Sunday, 26 August 2012

Femme De Rose Bespoke Tailored Jackets Designed by You

How many times have you looked for the perfect jacket and always something was missing, like the right shape of a pocket or the cut, or simply the buttons were not  what you were looking for.
The designer Aloye Adede, who was born in London and who studied at the European Institute of Design in Italy, knows a thing or two about good tailoring and quality. In 2008 Aloye established her label Eyola and in 2011 she came up with the idea of a website where the customer can design her own jacket from scratch, choosing the fabric, the colour, the lining, the shapes and everything that can make a great garment. Femme De Rose was born for the joy of all of us who don't want to have a jacket seen on thousands. For anyone who likes unique pieces Femme De Rose is the natural stop to visit for a one off piece that will last for life. There are three price ranges and obviously the choice of materials and details will be different but with millions of combinations available on the website it will be virtually impossible not to find something for anyone's taste.
The jacket, once the designing is decided will be ready in about four weeks and it can be shipped all over the world. All the garments are hand made so the craftsmanship is going to be of the highest quality.
This is one example of what can be done using the Femme De Rose website. The effect is striking and as you can see the options are endless.

Pastel and leopard prints, unusual matching but it works so well.

I love the contrast with black feathers and the dark red blazer, it has that Gothic feeling which is the trend for this coming season.
Just visit the website and start design your own jacket.

FIJI Water and iTunes Festival 2012

It is refreshing in the real sense of the word to see a brand of mineral water teaming up with a music festival.
FIJI Water, with its recognisable bottle has been seen to all the main events, being the choice  for most fashion designers who dotted the front rows to hydrate  press and buyers during that stylish  marathon called London Fashion Week.
FIJI Water this time is partnering with iTunes Festival during the 30 days of music at the iconic Roundhouse in Camden. As well as refreshing crews and the artists FIJI Waters give all the music fans the opportunity to win tickets to some of the most exciting gigs during the festival, through a series of daily draws on a custom Facebook app  on the brand new " FIJI Water UK" page.
It is something not to be missed: Pink, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Usher, Lana Del Rey, Jessie J are just a handful of big names who will play during September.
Dance the night away, you've got FIJI Water to keep you hydrated.


Friday, 24 August 2012

Nico Didonna and Christopher Ciccone ready for London Fashion Week

It is early news but THE  fashion show  everyone is waiting will see Nico Didonna, Italian designer based in London teaming with Christopher Ciccone, artist and now shoe designer, for a catwalk at the Italian Cultural Institute on the 14th of September. Nico Didonna's gorgeous dresses and Christopher Ciccone 's  new collection of shoes will take London's  breath away. Rock band Early Morning Rebel has written a track specially for the show and at the magnificent venue in Belgrave Square Italian fashion will be celebrated during London Fashion Week.
Nico Didonna 's exquisite collection will be in shop at Spring time but go to his shop at 16A D'arblay Street in Soho W1F 8EA where the Autumn Winter collection is already on the rails with fantastic pieces tailored up to the last details. I particularly love a grey coat with a powder pink satin lining. The shop stocks outfits  for women and men and it is so popular that many celebrities love Nico's style and they are loyal customers.
A couple of competition will run in the next few days in order to win two tickets for this show. Tickets are virtually gold dust on this occasion. Watch this space for more information.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Ciccone Collection

Christopher Ciccone is well known for his works as a creative director for Madonna s' several tours, he is a celebrated photographer, interior and furniture designer, as well as an all round artist. This autumn Christopher Ciccone is launching his Ciccone Collection, a selection of fantastic shoes for men, women and children. Christopher mixes materials like rubber, canvas and leather to create something unique. The palette include the whole rainbow spectrum with bold colour matching.
The collection will be unveiled during London Fashion Week  and it will be a huge event. No pictures of shoes yet even if I've seen the sketches on the look book but I promise that they will be on this blog as soon as the collection will debut. The shoes are manufactured by Novesta, a factory in Czechoslovakia and I'm sure that once seen them they will be on everyone wish list. Watch this space and for now just keep this logo in mind, it is going to be global and you've seen it here first.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Ubuntu International Project Showcase

Ubuntu is an African philosophy that focuses on people's relations with each other. It comes from the Bantu languages. Bringing this concept into fashion, Ubuntu International Project brought to London Fashion Week a showcase of African designers  as well as a message to trade with Africa rather than just help with charities. Trade is like that famous saying " A fishing hook will give the skill of fishing but just provide for fish once it's finished there 's no food anymore". So during the fashion show held at the Freemasons' Hall and hosted by the Vauxhall Fashion Scout, everyone could learn a thing or two about collaboration and most important we could acknowledge great talents that otherwise wouldn't be  known on a huge platform like London Fashion Week.
Clinton Lotter sent on the catwalk a great collection, mixing African heritage with European Art Deco. The lines are geometric, every peace is tailored to perfection and the choice of the colours is very striking. II really like this teal and black ensemble with the huge hounds tooth pattern.
Jose' Hendo uses eco friendly fabrics and the result is a collection of spectacular one off pieces. Also in Jose ' Hendo garments are made using second hand clothing like suits, denim and for that luxury twist, wedding dresses.

Jose' Hendo promotes the use of African cotton and the manufacturers in his country. After the show with his collection, the models came out with T Shirts sporting mottoes promoting African trade and fair trading.

Ayo van Elmar is the label behind the founder Ayo her the co founder Elmar. The fabrics explore the African culture with bright colours and incredible patterns. This collection is dedicated to the blast victims and their families, in Ayo's country, Nigeria.

Frankly Wild has showed a collection of huge jewellery, which I think would be striking on a red carpet. Just wearing a necklace like the one on the picture makes a statement and this one was one of the discreet ones.Other pieces were big and bold.
House of Jola is owned by Joan Okorodudu. She established Nigeria's Next Super Model as well as founding her model agency Isis/ In her shop she stocks emerging Nigerian talents.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Mattijs AW 2012 2013 Starbust

Less than a month to London Fashion Week, ready to discover what will be new for the season Spring and Summer 2013. But it is now that we can find in shops and department stores what we've seen in February. Check the latest collection of Mattijs van Bergen who with his label Mattijs sent on the catwalk at the Freemasons' Hall hosted by the Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
 Starbust is the name of this collection and the dresses have got an inspiration from "Star Wars" with the music and the styles reminding me of Princess Leia with that particular hairdo and gold and metallic accessorises inspired by the two robots in the film saga.
The palette is beautiful, starting with black and gold, going to a bright orange and finishing with green aqua, blue and teal.
The fabrics were of the highest quality, silks, chiffons, leather details, the silhouettes are very feminine and flattering.
The collection is fabulous and the pieces are wearable. Some of them are quite dramatic the so called killer pieces, the ones you get to remember after the show.
Mattijs van Bergen at the end of his show greets the guests who attended the catwalk in the magnificent marbled hall embellished with mosaics and symbols. A perfect frame for this collection.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Graduate Fashion Week Gala

This is the end of the 21st edition of Graduate Fashion Week. Keep these names in mind because they are the winners of this year and they will be working and collaborating with companies in the fashion industry.
Outside the venue celebrities have been photographed by the paparazzi and I could take a picture of Matthew Williamson and Daphne Guinness, two of the judges who later in the evening awarded some of the students for the most prestigious gongs.
Sarah Murphy caught my attention at the Northumbria University space and apparently she caught the eyes of Lucy Siegle and Livia Firth as well who declared her the winner of  the Ethical Award.
Xiaoping Huang is here with Daisy Lowe and Mary Katrantzou while receiving the Zandra Rhodes Knitwear Award. This graduate from Lancashire University  won over a very though competition.
For the George: Childrenwear Award, Louise Redknapp and Fiona Lambert from George at Asda declared winner Harriet Simons from  Colchester University. A very summery collection that deserve to be put into production.
The winner for the Womenswear Award has been given to Chloe Jones  by Matthew Williamson. Her collection inspired by Gothic architecture and at the same time very ethereal using silk organza and jersey has won over everybody in the jury panel.

I don't know if happened before but Chloe Jones snapped up as well the George Gold Award worth £ 20,000.
Suzy Menkes, Daphne Guinness and Fiona Lambert awarded the young designer and I can see a star in the making. I'm quite curious to follow up her career's achievement, because Chloe Jones will go far and I would not be surprised to see one of her next collections on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mr Start for tailored shirts

Despite the fact that the company Mr Start has been established in 2008, the owner has been in the fashion industry for 50 years. I've seen the collection Autumn Winter at Somerset House during London Fashion Week and I've been impressed by the cut and the colours of the shirts displayed.
Mr Philip Start knows about menswear, he knows about style and what a man is looking when shopping for quality shirts. His line includes slim fit shirts in pastel colours and this season the pin collar has been introduced in white cotton. For a casual look flannel shirts are a staple for those week ends in the countryside or just walking in a park.
Have a look at Mr Start collection going at 42-44 Rivington Street Shoreditch EC2A 3QP or pop in at one of his concessions in Selfridges, Harrods or Harvey Nichols.

Heohwan Simulation

Heohwan Simulation participated last season at the Ones To Watch catwalk with less than 5 minutes to show his talent and in July he has been awarded with the  Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award  entitling him to a £ 25,000 to be used over the next three seasons allowing him to a solo catwalk both at London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Waiting to see his next collection that is going to be presented next month let's have a look at the one showed in February and which clothes are in the shops now.
As a student in Menswear, this collection mixes feminine lines with a stronger detailing given by his studies background, creating something very wearable and matching black with bright colours like orange and electric blue. The look is inspired by the 1980s people in the street giving the name  for this collection  " The Flaneur" from the French " to stroll".
This skirt is absolutely gorgeous. The pattern gives a silhouette and look at the detail of the huge zip on the side.

A slice of bright orange gives life to an outfit made to brave those winter days. I love the zip on the side of the jacket, it just gives a twist to a minimalist leather garment.

Heohwan  with his models in another two striking outfits. Looking forward to see your next collection.

Nottingham Trent University Graduate Fashion Show

In just a bit more than a month London Fashion Week will kick in, so while waiting for the designers to unveil their latest collection for the season Spring Summer 2013 let's have a look at another University, whose graduate students are trying to make their mark on the fashion industry. This time Nottingham Trent University is on stage at Graduate Fashion Week.
Dae Byn Lee sent on the catwalk a collection with bright colours and floral prints. The judges picked this collection for the Textile Award but sadly Dae Byn Lee did not take the gong home. Still been recognised and chosen it is already a fantastic achievement.
Gemma Hayter had a very bright and tailored collection. The pieces were wearable and the bright colours were matched with nude tones. The lines are minimalist but with details like a dress with pocket which is a God send.

Holly Marke designed a collection of fine knitwear in natural colours. The palette contained ivory, sand, ecru' with details like cut outs or loose weave that give a twist to the outfit.
Lily Mason collection takes inspiration by the secretary/librarian  look. Tartan, tweeds brogues and spectacles gives a vintage feeling to this line which I would wear in a jiffy. It looks warm, comfortable and stylish.

Tamsin Lakhani collection of knitwear has got reminiscence of the first Missoni's during the 1970s. The colours and the patterns bring back memories of a style that never died and the mixing of patterns take the collection in the next Century. I love it.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Jacksons for shoes with a twist

Be ready for Summer 2013, not only because this summer, if we ever had one this year,  we could not show off our footwear, but because The Jacksons at 5 All Saints Road W11 1HA  has in store for its customers a collection of beautiful, soft, bright shoes that are not only gorgeous to look at, but they must be comfortable as well.
These sandals wedges are fantastic with its bright colours. I've touched the leather, it is very soft and the inside of the shoes are comfy and perfect to be worn all day. If there is something I spend my money on are shoes, feet can't be neglected. A pair of coloured and thick tights will transform a summer shoe in something to be worn all year round.

A classic English style with pastel colours. Having a pair of shoes like these is an investment, they will never go out of fashion and they can be worn with trousers or with a dress. The unusual colour will give that special something, enough to be noticed.
The Jacksons thought about bags as well, a collection where it is possible to match shoes and bag picking the same shade or going for contrast colours. The bags are roomy, perfect for all our little necessities that keeps us going during the day.

Cord sandals in natural colours, the shoes  that will match any outfit in our closets. The wedge is not high making them perfect for the office, a walk, a shopping trip. By wearing these shoes the mind will drift to a Mediterranean holiday without the hassle of the journey and you don't have to take them off at the security control.

This coloured version is lovely, chocolate, burnt orange and blue, the colours that are the main palette in a summer wardrobe. These are shoes that once bought are going to be the staple of the summer look and when going on holiday. These are also easy to take them off when prompt by the airport staff.

This line has got canvas, leather, suede, all in delicious colours, definitely inspired by the hot weather, there is a version in silver for a glam night out with comfort . It is difficult to choose the right models, they are all beautiful and so versatile. The only thing to do is just wait for the collection to hit the shop and meanwhile have a browse at the Jacksons ' website.

Arts University College Bournemouth Graduate Fashion Show

I'm writing about another Graduate Fashion Show, just to prepare everyone for the many shows in September during London Fashion Week. And in here we are talking Graduate Fashion Week where many of the now big names in the fashion industry moved their first steps. This time it is about the Arts University College of Bournemouth where the students put up an incredible show.
Ke Li mixes West and East bringing symbols from China like this jumper with the image of Mao and matching this look with Dr Martins ' boots. In this collection, we've got military style coats and red is very present, in a tie, in a print.

Ellis Currie has been nominated for the Mulberry Accessories Award thanks to the jewellery, huge and made with matching fabric from the collection, the award went to somebody else but it is still a big step to be chosen among all the students. The collection has got a bright palette of blues and yellows with a hippy feeling.
Harry Smith sent on the catwalk a real pro, model Valerie Pain, who started her career in the 1960s is still strutting her stuff  and surely giving some tips to the younger generations. This collection is something that it could be in shops for the next season. It is very wearable, and despite being a menswear collection it can be worn by a woman and being fabulous as well. Black is the dominant colour for jumpers, trousers and jackets.