TREND
REPORT

 

It’s that time of year again! London Fashion Week Festival (LFWF) is back and we were sat front row at the catwalk, ready to observe this season’s top trends. The AW18 trend show offered us a unique insight into the world of luxury fashion and seasonal styling, outlining the top 3 catwalk trends of AW18: Check Mates, Prim & Prom and prints Charming. Fashion and interiors work in unison, with key elements trickling from the catwalk into furniture pieces season after season. As we enter into Autumn/Winter 2018, say goodbye to the elaborate fringing and subdued aesthetic of Spring/Summer and make way for vivid, retro-inspired maximalism, which can be seen in the interior scheme of our recent project, Maida Vale.

Keep your eyes peeled over the upcoming AW18 season as we evolve our styles and design schemes to reflect the latest trends in our new and exciting luxury interiors and show homes.

Read more on The Journal below to hear about the top 3 catwalk trends of AW18.

IN CONVERSATION
WITH MELANIE PORTER

 

For the first time since its launch, London Fashion Week Festival ‘18 explored the world of interiors with a specially installed homeware section curated by former Fashion Editor turned Interior Lifestyle Blogger, Erica Davies of ‘The Edited’. Naturally, we were first in on the action and met the makers, designers and store owners handpicked to showcase their work. First up, we chatted with Furniture Maker, Melanie Porter, gaining an insiders insight into her style and craft.

“Everything I do is handmade and created by myself on a spinning wheel. Working closely with my clients, I mainly create knitted upholstery covers for vintage furniture, I also knit giant throws and hand spun fairy lights for bedroom lighting and decorations.

 “The spaces I envision my creations sitting in are very different depending on the product. My pieces tend to sit in two very different settings. The fairy lights are very popular in children’s bedrooms, whereas the upholstered furniture mainly appeals to a more mature clientele.”

 

IN CONVERSATION
WITH KATIE & KEITH

 

For the first time since its launch, London Fashion Week Festival ‘18 explored the world of interiors with a specially installed homeware section curated by former Fashion Editor turned Interior Lifestyle Blogger, Erica Davies of ‘The Edited’. Naturally, we were first in on the action and met the makers, designers and store owners handpicked to showcase their work. First up, we chatted with Furniture Maker, Melanie Porter, gaining an insiders insight into her style and craft.

“Everything I do is handmade and created by myself on a spinning wheel. Working closely with my clients, I mainly create knitted upholstery covers for vintage furniture, I also knit giant throws and hand spun fairy lights for bedroom lighting and decorations.

 “The spaces I envision my creations sitting in are very different depending on the product. My pieces tend to sit in two very different settings. The fairy lights are very popular in children’s bedrooms, whereas the upholstered furniture mainly appeals to a more mature clientele.”

IN CONVERSATION
WITH PATCH

 

For the first time since its launch, London Fashion Week Festival ‘18 explored the world of interiors with a specially installed homeware section curated by former Fashion Editor turned Interior Lifestyle Blogger, Erica Davies of ‘The Edited’. Naturally, we were first in on the action and met the makers, designers and store owners handpicked to showcase their work. First up, we chatted with Furniture Maker, Melanie Porter, gaining an insiders insight into her style and craft.

“Everything I do is handmade and created by myself on a spinning wheel. Working closely with my clients, I mainly create knitted upholstery covers for vintage furniture, I also knit giant throws and hand spun fairy lights for bedroom lighting and decorations.

 “The spaces I envision my creations sitting in are very different depending on the product. My pieces tend to sit in two very different settings. The fairy lights are very popular in children’s bedrooms, whereas the upholstered furniture mainly appeals to a more mature clientele.”

 

 

FRIDA KAHLO: MAKING HER SELF UP EXHIBITION
 

Here at our A.LONDON headquarters, we will remember summer 2018 for World Cup near misses, unwavering good weather, and the return of Frida-mania. The V&A exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, tells the compelling story of an artist, activist, and icon, with a fresh perspective through a collection of over 200 intimate personal belongings, all displayed for the first time alongside her work. Locked away in The Blue House after Kahlo’s death in 1954 by her husband, the celebrated muralist, Diego Rivera; these artefacts remained unseen for 50 years and have never before been exhibited outside of Mexico.

More than any other artist, Kahlo’s carefully fashioned identity was as much of an expression as her vibrant paintings. From the beautifully decorated medical corsets and Kahlo’s infamous costumes, to the personal photographs and letters, and her favourite red lipstick. Each item gives a new understanding of Kahlo's tragedy, suffering and strength, casting a renewed light, which fully illuminates the power of her vivid work.

This unmissable exhibition is so much more than a style retrospective, offering visitors a chance to shelter from the sun, and instead bask in the colourful life and work of one of the 20th century’s most recognised and significant artists. We're always delving into the lifestyles, needs, and desires of those that inspire us, and those we design our luxury tailor-made schemes for, and this exhibition most definitely gave us a fresh insight into Kahlo's eventful life.