practices and environmental awareness. Zandition is listed on the Ethical Fashion Japan website and sent her Spring Summer 2015 Collection down the runway at the ME Hotel for the recent London Fashion Week. Ada Zanditon uses a range of organic, fair-trade and natural fabrics as well as innovative waste reducing and energy conscious solutions to create sculptural, elegant, desirable fashion. This collection (see below photos) is certainly not boring. You can read more about her sustainable practices here - which includes using eco-friendly light bulbs, eco-friendly cleaning products and recycled stationary in her studio.

Ada Zandition Spring Summer 2015 LFW

Ada Zandition Spring Summer 2015 LFW

Ada Zandition Spring Summer 2015 LFW

Ada Zandition Spring Summer 2015 LFW

Ada Zandition Spring Summer 2015 LFW

Ada Zandition Spring Summer 2015 LFW

While the Zandition Collections are pretty fabulous most readers will be after Eco-friendly fashionable basics for everyday situations. Whilst hunting on the Ethical Fashion Japan directory I discovered Cil, a Japanese fashion label run by Fumiko Tagawa. Tagawa started considering material and production processes because her daughter had atopic dermatitis. She also feels that it is important for her to make clothes in Japan. “I want to help the industry sustain itself, if only a little.” Cil basics are made from Rexel or Tencel® and you can buy them online in her e-store.

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

Cil Rexel Ethical Basics

What are your thoughts on ethical and sustainable fashion? Do you buy any eco-friendly labels? Comment at the end of the post!

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Do It Yourself Paris Street Style

So I have finally had time to breathe after a whirlwind couple of weeks that was Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week. Last stop of course was Paris! You may have already seen my Favourite Moments of Paris Fashion Week post? However I must say this every year - my eyes are always on the street style. In the following post I am sharing my favourite Australian Street Style photographer's work again. I'd like to congratulate Vincent of yourensemble on his stellar photos once again. He cracked the 3,000 instragram followers mark whilst overseas.

I have my eye on quite a few items since spying them in his photos. My favourite has to be the Céline Belt Bag that you can see in this shot below.

As usual I have compiled a Do It Yourself! Outfit from my favourite Spring Summer 2015 Street Style Look.

Céline Belt Bag, photo by Vincent from yourensemble.com

Céline Belt Bag, photo by Vincent from yourensemble.com

Spring Summer 2015 Paris Street Style

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Margaret Zhang, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Margaret Zhang, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Leigh Lezark, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Leigh Lezark, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Olivia Palermo, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Olivia Palermo, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Nicole Warne, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Nicole Warne, Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Do It Yourself Paris Fashion Week Style

My favourite outfit is comfortable and hip. The sneakers are right on trend and make it easy to navigate everyday life plus the layering is great for any weather. Because we are going into summer in Australia I have changed the sweat top that you can see below into a short-sleeve top.

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Paris Fashion Week Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

ASOS Australia Cotton Pleat Top, ASOS Australia, ON SALE $21.15AUD

ASOS Australia Cotton Pleat Top, ASOS Australia, ON SALE $21.15AUD

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TOPSHOP Bonded Wrap Skirt, TOPSHOP, Approx $59AUD

TOPSHOP Bonded Wrap Skirt, TOPSHOP, Approx $59AUD

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T by Alexander Wang, The Outnet, ON SALE Approx $236.60AUD

T by Alexander Wang, The Outnet, ON SALE Approx $236.60AUD

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Acne Studios Low Top Sneakers, Shoescribe, Approx $493.73AUD

Acne Studios Low Top Sneakers, Shoescribe, Approx $493.73AUD

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