SOUNDTRACKING LFW WITH CATHERINE POCKSONSeptember 16, 2016
LFW AW16 has rolled round for another year and we asked Catherine Pockson of electronic music duo, Alpines to share with us her dreams of becoming a designer, wardrobe staples and her favourite season to dress for.
Fashion has always played an important part of my life. It really started in my teenage years when I read Vivenne Westwood’s autobiography. I was inspired by her ethos about fashion’s place in the world and her very unique vision and approach to designing clothes. When I was 18 I went to art college to do an art foundation course at Kingston and decided that I wanted to study fashion design. Although I made my portfolio for the fashion BA degree, one thing lead to another and I never signed up to the course, mainly because I secured a place at Bristol to study art history. When I was in Bristol I also did a course in garment construction and pattern cutting to keep developing my skills. However, during my time living in Bristol, my love of music, writing and performing flourished and became my focus. I met lots of great musicians, played lots of gigs and experienced as much music as possible. My love of fashion developed to become a very personal thing, I realised in my late teens / early twenties that I wasn’t going to design for others (not yet anyway – this is still a dream of mine), but I could use my skills in fashion and art research to make a powerful visual world. So when I met Bob, I channeled all of that energy into Alpines.
I would describe my style as a combination of 1970’s nostalgia with a sports luxe minimalist contemporary twist. With hair down to my hips it is easy to represent 70’s style, but I also love how the 70’s silhouette can be really flattering. I like to add a modern twist with more contemporary and simple pieces. Aside from investing in vintage pieces, I am really a bit of a bargain hunter on the high street. I also play a lot of tennis so sometimes combine more sporty pieces into the mix. Some of my favourite brands and stores are &Other Stories, Zara and Mango. I love Moxham for her statement jewellery pieces (she recently collaborated with Whistles) and I’m also a bit of a sucker for finding awesome designer sunglasses in TK Maxx. The must have items in my wardrobe are: a classic beige trench coat, black baseball cap, snakeskin boots and high waisted flared jeans.
My favourite season to dress for is Autumn. I love how you can layer up and add lots of texture. I think much more unique looks can be created.
This playlist sums up how I feel about fashion week as an exciting and innovative period, particularly in London where designers are known for always creatively pushing boundaries. These musicians to me represent that creativity and boundary pushing also I just really love these songs.
Jamie xx – Gosh
Kelela – Rewind
Pusha T – Numbers on The Board
Christine and The Queens – Tilted
Prince – When Doves Cry
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
A.K. Paul – Landcruisin
Nao – Bad Blood
Sampha – Too Much