Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Print Wizard: Hermione de Paula wins Vauxhall Fashion Scout's Merit Award

There were many catwalk shows I loved over September's fashion week, but only a few I absolutely adored. One of those few was Hermione de Paula’s collection. At the Ones to Watch show she wowed with her beautiful mix of colourful patterns and prints in delicate fabrics.

“Hermione is incredibly talented and is becoming renowned for her beautiful prints. Last season we showcased her as part of our Ones to Watch show which resulted in a huge amount of press coverage and her work being picked up by Browns Focus.” Martyn Roberts, Vauxhall Fashion Scout Director.

Now I am delighted to announce that she has won the coveted Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award, which entitles her to a fully sponsored catwalk show during next London Fashion Week. This generous three season award will offer de Paula a mentoring program to help develop her business into a thriving label. Previous winners have been the increasingly successful William Tempest and David Koma.

Hermione de Paula told The Fashion Scout, “I’m so thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award. Vauxhall Fashion Scout have already championed and helped the careers of some incredible designers and I am honoured to be considered in the same light. February is set to be a busy and exciting time for me, with my first stand alone catwalk show and the launch of my S/S collection exclusively at Browns Focus, following a successful first season with Vauxhall Fashion Scout and their ‘Ones to watch’ show”. 

Posted by Emma Drinnan

Images from Hermione de Paula's SS10 collection

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Paris, je taime: Vauxhall Fashion Scout set to show at Paris Fashion Week

Vauxhall Fashion Scout is expanding next season with the launch of a new showroom at Paris Fashion Week. This March (5th-8th) 2010 will see Vauxhall Fashion Scout showcase the UK’s hottest emerging designers in Paris as well as London. Showing these up and coming labels in the fashionable Marais region in Paris will raise their profile outside of Britain.

“We're really excited about our Paris showroom and London exhibition as it enables us to offer a complete package for our new designers. We are looking forward to a great Fashion Week and working with some amazing new designers," says VFS director and founder Martyn Roberts.
The designers who will be showcasing in Paris with Vauxhall Fashion Scout are being selected as we speak and will be announced at the start of next year. So keep your eye on the blog as we will of course keep you updated. Posted by Emma Drinnan

Friday, 11 December 2009

Salon 9th December - SALES

It’s Wednesday night at the Castle, the room’s rammed and with the recession still in full swing, tonight’s sticky subject for the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Salon speakers is Sales. Unfortunately one speaker’s a no show and Cowcross Street’s had a power cut.  Not a good start, however, with an audience of fashion’s brightest young things, sat, chomping at the bit, all red lipstick, coiffed hair and notebooks at the ready, the show must go on.

‘I love a recession.  It sharpens up the competition and everyone has to try much harder to make it work’ says guest speaker Mark Bage (pictured right), Managing Director of leading online fashion store Mark knows how tough a global financial crisis can be on a fledgling design label, however tonight he’s out to prove that all is not lost, and with low costs and a minimal team it can serve as a great opportunity for emerging designers to focus on the customer, and how best to sell to them.  If you missed the event, are in the dark and need inspiring, here are Mark’s brilliant words of wisdom for sure fire sales success.

The Mentality of the Online Shopper
With online shopping, the fundamental obstacle is that the customer cannot touch, feel and immediately try on the garment.  However, online customers making pricey purchases will be very clued up, interested in the product, have done price comparisons, and will have researched the colour, cut and fit already.

Utilise Bloggers
In the next 5 years, blogs will have all the power; they have quickly transformed from an outlet for the eccentric few, to a tool for the mass media.
You need to make blogs work for you – they can feature your product and take a commission on any sales.  This is a great way to get your product seen by a massive, international audience.

Margins and Pricing
It is a myth that online stores have lower margins than a bricks and mortar shop, Google acts as a virtual landlord and can be just as expensive as a real shop.
Customers assume a more expensive product is superior to a cheaper one – if you have the right product you can charge any amount of money.  Alter your prices as you become better known, either start low and introduce a premium line or start high and bring in a diffusion line.

Getting Your Designs Seen By Third Party Websites
Persistence is key, network and don’t focus on being too slick – often, a handwritten letter is more attractive than a hyper polished pitch.  It creates a sense of individuality, creativity and of being decidedly non-corporate.

Maintaining Control
You don’t need to have 100 accounts to make a good profit, less is more – you will appear more in demand and your product is more desirable to larger companies.
Never get so many accounts that you lose control or awareness of how your product is selling at the grass roots.  Understanding your customer is vital to any business success.

Coming soon!  Watch this space for even more sales grilling as we interview Dylan Wilde Hershman, creative director of the seasonal sales showroom, Eastern Block, who specialise in working with emerging designers.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

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Friday, 16 October 2009

Jana Ririnui - The Academy of Freelance Makeup

For anyone who has ever dreamed of working backstage at London Fashion Week, the Academy of Freelance Makeup exists to help those dreams come true.  “We are a training ground,” director Jana Ririnui explains.  “We’re an association of over 30 hair and makeup artists working within the industry every day as well as teaching.  We’re the only makeup school with actual working makeup artists.”

As a proud sponsor of Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the AOFM provides a team of tutors and talented students who work their magic backstage creating gorgeous looks during fashion week.  “We have around 320 students working at Vauxhall Fashion Scout,” Jana explains.  “It works really well; it allows the students to really get out there and find out what’s going on and what it’s really like to work in the industry.”

They may have been hard at work backstage, but it definitely wasn’t a case of all work and no play for the AOFM, who put on a spectacular party to celebrate the launch of their new book ‘Makeup is Art’ – a visual celebration of images in collaboration with industry insiders such as stylist Rebekah Roy and hairstylist Desmond Murray.  Over 300 guests enjoyed champagne and canap├ęs, drag-queen-du-jour Jodie Harsh on the decks and a live performance from Kelly le Roc in the grand vestibule of the Freemasons’ Hall.  “The new venue is absolutely fantastic,” Jana enthuses.  “It’s nice and central, it’s elegant and beautiful and it’s just amazing.”

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Saturday highlights from The Fashion Scout TV

Film maker: Mikey Williamson
Presented by / music by: Johnny Lazer

Wednesday highlights from The Fashion Scout TV - Menswear day

Film maker: Mikey Williamson
Presented by: Johnny Lazer

Tuesday Highlights from The Fashion Scout TV

Film maker: Mikey Williamson
Presented by: Johnny Lazer

Monday highlights from The Fashion Scout TV

Film maker: Mikey Williamson
Presented by: Johnny Lazer

Intern's eye view: Backstage in the Presentation Hall

This season Fashion Scout introduced a new way of presenting up and coming collections - and the designers weren’t short of innovative ideas. From the hall of mirrors at Louise Amstrup to the short film and catwalk from Theatre de la Mode, the interns were buzzing with excitement about being part of such a creative process.

One of the interns Kate agreed, “I’ve really enjoyed my first season working for Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the concept is original and a brilliant way for us interns to liaise with the designers, stylists and PR of each company that have presented in the hall.” 

Not only have us interns been able to take a glimpse into the work and creativity put into each show, we’ve been able to compliment the designers first hand on such fantastic garments. We were particularly impressed by Harriet’s Muse and the Kingston MA girls – although at times it has been pretty hectic (not to mention sweaty) backstage.

From dressing models to helping set up stages, catwalks and bars, us girls have had a lot of fun, and it paid off; each presentation was a fashion frenzy of people – British Fashion Council members, magazine editors, buyers and designers.

The week flew by and we all look forward to returning next year as the Presentation Hall was host to the most fashion forward events – watch out, it’s the new catwalk.

Images: Seun Sote and Eddie Blagbrough 

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


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The last day and who better to ensure Vauxhall Fashion Scout goes out with a bang than conceptual menswear label Komakino.  This season saw husband and wife duo Federico Capalbo and Jin Kim fuse refined tailoring with deconstruction, creating an aggressively strong silhouette sure to be a hit with the east London set.

Citing iconoclasm as an inspiration, Komakino presented a sombre collection with references to religion, military and neo-classical details.  Their foundations are in street wear, and this was not forgotten thanks to latex designer Atsuko Kudo and his decomposed rubber couture.  A distressed leather jacket with exaggerated shoulders proved to be a strong look; the ruthless nature of the styling softened with blue suede detailing.  But it was the rusty metal headpieces which were the real stars of the show, further defining the aggressive aesthetic of the collection and confirming the message that the Komakino guy is definitely not to be messed with. 

Louise Hemmings
Image: David Coleman 
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Interview with Michael Allen

Michael Allen, model for studio_805

What goes through your mind when you are on the catwalk? 
I just try to blank everything out!
How long have you been modelling for?
4 years
How did you get into it?
I helped a friend out and it all took off from there
What do you think of the Vauxhal Fashion Scout?
Love it!
What do you do, when you are not strutting across the catwalk?
I am an Engineer in Leeds
What did you have for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs and some porridge
How much do you work out?
Everyday for two hours, except weekends
How do feel about wearing so much make up? 
I don't mind it
Who is your favourite designer?
Vivienne Westwood, she is the one that made me fashion conscious.

Interview by Crystal Birch
Image: Eddie Blagbrough

Theatre de la Mode

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Menswear Day at Vauxhall Fashion Scout was full of creativity and flair, especially up in the Presentation Hall where Studio 805 and Theatre De La Mode were both exhibiting their latest collections. Once Studio 805 had finished their static installation, seats were taken for Theatre De La Mode’s fashion/dance film, ‘Physical Culture.’ Christopher Kelly, creative director of the brand, is known for his lavish and innovating ways of presenting his collections, and this year he did not disappoint.  Kelly took inspiration for the film from the energetic style of the nineties, and the obvious African influence resulted in a playful and colourful film, where models stood rigid as others danced around them. Geometric prints and shapes were overlaid on top of the models creating colour, vibrancy and movement.
As always, Theatre De La Mode stuck to their signature oversized style, featuring printed silk shirts and matching shorts in a palette of tangerine, oatmeal and coral. Drawstring gathered waists and heavy draping were added to create the relaxed daytime look that is key to the brands aesthetic. Another successful season at Vauxhall Fashion Scout for Kelly and his artisan fashion label.
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Images: Eddie Blagbrough
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Wednesday’s presentation hall opened up with the Andrew Bannister show for his studio_805 label. Once again the designer aimed to shock and provoke with his innovative designs.

This time the English-born designer played around with the idea of gender within a Hoghart inspired landscape... A bold move which payed off.

The presentation featured ten models, all shapes and sizes, males and females, wearing a distinctive feature of fake red lips which screamed “LOOK AT ME, AND ONLY ME!” The collection featured baggy-loose fitting designs of hoodies, tracksuits and vests layered over flesh coloured and electric blue tights.

Bannister, who is best known for the theatrical manner presented his collection, with one of the models having pink tights, pulled over her head and face. The key pieces featured a suit inspired design with oversized shoulders and harem pants, covering any signs of natural silhouettes. Branded for his use of bold and distinctive patterns, the designer used a range of asymmetric and rectangular designs in blues, browns and pinks, worked in a variety of man-made fabrics.

To sum it up, unless you’re a part of an underground Soho club scene, the pieces might not be exactly for you. However, if you’re a stylist… well then it was a dream come true.

Raf Jaworski
Images: Eddie Blagbrough
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Satyenkumar painted the catwalk in a wash of watercolour-esque tones and sheer fabrics this morning with a collection that epitomised clean, cool summer dressing for the boys.

The Central saint Martins graduate has polished his signature sharp tailoring, working in light as air Swiss Voile and Tulle for crisp shirts, paired with perfectly cut twill trousers in denim inspired indigo. Just the ticket for the times when jeans are too casual and suit trousers too formal.

The collection entitled “Reflection through a lens” took inspiration from kaleidoscopic refractions, culminating in a subtle digital print that was used to great effect in particular on lightweight outerwear.

Contrasting textured panels of silk and satin added interest, as did pops of azure, primary yellow, lipstick pink and coral - in their most wearable forms when paired with muted pastels of dove greys and soft lavender.

Styled with super-shiny slicked hair and bold rectangular sunnies, Sayenkumar’s collection will appeal to modern dandies with a predisposition towards the luxurious and the mildly eccentric – they can find the current collection stocked in Oki-ni and Daniel Jenkins.

Hannah Kane
Images: David Coleman

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Live Catwalk illustration at Komakino by Cat Patterson

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Live catwalk illustration at Satyenkumar by Carmine Napolitano

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Backstage at Vauxhall Fashion Scout's Menswear Day

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Images by: Rachel Hippolyte

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Fashion Awareness Direct on the runway

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The end of a very hectic Tuesday evening and Vauxhall Fashion Scout hosted the much anticipated FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) awards. Twenty three finalists paraded their designs down the catwalk in front of a very eager crowd including VIP’S, Naomi Dominique (Design Director, River Island), Francesca Muston (Retail Editor, and many more from the jury team. The theme this season was ‘Arts & Crafts for a modern age. Citing musical muses.’ and the young students did not fail to impress, creating outstanding designs in just five days. An array of colours, fabrics and creations were strutted down the runway by ghostly looking models sporting very big, frizzy disco hair. The atmosphere was electric with music pumping from the likes of Lady Gaga, Lady Sovereign and Jamaican beats from Allison Hinds.

So, who walked away with the prizes? An extremely shocked Elizabeth Prince (Pendleton College, Salford) won the ‘Illustration Prize,’ Egle Zepkinaite (City & Islington College) won the ‘Research Prize’ – her design being a wonderful rustic, orange and gold party dress with an enormous bow on the shoulder. The ‘Pattern Cutting Prize’ went to Lily Harriman, (Camden School for Girls) who was the master behind the grey and pink evening dress that was accompanied with one rather large flower corsage. Miriam Mwangi picked up the (Creativity Award) with her ever-so colourful rainbow party dress with more ruffles than you can imagine.

But who was the overall winner? Katerina Drury was the lucky girl who won a placement with Volt Magazine. Drury’s work ethic and her unique icy blue leotard-type dress together with lycra leggings wowed the judges. A fantastic spectacle for the FAD’s fifth birthday!
Emma Shiggins 
Feature images: David Coleman
Round up images: Eddie Blagbrough

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Street style outside Romeo Pires - Marcel Corte & Bruno Boleiveir

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Name: Marcel Corte and Bruno Boleiveir
Occupations: Graphic designer and art director
What Inspires you at the moment? Everything we see and music...keep your eyes open!

Image: Yumi Yoshinaga

Getting the Benefit - tips from creative directors Rachel Wood and Lan Nguyen

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Rachel Wood, the effervescent Benefit celebrity Make-up Artist has created looks for a number of designers this week including Harriet's Muse and Alice Palmer. She confided that the new trends emerging from the shows are metallic eyes, in particular copper and bronze shades. The contouring of the cheeks has also become a key look, she recommended the Hoola Bronzing Powder (Benefit £22.50 ) to really pull this look off to the max, "its like spanx (TM) for the face". It has no shimmer in it so works really well to shape the cheek.

Fellow creative director Lan Nguyen, the London-based self-taught makeup artist is celebrated for her edgy make-up looks on the runways. She was in the midst of working on the Romeo Pires show where she had created a show stopping Biba influenced strong eye look. She used a dark eye shadow to create a half circle on the eye lid (try Benefits Smokin' eyes £26.50, a handbag friendly kit with, amongst others, sexy dark shadow colours as well as brow shaping wax and mini tweezers ) finished off with wildly thick false lashes to add shape.

Tips of the trade…

  • For an alluring shine on the shoulder Rachel suggests trying Benefit’s great “Hot Minute” face powder (£23.50).

  • Rachel likes to use light products very heavily, and heavy products lightly - use Benefits Play Stick (£25.00) with a blusher brush for a very light and flawless finish. Then use Benefit’s “High Beam” (£16.50) very liberally as a great highlighter.

  • Lan predicts a geometric trend emerging from this week, strong brows, no powder with lots of rose gold and peach colours predominating.

Gia Mills
Image: Eddie Blagbrough

Style Tips from the Expert - Tamara Cincik

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Stylist for Romeo Pires, Tamara Cincik gives VFS an insight into S/S 10 trends, and gives us some tips for updating our S/S10 wardrobes.

What trends have you noticed emerging from LFW so far?
Supermodel Goddess glamour and rave-tastic fun.

What is the look for Romeo Pires this season?
Pop art and surrealism.

How can you translate the look from the catwalk to your wardrobe?
Take pop art elements and the idea of the shirt dress and combine the brogue with the dress to create that Alexa Chung silhouette.

What is your favourite outfit from the Romeo Pires S/S 10 collection?
The black shirt dresses, one of which has corset detail to it, which is very interesting - it makes it very sexy.

Interview by Laura Chatterton
Image by Eddie Blagbrough

The Fashion Scout loves Fashion Awareness Direct

Fashion Awareness Direct, FAD, is a creative charity which helps youngsters leave their mark on the fashion industry, by giving them the tools and teaching them the skills they need to succeed. Vauxhall Fashion Scout showcased the twenty-two finalists from Fashion Futures 2, with a catwalk show late Tuesday night, but it was in the presentation hall where all the hard work and behind-the-scenes action was displayed. The champagne reception allowed all of the guests to browse through sketchbooks filled with illustrations, inspirations and the design process all of the young creative went through.
The finalists were all picked by a panel of industry experts; including Naomi Dominique (Design Director, River Island), Francesca Muston (Retail Editor, WGSN), Michael Tomczak (Head of Design, John Lewis), Lesley DeFreitas (Lecturer, Central Saint Martins) and Maria Alvarez (Executive Director, FAD).   Ten students from North-London, ten from South-London and three from Salford were able to go onto the summer school at Central Saint Martin’s and their big catwalk debut at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Fashion Futures 2 is open to 16-18 year olds living in London, and teaches them a fun but realistic insight into what it means to work within the fashion industry after completing their education.
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Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Group Creative Director of Toni & Guy - sponsor of Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, daughter of the great Toni Mascolo - founder  of Toni  & Guy tells The Fashion Scout why she loves LFW, ‘It’s absolutely brilliant. I always, always love it. This year's obviously been a big change as well, with it being 25 years old and the new Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue, it’s a great location and great new venue.’
Interview by: Laura Chatterton
Image by: Yumi Yoshinaga

Romeo Pires

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Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?  Why, at Vauxhall Fashion Scout of course, for the continuation of our love affair with the Anglo-Brazillian duo Nicholas Humphrey and Sergio Pires’ cult label Romeo Pires. 

The mood was light and airy; the show opening with billowing white draped shirts complete with 2-d bows, as models strolled down the catwalk to the sound of raindrops.  Influences ranged from a very modern, and sophisticated clown to the monochrome palette of the harlequin.  The colour scheme soon changed, as black and white gave way to a watercolour spectrum of ochres, olive greens, ambers and saffrons. 

Romeo Pires sent out a powerful statement; one of a powerful femininity softened with a subtle romanticism present in the floaty, oversized shirt dresses.  Why, Romeo, art thou mad?  Maybe a little, but we love you anyway.

Louise Hemmings
Images: David Coleman
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Backstage at Romeo Pires

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Images by Seun Shote

LF Markey

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LF Markey displayed a diverse presentation like no other, where sports meets prom. On entering, guests were welcomed by seductive, colourful lighting, glasses of wine and subtle beats. Garments were suspended from rails even with no bodies to fill them they were full of life. It must have been the spectrum of colour that Markey used throughout her collection, which ranged from bright oranges, golden yellows and sky blues.

The most outstanding pieces had to be the big, puffball ‘prom’ dresses, which made you feel just for that moment like you were walking around Disneyland. Each dress had an accompanying coloured back-drop making them look like very important museum pieces. The crowd was loud, gossiping and admiring the pieces, until the lights darkened and silence sealed the room.

Everyone’s attention turned to the big screen “The Ball” in big lettering, a loud, heavy breathing filled the hall, spectators waited in anticipation for the film to begin. For what felt like a life-time the quite intimidating heavy breathing continued. Techno beats kicked in and there we witnessed one of the most glamorous basketball games to date! Models paced or rather raged around the court in Markey’s prom dresses (one comprising of a long trail), short layered dresses and loosely fitting, stripy, lycra shirts all fighting for, wait for it…..a sequined ball! It had a slightly comical feel to it, but I do think we all wanted to get back into sports after witnessing such a fabulous game. All in all a successful game, I mean presentation from Louise Markey. I caught up with Louise at the end to catch a few words, “Yes I am so pleased, I was trying a new media, a new way to present. I think it went down well, well it’s a bit different so, great!” 
Emma Shiggins

Feature image: Eddie Blagbrough
Other images: Seun Sote and Eddie Blagbrough

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Live Catwalk illustration at Romeo Pires by Cat Patterson

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Sunday Highlights from Fashion Scout TV

Film maker: Mikey Williamson
Presented by: Johnny Lazer
Music by: Paul Gala

William Tempest

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William Tempest, February’s Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner, is back with more of what he does best, sculptural shapely dresses.  He bravely moved on from the digital prints of last season, working mostly manipulating fabrics.

Tempest added fins to everything until the dresses felt like a ‘50s Cadillac! Frocks with straps and bands were like reworked bondage trousers playing peek-a-boo with thighs and shoulders. The one print consisted of dancing and prancing women and was used on sweeping floor-length dresses.  A heavily boned one-piece swimsuit drew gasps because of its Jessica Rabbit proportions and plunging neckline.

Like at Mark Fast, William Tempest chose to use a plus sized model, cementing plus-size models as a regular fixture at London Fashion Week.

Without Tempest’s crystalline digital prints he relied a lot more on colour, sensuous minks and bright corals mixed with black and white adding punch to his already sharp summer dresses. Silky lame fabrics added a touch of look-at-me luxury to floor length dresses. It’s clear to see why Tempest is the new name on the block when starlets and pop princesses need a headline grabbing red carpet frock.

Isabelle O’Carroll
Images: David Coleman
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