I'm really liking this print of mine and am seriously considering getting new business cards printed up just so I can use it... would that be so wrong - bearing in mind I have over 200 old ones left - hmm?!
Today was another great day at LFW... I caught Ashish at 9am, which was well worth waking up for... such a beautiful, beautiful show. I also caught the Ada Zanditon show and spent the rest of the day in the press lounge... accidently hearing Brix Start-Smith talking very loudly about her new TV show on the phone... but I'm no gossip!!
Really unusual boat/ paper hat invite from Ashish... I thought it looked pretty flimsy, but it got me onto the front row, so I'm not complaining!
Lots of spectacular sequins as bright as anything... exactly what ou'd expect from Ashish... loved the chunky knits too and voluminous shapes... superb!
Another great day today... I met so many friends both personal and professional and spent most of the day catching up with people...
Also caught the fabulous Pam Hogg, Hermione de Paula and FAD shows...
With her trademark penchant for cat suits in full swing Pam was in her element for the AW10 collection entitled ‘Valley of the Shadow of Darkness’. With futuristic metallic’s featuring heavily on the catwalk even the hair and make-up took a turn for the futuristic with the models sporting heavy eyebrows reminiscent of a certain Captain Spock.
With a procession of well known celebrities including Jodie Harsh, Ex-All Saint Melanie Blatt (with beautiful daughter in tow), Pearl Lowe, Peaches Geldof and Jaime Winstone, it was a paparazzi photographer’s dream! I also spotted Nick Cave sneak in, followed by Jefferson Hack.
On Monday night I was delighted to be invited to the 2010 FAD competition comprising of a catwalk show and awards ceremony held within Freemasons Hall, Venue of Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Shorthand for ‘Fashion Awareness Direct’, a registered charity since 2005, the company ethos focuses on making ‘the person central to design, promoting respect to the wearer and integrating art and culture into fashion’.
With the focus of Monday’s event being the FAD competition, I was very excited to see what the 14 shortlisted designers would present.
With only three awards (bronze, silver and gold) on offer, the judging panel made an exception and granted a fourth designer, Vera Thordardottir a special mention for her inspired sculptural lace collection, rewarding her efforts with a work placement at William Tempest.
In bronze position was Rebecca Solity, of DeMontford University whose layered satin and chiffon pieces received rapturous applause when they went down the catwalk. Inspired by what appeared to be the late 1970s, Rebecca’s colour palette was grey and cream, utilizing voluminous shapes to great effect, embellishing her satin jumpsuit with a utility belt and mock-medals, earning her a work placement with Jonathan Saunders.
The runner up was Alice-Jane Hutton, whose two outfits consisted of chic separates with heavily padded shoulders and exquisite laser-cut Perspex jewellery. Winning herself a work placement with esteemed British designer Sir Paul Smith!
Finally the overall winner of the 2010 FAD competition was Rasa Abramaviciute, a second year fashion student at Middlesex University. With a fashion forward capsule range of knitted textural dresses Rasa was most certainly the stand out designer of the show, with several people in the front row gasping at the sheer detail and immaculate finish applied to her designs. Her first dress, inspired by memories of her childhood, was constructed entirely from leather with Lithuanian folk print and innovative 3-D origami details. The second outfit represented the unity of her country, with a patchwork carpet dress in earthy shades, perfectly complimented by a structural leather jacket. Winning first prize of a placement with none other than Dame Vivienne Westwood and £2,000!!!
Today was a great day! Sincerely my best at LFW so far... I went to some great shows: Betty Jackson, Doii and Horace! I also caught lots of great presentations/ stands in the morning. A designer whose work I love is that of Georgia Hardinge... I mean check out these garments.... the structure, the textures... it was all too much, too good... I even got to meet the designer as well!
As their catwalk show was last night PPQ's AW10 collection also went into the static exhibition... check out the gold coat (really heavy) and the monogram print... very 80s if you ask me...
Nicholas Kirkwood shoes were also making their way back to Somerset house, pair by pair. These are all collabs he did with various designers for AW10, sadly I'm not sure which are which... I just know they're all beautiful!
Betty Jackson was immense... by far one of my favourite shows:
Didn't like this show at all... the most interesting thing about it was the models dyed hair... a great distraction from the sea of bland black!!
Doii was absolutely WONDERFUL- by far my favourite show so stay tuned for a long post on this later in the week...
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