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Craig Green: The Models Who Fell To Earth

SEEN is a huge fan of new tech and Craig Green so you can imagine our delight when we saw the beautiful footage and shots from his AW16 collection. Not that he has anything against photographers per se, he wanted to ring the changes visually. Now that drone technology is set to become a greater part of modern life than ever, Green has clearly got ahead of the curve.

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SEEN is a huge fan of new tech and Craig Green so you can imagine our delight when we saw the beautiful footage and shots from his AW16 collection. Not that he has anything against photographers per se, he wanted to ring the changes visually. Now that drone technology is set to become a greater part of modern life than ever, Green has clearly got ahead of the curve.

The pictures have an otherworldly, almost alien aspect; as if the models were cryogenically frozen and are set to be awakened on a brave new world. Narrative in fashion is nothing new, of course, but it’s rare to see images that seem so refreshingly different. Thirty looks are shot from above with art direction by Ben Kelway and styling by Robbie Spencer, evoking the lush photographic documentary style of National Geographic.

The alien appearance is enhanced by the colours and materials in the pictures. Models lie on black sand, or on sandy beaches whose topography looks ancient, safely encased in what look like hazmat suits. In others, they look almost ravaged; nothing left of them but their bleached bones, like an offering to the gods. Another sees the stripes on their suits echoing the shape underneath them of some weird futuristic animal.

The materials Green uses seem at once vintage yet repurposed for new life. Tailored to be tied in at the waist, and protective rather than revealing, the clothes look retro-fitted, composed of heat-washed silk-embroidered blankets. Not difficult then to imagine the beloved textures and colours of earth’s culture being re-imagined for the future. At once utilitarian and workaday, the models look like an army making planetfall.

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Seen this week

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Colour Smudging by Hare and Bone

With Pride upon us and Festival season well under way, it’s good to ring the changes with your hair. SEEN loves walking about in London, just for the sheer creativity that Londoners and visitors alike display in their choice of hair colours.

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Somewhere Over the Reignbow: LGBT Rights Protected in Queen’s Speech

With all the recent sombre news, coupled with the feeling that communities in cities are experiencing particular oppression, it is indeed heartening to hear the following words in the Queen’s speech: “My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, …

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Oh to be at Camino Bankside Now that Summer is Here

With temperatures set to soar as though it was 1976 (SEEN remembers sweltering through that), your best bet is to get anywhere by the river Thames, where the views are gobsmacking, and the food is fabulous. Like last year, London is awash with marvellous gins – and let’s remind ourselves, if you drink gin you are partaking in a resonant and historical pastime that is inextricably linked to London’s rich, vibrant and – dare we say it – dark past.

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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man.