Friday, 3 June 2011

Gradute Fashion Week so far, so good!

As each June London gets inmerse in the pre-summer mood: the days are longer and the sun is shinning at its bests.

But as well it is the time that the city exudes innovation and young creativity. we are talking about Graduate Fashion Week, which was launched in 1991 and is a forum to showcase the very best BA Graduate fashion design talent in the UK.  The place to see what the graduates minds are thinking about.

One of this year graduates from Royal College of Art was Stephán Orschel-Read, born in India but raised up in Scotland, who studied laws before turning into a menswear designer. And the change worth it.

After showing with Vauxhall Fashion Scout for 2 seasons, he decided to enroll in a MA at RCA, which he finished last week presenting his graduate collection. A great collection, with special attention to details, such as the reinterpretation of the lapel,  and wise selection and use of fabrics, designing suit jackets with knitwear. Specially showing mastered skills for tailoring and patronage. Definitely this master has improved his skills and turn him into  a more mature menswear designer. He gained our applause from the front row.

Royal College of Arts, has nurture and educated, as well, other great designer that has showed with us such as, David Longshaw, Eudon Choi, Felicity Brown, Sarah Bro Jorgensen among others.

This whole week, is being exciting, coming in and out to shows, and coming to the office impressed by all the new things we have seen. It is worth to mention specially one of the graduate from Westminster University, Catarina Holm, who called our attention. Her collection was a collaboration between her and photographer Noémie Reijnen. Playing with transparent fabrics and acid orange and using floaty fabrics which are trapped with harnesses.

So far so good, this years Graduate Fashion Week is being exciting and inspiring, showing that graduates have a lot to say.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Uk Fashion & Textile Export Awards.

There are just three weeks to go before the deadline for entries to this year´s UK Fashion & textile Export Awards: closing date is 5pm on 17 June 2011.
This award, which this year celebrates their 25th edition also celebrates the awards that  220 Companies have benefited over the past 22 years.
The Awards always attract a very diverse crowd. As well as the winners and other finalists, guests include UKFE members, exhibition organisers, the press and leading retailers. 

The Awards are designed to reward companies, irrespective of size, who have demonstrated export excellence. Judging panel will be looking for winners in eight categories – Menswear; Men's Accessories; Womenswear; Women's Accessories; Childrenswear; Ethical Fashion; Lingerie/Beach Fashion; and New Exporter. 

For the 2011 Awards they have introduced new categories that open up the competition to a broader spectrum of suppliers, retailers and e-tailers within the fashion and textile industry. This year's Awards also take into account the multi-channel marketing strategy that companies are using to sell their products overseas. 

It is a great occasion to network and entertain, and meet people from the industry and other fellows. 

Just to have in mind for this year,  Joanna Lumlet, who presented 2010 edition, joked saying: "Just to let you know, in this room of friends, I am very open to product placement. I'm an average size 12, I have a head, shoulders, feet ready for know what to do," Remember this when applying. 
Deadline reminder. They are  Closing date is 5pm on 17 June 2011. 
To start your application just click here.