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Sep 01 2014

Interview: Five Minutes With LFW Designer Holly Fulton

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Holly Fulton was one of the first fashion designers I met, we chatted randomly at the London Fashion Week exhibition, I had no idea at the time that she was the designer behind the amazing collection I was raving about. Luckily she didn’t hold that fan-girl moment against me as I interviewed her at the Fashion House of Echo Falls to celebrate her collaboration with the wine brand. It was refreshing to see a down-to-earth fashion designer, she really was lovely and fun to interview.

I didn’t have long, but we chatted designing a wine bottle, I really love the Rose one, her love of architecture, the excitement of fashion week, and I couldn’t resist asking her what a Holly Fulton Barbie would look like, it is amazing and fingers crossed Mattel reads this and signs her up!!!

What was it like designing a wine collection?
Holly: “As a designer I love to do things that are outside the realm of fashion, it is quite exciting for myself to see my designs transposed onto different products. The starting point was to capture the best of what Echo Falls does and their wines with the best of Holly Fulton, so we selected three different outfits that reflected the characters of the Merlot, the white and the rose and hopefully captured the contemporary spirit of Holly Fulton. We wanted to design something that popped out on the shelf next to Echo Falls competitors as well as a sexy feel.”

Your collections are highly influenced by architecture – what is it about architecture that inspires you?
“I love things that are quite clean, strong and quite graphic, a lot of the 20s/30s architecture and skyscrapers, and even 60s/70s buildings really just catch my eye and feed into my style of drawing and graphic sensibility. I love anything that is really bold and architecture is one of the biggest, boldest statements you can get in design, so it has always been a source of inspiration to me.”

Do you have a favourite building/city?
“I’m a bit of a fan of the Empire State building, I did have a collection where it featured quite heavily for spring/summer time and we used it in our crystal work.”

LFW is fast approaching – how is everything going in the run up to your SS15 show?
“It’s exciting and terrifying, but I always try and remain calm, because if I am panicking it wouldn’t help anybody. I am quite a workaholic so I will be working incredible long hours from now until then, but that’s part of the fun of it, still even five years on from when I started the label it hasn’t lost any of its excitement for me, it is still like the day that I graduated, it is that kind of buzz that I get. My favourite moment is just before the show goes and I see the girls lined up, all made up and transformed; in that moment my adrenalin is literally popping.”

Is the music important for your catwalk shows?
“Hugely important, I will listen to those tracks time and time again in the run up to LFW, I make everyone listen to it, we will listen to the song 30 times a day, but it is really good as everyone gets really into it. If you can get the music right you are really lucky, we work with John Drury who does all the music for our shows and it is always one of the most exciting parts of a show as it really captures the mood and enhances the space.

Can you give us a hint at what we can expect from the SS15 collection?
Very different from autumn/winter 2014. We always use different techniques and styles, and we are focusing on techniques that we have never looked at before, so I am excited to see how they come out. I think this collection will be a move on for us, the cutting is quite different so the silhouettes will create a new look for us.”

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Finally, if you could have a Holly Fulton Barbie – what would you dress her in?
“My favourite outfit would have to be the first look from spring/summer 2010, that collection that I just felt like my style just totally came together. That first look was all black and white, which is still a signature for us, I even still wear that coat.

“It would be a strong Barbie, but I think she would definitely have to go brunette and represent us dark-haired ladies. Plus she would have to have all the matching accessories, of course, the statement necklace, big earrings, possible a vintage ring and she has to wear the spiked Christian Louboutin baseball boots that were on the catwalk.”

 

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**Thanks to Ashanti aka Adorn Girl for snapping my pictures while I interviewed the lovely Holly Fulton**

Jun 02 2014

Echo Falls: The Best Nights Are Unplanned

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Think back to your best night out and I bet it was one that was one that was totally unplanned. I have found over the years nights out that are planned, scheduled and uber-organised, like every New Year’s Eve ever, never quite live up to expectation, instead it’s those nights that start off with a casual drink, a shopping trip or a bite to eat with friends that turns into something amazing.

Some of my best unplanned nights have seen me take on the crazy pub golf crawl challenge, be tipped upside down by a Z-list celebrity, lose one boot, spin too many shot wheels, as well as meet new friends, so I have to be honest I was super excited and a little nervous when Echo Falls asked me to join them on a night of surprises – all I knew is the time and location of where to meet.

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So at 5.30pm I joined Sherin, Ashanti and Laura, as well as the Echo Falls girlies before we were greeted with our own limo, with its music blaring, and a selfie-calling mirrored ceiling, I just couldn’t help myself. It was in the limo, while singing along to tunes that we were given our first clue to solve, which equalled a shopping spree in Warehouse. We had 30 minutes to buy something fabulous to wear for our night out and as I stupidly left my jacket at home I decided to added a gorgeous blue quilted number to my jeans and shirt look. I realised that while I was having so much fun I totally forgot to get a picture of me in the jacket, I promise it will make an appearance on my blog soon.

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Next clue, head to Carnaby Street for a mini Benefit makeover, and on our way we bumped into our very own ‘Echo Falls’ busker, who included all of our blog names into our own song – it was hilarious, it had us dancing and even got the tourists snapping, they really will take pictures of anything.

After giggling with our busker, who I wish we could have taken with us for the rest of the night, the Benefit girlies got to work on our make-up and gave me a fab night out look, before we headed over to Kettners for dinner.

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Dinner at Kettners is always special, even more so when you have your own private dinning room, waiter and a special menu. I went for the soup to start, which was lovely, and then I went for the pan roast guinea fowl breast served with wild rice, confit garlic and tarragon cream sauce. I was a little nervous as I have never had guinea fowl but it really did taste like chicken and was so delicious, and I adored how it was presented.

The best bit about dinner, other than the fab company of course, had to be pudding – I went for the fruit topped pavlova and it was incredible, everyone else went for the chocolate tart, which I also got to taste thanks to Sherin being stuffed and I can tell you this is a great place to come for dessert!!!

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An unplanned night out, wouldn’t be a night out without making at least one new friend along the way – I couldn’t resist posing with the Benefit doll.

Want to check out our fun night out watch this cute film that the Echo Falls put together. Thanks Echo Falls for a great unplanned night out!!!

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