Monday, 28 November 2011

Henrietta Ludgate 's Shop Launch

Henrietta Ludgate knows how to throw a great party for the opening of her shop. Set on the first floor at Whiteleys in Queensway, the evening has been exciting since the beginning. A nail bar was waiting for the guests to give them a session of real pampering, and we are not talking about any nail bar, but Liza Smith, celebrity nail artist. Drinks and a delicious buffet was laid out ready to tempt the visitors to pick a scrumptious cupcake while browsing the Autumn Winter collection by Henrietta Ludgate. A mini catwalk with three gorgeous models showed three key pieces ready to be bought for the impending party season, while at the piano the singer Phildel, who has been just signed up by Universal Studios, played a selection of her music, having worked with Henrietta on the soundtrack for her London Fashion Week 's show. And the clou of the evening has been the cut of the ribbon, with Henrietta Ludgate and her co hosts Livia Giuggioli Firth and Laura Bailey.
Ms Firth, stunning in a Henrietta Ludgate leather studded skirt brought some stylish biscuits with sweet icing on top. Eco designer Henrietta Ludgate is from Scotland and she works closely with the Scottish Textile Industry, providing employment for the local communities. The fabrics used are British and they are tailored by expert craftsmen maintaining  an artisanal charme.
Her clothes are classic with a twist, perfect for work, or for a night out or for a red carpet event.

The cut of the ribbon

The shop is open

Front shop with installation by Isil Ramadan

Livia Firth Henrietta Ludgate and Laura Bailey

A beautiful coat that caught my eye

Mini catwalk and Phildel at the piano

Yummy biscuits

A bright outfit

Liza Smith's girls at work

Paul Costelloe at London Fashion Week

Paul Costelloe started London Fashion Week season Spring Summer 2012 with a fantastic collection. For the ladies ivory, sand, and coral in the palette while gentlemen have been seen with pastel colours as well as the classical black for a trench coat and crisp white shirts. Mini dresses reminded me of the 1960's  with outfits that would have been great on Twiggy.  A great start for one of the four big fashion weeks in the world.

Paul Costelloe greets his guests at the end of the show

Caroline Charles Spring Summer Collection 2012

Past revisited for Caroline Charles Spring Summer Collection 2012 at London Fashion Week. A vintage feel in details like the straw hats, the small gloves and those delicious tea dresses and gingham patterns.
Floaty silks and hand drawn prints, bright colours like red, green, blue together with black and ivory embellished with sequins. A ladylike collection that I would see worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, a young look but at the same time proper and refined.

Evening wear

Caroline Charles at the end of the show.

Georgia Hardinge the Cubed Collection

Georgia Hardinge 's Collection during London Fashion Week, filled up the venue at the Freemasons Hall. The collection called "Cubed" is inspired by the Cubofuturist artists. Her palette is grey, black, ivory with flashes of orange and  blue. The floaty fabrics and the geometrical shapes of the prints make for a marvellous collection, easy to wear enhancing the woman's body with very feminine details. Enjoy the show as I did, Georgia Hardinge has been "One To Watch", now she is a "Number One".

Georgia Hardinge greets her guests at the end of the show

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Justin Deakin Makes the Right Noise

It is just a little joke around the name of Justin Deakin 's shop "Make The Right Noise" and really this shop rocks. This time I am talking to my male readers, there is a new shop just for you and I'm quite jealous because the shoes are gorgeous. The shop is quintessentially British with classic shoe wear like brogues or Chelsea boots or loafers. The colours are discreet with greys, blacks, tan, but then the twist comes with details like trimmings depicting the colours of the Union Jack or other flags. The opening of the shop, situated just off Brick Lane in 22 Hanbury Street, held the same Britishness with live music at the piano in the street during a very balmy November evening by Stephen Ridley and no canapes for Justin Deakin's guests but English food like pork pies, Scottish salmon, and the most delicious scotch eggs I've ever tasted. I always write about local business and the fact that Justin Deakin make his shoes in the factory owned by the Church family that has been around for the last 125 years and the silk comes from an old factory where it has been woven  since the 13th Century  is just the cherry on the top and I hope that if he will never make shoes for women at least some of his models will come in small sizes.
I love the trimmings

I would not mind these in a small size

Stephen Ridley

An English feast

Junky Styling from an old suit a new outfit

I've got a special fondness for ethical fashion and when I see something unique it is a pleasure for me to support the idea and the designer. Junky Styling has got all of these qualities. They use high quality second hand garments, they cut them, deconstruct them giving them a new look. For the customers it is possible to bring their own clothes and have them remade into something else. No two pieces are the same and I think it is great that apart from finding something absolutely unique at their shop just off Brick Lane, it is possible to transform something that was in the back of the wardrobe, unloved and unused.
Just look at this small examples of what they are capable to do at Junky Styling.
Once upon a time it was a jacket, now it is a fantastic corset

A jacket with a twist, the sleeves are the new collar

Bags made from old jackets and denim

An old pair of trousers is a lovely sheath dress

Cristina Saibaduc between Fashion and Art

I've seen Cristina Saibaduc's fashion show during London Fashion Week and I've found it unusual in a pleasant way. The venue was at the Hospital Club and there weren't chairs or front rows. Guests were standing looking at a catwalk that was the perimeter of the room. The walls were covered with fabrics cut in geometrical shapes. we did not know that we were looking at the Spring Summer 2012 collection of this talented designer. Step by step the fabrics have been wrapped around the models' bodies giving life to gorgeous outfits. The same piece of fabric was a skirt or a dress depending how it was fastened to the model 's body. The beautiful silk was draped in a way that with few key pieces a capsule wardrobe had the holiday suitcase sorted with enough space to fill it up with  souvenirs. The small video will explain clearly how Cristina Saibaduc managed to mix Fashion and Art in a single show.
Video by Coban Beutelstetter

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Francesca Marotta ' s debut at London Fashion Week

Francesca Marotta 's collection " A la Recherche du Temps Perdu" is inspired by powerful women. At the Saint Martins Lane Hotel, during London Fashion Week a huge queue waited outside the building eager to see this debut designer with her own first collection. Francesca Marotta is not a stranger in the fashion trade, given her experience  as a Creative Director and Stylist for several companies, taking care of celebrities like the Scissor Sisters just to drop a name, also she put her creative mind in fashion shows, look books music videos. A girl with incredible talent and warmth. I loved her clothing, beautiful fabrics, precious  jewel colours and the black dress with the huge train will be seen for sure at the next red carpet event. Would you imagine a mega star wearing that fantastic outfit with that train embroidered with sequins ? After the pictures she can detach the train and be comfier, but the first impact with "That Dress" would be enormous. Have a look for yourself this collection is amazing.

Matching handbags Francesca Marotta by Claudine London

The Dress

The beautiful shoes by Gil Carvalho for Francesca Marotta

Monday, 21 November 2011

Emmanuel Katsaros and his fabulous collection

I love colours and when I've seen Emmanuel Katsaros  collection I've been drawn to it by its bright colours and the fact that I've seen some of the most gorgeous clutch bags ever. Emmanuel Katsaros has got a multi cultural background that is reflected in the lively colours of his handbags, sunglasses and beautiful gloves. His name make you thin rightly that his roots are Greek, but also there is some Italian blood and North African ones as well, all countries where the sun  shines and there is nothing you can do, the colours of your childhood stay  in your mind, reminding of holidays spent in amazing surroundings. Emmanuel Katsaros uses very soft leather for his bags and gloves, embellishing each piece with metal appliques.
Just look at these beauties, they will brighten up any outfit.
Coin purses shaped like an envelope and clutch bags with a twist

Soft leather gloves for a lady like look

Sunglasses worthy of Jackie Kennedy and a studded clutch