Victoria Murdoch, the print designer behind cutesy and kitsch brand Silken Favours, uses traditional pen and ink techniques to create her unique signature designs. This is print at its most fun and kooky, prints designed to put a smile on your face, kitsch wearable art for the post modern age. Silken Favour’s prints feature animals, both real and fantastical, plants and insects, taking a unique approach to an oft depicted subject matter. Silken Favour’s scarves are quite unlike anything you will have seen before and yet would make a great addition to any silk scarf collection. As distinctive and unique an accessory as a piece of jewellery these silk scarves bear little resemblance to the ones in your grandmother’s closet yet are simultaneously inspired by the kitsch style of yesteryear. Essentially these prints blend the old with the new in a dramatic, entertaining and ultimately desirable manner.

Bounteous Birds Print by Silken Favours

Victoria lays out her beautifully detailed animal illustrations in a style reminiscent of a Guardian wall chart yet with such abandon and irreverence that each print craftily subverts the tradition educational chart. Indeed this is quintessentially British design taking inspiration from the themes and commercialised kitsch that so enthral the public and rendering then in a new and faintly seditious fashion. These are prints designed to challenge traditional tastes and the bland repetitive prints found on the high street. These are eye-popping statement scarves created to take centre stage in much the same way as a piece of sparkly costume jewellery or flamboyant hat.

Royal Corgi Print by Silken Favours

Prints may, occasionally seem like a bit of an afterthought, merely surface decoration but brands like Silken Favours allow print to step into the limelight, to be celebrated as wearable art. Victoria’s prints may appear to be a little over the top but these are designs for those who like to wear their tastes on their sleeves. These cute, fun and kitsch prints are designed for the free spirited and independent, for those who love horses/cats/corgis/unicorns and are not afraid to show it.

Hannah Balsdon

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This summer, the V&A plays host to the most creative decade in London fashion – the 1980’s, exploring the impact of underground club culture with more than 90 innovative outfits by designers such as John Galliano, (Miss LF‘s favourite) Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett together with accessories by Stephen Jones and Patrick Cox.

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Elle magazine,November,1985

Jospeh Tricot Ensemble by Giles Tapie | Elle magazine,November,1985

The exhibition displays a snapshot of a time when Boy George, Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery were the ‘IT’ boys dedicated to tribes such as the New Romantics, Goth, Rave and High Camp culture, showcasing a substantial display of menswear by Jasper conran, Paul Smith, Workers for Freedom (at a time when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister) and Willy Brown. Textile design played an important part with English Eccentrics, Bodymap and Timney Fowler working to make print fashionable while Wendy Dagworthy first utilized Liberty prints.

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Bodymap, A/W 1984 | Cat in the hat takes a rumble with a techno fish. Model: Scarlett Cannon

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In September 1982, the definitive style bible of the 80’s ‘The Face’ Magazine observed a ‘hardening of attitudes in music and fashion’ that reflected the economic conditions of Thatcherite Britain with ‘Ubiquitous Levi’s worn into holes, sweatshirts serving their purpose and losing their sleeves, leather dominating everything….t-shirts ripped and torn’ serving leftovers from the anarchic 70’s punk coinciding with a revival of rockabilly style leading into the 80’s ‘Hard Times’ look reflected in that of the Blitz denim jackets on display: In 1986, Blitz Magazine commissioned a group of 22 London-based designers to customise Levi’s denim jackets.

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Denim jacket ‘BLITZ’ by Levi Strauss & Co. | Customised by Leigh Bowery

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Denim jacket ‘BLITZ’ by Levi Strauss & Co. | Customised by Vivienne Westwood

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The most provocative outfits on display, were of course those of the fetishwear designed by Pam Hogg and Vivienne Westwood. From 1985- 86 Leigh Bowery’s Soho nightclub Taboo was where DIY fashion mixed with glamourous debauchery resulting in the androgynous High Camp look of the time. Bowery even famously once said of his dress code ‘Dress a though your life depends on it or don’t bother.’

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Trojan and Mark at Taboo

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Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980’s at the V&A until February 2014.

– Sufiyeh Hadian

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Beulah London was born with the goal of providing a sustainable livelihood for those who have escaped the horrors of human trafficking. Co-founders Natasha and Lavinia are dedicated to using fashion as a tool to raise awareness and funds for victims, through their ethical label which boasts of timeless designs and effortless elegance.

Fashion with a conscience indeed! Beulah London is currently featured on our pop up boutique until 14th July, so to make your shopping life easier we’ve picked out the top five fabulous products from this luxurious label:

The Cleopatra Dress. 

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This silk satin dress features a delicate ‘Butterfly Effect’ print and a chic silhouette, a modern interpretation of ladylike elegance. Pair with sparkling jewellery and black heels for your next dinner party.

Sabitri Dress Silver

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This versatile dress features Beulah London’s signature billowing sleeves in sumptuous light grey silk, the perfect piece for a smart, summer occasion.

Sabitri Dress Black

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Prefer a classic LBD? The Sabitri Dress also comes in black, oh how we spoil you!

Lady Dress Grey

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This glamorous floor length piece is reminiscent of Monaco royalty, and who doesn’t like to pretend to be a princess? Made from 100% silk satin, the Lady Grey is complimented with a thigh high slit.

Cream Lady Scarf

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This cashmere blend scarf uses the signature ‘Butterfly Effect’ print, designed to keep you warm on a cool summer’s evening.

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