The Digitalized Collection constitutes Alba Prat’s fashion design studies final year project. According to the designer, the inspiration for her work was the 1982 film Tron, largely apparent in her futuristic design techniques. It consists of androgynous, straight silhouettes made from wool, leather, cotton and neoprene. Through different techniques Alba created cube patterns on the surface of some of the materials giving the designs a technical yet minimalist character.
Alba Prat is from Barcelona, Spain and is a recent fashion design graduate from the University of Berlin, Germany.
An interesting concept from designers Zhao Xiaoliang, Han Like, Liu Peng, Meng Qingbao, Ren Mingjun, Yang Xiao, Chen Xuan, Lin Lin. As the name suggests Topless Shoes have no upper constrictions or bindings. It’s like sinking your foot into a warm cushy hole and expecting it to ‘walk’ with you at every step. The elastic layer called ‘muscle’ parts under the foot and encloses it in a firm yet comfortable grip. Not sure about the practicality, but it’s certainly a great new way of thinking about footwear.
Zhao Xiaoliang, Han Like, Liu Peng, Meng Qingbao, Ren Mingjun, Yang Xiao, Chen Xuan, Lin Lin
Award winning London-based footwear designer Chau Har Lee will be showing her 3D printed RapidForm Shoe at the Aram Gallery’s upcoming Send to Print / Print to Send show. Chau Har Lee has been designing and hand making shoes for more than a decade. Says she, “My designs span conceptual showpieces to elegant and original yet accessible footwear. I often employ a crossover of making and manufacturing processes from fields other than shoemaking in order to realise my concepts.” ”This gives me much scope for creativity in the design stage by removing boundaries associated with traditional methods. However, my knowledge of traditional shoemaking helps me know how and where I can break these boundaries. Importantly, although my most conceptual designs are showpieces, they are still built to adorn the foot.”
Here are a few more of her creative ideas!
Having studied at Camberwell, the Royal College of Art, and Cordwainers College, England, Chau Har Lee has had an impressive design profile behind her, winning the Manolo Blahnik and ITS awards amongst others. A born creative, she is dedicated to using new and innovative materials whilst attempting to balance commercial viability and recognition for creativity as a designer.
Norse Projects continues to present great exclusive versions of its 5-panel Hektor cap. After the Fake Suede, Two-Tone Wool and Floral Hawaiian caps, they now present the Hektor Rug Caps. Made from old Japanese rug fabric swatches, these 5 panel caps come with a cotton outer mixed with a fake suede brim and black inner. Overall there are 5 different styles available now from Norse Projects.
“Have a Camper Day” is how Camper, the shoe brand, understands optimism: half imagination, half craft. To communicate this concept in a friendly, different and non-intrusive manner, they decided to take a new look at some of the things that are currently set in stone. The way we view weather forecasts today (with boring, lifeless interfaces and icons) was a great starting point for them and seemed like the perfect tool for illustrating the philosophy behind the concept. As a result, they created new meteorological elements made from prêt-a-porter materials and turned them into musical instruments that react to touch.
“Have a Camper Day” is an application that helps put a smile on your face regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside.