Sunday, 28 October 2012

Mascot for Fashion Shenzhen

Mascot has participated during London Fashion Week to the show hosted by the Vauxhall Fashion Scout for Fashion Shenzhen. Mascot is very popular in China with nearly 100 shops across the country. Chief designer Yang Fan takes her inspiration from the traditional Chinese fabrics rich of embroideries where flowers and dragons are the main features as seen in antique tapestries. The feel is modern though  because of the cut and the modern details. A very feminine collection with bright colours like red, orange, jade green and gold.




AUM Fashion from China

Fashion Shenzhen groups a selection of Chinese designers all working in this busy and industrial district where garments and textiles factories give job to thousands. Fashion Shenzhen is a coveted ticket during London Fashion Week and Vauxhall Fashion Scout hosted the catwalk of the company AUM by Michelle Shimin Yu. The collection is very minimalist inspired by the simplicity of Buddhist style. The forms are fluid and the fabrics very light with lots of layering. The palette has got colours going from white to red to rust and green. Warm colours with an eye to Chinese tradition and a wink to European style. A perfect collection for a relaxing look.




Michelle Shimin Yu at the end of the show with two of her stunning models greets the many guests at the packed Freemasons Hall.

Luna Sky Spring Summer 2013

I went to the Westbury Hotel to attend the catwalk of Japanese designer Luna Sky. The show brought everyone back to the 1950s thanks to the great music during the runway, all old classics and mainly thanks to the collection of evening dresses inspired by that glamorous era and by the " Sakura" the Japanese cherry blossom that is present in the collection laser cut in the fabrics. Swarovski crystals give light to the ethereal dresses in chiffon, silk and lace, The palette features pastel colours like yellow, pale blue, peach as well as Luna Sky favourite black and white.





Ekaterina Kukhareva Goddess in St.Tropez

I 've loved Ekaterina Kukhareva Spring Summer Collection 2013 during London Fashion Week. The show has been held at the Freemasons Hall for the Vauxhall Fashion Scout and it has been a really enjoyable runway. The theme was " Goddess in St.Tropez" and its queen icon Brigitte Bardot. Beachwear, light dresses, trousers, fantastic accessories. The shoes were amazing and the make up, very 1960s with big hair and wide headbands were spot on. I would have worn everything from that collection. The colours were bright and psychedelic like an old record cover. Enjoy the show as I did and look for inspiration for the next Spring Summer.



Toms Shoes Spring Summer 2013

I am a fan of Toms Shoes for more than one reason. First of all they are a collection of shoes for women, men and children and they are made with great  sustainable and vegan materials and manufactured in a very fair trade environment, the colours are fantastic, inspired by different countries like Africa or South America and most important, for every pair of shoes Toms gives to a child in need a pair of shoes.
These shoes are lovely and you can just imagine little feet wearing them. The bright Red Clea model I wish it was made in larger sizes because I would not mind wearing them.

This seasonal classic model has been  updated creating this sweet crochet flat. In here you can see the silver and yellow version but there are more colours for this range including my beloved purple.

These strappy wedges are very comfortable, despite the height the insole is soft. These models are perfect with everything and the range of colours make it very easy to match them with every single item in our wardrobes. The Denim Stripe model is very versatile, the Blue Ikat model has got the wedge covered in the same print. The Pink Hemp model has got a very soft fabric and a nice cord wedge while the Oahu model is very bright and with a wedge made of cork.
And in here we've got the wedges, comfy ideal from day to evening thanks to the choice of the fabrics. The Indigo Metallic Linen model goes with virtually everything. The Village Stripe model has got all the colours for the next season and the Orchid Hemp model will make happy who loves a purplish hue.

Men have got this limited edition collection partnered with Movember where this movement raise money for Men's Health Issues in particular prostate and testicular cancers. From the 1st of November these shoes will be on sale and proceeds from their sale will go to this charity. The small red moustache embroidered on the shoes will pin point the commitment for this important matter.
Men have got a great choice with the Toms collection. This line is the popular Desert Botas in a selection of Denim, Grey Denim, Stripe and the Botas model next to them  in Grey and Rust.

This sea - inspired line, the Biminis has got stitching and the feet are very comfortable in them. In red, chambray, in grey and black denim, these are shoes to be worn all summer.

This pair of glasses, the Lobamba model is one of the 5 lines of Eyewear Collection.  For every Eyewear sold Toms gives a person in need  a life saving surgery to treat cataract for example or medicines and treatment for eye injury, infection or diseases or a prescription glasses. Things that in the western world are quite taken for granted, in many countries are still a big issues.
For more information, to check the current collection which is gorgeous and to know more about this company go online to www.toms.com 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Underground X for Limited Edition Shoes

You've got until the 24th of November to go to 8 Berwick Street in Soho at the Underground shop to have the opportunity to purchase a pair of  Limited Edition Underground Shoes. This is the perfect occasion to buy your Christmas presents, because if you are not quick enough, all the most exclusive shoes will be gone. Underground X is taking over the shop with incredible shoes.
I've recognised this model designed by Fam Irvoll for her fashion show during London Fashion Week. All her models were wearing these shoes and they looked so comfortable. The prints match the clothing collection.

This line has been designed by Sibling, I find them fantastic. I know that Sibling is a menswear label but I would wear those shoes straightaway. The blue and green ones remind me of a peacock plumage and the orange ones, well orange is one of my favourite colours. I would have to flip a coin to decide which pair should be in my wardrobe.
These bStore for Underground creepers are great. Prince of Wales fabric and leopard print mixed together. This model is going to be in shop for a month only, I would not miss this opportunity if I were you and you wanted to wear something unique.
These black studded creepers with paint splashes are for the new punk of the 21st century. A street style picture is guaranteed when wearing these. The designer who contributed with this model is Ashish.

This model was understandably in the window. The classic Underground model with crystals and spikes. If diamonds are a girl's best friends, this pair of shoes is the perfect friend for the Underground Girl.
Time is running out, head to Soho, in Berwick Street and be amazed.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Best of Britannia

Best of Britannia, or " BOB" as it has been called, gathered a selected numbers of companies ranging from any sector, from automotive, to fashion, to food, to furniture, all of them had to have their products made in Great Britain. All of them have been allocated in a Victorian disused factory in the City, the Farmiloe Building, in order to make stronger the link between industrial Great Britain and the brands hosted for these three days of britishness, that during the summer between the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games has been put forward to give a boost to our economy. Many companies had an heritage and a history behind them, but others were quite new and full of hope in being known for the quality and the uniqueness of their products as well as promoting the " Made in Britain".

Dashing Tweeds is a company founded by photographer Guy Hills and weaver Kirsty McDougall. Entirely made in Great Britain with yarns dyed in Yorkshire, the fabric woven in Scotland, the fashion collection made in Savile Row and North London and other accessories produced in Torquay or Bristol, Dashing Tweeds has put a new look into a fabric always seen as severe and old fashioned. Menswear has got a new cut and the colours are bright. I love the trainers. Check their  collection at www.dashingtweeds.co.uk

Age of Reason is a company in Brighton and the designer Ali Mapletoft makes the most exquisite silk scarves working with the best artisans to ensure that the quality of her works is of the highest standard. Every scarf is a painting and the style is inspired by the streets of London and with a punky edge. each scarf is finished by hand and the result is a fantastic bright scarf that it will be forever a statement accessory and it will give a new look every time it will be worn in a different style. www.age-of-reason-studios.com
I could not believe my eyes when at the next stand I've seen some handbags I've been chasing for years. Lie Down I Think I Love You started its business in 2006 thanks to Emily Trotter and Lisa Duleu. I've bought one of their first bags in a big shop and it still goes strong, but when I wanted to buy more of their products, I could not find them in the shop where I knew they were stocked. I was in love with the choice of leather, soft and in fantastic colours and the fact that they were matching the bags with a vintage scarf. When I've seen their new collection I could not resist and one bag came home with me. Those girls made my day. Check their website and my next post on them. www.liedownithinkiloveyou.com

Something for the boys with Magties, whose designer Alan Brooker showed me his creations, all made in silk from his studio in Southwark. Bright ties, neckties, bow ties were on display, some of them classic with a twist, others a bit more eccentric but all of them a little piece of art. Magties has got a great following of famous necks who wear its products. I really loved the idea of selling cufflinks inside small marmalade jars. On the first week end of December it will be possible to visit Alan at his studio at Peacock Yard, just check the Facebook page for Pullen Yards, it will be perfect for your Christmas shopping. www.magties.co.uk

Hose makes incredible tights using the hand screen printed tecnique. In a country where tights have to be worn nearly all year round, demand for this product will never stop. As you can see from the picture the colours are very bright with playful prints. Designer Rebecca Cluett set up her company in April, but already received few mentions from the press and her products are stocked in a couple of famous websites. Check her collection at www.hosetights.co.uk
Laura's Loom is based in Cumbria and its products are beautiful wool scarves and throws. Laura Rosenzweig designs and weaves her creations using wool sourced in Yorkshire from the Bluefaced Leicester sheep. I was so engrossed in talking about those fantastic pieces in the stand that I've forgotten to take a picture and kindly Laura sent it to me. The scarves are soft and warm and mainly they are made in the North of Great Britain. The throws are luxurious and there are some sweet baby blankets  framed by a silk hem. Cushion cases are so snuggly that the first instinct is to hug the pillow just to feel the warmth of the cloth. Check Laura 's fascinating story of her production on her website: www.laurasloom.co.uk
After visiting the exhibition the only thing I wanted to relax was a cup of tea and what better cup that those made by Sara Smith ? Produced in Stoke-on-Trent, where the first bone china teacups were made, Sara preferred to stay in England instead of following the big names and sending her production abroad. The look is very vintage but the size are very generous for a nice cup of tea and I don't even start with the choice of colours, for this year royal blue, amethyst purple and deep green are the stars, all decorated with a black coloured motif and  a golden rim. I know already which one is my favourite. www.sarasmith.co.uk

My wish for Best of Britannia is to visit its next edition given the great support given to the British companies that prefer quality to the lure of cheap manufacturing abroad and to see the exhibitors stocked everywhere, because I think is beautiful to own an item that has been made with passion.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Bernard Chandran Spring Summer 2013

The beautiful venue at the Freemasons Hall hosted the Bernard Chandran Spring Summer 2013 show, organised supremely by Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
An edgy collection with unique cut, art deco prints and a palette of beige, pink, light grey, black and blue. The fabrics are luxurious including silk, organza, cotton, leather inserts and glass sequins embroidered  to give that touch of sparkle.
Bernard Chandran reinvent himself at every season, so every show is a surprise and a discovery into his world of feelings and emotions.

Bernard Chandran greets his guests at the end of the successful show.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Ashley Isham Spring Summer 2013 Collection

It is always a pleasure to attend  Ashley Isham fashion show during London Fashion Week.
For this season Ashley took his inspiration from the artistic movement Orphism where the choice of vibrant and strong colours is present in all the works of art. And an explosion of colours we've seen at the Goldsmiths Hall, from delicate mint green, tangerine, soft blues, going stronger with bright pinks, electric blue and purples. The style is always very feminine, with details and hand embroideries. Fabrics chosen for this spectacular collection include lace, jersey, crepe, chiffon and satin. This collection can go straight from the catwalk to a shop, it is very wearable and I must admit, I would have bought quite few of the garments on the runway.
The music has been mixed by Jodie Harsh and Charlie Le Mindu worked on the models ' hair with the assistance of Paul Edmonds session team for L'Oreal Professionel.  A stellar collaboration for a great show.
I love this dress. The prints are magnificent, a work of art.

Ashley Isham comes out to greet his guests and receive a round of deserved applause from everyone in the hall. Perfect organisation at the front door from Pop PR always impeccably perfect.