Entries from September 2011
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 29th, 2011
I went to visit designer Corrie Nielsen at her studio in the vaults in Somerset House. Corrie’s SS12 collection was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s gothic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Her love of mens tailoring is fused with a Japanese aesthetic, which works beautifully.
Every piece in Corrie’s collection tells a story and it’s a particular woman with a sense of grandure who wears her clothes. Although the collection is dramatic and seems like it is from another era there’s a certain modernity to the cut and the white shirt is classic Nielsen – you can often spot Corrie herself in crisp white crisp shirt..
Catwalk images courtesy of Christopher Dadey
I used this cape from Corrie’s previous collection in a shoot for Phoenix magazine.
Tags: Fashion Fringe, London Fashion Week SS12, Phoenix Magazine
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 28th, 2011
I was really looking forward to seeing Ziad Ghanem‘s show at Fashion Scout as I hadn’t seen one of his shows for several season as I was usually casting for another show when his was on.
This show was one of my favourite shows. It felt happy, like an event, and it was one! To start with there was a kerfuffle in the photographers’ pit, but the show was like a wedding with an entourage of guests including a child bridesmaid that the crowd adored. What I enjoyed most about the show was the audience participation – when a dress came out that they loved, they clapped and oohed and awed. It was just fun to see people excited about a show!
Last season there was so much talk about diversity on the catwalk and at Ziad’s show there’s nothing but variety, which makes for very consistent casting, oddly enough!
I love his dresses from the back, they are so sensual.
Photographs courtesy of Christopher Dadey.
Tags: All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, catwalk, London Fashion Week SS12
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 27th, 2011
At London Fashion Weekend I didn’t expect to find a streamer that’d I’d love – but these ones are so light and cute. Plus they come in six different colours! Often at a studio you have the big heavy professional steamers that take a bit of time to heat up, but also not every studio has a steamer. At a shoot we spend a lot of time steaming and pressing the garments so having a good steamer, iron and ironing board is essential. The Fridja steamer will actually fit into my suitcase with the rest of my kit so it’s quite easy to bring with me.
Tags: Stylist Kit
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 26th, 2011
My team and I had a great time at ShopStyle at London Fashion Weekend. It was great to meet so many people who just loved fashion. After styling 3 shows at London Fashion Week it’s great to meet the customer – the end user! It’s really important not to forget who fashion is really for! It was truly a weekend of best friends and I met so girls who come to London Fashion Weekend each season for a girly day out.
We had so many students come by the stand who were interested in studying fashion.We even had a girl who was about age 11 who’d made her own dress and who hopes to become a fashion designer. I was really surprized how many young girls want to work in the fashion industry and of course I understand why. The day was not only about giving out styling tips, but advice about what a fashion stylist does, where to study, what short courses to take, how to get an internship and understanding the different jobs that exist in the fashion industry.
Tags: London Fashion Weekend, online shopping
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 23rd, 2011
After London Fashion Weekend I was passing through Covent Gardens and saw this LEGO greenhouse by Sebastian Bergne. It was commissioned by LEGO as part of the London Design Festival 2011 The greenhouse is full of sunflowers. I was so happy when I saw the greenhouse – it’s not suppose to be there and is strangely comforting.
Tags: flowers, Lego
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 22nd, 2011
After a busy London Fashion Week I’m going to be spending a couple of days giving styling advice at London Fashion Weekend with Shop Style. Shop Style is an independent shopping website with hundreds of brands from Guess to Garth Pugh. I’ll be giving advice along with fellow stylist Fiona Doran, a.k.a Mrs. Jones about up and coming trends and looks for Autumn/Winter. It should be quite fun a day. We’ll have hundreds of products on the stand and lots more to look at on our iPads!
Tags: London Fashion Weekend
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 21st, 2011
I was quite excited to see our 5th issue of Phoenix on the news stands today at my local magazine shop in Spitalfields. Phoenix magazine comes out three times a year during fashion week (September and February, and graduate fashion week in June). We’re already working on our next issue! Can’t wait.
Tags: Phoenix Magazine
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 20th, 2011
Oliver Ruuger’s exhibition at the Freemason’s Hall was truly magical. In the upstairs of the Freemason’s Hall, an art deco building umbrellas and a brief case were suspended in the air. I saw Oliver Ruuger’s collection during graduate fashion week and I was so delighted to see it again, but this time up close. Everyday objects are transformed: umbrellas with horse hair and studded it’s all very eerie but it’s the craftmanship that truly stands out.
Ruuger graduated from Kingston University in 2008 and completed his MA at London College of Fashion.
Tags: accessories, Emerging Talent, Fashion Week, menswear
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 16th, 2011
This is BFC Tent at 5:30am in the morning, before the teams start to arrive for Paul Costelloe’s show.
The finally touches for the catwalk are all finished by 6am – it’s still considered a building site until 6am so the teams can’t arrive any earlier.
This is the hair and makeup area and there’s quite a bit of space for the teams to work. It’s wonderful to be in the tents early and see how still everything is and as soon as everyone is here the atmosphere is electric!
Tags: London Fashion Week SS12, Paul Costelloe
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 15th, 2011
This evening was the Phoenix Magazine launch party celebrating our 5th issue, which is out on news stands today. There are also free copies which will be given out during London Fashion Week. The party was at Jewel in Covent Gardens – I quite like the bar as I did my first shoot with Kate Nash there, and now Kate Nash is the Music Editor at Phoenix, starting with this issue!
Love our cover with Leah Weller wearing Ada Zandition SS12.
Me with Hannah Kane – the editor of Phoenix Brigitte Aphrodite DJed tonight!
Tags: Phoenix, Phoenix Magazine
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 14th, 2011
Today we were casting men for Paul Costelloe’s show. We had lots of models attend the casting so we had some really good options. We had quite a few models who had their portfolio on their iPad – each season I see more models with iPads. Most models still have books but I imagine that in the next few years that will change.
I loved that Richard from Next had images of himself at the shows he did. So many models don’t remember what shows they were in but it’s an easy way to see what someone’s done.
Tags: casting, London Fashion Week SS12, menswear, models
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 13th, 2011
Love these mannequins in the Zara windows near Oxford Circus – they remind me of Mary Portas!
Tags: mannequins, mary Portas
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 12th, 2011
Every London Fashion Week about 300 models flock to the Fashion Scout Casting. It’s quite an amazing site.
The Ones to Watch designers with Fashion Scout’s casting director Claire, who was giving the designers last minute tips and advice. It’s a lot to take in when there’s over 300 models, it can be a bit overwhelming.
I recently worked with Jessica P. on a shoot, it’s nice to see so many familiar models all in one place!
I’m seeing more and more models with portfolios on their iPad. Love it!
Tags: Catwalk. Show Stylist, models, Ones to Watch
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 9th, 2011
For every fashion show there is always a hair and make up test. It’s important to see how the whole look comes together. You usually have a moodboard that inspired the designer’s collection and you might also have a separate moodboard for hair and makeup. The right hair and make up can change everything so it’s really important to know what look and feel is right for your show. Make up and hair trends are important in themselves as the trends that we see this London Fashion Week could influence our makeup choices for next summer.
Tags: Lan Nquyen, London Fashion Week SS12, makeup
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 8th, 2011
I’ve been tube surfing in my new Dr. Martens. If it’s not too busy in the tube I can’t resist the opportunity to test my balancing skills to pass the time.
I’ve been searching for a new pair of flats for a while now, and I’m really happy with my Dr Martens Brook Shoes, which I found at Poste Mistress on Monmouth Street. It often takes me a while to finds shoes for myself because any pair of shoes that becomes a favorite pair to wear is in for a world of hurt. They will in a few months walk to every part of London and travel and be subjected to all kinds of weather. I’ll stand in them all day and carry heavy bags and they always have to look good, because quite often on shoots or visits as soon as someone knows I’m a stylist they look at my shoes with extra scrutiny. These passed this test when I had lunch with another stylist, definitely one of the top stylists in the world, and he glanced down at my feet and then looked again and asked "…are those Dr Martens?!", surprised that I’d be wearing Dr Martens and surprised that they’re so cute!
They’re starting to form to my feet and become more and more comfortable – currently my best tube surfing shoes!
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 7th, 2011
I’d never gone to a TK Maxx press day before and was curious to see what they would show. TK Maxx is an ‘Off Price’ shop – which means it sells new, quality goods at prices that are lower than the regular retail price. They have 12 buying offices worldwide and about 200 buyers. Each store receives about 10,000 new items each week in three or four shipments. Since the stock is constantly changing it tends to be weekly magazines that call in TK Maxx for shoots.
The whole concept of ‘Off Price’ is quite interesting and is somehow different from discount retailers. So what is the difference? It’s the way things are bought: buyers are buying in season so they have access to closeouts, cancelled orders, buying directly from department stores, buying nonseasonal items at the best price (like white socks), and buying directly from the designers. The parent company TJX Companies has huge buying power and pays on time – which is a huge incentive for most vendors. They also have the ‘Gold Label’ section, which is about luxury brands – so if you are a luxury brand your ‘off price’ items are still presented to the customer as high end.
Many of the items in stock are also in season and on trend. The have lots of jewel colours for Christmas, lots of sparkle and some great fur coats.
Tags: press days
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 6th, 2011
I can’t believe the rain in London. Sometimes it feels like you’re on a movie set and you’re just waiting for a bus or a big 4×4 to come by and splash you (A Sex in the City moment.) This mini lake was right in front of TopShop and they had just finished the road works but they forgot a drain!
Tags: Oxford Circus, Rain
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 2nd, 2011
Today I gave a fashion talk to some new photography students who were taking a short course at Central Saint Martins. It’s quite a lovely experience to meet such new students. For many of them this was their first photography course and their first photo shoot. They each showed me one image from their shoot, then we discussed why they choose that image and their experience of the shoot day.
CSM is moving soon, and the campus (I was at the one by Holborn) is being dismantled and much of its contents is being moved to the new location at Kings Cross.
Tags: fashion students
Posted by Rebekah Roy on September 1st, 2011
Alice Lee Malene Oddershede Bach
I’m quite excited about styling Vauxhall Fashion Scouts’ Ones to Watch show during London Fashion Week. This season the designers are Alice Lee, Malene Oddershede Bach, Phoebe English and Shao Yen. The Ones To Watch is usually the designers’ first catwalk show so it’s a lot of pressure. Every season is, but at the beginning designers want to make the most of every opportunity.
The Ones to Watch has been a great launch pad for many designers. In September 2009 both Ada Zanditon and Hermione de Paula were in the Ones to Watch. The following season Hermione won Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Merit Award and Ada is presently showing a film on the digital schedule at London Fashion Week.
Phoebe English Shao Yen
There is so much for a new designer to think about but Vauxhall Fashion Scout takes a huge amount of pressure off a new designer. You don’t have to think about production or finding a space to show. You don’t have to worry about PR and making sure people will attend the show. The designers are also given a hair and make up team and this season Lan Nguyen is the head make up artist and Tim Furssedunn (Creative Director at Toni and Guy) is doing the hair. It’s really important for a new designer to be able to just focus on their collection. It does seem like this should be the norm but most designers end up having to multitask, working on every aspect of their business while also having to design great clothing.
Tags: catwalk, Ones to Watch, Ones to Watch September 2011, Show Stylist, Vauxhall Fashion Scout