Thursday, 18 August 2011

Asger Juel Larsen A/W 2011 collection:"Uncle Sam"

Asger surpasses the usual atheistic present in current menswear trends; influenced by the American flag, the armed forces and fetish wear, such is reflected in this impulsive and rebellious collection. Asger’s obsession with the 1860’s fuelled his outlandish designs.A mix of historical figures that helped the flow of ideas included Native Indian chiefs, U.S federal officers and a craft mechanic.
His works have a mysterious allure and yet they seem to almost suffocate the wearer with the amount of fabric that is used and moulded to incubate. The range is devoid of colour. Simplicity is key .The juxtaposed garments also reveal a number of new and allusive silhouettes that rekindle the excitement of the human form. Elegance becomes exhausted. Villainy and dusk become weighty and admirable. Cut outs of fabric, laces and chains indicate and accentuate a sense of fragility while reinforcing the air of restriction.
His gloomy collection has struck a cord with the fashion public. His neutral designs armed with a kindred eye for detail and a distinct technical spark, makes him one to watch in the emerging fashion scene.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Introducing Ones To watch SS12 winner Alice Lee

Vauxhall Fashion Scout´s Ones To Watch winners are four and already you have been introduced to three of them: Shao Yen, Phoebe English and Malene Oddershede Bach and finally last but not least, today we would like to introduce you to Alice lee duo. 

Design duo, Alice Lee received international recognition starting in 2002 when they were awarded NewGen for three consecutive seasons and gained Browns, Harrods and Barneys New York as stockists. This followed Alice’s completion of the MA Fashion Knitwear course at Central Saint Martins and different collaborations with Giles and Hardy Amies Couture. The label was put on hold whist the couple raised their family, to re-launch again last season at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Alice Lee’ gorgeous knitwear collections feature intricately handcrafted, modern pieces with a couture aesthetic.
Enjoy their 60 seconds interview with Vauxhall Fashion Scout:
VFS: What were your feelings and thoughts when you knew you were announced as Vauxhall Fashion Scout´s Ones To Watch MEN winner?
AL: We were so excited and thrilled to be chosen.
VFS: How are you celebrating?
AL: No celebrating as of yet we have too much to do. 
VFS: Did you always wanted a career in fashion? When did you decide this was your field?
Alice- I was always sewing something from an early age, and I was inspired by my mom who was a fashion designer. I  loved dressing up and used to make a lot of my own clothes, but I didnt know I would be a knitwear designer till I discovered it at Chelsea art school.
Lee- It was a bit of a last minute decision, at the end of the foundation course I changed from graphics to fashion, then I went home and cut up the family tent and made it in to jackets. I only stayed at college for a very short time.
VFS: Do you carry a notebook around with you to jot down ideas? If not how do you process ideas?
Lee - i have a sketch book i draw in 
Alice - i dont carry a note book, i work everything out mathematically in a diagram, and then on the knitting machine and mannequin
VFS: If you weren't a fashion designer, what would you do?
Lee- Art or music.
Alice- archeologist, or chef
VFS: Where are your favorite spots in London?
AL: Richmond park and Hampstead Heath
VFS: What do you admire most about the fashion industry? 
AL: The passion and creative energy
VFS: Where would you like to see your brand in the future?
AL: In some great stockiest worldwide, and worn by inspirational people
VFS: Now on month to go... how are you feeling towards September?
AL: Cant wait to see our collection on the catwalk !!
VFS: Tell us a bit about your SS12 collection.

AL: Intricate knitted stitches embellished and rendered with leather, highly textured, complex hand work, within a structured silhouette.

Monday, 15 August 2011

LCF's First Pop Up Shop!

Ada Zanditon S/S11

William Tempest S/S11
Happy monday scouters!

More VFS alumni news today!
William tempest and Ada Zanditon are among many LCF designers who will have their pieces sold in the London College of Fashion’s first ever pop up shop. Vauxhall fashion scout alumni, Wiliam and Ada ‘s garments were chosen by a panel of distinguished fashion judges which included former Liberty buyer director Angela Quaintrell. The exclusively sold works will include accessories, jewellery and photography prints. The premier store will be situated just off Carnaby street and it’s opening will be on the 8th September the same night as one of the hottest fashion events of the year: Fashion’s night out. The LCF store will stay open for three weeks only! 

We're looking out for the best in news and events in the lead up to London Fashion Week.So watch this space!