When does the artist and fashion designer Samuel Ross ever sleep? There are so many after-midnight marathons in his basement sculpting studio, “sometimes spent in silence or listening to Miles Davis or Ryuichi Sakamoto if it’s one of my 14-hour sessions”, he tells me.
Mark C. O'Flaherty asks 14 individuals who work with or use clothes in a unique way: how has fashion created something significant in your life? Through fascinating conversations, and photoshoots of their private collections, in New York, London and Milan, he constructs a portrait of each person through their intimate relationships with fashion, featuring The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, Charlie Casely-Hayford, John Matheson (McQueen Vault), Sandy Powell, Stephen Jones, Carla Sozzani, Winn Austin, Carmen Haid, Susanne Bartsch, Karlo Steel, Karim Rashid, Steven Philip, and Desmond is Amazing.
LONDON — Not all superheroes wear capes. And none wear satin tights or stretch nylon today. The modern crime fighter favors bespoke leather, often a little kinky, frequently handmade by a pair of ex-club kids. Patrick Whitaker and Keir Malem, both 57, founded Whitaker Malem, their leather specialty label, in 1988.
United Perfumes’ Chris Yu and Laurent Delafon have created home fragrances for Alexander McQueen, Tom Dixon and Paul Smith
Everyone knows Mandi Lennard. And Mandi Lennard knows everyone. Well, everyone in fashion who matters in London, that is.
Why won’t Keith Haring disappear? The street-art pioneer, who started his career by making chalk drawings on black unoccupied advertising panels on the New York subway in 1980, and who died aged 31 in 1990, is more visible today than ever. The immediacy and energy of his line – his radiant babies and dancing dogs in super-bright colours – are as much a part of the ’80s lexicon as the first MTV logo planted on the moon by an animated spaceman. And yet they continue to have currency.
For someone who proclaims not to swear much, the words that artist Martha Freud puts on her work suggests the pottiest of potty mouths. Martha, 39, is known for the mottos embedded in her ceramics, which range from light panels and plates to scented candles.
An exhibition at Compton Verney manor in Warwickshire gives an insight into regional and seasonal customs that have long fascinated designers
When I think of the late Vivienne Westwood, the self-taught iconoclast who threw a Molotov cocktail into the London fashion scene in the ’70s and went on to become the most influential British female fashion designer in the world, I think of the 1984-85 Clint Eastwood collection. I bought a navy flight jacket with elongated knitted sleeves and body – a design she reworked constantly.
Copywriting for the redesign and relaunch of the BassamFellows website and the studio's branding. BassamFellows’ pioneering Craftsman Modern aesthetic, which marries architectural authority with a minimal-artisanal philosophy, was introduced with the debut of the iconic BassamFellows Tractor Stool at the 2003 Salone del Mobile in Milan
One of the common threads running through everything bearing the Apparatus name – from wild looking sci-fi chandeliers to hand tufted modular rugs connected by brass hardware – is a sense of the future. You can see it in the home of the Iranian-American co-founder Gabriel Hendifar’s on Bond Street