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Sarah Bond – In Praise of Shadows

SEEN’s eye has been caught by the bold silhouettes and clean lines of Sarah Bond’s luxurious In Praise of Shadows collection. Inspired by 20th century minimalist architecture, her designs play on the contrast between light and shadow, using texture to heighten the dramatic effect of cut-out and asymmetric tailoring.

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SEEN’s eye has been caught by the bold silhouettes and clean lines of Sarah Bond’s luxurious In Praise of Shadows collection. Inspired by 20th century minimalist architecture, her designs play on the contrast between light and shadow, using texture to heighten the dramatic effect of cut-out and asymmetric tailoring.

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It is no surprise that Sarah Bond’s designs embody such an eclectic range of influences. She was born in London of British-Lebanese heritage and spent her formative years in Sierra Leone and Lebanon. Having pursued a career in finance back in London, Sarah then studied womenswear at college, going on to work for Katherine Hamnett, Roland Mouret and Savile Row tailor, Chris Flourentzou, where she developed her respect for exquisite menswear tailoring techniques. All her garments are designed and created in Britain, a tribute to Sarah’s love and appreciation for British craftsmanship.

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Sarah uses high quality silks and techno textiles to create garments that are at once in harmony with the female form, yet designed to last as signature pieces of the modern woman’s business attire. The use of neoprene gives the collection an edgy no-nonsense look, almost like armour, with a stripped-back palette of blacks, blues and pinks. SEEN particularly likes the zipped-up Dress Coat in blue and pink, and the cut-out asymmetric styling of the Black Dress. These are investment pieces that are designed for a woman to move freely.

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In keeping with the feminine yet architectural aesthetic that Sarah has created, her brand is extended by the Marici Belt collection. The goddess Marici was invoked by Samurai prior to battle. ‘Marici’ means light or mirage, so warriors invoking her protection at sunrise sought to escape the notice of their enemies. The Marici belt cinches the figure in and is flattering to the figure; made from neoprene with leather lacing, it can be worn in two ways, thus accessorising a variety of garment shapes.

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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.