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Louis Vuitton Resort ’17
A quick recap on this seasons pre collections, and we are in love with Louis Vuittons sports inspired collection. Nicolas Ghesquière presented a beautiful and colourful collection in Brazil ahead of the Summer Olympics.
Sales season is underway…
It’s been a busy few weeks at FMA as we started the SS15 selling season, highlighted by the presentation of our collections, both at the Scoop Trade show in London and the Elena Miotto showroom in Milan. The season kicked off with preparations for the Scoop Trade show which was held at the beautiful Philips Gallery which is synonymous with contemporary culture. We were delighted to have our brands, Luca Michele, Neue London and Les Ateliers De La Maille showcase for the first time. Next our Sales Manager Natasha, jetted off to Milan to present to international buyers with Luca Michele, Oscar London and Royal Spades in tow at the beautiful Elena Miotto showroom. With so much going on, it’s been an eventful time here at FMA, and we are eager to see what the rest of the sales season will bring!
SS15 AT FMA
Fashion Mode Agency invites you to view their Spring/Summer 2015 Collections. We will be showing our collections at the following:
FASHION MODE AGENCY SHOWROOM
7th July – September 30th
30-34 Curtain Road
London, EC2A 3NZ
+ (0) 207 253 6458
SCOOP INTERNATIONAL LONDON
July 13th – July 15th
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of Yorks HQ
Kings Road, London, SW3 4RY
+ (0) 7796 141 553
Milan Showroom / Elena Miotto Showroom
July 21st– July 23rd
Via Carlo Bolta n8
+44 (0) 7947 668 847
For appointments please contact Natasha Naess firstname.lastname@example.org / + (0) 207 253 8779
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.
HYMN Menswear Launch
If you’re looking for a refreshing brand that offers great quality, great durability and an impeccable urban style; look no further than new menswear brand HYMN.
We were delighted to attend the launch of HYMN last week in the heart of London’s Soho and not far from retail store JOY – where HYMN will be stocked.
The venue for the launch was a really interesting space that introduced you first into a large show room that had immaculately lined rails showcasing both the brands Autumn/Winter collection and Spring/Summer collection. We were welcomed warmly and one of the designers came straight over and greeted us. Drinks were provided and within five minutes of being inside the relaxed atmosphere, the London rain had been forgotten and we were finding out more from the designer himself about what inspired the latest collection. The inspirations for the clothing came from looking at real men from different working backgrounds including a fisherman, an artist, a singer and a barber.
The lookbook, which was blown up and decorating the venue walls, was based on the four distinct professions (mentioned previously) and the models wearing the clothes were genuine men from each of these professions. The singer, artist and barber collaborated on the event with HYMN, which as well as being a lot of fun, also showed how genuine a brand they are and how versatile the clothing is.
Singer Sam Mason did an amazing acoustic set, whilst the barbers from Genco’s Male Grooming offered up their services for the evening and even perfected an undercut for one of the Fashion Mode girls. Food and drink was provided in the form of beer and nostalgic paper trays full of chips. The evenings laid back aura was completed by artist Tom Leamon’s exclusive work hung up in one of the connecting rooms which created a small gallery and was a great way to break up the various activities.
The launch was light hearted and charming but you could tell that a lot of effort had been tailored into it’s success and it proves that the little touches really do count.
Shop the collection online and in store now. The knitwear is our personal favourite!
Hello my Name is Paul Smith!
The doors opened to Paul Smith’s “Hello my Name is Paul Smith” exhibition on the 15th of November 2013 (at the Design Museum), and if you were lucky enough to be there when they did, you will agree that the content was breath-taking. The entirely British designer is presenting his 40 year career and allowing visitors to step into his slice of the fashion world; showing the processes he goes through when designing and marketing his collections using both imagery, audio and video.
The gallery space is separated into individual rooms; recreating Smith’s story as you go round. You enter the exhibition through a three metre square cube; designed as an charming replica of Smith’s first shop in Nottingham. This is where the journey first started for Paul and thus is an appropriate place of the exhibition to begin. The entirety of the exhibition is very personable and installations include a hand-painted replica of his first showroom at Paris Fashion Week and a complete reproduction of his design studio.
The exhibition also reminds everyone of the outstanding collaborations that Paul Smith has been involved in; Mini, Giro Helmet, John Lobb, Rapha, Evian, Leica Cameras, HP Sauce to name a few that are displayed throughout the rooms.
“Hello my Name is Paul Smith” is a complete eye-opener to not only Paul Smith as a brand but also Paul Smith as a man. For example did you know he carries a notebook and his camera everywhere or that his inspirational places include street markets such as Portobello Road. He believes in the importance of simplicity and absorbing your surroundings – because the ideas we have can come from everywhere. You can find out all this first-hand and even more in the “Inside Paul’s Head” – the digital room where you are able to listen to Smith’s narrated thoughts.
He inspires visitors with never-ending ideas and in the central space of the gallery a carefully selected array of framed pictures from Smith’s personal collection are laid out all in different sizes onto two massive walls.
To top the exhibition off, on your way out you face a giant post-it note that reads: “Every day is a new beginning”.
The exhibition is an absolute must-visit and Fashion Mode thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
LFW SS14: Portugal Fashion
Joao Melo Costa and Luis Buchinho
Represented by Blow PR, the two emerging talents Joao Melo Costa and Luis Buchinho presented their SS14 collections in the extraordinary venue, The Portuguese Embassy, Belgrave Square. After a champagne reception, both UK and Portuguese press took to their seats.
Costa was first to show, with a collection “dynamic and tridimesnional” – his London debut. Taking inspiration from a story of change and travel, happiness and fireworks, the first looks were sleek and simple. A neutral colour palette of charcoal grey and all white was interspersed with metallic accents on cuts which were loose yet feminine. Echoing this spirit, the models sported sexy bed hair and minimal make-up with low-key appeal. A palette of brights was then introduced with coral, red and, of course, this season’s pink. Subtle print was seen on oversized tops, loosely tailored trousers and shirts, followed by shimmering embellishment on the third and final phase of the collection.
Showing beneath the chandeliers of the Portuguese Embassy straight after Joao Melo Costa’s show, Buchinho also made his London debut this season, departing from Paris Fashion Week. Femininity was redefined by Luis Buchinho through strong silhouettes, graphic elements, colour blocking and mixing textiles. The looks were timeless and classic, with a contemporary spin in the form of unexpected colour. Jungle and forest greens clashed brilliantly, with azure blue and monochrome seen elsewhere. Both flowing draped designs and structured sharper pieces were presented; the continuity remained in the elegance not the shapes. To complete the look, models’ hair was secured in smooth ponytails by L’Oreal Professionnel, at once chic and modern.
With Costa’s collection providing fresh, summery, seductive yet casual looks, and Buchinho’s offering strong silhouettes for the aspirational women, here are two very different designers which London will be sure to see more of next season.
Words by Tess Pollard.
Pictures taken from: http://idolmag.co.uk/
LFW SS14: Tom Ford
LFW SS14: Tom Ford
We all know that Tom Ford is one of the biggest designers of the moment. Since the Jay Z song ‘Tom Ford’, from his recent album Magna Carter Holy Grail, Tom Ford’s stardom has been cemented. Those that don’t already follow fashion have trusted the rap genius Jay Z, since the rapper’s statement ‘I rock Tom Ford.’ Well, it’s not just a big hype because of a rap artist. Tom Ford really does make some of the most up to date, glamorous and sexy collections.
This year at London Fashion Week a range of A-listers attended the show such as Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and actor Colin Firth. He had already wowed the audience with the set before the collection had even appeared. The walls were mirrored and the catwalk lit by spotlights. Ford wanted to portray a powerful woman on the runway, with glowing summer faces and tied back hair.
Dresses came down the runway almost replicating different colour disco balls, clinging to the tall models and some dresses seductively sitting at the top of the thighs.
Many of the jackets were structured with big shoulders, making the women look empowering with lace up high black heels. One of our favourite outfits was the slightly masculine black two piece suit that was satin from the waist down. It was a twist on the usual black suit and would look great for work or out into the town.
Ford presented a matching leather snakeskin textured dress and jacket, both in white and brown, which we thought would be great to keep warm on the cooler summer days. The way the light from the mirrors on the dresses reflected in the mirrors on the walls made the room look spectacular and the glamorous feel was present throughout the show. Fashion Mode loved this dazzling show. Tom Ford makes clothes fit for stars.
Words by Madelaine Diamond
Photos taken from www.Vogue.co.uk
LFW SS14: Alessia Prekop
Slicked back hair, neon bright eyebrows and purple lips – on day two of London Fashion Week, Alessia Prekop’s self-titled SS14 collection hit the Fashion Scout runway on models as striking as their outfits.
The contemporary womenswear designer takes inspiration from modern architecture and edgy street style, the latter reinforced by the soundtrack of fierce, heavy beats throughout the show. Prekop’s signature soon became apparent; an appreciation of exaggerated silhouettes, luxe casual-wear and unconventional geometry.
The colour palette of choice revolved around powdery pastel shades of pink and lilac with outlines in black and cream. The prettiness of the defining colour scheme was juxtaposed with androgynous cocoon shapes, contrasting clean lines and grunge infused leather panelling on selected garments. A high level of craftsmanship was evident in every piece, which Fashion Mode were pleased to learn is due to the entire collection being made in England. Each look had attitude, from the precision pleats on oversized jackets to half wet-look fitted straight leg trousers, via daring flesh baring ensembles with peplum tops in romantic peach.
Materials ranged from raffia, silk and wool crepe, all with alternative luxury detailing such as exposed seams and ruched elements. We also spied interesting jewellery pieces giving added personality including single triangular droplet earrings and stacked rings. We thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic and multi-layered showcase.
Words by Tess Pollard.
Photos taken from http://thefashionscoutsept09.blogspot.co.uk/
LFW SS14: J.W Anderson
LFW SS14: J.W Anderson
This year, one of the most creative collections had to be J.W Anderson. The young British designer is only 26 years old and has already had a collaboration with Topshop. His use of a vast range of materials and experimenting with layering in a way that we’ve not seen before made him stand out from the rest this year.
Starting with a white mesh dress that didn’t just come in at the waist but at five different sections of the body. The silhouette of this design is just one example of the eccentric designs Anderson presented. There was a slightly clinical feel to this dress as it appeared like a full-suit, body protector. However, it was the pepulum style top that added a feminine side to it.
Experimenting with layering, Anderson tied giant knots around the waist from what seemed to be created by jumper sleeves. Jumpers were also used in a unique way by sitting around the neck but away from the body, an alternative to tying the sleeves around your neck like sailors sometimes do.
It is clear that Anderson wanted to make his designs asymmetrical from the skirts and tops that have a ragged cut.
Something that really stood out was a leather two-piece skirt and top that had an interesting shoulder structure, almost replicating the silhouette of a cobra snake.
The accessories were minimal with the exception of bags, one bag in particular which apparently was inspired by the vision of seeing girls ‘putting the bin bags out’. This black bag scrunched up at the top quite literally did replicate a bin bag, however he also presented the same bag in white that looked clean and sophisticated.
The models wore their hair back in a neat low pony tale and very minimal makeup in order to keep eyes on the collection.
The thing about this collection is that while some people might just ‘not get it’, it is refreshing for us to see Anderson turn something quite basic (like a navy jumper) into a creative masterpiece that will work on people that really want to stand out from the crowd and look professional at the same time.
Words by Madelaine Diamond
Pictures taken from www.vogue.co.uk