Lucy Morris

Valentino Paints London Red

November 29, 2012

Opening this week at London’s Somerset House, the new exhibition “Valentino: Master of Couture” celebrates the esteemed career of arguably the first Italian couturier. Hosting 130 handcrafted pieces and personal ephemera, the show aims to offer a new perspective of Valentino’s oeuvre. As exhibition curator Shonagh Marshal explained, “It is definitely not a legacy thing, it is not retrospective, it is very thematic, we are looking at the man and how he developed Italian fashion.”

Louise Gray Collaborates with Topshop, Isn’t Making Some Hoo-Ha

June 13, 2012

“My clothes are never going to make you feel thinner or younger, but they are going to make you look cooler,” Louise Gray tells Interview in her strong Scottish accent. She’s known for her psychedelic jigsaws of print, pattern and woven textiles that are a melting pot of color. Gray’s designs are craft in a pure form, rejecting digital prints for carefully designed fabrics that are as detailed as they are audacious. Five years into designing her eponymous label, this August Gray is collaborating with UK high street kingpin Topshop on a makeup collection.

Cool for School Marques’Almeida

May 4, 2012

Marta Marques, one-half of the design duo Marques’Almeida, recalls the first time she saw the brand’s clothing on a street-style web site, as worn head-to-toe by model Elena Perminova at New York Fashion Week. “My friend emailed me the picture saying: “look it’s on,” my first instinct was that she had just made it with Photoshop,” she jokes. Her partner, Paulo Almeida, told her, “Oh my God, someone’s copying us!” But Perminova had bought the whole look.