Today I was fabric shopping on Brick Lane and I noticed this scissor plaque on the pavement in front of 104 Brick Lane. It’s called a rondel and they were designed by Keith Bowler in 1995 to celebrate East London’s history.
This is a great clothes shop in the heart of Soho – it’s packed with a lot of clothes, but the edit is so clear (and cool!) – it’s great to see a shop with such clear branding, because a lot of shops try to cater to a variety of customers and end up watering down their branding so much that they’re hard to relate to.
I gave them a call (02072874118) to clarify the name of the shop, and they confirmed that they don’t have a name…! I guess clear branding is about being unique, and no having a name is certainly unique.
There is a catwalk exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum featuring photographs by Chris Moore, Kirsten Sinclaire, Matt Lever and Philip Meech. The shots are about the catwalk clothes, the front row, the celebrities, backstage and beauty and how important catwalk shows are to the fashion industry.
It’s true that catwalk seems to be more important than ever – the main cities are in a conflict over when their show dates will be, the schedule seems to be more and more full and even established brands like McQ are showing. It’s expensive to show, but if done well it’s actually a very good deal because of all the worldwide press that a show generates, which can last for years.
This morning I tweeted about prepping for a shoot and hunting for leopard (print), and this illustration is the result! As part of the Samsung Galaxy Note twitter campaign they’re having different illustrators illustrate your tweets. My tweet was illustrated by Natasha Law, who’s done commissions for Vogue, Mulberry, Harrods and Globe Trotter. Love the pic!
It’s quite an interesting product – just being able to illustrate your ideas and send them off to a client!
When a bra campaign uses the phrase #banishthebounce for their twitter you just hope it’s true. I love going for a run but my sports bra was driving me insane. Ten minutes into my run I could feel the straps cutting into my shoulders. After complaining about my bad experience on twitter quite a few people recommended the Panache Sports Bra. I already have one of their bras and it’s my favourite one but sports bras are just a whole different thing. If you’re a D-cup or more you understand exactly what I mean. I’ve known so many girls who might wear a running bra and compression top just so that they can exercise. I tried on my new bra and jumped up and down in my livingroom and thought ok this could work. It’s the first time in ages that I’ve gone for a run and haven’t thought about my bra and how strapped and bound in I feel. Today I actually just thought about the cool air and how much I like running.
Two ounces of wheat grass is the equivalent to four pounds of fresh green vegtables and contains a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes. It’s also an antioxident and blood purifier. I have to say I do like the colour and well, it just tastes of grass. You can try wheat grass at Borough Market for £2!
I’ve always been a big fan of Aqua so it was quite exciting to see that Lady Gaga was performing at Children in Need Rocks, Manchester wearing an Aqua Python Jumpsuit. It’s great to see her wearing a Leeds label. Aqua opened it’s first London shop off Carnaby street a year and a half ago and more recenlty they opened a menswear shop. They also have a concession at Harrods and sell online at Asos.com. It’s one of the labels that all stylists love as each piece is strong and distinct and can be styled to give a unique look. The price point is from £40 to £180 and it always seems like there are new pieces in the shop!
Alex Noble was interviewed by Grazia’s Paula Reed at the Drapers Fashion Summit this week. Alex is only in his second year but before creating his own collection he’d been doing private orders for the previous two years. He’s also one of 4 designers who are part of The Haus of Gaga. He’s made her quite a few outfits, from the Brit awards to the red bandage outfits in the Bad Romance video!
Kirsty Ward, Corrie Nielsen, and Eudon Choi were the young designers on the Drapers Fashion Summit panel discussing the future of British fashion. Kirsty and Corrie both attended Central Saint Martins and Eudon graduated from Royal College of Art, and all three panelists worked for different designers before starting their own label. Working for other designers gave them all a better insight to the business side of fashion. All three designers experienced similar chellages about sales, manufacturing, doing fashion shows and how essential PR has been to their business.
Today was the first day of the WGSN Drapers Fashion Summit and I styled a fashion show featuring 6 recent graduate designers. It’s always exciting to work with a graduate collection – it’s very fresh and you can see all the effort that went into the collection and the thought behind it. A graduate collection is different from a ‘fashion week’ collection; it’s usually smaller, maybe 10 pieces – we featured 3 looks from 6 designers. You can really see the development of an idea or technique that the student is working on – and of course the potential!
On the mannequins:
Ume Romaan – De Montford
Rory Longdob – Nottingham
Shivani Chavd – De Montford
Dominique Krai – Northbrook College
Camilla Woodman – Kingston
Parsha Gerayesh-Nejad – Westminister
This is a picture of a few of my dressers backstage – they did such great job. Backstage there was an amazing energy – we all loved the clothes but it was really just true teamwork. It just makes such a difference when you work with a team who has a positive attitude and really wants to do a good job!
This shoot was all about mens suiting – so many garments, so many accessories and about 40 pairs of shoes! After every shoot there are loads of returns to be be sorted. My assistants and I are usually the last ones to leave the studio as we’re packing up all the clothes and labeling them for the courier.
I used to have two teddy bears when I was little. I loved them and they seemed to travel everywhere with me, to Paris, to Canada and back to London. My mother even crocheted matching dresses for me and my panda bear. It’s hard to say why, but we just love teddy bears, and now there’s a designer teddy bear collection!
This Pudsey Collection will be exhibited in Liberty from November 7 to 19 November 2011, and the collection is being auctioned on eBay to raise money for BBC Children in Need.
I was quite delighted to meet Kat Maconie at her press day as I’ve used her Autumn Winter 2011 shoes in a shoot for Phoenix magazine. Kat is a self-taught shoe designer – which is quite exciting as she’s a great example of the different paths to becoming a successful designer. Kat gained quite bit of experience while working as a buyer for Whistles and she also worked with Tomasz Starzewski and Sitting Pretty in design, promotion and wholesale. She then took a few short courses in shoe design at London College of Fashion and launched her company in 2009! It’s quite inspiring to see what Kat has accomplished in such a short time: in less than three years she’s already stocked in Poste Mistress, ASOS, Urban Outfitters plus boutiques in Europe, Toyko, and the US.
Kat has designed shoes for Felder Felder for the past three seasons!
I’m loving the rose gold shoes and the new buckle.
I hate being cold and the cardigan is just a bit too boring for me. Magnet 8 designs tailored evening and day jackets. The jackets are made from Alpaca wool, which is exceptionally soft, warm and very lightweight. Perfect for London weather, where one seems to be constantly layering clothes.
Model Victoria Keon-Cohen @Profile
Photography by Christopher Dadey
Stylist Rebekah Roy
I had the pleasure of meeting the charming duo behind Fyodor Golan, Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman, at their press day. I used one of their dresses in our last issue of Phoenix and saw their winning collection this season at Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden! I thought their collection was so beautiful – I can’t wait to use it for my shoots. There is lots of texture and thousands of tiny lazer cut petals that are reminisant of impressionistic paintings.
Fyodor graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2007 and and Golan graduated from the Istituto Marangoni in 2008. After working at Issey Miyake and Alexander McQueen respectivley, they launched Fyodor Golan in February 2010 for their first show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Fyodor said the only person that he would allow to to draw on his illustraions is Golan and that they work well as they are true opposites.
The show at Fashion Fringe and the very beautiful Claudia Schiffer.
…our shoot for Phoenix magazine, with Leah Weller in Fyodor Golan:
The Sunday Roast, to some, is considered a cure for the over indulgences of a Saturday night but really it’s a time to enjoy family and friends and of course catch up on all the weekend magazines! One of the things that I like about a traditional meal is all the memories attached to food! My grandmother always seemed to be making pototoes, peas and gravy, and my father would delight in Yorkshire pudding. I feel like I’m usually eating Pret while running from one meeting to the next so it’s just nice to actually sit down and enjoy a meal, although it’s surprising how many calories one can take in during an average Sunday Roast!
I was invited to an eBay Fashion Outlet event hosted by their Creative Director, Andrea Linett. Before heading up eBay Fashion she co-founded Lucky magazine in the US, so she knows all about shopping!. We take shopping magazines for granted but Lucky magazine was one of the first magazines to really focus on shopping.
I got a copy of the eBay Fashion Outlet lookbook, which features bloggers as it’s about real people and real style. The look and feel is about having fun, being happy, eclectic and having individual style.
…and you can’t help but notice all recent print ads! The eBay Fashion Outlet is well on it’s way to be coming a destination shop. eBay has always been know for all of it’s auctions and I know a lot of people who search for clothes on eBay but they’re redefining the brand by adding an online retail shop – they certainly do have an enormous customer base to draw on – is there anyone you know who hasn’t used eBay?
The event took place at the W Hotel in Leicester Square, in the ‘Wow’ room. It was merchandised like a boutique, with vintage jewellery, shoes, accessories and rails of dresses, leather jackets and some faux fur coats – all on trend. You’d recognise all the brand names, like Office shoes, Jigsaw, House of Frazer, Fly 53 plus many more!
I spotted Kirsty Ward in Soho while she was out sourcing materials for her next collection. She’s had a very busy year: elle.co.uk named her a ‘Rising Star of 2011’ and Vogue.com announced that she was one of their ‘Designers to Watch in 2011.’ She was also selected as Selfridges’ ‘Bright Young Thing’ of 2011, she was short listed for WGSN Global Fashion Award’s – ‘Emerging Talent’ category, and she was selected to be part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch’ show in February 2011 and in September 2011 Kirsty exibited at London Fashion Week.
Whew! That is a lot of accomplishments, but her best accomplishment is that pair of shoes in the above photo – so cool!