This London Fashion Week, PAPERMAG managed to wrangle East End designers and girls-about-town Nova Dando and Bubbles Gilmour to report on the madness from their loft in Shoreditch and the tents at Somerset House. We consider this somewhat of a coup, as Nova and Bubbles are two of the most sought after London duo since Peaches and Pixie! Items from Nova's fashion line, NOVA DANDO, have been seen on Lady Gaga, La Roux, and Bat For Lashes among other style-minded celebrities. When she's not designing, she's DJing as one half of the female DJ duo Lou & Nova with Lou Hayter from The New Young Pony Club. Bubbles Gilmour is a stylist who works as a casting director and producer for all NOVA DANDO projects. Gilmour has styled shows at London Fashion Week as part of the ON/OFF schedule, and has put on after-hours shows at the Victoria & Albert museum showcasing the best of British fashion. She has blue hair and still gets ID-ed buying cigarettes. Without further ado, here's their first report, from the Jean Pierre Braganza show.
We attended the Jean Pierre Braganza show and were blown away by the slick tailoring, powerful shoulders and sci-fi inspired prints in body conscious lengths. Amazing chunky knits in aubergine and the shiny black panels were our absolute favourite with a beautiful blackcurrant lip to top it off! After the show, we managed to interview the designer himself.
Who and what was your inspiration for the show?
Battlestar Gallactica. My science fiction obsession continues with the robots taking over and walking as humanoids among us. Perfect, emotionless humanoids trying to find meaning in their existence. Also the music of early Front 242 -- when technology first entered our minds directly and affected emotion.
We loved your music for the show, what was it and who did it?
It was by Malcolm Pate, a super-talented filmmaker and music mixer. The music included "Contraversy Between" by Front 242, "New Dress" by Depeche Mode, a Malcolm Pate remix of "Vessel" by NIN, "Pretty Little Eyes" by The Presets and "Far Away by" Wolfmother.
What was the show highlight for you?
The highlight always seems to be the celebration afterwards. I can't really enjoy the show until I've seen the pictures.
What excites you the most about London Fashion Week?
The possibility of the new. It's exciting and terrifying at the same time.
What plans do you have for your label over the next six months?
Keep on creating. I need a mental and emotional reboot so my next collection may be something completely unexpected.
Photo of Nova and Bubbles by Sarah Piantadosi