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Clerkenwell Design Festival Turns 10!

Clerkenwell Design Week logo

Clerkenwell Design Week is 10 years old. Not an actual week, the three-day festival celebrates the area’s status as one of the world’s most influential design hubs. Clerkenwell, a vibrant area in London’s EC1, is home to some of the capital’s most historic buildings where traditional craft industries today flourish alongside the most contemporary. CDW is showcase of commissioned projects, events, exhibitions, installations and street spectacles. There is even a fringe away from the main spots. To celebrate its tenth year, 10 installations  – to symbolise birthday candles – have been placed throughout the area – guiding visitors along the festival route. From state-of-the-art taps to pavilions and art sculptures, CDW is a brilliant place to see first hand designs of the future. Plus there…

Ops&Ops: Freedom To Go Pop!

Pamla Motown leap in Mr Freedom

We’ve never been shy of colour here at Ops&Ops, and love the freedom that our styles allow for a rainbow riot. Now, hot on the heels of our latest Barbarella-esque No16 Silver Duo boot comes a vibrant collection inspired by the bold colours, silky textures, and pop-art quality of Tommy Roberts’s Mr Freedom from the late 1960s-early 70s. The larger than life Roberts’ first store was Kleptomania on Carnaby Street. He opened Mr Freedom – named after the 1969 film of the same name by William Klein – with partner Trevour Myles first on the King’s Road, then moving to Kensington High Street. The boutiques were a go-to and their designs attracted the celebs of the day. We adore the cacophony of colour, cheekiness and…

Space-Age design still influencing how we dress

Paco Rabanne Space-Age dresses

Space-Age designs and all things Swinging London are hitting the headlines again. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant is showing at the Fashion and Textile Museum, and a Mary Quant retrospective opens at The V&A in April. The popularity is proof that such a period continues to fascinate and influence what we wear today and the BBC’s Culture Designed thread has a great read up now – that features Ops&Ops. Check it out here!

New Collection: classics, patents, glitz and a brand-new boot!

New Ops&Ops shoes and boots for AW18
They've landed! Our latest collection of colours and finishes, plus a brand-new boot – the No16! For Ops&Ops, just as “safe” hues of brown and blue need not be boring, glittery red and gold aren’t necessarily tacky. We admire classic style icons  such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O as much as we love The Cramps’ Poison Ivy, who rocked bad taste like nobody’s business. So our latest collection brings strong classics in the shape of our No10 flat. There is Bardot Black, a glossy patent, layered in shine and shadow; Midnight Blue a deeply luxurious patent in a colour that’s having a moment, and Claret, a rich, muted burgundy. Plus we have our latest No11 in timeless, saddle-brown Cinnamon. For eye-catching zing we present...

Journey through Fashion History with Amber Butchart

The Fashion Chronicles: The Style Stories of HIstorys Best Dressed – Amber Butchart
Interested in fashion and style? Curious as to how clothes have helped shape history? Look no further than The Fashion Chronicles: The style stories of History’s best dressed – the latest book by Amber Butchart, fashion historian, lecturer and presenter of BBC’s A Stitch In Time. Amber takes us on a five-thousand year journey, charting the stories of 100 of the most sartorially sharp people in history – from Eve and her fig leaf to Mata Hari to Michelle Obama; Ghengis Khan to Keir Hardie to Malcolm X and Prince. It’s a fascinating jaunt. Packed with great photographs and illustrations, historical context and insight it is both factual and brilliantly entertaining. We caught up with Ops&Ops fan Amber to chat about her latest book and...

Go Green!

Green, in all its shades, is news. The Pantone colour of the year in 2017, it hit the catwalks and is now edging us through spring and into summer. From the high street to the big hitters, Gucci, Marni and Balenciaga among them, green is having a moment. Of course, Ops&Ops have a version with our latest style, the No15 wedge in rich Emerald suede. Green, perhaps more than any colour, can divide. It signals health and nature, money and wealth, rejuvenation and new starts. But also sickness, jealousy and envy. Fashion, too, has had a tempestuous relationship with it. A tricky hue to achieve, in Victorian times high levels of arsenic found their way into cloth dyes, yet by the 1920s it was a...

On the Move – Ops&Ops Take a Roadtrip

Lily in Dark Cherry Ops&Ops No12 boots with car
Who doesn't love the idea of a roadtrip? From short but stunning day-long outings to epic week, even month-long, quests. They can begin and end anywhere. Scenic, off-the-beaten track drives to city hopping, there are no rules. But nowhere are they more taken or mythologised than in the US. Route 66 may be the most lauded, but there are trails to discover and places to find across the continent. Open roads, motels, billboards, stopping at small towns, by-passing big cities, a roadtrip is both going somewhere and a destination itself. Ops&Ops shoes and boots are made for round-the-clock wear. Anywhere at all. So, when our friend, filmmaker and artist Lily Creightmore embarked on her roadtrip to the Californian desert and Joshua Tree National Park up...

Animal Print-tastic

Animal print, Giraffe ensemble, in Rudi Gernreich film, Basic Black
Animal Print. It’s on the catwalk, at the shows, in the stores, online – you’ll find Cheetah and Giraffe prints here at Ops&Ops! It’s both classic and modern, ageless and totally now. Always.   The fashion for animal prints began in the 1920s with movie stars lending an air of glamour. From collars and trims, post-war its popularity grew. It was the uniform for pin-up girls before Christian Dior, in the 1950s, gave it the haute couture seal of approval. The designer may have cautioned “If you are fair and sweet, don’t wear it,” but he elevated the print, making it chic, elegant and essential. Once the domain of the well-to-do, animal prints became ubiquitous during the 1960s. Givenchy made suits, avant garde Austrian Rudi...

Remarkable Book, Remarkable Symbol for Peace

Poster for Peace book from Reel Art Press
Peace is the latest book, and accompanying exhibition, from RAP – Reel Art Press. Some 59 years after the peace symbol was created, this never-before-seen collection of works by photographer Jim Marshall is truly remarkable. And it could not have come at a more poignant time. Marshall, one of the most celebrated photographers of the last century, is best-known for his pictures of rock-and-roll royalty from the 1960s onwards. Though he also enjoyed a rock-and-roll lifestyle, he always saw himself as a photo-journalist and in between music assignments would document the street life of ordinary people. Peace is Marshall's personal archive of the peace symbol. The symbol was created in 1958 by Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It spread quickly to America, going on to become globally...
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