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Solo una nota para recordar a todos quienes quieran traducir el blog desde mozzila, safari u otros search engines que si vais a hay una sección que se llama "traductor" . Se accede desde el menú llamado "mas" en la parte superior de la pagina. Este el el link para el blog traducido al castellano

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I hope this helps everyone as several of you have asked me in the past....

Love fashion?

I do. But more and more I am not interested in buying and wearing. I always feel the need to chop and change or make it by myself.

So, my target this week will be to pick up some of the tendencies for the new season and find patterns to make them.

Let´s start: There is the key piece to this season´s wardrobe, the wide leg pants and a nice blazer in linen.

Maybe a large hat to cover you from the sun....a special jersey T and a more informal pair of pantsu... both patterns free.

Or maybe you fancy a nautical design in your trousers 

Biker jackets and punk style are also in trend.

Asymmetrical/ tailed skirts and sharp shirts

"subtraction cutting" concept by Julian Roberts

At the end of January, I was lucky enough to attend "Flatness and Form" a series of lectures and a Master class at the Barbican linked to the then current exhibition "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion".

Not having had any formal training on sewing or pattern cutting, I was drawn in through the similarity that the "alternative pattern cutting" offered when compared to model making as I know it. It sounded like a fantastic opportunity to learn how those who did things differently chose too approach pattern cutting.

The first lecture was by Matohu´s designers Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi. Their story focuses on a long term project rather than a ever changing search for tendencies. I liked that they decided to find a concept and create a body of work to develop during a period of time of 5 years. The starting point was the Keicho Period, which run between 1596 and 1615 in Japan.

The reason behind this very specific choice is that this was a time when historic Japan shared most similarities with the more current Japan. It was a time when the traditional methods were used whilst all kind of influences from outside Japan were reflected in the every day life elements.
The second lecture was more of a conversation between Shelley Fox and the fashion historian Alistair O’Neill. I loved Shelley´s work, but even more her honesty and resourcefulness. It was so interesting to understand where she had developed her interest from, how she had developed her ideas and overcome specific difficulties... So inspiring to hear how mistakes can be turned into opportunities!

She is currently developing a "MFA Fashion Design and Society" at the New School, which I guess could have been the reason why a large emphasis was put on the social aspects of fashion and its evolution. It was sad but comforting to realize that the issues that both architecture and music are going through, are so  interlinked to those which the fashion industry is going through . I guess that an increase of the world population together with the fragile nature of human affects all of the arts.

Finally, I also attended a Cutting Masterclass, by Julian Roberts. "subtraction cutting", It was so very inspiring. He is the quirky British eccentric by definition. His mind in like his website...Full of surprises.

I would like to tell you all about it, but there is no way I could explain the massive window that his masterclass opened in front of me! Help yourselves to the website, the videos and the Wednesday website which only opens on Wednesdays!
(Ps. if you modify your calendar ... *any day* could be Wednesday)

Yohji Yamamoto

Is it me or time does not simply pass, but runs past so fast that one does not have a clue when the New Year  begun or what happened between the Barbican exhibition titled "30 years of Japanese Fashion" which I attended in January and this retrospective one on Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A.

I still remember planning my visit and it already arrived. I have even visited it once already! It was wonderful. I wanted to touch everything but felt it to be inappropriate... even rude... those fabrics were so meaningful, so carefully and purposefully selected... And everyone knows that the slight sweat in human hands leaves an accumulative patina on the fabric that you cannot get rid off.

Yet people touched! They touched everything, and who can blame them! It was all so intriguing, so mysteriously crafted. Every layer added a level of complexity to a form whose authorship you could recognise without the shadow of a doubt.

These images are linked to the exhibition website which I recommend you having a look, there are videos, interviews, images and more but if you can visit the V&A, please do. It is well worth your time.

Ps1. Notice that there are Yamamoto´s works in more than one places of the museum, so don´t miss anything!

Ps2. If like me you like Wim Wenders.... have a look at this fantastic DVD

Ps3. The Wapping project at Bankside has a photographic exhibition called "Yojhi´s women"