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LFW SS14: Fyodor Golan ‘Electric Children’

LFW-SS14-Fyodor-Golan-18Since winning Fashion Fringe in 2011, Fyodor Golan helmed by duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman, has become one of the runway shows that I can’t miss. There is something so fresh about these designers that always makes me takes notice, get excited about fashion, and basically covet every single piece.

In previous seasons the duo has produced a drama filled collection bordering more on the side of couture than ready-to-wear, for spring/summer 2014 it seems that Fyodor Golan has looked more to the street with a bright and wearable collection filled with pieces inspired by “exploring the idea of modern dressing through an active lifestyle”.

Entitled the ‘Electric Children’, the collection was a colour explosion of bright yellow and pink, which contrasted nicely against soft candy-like pastel hues of mint green, baby blue and nude. The girlie sleek feminine lines of the pencil skirts, and pleated dresses, were teamed with boxy sweatshirts with FG emblazoned on them, super cropped bombers and cool Smiley adorned hemlines and bandeaus for a very 90’s feel.

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There will be some that might have missed the drama, for me I loved the progression of the duo, and there was still an element of glamour mixed into the collection with the addition of feathers, sparkly black jackets, and metallic sequinned jumpsuits. For me it was the more wearable pieces that will certainly elevate the label – especially those sweatshirts – I am sure they will be high on most people’s wish-list!

As well as loving the sports luxe feel this will also go down as one of my favourite soundtracks – the playlist filled with Crystal Castles tracks and finishing with David Bowie’s Hero was perfection.

Are you a fan of Fyodor Golan?

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LFW SS13: Fyodor Golan – The Holy Mountain

Fashion Fringe is developing an impressive alumni, Corrie Nielsen provides the couture, Erdem is the floral king, and Jena.Theo are the masters of cool and wearable, and I think it is safe to say that Fyodor Golan has settled in perfectly, and each season the duo get better and better.

For spring/summer 2013, the design duo were inspired by the Blue Tattoo, a true story about a Victorian girl travelling through the desert when her and her family are attacked by Native Americans, and ‘The Holy Mountain’ by Alejandro Jodorowsky, leading to a vibrant collection filled with Aztec and Mayan elements, broken porcelain china prints, and a rich colour palette of Royal blues, dessert hues, and a pop of pink.

What stood out the most about this collection, other than the gorgeous billowing silhouettes and the theatrical vibe, had to be wearability of the designs. This was a collection with maturity, it showcased the extraordinary talent of Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman perfectly, and really put their label on the global fashion stage. I know that they are already stocked in Harvey Nichols and boutiques around the world but this feminine collection with a luxe edge will be very much in demand next season.

There were lots of highlights, but I adored everything that came in the gorgeous deep blue shade, from body-con dresses with sheer arms to peplum cocktail styles featuring lattice skirts, to skinny trousers adorned with Swarovski beaded, and then there were gowns that swept the floor – each was simply stunning.

Add the sculptural headwear created by milliner Zara Gorman and the facial jewellery designed by Yunus and Eliza and this was one show that I won’t forget in a while, I loved each look, and I hope big named stylists take note as these boys deserve to get their designs on the red carpet!!!

LFW SS13: Day 5 – A Fashionista Barbie Makeover and A Fashion Fringe Finale

Just writing the final day of London Fashion Week makes me sad. I may not have received as many invites as in previous seasons, and I may have missed out on some of my all time favourite shows, but I am ending on a high.

This was my eighth season, seriously time has flown, and each and every season I am grateful to be a part of fashion week. I love the craziness that comes with seeing a catwalk show, all the queuing, the stroppy doormen, all for generally 10 minutes of excellence and creativity. Add in the intense atmosphere, the socialising with my friends, the opportunity to snap gorgeous clothes, and being introduced to new designers – fashion week for me is always an intense but fun five days.

As I said my week ended on a high and it was all down to Fashion Fringe, which this season closed LFW from the main tent in Somerset House. One thing that I think London has over other fashion weeks is its support for new and emerging designers and one of my favourite initiatives has to be Fashion Fringe, which I have be fortunate enough to support for the past few years.

As I had already met the three finalists – Teija, Vita, and Haizhen I was nervous but excited to see the show take shape, as I knew how much work each and everyone of them had put into their collections I was glad that it wasn’t my decision on who would be crowned the 2012 winner, that task was down to Burberry’s Christopher Bailey who was literally six seats down from me on the front row – yep I certainly ended fashion week on a high.

I am going to do a more detailed blog about Fashion Fringe, but wow, wow, wow, what an amazing show and one of the best I have seen from Fashion Fringe. Each designer presented a structured, perfectly executed and technically brilliant collection, seriously insane how high the quality was.

As predicted I expected Haizhen Wang to bring the drama and the statement accessories, Teija wow the crowd with her wearable outerwear pieces and tailored looks, and Vita made an impact with her incredible knitwear elements and folky prints – but there can only be one winner!

Drum roll please…a huge congratulations to Haizhen Wang, a name for the future.

My final look of the week, once again it was mainly black, but with a whimsical touch with my floaty oversized printed top from Oasis, the back didn’t come out perfectly but I love the pleated chiffon panel detailing as it really adds something a little different to this look.

But what made this look for me had to be the amazing styling job that Becca London and Wella Pro did on me. First I had my hair done, with the detailing in my top I really wanted my hair up, plus I never have my hair up so I wanted something very different and I sure got that. A combination of a French plait, a messy bun and fierce bangs, I got a look that made me unrecognisable but I absolutely loved it.

With my hair sorted, the lovely Niki from Becca London made me pretty, before Abi’s The Apartment I hadn’t heard of Becca London but after my transformation I will never forget. Plus when will you ever see me wearing lipstick!!!

My Style: Warehouse black jeans, Oasis printed top, AllSaints cardigan, H&M necklace, Knomo Alice bag, and Topshop boots.

**Thanks to Briony aka A Girl, A Style for my amazing outfit snaps**

LFW SS13: Fashion Fringe – The Three Finalists – Teija, Haizhen and Vita

It has been a long process for Teija Eilola, Haizhen Wang, and Vita Gottlied this year’s finalists of Fashion Fringe since May when they were chosen by Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, this year’s Fashion Fringe chairman, as the final three.

They’ve done an internship at Burberry, they’ve undertaken a business mentoring programme, they’ve designed a collection, shot a lookbook, and tonight is the final showdown where they will showcase their designs. The back-to-back catwalk show will take place in front of a packed audience at the main tent as the closing show at this season’s London Fashion Week, and one designer will join the likes of Fyodor Golan and Corrie Nielsen as a Fashion Fringe winner, so no pressure then!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet the finalist in their studios at the London College of Fashion, I got a sneak peek at their amazing collections, and chatted to them about their inspirations.

Teija: Teija, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, is originally from Finland and she has worked for both high-end designers as well as high street brands such as Ted Baker, but after seeing her incredibly intricate designs I really am pleased that she decided to branch out on her own.

Teija took me around her studio, introduced me to her spring/summer 2013 collection, shared her inspirations and her love of working with leather, which features as embellishments and accessories throughout her collection.

What was the inspiration behind your SS13 collection?

I was inspired by the vision of a Finnish girl going to a party and then walking through the woods in the snow. Which translates in my collection as a lot of protective outerwear over delicate pieces. I wanted to achieve a versatile collection, classic designs that have a playfulness about them that they can be dressed up or down.

Your collection features varying fabrics and textures, why was that important?

I like to mix fabrics, whether that is using a weatherproof fabric for the fishermans cape, or mixing sturdy fabrics with organza, I like to create designs that have a lot of volume but still have a structured shape.

I have also worked with leather, which was a learning process and a bit trail and error, from choosing which leathers to use, to the size of the leather embellishments, and hand dying the leather for the belts.

How have you found your Fashion Fringe experience, and working with Christopher Bailey?

The two-weeks at Burberry was incredible, Christopher Bailey and his team really made me see the brand as a whole, and I learnt a lot. The whole experience of Fashion Fringe has been amazing and I am excited and nervous for the catwalk show.

Which three designer labels inspire you?

Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, and Celine.

Haizhen Wang:

Chinese-born Haizhen counts Daphne Guinness and Tilda Swinton among his fashion muses and learnt his craft at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins, and his designs are sure to make a statement when they hit the catwalk.

Instantly his collection makes me think of the impact Fyodor Golan made last season, just because he has reated some amazing silhouettes with his designs, and has thought of the overall look from the fabrics to the styling of the show. I won’t give it all away but expect 3D masks and statement heels finishing off his structured tailored lines.

What was the inspiration behind your collection?

I was inspired by Japanese armour and military, as well as the architecture of a Spanish train station roof, I’ve used the shadows and the 3D effect of the building within my designs. I also like to work with contrasting fabrics.

What will you take away from the Fashion Fringe experience?

I have learnt a lot and have met great people. Covering the business side of running a fashion business was something I needed, learning about things like distribution and shipping, as well as social media and brand awareness. The whole experience has been fantastic, and meeting Christopher Bailey was special.

Which three designers inspire you?

Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, and Alexander McQueen.

Vita:

Sadly the only finalist who was unavailble on the day of my studio visit was Vita so I wasn’t able to meet the Fine Art Central St Martins graduate in person, which was a real shame as her path into fashion is very different from the other two designers. Unlike Teija and Haizhen, Vita has no formal fashion training, her CV encompasses everything from making documentaries, short films to TV commercials, which makes seeing her incredible knitwear designs even more remarkable.

I was able to find out about the inspiration for her Fashion Fringe collection via email, which features dramatic knit constructions, a folky colour palette and vintage looking prints.

What is the inspiration behind your Fashion Fringe collection?

SS13 is inspired in part by Paul Poiret’s 1911 party ‘Thousand and Second Night’, where guests were asked to wear Persian dress and indulge in dancing in the moonlight.

I love the idea of layering Eastern influences into Western ideas; some of the prints are inspired by and use motifs from Georges Barbier’s early twentieth century illustrations. I also thought about moonlight as a mood and infused some of the colours of that hour, just after dusk, in an imaginary city full of minarets and flickering lights.

Which three designers inspire you?

Iris van Harpen, Alexander McQueen, and Dries van Noten.

I really am excited about tonight’s show, I wouldn’t like to bet on the who will be the winner as each one is completely different, I think it is going to be a hard decision for Christopher Bailey and the rest of the judging panel.

I will be heading backstage before the show to catch up with the designers, and see the hair and make-up take shape, before taking my seat for the final show of the London Fashion Week season and I literally can’t wait. I will Tweet and Instagram as much as possible, that is signal permitting, it seems Somerset House is a mobile black spot!