When pop darlings like Gaga, Minaj or Björk need wild and wonderful props and accessories for their stage shows, London-based creative and blogger Fred Butler is the lady who gets the call. Her signature bright and playful aesthetic, set her apart as a name to watch on the fashion scene. As she herself giggles: ’Ultimately, I just love trying to brighten up the drudgery of London with a bit of color and light-hearted humour.’ Her first book, It’s A London Thing: An Insider’s City Guide takes her readers on a journey of the city’s bars, nightclubs, museums, stores, parks and her signature style. Here she shares 10 creative gifts on her wish list, exclusively for The Chosen Club.
Ligne Blanche X Keith Haring Bougie Parfumée "Keith Haring" from Colette
I collect Keith Haring Foundation merchandise, I can't get enough. I would love a whole wardrobe and home in his patterns and prints if it was possible! Scented candles are a luxury and Colette is a joy, so this whole combination is a winner!
CAMILLE WALALA "FIXED" RUG FOR FLOOR STORY
Camille Walala has worked in wool for Floor Story to bring her wall murals to home interiors via an edition of 4 beautiful rugs. This is my favourite as it reminds me of South African Ndebele patterns.
FREDERICKS AND MAE SPECTRUM PLAYING CARDS
I am obsessed by spectrums, rainbows and gradients. I don't actually own a set of playing cards and would really love one - this would be the ultimate dream deck.
Extending my spectrum fascination is my love for shiny irredescent, holographic surfaces. It used to be quite a rare material so I try to accumulate as much of it as I find. Now there is an umbrella in the foil which is not just cosmic for its look but also a technological revolution! It's opperated with a weather App to notify you of the changing forecast!
Espirit By Opening Ceremony
As a child of the 1980's my aesthetic was formed from Memphis inspirations and influences. When I saw this collection I rejoiced with nostalgia. All the monochrome graphic patterns and silhouettes are lush and it is the sexiest tracksuit I can imagine wearing!
Issey Miyake Guston Accessories
Alot of my own design work is developed from Origami. I see and revere that reference in Issey Miyake's collections which make me weep for their genius construction. Each item in this luggage line is constructed from just 1 single piece of leather. It's described as "the bag of quality and a playful mind".
DARKROOM DICE PLANTER
Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Cooper's very cool range for hip London store Darkroom encompasses a mix of fashion and furniture with accessories that could be ornaments and vice versa. Within their signature Sottsass-inspired sensibility is this new plant pot collection which I'll be needing for my ever-expanding home jungle.
Anthony Lycett's "Self Styled: Dare to be Different" book
Anthony has been documenting Londoner's unique styles since 2008 and is just about to release the ultimate record of the whole project to date. Its unbelivable and incredible that he has found and documented so many unique characters. Just like the subject matter, this book is a real one-off.
FELIPE PANTONE FOR WRUNG
The optical patterns of Felipe Pantone's post-internet graffiti have been applied to streetwear in a collaboration collection with Parisian label Wrung. I had to make a bee-line there when I was last in town to get the jumper. Now I want the t-shirt! Um, and the cap too.
SARAH AND SORRENTINO ACTIVE WEAR
London textile designer Sarah Pasricha has just launched her first active-wear collection to complement her colour-scentric womenswear. I love discovering sophisticated colour palettes in athleisure for my "Running Rainbow" escapades and in this case for my yoga practice.