Friday, 25 January 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT| Fashion Scout Announce Provisional Schedule for Feb13

Fashion Scout is thrilled to release our provisional Schedule for our Feb'13 catwalk showcase. Fresh from rebranding as a global platform to showcase the very best of British and international creative talent, over 30 catwalk shows, presentations, installations and exhibitions will take place throughout the week. 

This season will see critically acclaimed young Chinese designer Yifang Wan return to Fashion Scout for a second season, this time to take the inaugural stage as the internationally acclaimed Merit Award winner for A/W13. Directly after, our newly announced and eagerly anticipated Ones To Watch award winners - Patrick Li, Yeashin and Yulia Kondranina - will showcase their designs to a global stage.  

For the first time, established emerging talent platform, Kiev Fashion Days will present a curated selection of new designers from the Ukraine in a collective catwalk showcase and exhibition in partnership with Fashion Scout.  Whilst a catwalk showcase of new designers from Istanbul will also take place throughout the week.

Returning names to the Fashion Scout stage include former Merit Award winners Phoebe English and Heohwan Simulation, former OTW winners Ming Pin Tien and Nova Chiu as well as iconic established designer Pam Hogg. 

Fashion Scout's showcase will take place 15th-19th February 2013 at our catwalk home, Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden. The fourteenth season of Fashion Scout, as founded by Martyn Roberts, will be the first season since our global rebrand.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

NEWS| Georgia Hardinge collaborates with River Island

Former Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner Georgia Hardinge partners with high street retailer River Island on a collaborative collection for Spring / Summer 2013. Since her debut  in 2010, the London-based designer has gone from strength to strength, recognised for her talent for creating interesting textures and patterns. River Island who have previously collaborated with William Tempest, use these creative ventures to give a designers a wider audience.
The debut high street collection will follow Hardinge’s feminine aesthetic and use structural, textured shapes set to feature in both clothing and accessories. After being approached by River Island, Georgia Hardinge expresses being “immediately excited” about the project.
"I absolutely love what River Island are producing at the moment - there is a definite buzz around the brand and they are really bringing something fresh and new to the high street." Georgia says.
The collection will launch with a short film directed by Alex Turvey and starring Ben Grimes at part of Fash/Of this season, another collaboration the designer is excited about saying “it allows the mood of a collection to come to life”.
By Vanessa Omoregie (@wewearblack). Images from River Island and Natalie Ilina

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

NEWS| Maia Bergman announced as H&M Design Award 2013 Finalist

After rave reviews from Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase, designer Maia Bergman adds to her already blooming collection of accolades which includes winning Vogue Italia’s Young Vision award, and now a finalist for H&M’s 2013 Design Award. 
The young designer who wowed audiences last season with her overtly girly aesthetic and detailed use of embellishment talks to H&M about her work and her inspirations from “90’s matchy-matchy” to artist and fashion designer Stephen Sprouse. 
This year’s H&M Design Award invited students from 19 major fashion schools in Europe where 24 talented students including Maia Bergman were brought together to  meet with Head of Design at H&M, Ann-Sofie Johansson. Talking about her simple silhouettes and seemingly random placement of colour, Maia’s work exudes an effortless sophistication that doesn't deny itself of playfulness or charm, which is something that makes her stand out in the competition.
The winner of the 2013 Design Award will be announced at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week at the end of this month, will receive a prize of €50,000, and have pieces from their collection developed to be sold at H&M stores during A/W 2013.

By Vanessa Omoregie (@wewearblack)
Images from H&M and Asia Werbel

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT| Ones To Watch Winners Feb13

Fashion Scout are pleased to announce the Ones to Watch winners for Feb13: Patrick Li, Yeashin and Yulia Kondranina. 

Chinese born, London based, Patrick Li featured as part of Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase and has since been snapped up by Joyce. After gaining experience under both Hussein Chalayan and Victor and Rolf, Patrick has developed a signature crisp fresh style, epitomising the youth and effortless modern elegance.

After being awarded the Most Creative Student at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards and selected by Vogue as one of the best fashion graduates of 2011, South Korean YEASHIN went on to create her own charming label. Inspired by the juxtaposition of 1960s England and traditional Korean outfits, her collections inject a sense of humour into her myriad coloured pieces.

After graduating with an MA from Central Saint Martins, Yulia Kondranina presented her elegantly gothic graduate collection during London Fashion Week. With a focus on promoting the concept of handcraft coupled with a love of intricacy, Yulia’s heavily woven, sculptural garments tell a dark romantic story.

The Ones To Watch showcase is internationally recognised for presenting creative talent from both British and International designers to a global audience and is one of the first places to see the very best in new design talent.  

Fashion Scout Director, Martyn Roberts on the announcement: “This season we are excited to present a diverse range of new talents to the market. Ones To Watch has always been recognised as a launch pad for next generation of designers, and our selection celebrates some the most innovative new designers from both the UK and around the world.”

This season’s esteemed Selection Panel included Hilary Alexander, Jessica Bumpus of, Hannah Emslie of Selfridges, FS alumni and former Merit Award winner Georgia Hardinge, acclaimed stylist Rebekah Roy,  Fashion Scout Founder and Director Martyn Roberts and FS Talent Scout Charlotte Gunstone.

The Ones To Watch showcase will take place at Fashion Scout this February. 

Images: Patrick Li, Yeashin and Yulia Kondranina