2011 Round Up Part Two

2011 was a great year for stuff. shiny, glittery, patterny stuff. well it was for me. Here are some of my highlights:

All round awesomeness award goes to Darkroom on Lambs Conduit Street. Inducted into the Wallpaper* London City Guide 2011 and mentioned in pretty much every lifestyle magazine published this year, the concept store goes from strength to strength by holding wonderful exhibitions and collections this year such as Aztec Camera and Stolen from De Stijl.

At the start of the year the Barbican presented ‘Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese fashion‘. The creativity in the clothes was beyond anything I had seen before, elevating many of the pieces into sculptures in their own right.

The Versace for H&M collection made a lot of noise, captured worldwide media attention and brought a bit of glamour onto our high streets. It also had a mad carousel of a website which demanded the viewers full attention even serving up a collection theme tune to match those all over prints.

For London Design Festival Beyond the Valley took over the British Galleries within the V&A creating an interactive experience which encompassed everything ranging from the upholstery to an app on the iPad.

But the real game changer this year was the live streaming extravaganza that was the Burberry London Fashion Week show. With this Burberry proved themselves to be the most talked about label at LFW, you could see this first hand as it truly got everyone in the MB studio to stop and stare. The production included live streaming, behind the scenes Instagram and Twitter updates, and when it ended the show effortlessly seamed into the online store so you could buy a piece of the magic for yourself.

Also worth mentioning are the Monki concession opening in Selfridges with THESE amazing pieces of attention to detail, THIS picture of pure joy seen at Postmodernism at the V&A, Christian Louboutin catering for Barbie, Stylist Magazine being represented by Lenny the Pug at London Fashion week, the insanity that is M&M World, and nails, nails, all the nails.