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Kiev Fashion Days
Ukrainian Fashion is coming to London again. After the designers from Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days presented their collections a year ago at Fashion Scout London; it’s become somewhat of a tradition. Six of the best Ukrainian designers will show their AW14 collections on Sunday, February 15th.
The independent platform for discovering new fashion designers is famous for scouting emerging brands and in turn giving them a chance to showcase at LFW. This also helps them build their name and support them for its first 6 seasons.
Designers of the Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days and Fashion Scout Kiev develop their brands internationally; aiming for world class fashion standards with collections featured in Vogue UK, L’Officiel Italia, Maria Claire UK.
We are looking forward to seeing the amazing work of Anna K, Lara Quint, Lera Leshchova, Krasilnikova, Paskal and Yasya Minochkina in Freemasons’ Hall this week and after showcasing in London, they will present their collection during Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashio Days in March 2014.
“Bus Stops” by Juergen Teller
Year of the Bus is upon us and what better place than in London to mark the occasion.
TFL have join forces with art giants Annin Arts and world renowned photographer Juergen Teller to create ten iconic images that will grace this years London Fashion Week by being blown up and placed on the tops of bus stops along the Strand.
Images will include faces such as Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss and Bjork and if Juergen Teller’s previous work is anything to go by, every single image will create a buzz of excitement.
Fashion Mode think it’s an amazing idea and a complete breath of fresh air from other types of “free art” around London. We can’t wait to get a seat on the top deck of any London bus via the strand over the weekend!
Pictures to follow!
VOGUE on designers at The V&A
The passion behind the haute couture dresses, the magic of the catwalk concepts and the stories behind the designers themselves; all these things that we had longed to know and thanks to Vogue’s “Vogue on designers” series – have begun finding out.
The “Vogue on designers” books were first launched in 2012 and after huge success, Vogue have continued to treat us to more.
Four designers, four authors and four books are released for sale at one time and FashionMode were thrilled to attend a very special Vogue event at The V&A. Hosted by none other than editor of Vogue Alexandra Shulman; the most recent of the four books were the subject of the evening and each author introduced their chosen designer –
Susan Irvine for Cristobal Balenciaga
Drusilla Beyfus for Hubert de Givenchy
Linda Watson for Vivienne Westwood
Kathleen Baird-Murry for Ralph Lauren
Each author spoke about their designer with genuine passion and commitment and it was clear to see that the books were simply more than a job. Linda Watson (who had interned for Vivienne Westwood as a graduate) laughed and joked about Vivienne keeping her interns awake by spraying them in the face with water, Susan Irvine expressed her joy at discovering never before seen footage of Balenciaga at work behind his infamous curtain, Drusilla Beyfus (who was entirely charming) spoke of Givenchy as an old friend and Kathleen Baird-Murry’s respect for Ralph Lauren shone through with every word she spoke.
The V&A was of course the perfect location for the presentation and the whole evening felt very personal. The authors and Alexandra Shulman came together at the end and discussed the books; making you feel as if you’d stepped into Shulman’s office and were being included in a top secret Vogue meeting.
We were all encouraged to ask questions at the end and the authors and Shulman spent at least twenty minutes signing the books and chatting to the guests.
All photos courtesy of Vogue.
Fiona Paxton x Pitfield London
Calling all Homeware fanatics out there! If you love jewelry too, you’ve struck gold. Last month welcomed the arrival of the Fiona Paxton and Pitfield London collaboration. The union between the British jewelry designer and Shoreditch based homeware boutique – another to add to the list of collaborations between Pitfield London and fresh talent – culminated in a series of rugs and cushions featuring Paxton’s signature geometric designs in celebration of the label’s 5th birthday.
The collection includes 3 jewel coloured rugs in a palette of deep blues and hazy maroons. Luxurious cotton sateen cushions in large sizes are also available for those out there that want to make a bold statement. Pitfield London’s finely sourced fabrics and refined silhouettes worked as the perfect base for Paxton’s playful prints, inspired by her graphic jewelry designs.
Alongside the collaboration, Paxton has showcased 10 seasons worth of colourful archive statement pieces. Both brands’ love of pattern, colour and rich vintage finds made Pitfield London the perfect partner and setting to house the jewellery collection. Concrete floors, the colourful furniture and very cool raw ceiling of Pitfield made for the perfect combination.
Hopefully you were lucky enough to get your paws on some of the beautiful pieces. For those that didn’t get there in time, limited edition collaborative products such as a playfully printed rug and luxurious cushion designs will leave a legacy in store, available to purchase throughout the year in the shop.
There’s plenty to do this weekend around London, why not pop down to the Tate Modern’s stunning new underground spaces for a 3-day festival of art, music and fashion for young people.Exploring the idea of the ‘six degrees of separation’, Hyperlink invites you to take part in a series of interventions, workshops, performances and installations with artists, photographers, designers and musicians. Experience exciting performances by rapper Sway, Akala, Angel and acoustic set by Sebastian Blake plus spoken word from George the poet.
Take part in a wealth of workshops from fashion photography with Rankin to zine-making with It’s Nice That, fashion design with Cassette Playa, to Aberrant architecture. Plus, don’t miss Vase Curate, Trap music from Stooki xStooki Sound and a fusion of live art, electronic sound, song, spoken word and visual art from Raw Material.
Hyperlink is curated by Tate Collective for young people aged 15–25 and is the first in a series of national festivals being developed as part of Circuit, a new national youth network for the visual arts.
Join #Hyperlink @TateCollectives, for full listings and booking information
David Bowie is Making A Scene
This weekend at the V&A coinciding with the David Bowie Is exhibition, Bowie fans are treated to a weekender with a series of events starting this Friday. David Bowie is Making a Scene – explores the star’s inspirations and influence on contemporary music, fashion, film and performance – as well as Fashion Styles for the Famous on Saturday – an event for young people that invites visitors to borrow ideas from Bowie’s many looks to design an outfit for another music icon. Sunday is perfect for all the family, children can the story of Albert the Alien then explore the Museum to find objects to design him a costume. Then returning to the studio and create an illustration of Albert’s costume. Other events include talks, film screenings, music and workshops.
Tickets to the David Bowie Is exhibition are very limited.
For further information and the event programme visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2319/bowie-weekender-3601/
Throughout the month of April, the team at The Metro have been offering Londoners free evening events and entertainment to liven up their dull Tuesdays. We’re soon drawing to the end of April and to make sure you dont miss out, here is the line up for the rest of Metro Tuesdays. Simply register to receive a weekly email and opportunities to attend the great events.
AN EVENING OF PING PONG
Shoreditch, 16th April 2013
Food, drinks, VJs and PING PONG!
Take on the Pongbot challenge whilst you’re there, play on the mini table or just hang out by the bar and enjoy the tunes. There’ll even be spot prizes up for grabs, so don’t miss out on the ultimate evening of ping pong.
SOUNDSFAMILIAR MUSIC QUIZ
Central London, 30th April 2013
Do you know your Five from your Five Star? Your Billie Jean from your Billy Joel?
The SoundsFamiliar Music Quiz team will be bringing their brilliantly fresh and simple concept to a Tuesday near you – they’ll play a track and you have to come up with the title, artist or even both. Sounds simple? You and three team members will have the chance to find out. Tricky rounds and fun times guaranteed!
Prizes to be won on the night.
FREE METRO COMEDY EVENT
99 Club, Leicester Square, London, 23rd April
Making Tuesday the wittiest night of the week with a stand up comedy night hosted by Hal Cruttenden exclusively for Metro readers.
We’ve got some of the funniest stand-ups on the circuit performing at an award winning, central London venue. If you and a friend fancy a great night of side splitting entertainment (with refreshments included!) click below to enter.
Words and pictures from Metro Tuesdays site
Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery launches Music Project
Gucci has launched its UK Music Fund to discover and nurture British music talent and help them to make their way into the music industry, supporters to the cause are Jo Wiley and Emeli Sande. The luxury label has teamed up with both The Recording Academy and London’s World Heartbeat Music Academy on the project. Musician Emeli Sande, said, ‘It’s crucial that young people today have the chance to express themselves through music and are given opportunities to do so. Projects like this make music available to everyone; disadvantaged youths in particular will be able to tell their story and get their voices heard. These are issues that are close to my heart, so I’m really proud to be part of it.’
To mark the launch of its new project the label is also launching a special edition watch – complete with a vinyl-inspired watch face to complete the musical theme.
London Coffee Festival
For the coffee lovers, this coming week The London Coffee Festival is coming to the Old Truman Brewery. In celebration of London’s coffee culture drink, make, buy and live coffee in Brick Lane with London’s best baristas.
There’ll be street and artisan food markets, ‘Tea Garden’ and ‘Chocolate Factory’ festival areas, coffee inspired art, live acoustic music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.
The London Coffee Festival provides a unique opportunity for branded coffee chains, independent coffee shops and industry suppliers to collaborate to celebrate the success of the industry while giving back to an extremely worthy cause. A nationwide programme of charitable collections, in-store activities and public events will raise funds for Project Waterfall to deliver clean water projects in coffee-producing African countries.
The London Coffee Festival starts on Friday April 26 with an evening session (5-8pm), with complimentary entry to the ‘Tia Espresso Martini Launch Party’ (8-10pm), and continues on Saturday and Sunday when tickets are available for three-hour sessions: brunch (10am-1pm), lunch (1-4pm) and tea time (4-7pm).
The festival is the flagship event of UK Coffee Week (April 22-28).
Ticket prices start from £9.50 and are available at http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/
Street Kitchen Shoreditch
Tomorrow Street Kitchen are setting are parking up their food van in the new Shoreditch High Street location, open 6 days a week, serving gourmet food for Londoners to eat on the go. Serving simple and healthy bistro style dishes served in take away boxes from two other locations around London. Using 100% UK ingredients sourced directly from farms the produce is guaranteed to be fresh. With a menu that changes daily, customers are able to keep up with the changing menu by accessing it via the Street Kitchen iPhone app.
Street Kitchen are located at Hackney House on Shoreditch High Street, where they’re now serving up “restaurant quality, seasonal food” from Tues-Sun each week (12-4pm) and from Tues – Sat (5-8pm).