The Genteel
February 25, 2021




As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Design articles of the year.


The Immortal Wardrobe of Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo's sensuality, vibrancy and rebellious attitude spilled into her artwork and wardrobe. Much like her paintings, her style has gained posthumous popularity and international acclaim. Now, fashion designers are trying to reconstruct Kahlo through their collections. Alina Kulesh explores the elements attributable to her iconic style.


Rainbow Winters. London-based designer Amy Winters works at the very intersection of fashion and technology. Collaborating with scientists and using smart textiles, Winters has created show-stopping performance pieces, such as sound-reactive dresses. Still, her label, Rainbow Winters, offers something for everyday fashionistas, as she combines elegant design with vibrant, new technologies.

The Spirit of Adventure. Usually the preserve of the luxury knitwear market, cashmere has a heritage imbued with humanity's desire to challenge the elements of the natural world. Inspired by early polar explorers and mountain climbing pioneers, Scottish-based sportswear and clothing brand, Dhu, is harnessing cashmere's sustainable and hardy nature for the modern, fashion-conscious adventurer.

Borrowing From the Boys. Menswear-inspired dressing may be de rigeur in the fashion world, but the clothes can lose some of its panache when tailored specifically for women. Preetma Singh compiles a cheat sheet of the best menswear brands to "borrow" from for a true menswear look.

Unexpected Pleasures. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but when it comes to contemporary jewellery, there likely isn't a jewel in sight. The London Design Museum's latest exhibit, Unexpected Pleasures, narrates how contemporary artisans have redefined traditional ideas of adornment.

Darlings of Shoe Design. Lior Livne and Karni Reshef are the duo behind Liebling, a brand of handmade shoes designed and produced in Tel Aviv, Israel. Now in its fourth year, the brand frequently sells out of its stock and is a darling of the Israeli style press.


Made in America. A new exhibit at New York's Museum at FIT pays homage to Ivy Style, the bloodline of American menswear. But the show's most telling details do more than just glorify fabric and cut. Prestige and politics take centre stage, telling the story of how a particular style of dress defined a generation and transformed contemporary American society.


Mimmo Jodice. Naples-born Mimmo Jodice is an innovative contemporary photographer and avant-garde artist. Since 1978, he has been exploring his surreal vision of urban landscapes, creating silent images in black-and-white. In his recent trip to Montreal, Canada, Jodice rediscovered the city through his lens.



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