Friday, 19 April 2013

Visit Designs of the Year 2013

After a much needed tech-free holiday, it's a pleasure to get back to work with the 'Oscars of the design world'. The Designs of the Year 2013, celebrating the most innovative international designs over the past year, are currently being showcased at the Design Museum. This is a great opportunity to be inspired by those at the forefront of the creative industries.

Diana Vreeland
Diana Vreeland, the Eye has to Travel directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

From architecture to graphics and furniture, different categories are awarded for its artistic output. I will focus on the fashion category won by the excellent tribute to Diana Vreeland in the form of an intimate documentary. It captures beautifully her enthusiasm for life, visionary spirit and inner sense of style.

"She took fashion design to another level, reaching a wider audience and creating a greater understanding of the fashion world." Ilse Crawford, chair of the jury

Anna Karenina
Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Other fashion nominations include the extraordinary Anna Karenina costumes by Jacqueline Durran, who won an Oscar for her incredible interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's remarkable heroine. Another favourite is the refreshing Louis Vuitton collection designed by Yayoi Kusama, dots were never this stylish!

Louis Vuitton collection designed by Yayoi Kusama
Louis Vuitton collection designed by Yayoi Kusama
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I Want Muscle directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock short video was also able to make it to this exclusive design awards nominations. But even though the winner of this fashion category was also focused on the moving image, this list featured a wide range of particularly graphic A/W12 collections by innovative designers such as Craig Green and Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons.

Comme des Garçons designed by Rei kawakubo (A/W12)
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Other selected fashion collections from this season include Proenza Shouler and Giles Deacon. Victoria Beckham was wearing the black Giles dress shown bellow on the Olympic's closing ceremony in London. This was undoubtedly a proud moment for the British fashion industry. 

Giles A/W12 collection
Giles A/W12 collection (photos edited from

From S/S12 collections, only Prada caught the eye of the experts with her brilliant take on iconic imagery from the past, making vintage cars and other clever design notes not only appealing but also wearable. Her video to promote this collection was also fabulous! 

Prada S/S 12 collection
Prada S/S 12 collection (photos edited from

For the fashion category alone, this exhibition is already worth visiting but there are many interesting design aesthetics and ideas featured in other key areas such as architecture and furniture. We can also make the most of its location and go for a walk along the river... Any plans for the weekend? 

Proenza Shouler A/W12 collection
Proenza Shouler A/W12 collection (photos edited from

Designs of the Year 2013
For a full list of winners and nominees in all categories, please visit the Design Museum(On until 07 July 2013)

Other related blog posts:
Homage to Diana Vreeland, a Fashion Icon
Culture and Cocktails
Designs of the Year 2012