Five minutes with Basso and Brooke

19 December 2008


What better way to wind down for Christmas than by settling down with cult design duo Basso and Brooke (otherwise known as Brazilian Bruno Basso and Brit Christopher Brooke) for a five minute chat. The boys have just collaborated with Coca Cola to produce a Christmas tree with a twist - it's made from fully recyclable plastic. The boys wanted to help raise awareness of the need to recycle plastic bottles - ‘as designers in the public eye it's part of our role to highlight topics that concern us' (we love) - and get the chance to create their ultimate Christmas decorations: distinctly colourful cubes in vibrant prints. And the best bit is you can download their designs here so your Christmas tree can get the Basso and Brooke look too. Genius! Anyway, we digress... Here's the chat:

Biggest Fashion Faux Pas?

It had to be throughout the whole of Fashion College! Coming from Devon to London in the early ‘90s was so liberating that my clothes became a way to express myself. A combination of fuchsia pink hair, ski salopettes and fur coats all at once was probably the worst.

Favourite thing about Christmas?

Eating. It's so good for the soul.

Worst thing about Christmas?

The awkward chit chat with unknown relatives. Plus trying to fit in seeing all friends and family in such a short time whilst still trying to enjoy it.

Whose wardrobe would you most like to raid?

Not for my own use, but I'd love to see Iris Apfel's wardrobe. She's an NY socialite in her eighties who has the most amazing collection of vintage couture and travels the world to collect amazing ethnic jewellery. You should check out the book about her ‘The Rare Bird of Fashion'.

If you were a Christmas tree, how would you decorate yourself?

I hate these modern minimalistic trees - the more full on the better I say! I'd be a fantastically colourful digitally printed tree, exploding with fireworks. I'd be a totally uncool tree full of amazing OTT baubles. In fact, I've got an egg box snowman I made when I was a kid. That'd be perfect.

Favourite Christmas Song?

I'm torn between Mariah Carey's ‘All I Want for Christmas' and Elton John's ‘Step into Christmas'.

What's inspiring you right now?

In such a grey period with the whole credit crunch climate some of the most creative ideas are born, so in a way, this is quite an exciting time. In particular Louis XV and the French Baroque period - we are interested in their status symbols of wealth. We're looking towards heritage symbols of wealth and turning them on their head and into inexpensive accessible items.

What are you most excited about for fashion week?

Really to just pick up where we left off last season. We had such a great response at our last show, we'd like to better that and keep the momentum going. Plus, I like the challenge of FW! We don't tend to get to enjoy the party circuit because it's so busy and stressful. I'll probably take off on holiday afterwards to recoup - last year it was Japan and Thailand, this year may have to be Devon...

My guilty fashion secret is:

Eating too many LaDuree macaroons.

- Hannah Almassi


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