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30-07-2005
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"Chasing Rabbits"-Boudicca's Bunny Rabbit
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In a cheeky response to demands for an accessories line, the ever-contrary Brian Kirkby and Zowie Broach of Boudicca have produced what they call The Black Rabbit, the first in their new "Parts" series—items with no other function than to serve as icons for their cerebral collections. Currently available only at the Comme des Garçons Dover Street Market in London or directly by special order, the big-ticket bunny ($525) is stitched together from the sparkly wool used in their fall coats, as well as traditional glass eyes and cotter pin joints. Followers of the London label will remember a previous incarnation of the glittery critter as last year's advertising image for the couple's partnership with American Express. But the doll's provenance goes back still further as it takes its inspiration not only from Victorian-era automata—self-operating machines—but also Donnie Darko, the 2001 film about a giant, menacing rabbit that predicts the end of the world. Inscribed on the hanging plaque reads a line from the cult classic: "Why are you wearing that silly human suit?" Ah, fashion sarcasm at its best.


Rather cool and collectable,no? I like that they're doing these projects away from the commercial blandness of the fashion world whilst maintaining a certain level notariety.

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oh,forgot...that's from Hint's ShopTart this month*

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Thanks for the information, Scott

To be honest, I am a bit frustrated with Boudicca, I think they had some very strong collections some seasons ago that were both edgy and wearable, I thought like they matured but it seams as if they are back on the path on which they are designing for the sake of design or just to give a bad statement about the falseness of fashion. It´s not that I enjoy the business part best of it, but it´s frustrating if you appreciate a designer but can´t participate (by wearing their clothes), if they are just too busy working on some useless (yet beautifully made) *objects* that nobody in the world buys or needs... wouldn´t it be better to save the power to make some nice clothes - or even accessories? Is it too blatant to ask a fashion designer for *clothes* these days? I personally feel like they are trying too hard to be avant garde, ahead of the rest - but end up producing useless... stuff... in the end. Sad!

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oh trocotineacetat...
you are singing the same song i have been singing for quite some time now...
i hear you loud and clear...

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Glad to hear that there is somebody thinking the same way as I do, Softie, your comment is much appreciated...

I never really understood the point about this stubborn uncommerciality of some designers, it seams so contrived in my eyes. And especially with Boudicca, it´s like a slap in the face of those that appreciate their *vision*, I always thought they could have *it* to grow from indie to established-avantgarde, you know with a certain reliability and amount of innovation every season. It just seams as if they are living too good on this American Express sponsorship.

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Glad to hear that there is somebody thinking the same way as I do, Softie, your comment is much appreciated...

I never really understood the point about this stubborn uncommerciality of some designers, it seams so contrived in my eyes. And especially with Boudicca, it´s like a slap in the face of those that appreciate their *vision*, I always thought they could have *it* to grow from indie to established-avantgarde, you know with a certain reliability and amount of innovation every season. It just seams as if they are living too good on this American Express sponsorship.
and here i am, still loving their newest collection... i would wear nearly everything in it can't say too much for that $500 bunny, though...

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and here i am, still loving their newest collection... i would wear nearly everything in it can't say too much for that $500 bunny, though...
You know, it´s not that I didn´t like this collection, I actually found some of the silhouettes - and especially the fabrics - very beautiful and innovative - the metallic shine, the leathers, the decorative eyepatches which were some nice showpieces - and visible as such.

The two collections before, F/W 2004 and S/S 2005 were the ones I actually disliked a lot, I tought it was just gross - even from a conceptual view with the last dress in S/S 2004 with the feathered armpiece and the plastic visor...

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What's with Donnie Darko?

Yeah the movie's cool, but damn!

And I like Boudicca ... some of the new stuff I like ... but I'll have to admit that's not nearly as good as before ..

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Is it wrong tha part of me wants to buy that rabbit????

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ultra,couldn't agree more with your last statement!

Re: Tricote's feelings-from a conceptual standpoint I will agree they should just let their work do the talking for them because they are so stunning without all that. But in terms of their stubborness VS. commerce-when in this world of complete homogenisation,design is not at the fore really so it rarely gets appreciated. I appreciate their ideals extremely.

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when in this world of complete homogenisation,design is not at the fore really so it rarely gets appreciated. I appreciate their ideals extremely.
I completely agree, we need all kinds, from the designers who are commercial and money-hungry, all the way down the scale to the purists and idealists...

Where the purists and idealists are there to suit those of us who are radically idealist ourselves

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boudicca is expensive. and i think i like it very much. not because it makes it elitist but coz the fact i cabn't afford it adds magic to it. coz i hate to say it but knowing what the cost of the dior hc show is, or having the chance to wear untitled by simons every day, or following the backstage supermodel routine with showstudio, and watching the shows just hours after it took place just kills the fairytail of fashion.
oh and i'd get the rabbit just to participate.

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boudicca is expensive. and i think i like it very much. not because it makes it elitist but coz the fact i cabn't afford it adds magic to it. coz i hate to say it but knowing what the cost of the dior hc show is, or having the chance to wear untitled by simons every day, or following the backstage supermodel routine with showstudio, and watching the shows just hours after it took place just kills the fairytail of fashion.
oh and i'd get the rabbit just to participate.
Getting to know the undercover stuff doesn't ruin fashion for me, in fact the more I learn about certain designers the more I like them.

But I think you made a good point about getting the rabbit to participate, Bouddica is the kind of brand that has a cult following that would buy the rabbit as a collector's piece. Or at least, they want to be that kind of brand.

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I'd buy it whether it was Boudicca or not. I think it would be cute in a little child's room with stark white walls and ebony-stained floors. That's probably too macabre for some people but I find it humorous.

ETA: I agree with seraphelle and Scott about fashion's current commercialist climate.


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Thanks Astrid and seraphelle

But before I get criticised too,I mean,there just aren't many designer's with their kind of attention-not to mention big sponsorship with AmEx-who really,truly stand up for their principles(and not McQueen doesn't even compare,if you ask me) and not allow this otherwise disgusting machine of a fashion world to dictate what and how they do things. Other than Kawakubo,of course. Besides,they must be doing something right also in their collections for America-the capital of banality-to be their biggest market.

But I completely agree about the rabbit. Just adds a bit of the Boudicca wonder and beauty to one's life really. Which is probably the most pleasant afterthought,I think.

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