Friday, 21 May 2010

Young British Designers

Get ready for a credit card melt down, because there’s a brand new, label heavy stockist winging its way to you come September. Specialising in home grown talent, Young British Designers focus on fledgling, British-based design labels, promoting not just the product, but also the people behind the brand. ‘We see it as a world stage for young designers working in the UK. There are some websites in existence doing a tremendous job, but YBD wanted to focus entirely upon British based talent - of which there is plenty!’ Deb Hepburn of YBD told us, and they already have Felicity Brown, Charlotte Taylor, Viking Wong, Jena Theo, Eudon Choi, Sykes, Minna and Kinder Aggugini on their books.

Placing the spotlight back on British talent, get ready to learn about the designers, the talent and the clothes set to make it big over the next 18 months, all within a super cool online environment. Stay tuned for a full list of designers closer to the launch!

Fiona Anderson

Thursday, 20 May 2010

David Longshaw on Not Just A Label

Did you know that if David Longshaw had not been fashion designer he would want to be a rugby player? Or that he is rather partial to a ham and jam sandwich? 

Not Just a Label has been chatting to our Ones to Watch designer, resulting in an insightful look into David’s inspirations and what makes him tick.

The interview coincides with the launch of David’s S/S 2010 collection on the Not Just a Label website. Well worth a look! 

Amy Finch

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Florence Rocks BODYAMR

Its safe to say that BODYAMR can count Florence Welch as part of their loyal following after she was spotted wearing two of their gorgeous dresses whilst wowing crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Florence was seen wearing the BODYAMR creations during her performance with Florence and the Machine last week. The first dress was a simple but alluring transparent black dress, trimmed with black embellishment; the second, a black draped and knotted dress, was first shown on the Vauxhall Fashion Scout catwalk during London Fashion Week! 

Amy Finch

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Browns: 40 Years of Fashion Innovation Review

Alexander McQueen
David Koma

Forget the jelly, put back the party poppers and don’t even think about playing musical chairs, this is a birthday party with a difference, as Browns has hit the big 4-0. Not content with letting the date pass unannounced, Mrs B and the team have descended upon Marshall Street, designer goodies in tow, and taken up residence at the Regent Penthouses for an extra special birthday exhibition. Entitled Browns: 40 years of Fashion Innovation, the exhibit draws from Mrs Burstein’s bulging book of contacts, featuring pieces from some of the most influential designers of our generation. With many items specially commissioned for the event, plus classic designs dug up from the Browns archives, this is one party you don’t want to be late for. And, the good news is, it’s free and open to all. Fiona Anderson went along to check out the biggest birthday bash in town.

With one step out of the concrete stairwell and onto the pale, polished floorboards of the Regent Penthouses and Lofts, it’s immediately apparent that, when Browns throws a party, they invite some seriously famous friends. Without a C-lister in sight, beautifully shot images, taken by photographer Paolo Roversi, of Galliano, Marc Jacobs and countless more line the vast, airy gallery like fashion royalty flags. Stark, white mannequins stand patiently beside each portrait, some sequinned up to the nines, some quilted, padded and puffy, and some in muted, contemporary looks, but all positively heaving with style, glamour and gloss. In the centre of the space, under a dim, naked bulb, sits an enormous open book, littered with fashion snaps and anecdotal scribblings, whilst off to the side is a set of glass cabinets, holding bejewelled shoes, priceless trinkets and vintage Browns magazines.

Round the corner, past Galliano and two hops from Erdem stands another fashion great, this time the late Alexander McQueen. With a trio of dresses stationed at the head of the exhibition, a particular highlight is a stunning black cocktail dress with gold winged shoulders, taken from the designer’s SS08 collection. Another winner is our own David Koma, with his black, sculpted, body con dress, complete with the curving, Perspex embellishment that stole the show on the Fashion Scout runway two seasons ago. Upstairs, the extensive collection continues, as more designers, models and muses adorn the crisp white walls. Yasmin Le Bon, Claudia Schiffer, Martin Margiela and Sonia Rykiel feature, as does a brilliant Ashish top and trouser set, complete with a life sized, multicoloured skeleton down the front. A portrait of Joan Burstein herself, along with her granddaughter, Charlotte Collis, also hangs proudly amidst the expanse of talent, hard work and history on display.

Brimming with design prowess of the highest pedigree, this exhibition, curated and conceived by Simon Costin, is soft, subtle and clean as a whistle. The pieces have been chosen with such precision, care and thought that even the surroundings, so still and tranquil, appear to echo the pieces on display. Never jarring, perfectly balanced and pleasantly understated, the exhibit is not only easy on the eye, but offers the chance to enjoy everything that’s special about Browns, without spending a penny. Pure heaven.


Monday, 17 May 2010

RCA MA Graduate Show 2010

Felicity Brown
Alice Palmer
Eudon Choi
David Longshaw

Royal College Of Art Graduate Fashion Show 2010

On 9th June, 34 of the UK’s top young fashion design MA graduates will take centre stage at the prestigious Royal College of Art to present their collections during Graduate Fashion Week.

London’s RCA has a flair for training some of fashions most accomplished designers and we are excited to see this years rising stars.

They will be following in the footsteps of designers like Vauxhall Fashion Scout talent Alice Palmer, Felicity Brown, and Ones To Watch designers Eudon Choi,David Longshaw
whose stockists collectively include Browns Focus London, Liberty London, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, Harvey Nichols Dubai, Barneys New York, Debut New York, Luisa Via Roma and Sister Japan to name but a few.

The showcase will include menswear, womenswear, knitwear, millinery, footwear and accessories and tickets for the Graduate MA Show are now available online.

Ticket Info
Shows take place at The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Public Shows: Wednsday 9th June, 4pm - £12, 6.15pm - £25
To include glass of champange and canapés. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 020 7590 4566 or through the online booking form.

Press & Trade Shows: Thursday 10th June at 12pm (Invite only)

Gala Show: Thursday 10th June from 7pm.
To include champagne reception, dinner and catwalk show for guests of honour, sposnors and corporate hospitality.

Nancy Yu