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On Tuesday 19th, The National Portrait Gallery welcomed another art form to stand alongside their historical collection. 

Tata Naka designers, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze, presented their vintage-inspired SS18 womenswear collection on the third floor of The National Portrait Gallery; a presentation which sat easily amongst the grandeur of its setting.

The Tata Naka SS18 collection saw seasonal summer stripes and vintage florals in contrasting aubergine and daffodil hues; high-waisted tailoring and wide collars gave the collection a retro-feel while the addition of side slits and bare-shoulder necklines remained in-keeping with forecast Spring/Summer trends.

The styling was done to artistic perfection. Dark lipstick and a reflective sheen to the contouring, giving the models an artificial quality  - real-life portraits of modern-vintage dress.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

Designer Jamie Wei Huang’s SS18 collection, “Dew”, was inspired by the fragmented recounting and retelling of personal experience. It was a concept drawn from Huang’s reflection on her own traditional Taiwanese culture, and captured by the beautiful, hesitantly accumulative piano piece which instigated her show.


The story began in stripes. Blues, pinks and greens growing in depth and vivacity with each piece, a gradual solidifying of colours to correlate that of re-emerging memory; the punctuation of bold reds, yellows and cobalt in the shoes and accessories, providing those colourful splashes of certainty which continue to emerge throughout the collection.

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Huang’s Spring/Summer designs favour easy-fit clothing; wedding dresses and jumpsuits tying into her signature style of elongated silhouettes with a focus on creating contemporary fashion for the modern woman.

Wedding Dresses

The concept of construction was apparent in the rough-cut hems, sewn on pockets and undisguised use of zips, drawstrings and metallic rings which both decorated the pieces and acted as functional elements of the designs.

Creative cut-outs were another standout feature, with gaping knees and bare-backed jackets building on the impression of fragmented recollection, while asymmetric designs alluded to the inevitable incompleteness of memory.

Denim-look fabrics, and the brave contrasting of colour-block socks with easy slip-on sandals concluded the collection with a sense of layered individuality, promoting self-expression through contemporary fashion.

Originally from Taiwan, Huang graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London in 2012, launching her designer label Jamie Wei Huang to great critical acclaim in 2013; winning both the “Designer For Tomorrow” award, and the “Elle talent Award” for her AQ14 collection. Huang’s designs are now sold internationally in luxury retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, David Jones Sydney and mimma ninni.

Words: Scarlett Sangster | Fashion Week Press | @scarlettgracehs

Images: Rosemary Pitts |Fashion Week Photographer|@rosemarypitts

image002Pisco, cauliflower and grey hair: Top essentials for next year revealed in the Harvey Nichols 2015 Hot List

-Hamper specialist, Harvey Nichols creates ‘Box for the Future’-

Cauliflower is the new kale, maple water will replace coconut water and grey hair will be the look of 2015 reveals new insight from Harvey Nichols today.

As sales in Christmas hampers soar this year, the luxury retailer has drawn on expert insight from its buyers across its food, drink, fashion and beauty categories to source the 15 predicted best sellers for next year and packaged them into one ultimate hamper - the definitive package for today’s trend-hungry consumer, wanting to stay ahead of the curve.

Aptly named ‘Box for the Future’ the hamper is worth £4,800 and is available online alongside the retailer’s collection of 37 bespoke hampers.

Hamper items will represent each of the following key trends revealed by Harvey Nichols in its 2015 Hot List:

Food/ drink

  1. Pisco
  2. Scandinavian cooking
  3. Maple Water
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Beauty booster drinks

Hair & beauty

  1. Contouring
  2. Salon at home treatments
  3. Personalised skincare
  4. Grey hair
  5. Elemental beauty products inspired by extreme weather


  1. Ear cuffs
  2. 70s
  3. Monochrome
  4. Sports Luxe
  5. Flawed Fashion

Food and drink items will include Latin-born Pisco, Maple Water - the low calorie coconut water replacement, Cauliflower – hailed as the new kale for its high fibre and immunity-boosting properties, beauty boosting drinks and a Scandinavian cook book to celebrate our move away from Mediterranean diets to the more fashionable ‘Scandi’ cuisine set for 2015.

In the health and beauty category, the hamper will offer an exclusive in-store salon treatment to endorse those silver tones for the new grey hair look, a series of contouring products, home beauty kits and personalised skin care packages which are all predicted to fly off the shelves in 2015.

This hamper is also designed to get customers ahead in the style stakes for next year with items of clothing celebrating key 2015 trends including a 70s style Valentino handbag worth £1.2k, a luxury ‘monochrome’ sweater, ear cuff jewellery, ‘sports luxe’ underwear and ‘flawed fashion’ ripped jeans worth over £100.

Marion Carpentier, Food, Wine and Hospitality Director at Harvey Nichols, said:

“We are renowned for our hamper selection and this year sales are booming across the industry.  We wanted to take this one step further and provide our customers with the ultimate 2015 hamper that would make them totally prepared and ahead of the game for next year.  Our Box for the Future includes everything from a 70s style Valentino handbag to a bottle of Maple Water and even a cauliflower – which is set to be next year’s vegetable of choice”

The Box for the Future contains fifteen new products and is priced at £4,800, available via www.harveynichols.com/hampers.

The Harvey Nichols 2015 Hot List

Food and drink trends

  1. Pisco (Kappa Pisco, £46)

“There’s no doubt that gin, particularly artisan gins, are continuing to have their moment in the spotlight, however in 2015 its Latin American counterpart Pisco will move to the forefront. Leading the craft cocktail scene across London, 2015 will see untapped potential for Pisco as stylish bar goers and more adventurous drinkers are understanding that these are the spirits to be sipped, savoured and seen to be drinking.”

  1. Scandinavian cooking (Scandinavian Baking, £25)

“After years of worshipping the Mediterranean diet, the food world will be looking to Scandinavian cuisine in 2015. Scandinavian cooking is about the best in quality and service, and with Copenhagen restaurant ‘Noma’ awarded “the best restaurant in the world” again in 2014; Scandinavian cuisine continues to build momentum in the UK.”

  1. Maple Water (Pure Maple Water, £2.50)

“Low in calories and cholesterol free, coconut water was the way to hydrate on the FROW; but with Beyoncé at the helm of the maple water trend; Canada’s counterpart is set to take over in 2015. Maple water is a natural hydration that boasts a subtle hint of maple flavour. It contains 46 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This refreshing beverage is naturally low in calories, gluten-free and dairy-free with more manganese than one cup of kale, and half of the sugar found in coconut water.”

  1. Cauliflower (£2)

“Cauliflower is high in fibre, immunity-boosting with vitamin C and vitamin K, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is already being enjoyed by the fashion elite as low-carb alternatives such as cauliflower couscous or mashed cauliflower”

  1. Beauty Boosters (Beauty Elixir, £3.50)

“An increasing number of drinks manufacturers are bridging the gap with pharmaceutical companies and attempting to feed consumers’ skin from within with ‘beauty drinks’” 

Hair and beauty trends

  1. Contouring (Rodial Contouring Powder, £52)

“No longer a makeup artist’s best-kept secret, easy contouring can be mastered by beauty experts and novices alike with a range of products that create light and shade with ease. Taupes and terracotta shades are your shades of choice here to achieve a beautifully sculpted look that anyone can perfect.”

  1. Salon at home treatments (Ole Henriksen Power Peel, £40)

“Bringing the salon to your sofa, do-it-yourself beauty is big news for 2015.  The beauty customer is looking for that luxury experience at accessible price points. Teeth Whitening Kits, electronic skin cleansing brush, facial peel treatments that emulates salon service will be big as our customers look to take the pampering experience to their home.”

  1. Personalised skincare (Advanced Nutrition Programme, £75.50)

“British consumers are increasingly interested in getting their skincare personalised in the lab, and are willing to pay more for this bespoke service.”

  1. Grey hair (The Rinse Revival menu at Hershesons, £35)

“Grey hair is becoming a stylish and fashionable option for both older and younger women alike as the mindset towards the hair colour changes. It can actually make a woman look softer, more premium, more interesting – younger, even, if done in the right way.”

  1. Elemental beauty products inspired by extreme weather (La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal range, £336)

“Extreme weather is inspiring brands to harvest new ingredients from plants, which thrive in these conditions. La Prairie’s new Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal range uses active ingredients from algae found in the ice crystal-dominated terrain of the Swiss Alps.”


Fashion trends

  1. Ear Cuffs (Lust Fine Jewellery Star Jacket, £2,100)

“Once a 90s staple accessory, the ear cuff is firmly back on the front row. From delicate lace-like designs to chunky metallic spikes, this is the ultimate statement jewellery piece for 2015.”

  1. 70s (Valentino Rockstud bag, £1,240)

2015 is all about going back to the 70s. Fear not, this season’s take on the 70s looks at feminine silhouettes, so you can keep your psychedelic prints in your loft; we’re talking Joni Mitchell. Embrace the romance, with bohemian style dresses in longer lengths and look for key details that include off the shoulder necklines and gypsy hems. However, the boot cut and the flare will be making a comeback.”

[if !supportLists]3.       [endif]Monochrome (Thakoon Addition jumper, £300)

Go graphic this season with black and white tones. Worn from head to toe in colour block separates, all over stripes or through monochromatic prints, this trend dominated the catwalks and is set to be a big across womenswear and menswear in 2015.”

[if !supportLists]4.      [endif]Sports Luxe (DKNY x Cara Delevingne £60)

Sportswear is having a revival and this season we have seen more literal influences coming through the ready-to-wear collections. With a focus on athletic performance wear, branded crop tops and vest , airtex fabrications and racer stripes , sit alongside cleaner preppy silhouettes such as polo t-shirts. This look is about modern shapes and cleaner lines. Collaborations like ‘DKNY x Cara Delevingne’ and ‘Adidas by Mary Katrantzou’ are set to be big for 2015.”

[if !supportLists]5.       [endif]Flawed fashion (Ripped denim Lee 125 x Filles a Papa women’s ripped jeans, £110)

Consumers are increasingly turning away from mainstream fashion, and looking towards individuality. 2015 is all about unique ‘flaws’ such as unusual prints, embellishments and rips.”


For more information about the Harvey Nichols Box for the Future, please visit www.harveynichols.com/hampers


Oversized knits


Oh yeah - the winter weather's here and that means we can start to concentrate on our winter warmer clobber! Oversized knits are here to stay this winter from huge jumpers to knitted dresses and beyond. Wether you are out and about or cosied up at home you'll want one of these in your wardrobe arsenal this year.

The collection above can be found at Glamourous.com. Slouch them down with ripped jeans and trainers or glam them up with leather skirts and heals - choice is yours but either way you'll be warm as toasted marshmallows.

A BBQ is a pretty manly thing let's face it. All that fire, wood, steel drums, spits and meat.... yeah there's a joke int here but we didn't go there.

But what to wear to the latest meat fest BBQ pop ups? We suggest something hardy that shows your rugged manliness even though you live in a little flat in Bethanl Green rather than a wood cabin in the outback.

We give you the Blacksmith boot from Red Wing Heritage

You can find Red Wing online in the UK at Mr Porter, or similar options of course at ASOS.



the blacksmith boot



But please, a little note - don't wear them with the laces undone and all the tongues pulled out - we're so over that - you'e not in Blue.

Wear them smart - with a rolled up jean or nice big socks like this -

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