Stalked: Jolanta, Emerging Designer, Sofia French

Posted on Monday, 29 June 2015

I recently stumbled across this luxury womenswear label designer, Sofia French, an emerging designer who creates garments with attention to textures and silhouettes. 

I caught up with her on her brand and what inspires her.

How did you get into design and what do you love about your job? 

From the little age I was completely obsessed with fabrics and creating dresses for myself. Unfortunately my life goes in different direction and I went to study business, but my passion was growing inside of me. When I was ready to make the most important decision of changing my life , I move to Italy to study fashion in one of the most prestige's school in Instituto Marangoni. Since that moment I am very happy and I am blessed for what I am doing.
If I must be honest I love everything of my job, the most I guess designing process and how famine woman's look like in my creations.

Stalked: Ludovica Gioscia, Artist

Posted on Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ludovica is a very talented conceptual artist, whom I met at a private view of Jesse Darling (also a previous stalk). She is fascinated by the psychological mechanisms that underpin marketing strategies and our relationship with consumption. In particular in accumulation and destruction, and she often portrays this cycle in her artworks.

Why did you decide to become an artist and what do you love about it? 

The only thing I was good at in primary school was making pasta collages and little balls of compressed paper...That is exactly what I am still doing today! The thing that I still deeply love about being an artist is the making of the work, getting my hands dirty with blobs of paint and the sense of fascination that hits me when materials behave unexpectedly.

Stalked: Joe, Fashion Designer. La Terre Est Folle

Posted on Monday, 22 June 2015

Joe Arida grew up in Beirut, following a career working in advertising and fashion, he decided to start his own brand in 2014, LA TERRE EST FOLLE. He specialises in unique furniture and fashion, with his debut clothing line which was shown at Fashion Forward Dubai Apr. 2015. The Label values polyvalence and function - LTF makes a bold contemporary statement with wardrobe staples.

I caught up with him over email from London to Beirut to find out more about his brand and what he has planned for the future.

How did you get into design and what do you love about it?

I always knew i would end up in a creative field. I got into design by mistake, having graduated with a business degree i worked as a copyrighter then an assistant set designer in advertising - we would build thing only to destroy them, which is where i started experimenting, first by using the same artisanal process and raw materials but blending in some more durable or noble ones to craft furniture pieces - after developing a line of cushions i sewed some fabric to sew into a t-shirt, and it got quite a bit of attention, so i was giving them out then taking orders, and thats how it started :) and i love everything about it!

Stalked: Giovanni Paolini, Emerging Womenswear Designer

Posted on Monday, 15 June 2015

Originally from Italy, the very talented emerging designer, Giovanni Paolini graduated from London College of Fashion with a MA Fashion Design and Technology in Womenswear. With details and a particular eye for traditions and craft techniques, Giovanni creates an exciting and fresh conversation between different worlds old and new. Effortless and empowering silhouettes meet dramatic choices of textures and decorations. "Tactile-couture" as a new definition that is characteristic of the label's research method, with a rich choice of fabrics and the use of different techniques to pursue a personal sense of femininity.

I caught up with him on how he’s making a name for himself after graduating.

Why did you decide to be a fashion designer and what do you love about it?

For me is very much a question of emotions. For two reasons, I like the idea of dressing a personality, or better still, the idea of a personality coming out through the clothes. Then there is the craft side of it:  the initial process for my creativity starts with the basics, a pencil and a blank page and that is where it begins. Through drawings I express my thoughts, imagination and ideas. Once I’ve sketched these onto paper, then all the rest follows.

Basic To Basic Stalking

Posted on Friday, 12 June 2015

I stalked this little recently, I loved her simply perfect styling and those culottes, how we do love them!!

Stalked: Lionel Smit, Artist

Posted on Tuesday, 9 June 2015

I have long followed and admired the work of the extraordinarily talented South African artist, Lionel Smit, therefore, on his recent visit to London I simply had to stalk him! Lionel's following is enormous and his collectors travel from all over the world whenever he exhibits in London. Often his work will be a sell out even before the show opens.

I caught up with Lionel over a drink to find out what his latest show was about and his new venture into photography. 

Did you always know you wanted to be an artist and how did you break into this very competitive industry? 

My father is a sculptor, so I grew up in a home where creating things were the norm.
As a kid we would visit artists' studios, museums, galleries etc… It all just rubbed off on me and before I knew it I was brainwashed into doing it myself.

Stalked: Davina Mulford, Milliner

Posted on Monday, 1 June 2015

The Ascot countdown has started and wedding invitations are rolling in for the summer so, I think it's that time again for a spot of Hat Stalking!!

My latest stalk is with the lovely emerging talent, Davina Mulford, a trained milliner. I caught up with her at her studio over a cappuccino, to find out about her new brand, her favourite hat moments and whats to come in the future.

Why did you decide to start your own hat company and what do you love about it?

After 13 years of working in the food industry, I was itching to go down a different route, and having always been into fashion, enrolled on a short course in Millinery at the London College of Fashion.  I loved every minute of the course, learning about the different hat making processes, and decided to explore millinery further, leaving my job and re-training as a milliner.  I worked as an intern for Gina Foster and Noel Stewart, and in 2015 decided to take the plunge and set up on my own.
It’s early days, but I am really enjoying the challenge as well as the endless possibilities of running my own business.  What I love the most is helping women to look fabulous - many customers who come to me have never worn a hat before, and after wearing one of mine, say that they are converted - now that’s mission accomplished in my view! 

Behind The Scenes Stalking: Hobbs SS15

Posted on Friday, 29 May 2015

In a grand house looking over the luscious green expanse of Clapham Common the Hobbs team set about producing their SS15 campaign, in which I sneaked along to take a few cheeky snaps for their social media channels, and also bring to all my lovely followers a peep behind the scenes of this successful high street brand.

The shoot was styled by Miranda Almond, a freelance stylist when she is not acting as fashion editor for Harpers Bazaar. Their SS15 collection is out and has some fabulous pieces in it, check it and some the full campaign here.

Stalked: Vivien Zhang, Emerging Artist

Posted on Monday, 25 May 2015

Born in Beijing and raised in both Nairobi and Bangkok, the Royal College of Art graduate Vivien Zhang is definitely an artist on the rise and one to keep on your 'artists to watch' list. I first came across her work at her graduate show and then later on at the London Gallery Rook & Raven. I caught up with her recently to find out more about her work and her plans for the future.

When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?

When I was a kid I thought about becoming an art teacher, a detective, and an orchestra timpani player. In my opinion, an artist is the amalgamation of all three – unravelling the challenges which one sets for oneself, whilst juggling a multitude of activities at the same time. I don’t think I ever had second thoughts about doing art and applying for art school. I went to international schools and completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Several subjects had been my strong point, but when it came to choosing a subject for university, I simply felt art was the “correct” choice. I did wonder though, for a while, if other people’s encouragement also contributed to my own decision to not think twice about doing art.

A lot of unexpected and frustrating things about being an artist revealed themselves only after I started pursuing the path of being an artist. There’s more at stake than what I imagine, always, but all the discomfort genuinely makes it feel like yet a further life-challenge

Stalked: Henry Hussay, Emerging Artist.

Posted on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

 Henry Hussay is a recent graduate from The Royal College of Art specialising in textiles. There is a strong narrative strain running through all of his work, and a fascination with mythology and storytelling.

I caught up with Henry to find out about his recent show at Huntergather Store/ Cafe and his forthcoming show at Art15.

Why did you decide you wanted to be an artist?

I never planned to be an artist it grew from a need and urge to express myself in a far more thoughtful and reflective manner. The artworks are directly linked to my personal life and in order to combat my own struggles I create works to house this strife. Thereby turning them into a physical manifestation so that they unable to weigh me down and I can move forward.