Tag Archive: Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Feb 22 2012

LFW AW12: Prophetik – Courtly Love

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There is always something romantic about Prophetik’s collections and after a season off, Jeff Garner’s sustainable fashion label has really developed its Southern Belle charm, that I just love. When at a Propketik show you can’t help but enjoy it, everything from the live musical accompaniment to the addition of wedding dresses, equestrian-style daywear, and the inclusion of some male models that would look at home on a cover of a Mills & Boon romance book cover, it always feel more than just a fashion show.

For autumn/winter 2012, the collection had a gorgeous selection of dresses from knee-length day dresses to floor-skimming gowns in hemp/silk blends and hemp wool plaid adorned with patch-work designs, lace, floral prints, vintage-looking military buttons, exposed zips, ruffles, culminating in a black finale gown with naturally shed ostrich feathers.

What I love has to be the Victorian sensibility of the line with the high-collars, which I have seen a lot of on the catwalks this fashion week, as well as the corset gowns, and the romantic hues of the colour palette with the pale shades of rose-pink, pistachio, dusky peach and snow-white.

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One of my favourite looks has to be this pale pink gown, the corset, the lace cuffs, the ruffles, the laced-up bag, and the bow – simply divine.

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The old-fashioned vibe of this label is what I adore, this is a designer who has a vision not only in design but also morally with his eco-friendly approach to fashion using earth-based dyes, vintage fabrics, and reviving elephant-painted prints in support of wildlife rehabilitation. He even used his captive audience to broadcast a very important message about the conservation of Rhinos with the help of his sponsor Lawrence Anthony Foundation in South Africa.

All too often designers gear their label around the commercial aspect, trends, and attempting to get a design slot on one of the big luxury labels, what I love about Jeff is his passion for fashion as well as his heritage, which always comes across in his beautifully crafted wears. Once again I was completely blown away by the collection – I wonder if I will ever be lucky enough to wear one of his gowns? One can dream right!!!

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Feb 22 2011

LFW AW11: Jasper Garvida – Le Baiser

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This show may have been running late because of a Girls Aloud singer and X-Factor star holding up an earlier show, but that seriously didn’t make it any less special. I loved it from the sound of thunder signally the start, to the raindrops as the lights went back down, and the amazing reworking of contemporary songs with an orchestra vibe in-between.

Everything was so thought out for this gorgeous autumn/winter 2011 collection inspired by the novel ‘Soie’ by Alessandro Baricco, a romantic tale of a European man who becomes enchanted by the east. The pieces certainly were enchanting.

One of my favourite gowns had to be the ‘Firefly’ dress above, a gorgeous red floor-skimming gown with embellished slates to the top, which when it shimmered passed me made me think of the rain.

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The collection was beautiful, with its strong streamlined tailoring and soft draping with demure skirt lengths, and then on the other hand it was sexy with its daring slits, cut-out panels and open backs.

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But best of all I loved all the oriental silhouettes and colour palette, with its striking red, navy and green shades, in softly draped silk jersey, mixed in with the contrasting shades of soft rose pinks and vintage cream tones, particularly loved the red and the gold together.

Completely different from last season which was full of pastel shades. It was also a different approach with the hair, for spring/summer it was all about the candy-coloured buns, and for winter it is all about the vintage-inspired up-do with the hair swept to the side, teamed with fierce red lippy.

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Each dress that came down the runway was another favourite, with the silks mixed in with lace overlays, knitted maxi’s, hand-embellished beauties, and to-die for macramé belts *very 70’s but I love them* which complimented the chic dresses really well, especially loved the red-on-red look.

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Miele dress

But I have to admit I was completely in love with all the iconic Fornasetti-inspired prints, from this one-shoulder, side draped silk gown with black and white prints above; to this long-sleeve red mini below, with the iconic key-hole prints.

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Maiko dress

I also have to have this gorgeous navy maxi-dress, which was tied at the waist with a belt hung with oversized keys * I know amazing*, I love keys, but these are amazing they clinked together as she walked. Totally want!!!

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I am not sure why Jasper doesn’t get more recognition, or why we don’t see his creations on the red carpet, as I saw this gorgeous collection up-close-and-personal on the front row *I know very lucky*, and they definitely need some flash bulb attention!

I adored last season, with its cute girlie approach, but I am in love with this stunning collection of fierce tailoring, striking gowns and inspiring prints. Check out the full collection in this video – seriously the movement and the soundtrack bring these pieces to life.

Sep 24 2010

LFW SS11: My First Proper London Fashion Week

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What an amazing London Fashion Week this has been. Normally I enjoy from my sofa via live streaming and take in a few parties after work, but this season I was lucky enough to go to actual shows, fifteen in totally and each one was amazing. I was so lucky that for five of them I got sit front row, which I have to say a big thanks to Vauxhall Fashion Scout as they were super amazing with seating me.

With it being my first, OK I have done parties of fashion week before, but this was different, I had the press pass, the official Mulberry canvas bag, the works. I was so determined to take it all in, I must admit I was so giddy for days 1 and 2 it was quite hard, but it was such an experience. You can’t enjoy fashion fully until you see it up close and it has made me know that fashion is where I want to be.

I panicked so much before the first day came around about what I was going to wear, I think I went shopping every night that week to nail down the right outfits – the thoughts am I fashionable enough does go through your mind, but you know everyone seemed to wear what they liked. There were some who got totally dressed up like they were going clubbing, others for a day at the races or a wedding with their big hats, then there were the hardcore fashionistas in the spring/summer 2011 trends before the shows had even started, style queens who wear the designer that that they are seeing, statement folk wearing outrageous outfits for the style photographers to take their snap *and there was a lot of that*, and then there were people like me who love fashion but love the comfort of a good black dress.

I am not one for posting my daily outfits, and I certainly not going to start now, but I will give you a quick run-down: I wore a three-quarter sleeve black dress with gold buttons on one-shoulder; a grey, black and white dotty ladylike knee-lenth dress with a wide black belt; pinafore dress; maxi skirt and corsage top; and finishing up with my Paige black jeans and bow top for menswears day. So you can probably imagine I didn’t get style snap once *shocker*.

One thing for sure is that there are so many characters and if you love people watching then fashion week is definitely an experience. Picture this one day a male pirate, the next day a female pirate, I was being to think that Pirates of the Caribbean had come to town, then I saw a cowboy and I just realised that fashion week brings them all out!!!

Shows via live-stream are amazing but actually being there, squeezed into rows, music blaring and the lights up bright it so much better. I was lucky enough to see a shows inside the main tent at Somerset House but it was completely different to the intimate feel of On|Off and Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Admittedly the designer names aren’t as big, but hey I still got to see *and tweet with* Lily Allen at BodyAmr, saw Amber Rose like everywhere *she was my show shadow*, and even unknowingly sat next to a bloke from Pink Floyd.

LFW Highlights:

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#1 BodyAmr This was a great show, my first celeb-packed front row, a happy and Tweeting Lily Allen and then there were the gorgeous clothes and Amber Rose strutting her stuff. The atmosphere was great everyone packed into the intimate Vauxhall Fashion Scout – great show and great goodie bag!! #2 Topshop Postcards I have many addictions, Barbies *obvious*, badges, magazines *I know shocker*, stationary, and postcards. So guess how happy I was to see that Topshop had a postcard wall in their exhibition area at Somerset House with bespoke cards created by each of their designers. So the likes of Holly Fulton, Mark Fast, Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou designed a momentum to take away. Each and everyone of them is amazing. When I realised that they were numbered it became a challenge to get each and everyone one, unfortunately I am a couple shy *sad face*.

#3 Holly Fulton

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Having the opportunity to chat with Holly Fulton was amazing. I got to meet her the day after her show in the Topshop NEXTGEN exhibition space at Somerset House, she was so lovely, took me through her collection. It was so nice to actually get up close and personal to some of her amazing pieces, the detailing in her work is exquisite, I also loved that the Holly Says Relax clutch (above) nearly didn’t happen as she was worried it was too much!!

I must admit I couldn’t believe how down-to-earth Holly was, lovely, generous with her time and I hopefully I would love to do a full interview with her as she really was inspirational.

#3 Canvas Bags

Canvas bags galore, whether it was a goody bag at the shows or the official LFW Mulberry bag that you get when you pick up your pass and I love the rabbit. My favourite has to be the one I got from Vauxhall Fashion Scouts Ones To Watch. i was lucky enough to sit front row and it was the best goodie bag of the whole week. With a canvas bag designed by designer, Georgia Hardinge, it features a digi print, inspired by the sculptures of Versailles, and inside I have a robot cookie and postcards of the whole collection from Charlotte Taylor, and all finished of nicely with a pad and toiletry goodies.

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#4 Charlotte Taylor Car

Sitting outside Vauxhall Fashion Scout was this amazingly designed car by Ones To Watch Charlotte Taylor, I loved her robot print on dresses strutting down the catwalk – but how cool is it on a car. LOVE!!

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#5 YSL Manifesto

Last season I was upset to not be able to be in London when they gave out the YSL Manifesto, but this time around I made sure that I had a break in my schedule to be close by Covent Garden to pick my copy up. Waiting for the announcement via their Facebook page on the locations was frustrating – but seeing the girls giving handing them out opposite the tube station was a delight to have my own copy.

I must admit that were many, too many highlights to mention but I these were the five I really stuck with me. Roll on February 18, 2011 for it to all start again…

Sep 24 2010

SS11: Top Trends From London Fashion Week

What a great fashion week, London had a right buzz about it this past week and there have been some amazing shows, with Giles returning to LFW, Christopher Kane’s highlighter pen shades of colour, the first standalone solo shows from Louise Gray and Mark Fast, and the great venues from Topshop’s genius choice of Waterloo Station to Erdem going for a garden in a London square, this fashion week has seen it all.

So with LFW over for another season I thought I would round-up some of the key trends I saw hit the catwalk; including pleats, fringing and ruffles, pastel shades, graphic prints, a nod to the 60s and 70s silhouettes with shift dresses, high-waist and wide-leg trousers as well as the continuation of the maxi dress.

Top 7 Trends:

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#1 Pleats

This is one of the best trends as I love pleats, whether on dresses, skirts or blouses, pleats from boxy, knife and accordion every style seemed to be present in various fabrics including silk, chiffon and leather.

Seen at Henry Holland, Hannah Marshall, Jasper Garvida, Richard Nichol, Daks, Peter Pilotto and Christopher Kane.

My favourite piece has to be this denim play-suit seen at House of Holland, I love a pleated skirt but seeing it on sleeves really excites me for next summer.

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#2 Fringing

It seemed like a lot of the designers wanted the movement of fringing this season, whether it was layered, patchwork,  raffia, flowing or looped, fringing added an extra dimension to collections.

Seen at Mark Fast, Ashish, Jasper Garvida, House of Holland, Holly Fulton and Matthew Williamson.

My favourite item had to be anything from the Mark Fast collection and I chose this nude cut-out knitted dress with purple fringing detailing to the hips as it such a striking piece.

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#3 Pastel Shades

Pastel shades for spring are nothing new but they certainly made a statement at a lot of shows, with lemon, mint green, pinks and lilac shades working well against the neutral shades sent down the catwalk.

Seen at Jasper Garvida, Hermione de Paula, Osman, Paul Costelloe, Basso & Brooke, Julien MacDonald, Antonio Berardi and Richard Nicoll.

Favourite piece has to be this mint green tiered dress seen at Paul Costelloe – love the shape and colour.

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Whether floral or digital graphic – prints seem to make up a lot of collections for spring/summer 2011. We had glorious floral designs at Hermione de Paula and Erdem as expected, but we also saw Henry Holland utilise a banana print, and there were paisely prints at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show. Of course the graphic prints always stand-out more with Giles going for eyeballs and plasters and Charlotte Taylor going for retro robots.

Seen at Erdem, House of Holland, Christopher Kane, Twenty8Twelve, Vivienne Westwood, Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Giles, Charlotte Taylor, Sass & Bide and Caroline Charles.

My favourite was a hard choice as I loved the striking prints seen at Giles but I went for this paisely print seen at Vivienne Westwood.

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#5 Leather

Not just reserved for the jacket leather was seen as skirts, trousers, t-shirts, dresses and even bustiers. Last season all we could think about was the aviator jacket from Burberry but for spring/summer Christopher Bailey has us all wanting a classic biker. But more than that leather was used more creative with perforated detailing, patent and embossed detailing.

Seen at Felder Felder, Burberry, Nicole Farhi, Acne, Marios Schwab and Richard Nicoll.

Favourite piece, well I was going to go for Burberry but I had to go for this cobalt blue slashed ruffle leather jacket from Felder Felder.

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#6 Shorts

Pleated, tailored, scalloped or cami-knicker style shorts are going to be big next spring/summer. Some designers went for the daring high-waisted knicker style shorts, where as others went for short play-suits, but my favourites had to be the pleated and work-like tailored pieces.

Seen at Eudon Choi, Daks, John Rocha, Twenty8Twelve, Betty Jackson and Margaret Howell.

There were many great shorts to choose from, I loved the super shorts at Daks but I went for these high-waisted turn-up shorts from the Betty Jackson show as I felt that they were much more wearable.

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#7 Ruffles

Texture is big this season, fringing and pleating already been mentioned but I felt that the ruffles deserved there own mention. It was either feminine and fluid in silks and chiffon or textured in leather, either way I sure it will be hitting the high streets with vengeance next season.

Seen at Sass & Bide, PPQ, David Koma, Fashion East’s Felicity Brown and Antonio Berardi.

My favourite item had to be this ruffle peplum dress from PPQ, I love a little black dress but with the added colour it is completely divine.

Sep 19 2010

LFW SS11: Ones To Watch – Charlotte Taylor

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Inspired by vintage robots, sail making, copper and rust this is a gorgeous-yet-playful collection from Charlotte Taylor for spring/summer 2011. Entitled An Island Invasion, Charlotte’s second collection is quirky and elegant, teaming different textures with robot prints, meccano jewellery and beautiful fluid lines.

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Last season we had penguin print, for the SS11 line there is an more industrial-inspired feel, with the stand-out items for me being anything with a robot print on it. It wasn’t just about the print but also the gorgeous burnt yellow colour.

For the 12-looks we had a variety of dress styles from long-sleeve and knee-length to sleeves with draping falling below the bust-line, and a shift mini with draping detailing to the hip to enhance the curve silhouette. Each style fresh, fun and completely wearable. I must admit I am hoping that this print is available as a t-shirt as I have to have it *not sure I can work the dress*, but teamed with blue jeans it will look amazing.

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The collection also featured a number of shorts, definitely a trend staying next season, with the blue velvet high-waisted hot pants being one of my favourite pieces, I also loved the yellow robot-print romper suit.

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Pic: Charlotte Taylor SS11

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Sep 19 2010

LFW SS11: Ones To Watch – Georgia Hardinge

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Entitled La Belle et la Bete, Georgina Hardinge’s debut London Fashion Week show took inspiration from her muse Jean Cocteau, the French poet, for her spring/summer 2011 collection. The flirtatious and romantic pieces utilised chiffon, silk, sheer mesh panels and digi print in a palette largely muted with neutral and grey tones against black, with hints of yellow.

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Alongside the romantic textured cocktail dresses were maxi dresses with a digital print which echo the sculptures of the Versailles in a smoky grey and architectural structured dresses to the hips and bodices which added an edgy feel to the very feminine collection.

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The yellow finale gown was one of the most beautiful dresses I have seen,  a full-length Grecian style gown with a gorgeous draped train and woven ruffle detailing to the shoulders with a coordinated headband. Simply stunning and a perfect end to a great debut collection in London.

Sep 19 2010

LFW SS11: Eudon Choi Pockets Utility Chic

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Fashion Scout Merit Award winner Eudon Choi sent down such a beautifully crafted spring/summer 2011 collection that was completely clean and wearable. If there was one word to describe this collection it has to be ‘pockets’, Eudon Choi presented a beautiful utility chic line with pockets on everything from dresses, coats and skirts, that was more than just practicable but also sexy.

The collection entitled Industrial Revolution, Eudon Choi took inspiration from a 1920s warehouse coat, attracted to the design by its clean lines and boxy pocket-detail, and he presented work-wear garments with feminine silhouettes in a muted colour palette of grey, white, camel, black, dusky blue and dirty pink.

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Pics: Via ElleUK.com

If this collection is anything to go by utility chic isn’t going anywhere; what I loved is that Eudon updated the trend with the revealing pinafore dress and creative styling using belts to nip in the silk and jersey gowns. To finish off the show were my favourite pieces, three gorgeous floaty printed dresses in a dusky pink, with draping panels – so divine.

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