Friday, 18 June 2010

Backstage at the Sony Launch Party!

We snuck backstage at the Sony NEX5 launch show on Wednesday and snapped these great shots, just for you.  Enjoy!

Fiona Anderson

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Fashion Scout Host Launch Party For Latest Sony Camera

Wednesday night saw Soho come alive with glitter, glamour and some rocking beats as Fashion Scout put on a catwalk show as part of the launch of Sony’s new camera, the NEX5. With Jameela Jamil on the decks, Alexandra Burke sipping cocktails and a host of cool media types milling about the place it was a super cool night. Sauntering down the runway to the side of the crowd were some smoking hot pieces by Gemma Slack, Hermione de Paula, BODYAMR and Edward Finney, all oozing sleek, sexy sophistication. That plunging, slashed BODYAMR catsuit that’s been spotted on several fashion forward celebs made a happy appearance, as did some gorgeous, storm grey prints and sculptural, metallic forms from Gemma Slack. Hermione de Paula sent her lusciously printed, body con silhouettes down the runway, and Edward Finney played with texture, clever cuts and ultra flattering muted shades.

Mixed up with some incredible circus performing in between shows, it was great to see some of our favourite, more innovative designers make an appearance, and whet our appetites for next fashion week. Gorgeous camera, gorgeous clothes, and a generous slice of celebrity spotting. Bliss.

Fiona Anderson

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

De Montfort University Contour Show

Nicola Tubbs
Samantha Tretton
Emma Davies
Carley Williamson

Last night saw fashion stripped down to its bare essentials for the De Montfort Contour show held at Fashion Scout’s Freemasons Hall. Sat next to Sue Loder, industry big wig from the lingerie empire Triumph, and two steps from some very well known PR players, De Montfort clearly takes its underwear very seriously indeed.

Nicola Tubbs’s pretty, swan like collection was the strongest of the first group, with dense, tufty peplum hips, frilly ivory knickers and hand painted silk. Fragile, mini crinis extended out jauntily from swinging hips and a champagne-toned, ivory colour palette gave a beautiful, old world feel to the modern silhouettes. Frilly but not fussy, Tubbs cleverly balanced architectural, sculptural shapes with fine, dainty details to create a clean, elegant aesthetic.

Samantha Tretton also gave ultra feminine a bash, however hers was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s, long white gloves and pearls affair. Crisp, zingy greens and lush, watermelon pinks sashayed down the runway, as models swung 50’s style hat boxes and prim little purses from their pristine, gloved arms. Strings of white pearls adorned every neck and neat, floral prints peeped from the curve of a cup and the panel of a corset. The star of the collection was a vast, rigid cage-like crinoline, with struts made from reams of stiffened lace.

Away from the retro ladylike look and fast forwarding into the future was Emma Davies and her space age, starry eyed collection. Glamazons in slick black aviators and with hooded, leather corseted bodies stalked silently down the runway, as monkinis, two pieces and vast, billowing hoods gave swimwear an entirely new level of sophistication. Incredibly beautiful, celestial inspired prints, splattered with stars, nebulas, comets and galaxies in earthy, mushroom tones shimmered and quivered under the lights, and alien-like, jutting vertebrae protruded from black, wet look latex.

Flowers and lingerie seem to be a match made in frilly pant heaven however; Carley Williamson was, for me, the one who came up with the goods on the night. After watching countless oyster-toned, satin creations glide down the runway, Williamson’s ice cream hued, botanical collection was as refreshing as a long, ice cold Mojito. Soft, pastel tones lifted dark, graphic prints and gorgeous marshmallow, sherbet and mint shades lapped against skin tight catsuits and feminine, pussy bow blouses. Romantic and rocky in one, Williamson’s collection was dreamy, creamy and delicious.

High on skill, colour combos and lots and lots of flesh on show, the De Montfort graduate collections were super wearable and right on trend. Pure, peachy perfection.

Fiona Anderson

Images: Simon Armstrong

Monday, 14 June 2010

ASKH: A/W10 Latest Shots

They knocked our socks off last season with their cool, minimal style.  In case you missed it, check out the latest shots of Askh's A/W10 collection here!

Fiona Anderson