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Sep 13 2013

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.


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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Oct 03 2012

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!!!

Sep 18 2012

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**

Sep 18 2012

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.


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!


Sep 14 2012

LFW SS13: Day 1 – My Leather Skirt, Musical Madness And The Apartment

For some, day one at London Fashion Week is a complete miss, maybe it is the hangover from New York Fashion Week, but for me it is the start of an amazing five days and I wouldn’t dream of missing former Fashion Fringe winner’s Fyodor Golan and Corrie Nielsen and the Bora Aksu army is always a spectacle. Mix in the excitement of catching up with fashion friends that sometimes you only see twice a year, and checking out this year’s Mulberry tote – it makes for a great day.

Today was amazing – I had backstage at not one, but two of my favourite shows, I saw some jaw dropping red carpet worthy gowns, I listened to a marching band, I went to a Kate Nash concert at the Felder Felder show, and my whole day was helped along by the genius that is Abi Omole aka Abi Marvel and her amazing bloggers sanctuary, The Apartment.

Generally unless you’re an editor of magazines like Vogue or ELLE you generally walk a lot, spend way too much of your time tracking down the press bus, and miss a lot of shows, well this year thanks to The Apartment sponsor Get Taxi I have been whizzing round in a bright yellow cab – it as been heavenly!

I’ve also consumed more food than at all my previous fashion weeks put together, thanks to breakfast and afternoon tea with Aubaine, lunch with Raw 42. Plus I got to play dress up in the Chanel blazer that Anne Hathaway wore in The Devil Wears Prada, of course not the actual one, but a close second that eBay had tracked down.

Back to the shows, it was a packed day and more detail reviews coming up, but my top three highlights definitely included:

The gorgeous cobalt blue dresses at Fyodor Golan, I seriously hope and pray that major celebrity stylists see this collection and dress their A-list celebrities in them, as they need to be worn on a red carpet, I can see the likes of Diane Kruger and Kate Hudson in their designs, I really think they need to think big as they derserve the exposure.

The incredible Couture craftsmanship at Corrie Nielsen, inspired by delving through the archives at Kew Gardens this is a collection with more feminity than previous seasons, and it really did glow down the runway. Everything from the dip-dye effect make-up to the statement headpieces that complemented the divine gowns, this was once again another hit for Corrie.

Finally, but definitely not least, was the Romanian Queen romance from Bora Aksu, this collection had everything from intricate an hairstyle from KMS California, they needed three stylists per model to create a head of hair worthy of a crown, then the collection itself was dreamy, romantic and regal all at the same time, it was just perfection that ended with his signature Bora army of models – this is a collection that truly captured me to the end and I have already google Queen Marie of Romania as I need to know more.

To my look, as it was day one I decided to be brave, and so I wore my faux leather pencil skirt from Next for the first time, I was a little worried that I wasn’t cool enough to wear! I picked up most of this look for my gothic fashion challenge with Westfield London and as I really loved the leather pencil skirt paired with the cute lace peplum I thought what the hell. Finishing off my look was a layered cardigan, I think it helped to tone down the skirt, an adorable red bow belt as I love red and black together, the most comfortable, go with everything laced up ankle boots, lots of silver bangles, and a simple silver origami swan necklace.

My Style: Next faux leather skirt (c/o Next), Topshop lace peplum top (c/o Westfield London), Allsaints cardigan, New Look red bow belt, Topshop ankle boots, H&M Swan necklace and bangles, and Retro54 glasses.

Did you go to London Fashion Week today or did you see any of the livestream, which don’t forget you can view on my blog here, do let me know what your highlights were, also all comments good or bad welcomed regarding my outfit – I got wolf-whistled for the first time in years off some builders so I’m thinking it was a thumbs up.

Mar 21 2012

In Conversation: Colin McDowell Chats With Erdem

Last night I was honoured to attend the last leg of the hugely successful Fashion Fringe road show, where the lovely Colin McDowell chatted with his former student Erdem Moralioğlu at the Royal College of Arts in front of around 200 people. The roadshow has been geared at students and prospective Fashion Fringe entrants, so I was fortunate that the lovely Fashion Fringe team didn’t mind a blogger crashing the lecture theatre as I found the hour-long talk truly inspiring and entertaining, the banter between Colin and Erdem was really charming.

Erdem was lovely and relaxed chatting about his twin sister, who he “respects and admires”, his first flutters into fashion in Canada, the prospect of active service in Turkey as his father is Turkish, the exciting news that he has just bought a house with his partner of nine years who he met while at the Royal College of Arts, how he deals with press, as well as giving an insight into the workings of his fashion label and his career so far. It really did seem that there was no subject off limit.

I have followed Erdem’s career for a number of years, like most women I am consumed with how gorgeous and elegant his designs are, they truly are divine, each gown just has femininity and gracefulness that I don’t think is rivalled by anyone else. It has been a little from the distance until last night, I haven’t been to one of Erdem’s shows, I haven’t seen his designs at a press day, and sadly I have no gorgeous floral prints in my wardrobe, but hearing his lovely story gives me hope that one day all those things will happen.

If you, like me was hoping that one day there would be a H&M, Debenhams or another high street collaboration in the works – think again. “It’s never been the right moment,” said Erdem. “If it works for some people, then that’s wonderful – but it depends on where you’re at. For me, it’s really important to concentrate on your collection and your own work. Once you start looking at versions of your work, it can get a bit dangerous. One can do it really well and in an interesting way though.”

For budding fashion designer’s Erdem’s is a little unconventional, he actually only did one internship, which lasted three months at Vivienne Westwood, which he said “was wonderful” as he was left in the archives with all the lovely corsets. But he did add that the experience did give him “direction”. From the RCA Erdem relocated to New York to be a “design assistant, assistant, assistant to Diana von Furstenberg”, a paid gig that he only did for a year, “I adored New York, but I had no intentions on staying. But it was there that I realised that I had to start my own label.”

It was shortly after coming back to London that he entered Fashion Fringe, which he eventually went onto win, and it was sweet hearing how proud he was of the collection. He also recounted his favourite show the year after winning FF, “The show was at the V&A it was crazy as the catwalk started in the gift shop, and hair and make-up was by the Chinese vases. But I was standing on my own two feet for the first time.”

Since then success hasn’t been handed to him, it took American retailer Barneys to take notice and buy up his collection that really made UK stockists come on board, and now his line is sold around the world in every notable high-end department store from Harrods to Liberty’s. But he did add that “it was hard for the first couple of seasons”, noting that people just remember that Michelle Obama wore his skirt five years ago!!!

As well as discussing his fashion inspirations, his background, and his love of the RCA, he also gave insight into his business. The most amazing revelation was that the majority of the manufacturing is done right here in Britain and how he totally recommends it. I know that is a little geeky of me but I do love hearing that designers like to keep things local.

Everything from the evening has made me want to know more about Erdem – such a great idea from Fashion Fringe to hold these intimate events that I hope that they do a lot more.

**Thanks to Fashion Fringe for inviting me, and I am so sorry for the poor pics – I was so consumed with the conversation I kind of forgot to take any pictures except these on my Blackberry**

Mar 09 2012

LFW Fashion Fringe: Nabil Nayal – Opulent Beauty

Last season I was impressed by all the Fashion Fringe finalists, of course the eventual winner’s Fyodor Golan, but I loved all the glamour and opulence of Nabil Nayal’s couture gowns.

Continuing on from his spring/summer 2012 collection, the pieces were exquisitely tailored in luxurious fabrics, with my favourite gown being this ethereal number with ruched detailing, a chiffon pleated skirt, and the most intricately stitched angel wing design on the bodice. Simply stunning, everything from the dove grey colour to the movement of the dress – I think the model thought I was a little crazy asking her to move the skirt about – but it really did make the gown shine.

Nabil is most certainly a talent for the future, and I hope that his designs attract the attention of a major fashion stylist as I think they would look divine on a young starlet on a film premiere or awards ceremony red carpet. Just think what flash bulbs would do to that exquisite leather stitching – it would look incredible!!!

The presentation was also in the most perfect location in the Corinthia Hotel’s penthouse suite – I loved the crystal chandeliers, the grand piano, and the gorgeous view – oh and I quite enjoy getting mixed up in the scrum outside who were waiting for Rihanna as she was staying in the hotel over fashion week.

For more images of Nabil’s gorgeous collection pop on over to my Facebook page.

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