Urban Junkies London
Friday, May 2 2003
Addict of the Month: Daniel Reynolds
Daniel Reynold print for Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2003. Original photo: Christopher Moore Ltd


In his oversized puffy parka, Daniel Reynolds looks more like a teenage clubber than an accomplished print designer.

Until, that is, he starts pulling out samples.

And what samples. Even if you are quite ignorant about print design, Reynolds' work can leave you awestruck.

Photo (c) 2003 Christopher Moore Ltd

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Owen McCafferty's new play Scenes from the Big Picture has the critics coming in their pants in pure exhilaration. Opens tonight at the National Theatre. 7:30pm. South Bank, SE1. £10-25. 020 7452 3000.
Coast to Coast still pulls a crowd of throwback teddy boys pulling off moves in talc on the floor, trendy Hoxtonites and mini skirted mod birds. Vintage tunes and cheap drinks. Saturday May 3. On The Rocks, 25 Kingsland Road, E2

Case in point. His current employer, designer Sybil Stanislaus, originally interviewed Reynolds for some freelance work. As Reynolds pulled the wrinkled samples out of his bag, Stanislaus began making a pile of the designs she liked. When the bag was empty, every sample was in her pile. She hired him on full time, on the spot.

"Textiles are what people look at. It can make or break a garment," Reynolds explains. His style, which can range from the austere, graphic magnified cocktail sticks to runny floral scenes - like the one seen on Chanel's Haute Couture runway this season - are enough to convert any minimalist.

Only a year out of Saint Martins, Reynolds' outlandish designs have already graced catwalks of Chloe, Diane von Furstenberg, Chanel and Sonia Rykiel, but he is still quite modest about his growing popularity.

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The Young Vic stage the brilliantly revived Lope de Vega play Peribanez. Opens today 7:30pm. 66 The Cut, South Bank, SE1. £19. 020 7928 6363
Screening of PURE, the gripping film and West Ham tale opening this weekend, and Q&A with directors Mackinnon and de Borman. London Film Academy Masterclass at Curzon Soho. 10am Sat May 3. 99 Shaftesbury Av, W1. £8.50. Bookings 020 7734 2255
Superb vocals but no Celine Dion fluff from Portugal's finest who has left her Eurovision past well behind. Dulce Pontes at the Barbican. Saturday 8pm. Silk St, EC2. £9-18.50. Book online.
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