Wednesday, 30 June 2010
You can find coverage of the first two days on Fashion Beans HERE and the second two days HERE.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of next Spring / Summer's collection. From my point of view, it's going to be, as ever, a very exciting season.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Although I'm not covering the Menswear shows here on FYI (don't fret, I am covering them elsewhere and will post links as things are published!) I did notice this one necklace over at the Juun. J show and I absolutely HAD to blog about it.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Therefore, today's post is devoted solely to my lovely birthday purchases. Now, I must admit that recently I've noticed a shift in my shopping habits as I'm tending to look more at accessories and shoes than actual clothes these days. I can't quite decide whether this is a good or bad thing but nevertheless I don't think my shoe/bag/necklace/anyitemthatIcanpossiblystickonmybody addiction is going anywhere any time soon!
So rather than try to work out why this is I've decided to simply embrace it until I either change my mind or run out of money (the latter probably coming first). This time I hit the Topman Sale and happened to stumble across two pairs of shoes I rather liked and consequently bought!
I really wanted a new pair of gladiator sandals as they'll definitely be sticking around for S/S 11 (they featured heavily at Milan Menswear Fashion Week this week). This pair was £35 which I though was a very good price considering they are genuine leather. They also fit really well and they're really comfortable to wear thanks to the soft insole.
Now these suede ankle boots were an absolute STEAL. At £30 I couldn't help but fall in love with them! I really love the brogue detailing and they look great with rolled up grey chinos.
Sorry it's a bit of a short post today, I've been a busy trying to sort out London Fashion Week applications all day!
P.S Apologies for the poor image quality, they were taken on my Blackberry.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
However, today sees a very important announcement and one which I personally take a great deal of interest in, the NEWGEN MEN winners.
NEWGEN MEN, much like it's womenswear counterpart, supports young designers with financial backing, as well as a platform to showcase their work. I was lucky enough to see the 4 NEWGEN recipients, Carolyn Massey, JW Anderson, Christopher Shannon and James Long, showcase their collections on the catwalk at LFW last season and I was really impressed by the calibre of new talent coming through from the Menswear sector, not to mention how pleased I was that such talent is being actively supported.
So, without further ado, the NEWGEN MEN winners for Spring/Summer 2011 are as follows:
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Sunday, 20 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
For those of you that don't know, or having been living on a remote fashionless island for the past few years, NEWGEN is an initiative which was launched by the BFC and sponsored by Topshop to offer support to support the most promising talent from the new generation of designers.
Each year the winners are presented in three categories: Those that will be displaying their collections on that catwalk at London Fashion Week, those who will be showing a presentation and finally those who will be exhibiting.
This year the winners were as follows:
Michael van der Ham
Chau Har Lee
J. JS Lee
Michael van der Ham
You can find the video HERE as well as a list of all their designers and link to their profiles and previous collection pictures on the BFC website HERE.
Image: British Fashion Council.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Somehow I don't think I'll be getting a job as the CEO at Burberry anytime soon but for current CEO Angela Ahrendts million pound bonuses are more than just a dream, they're a reality. As reported on Vogue.co.uk today, Arendts this year received an annual paycheck of £3.16 million, over half of which came from a staggering £1.82 million bonus.
However, don't get the impression I'm suggesting this bonus comes undeserved as Arendts has definitely played a key role in steering the Burberry brand towards greater success since she first became CEO 4 years ago. Alongside designer Christopher Bailey, Arendts has steered Burberry away from it's 'knock off, chavtastic' peril and re-solidified the brand's position at the forefront of luxury English fashion. But don't just take my world for it as Burberry has reported a 23% rise in profits, with a 7% increase in sales.
Well, that's enough of my financial time report for today. Here's just a few of the Burberry goodies I would buy if I was on Angela's salary:
Oversize perspex prism bangle, £225
Check embosses acrylic dégradé bangle, £125.
All images: uk.burberry.com
Monday, 14 June 2010
So, without further a do let me introduce this months Model of the Month, Nia @ Select. Now I do have a small confession to make (for which I have already said my 3 'hail coco's). Nia is a very close friend of mine and so I do have a slight underlying personal interest in making her my MotM. However, I thought what better way to kick of a new feature than with a close friend, bros before hoes after all!
Personal friendship aside, I really do believe that Nia is one of the HOTTEST new faces to hit the industry. But don't just take my word for it. Nia has featured in campaigns for Babycakes, presentations for Orla Kiely and editorials in I-D and Test magazine.
I absolutely ADORE the Test Mag editorial (photos 4-6). I'm a complete sucker vintage style and photography and from these shots it's not hard to tell why. Styled by Lyson Marchessault and photographed by Nicholas Lawn, I really believe these looks encompass the aesthetic of the era, not to mention the fact that Nia looks truly gorgeous.
As some of you may be aware, I have been known to dabble in a spot of photography myself and I've previously had the pleasure of shooting Nia for myself. Now, I'm no Marino Testino or Annie Leibovitz but here are some of the shots I've taken of Nia in the past:
You can find all of Nia's details over at http://www.selectmodelmanagement.com
Images: Select and Test Magazine.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Originally, I ha my heart set on the blue brogue boots I featured on yesterday's blog. However, as I began strolling around the Topshop section of the store, my eye's caught this amazingly gorgeous biker style jacket and I feel in love immediately.
I really love the way it combines the cut of a biker jacket but in a much looser, softer fabric which gives it a great draped effect. It also has some great gathered detailing on the sleeves.
At £70 this is a really good value piece. The detailing, individuality and quality are definitely worth the money. So after my friend telling me I would be having dreams about it for weeks if I didn't buy it, as well as a huge thumbs up from the head Topman stylist, it was bye bye shoes, hello jacket!
Now I may have abandoned one of my major passions but I wasn't about to give up on them both so I made sure a bag was the next thing on my hit list.
I've wanted a satchel for a while now (I can't believe I've only JUST bought one) and this one drew my attention immediately.
This is a really simple, really classic satchel. It's surprisingly roomy inside (could probably fit a mac book) and would look great with some brown brogues. At £30 you can't really go wrong!
No doubt you'll see me wearing my new purchases out and about soon!
Friday, 11 June 2010
After spotting the event on the Topman Twitter, I received a DM from the truly LOVELY person in charge of said Twitter asking if I'd like to pop down and have a browse. So, doing as any self respecting blogger would, I cleared my schedule, grabbed my camera and headed on down.
Featuring some of the same interior design points as the Topman New York Store, I was both amazed and extremely pleased to see that, in a very rare turn of events which I'm sure has caused a rip in the time/fashion continuum somewhere, Topman was on the ground floor! Yes, you did read that right, we've been allowed to shop on the ground floor instead of being banished to the upper or lower levels!
Joking aside, the store is very attractive and I really enjoyed the range of products the have available. Admittedly, it's not the Oxford Circus store but the Bath branch offers some great ranges and I was particularly pleased to see a LTD section as well as a very well stocked shoe department.
After having an initial browse around the store, I was introduced to the very fashionable and very friendly head stylists who had travelled down from the London flagship store to dispense their advice to the people of Bath. I asked them both to pick out their 3 favourite pieces from the store and, after a few minutes of them running around and me feeling like the host of supermarket sweep, this is what they came up with.
Viv chose this great Topman LTD top which was made of a really fine fabric which was spot on the sheer trend for this season. She also picked out these chinos (I think I actually own them already but I'm not quite sure) and this really cool necklace.
Terry mixed up skinnies and a relaxed, loose fitting vest with a more formal jacket.
The staff were also really well dressed, so much so I couldn't resist taking a few snaps of them.
Of course, they're all wearing Topman (Staff discount abuse, that's what I like to see!)
I wanted ALL of these and more. I must apologise to the store assistant for trying on multiple pairs of shoes before deciding to buy a jacket instead...SORRY!