Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

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Last week I was invited to a press lunch celebrating Universal Design Studio’s pavilion for London Design Festival. The concept behind the design was repetition, so fittingly we were taught the art of Japanese sushi making – from Hoso-Maki Zushi (thin rolls) to my favourite – Ura-Maki Zushi (inside-out rolls). Hopefully the pavilion, created as a partnership between Universal Design Studio and The Office Group, will find itself a permanent home in London. It’s a beautifully delicate structure, yet able to withstand the elements with its barely visible roof. Here are the fruits of my sushi-making labour!

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This wonderful exhibition currently at the V&A museum in London examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. It includes over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition. Although perhaps a little more room could have been dedicated to the original Balenciaga garments (which are given as much floor space as his influence on contemporary designers) overall, it was a really inspiring showcase of a fashion designer using his intellect to explore female dress. The show is on until the 18th Feb 2018 and tickets cost £12.

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The lovely London bookstore South Kensington Books are now stocking Elvis Style! I popped in this week to sign copies of the book, so if you’re in the area please do swing by, pick up a copy and support a great independent book shop:

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I’ve just spent the morning taking part in a panel discussion on the power of words for the #writerscrawl festival – the UK’s first festival dedicated to copywriting. Also on the panel was the Labour party speech writer Tom Baldwin, playwright Paul Hewitt, the poet Rishi Dastidar, and Have I Got News for You writer Paul Powell. It was a really interesting morning of debate and my subject of choice was – you guessed it – Elvis Presley and his lyrics!

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I’ll be giving a talk on my life as an author and the book that inspired my writing for #writerscrawl – the first copywriting festival being held in London on the 16th November:
https://dma.org.uk/event/writerscrawl

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Thanks to everyone who came along to my Elvis Style book signing at Waterstones. The next signing is in the diary for April, at the very exciting venue of Lansky Bros in Memphis! Time & date TBC shortly.

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On Sunday evening I headed to the Victoria & Albert Museum to see the LFW collection from recent Central St Martins graduate Fei Fei Cicada. The format of the show was really successful – following a catwalk presentation, the audience were then invited into the sculpture galleries to photograph the models and clothing up close. With blogging and social media playing such an important role in the fashion industry, it seems a smart idea for designers to think about how the details of their creations can be shown online. I’d be interested to see if more designers start to incorporate a static presentation into their traditional catwalk shows.

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