Jasper Garvida SS12

Jasper Garvida Spring/Summer 2012

Jasper Garvida is a Philipino-born fashion designer who graduated from Central St Martins in 2004 with rave reviews over a beautiful first collection. The talented man then went on to win Project Catwalk in 2008, after which he created a label which has showcased in Vogue, Grazia, and has earned him a chic celebrity following including the likes of Liz Hurley and Cheryl Cole. Before debuting his latest collection at the Bloomsbury Hotel during London Fashion Week, we had a little backstage chat!

So Jasper, talk to me about your newest collection you’re showing today! Your favourite piece, the feel of the show, your inspirations for Spring/Summer 2012. All that jazz!

– My inspirations for this show are of a woman called Diana Vreeland [LL note: the noted fashion editor!], old photos from the 1940s to 1960s, and Frantisek Kupka’s painting, ‘Autour d’un Point’. The feel of the show is sort of the new black and white. It symbolises beginnings and ends because it’s a new chapter in my life.

In my flat in Paris I actually painted the walls black and my furniture white so to live the idea and immerse myself into it completely. The concept symbolises purity and starting afresh. It’s a new feminine silhouette and I suppose ‘the new Jasper’. My favourite piece is the first one of the show, from the Bridal collection!

OK, I’ll keep a look out for that one! How are you coping with London Fashion Week and being in the limelight?

– I feel privileged. It’s stressful because I’m a perfectionist so I’m never truly happy…just 100% content. I do strive to push myself, not only for me but for my team, too.

I do love London, I moved here at the age of 19, which was scary, but I knew I would regret it if I never tried. London embraced, accepted and recognised me. Being part of this industry has taught me to be strong. Doing interviews would have terrified me before, but talking to people is like free therapy! I used to find it hard to open up but talking is like exhaling now. If I hadn’t done this I would still be the shy retiring type like I was 6 years ago.

Have you always wanted to go into fashion?

– Secretly, yes! I couldn’t live without it. When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor. I’m from a large Filipino family, I have 6 siblings, 3 of each [sex], all of which now have professional jobs and I’m the youngest.

My parents really emphasised education when we were growing up…they shaped me. They weren’t too sure about fashion at first because it’s not a steady career, but since I graduated they’ve seen my newspaper clippings and are beginning to understand my success.

What are your plans after this show and this collection?

– Well I’ve got an exhibition in Paris, next. Well, before that, it’s the Managing Director of the line’s wedding this Sunday and I need to finish her dress! There is a menswear line in the pipeline and a few collaborations are being discussed…but I don’t want to jinx it so that’s all I’m saying!

And finally, seperate from your line, how would you describe your personal style?

– As I get older it gets more minimal, less cluttered. I don’t have time for clothes. They’re a necessity for me so something comfortable. In the last 10 years my style probably hasn’t changed at all! Simplicity and function are the main points.

Thank you, Jasper! Your collection was absolutely beautiful.

Hamish Bowles X Factor

  • In this month’s Vogue, Hamish Bowles chronicles an assignment – given to him by Anna Wintour – to audition for X-Factor US (page 198!). And I quote…

    You can sing,” says Anna, who has heard me warble some comedic Noel Coward songs at The Rug Company during Fashion’s Night Out. “This will be easy for you.” Her enthusiasm buoys me along, until a moment over dinner at the Metropolitan Opera … when she insouciantly announces that she is, in fact, completely tone deaf.

    Hamish consulted Liza Minnelli and Cheyenne Jackson before deciding to audition to the ultimate power ballad, Miss Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again“. In his actual audition, he stood outside the Prudential Center in Newark like ‘the normal people’ in a not-so-normal gold Mugler suit and Christian Louboutin shoes under the pseudonym “Leo Mercuré“. He didn’t pass the auditions.

    “Isn’t that the guy who owns Vogue?” asks one of the security guards. “Wicked shoes.”

  • Alice Temperley gave a few interviews post-London Fashion Week and has insisted that the five-day-long LFW needs to be extended from the shortest of the international four as “London’s better than New York Fashion Week now“.

  • Stella McCartney has designed the costumes for New York City Ballet‘s new production, opening today. The ballet’s music score was penned by her Superdad, Paul McCartney. The designer has shared that the collaboration with the ballet and her father is “emotional” but that “on another side, I know and understand I am working with Paul McCartney.”

  • During London Fashion Week, Sienna Miller was a half an hour late to Matthew Williamson‘s show for Spring/Summer 2012. As the designer is Sienna’s personal friend, he held the show for her, which apparently annoyed Anna Wintour so much she was getting up to leave as the show started.

  • London Fashion Week on Acid. That’s all I can muster to say about that.

  • Dolce & Gabbana has just announced that today’s Spring/Summer 2012 show for its D&G diffusion line was the label’s lastever! Both sources that were close to the designers as well as Italian retailers have said that the two lines were “cannabalizing” each other. How? They were too close in price.

    In Dolce & Gabbana’s official statement, the designers have stated that mixing D&G back into their signature line would give “even more strength and energy to our collections”.

  • London Fashion Week Street Style Zoe Kuipers

    Zoe Kuipers

    Since you all seemed to love the round-up of New York Fashion Week‘s Best Dressed, the London Fashion Week version was set in the proverbial e-stone! Trends in the best city in the world (wink) were similar to New York – legs, classics, colourblocking – but had a definite heritage and styling savvy that was superior to our Fashion Pack on the other side of the pond. Take a look!

    Now…Milan Fashion Week begins! View Post

    Mary Katrantzou SS12
    Oh, Mary Mary, she seemed to be sick of everyone asking how her garden grows. Visual tools are the best answers, anyway. With an elongated bed of flowers in the centre of Miss Katrantzou’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway, the tone was set for an smart set of sartorial garden glory.

    Glory, it was. I haven’t seen a designer use such involved precision in efforts to rewrite the linearity of a woman’s body for quite some time. Especially not like this. Her cuts are unusual in the most glamorous and distinctive way, letting her seamlessly follow body-conscious silhouettes with weightless trains. Like sophisticated, lavender, yellow, orange, green and pink birds of paradise. View Post

    Meadham Kirchhoff SS12
    Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchoff are the absolute masters of madness. For Spring/Summer 2012, the designer duo reached new heights of brand-synonymous wonderment. Unlike the tongue-in-chic vintage-bound pieces of their last few seasons, this was a super literal candy-coated extravaganza.

    Underneath balloon-coated archways, a school of Courtney Love manqués danced out and routinely applied their rouge. Following them were the ‘real’ models dressed in almost the antithesis of their Spring/Summer 2011 collection; a collection which pushed and brilliantly overdid the ideas of female gender expectation. This season, it was a full embrace of “the women on the cake” (at one point, after another gaggle of schoolgirl ballerinas appeared, there was actually a Busby Berkeley-style arrangement of models on a gargantuan cake). We’re talking starlets, models, showgirls, beauty pageant queens, and princesses. Meadham said he wanted to take them off the cake, and put a real girl – non defined by but indulgent in feminine frippery – up there.

    Every look was styled theatrically, yet each garment was individually wearable; checked-out button downs, hot pants, broderie anglaise, sculptured dresses, vintage cartoon appliques, baby-doll mixed with elaborate vintage shapes, and pastel-fluffed marabou coats. A dream come true for anyone who has ever liked the colour pink. There were many eyes that couldn’t stay dry. View Post