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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Stye Radar | September

With so much happening in the design world this month it's difficult to know where to start with September's Style Radar post. London Design Festival seems to get bigger and better each year and I'm not even going to attempt to provide a round up of the mindboggling number of events taking place - (Katie at Confessions of a Design Geek has put together an excellent guide if you need a helping hand wading through it all).

Instead here's a quick edit of just a few of the products, events and launches that have made it onto my radar this month.

1. SHIFT - Designs from Mexico

I'm slightly obsessed with my rapidly expanding succulent collection at the moment and in need of new pots. These concrete planters (above) by SHIFT who are based in Monterrey, Mexico caught my eye. They'll be on show in the International Pavilions at 100% Design.

2. Kate Farley adds new designs to her Plot to Plate range

Birmingham based artist, printmaker and textile designer Kate Farley, whose designs I've previously featured on Design Hunter, has extended her Plot to Plate collection with a number of new designs that will be presented at Tent London. They include her first wallpaper in the 'Hanbury' pattern (above) - a design inspired by the gardens of Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire.

3. Ten by Two

Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar, the designers behind People Will Always Need Plates, have released a new series of limited edition enamelware bowls that they will be showing at Vessel Gallery during LDF.

Ten by Two consists of three collections and includes designs inspired by the work of artists and designers including Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster and Bridget Riley.

The event details are here.

4. Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi Ceramiche

Also at the Vessel Gallery is the UK launch of Benjamin Hubert's new 'Seams' collection for Bitossi Ceramiche - a  series of colourful vessels in which the seams from the moulds they have been cast in remain visible as a subtle feature.

5. New design brand Tiipoi launch at Design Junction

And finally, I'm looking forward to discovering Tiipoi - a new design brand offering a collection of objects for daily life manufactured in India using materials such as brass, wood, copper and stone.

Launching at Design Junction the collection will soon be available to buy exclusively at Harrods. Tiipoi will also be presenting the spectacular Mirror 6 (shown above) as part of the  exhibition 'Space and Light' at the Sir John Soane's Museum.

Design Hunter loves...

...the soft, chalky colour palette of this new Italian cookware collection from Toast. Perfect for rustling up hearty, one pot suppers in this autumn as the evenings start to grow cooler.

They come in inviting shades that take their names from herbs and spices including nutmeg, mint, sage, pepper, saffron.

I'm putting it on record that I would very much like a set. And as if they weren't tempting enough already, for today only Toast are offering 10% off all autumn collections, so I may not be able to hold out much longer.

10 of the best... marble coffee tables


As an avalanche of new season lookbooks arrived through my door and landed in my inbox earlier this month one material in particular jumped out at me - marble. It's appearing in lots of home accessories collections at the moment, in the form of ornaments, candle holders and cutting boards, but what I'm really craving is a marble coffee table.

After several years of prolonged austerity, which seemed to be reflected in interiors trends via an often nostalgic yearning for the simple, the comforting and the familiar, some of us are feeling ready to embrace a little luxury again - but perhaps in a more considered way than we might have done in the past.

And marble fits the bill. With its ability to take on a highly polished finish it's a luxurious, decorative material, but it is also reassuringly solid and timeless.

For most of us a marble coffee table is probably going to be an investment purchase, a rejection of the type of flat pack furniture that is the interiors equivalent of fast fashion.

Here are 10 you might like.

Above: Normann Copenhagen's Solid table has a white Italian marble tabletop resting on a simple ash base. Stripped of unneccessary details it has a minimal feel and is both sturdy and timeless.

Occa Home - £930


Inspired by 1930s architecture the TS table was designed by GamFratesi and is manufactured by Danish brand Gubi. Featuring a lacquered black frame available in three different heights, the table has a circular top that comes in a range of different types of marble.

SCP - £345


Exuding a simple Nordic charm the & Tradition Fly Table SC4 has curved edges and smooth, rounded legs. Shown here in white Carrara marble it comes in black too. A rectangular version is also available.

Occa Home - £1,249


A powder coated steel lattice frame gives this Scamp table by Blue Dot a clean utilitarian aesthetic. The marble top can be removed to allow you to store blankets and throws underneath.

Heal's - £225 - £495

This sculptural brass framed oval table from West Elm has a decorative, luxe feel and would work well in an interior that includes opulent fabrics like silk or velvet.

West Elm - £499


The classic shape and finely balanced proportions of Jasper Morrison's Vitra Plate Coffee Table is an option for the more minimally inclined.

Heal's - £438 - £1,007


This simple oak framed side table by Kristina Dam would also double as a perfect bedside table.

The Goodhood Store - £170


Bethan Gray's Carve coffee table features a marble top with a carved rim on a solid oak or walnut base. It comes in white or black marble and bespoke marble options are available on request.

Clippings - £1,395


The E15 CT09 Enoki Side Table is a playful option that will also add a pop of colour.

Nest - £764


Ferm Living's new autumn collection includes these circular topped marble tables on a triangular frame. Available in a range of different types of marble they come in at a more affordable price than some of the other options featured here. Choose two or three in different heights and colours and cluster them together for impact.

Ferm Living - EUR 245


PS - While we are on the subject of marble how lovely is this new marble and brass lamp from Bodie and Fou?