Friday, 26 March 2010

Jessica Bumpus Meets Dean Quinn

It seems as though the Fashion Scout effect is catching, with the fabulous Dean Quinn today being featured on Interviewed by ultimate style maven, Jessica Bumpus, Quinn discusses his love of the Vogue empire, his life growing up in Northern Ireland and his future hopes for the label. Don’t miss it!

Fiona Anderson

Vauxhall Fashion Scout Boys in Vogue

Two of our most creative, innovative and exciting talents, Jacob Kimmie and Danny Tang, have been initiated into the Vogue club with some brilliant coverage. Turkish Vogue have gotten in on the Jacob Kimmie buzz, featuring some stunning looks from his collection.

For Danny Tang, British Vogue are now firm supporters, as his pieces have been showcased in a beautiful fashion story for the April issue of the fashion bible. Congratulations boys!

Fiona Anderson

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Enchanted Palace Launch Night

You read about it a while back, and now it’s actually happening tonight! Yes, Kensington Palace’s transformation into the Enchanted Place is almost complete, and an invite to the glitzy launch party has landed on our doormat! Featuring the gorgeous William Tempest, as well as a star studded array of other design talent, stay tuned for our review coming soon!

Fiona Anderson

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

MA Fashion at Kingston University Open Studio

Last season saw the talented lot at Kingston University showcase their work with a futuristic presentation for their MA grads, called Body Lab (pictured). Now, a series of afternoons in the Fashion Lab at Kingston’s Faculty of Art Design & Architecture are taking place, whereby prospective students can learn more about the MA Fashion Programme, meet the current 2010 MA Fashion collective and have a short tour of some of the Faculty’s facilities.

Dates are: 21 and 28th April, 12th May 2010 and 28th June from 2-4pm

Fiona Anderson 
Image: Eddie Blagbrough

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Machine-A: Boutique Review

The shop window
Inside the boutique
House of BlueEyes
Ada Zanditon
Rachel Freire
Gemma Slack
Piers Atkinson

Never ones to resist the chance for a nose, the Soho-based shop, Machine-A, is one fashion hotspot we’ve been eyeballing for ages. Housing a shed-load of Fashion Scout designers, Fiona Anderson reviews this gem of a store.

‘It takes 2 or 3 people to be in here until customers have the confidence to come in’. Staring, slack jawed, at the pig’s head dangling in the front window, I was beginning to see the shop assistant’s point. Nestled amongst the fabric shops and cafes of Soho's Berwick Street, Machine-A serves as an achingly cool utopia for all things edgy and alternative and, frankly, I was beginning to wonder if my Topshop get-up would cut the mustard. Not knowing whether to expect an S&M sex dungeon, or a buttock-clenchingly pretentious Hoxton-esque haunt, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a calm, airy haven with stripped floors and monochrome walls. Quiet, but not silent, and cluttered, but not overwhelming, each rail heaved with an array of pieces, some avant-garde, some theatrical, some urban and some minimal, but each utterly stylish and dripping with London cool.

Rubber catsuits hung from walls, a wooden dresser, bedecked with neatly placed knick knacks, sat snugly behind the till, and electro beats hummed through the speakers, as i instantly relaxed, and began frantically pawing at jackets, dresses and t-shirts. ‘People love Gemma Slack, we sell a lot of her stuff’, the punky-looking, and very accommodating, shop assistant, Millie Cockton, says, deftly managing me, three other nagging customers, and a ringing phone, without so much as a sigh of irritation. There are certainly a lot of wearable pieces at Machine-A, not just by Slack, but also Komakino, and House of Blueeyes, coupled with more showy pieces like a Rachel Freire bolero and that lusciously frilled, red and blue jacket from Ada Zanditon that had us all weak at the knees back in September. Cheeky Piers Atkinson headpieces and cute, GaGa-esqe accessories peep out from every nook, against the backdrop of comic strip wallpaper, making the store feel far more than just an opportunity to max out your credit card, but a brilliant display of the freshest design talent.

Machine-A is selective, exclusive, and undeniably high fashion, combining just the right mix of the directional, and the functional. Never again shall I judge a store by its window, this high street girl has been well and truly converted.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Gemma Slack: Up Close and Personal

The ruffed up, bouffant hair and wide-eyed, elfin features. The beautiful, veil-like chains strung across the cheeks and attached to warrior-style, metal plates, draping delicately from perfectly sculpted shoulders. The fluffy, spiky elbowed jumper, the asymmetric biker jacket. Oh, we thought these shots of Gemma Slack’s AW10 collection from were just so smokin’ hot, we had to share them with you. Enjoy.

Fiona Anderson