Archive for September, 2012

London Fashion Week 2012 – Puppy Power

September 20th, 2012

London Fashion Week 2012 and the fashion powers that be have deemed the key accessory for SS13 a canine companion and even better if you can co-ordinate outfits, nod to Mulberry, loved that pooch!

After the cooing at the canine had stopped at the Ashley Isham SS13 show, attention turned to the collection.  A 1960’s vibe echoed through some silhouettes but the main focus was on the colour and attractive floral prints.  Bold, vibrant jewel tones and muted pastels on “it” girl styled models made for a glamorous show.

In the breathtaking Goldsmiths Hall, Singapore born Ashley Isham showed a signature collection that did not disappoint. Nice work sir.

London Fashion Week 2012 – What a Week

September 19th, 2012

What a week indeed. “The best fashion week we’ve ever had” according to our new British Fashion Council chair, Natalie Massenet, and whilst London Fashion Week’s established designers did us proud, yet more new and rising talent came to our attention via the ever dedicated Vauxhall Fashion Scout.

Here are the Fashion Mode favourites,


Spijkers en Spijkers

Sleek with a twist, Dutch fashion label Spijkers en Spijkers’ S/S 13 collection, “La Femme Paysage”, brought us classic cuts in unexpected prints and colourways. A bright take on the 1920s, models shone in up-dos with loose waves, kohl-rimmed eyes and a pouty lip. Accessories were kept feminine and simple with long gold necklaces swinging seductively, strappy heels in black and metallic gold, and barely there headbands across the forehead.

From knee-length elegant dresses to midi creations, via trouser suits and pencil skirts, the designs veered from dramatic glossy black to muted primary colours. ‘Living work of art’ and muse for the collection, Italian heiress Marchesa Luisa Casati appeared as a double portrait, printed onto silk twill for romantic effect.

Revealing lace and smart, masculine jackets toughened colourful geometric patterns, focused around triangular shapes. Elsewhere, delicate underlays in silver and ivory added shimmer to garments with floral shapes.  Have to say, Spijkers en Spijkers impressed once again this season.


More to follow – watch this space


Words by Tess Pollard


Issey Miyake’s “Pleats Please” highlight of Vogue’s Fashion Night Out

September 7th, 2012

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out 2012, the biggest to date, offered an abundance of launches, parties and exhibitions, with complementary drinks, goodie bags and live music thrown in – our highlight of the night had to be the innovative Issey Miyake’s ‘Pleats Please’ private event.

The Japanese fashion designer, renowned not only for his technology-driven clothing lines, but also for exhibitions and fragrances, was celebrating the launch of his new book, which in turn pays tribute to the designer’s ardor for pleating.

On arrival, guests were welcomed with velvety Clarendelle wines and immediately struck by Miyake’s indulgent creations, fuelled by the manipulation of textiles and eye-catching colour. Fashion Mode favourites included a 90’s nude coloured jumpsuit, printed with images of magnified eyes from a sculpture by Tim Hawkinson and a structural, asymmetric blue and black skirt with a tough wide buckle.  The store looked fantastic and admirers perused the collections before gravitating to the star of the show – copies of Miyake’s new publication. A study of the revolutionary concept of pleating, the book reveals the ethical reasoning, evolution of processing techniques, and true value of design that has contributed to the growth of an iconic brand.

Downstairs photographers, journalists and the fashion crowd sat back on leather seating, enjoying the delicious cocktails and praising the pleated menswear pieces in black and charcoal grey, at once versatile and lustrous.  Also on show were Issey Miyake’s sophisticated fragrances and embossed cosmetic bags in a dramatic nearly-neon colour scheme from the Bao Bao Issey Miyake collection.

PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE is available now.  YES PLEASE we say.


Words by Tess Pollard


Photographs by James Ari King

Vogue’s Fashion Night Out McQueen 2012 London Invite

September 5th, 2012


An Invite for London’s McQueen Fashion Night Out 2012 event, yes please.  We know where we’re going.

Love this Margot Bowman animation for McQueen

Please note entry is subject to store capacity, so get there early!