Friday, 15 April 2011

Kingston MA Fashion Open Studios

Kingston's prestigious Fashion MA is hosting a series of open studio events at their Knights Park Campus, presenting both past and present students portfolios, allowing people to discover the course and inspire future generations.

Course Director Nancy Tilbury, who is hosing the events, is an expert in the field of wearable technologies, prospective students are welcome to come by and talk to tutors. 

The open study next dates will be: 22/06  14/07  27/07. 

To reserve a place on any of the dates listed contact
or go to Kingston´s website

Juan Mora Yanes

Vauxhall Fashion Scout visits Yohji Yamamoto´s exposition in Victoria and Albert Museum

Long admired for his challenging works, the story of controversial fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and his designs are on display for the first time at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  For a man who has been on the fashion scene for decades creating scandal and revolution with each move, the exhibition is a chance to celebrate 30 years of ups and downs of Yohji Yamamoto and his career. 

To know of a designer’s collections is to skim the top of something much deeper; you need to understand his meaning, his philosophy. Before viewing the exhibition I ‘enjoyed’ his designs, but now having read, watched and examined every inch of Yohji’s thinking I can truly appreciate the genius that he is. The exhibition holds over 60 garments, footage of catwalk shows, clips of film collaborations, shoe and accessory collaborations, books containing his philosophical ideas, catalogues of his collections, interviews, music albums, intimate photos. 

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Úna Burke awarded Designer of the Year at the Irish Fashion Innovations Awards

Congratulations to Úna Burke, who was awarded Designer of the Year at the Irish Fashion Innovations Awards on Tuesday night.

The Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer is renown for her leather creations and this award signifies Úna’s recognition as an outstanding design talent. The technically challenging pieces are inspired by medieval war armour and medical braces, yet are extremely wearable without alienating the original concept. As stated by Úna herself, They are free to exist just as the objects that they are, interpreted independently by each individual.”

Well done Úna! 

Juan Mora Yanes

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Vauxhall Fashion Scout interview's LN-CC

London based concept store LN-CC mixes emerging and established labels in new and exciting ways. A unique combination of womenswear and menswear makes for unisex shopping, and the appointment only store strives to push the boundaries of the retail experience. Taking a tour through the wooden architecture, Vauxhall Fashion Scout interview the people behind the concept…

What is the concept behind LN-CC, and where did the idea come from?
The concept behind LN-CC is basically to mix classical, directional European designers, with new wave brands and Japanese labels. We are very happy and proud to be working with these brands. We try to acquire more and more brands, to ensure we keep on being relevant, gathering good quality products. We constantly need to be moving forward and keeping ahead of new or emerging labels.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Vauxhall Fashion Scout Opens Applications for LFW Sept 2011!


The search begins for the best innovative designers as Vauxhall Fashion Scout, London’s leading independent showcase, opens its applications for London Fashion Week September 2011 and Paris Fashion Week October 2011!

Renowned for showcasing some of London’s most successful talents including Peter Pilotto, David Koma, Felicity Brown, Maria Francesca Pepe, Cooperative Designs, Iris Van Herpen and William Tempest, Vauxhall Fashion Scout is LFW’s leading international platform for both Off and On-Schedule designers.

Permanently located in Freemasons’ Hall, Covent Garden, the event runs for the full length of LFW and features multiple show spaces including two catwalk halls, exhibition hall and media lounge.

Applications open on Tuesday 12th April 2011 to womenswear, menswear and accessory designers for
·       Catwalk
·       Presentations
·       Salon Shows
·       Exhibition
·       Paris Showroom

We are also excited to announce that application are open for VFS’s acclaimed awards - Merit Award, Ones To Watch and the newly launched Ones To Watch MEN.

The Merit Award offers a fully sponsored catwalk show and specially tailored mentoring and business support to winning designers for three consecutive seasons. Attracting leading international press and buyers, the prestigious Merit Award has previously launched William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione de Paula, Eudon Choi and Georgia Hardinge into the fashion spotlight.

Ones To Watch is a highly acclaimed platform designed specifically to launch the freshest new talents to the market in a collaborative back-to-back showcase. Providing designers with their first opportunity to show to a UK and international audience and with dedicated exhibition space in London, Ones To Watch has quickly become the leading showcase for the next generation of design talent.

We will also be opening applications for Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Paris Showroom, located next to the Picasso Museum in the heart of the Marais.

To show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, designers must have reached the creative and business level required for an event of this stature. Successful designers will be selected by our panel of leading industry experts and will be judged on their creativity, quality and business potential.

Applications open on Tuesday 12th April 2011 and close on Monday 23rd May 2011.

For further information please visit and to request an application form please contact

Good luck!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Bunmi Koko selected to show at New York Fashion Week

Having shown her AW11/12 collection with Vauxhall Fashion Scout back in February, a few weeks later designer Bunmi of Bunmi Koko, went on to show at Arise magazine’s fashion week in, Lagos, Nigeria. 

The fashion scene in Africa has continued to flourish, with more and more designers being scouted for their creative designs rich in cultural influences. 

Here in the UK Bunmi’s vibrant collection was highly praised by industry and followers. We all remember the excitement that followed the show. A stunning array of flattering dresses in fearless colours and patterns brought some euphoria to fashion week; cheesy but true - Bunmi gave us a bit of Africa. With a rich cultural background of bold colours and tribal patterns, Bunmi has taken inspiration from her homeland and translated this into her innovative designs. 

Taking her collection to Nigeria’s biggest fashion event, Bunmi Koko was greatly awarded for her efforts. Out of over 50 designers there at Arise fashion week, Bunmi was one of five to be chosen to represent Africa at New York fashion week this September; in her own words; “It is just really rewarding after all the work we put in each season.” Well deserved we say. 

Louisa Kilburn