One’s to Watch is the most anticipated show of Fashion Scout’s schedule at LFW and is the opportunity the see the creme de la creme of global emerging design talent! It might not be the first time you’ve heard the name Minju Kim. In fact, you may have seen her capsule collection stocked in the likes of Opening Ceremony or in selected H&M stores in Europe, US, Japan and South Korea after being awarded the 2013 H&M design award! She has even collaborated with…wait for it…Disney! This season at Fashion Scout, Kim officially presented her first collection and I was so excited to be invited to attend the show, meet Minju Kim and view her collection up close! The concept behind ‘Hero’s Eyes’ is courage, inspired by her 1980’s superhero idol. Minju’s collection is one of magical powers, strength and bravery visible through punchy bright colour blocking and bold prints. Minju focuses on the powerful women by highlighting the female form in a sweetheart neckline silk dress and peplum, but throws in structured pieces that mean business. And no superhero would be complete without a headpiece! And these crowns are to die for….and don’t forget to check out the metallic red shoes complete with bunny ears, and my personal favourite; the balaclava! I’ll let the collection speak for itself. Here are some pics I snapped at the show!
TWO WORDS. ASHLEY ISHAM.
If you are familiar with his work you will know what a privilege it was for me to be able to attend his AW15 show for the second season running! Isham is always a highlight at Fashion Scout, and I got that giddy feeling just before the lights went down and the show was about to start as to what spectacular creations Ashley had in store for us!
What I love about Ashley Isham is that his collections tell a story. This season the inspiration for the collection is the creative life of a nomadic wanderer. It is a story about an aristocratic woman who is left broken-hearted and embarks on a journey of personal freedom to find herself again….
This collection showcases Ashley’s illustrious couture glamour, each piece unique and carefully crafted. Yet once again he seems to get the balance just right so that it still feels completely wearable (with exception to a couple of headpieces!)
The collection has a romanticism and avante-garde feel to it that is omnipresent in Ashley’s work, and I can’t help but feel transported to somewhere mysterious. The layering of heavy fabrics on decorative gowns in autumnal hues and ruching and plaiting of material gives the collection a roughness to it that hints at the nomadic nature of the collection.
Once again Ashley’s won us over! It can’t get better than this…can it?!
Here are a few shots I captured at the show!
As those of you who have followed my blog with Fashion Strikes in the past, you’ll know that I’m most excited in discovering emerging designers. So this season, above all I was most looking forward to seeing what would raw talent would be on show at Fashion Scout, at the prestigious Freemasons Hall!
Kicking off this season was this year’s Merit Award Winner AW15, James Kelly.
Chosen from over 250 emerging designers by a panel of recognised names in the industry including Hilary Alexander OBE, Sara Maino of Vogue Italia, Kendall Robbins from the BFC and Fashion Scout’s own founder and Director Martyn Roberts, I was pretty excited to see what the Merit Award winner had in store for us!
There’s no doubt about it, James Kelly is talented.
Kelly graduated from the Royal College of Art’s prestigious Fashion Design MA to a flurry of press attention. His collection is a detailed exploration into outerwear and sportswear, but with a twist. Kelly works with the classic trench coat, deconstructing it so that what makes this piece familiar is distorted. In hues of khaki and beige, he creates a new way of looking at outerwear in what he describes as ‘a myriad of elements combined together to create something new’.
It goes without saying that I am sure we will be hearing more from James Kelly in the near future! So watch this space!
Here are a few of the pictures I took at the show…
Charlie May’s AW14 collection is one I was dying to see up close and personal, so when my invite dropped through my letterbox I was over the moon!
Held at the stunning OXO2 event space at the iconic OXO tower, with panoramic views of the River Thames, the venue offered the perfect backdrop to next season’s collection.
What I love most about Charlie May’s designs is her minimal approach. Her focus on silhouette creates pieces that are visually elegant, and the depth of her designs comes in the heavily textured fabrics which work together in absolute harmony. The AW14 collection has a definite sports lux style, which is a trend that we will undoubtedly see into AW14. The luxe style is heightened by an entirely monochrome line, which draws the eye to the detail of the designs and textured fabrics. Oh…and I almost forgot to mention the collab with New York milliner Gigi Burris…her beaver felt hats are the icing on the cake!
Her inspiration for the collection are clear in her designs, ‘textures within the landscape of Dartmoor in Devon; the rugged, windwept environment is reflected in the use of pony hair and Mongolian furs.’
I’ve also discovered Charlie May’s blog Girlalamode which is pretty damn cool, you should check it out.
Now, enough of my gushing…I’ll let Charlie May’s AW14 collection talk for itself….
This Year, I had the privilege of attending the British Fashion Awards 2013 with the Founder of Fashion Strikes, Angela Udemba!
Held at the stunning London Coliseum, and hosted by a list of A-list fashion stars, the night was every bit as fabulous as you might imagine! Fashion’s finest under one spectacular roof, celebrating the very best of British talent, it was a night I will never forget!
The dress code for the evening was Black Tie and British and despite not getting the memo (Tickets arrived late!) my take on the evening was a more subdued look at black tie, with British inspiration; something that was reflected on the red carpet at last night’s event. Inspired by sixties Britain, I went for a monochrome theme in black and white dogtooth print crop trousers by Zara, suede sling back platforms by Steve Madden and a white shirt teamed with a padded cocoon coat from Topshop and a Jaeger bowling bag (a look I sported in my last blog post but hadn’t had the chance to wear out yet!)
The award for ‘Best Dressed Audience Member’ presented by Alexa Atwell goes to….
Ajlina Matluma of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Miilou.com in 1920’s Oscar
Malaika Firth, of Premier Models, who got the British Black Tie dress code to perfection in an all Burberry ensemble
Runners up for the ‘Best Dressed Audience member’ go to…..
Angel Noor, President of Iranian Women’s Association, stood out in a stunning beaded gown by Iranian designer Noushah Noor teamed with a transparent tinted red perspex clutch by Lilian Afshar.
Rosie Davies of Fashion PR agency the London Fashion Agency looked chic in a lace dress with open back and feather peplum detail by Alice and Olivia Courtesy of Net-a-Porter .
With sponsors for the award ceremony including the likes of Mac and Westfield and Toni&Guy, I was looking forward to emptying the contents of my goodie bag the minute I got through the door…Here’s what was inside…
Thanks to Mac for the stunning Lipstick in Lady Danger, my new signature colour, and False lashes mascara! Thanks to Label M for forever supplying me with my favourite hair product- Shine Mist- which keeps my hair sleek and shiny, whatever the weather.
Highlights of the night were winner of Emerging Womenswear Designer- Simone Rocha, Model of the Year awarded to Edie Campbell, International Designer of the Year- Miuccia Prada for Prada and last but by no means least…Womenswear Designer of the year, awarded to the very well deserved Christopher Kane!
Until next year….
Sunday was the perfect day… Lazy coffee morning in front of Sunday Brunch, dressing up for the hell of it, and taking a spontaneous trip to my favourite hidden shopping gems in South West LDN to see what bargains I might find… What more can you ask for?!
Parsons Green is the answer to my prayers…think charity shops, but not your average mothball- smelling-old-ladies-castoffs. Instead picture treasure troves fit to burst with designer goodies donated from Fulham’s finest ladies and you got it! You think I’m joking…I kid you not.
My first stop is always Fara on New Kings Road. It’s not unusual to pick up a pair of killer Acne boots for under 100 quid or a patent Versace mac for £75! This weekend I wasn’t quite so Lucky but I thought I’d share my secret with you anyway!
Next stop is my best and most frequented find of all time-Deuxieme.
Deuxieme is a treasure trove of good as new designer clothing and accessories! No rummaging required, this place is wall to wall rails of beautifully arranged designer finds.
What sets this boutique apart from the rest is its careful selection of second hand seasonal pieces that are not only on trend but for half the original price! Deuxieme welcome sellers to drop buy with pieces they no longer wear, and offer to sell them for 50% less than the RRP- the sellers get 50% of the sale and Deuxieme make a 50% commission. It’s pretty impressive stuff and I am blown away time and time again by the quality of pieces you can pick up at bargain prices!
Here a few of this weeks finds…