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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.
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: PING HE
With an audience full of bloggers and celebrities such as Laura Whitmore and Poppy Delevingne we sat down to watch PING HE’s feminine but sharp cutting designs and edgy looks.
Having only been an independent label since 2011, she launched her second full collection for Spring/Summer 2014 at London Fashion Week. The collection was made up of tough leathers with broderie anglaise detail to create elegant contrast. A great majority of the collection was monochrome with hints of colour, leading back to the ideology of the PING HE woma. Desirable, strong and respected by the male species. PING HE presented the models in a Halloween-esque way with ghostly white make-up contrasting black lips. Hair was scraped back and high above the head with white or black streaks to give a real sense of empowerment.
Ping He tries to customise each piece with her signature stamp. Our favorites were the white waistcoat with detachable leather peplum, and a strapless mini dress with peek-a-boo pockets and cut out detailing emerging from below the hemline. Each piece has a unique feature that has elevated PING HE above many of her peers. We particularly loved the PING HE designed shoes – Perspex kitten heels and a silver block heel.
The great thing about this collection was the sense of mystery behind it. The models played their part in portraying the role of this powerful but graceful woman and the ending violin music added tension to the show and a sense of curiousness. Overall a great atmosphere and a unique collection.
Words by Madelaine Diamond
LFW SS14: Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase
The Graduate Showcase is renowned for discovering the best up and coming talent from design graduates across the UK, and this season it did not disappoint. 10 designers were selected from over 300 graduate shows. The final line up included: Angus Chiang, Carrie-Ann Stein, Jamiee McKenna, Lauren Smith, Maiko Takeda, Min Wu, Sadie Williams, Sasha Nassar and Xiao Li.
Our favorites were Sadie Williams with her amazing embellished dresses. Sharp silhouettes were adorned with subtle Aztec embellishment. Also, Xiao Li and her over-sized pastel knitwear which was just adorable! And finally, Min Wu from the London College of Fashion, who we grabbed for a quick post show chat. Wu explained her inspiration was the Artist Anthony McCall and his ‘Solid Light’ work. This inspiration can be seen on the detailing of the dresses, which echo the lasers seen in McCall’s work. Wu expressed how excited she is to get started on her next collection and we wish her all the best!
LFW SS14: Yulia Kondranina
Yulia Kondranina –Winner of Fashion Scout’s Merit Award
Yulia Kondranina made her debut at London & Paris Fashion Week back in February this year where she was branded ‘One to watch’. Her intricate techniques and beautiful hand crafted weaving skills helped make her this seasons Merit Award winner. The Merit Award winner is given £25,000 over three seasons, to put towards sponsored catwalk show and exhibition space at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week.
Her collection was very subtle; Yulia refrained from using bold colours and instead, kept safe with black, white, maroon and navy blue. The cleverly woven collection and the ‘one size’ style dresses resembled those from ancient history, creating a simple but strong statement
We sense that Yulia wants the woman in her clothes to be unique and daring. As we looked closely at the models they were seen wearing a luminous healthy skin toned foundation, minimal make-up and messy ‘Cara’ eyebrows for full definition of the face.
Yulia has a great deal of craftsmanship; she also possesses a great talent in using fringe to her advantage. She has cleverly made an entire dress from fringe that hangs and looks stunning on, she also added fringe to oversized jackets and jumpers to add a kind of smart-hippy edge. The fringe just screams out to us and gets our attention immediately.
This being her second showcase at London Fashion Week, Yulia received much support from many creative’s who couldn’t wait to see her fresh designs. We love Yulia’s designs and can just see more and more fringe being worn by all the brave fashionistas.
Words by Madelaine Diamond
LFW SS14: Kilian Kerner
Friday 13th can be unlucky for some but this time it was lucky for us who were blessed with the beautiful shows from London Fashion Week. It’s the one time of year that fashionistas are allowed out from beneath their sewing machines and hectic schedules and are seen everywhere sporting their unique style and quirky ways.
Starting on Friday we were buzzing around London with a few dozen shows to witness. Fashion Mode managed to get the inside scoop for you, bringing you the best collections of 2013.
German designer Kilian Kerner dazzled his audience with a jaw dropping showcase. The presentation included live models interspersed with Mannequins which allowed us to get close to every angle and defined detail in order to truly appreciate his work.
Kerner started his career printing The Rolling Stones band on an inside out t-shirt from H&M, which drew to the attention of singer Nena, and one and a half years later Kilian Kerner founded his eponymous label. Returning with his 16th collection, 10th year at LFW and introducing a second line retailing in 14 countries worldwide has made Kilian Kerner the success he is today and by the looks of this new collection, we can understand why.
Within Kilian Kerner’s Spring/ Summer 2014 collection he incorporates various patterns, colours and cuts making every single piece individual. The centre piece was a strong gold and white ensemble which really held its own. Gold, white and black were present through the majority of the collection with flashes of burnt orange, purple and blue. One dress that stood out to us was a full length, shoulder-padded dress; it was stunning. With the mix of light pastel colours that blended together in an unconventional way. Gold was used throughout to accentuate the designs on the dresses; circles and leaves.
Akkesoir Jewellery (Berlin) was placed upon some of the models to glam up a few items. Our favourite piece was a Victorian style diamond and pearl necklace that defined the low back V cut whilst maintaining a beautiful pearl chucker from the front view.
One of the more modern looks included a gorgeous cream and gold floor length dress which had a slight rock and roll twist due to the addition of a biker style sleeveless jacket. The subsequent layered affect gave a casual edge to the couture dress. Kilian Kerner had a collection full of quality pieces, with a demure touch. Outfits were striking but subtle and beautifully detailed. Kerner certainly started off London Fashion Week to a high standard.
Words by Madelaine Diamond
Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition
Do you love fashion? Do you love writing? Better yet do you love writing about Fashion? Yes? Then we think you will be interested in this…The luxury fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar is giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your original short story published. Whether you are a published writer or simply aspiring to be one then here is your chance to have your story published in the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
Here’s the scoop – Harper’s Bazaar wants a unique 3,000-word short story on the subject of ‘Spring’ to feature in their sophisticated, elegant and provocative fashion magazine. Not only will one talented person have their story published in the magazine but they will also win a choice from first-edition books from Asprey’s Fine and Rare Books Department up to the value of £3000. And last but most certainly not least; they will win a fantastic week long retreat to Eilean Shona House, on a beautiful 2,000-acre private island off the coast of Scotland. The same private Island that is famously known for being where JM Barrie wrote his wonderful and iconic screenplay for Peter Pan. It is a writers dream!
Harper’s Bazaar is know for its literary heritage, with authors such as Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, WH Auden, Virginia Woolf, and Truman Capote having contributed to the magazine in the past. As well as them, this year a wide variety of writers including Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson and Maggie O’Farrell (author of ‘The Hand That First Held Mine’ and ‘My Lover’s Lover’) contributed to the magazine.Justine Picardie, editor of Harper’s Bazaar and renowned author and journalist invites you to get creative and get writing so that your talent can be put to use as it is featured in the magazine. Picardie has said, ‘Harper’s Bazaar has an incredible literary tradition reaching back to its inaugural issue in 1867. The launch of our Short Story Prize both honours and perpetuates that heritage. We are thrilled to launch the prize in our most comprehensive fashion issue of the year, celebrating both first-class writing and intelligent fashion, and we look forward to revealing the winner early next year.’ Harper’s Bazaar is also hosting an exclusive literary festival on the beautiful island Mauritius. If this is to your interest then the festival is being held from 7 November with poetry and book readings, alongside author discussions and a grand gala dinner. Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson will be headlining the line-up. Have a think about what you would write about. It could be a life-changing event. Getting into Fashion College. Meeting your favourite designer, model or celebrity. Whatever makes you happy or makes you sad, or even if it brings goose bumps to your skin when you remember it. Write about what excites you and hope that it will excite the readers of Harper’s Bazaar as well.
If you are interested in seeing your writing on the glossy sheets of Harper’s Baazar then submit your short story to the magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th to 14thDecember 2013. Get writing!
Words by Madelaine Diamond
Photo credit: Copyright © Harper’s Bazaar
Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset house
Somerset House will be hosting a major exhibition – Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! – dedicated to the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow.
This autumn The Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St Martin’s will both stage over 100 pieces owned by the Iconic fashion editor. Isabella Blow is known for (amongst many other things) discovering models like Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, as well as also being credited for discovering fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Philip Tracey.
The exhibition will present Blows aristocratic background, growing up at her family home in Cheshire as well as her love for the British countryside. It will also feature mannequins wearing bespoke Isabella Blow outfits to demonstrate her distinctive and extravagant style.
Daphne Guinness who purchased her wardrobe following Blow’s suicide in 2007 said of the exhibition, “I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them (Blow’s clothes) we’ve done the right thing – and that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.”