Friday, 3 February 2012

Bernard Chandran interviewed for Idol Magazine

A resounding favourite of the Vauxhall Fashion Scout team, Malaysian designer Bernard Chandran met with Idol Magazine - a creative outlet for innovation across fashion, music and art - to provide an insight into his increasingly busy schedule.

With his mind set on design from a young age, Chandran has developed a meticulous aesthetic which demonstrates his clear respect for the women that he dresses. Despite having worked with such prominent figures in popular culture- from Lady Gaga to Little Boots, Chandran’s philosophy of self-belief and inner-confidence has kept his feet firmly on the ground.

Subtle hints to expand his label further than he already has permeate throughout the interview; although it seems Chandran isn’t going to divulge too much on that score; simply dubbing it a case of “natural progression”.

Keep an eye on this space for more fresh news on the designer himself, and be sure to check out the full interview here...

Abigail Gurney-Read
Vauxhall Fashion Scout Contributor 

Vauxhall Fashion Scout presents International Press & Buyers Reception in association with Fashion Monitor

We are thrilled to announce that on Sunday 19th of February from 10am to 1pm, VFS will be hosting our International Media & Buyers Reception in partnership with Fashion Monitor. 

This is the third time that VFS and Fashion Monitor have worked in partnership to hold the International Reception as previous years have been met with a fantastic response.

This great opportunity- open via invitation, is for international and national press, media and VIP's to meet buyers in a tea party style breakfast reception. Having proved itself as the ultimate occasion for networking with up-and-comers of the fashion industry, in attendance shall be a range of designers who are exhibiting at the venue as well as the crème de le crème of fashion media.

Having been firmly established within the fashion sector since 1989 and heavily relied upon by professionals within the industry, Fashion Monitor is the fashion bible for providing contacts, news and events within the fashion industry.

At last year's fabulous event Fashion Monitor Editor at Large Ariane Buteux commented: “As Fashion Monitor, it is great to partner up with Fashion Scout and get our names out there as we both believe strongly in the platform [of promoting emerging designers.]”.

The International Press & Buyers Reception will take place in the Exhibition Centre at Freemasons’ Hall; providing a relaxed platform for global press, buyers and designers to meet and network with industry peers. Definitely a must-go-to event of London Fashion Week 2012.

Cass Gowing, VFS Blog Editor

Find Your DASH Magazine at VFS

Not only supporting new design talent on the catwalks but also promoting new fashion industry talents- Vauxhall Fashion Scout would like to introduce Dash Magazine. 

A London-based high fashion editorial, lifestyle, illustration and art publication, it is THE fashion magazine with a strong focus on fashion art and fashion illustration intended for opinion formers. Born as the illustrated magazine for fashion and fashion art-  it the agency for fashion artists. DASH presents a means to find and explore new talents in the fashionable creative industry. 

Devoted to the fabrication of images, concepts and articles with a high level of depth and aesthetics. With known and up-and-coming contributors- as an artistic periodical, Dash Magazine aims to provide an analytic discourse, making a statement and providing joy through the medium of words and art. 

With editor NoéMie Schwaller at the helm and fashion heavy-weights Andrew Tucker, from the British Fashion Council and Features Editor Harry Weiler from Not Just a Label on the team, DASH Magazine has already firmly cemented its place in the world of fashion publications.

They know where their creative voice is- far from the usual fashion glossies, DASH Magazine emphasises emerging new talents of our future and traditional fashionable trends remerging. Style, media and the creative industry is what we embody, and we are inspirational in our own way- striving to create an aesthetic experience as one, where the readers find their lifestyle needs fulfilled. The only limit is that of our own imagination...

By allowing a free scope to artists‘ graphic fantasy, giving it the carte blanche, they can convey a far more potent message. Showing the beauty of processes within fashion, art and creation through a visually stimulating imagery of the fashion scene, we sell lifestyle and fashion worlds only dare to dream of. 

As an independent magazine aimed at a demographic of all genders, we provide a platform to showcase bud- ding talents from fashion, illustration, photography and art in the form of a demanding and questioning high fashion publication.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Phoebe English interviewed by Elle Magazine

Our ‘Merit Award’ winner Phoebe English is continuing to whip up a media storm ahead of her Autumn/Winter ’12 showcase. Just a week after being interviewed by Susie Bubble, and having been interviewed by, iD Magazine, and Dazed & Confused in the past, the innovative young creative has now been featured by one of the UK’s biggest fashion magazines, ELLE

You can read what the fast-emerging designer has to say on being labelled “the girl with the weave”, and what to expect of her Autumn/Winter ’12 collection here.

We did tell you she was “One-to-Watch”...

Sara McAlpine VFS Contributor
Follow her @sara_mcalpine

Exclusive Designer Interview with 1883 Magazine

Exciting Designer update..!

Designer Raffaele Asconi, who will be previewing his new collection with Vauxhall Fashion Scout has been exclusively featured in 1883 Magazine. 

The designer- who has a stellar client list that includes Jessie J & Lady Gaga, talks about his inspirations, his up-coming collections and his celebrity obsessions...

Check it out for yourself here, or for more information on Raffaele and his fellow VFS designers- go to the Vauxhall Fashion Scout website now. 

Designer Spotlight: Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch: Heohwan Simulation.

Heohwan Simulation is the label created by Royal College of Art graduate Hwan Heo in 2010 and is one of those selected for Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s AW12/13 ‘One’s to Watch’.

The Korean born designer studied Menswear at RCA and his womenswear label concentrates on creating an aesthetically pleasing silhouette that takes inspiration from men’s tailoring. Using this as a starting point, Hwan incorporates aesthetic angles within his designs and begins every collection by experimenting with artwork inspired by a critical viewpoint of fashion history and phenomenon.

Hwan Heo has achieved numerous high profile design accolades including Umbro’s Sportswear project and we are very excited to have with us for London Fashion Week.

See what Heohwan Simulation’s AW12/13 collection brings as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘One’s To Watch’ at the Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden on Friday 17th February at 4.30pm.

Cass Gowing, VFS Blog Editor

Behind-the-Scenes: ‘Ones-to-Watch’ Hair & Make-Up Tests

Yesterday saw our ‘Ones-to-Watch’ designers take to the Toni & Guy Academy to test their Autumn/Winter hair and make-up looks. 

Under the watchful eye of super-stylist Rebekah Roy, our ‘O-T-W’ winners Anne Sofie Madsen, Heohwan Simulation, Myrza de Muynck and Nova Chiu discussed inspiration behind their A/W looks, and set to work with renowned make-up artist Lan Nguyen. 

Even the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Team got sucked into the action- ending up being models for the day! A real exciting start to February and the count down to London Fashion Week begins!

Sara McAlpine VFS Contributor
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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Vauxhall Fashion Scout Team Expansion!

 Welcome Fox!

 Already found your place squirrel? 

It's all fun & games here at Vauxhall Fashion Scout HQ..

We have two very exciting new additions to the team- introducing Foxy & Squirrel!

Designed and made by Christopher Raeburn here in London, the delightful new members of the team are made from dead-stock cotton fabrics from his womenswear & menswear collections.

A limited edition range- these furry friends will take pride of place in the Vauxhall Fashion Scout office, and provide a vital contribution in the run-up to London Fashion Week!

Final Schedule released

Vauxhall Fashion Scout is proud to announce the final version of the Schedule for this up and coming London Fashion Week 17th-22th February.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Designer Spotlight: A La Disposition

Design duo Daniel & Linda Kinne are Vauxhall Fashion Scout veterans- having shown with us twice before their forthcoming Autumn/ Winter ’12 collection, and we are so excited to have them back!

Since meeting at the acclaimed art school, Parson’s School of Design, the [now] husband and wife team went on to found label ‘A la Disposition’ in the Autumn of 2005.

Graduating with a degree in Fashion Design in the year 2000, the pair pursued the study of bespoke corsetry, a prominent feature in their garments and contributing a great deal towards the craftmanship we see from the duo today. 

This past inspiration transcends such a manifestation of skill, and provides the thread for the label’s philosophy of manipulating pattern, cut and colour to serve as a form of reactionary modernity. To see this marriage of experiment and tradition first-hand, be sure to attend ‘A la Disposition’s’ third collection with the Vauxhall Fashion Scout team at Freemasons Hall on Friday 17th at 16.00.

Sara McAlpine VFS Contributor
Follow her @sara_mcalpine

Fam Irvoll makes an exciting appearance in Wonderland Magazine.

Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer Fam Irvoll has recently been interviewed about her Sping/ Summer ’12 collection in Wonderland magazine. 

Jack Mills sits and discusses collections past and present, inspirations and her designs making an appearance on MTV..

Curious check it out here.

Fam Irvoll show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week:
Friday 17th Feb

Monday, 30 January 2012

Schedule updates: @prophetik AW12/13 collection @Fashionscout

Sustainable fashion and lifestyle label Prophetik, will launch their AW12/13 collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout this up and coming Fashion Week.  A press favorite and a prominent voice in the ethical fashion arena. 

The nine-year-old, all-sustainable fashion lifestyle brand designed by, Jeff Garner, was born and is headquartered in America’s Deep South - Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.  Jeff received personal mentorships from Calvin Klein and J Lindeberg, then went on to co-design with Convoy, a sustainable label out of Orange County, California before launching Prophetik.

Prophetik’s new autumn/winter collection is influenced by Princess Grace, who was courted by the noble, dandy gentleman. It promised to immerse fans of the brand into a fusion of delight and awe. Striking out against the conformist ideals of saturated, insipid colours, the collection transpires the naked eye to new worlds, with beautiful, luminous plant and earth based dyes. 

With an equestrian thread always running through Prophetik’s aesthetic, the princess and her stable boy set the stage. Designer, Jeff Garner is once again bringing romance to the forefront of his sustainable fashion line, challenging philosophies with the intention of dissolving lies that create and perpetuate suffering.

Reworked antique quilts again become focal points of the range. Prophetik’s finale dress heads straight to the world renowned Smithsonian museum post-show and is crafted from peach silk, one of his grandmother Lola’s old quilts, a vintage pocket watch, and black, naturally shed, ostrich feathers.

A Victorian sensibility always appears on the Prophetik catwalk and high-collars, floor sweeping hemlines and an overall immense lean toward prudish dress will be present.

Designed for the dapper man and modern woman with a romantic Renaissance flare, Prophetik is currently stocked in over 60 high-end boutiques in America, Japan, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. Worn regularly by the likes of Livia Firth and Suzy Amis Cameron, Prophetik stands for high ethical fashion, and Jeff Garner is the go-to guy for style. Other fans of the label include Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, and the Jonas Brothers. 

Prophetik will show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout 

Sunday 19th at  10:30.

@fashionscout designer, Shao Yen & @NOTJUSTALABEL editoral goes live..

Shao Yen- former winner of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch, and one of this season's amazing designer’s showing at Vauxhall Fashion Scout has been interviewed for innovative designer platform Not Just a Label.

With a focus on up and coming contemporary fashion designers, Not Just a Label gives up-and-coming designers the publicity and exposure they deserve. Described by Vogue Italia as “one of the most influential fashion websites of the future” and championed by the likes of Dazed and Confused, Tatler and Elle magazine- if a designer is featured by them, big things are sure to follow.
Tawaiin born Yen was one of four emerging designers awarded the ‘Ones To Watch’ title, joining the likes of other exciting designers such as Georgia Hardinge and Eudon Choi.
Vauxhall Fashion Scout brings you the exclusive interview between Not Just a Label’s Karen Hodgkinson and Shao Yen, where they discuss everything from his inspirations and his new collection- “Ssedog”, to his exclusive commissioned work for singer Bjjork.

Read the interview with former VFS’s One to Watch Shao Yen on their renowned website here.