February 11 2012
Over 1m people pass by the Oxford Street branch of Selfridges every week – an impressive cartel of consumers who may’ve noticed that this week the department store’s windows have been given over to its second Bright Young Things exhibition, which offers Britain’s youngest and most promising fashion talent a week in the high-impact space. So prime is this spot, in fact, that last year’s Bright Young Thing, Simone Rocha – daughter of industry stalwart John Rocha – saw her entire ready-to-wear range sell out in days, and Selfridges’ buyers had to reorder twice throughout the project.
This year, however, the Bright Young Things won’t be resting on their laurels and watching the windows do the work; from Monday February 13 – and for one week only – they will be in store hosting a series of designer-maker workshops. First up is Sorcha O’Raghallaigh (O’Raghallaigh look in second picture) – who shot to fame when Lady Gaga donned one of her designs – with a brooch-making workshop featuring the intricate embellishments that have become her staple, followed by a needlework class with experimental menswear designer Alex Mattsson on Wednesday, while designer and DJ William Richard Green will be offering something of a musical interlude on Friday, playing a set next to his pop-up shop on the first floor.
Those stopping by at the weekend can join womenswear designer Adam Andrascik’s Saturday Textile Technique workshop (Andrascik look in first picture), which will offer insights into his approach to fabrication and cut. Then finishing off the week will be Tom Lipop of menswear brand T.Lipop, who will be going all the way back to the beginning with a paper-drafting class.