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Accessories designer and prop stylist Fred Butler just showed her latest collection at London Fashion Week. Crazy and colorful, it pushes the envelope with fashions and accessories I'd never consider wearing, but might make great props and styling for an editorial or event. With wacky origami-like structured textiles and colorful knitware, it's a bit like My Little Pony meets Fractals.
The following designer profile and interview is courtesy of London Fashion Week
Designer name: Fred Butler
Origin: Colchester, Essex, England.
Career highlight: “Winning New Gen sponsorship!”
Design background: Fred studied at the University of Brighton and worked with Shona Heath and As FOUR (New York), before setting up her own label.
What are your design signatures? “Wearable sculpture, intricate textures, material manipulation, graphic shape and pattern, strong colour contrast with black and white highlights, iridescence and metallics.”
How would you describe the Fred Butler woman? “Anyone who enjoys enhancing their look with an exciting addition to an outfit.”
Three autumn/winter 2012 inspirations: “Getting cosy, quilting and layering.”
What does 2012 hold for your brand? “Spreading the colour further.”
What is your favourite decade in fashion? “The sixties.”
Where do you go in London to seek artistic inspiration? “I go to my yoga class because it's a chance to switch off; that's when I find my inspiration.”
above: fashion and accessories designer Fred Butler (photo by Mishkin)
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