We have been dying to
play dress up with feature Moxham's powder-coated steel pieces here on Concrete Collar for a while now and our recent reunion in London afforded us that opportunity. Madeline Moxham, founder of the studio, is a 'self-confessed anti-jeweller' who favours minimalism, monochromatic tones, leather and hardware. Her stockists include Harvey Nichols and Whistles and she was recently interviewed by Vogue. Each harness, anklet, cuff, necklace and crown is skilfully assembled in her enviable South London studio - a crisp white, sun-filled room filled with inspirational art work.
Another London-based talent who's work we have been lusting after since we attended her AW14 show at London Fashion Week, is blogger-come-fashion-designer, Charlie May. Her use of white and cream tones, crisp tailoring and innovative materials made for the perfect marriage with our Moxham crowns and cuffs. A favourite of many the power blogger, Charlie May's Autumn/Winter collection will blow your minds. Keep those eyes peeled.
This time, our destination was Dame Zaha Hadid's design for the London Olympics Aquatics Centre. Inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, its undulating roof covers three pools and can seat up to 2,500 spectators. The topic of its spectator capacity is one that has caused much controversy since its opening. During the 2012 Olympics, a temporary seating system designed by Hadid was erected, allowing the aquatics centre to accommodate up to 15,000 people. Unfortunately, it was discovered all too late that some 2,400 of these had limited views of the pools. The architect staunchly denied the possibility of this, stating that her design had in fact delivered almost 3,000 more seats than was called for, all of which had uninterrupted views. Rather awkwardly, neither Dame Hadid, nor any of her team members, were invited to the attend any of the games.
Following the Olympics, the centre underwent a transformation process which saw the removal of its controversial seating wings. Although we would not usually see ourselves as members of the Hadid fan-base, its transformation to a public swimming pool along with its vertical garden wall breathes life in to what would otherwise be yet another Olympic ghost park.
Charlie May mesh waistcoat
MOXHAM AW14 collar
Zara white patent bluchers
COS mesh waistcoat dress
Zara cut out cleated sole shoes