London Baby

Turvey x Ruff

I’ve been getting my LONDON ON with all of the Olympic fever as of late. This constant talk of competition got me thinking of which Londoners would win the fashion Olympics for best artistic inspiration. It was a close call and after many heats here is who came out on top.

The gold goes to newbie British menswear designer Joseph Turvey. I was first introduced to Turvey’s work just days ago in THIS Style.com feature. I am usually not drawn to clothing sporting massive faces, often thinking they serve as a distraction more than anything, but there in an innocence in these sketches pictured above that I love – I am particularly eyeing the backpack. All of Turvey’s sketches bear striking similarities to my favorite portrait artist, German-born photographer Thomas Ruff. Ruff’s subjects prove awkwardness can absolutely be beautiful. One day I dream of displaying one of these wonderfully uncomfortable shots in my home but until then, a Turvey piece hanging in my closet will be just fine.

Turvey x Ruff
Portraits by Thomas Ruff

Coming in a close second is Mary Katrantzou for her amazing Candida Höfer-inspired dresses. Although Katrantzou has been around for a few seasons now, I can still remember first spotting her wildly whimsical pieces at Colette a few years back. To date, her dining room series is still my favorite, but no matter what theme each season brings there is always an ode to Höfer’s symmetrical prints. Höfer is a German-based photographer known for her works of elaborate interiors. Both women’s use of balanced lines, depth and color make them the perfect European pair.

Shop Mary Katrantzou at Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus and Net-a-Porter.

Katrantzou x Höfer
Candida Höfer’s Convento San Francisco de Val de Dios Santiago de Compostela I, 2010 and Mary Katrantzou FW12

Katrantzou x Höfer
Mary Katrantzou SS11 and Candida Höfer’s Masonic Temple Philadelphia I, 2007

Katrantzou x Höfer
Candida Höfer’s Bibliotheque Nationale de France and Mary Katrantzou FW12

Katrantzou x Höfer
Mary Katrantzou SS11 and Candida Höfer’s Palazzo Medici-Ricarrdi Firenze I, 2008

Katrantzou x Höfer
Mary Katrantzou FW12 and Candida Höfer’s Brooklyn Museum of Art IV, 2001

Katrantzou x Höfer
Mary Katrantzou FW12 and Candida Höfer’s Dia. Beacon New York II, 2006

Katrantzou x Höfer
Candida Höfer’s San Martino Napoli I, 2009 and Mary Katrantzou SS11

Just behind Turvey and Katrantzou is fellow Brit J.W. Anderson with the bronze. Anderson’s mod pre-fall collection must find a place in everyone’s autumn wardrobe, particularly those amazing sweaters of his. Everything from the colors to the clean lines in his color-blocking reminds me of the work of yet another Berlin-born artist, Daniel Pflumm. Pflumm’s minimalist light-boxes are part of his Censored Logo series produced in the late 90s. These pieces challenge the authority of corporate identity just as Anderson’s simple designs prove that chic needs no logo.

Shop J.W. Anderson on Net-a-Porter.

Anderson x Pflumm
J.W. Anderson Pre-fall 2012

Anderson x Pflumm
Light boxes by Daniel Pflumm and sweaters by J.W. Anderson

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  1. [...] never been successful in my attempts but these J.W.Anderson sweaters – previously featured HERE – are the perfect introduction into a life of color blocking. I decided to give the fall [...]



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