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Letchworth designer sew ready to launch fashion collection

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A young designer with a passion for fashion will launch his new collection after receiving donations online.

Luke Archer, of Letchworth GC, raised £3,500 to design, make and launch a 16- to 20-piece fashion collection, which he will unveil at a catwalk event in Notting Hill, London.

The 26-year-old told the Mercury: "It's going really well, I'm working away designing and making to get the collection ready. It's looking good.

"I'm really shocked by the amount of support I've received. I'm so grateful to everyone that donated."

Luke specialises in luxury womenswear. He studied fashion textiles at North Hertfordshire College, before attending Middlesex University to study a BA in fashion. He graduated in 2010.

Since then, Luke's work has featured in Tatler magazine and The Sun.

In 2014, he was approached by Scottish singer Sandi Thom and was asked to make two garments for her world tour.

Luke hopes this fashion show will result in his work being noticed by industry professionals.

He said: "We've got a big mix of people coming to the event and the pressure is on now.

"It's going to be different to my first show in Brick Lane. It's a completely different ball game in a different area, with different people.

"I've got to make sure everything is perfect. I've still got a lot to do."

Luke is working on the collection at his workshop, which is based in the Fenners Building, Letchworth GC.

He lives with his husband, John Archer, who manages the marketing side of the business.

John, 26, said: "We're so happy people believed in the project before any designs or drawings were made.

"People obviously believed in it so much they donated that much money. It was such a good feeling."

The new collection draws inspiration from snakes and lizards.

John said: "All of Luke's collections, one way or another, are based on living creatures.

"Luke does everything you can think of, he makes, designs, sews and draws. He is involved in every aspect of the process."

Two interns, Emma Green and Rebecca Cork, from the University of Hertfordshire, have also been helping Luke on the project.

The collection will take to the catwalk on Friday, February 19 at St Johns Church, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, at 7pm.

Luke added: "I can't reveal any photos of the collection yet as I want it to be a surprise.

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The Decontextualisation of Classic Menswear at Margiela

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First, the news: an anonymous committee — not John Galliano— still designs Maison Margiela’s menswear collection. Sound strange? Perhaps it is because the Margiela man — edgy, raw and decidedly young, and not just because of the casting — follows the eponymous founder's recipe far more orthodoxly than the Margiela woman. But let's not fuss over these details; Margiela has always operated following an alternative, at times even inscrutable, path.

Held in a derelict warehouse, today's show was one of Margiela's best in recent times: it had a certain coherence and a palpable energy, which made it look like a possible proposition— outfits that could have a meaning beyond the catwalk — not just exercises in design and styling. The rather esoteric show notes framed it all under the catchy formula "finding humanity and acknowledging the machine," proposing a pastiche of pragmatism as the methodology. Which, in fact, was just a beautifully put way to describe the quintessentially Margiela proclivity for appropriation and de-contextualisation of elements culled from the classic menswear repertoire — shapes like the blazer, the tailored suit, the coat — tweaked and morphed according to conceptual principles. The result is both familiar and off-putting, which is the true Margiela trademark.

The starting point was the classic duffel coat, which got sliced this way and that, elongated into a gilet, made grittily solemn and ultimately cool. Around this consistent backbone, a flourish of twisted tailoring worn in various states of clubbing distress and undress. There were potent whiffs of perversion wandering about: with their half-laced boots, bare legs and suits worn with a bare chest, Margiela's moodily sharp dressers looked ready to disappear into some sort of sex club. Or maybe pedal away: cycling shorts made a brief appearance, which, after Issey Miyake yesterday, might herald the unexpected comeback of one of the most ghastly styles in recent times. This, too, is perversion.Read more at:long prom dresses

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Faustina the fashion fanatic

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Faustina Sari Setiawan may seem like another club president, but behind the title is an aspiring fashion merchandiser born and raised in Southeast Asia. Finishing up a double major in business and art history, the Fashion and Lifestyle Society president is set for big things in the coming years.

The young fashion fanatic was born in Bali, Indonesia and moved to Singapore at the age of 11. Following her designer mother around at work, Faustina always took an interest in fashion but never knew where it would lead her until she came to Western.

“My family is from Indonesia and I just moved here four and a half years ago as an international student,” she says. “My mom ... basically did a lot of mass production. She didn’t really have her own collection or anything, it was more like a factory and she designed for it.”

Reminiscing about her mother's watercolour sketches, Faustina admits that her mother's eye for fashion was a huge influence on her. Her mother became a designer in the garment industry as it spread throughout Indonesia and used her passion for art to make influential designs in the companies. While Faustina eventually left for Singapore to go to school, she still kept the same passion for fashion as her mentor.

After school in Singapore, Faustina followed her older cousins and came to Western as a marketing student. One art history class later turned her subconscious passion into a foreseeable career in the fashion world.

The Fashion and Lifestyle Society offered the budding fashion merchandiser an opportunity to gain practical experience to prepare herself for the industry. During her time with the club, Faustina has progressed from stylist to president as well as the co-editor in chief for the club’s publication, Volta Magazine.

“I felt like the Fashion and Lifestyle Society was more garnered towards preparing yourself for the fashion industry and for some reason I was really drawn to it," says Faustina. "I just took more interest to that club more than any of the others."

Her time at Volta has taken her to three seasons of Toronto Fashion Week as well as Toronto Men's Fashion Week. The magazine has also offered her an outlet to develop her skills as a fashion journalist.

“I’ve always had some kind of interest in journalism … so combining my interest in journalism and interest in fashion felt perfect for me when I got into Volta,” she says.

Beyond Western, Faustina will apply to renowned fashion schools like Parsons School of Design before returning to Singapore. She hopes to secure a job as a shopper for a retail store or become a fashion journalist at Vogue.

As Faustina wraps up her last semester at Western, she hopes to inspire other fashion lovers to join F&LS or Volta to hone their talent.

Life beyond school is filled with possibilities and she expects to take advantage of every one of them, wherever they happen to be in the world.Read more at:backless prom dresses

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