Wednesday, 4 April 2012

NEWS| Lako Bukia featured on Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia has featured Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer Lako Bukia following the Kiev Fashion Days. The Ukrainian Fashion Week took place between March 22nd - 25th and Vogue Italia has praised the "deceptive effect created with different, deliberately contrasting fabrics and a colour palette limited to black and silver".

The LCF graduate wowed crowds when she showed her AW12 line at VFS's Freemason's Hall in February with her geometric and futuristic inspired collection. Judging by the Vogue Italia article, her appeal is transatlantic. Read the review of the collection on Vogue Italia's website here

Lako Bukia was also interviewed for Kiev Fashion Week's site and was described as 'one of the most promising designers in London'. In the interview, she discusses the pride of showcasing her latest collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and the influences of living in London. Read this interview here

By Cass Gowing, VFS Blog Editor. 
Photography from AW12 at VFS by Natalia Ilina

COLLECTIONS| VFS Press-Day Picks at A.I PR

Next on the list for the VFS press-room tour was the A.I PR showroom, where designers J.W Anderson and Ann-Sofie Back caught our eye.
Anderson's unapologetically "Awkward Modernity" was presented by way of dense, leather uppers that sit aloft the body, and textured knits that contrasted the patent stoicism of the oxblood, and white rigid suits.
The clinicism of the head-to-toe patent white looks from Anderson's Autumn/Winter collection was something we also saw in Back's sheer nylon overlays, atop raw-finished burgundy wool; a finish referencing how "we all come undone." If by 'undone', Back means 'lose composure', then there's certainly truth in that, as the collection's we spied in the A.I showroom had us keenly hunching over the designers' pieces, excitedly quizzing about fabrics used in each piece.

Images and text by Sara McAlpine
Follow her @sara_mcalpine

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

COLLECTIONS| VFS Press Day Picks at Goodley PR

Leautton Postle AW12

Louise Gray AW12

Krystoff Strozyna AW12

Long-time friends, and design-partners Sam Leutton and Jenny Postle's second collection sat between fellow VFS designers, Krystof Stroznya and Louise Gray in the Goodley PR showroom; and we couldn't walk away without capturing the pieces' details to fully showcase the duo's craft-led knitwear. Leutton Postle's multiplicitous, reverse applique knits hung at home in the showroom's sun-lit space; light hitting every facet of the overlaid metallic patchwork, adding character to the pieces' offbeat, peeping faces. 

A half-turn to the right and Louise Gray's equally textured, bright pieces hung; this time letting embellishments and patterned glitter brocade do the talking. Blocked duo-chrome "Quick Response" prints with raw-finished edges called out the punk beneath the opulent-guise, but kept the collection feminine through form.

"Feminine" would be the choice-word for Strozyna's collection- as well as "strong" with the collection's figure enhancing silhouette, in darker hues contrasting to the Leutton Postle and Grey designs either side. Fabrics were less dense, but no less bold, considering the collection's clean-lines, and strong shoulders. 

Working with lighter fabrics, Strozyna's pieces showcased a controlled fluidity that moved only to trace the curvature of the woman within it proving Goodley's showcase of works to be full of impact; however that impact manifests...

This is only our first look to the coming season at the Autumn/Winter press days, have we got you looking forward to the rest...?

Images and text by Sara McAlpine
Follow her @sara_mcalpine

NEWS| 'Because' Meets Phoebe English

Phoebe English is the latest designer to be featured by 'Because' Magazine as part of their "Because meets..." series. The Autumn/Winter '12 Merit Award winner spoke to the digital 'zine about her recent foray into colour, where she hurriedly draws inspiration as it hits, and where she'd be- had design not entered the equation.
To see the young designer animatedly discuss collections- past, and present- follow the link to the video interview below.

Monday, 2 April 2012

MAKE-UP TRENDS| How to create the perfect make-up for SS12 with Body Shop

Summer seems to have arrived early in Britain; meaning it's the perfect time to look back to last season at Vauxhall Fashion Scout to remind ourselves of the SS12 trends. VFS Blog Editor, Cass Gowing has interviewed Body Shop's head make-up artist Lan Nguyen to discuss the make-up looks that her team created for SS12. 

Vauxhall Fashion Scout: What are the key make-up trends for SS12?
Lan Nguyen: The key make up trends are strong bold and the beautiful, 'The Make-Up Look' Colour and graphic accents also appeared on the catwalk.

VFS: What VFS designers showed this trend?
LN: Examples of the creative strong make-up look at VFS were Elisa Palomino, Inbar Spector, Lako Bukia, A la Dispostion and FAD.

VFS: What's the easiest way for people to wear this trend day-to-day?
LN: The easiest way to wear the trends is to add a strong bold colour in just one area of the face, either just the eye, lip or cheek. Keeping it strong but simple is the key for a wearable look from day to day.

VFS: What's your top tip for making sure that your make-up lasts during warmer climes?
LN: My top tip is to use a face primer.

VFS: What are your favourite Body Shop products to create this look?
LN: My Favourite Body Shop products to create versatile looks are the Shimmer Cubes which are high in pigment and easy to blend, The Lip and Cheek Tint adds a great stain to cheeks and lips which can be layered to add intensity. The lip pencil in Rouge Rose give a beautiful matte deep red colour for lips and can be used as a lipstick or base. Finally the Liquid Eyeliner is a soft pen eyeliner that can be used as a eye base and mixed with the Shimmer Cubes and eyeshadows for intense eye colour. 

Interview by Editor Cass Gowing,T: @CassGowing
Images top to bottom: Elisa Palomino, A La Disposition, Inbar Spector

APPLICATIONS OPEN| Vauxhall Fashion Scout Opens SS13 Applications

Are you ready for SS13? We are! 

Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the home of new talent, officially opens its applications for London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week S/S 2013, as the search for the leading new talent in fashion design begins.

Applications Open:
2nd April - 30th April
he leading international platform for new designers and hailed a “talent goldmine” by, Vauxhall Fashion Scout is renowned for launching some of the most innovative names in the industry including:

Peter Pilotto / David Koma / Felder Felder / William Tempest / Iris Van Herpen /
Hermione De Paula / Leutton Postle / David Longshaw / Eudon Choi / Phoebe English.
From Monday 2nd April, designers can apply for Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s coveted awards:
Merit Award
Ones To Watch
Applicants can also apply for:

Salon shows
The London Exhibition
Paris Showroom
There will be no Menswear day at Vauxhall Fashion Scout for September 2012.
Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s acclaimed Merit Award is worth £25,000 over three seasons, including a fully sponsored catwalk show and a £1000 bursary in the first season. Previous winners include William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione de Paula, Eudon Choi, Georgia Hardinge, Leutton Postle and last season’s winner Phoebe English.
The internationally recognised ‘Ones To Watch’ showcase is a back-to-back catwalk presentation, specifically designed to introduce some of the freshest new talents to the market.

Applications for the Paris Showroom are also open, providing the unique opportunity for both UK and international designers to present collections to international buyers and media during Paris Fashion Week. In the heart of Le Marais, Vauxhall Fashion Scout is now in its sixth season in its newly launched showroom space.
To be eligible to show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, you must have:
reached the creative and business level required for an event of this stature.

Successful designers will then be hand-selected by a Panel of industry experts who will judge the designers on their creativity, quality of work and business potential.
Selected applicants will also be invited to benefit from the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Mentoring programme.

For further information please visit
To request an application form please contact