Saturday, 2 March 2013

PARIS| Patrick Li at Fashion Scout Paris

After a busy London Fashion Week at the Freemason’s Hall, this years Ones to Watch star Patrick Li is now in Paris showing his collection at the Fashion Scout showroom. Inspired by contrast, mood and the empowering effect of light, Patrick’s tailored collection is sophisticated with an injection of fun in the form of glitter coated detailing. 

We caught up with Patrick in Paris;

What are you looking forward to most about Fashion Scout Paris? Meeting people, everyone seems to be more serious in Paris. Everybody comes for business and are more focused than other cities such as London. I am looking forward to meeting buyers.
What do you think are the advantages to showing in Paris? I think it brings recognition to your label. You definitely gain respect in the industry for having been part of a showroom in Paris.
What will you be doing while in Paris? When im not in the showroom I will be exploring the area around the Fashion Scout showroom, its in a really good location for discovering cool boutiques and exquisite shops.

Where would be your dream stockist? I would really like to be stocked in London, I am hoping to meet more UK based buyers this week.

Patrick Li will be showing his collection exclusively in Paris at the Fashion Scout showroom until the 5th March at 23, Rue du Roi de Sicile, Paris, 75004.

Images by Christopher Dadey

PARIS PREVIEW| Kiev Fashion designers at Fashion Scout Paris

Anna October at Fashion Scout London

Yasya Minochkina at Fashion Scout London

Natasha Zinko at Fashion Scout London

Fashion Scout are pleased to take to Paris, three new talents from Kiev Fashion Days, allowing them to showcase their designs to an international buying and media market. Fashion Scout's partnership with Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days saw the showcasing of nine Ukrainian designers at Fashion Scout - with four designers presenting their collections on the catwalk. The showcase launches the best in Ukrainian fashion giving these international designers a creative platform through Fashion Scout. 

Fashion Scout London Exhibition Designer as well as Kiev Fashion Days designer Anna October will be presenting her feminine line, comprised of strong A-line shapes with nipped waists at Fashion Scout Paris. The collection, which was met with rave reviews on the catwalk at Kiev Fashion Days and at our London exhibition, were accentuated with vertical, horizontal and asymmetrical metallic stripes. View Fashion Scout's interview with Anna October at the Kiev Fashion Days Exibition here or alternatively at our Fashion Scout London Exhibition here

Another Kiev Fashion Days designer Yasya Minochkina, who showcased her A/W13 collection inspired by Parisian style, London's street cool vibe and Ukrainian structure and made up of classically feminine silhouettes. View Fashion Scout's interview with Yasya Minochkina at the Kiev Fashion Days Exhibition here.

The third designer to be joining Fashion Scout Paris from Kiev Fashion Days is Natasha Zinko.  After showcasing her designs at Fashion Scout London as part of the Kiev Fashion Days Exhibition, Natasha's aviary inspired collection expressed her love to showcase with Fashion Scout again, view the full interview with Natasha Zinko here

By Cass Gowing, Editor
Images by Max Barnett, Bex Day at Kris Elliott

PARIS PREVIEW| Shao Yen at Fashion Scout Paris

Former Ones To Watch winner Shao Yen returns to Fashion Scout’s international showcase in Paris presenting his anticipated AW13 collection. Known for experimenting with colour and form that bring new energy to modern pieces have had his designs featured in publications such as Vogue China. Vibrant and fresh perspectives combine unconventional materials with feminine silhouettes that have become a signature throughout his collections.

The Taiwanese born designer previewed his upcoming collection in a film­ titled "Stalker" that captures the beautifully odd creativity of his work. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins Shao Yen Chen has gained recognition for his Shao Yen label working in a melting pot of creative projects including designing a Selfridges window in participation of the department store’s “Bright Young Things” platform.  Shao Yen’s collection at Fashion Scout’s Paris Showroom will be the next step for this talented designer’s venture into international success.

We caught up with Shao in Paris...

What you are most looking forward to about Fashion Scout Paris?
To to be able to show my collection to a wider, international audience and to receive their feedback. 

What the main inspirations of your latest collection are? 
This collection is inspired by early surrealist films, in particular 'Un Chien Andalou' by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. I tried to combine various fashion genres into one big montage.

What you hope to gain from Paris this season? 
I have been participating in the Fashion Scout Showroom for a few seasons now, I hope more and more people will see how I develop my brand and hopefully secure more stockists.
Shao Yen will show at Fashion Scout Paris Showroom until the 5th of March 2013. 

Friday, 1 March 2013

PARIS| Fashion Scout Paris Drinks Reception Tonight

With Fashion Scout Paris Showroom in full swing alongside Paris Fashion Week, tonight we will be hosting our Drinks Reception. Taking place today (Friday 1st March) from 6pm - 9pm for buyers and members of media, we will be celebrating Paris Fashion Week with our collection of talented international designers. 

Fashion Scout, the international showcase has brought 20 of the best creative international talent to Paris Fashion Week for one week only.

The Drinks Reception is strictly RSVP only. There's still time to RSVP, please contact to enquire. 

For more information on the Showroom designers, please click here

Thursday, 28 February 2013

PARIS| Hellen Van Rees

Former Ones to Watch winner, Hellen Van Rees is showcasing this season as part of Fashion Scout’s Paris showroom. The collection, entitled ‘Square3 Angle: The Transformation’ is her most sophisticated yet, and has already sparked interest amongst buyers on the first day of the Paris Showroom.

Hellen strikes the perfect balance between intricate hand made garments and accessible pieces. With a focus on handcraft the collection is created out of a unique combination of wool, silk, silicone and her trademark woven threads.

We caught up with Hellen after a successful first day:
What are you most looking forward to about Fashion Scout Paris and how was the first day for you?
“I am most looking forward to meeting the buyers, and receiving they’re feedback. Today has been really good! The week looks really exciting as I have already received my first proper order!”
What do you think are the advantages of showing in Paris?
“Everyone, from the whole world of fashion, comes to Paris! There seem to be more buyers in Paris, and people are really serious about making an order and becoming a stockist.”
What are the main inspirations of your latest collection?
“Classic Chanel tweed twin suits. My inspiration comes from my material processes. Its about shapes and contrasting textures – and keeping my signature 3D elements, but this time putting a diagonal twist on the cube.”

Hellen will be showing at Fashion Scout Paris until 5th March 2013. View her collection at: 23 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004, Paris.

Text: Lauren Slater

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT| Fashion Scout Paris Showroom Officially Opens

The Fashion Scout Paris Showroom officially opens on Thursday 28th February 2013. Featuring a selection of the most innovative, up-and-coming design talent from the UK and  internationally, the Paris Showroom plays host to 21 exciting new designers.

The showroom will run from Thursday 28th February - Tuesday 5th March from 10.00 - 19.00 daily (closing at 17.00 on Tuesday 5th).

You can find the showroom at: 23 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004, Paris. 

PARIS PREVIEW| Paris Showroom Designer Myrza de Muynck

Former Ones to Watch designer Myrza Muynck is returning to Fashion Scout's Paris Showroom to showcase her A/W13 collection. Having not showcased her collection at any London showcases, the Dutch born designer will be solely displaying her latest collection to Fashion Scout Paris attendees. Alongside the A/W13 lookbook images which she has shared exclusively to Fashion Scout, Myrza has given this insight on what she's looking forward to about returning to Paris with FS. 

"I'm most looking forward to meeting up with fellow designers and new buyers. There’s an advantages of showcasing your designs in Paris as more buyers are present in Paris.
The inspiration behind my latest collection is 'elegant ladies that meet tomboys which go out together feeling like twins'."

By Cass Gowing, Editor - follow her on Twiter
Images from Myrza de Muynck

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

PARIS PREVIEW| Paris Showroom Designer Kirsty Ward

Fresh from showcasing in Milan with Vogue Italia Talents corner showcase, former Ones to Watch star Kirsty Ward will be taking part in Fashion Scout's Paris Showroom. We're pleased to present Kirsty's A/W13 collection images as well as a quick catch up with the designer herself. 

What you are most looking forward to about Fashion Scout Paris?
I'm currently in Milan showing my A/W13 collection with the Vogue Italia Talents corner, I've shown it to Anna WintoUr, Suzy Menkes and Franca Sozzani amongst others, which has been great for press. But I'm now looking forward to Paris to sort the sales out.

What you think are the advantages of showcasing your designs in Paris?
More buyers, London is great for press but Paris is where the buyers are. The quality of the buyers at fashion scout are great too with a lot of international stores visiting.

What are the main inspirations of your latest collection?
The garments are inspired by a subtle take on ice hockey uniforms mixed with unexpected fabric and big jewellery obviously. We've also done a handbag collaboration this season with Williams handmade which is really exciting.

By Cass Gowing, Editor
Images from Kirsty Ward

Monday, 25 February 2013

PARIS PREVIEW| Paris Designer David Longshaw

Ahead of David Longshaw heading to Paris to showcase his A/W13 collection with us once again as part of our Fashion Scout Paris showroom, we caught up with David to see what he is looking forward to most about this experience. 

What you are most looking forward to about Fashion Scout Paris?

Catching up face to face with the buyers from the stores I sell to and showing them my new collection. Catching up with the other designers and team Fashion Scout..... and of course the cakes... I LOVE Paris patisserie's- so I'm sure Kirsty Ward and I will be thoroughly investigating and analysing those together.

What you think are the advantages of showcasing your designs in Paris?
London is perhaps more exciting in terms of in terms of meeting all sorts of different people in the industry- but it is Paris where the orders are made. For me personally not all the stores I sell to come to London for fashion week- so if I didn't exhibit in Paris I would miss out on those sales.

We normally ask our designers what inspires their latest collection but David has gone one step further and has showed us the short animation which he created as his collection's inspiration. Click here to view "Painting Over Harry".

By Cass Gowing, Editor