Tag: fashion scout

Fashion Scout have had some great coverage at London Fashion Week this season with great attendance for all of the shows and the Lulu Liu show was like every other, running late and heavily packed out with bloggers and press trying to get the perfect shot. Liu used the catwalk as a chance to express her trademark style of elegance eveningwear that is both wearable and accessible.

Opening with The XX-Angels blasting out the collection had a subdued and romantic feeling with the clean lines and scalloped edges. Inspired by clowns costumes the collection played around with different shapes but stayed true to simple cuts with layers of ruffles. The show opened with contrasting butterscotch and cream shades using both lambs leather and fur to add some texture.

As soon as some colour was injected into the collection, by way of pillar box red, the collection started to show more depth. A personal touch was added as detailed graphic prints were hand drawn by Lulu Liu herself onto sheer ruffled shirts. Tailored cigarette paints and polo necks gave pieces that were commercial but effective. All in all a great show, from the London based designer.

Words: Katie Handy-Beith | Follow: @katiehandybeith

Images: Corinne Noel

Last show of the week was the FAD show in the Freemasons Hall. Over the last twelve years, FAD has been a charity that creates ‘futures through fashion’. Creating a competition that involved fifteen young designers from universities across the UK, FAD offered the winners the chance to work with some of the biggest fashion companies. The judging panel included Geraldine O'Brien, Head of Design Development at Topshop and Topman, Martyn Roberts, Director at Fashion Scout, and Hilary Alexander, former Fashion Director at The Telegraph. Vouge has called this competition an 'undeniable springboard' into the industry.

This year's brief was 'Future Optimism', creating solutions through fashion. This included themes on humour in the face of adversity, and sustainability. Students were free to interpret the brief in any way they wanted to, creating two looks for women or men to showcase down the runway.

The atmosphere in the hall was tense but lively, as the fifteen finalist's looks went down the catwalk. The clothes were a vast mix of both menswear and womenswear. Some took the brief and created elegant easy to wear pieces, whilst others created bright and funky pieces, reminiscent of the early nineties. But there could only be two runners up, and one winner.

 Nneka Okorie
Nneka Okorie

Second runner up was Nneka Okorie, from the University of Salford, who created one of my personal favourite pieces, a mac that had the sun setting on it.

Stephanos Konstantinou
Stephanos Konstantinou

First runner up was Stephanos Konstantinou, from Nottingham Trent university. His dresses with cut out shapes impressed the judges.

Stephanie Kitchen
Stephanie Kitchen

Winner was Stephanie Kitchen, from Bath Spa university. The judges were impressed with her designs and her accessories, and commented that her looks had the most commercial viability.

Congratulations to all.

Words and Pictures: @MasterNath

 

image55 photo Apu Jan photo

Apu Jan kicked off the first Fashion Scout show of Autumn/Winter 2013 at the Freemason's Hall. Naturally as the first show it was running late but this was all forgotten as we were soon welcomed with sparkling wine and Chinese green tea.

 

 The show, inspired by the darkest depths of the ocean, started off with an almost all back collection broken up with a splash of vibrant turquoise. Specialising in knitwear you would expect it to feature in Apu Jan’s collection but it wasn't overdone, offering us a choice of heavy knitwear from intertwined woolen jumpers to chunky neckpieces.

Silk dresses with beautifully detailed graphics added a feminine edge and helped to tell the story of the collection entitled ‘petroleum’. Although inspired by the ocean glimmers of Eastern influences shone through in terms of silhouette and fabric choices.

The hair and make up added to the oceanic atmosphere with blue and cream wool woven into the models hair and colourful make up resembling the colours of tropical fish. Accessories were kept to a minimum but the styling was completed with a range of heeled Chelsea boots, showing the collection is perfect for both day and night.

The Taiwanese designer offers the perfect variety of garments you would expect in an Autumn/Winter collection in a way that is both exciting and enticing. With the support of Fashion Scout and brimming with talent I am sure Apu Jan has a brilliant career ahead of him.

Words and Pictures by Katie Handy-BeithFollow @katiehandybeith

1 4 3 6 2 5
Beautifully simple and simply beautiful, Heohwan Simulation unveiled a serious approach to fashion when he showcased at Freemason’s Hall last night. However, despite the minimalist nature of his designs, they seemed to carry the burden of historical and cultural interpretation. The project was titled “Editorials in ‘68” and served to represent documentations from the political and fashion movements of France during that year.

 

The colour scheme throughout the show was largely monochromatic – perhaps to encapsulate the show’s dependence on the impact of the printed media, or perhaps to affirm the degree of seriousness we should associate with Hwan Heo’s creations. Each design was intended to form a part of the designer’s own interpretation of a specific point in French history, reminding us of the glorious fact that sometimes fashion really is just a kind of art form waiting to be interpreted - much in the same way that historical facts might be first interpreted, and then manipulated by ‘editorials’.

 

Laser cutwork was the biggest feature of the designs by far. Each piece had clean lines and strong geometric shapes, relying heavily on tailoring rather than bold prints and colours. Having said that, Heohwan did incorporate a number of vivid prints, most notably of magazines from 1968. The editorials were printed on silk, and Heohwan maintained that element of classic luxury by working in velvet patchwork and chocolate coloured fur stoles.

 

High neck designs seem to be reigning this season at Fashion Week, and Heo worked funnel necks, roll necks and high fur collars into his show with confidence. The circular sunglasses gave a futuristic quality with the oversize, draped and cloak-like pieces. It was a bit like something from the Matrix, with the minimal outfits placed beside a chaotic cultural background.

 

Hair was poker straight, with low, scooped back ponytails and doll-like centre partings. Long hair was left flowing down the backs of masculine, oversize blazers, for a ‘girl in a man’s world’ kind of impact. This combined with the heavy use of leather panels, silver zips and broad shoulders gave the collection a hidden power beneath its minimal exterior.

Words: Corin Jackson

Photography: Erika Shiotsu

 

Presenting at London Fashion Week for the 6th consecutive season, Carlotta Actis Barone has become well known and loved for her dramatic showcases. For S/S13 she sent dancers down the catwalk dressed in psychedelic bell bottom dresses, styled with extreme orange candy floss hair. In previous seasons she topped Japanese style kimonos with gigantic floral headpieces and wedges. Barone essentially never fails to surprise with the theatre and drama she executes in her collections.

This season was a complete juxtaposition to all of the above. A minimalist collection of white, black and cream looks around structured bodices and cropped jackets and sheer chiffon skirts accompanied by zero accessories. The models occasionally showed glimpses of Barone's usual theatrics - swaggering to the end of the catwalk and playfully looking over their shoulders - but the general tone was simplicity. The designer veered off into a futuristic feel later on with short monochrome body con dresses with '80s style pointy shoulders - but these still had a subtle air to them.

Barone perhaps felt the desire to strip back the collection completely this season - take the audience on another surprising journey - that willingness to be daring always impresses me. However, I cannot help but feel a stronger affiliation for her collections in which costume and theatre lead the way.  For me, it would have felt so right to have topped these minimalist looks with crazy headpiece or eccentric accessories. I have a feeling that the designer will find away to bring these two contrasting elements together in future seasons - stripped back yet theatrical. Then again - she does have a habit of surprising me.

Faye Heran

Follow @epinettefiles

Photography: Erika Shiotsu