Dreading the long weekend? Get creative with Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik and Erdem

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Fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik and Erdem are spreading creativity, positivity and inspiration in response to coronavirus. 

What are your plans for the bank holiday weekend? While the thought of four days off work is filling some with trepidation, we’re treating the  long weekend as an opportunity to plan our own personal creative retreat. And we’re doing it with a little help from some of the biggest names in fashion. 

If you’re chomping at the bit in self isolation, embarking on a new creative project is one of the most effective ways to occupy your mind, express yourself and reduce anxiety. The only problem is, when you’re not leaving the house, staying inspired is no easy task. If you’re struggling to get your creative juices flowing, three leading designers are spreading positivity and creativity in response to coronavirus. 

Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Manolo Blahnik are sharing creative resources that we can all enjoy while staying at home. Creating immersive playlists, gorgeous colouring books and captivating reading recommendations, we’re turning to these designers for all the inspiration we need to kick-start our next project. 

Whether you’re an artist, musician or writer, or experimenting with a new hobby for the first time, you will find yourself refreshed, recharged and ready to get back in the zone. Best of all, all of these initiatives are completely free, and open to everyone to enjoy. If you’re struggling to think of ways to stay busy over the bank holiday weekend, these designers have you covered. 

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Not only does colouring in induce a deeply calming state, but many find that once they’ve started putting pencils to paper they are naturally inspired to start creating original pieces of their own. Now, colouring books have had a seriously glamorous makeover courtesy of one of the most renowned names in fashion. 

Manolo Blahnik has turned his archives into a colouring book, The Art of Colouring. The footwear designer’s stunning sketches are just as iconic as his shoes, and now they have been transformed into colouring pages that are available to download and colour while you’re in self isolation. 

“Creative freedom is a form of escapism, something we need now more than ever,” says the designer, “I have used my creativity not only to entertain my own imagination but also in hope that I bring happiness to others and make them smile! This time, I ask the world to do the same – let us all spread joy, share creativity and inspire one another”. 

Created in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, Manolo hopes that this colouring book will spread positivity and creativity in this time of uncertainty. If you are feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed, turning off your screens and spending an evening colouring these gorgeous sketches is the perfect way to self soothe. 

When it comes the fashion shows, the music can be every bit as evocative as the clothes, and few designers create a catwalk soundtrack quite like Alexander McQueen. The fashion house that needs no introduction, its immersive runway experiences are as world renowned as its collections. Now, while we’re in self isolation the London label is making its atmospheric soundscapes available to listen to from the comfort of your own home. 

John Gosling has been creating the house’s show soundtracks for more than 20 years, and now he’s curated a nine-hour selection that’s available to stream at home on Spotify. Whether you’re looking to transform your living room into the ultimate creative space or want to break out of your cabin fever funk, put the #McQueenMusic playlist on full blast for a soul-stirring soundtrack that will immediately elevate your mood. 

Fashion lovers will still have McQueen’s spring/summer 2020 women’s collection at the front of their minds. The captivating collection moved show goers and fashion editors to tears with one of most emotionally charged shows of recent years. Composed by Isobel Waller Bridge (also composer of sister Phoebe’s Fleabag) and performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra, this captivating live soundtrack has now been made available to listen to in your own home, and is certain to leave you feeling recharged and ready to get creating again. 

Erdem Moralıoğlu is sharing his reading recommendations to keep you inspired.
Erdem Moralıoğlu is sharing his reading recommendations to keep you inspired.

Whether we’re searching for inspiration or escapism, there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a book. If your bookshelves are coming up short, Erdem Moralıoğlu is sharing the reading recommendations that have inspired his eponymous label’s iconic collections. 

Launching the Erdem Book Club, the London based designer is discussing the books that he turns to for creative inspiration on Instagram. From the plays of Polly Stenham to Picnic at Hanging Rock, expect to discover the offbeat and lesser known titles that we’ll wager will transform your creative process forever. He’ll even be sharing the novels he devoured when designing his most recent autumn/winter 2020 collection. Alongside the book and film recommendations that are sure to keep you entertained during self isolation, ahead of the fashion house’s 15th anniversary in September, Erdem will also be hosting an Instagram deep dive into his favourite main fashion shoots from the last 14 years. 

Cancel that Zoom party and say ‘no’ to your next virtual quiz, once you’ve lost yourself in Erdem’s personal library, you’ll want to have as much time as possible to devote to your new passion project. And if that creative impetus extends to giving you the urge to shop, 10% of sales from Erdem’s Spring Summer 2020 collection will be donated to the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal.

The Alexander McQueen #McQueenMusic playlist is available to listen to now on Spotify.

The Art of Colouring is available to download at

The Erdem Book Club will be available on Instagram

Images: courtesy of Erdem.