Friday, 12 October 2012

NEWS| Fashion156 Creative's candid shots from OTW and Graduate Showcase S/S13

Fashion156 Creative, the spin-off creative arts agency from the acclaimed Fashion156, have released a set of backstage photographs from Vauxhall Fashion Scout's S/S13 Ones to Watch catwalk show as well as our Graduate Showcase. 

Katy Davies's candid photographs of the models and garments of our Ones to Watch stars portray the designs seconds before hitting the runway. Katy's photographs can be viewed on Fashion 156 Creative's website here

Fashion156 director Guy Hipwell joined forces with VFS to curate the Graduate Showcase space for our S/S13 showcase and Fashion156 Creative have released their own snaps of the presentation. 

The VFS Blog Team caught up with Guy prior to LFW S/S13 where he likened the similarities between Fashion156 and our Graduate Showcase event: 
"It just mirrors exactly the ethos and reasons I set up Fashion156 - to support the strong talent coming through our fashion schools each and every year. Graduates need all the support possible, especially with the current challenging economic climate."

By Cass Gowing, Editor
Images from Fashion156 Creative

Thursday, 11 October 2012

NEWS| Kirsty Ward featured in Vogue Italia 'Talents' piece

Having been named the Rising Star of 2011 by Elle and a Designer to Watch by Vogue, it's no wonder our previous One to Watch Kirsty Ward is a designer who's become well accustomed to press attention. Having just exhibited her S/S13 collection in our Paris showrooms, it's something that's sure to continue. Most recently, it's been Glass magazine, Crack magazine and Vogue Italia that she's caught the eye of.

In 'A moment with Kirsty Ward', Glass talked to the Central Saint Martin's graduate about her inspirations, VFS and the future. “Inspiration can come from anywhere,” she says during the interview. “I especially love the elderly... I also watch a lot of sci-fi and that always creeps in.”

Crack magazine have also recently featured her work. One of Ward's AW12 necklaces has appeared in an editorial of the monthly art and music magazine's latest issue and perfectly presents the structured aesthetic the designer has become known for.

If that wasn't enough, Vogue Italia have also featured Ward's AW12 collection in their talent section. With a biography and a display of her powerfully innovative and embellished designs, it's safe to say Kirsty Ward is certainly making a name for herself.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Images all taken from each publication named.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

NEWS| Emma Shipley in IDOL magazine

Following her recent collaboration with IDOL magazine, luxury scarf designer Emma Shipley talks to the magazine about London Fashion Week and her SS13 collection. The Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer gives IDOL magazine an insight into her world of illustrated exotic animals and the inspiration behind her work.

The magazine commented on her fascinating use of a “half imagined and half real” jungle paradise. The young designer reflects on her trip to the Amazon which brought on inspiration for colours and the exotic atmosphere that runs through the collection. Commenting on her Anthropologie wallpaper launch, Emma Shipley catches up with IDOL on her Premiere Classe award for new accessory designer that she says “gave me a lot of exposure to international buyers”

As well as explaining her hand drawn pencil techniques and her recent collaboration with Tomasz Donocik, the accessories designer talks about working with interior designers where she can bring her own flair to items like wallpaper, rugs and furniture. She goes on explaining how important it is to find a style that is completely your own as advice for other young designers and illustrators.
On how much fun she had with IDOL magazine, Emma says she loved it and enjoyed the freedom of doing “just pure illustration for print” which she says is something she has never done before. “I loved how they ended up in the final images juxtaposed with the fashion shots, I thought it looked really great!”
Text by Vanessa Omoregie, images from IDOL magazine