21 February 2010

in an English Garden: Duro Olowu

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 Duro Olowu

 an admitted admirer of fashion-past and present, I love to check out style.com this time of year. the site houses all the fashion designers' latest season's design collections. New York Fashion week just ended and London shows are getting in swing. I must say, the London designers-in the great traditions of- Mary Quant, Ossie Clark,Vivian Westwood and Alexander McQueen-always produce the most rioutously creative collections.Theirs  as a nation of designers-collectively- is unique. What's that all about?

fall 2010 Duro Olowu


All work of fashion designer DURO OLOWU is captivating, it is an artist inhabiting his craft at its highest. His new Fall 2010 Collection is inspired by the famous Arts and Crafts garden of HIDCOTE.

OLOWU says:
"I was walking around the gardens of Hidcote Manor, listening to dub on my iPod." Duro Olowu (here)

Baltimorean turned Brit- Lawrence Johnston, wealthy, artistic, garden lover, began developing HIDCOTE around 1905. The gardens are Inspiration for many- Now add Duro Olowu to the inspired.

Here a taste of dub music, Duro Olowu, Hidecote & Valerie Finnis.

The MIX-a colour palette in the British garden spirit-with a hot modern day presence of the Surrealist, and the eccentric style of the English gardener's wardrobe. Taking a look at the late Valerie Finnis (littleaugury post here)-it is easy to see joie de vivre style of her gardening wardrobe that must have inspired Duro Olowu's Hidcote-dub mix.


  Valerie Finnis in gardening mode
photograph by Jan Baldwin,World of Interiors

 Duro Olowu

HIDCOTE




Duro Olowu 

 Parsley Muir photographed by Valerie Finnis

Duro Olowu

HIDCOTE


Lady Birley photographed by Valerie Finis


Duro Olowu


in the gardening way,photograph by Valerie Finis


HIDCOTE

 Duro Olowu


more on Valerie Finnis here

more on Hidcote here
order the book Garden People by Valerie Finnis here
DURO OLOWU FALL COLLECTION 2010 here 



DURO OLOWU in VOGUE


all Duro Olowu fashion images at style.com

7 comments:

  1. Just marvelous. To me, the best place to experience creativity in fashion has always been on the streets of London. It's really quite inspiring.

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  2. So inspired by this post. I studied and worked in Fashion for years and I love seeing new fresh talent emerge. I love London, gardens, music and a mix of color and pattern!
    pve

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  3. Fantastic - I teach garden design and am always encouraging my students to look beyond the garden magazines at other areas of design - fashion being a major arena. At www.earthdesigns.co.uk we look to get our inspiration from everything, from and album cover to film, song to gourmet meal.

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  4. He is very talented (and thoroughly charming). But he really needs a better stylist. These shots do nothing for his clothes.

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  5. I am so loving your report of the fashion shows, far more than anything I am reading from the "experts"!
    Love that you put it into visuals-- the art, the inspiration, the history, and the resulting fashion, and your writing is excellent commentary!
    Someone needs to hire you!

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  6. So much goodness..Hidcote, how enchanting...will be clicking the National Trust site for more, and really loved learning about Duro's inspiration.

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  7. You make me want to frolic at Hidcote in a Duro Olowu ensemble.

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