It’s September so it’s back to school time – not just for the kids, but for Selfridges’ Class of 2013 Bright Young Things. For the 3rd time, Selfridges have handpicked a group of young talent from the worlds of fashion, art, food, design and much more. Not only will these rising stars get to display and sell their items in the BYT pop up shop on the ground floor, but they’ve also been given the opportunity to have their designs […]
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Last week saw the opening of the fourth edition of the British Designers Collective pop up boutique at Bicester Village, hosted by girl-of-the-moment Rita Ora. The collective UK fashion press gathered early last Thursday at Marylebone Station to catch a very special British Designers Collective train to Bicester Village, complete with the most delicious breakfast boxes served by male models (not your average train ride!). Upon arrival, Rita Ora (dressed in Roksanda Illincic) was joined by a number of […]
Ever since live streaming of fashion shows kicked off, I do find myself wondering why we bother going to the shows when you could just watch it at home in your pyjama’s with a cup of tea. There’s queues to deal with, the endless running around, the painful feet and the constant battle to get a good view (which is pretty much always when you’re a shorty like me), resulting in inevitable exhaustion. Anyone – journalist or not – could […]
After a successful collaboration with Louise Gray last year, Scottish cashmere label Brora has enlisted the help of another young talented designer, Dutch Michael Van Der Ham. Known best for his elaborate and exquisite patchworks, Michael created a simplified but similar effect by playing around with different coloured panels and different stitching, using Brora’s finest cashmere, of course. The accessories (gloves, hats and scarves) start from an affordable £60, making them a great (early) Christmas present for fashion lovers. I […]
London-based designer Elizabeth Lau has created a capsule collection of 8 fun sweaters exclusively for ASOS, going on sale tomorrow (Friday Sept 21st). For me, it’s all about the statement sweater this Autumn (hello, Markus Lupfer! hello, J.W. Anderson for Topshop!), so these fit right onto my shopping list. Prices starting from £65, you know you want to.
Last week I met with young London-based jewellery designer Fannie Schiavoni, ahead of the presentation of her new SS13 collection at London Fashion Week and the launch of her online shop. As of tomorrow, you’ll be able to buy Fannie’s trademark body jewellery directly from her, with a selection of archive pieces to choose from, as well as the option of having bespoke options. I’ve always loved Fannie’s pieces from afar, but seeing up close how intricate they are really […]
I get sent zillions (yes, it’s a word) of lookbooks every day, but few really grab my attention. So when the lookbook for RIYKA’s SS12 collection “Shake it to make it” dropped in my inbox a few months ago, it immediately caught my eye. RIYKA’s clever use of geometric shapes and colour and different material in easy sportsluxe pieces is exactly my thing. I filed it under “To Blog” – but never quite got round to it (as happens an […]
Last week when I was in Belgium, a friend told me about her friend’s new innovative rainwear label Terra New York At first, I wasn’t all that convinced – after all, rainwear just isn’t that exciting. But then she showed me some images and I’m smitten. There’s practical rainwear, and then there’s Terra New York. Founders Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki are keen cyclists and struggled to find practical yet fashionable raingear, so they just created their own. The collection, […]
Gareth Pugh will always have a special place in my heart as his AW ’07 show was the very first fashion show I ever attended… (Amazing, RIGHT?) Then still the new kid on the block who had yet to sell a single item, the designer has since conquered the fashion world and is a firm household name at Paris Fashion Week. Now Pugh has partnered with Brazilian footwear label MELISSA, who, had actually provided him with the footwear for his […]
Last year, Dorothy Perkins launched a competition to find fresh talent in Print Design. Hundreds of aspiring designers from the UK’s top fashion schools entered the competition, and the jury, consisting of industry insiders like Grace Woodward, Olivia Rubin and DP’s Buying Director Charlotte Pettican, chose Northumbria’s Charis Younger as the winner. I love it when big high street brands embrace young talent, so I was pretty excited to see the end result. I met Charis last week at Arcadia […]
There’s one thing you can always be certain of when you go to a Bora Aksu show: they’re very photogenic. For his SS12 show the catwalk consisted of thousands of black and orange leaves, making a dramatic statement. The show started with a finale of around 10 models, angelically dressed in all-white, with flower headpieces. The look was typical Bora Aksu: a patchwork of materials and techniques, this season with a slight Edwardian inspiration.
First up for me this season was the incredible Corrie Nielsen, who I visited in her studio a few weeks ago whilst she was in the midst of making this collection, named Arbiter Elegantarium, which loosely translates as “a judge in matters of taste”. A serious name for a serious collection, which takes its inspiration from the Far East, fused with Corrie’s trademark Marie-Antoinette-esque silhouettes.