It's nice that put on a wonderful evening of fashion-themed talks this week with a short & sweet format and some great speakers! Having done work in fashion recently, I am really drawn to the limitless nature of concepts and aesthetics that can be used in fashion communication. Charlie Porter gave an entertaining and insightful look at his career as 'kind of a fashion journalist' and how internet and social media has completely changed fashion writing and marketing. Sarah Parker presented her set design work, in which she focuses on using materials unexpectedly, and creates optical illusions with simple graphic shapes. She's managed to make simple pencil rubbings work as a beautiful / rich looking stage for luxury accessories, and a string of spaghetti look like expensive jewellery in a Rodchenko style B&W composition - likely thanks to her confession that she's done well since getting over the fear of making something that might look crap.
Twin magazine founder Becky Smith gave great insight into starting a magazine, her editorial fashion layouts and Creative Direction for high street clients. She's clearly not afraid to try something ridiculous and push brands out of their comfort zone. Her spread for Tiffany with plasticine sloths (by Gary card) is brilliant. Kit Neale finished off with his thoughts on Britain's flamboyant, eccentric and humorous national identity - which obviously plays a role in his colourful, graphic collection.