The New Promises Of CSM

During LFW AW15 I had the chance to go backstage at the CSM MA show. Here’s a report of what happened behind the curtains of one of the most expected catwalks of the week.

 

It’s well known that the future, in fashion just as in any other field, lies in the hands of the youngest generations.

It’s also well known, tough, that true innovation is much easier to be spoken than done, and that’s why being in a room filled with young promises would probably make anybody feel both proud and a bit scared.
Proud and fear were definitely among the feelings animating the backstage of the Central Saint Martin MA fashion show, which took place on the first day of LFW AW15.

A great dose of talent about to be showcased on their very first catwalk and the imminent debut of their hard work didn’t prevent many of the students from feeling stressed, but also excited. The fact that two of them would have been crowned winners of the Loreal Professionnel Creative Award 2015 at the end of the show, then, didn’t certainly help their nerves.

We spoke to Matty Boven, textile genious and MA Textile Design graduate, before everyone got to know him as one of Loreal’s chosen darlings.
He told us that the inspiration for his design often comes from the way he puts together things, not only when there’s a mannqeuin or a model to dress, but every single day, dressing his own self.

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This proves the extremely personal element that every one of the students tends to insert into their work.
In fact, fashion design being a form of art, it allows them to express themselves entirely, even if it means revealing the deepest corners of their persona and make them walk down a runway for everyone to judge.
A few names who used to do the same arise, such as McQueen and Galliano, who despite their differences and controversies occupy a legitimate spot among the unforgettable ones of the fashion world.

Beth Postle, also Textile Design graduate and second winner of the Loreal Professionnel Creative Award, told us that her design is the simple resemblance of what she loves: the colours of the 90s and everything else which is fun and playful.

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Both Matty and Beth are bringing forward a great tradition of British design innovators, but in a multi-cultural capital like London, in the creative environment of Central Saint Martin, a few foreign promises were to be expected.
Among them two Chinese students caught our eyes particularly;

First up, Yushan Li, Textile Design graduate from Shenzhen who created a menswear collection inspired by Francis Uprtchard’s sculpture works: ‘Her work creates a very subtle, mysterious atmosphere and a cheerful yet instant feeling’, he told us, explaining how the artist inspired him to produce workwear, using hand craft textiles he himself created.

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Yushan’s collection is surprisingly wearable, but this is not always the case when dealing with some of the most creative brains in the country, up for the latest experimentation.The incredible textiles showcased by MA Womenswear graduate Xinyuan, for example, were inspired by the aesthetic of a cactus, translated it into the philosophical theme of survival with the aim of generating a reflection.

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‘I like to design things that could only happen in my dreams’ she told us, proving herself wrong as she actually made them all happen, beautifully.
She also confessed us that studying at Central Saint Martin was an incredible experience that allowed her to find her true self.

For some of us it’s a school which helps us discover who we really are, and if that happens to be one of the best fashion schools in the world, so be it.
For others it’s just a matter of courage: the courage to take a pencil and draw, letting their minds and hearts free and allowing themselves to produce something which nobody has ever seen before.
They say the future lies the hands of the youngest generations, and for fashion it’s looking like a pretty promising one.

 

The article along with more images was published on Idol Magazine.

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Conway for Idol Magazine

At the end of October 2014 I styled a fashion editorial featuring singer and song writer Conway.

The shoot which took place in the Bow Bunker, photographic studio in Bromley-by-Bow, London, was meant to produce the visuals for an upcoming feature on the singer to be published in the printed issue of Idol Magazine.

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Photographer: Perou

Talent: Conway

Stylist: Carlotta Buosi

Assistant to the Photographer: Maria Monfort Plana

Assistant to the Stylist: Shannon Saunders

Cora Corre’ for WONDERLAND

In September 2014 I organized and styled a fashion editorial shoot for Wonderland Magazine featuring Cora Corre’, Vivienne Westwood’s grand daughter and only child of Serena Rees and Joe Corre’, founders of Agent Provocateur.

The shooting took place in the beautiful house of fashion and celebrities photographer Nicky Johnston in North/East London.

The looks were a combination of vintage pieces and garments from emergent designers such as Imogen Bowman, Aimee Knight and gorgeous shoes by Silvia Fado.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Nucky Johnston

STYLIST/FASHION EDITOR Carlotta Buosi

MUA/HAIR Carl Stanley

ASSISTANT TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER Matt Monfredi

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One day in the life of Perou – 10TEN Magazine

My feature one-day-in-the-life of London based fashion photographer Perou was published in the September issue of 10TEN Magazine.

In order to produce the feature, I’ve attended a fashion editorial shoot Perou was doing for the September issue of Phoenix Magazine.

Team credits:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Perou

ASSISTANT: Maria Monfort Plana

FASHION EDITOR: Nicole Smallwood

MUA: Margot Holder

HAIR: Peter Beckett

Model: Anu Maarit

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Bow Bunker – London

At the beginning of August 2014 I went back to the Bow Bunker, Perou’s studio in London, to attend a shooting he was doing for the September issue of Phoenix magazine.

I spent the entire day in the studio taking notes in order to write a one-day-in-the-life feature on Perou for 10TEN magazine.

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(Maria, Perou and I at the end of the shooting day)

Having a chance to see the dynamic of the shoot from up close was an incredible experience.
The fashion being created around the concept Gods and Monsters was also fabulous, thanks to the great team working on the day which included Fashion Editor Nicole Smallwood, Hair Stylist Peter Beckett, MUA Margo Holder and gorgeous Scandinavian model Anu Koski.
Not to forget Maria, Perou’s faithful assistant who I rather call super-Maria…

Here some backstage pictures, my article on Perou will be published in the September issue of 10TEN.

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GRIFFITH COLLEGE CREATIVE SHOW 2014

In May/June 2014 I took part to the Final Creative Show of Griffith College Dublin as a graduate from the course of Journalism and Visual Media.

My colleague’s and my work was exposed in one of the rooms dedicated to the exhibitions, showcased all around the campus and which included various categories corresponding to the various courses of the college. Among them: Photography, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Media.

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The work I exposed was entitled Backstage and consisted in a multimedia exhibition featuring two sets of photographs and a video (One Day With FASHION SHED INT), each one representing a different backstage I had taken part to in the course of the previous few months, due to my work as a Fashion Editor and Stylist for Flawless Magazine and my personal projects.

The first backstage was the one of Red Queen Contest‘s first official music video for their first released single One and the Same. The video was filmed and edited by movie maker Aidan Farrelly and danced and choreographed by Alex Lemoss and Caitriona Brocklebank.

 

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The second backstage whose official photographs I exposed was the one of the fashion editorial we shot with major British fashion and celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston in Connemara, modeled by gorgeous Chloe Costello whose make up and hair was taken care by Sandra Rakasova. Nicky was assisted during the shooting by Matt Monfredi.

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The exhibition featured some great work from upcoming talents such as fashion photographer Antonina Zharko, documentarist photographer Tiberio Ventura, fashion photographers Muhammad Sami and Karen Miley, illustrator Lauren Doran.

 

 

One Day With FASHION SHED INT.

Being asked to style the looks for upcoming brand Fashion Shed Int.‘s first official editorial shooting, I took the chance to carry with me a Canon 700D D-SLR camera and produce a backstage video of the shooting itself.

The video became part of the work I then exposed in occasion of the Griffith College Creative Show in May/June 2014 under the title Backstage.

 

Models: Dina Wootton, Chelsea Omotosho

Design: Fashion Shed Int.

Video Director and Editor: Carlotta Buosi