Sunday Edition

Just dropping in with a few links for a lazy Sunday.

Have a wonderful day.


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- I'm going to be trying out this recipe for avocado toast with lime, coriander and cashew cream - (above).

- An intimate and moving film about women's body image and the aging process that brought a tear to my eye.

- Sarah Burton talks candidly about life at the helm of Alexander McQueen in her first interview for two years.

- Scales and shingles in architecture and design.

- How freelancing makes you richer.

- Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud set himself the task of carving a spoon every day for 365 days.

5 minutes with... Sabine Fajana of Vividgrey

First featured on Design Hunter soon after its launch last year, Vividgrey is a Vienna based homeware company created by architect and interior designer Sabine Fajana. Designed with a home shared by children and adults in mind - the product lookbook feature Sabine's gorgeous son Raven - the Vividgrey collection is an emotionally engaging range of modern heirloom textiles, lighting and furnishings that seeks to introduce an element of magic into everyday life. Latest additions include a range of individually hand painted cotton pillows and throws created using pure non-toxic paints in radiant ultramarine and a more muted indigo.

Selected pieces from the Vividgrey collection will be at Design Junction this week and are available to buy via the Design Junction shop curated by Clippings.

Which three words best describe the Vividgrey collection?

Magic, crafted, heirloom.

Who or what inspires you?

Sharing life with my child is my biggest inspiration and the reason for starting Vividgrey.

What is your most treasured object or piece of furniture in your own home?

Aside from irreplaceable drawings and family photographs it would be a 1930s sofa from my great grandmother that travelled cross-border after the war.

Where's your favourite place to be?

 In my workshop when I’m full of creative energy. At a poolside for relaxing.

What would you be if you weren't a designer?

 I suppose either an artist or an architect. 

What are you reading right now?

Fairy tales of all sorts to my son every night.

Which words of wisdom do you try to live by?

Do everything you can to shape your life.

The AW14 collection from 1205

by Laurie Prescot

Central St Martins alumna and BFC NEWGEN winner, designer of fashion label 1205 Paula Gerbase has an impressive resumé. Trained in the womenswear atelier of Hardy Amies and enjoying a long stint at Savile Row's Kilgour, the resulting aesthetic for unisex label 1205 is utilitarian and subtly masculine.

1205 collections are centred around "considered, thoughtful pieces with a focus on fabric and cut". Contrasting textures sit alongside austere colour palettes, giving the otherwise androgynous feel a hint of sensuality. The pared-back greys and blacks that Gerbase is known for are occasionally styled with blue and oxblood for a more feminine touch. Pleated trousers, billowing coats loosely tied at the waist and crisp white cotton are 1205 staples and would make the perfect addition to the wardrobes of the sharpest dresser of either sex. Frequently described as 'redefining the notions of gender', 1205 is not overtly defined by being 'unisex', instead it is gender-neutral, allowing the modern, experimental forms to speak for themselves.

Tailoring is minimal and restrained - meaning 1205's pieces give a graceful aesthetic that is no-nonsense but relaxed. When talking about the lack of fussy detailing, Gerbase explained "Everything else around us is so busy and if you let go of all that stuff, people notice. Clothes are about framing a personality and although you're making a choice about what you are wearing, ultimately, it really isn't ever about the clothes."

Sophisticated simplicity and craftsmanship sum up the ethos of 2015 - an understated label that is one to be reckoned with.

All images 1205 AW14 collection

All images 1205 AW14 collection

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Laurie Prescott works in PR and in her spare time enjoys writing her fashion and lifestyle blog Bell & Smokey.

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