To say that I’m not averse to a little glitter, shimmer or shine is something of an understatement. So when I noticed Alexi Freeman‘s new Stardust collection lived up to its galactic name (thanks to sequins galore!) I simply had to share it with you. I finally managed to wrangle the designer away from his hectic schedule to have a quick chat about sequin love and a certain musical and sartorial icon.
1. In your own words can you tell us about the inspiration for your latest collection?
Outerspace, constellations, Ziggy Stardust, 80’s volume, understated (and overstated!) 20’s glamour, 70’s rock n roll, to name but a few!
2. I’m suspicious that you’ve been listening to a little bit of David Bowie lately?
I always listen to a bit of Bowie! And yes, he’s definitely made an impression on me over the years.
3. A fun one. What’s your favourite Bowie song?
4. Tell me a bit about your Alexi + Tessa pieces this season. Is this a jewellery collaboration you see continuing for the foreseeable future or a temporary union?
I think it’s the beginning of an ongoing collaboration. Tessa and I both love geometric patterns, but we also think quite differently, which means we push each-other in unexpected directions which I think is the most important part of a creative union. So fingers crossed, ALEXI + TESSA is here to stay.
5. I’m going to be mean now. If a girl could only own one piece from your Stardust collection, which one would you recommend and why?
The Blue/silver Mini Stardust trench is the quintessential piece from this collection. Designed to release your inner rock star it’s not for the faint hearted, but the best things often aren’t.
6. So what’s coming up in 2011 for Alexi Freeman (both the designer and the label)?
Well we’re super excited to announce that ALEXI + TESSA are finalists in the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award (winners announced in late July…). Also that we’re about to premiere our first film (a collab with Tom Blachford about our AW11 STARDUST collection), at ACMI on March 7, 2011, and we’re also showing our AW11 at the Offsite runway, at Penthousemouse, Saturday March 19.
Stardust A/W 2011
Stills from the ‘No Home’ film project
Neo-Lace Gown collaboration with Tessa Blazey
Images courtesy label. No Home stills credit Tom Blachford. Neo-lace gown images credit Marija Ivkovic.