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BFC Announce Fashion Awards 2017 with Swarovski

THE British Fashion Council have announced that The Fashion Awards 2017 will be returning to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London this December. The annual event celebrates fashion excellence with outstanding individuals and business, both British and international, taking centre stage and recognising their contributions to the global fashion industry.

The BFC’s Education Foundation is funded primarily by The Fashion Awards. The premise of the awards is securing the future for the next generation of fashion talent but to also celebrate current leaders and their exceptional contributions to the industry. Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of The British Fashion Council, said, “Last year’s awards marked a landmark moment for the Education Foundation; it has been fantastic to see our industry reaffirm its support for education with such generosity.”  Thanking one of their main sponsors, Rush continued, “Swarovski have set the bar with their incredibly generous donation to this year’s fundraising efforts.”

gigiGigi Hadid and Donatella Versace backstage at The Fashion Awards 2016.
Photograph: Greg Williams, British Fashion Council

The Fashion Awards 2016 raised £700,000. The BFC Education Foundation received £300,00, with £400,00 invested in NEWGEN business support and the BFC Colleges Council. To date, the foundation has given over £100,000 to 12 BA and MA scholarships, in the last academic year. BFC Chairman Dame Natalie Massenet MBE said, “Last year we set the goal of raising £10million in 10 years to educate talented young people”.

Swarovski, acclaimed Austrian crystal producers, continue their generous support of the educational foundation, in advance of the event, pledging £300,000. Nadja Swarovski, of the Swarovski Executive Board stated, “An essential part of Swarovski’s mission is to nurture young designers and invest in the next generation of fashion talent.” Donations from Swarovski and those of some of the most esteemed British brands help maintain the future success of the industry for the next generation due to the impact of rising living expenses and tuition fees.

jadenEdward Enninful OBE, Jaden Smith and Skepta backstage at The Fashion Awards last year.
Photograph: Greg Williams, British Fashion Council

The event will be attended by designers, brands, creatives, business leaders, investors, media, VIPs, students and the general public. The ceremony not only recognises designers but to also diverse and talented individuals and their contributions to fashion. Nominations and winners are to be voted for by a panel of 2,000 international, key figures from across the fashion industry.

The categories for this year’s awards are as follows:
Accessories Designer
British Designer – Menswear
British Designer – Womenswear
British Emerging Talent – Menswear
British Emerging Talent – Womenswear
Business Leader
Designer of the Year
Model of the Year
Urban Luxury Brand

Special recognition awards are also to be presented on the night for the categories: the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Swarovski Award for Positive Change and the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.

by Pierra George-Robertson

The The Fashion Awards 2017  take place on December 4

The event partners are Swarovski, American Express and Mercedes Benz

American Express offer card holders 72-hour pre-sale for The Fashion Awards 2017 from August 15. General sale is from August 18. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster

Make a donation to The Fashion Awards.

FashionWorked Announces Winners of its 2017 Awards


FASHIONWorked, the London-based website that focuses on independent designers and retailers, has announced the 2017 winners of its sixth annual awards – with Alexander McQueen, Lucy Choi and Elton John among them.


Hilary Alexander at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

Despite big-name winners and a rather illustrious judging panel comprising Hilary Alexander, Naomi Isted and Harold Tillman to name but a few, The Haus of Fashion Worked is somewhat an anomaly in the sartorial industry, adopting a light-hearted, jovial, sometimes outright hilarious approach to fashion journalism. The digital platform, which in the words of its founder Ross Pollard represents ‘a passion for the little people in fashion’, promotes alternative, independent brands, designers and retailers.


Joshua Kane at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

The evening was itself relaxed, amusing and intimate – a reflection of the FashionWorked ethos – and took part on the inconspicuous roof terrace of London’s Century Club.


Po-Zu at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

The winners are as follows, all of whom were given a miniature golden hippopotamus to take home – Ross Pollard’s preferred disguise:

Best designer in association with Candid Magazine: Alexander McQueen
Best independent designer in association with Rion Magazine: Cimone
Best independent accessory maker in association with Ciroc Vodka: Lucy Choi
Best high street store in association with The Grooming: & Other Stories
Worst high street store: Topshop and Missguided
Best trend in association with Forward PR: The return of the white shirt
Worst trend in association with Farblack: Overly ripped denim
Best accessory in association with Ciroc Vodka: Pins and badges
Worst awards outfit of the year in association with Forward PR: Jennifer Lewis
Best awards outfit of the year in association with Ciroc Vodka: Viola Davis
The always incredible style icon in association with The Grooming Room: Elton John
Ethical fashion award in association with the Ethical Fashion Forum: Po-Zu
Best blog in association with Century Soho: The Male Stylist
Best event in association with Century Soho: The Joshua Kane London Palladium Catwalk
Best radio show: Hoxton Fashion
Lifetime achievement award: Alison Lowe


Alison Lowe of Felicities at the FashionWorked Awards © Wayne Noir for FashionWorked

By Hannah Bergin

100% Egyptian Cotton Project Featured at International Fashion Showcase

DURING LFW AW17, a 100% Egyptian Cotton project showed for the second time at the International Fashion Showcase, in Somerset House, exhibiting the work of six of Egypt’s most promising emerging designers: Maram Paris – womenswear; Marsuma by Nour Omar – textiles painting; Norine Farah – womenswear; Okhtein – handbags; Reem Jano – jewellery and Sabry Marouf handbags and jewellery.

The 100% Egyptian Cotton at International Fashion Showcase 2017

The artists were commissioned to produce pieces which reflected their interpretation of Egyptian cotton as a theme but were otherwise granted complete creative freedom. The stunning results encompassed references to the life cycle of the cotton plant, to the harvesting of the delicate fibre through to the manufacturing of the incredibly versatile textile into finished products. The two ready-to-wear designers for example, embellished classic white cotton shirts with intricate floral detail, alluding to the colourful garments worn by the young women who work in the cotton fields.

Garments on show at the 100% Egyptian Cotton at International Fashion Showcase 2017

The exhibition was curated by Susan Sabet, founder and editor-in-chief of Pashion magazine, and was endorsed by the British Council Egypt and the Commercial International Bank Egypt (CIB). Sahara by Shahira Fawzy provided the cotton utilised throughout the display while the installation itself – a dreamy North African oasis under a vibrant dusk sky – was styled by Egyptian interior design company Living In.

100% Egyptian Cotton at International Fashion Showcase 2017

The exhibit proved one of the most popular at the event – the theme of which was this year Local/Glocal – which  is organised by the British Council and the British Fashion Council.

Bags at 100% Egyptian Cotton at International Fashion Showcase 2017

“We are pleased and proud to have sponsored 100% Egyptian Cotton,” said CIB’s CEO of retail banking Ahmed Issa. “The exhibit represents not only the deep and diverse talent of the six young designers and the team that created the magnificent installation, but the vast talent throughout Egypt.”

by Hannah Bergin

Loren Nicole announces latest collection

HANDMADE jewellery designer Loren Nicole has launched her newest collection. Using ancient techniques and no electricity, Loren Nicole’s handmade jewellery collection celebrates ethnographic cultures from across the world and the craftsmanship of ancient goldsmiths.

collage-6Beach hut collection

Each piece of jewellery is designed to highlight the beautiful colour of high karat yellow gold and is produced from gold grain to final finish by Loren’s hand.

Credit: Rodarte catwalk

Her collections are inspired by a different ancient civilisation’s techniques and aesthetic element, with her first entitled Hellenes highlighting the Etruscan style. Loren’s latest jewellery collection Babylon is inspired by the ancient Mesopotamia temple Ziggurat.

floralsHellenes collection

Loren began her career in archaeology and then specialised her skills at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through a position as a textile conservator.

by Alice Fiancet

Loren Nicole’s collections are available here


Turkish Millinery Brand Merve Bayindir Moves to London

BESPOKE Turkish millinery brand Merve Bayindir have moved their creative operations to the British capital amid ongoing political turmoil in the Middle East. The melting pot that is London offers the mother-daughter duo, who are already reputed designers in their homeland, the chance to exercise their creativity and further develop their label, in a city that welcomes and positively supports emerging sartorial talent.

A Merve Bayindir SS17 hat © Merve Bayindir

Their stunning and thoroughly original SS17 collection is certainly illustrative of that talent. Each of the designs is representative of one of the four elements – striking shapes, magnificent colours and intricate details artistically, subtly and rather cleverly combined to embody earth, air, fire and water.

Another Merve Bayindir hat for SS17 © Merve Bayindir

The line also explores the effect produced when these elements merge to create new materials and the collection is thus further segmented into three main themes – each with its own colour palette. Brilliant yellows, oranges and crimsons symbolise fire, whilst black, white and red pieces represent embers. The particular glamorous black, gold and glittered pieces encapsulate the beauty of gemstones.

A hat from Merve Bayindir’s collection for SS17 © Merve Bayindir

Each of the designs are created by hand, and each is therefore a truly bespoke, entirely unique item to cherish for life, with fascinators starting at £350 and more elaborate hats priced up to £1,400.

A hat from Merve Bayindir’s collection for SS17 © Merve Bayindir

by Hannah Bergin

Merve Bayindir collections are exclusively stocked at Idylist Showroom (by appointment only)
26 Elvaston Place, Chelsea London SW7 5NL

Jewellery Brand Eden Diodati Stocked by La Maison Couture

LUXURY jewellery brand Eden Diodati is now being stocked on contemporary fine jewellery and lifestyle boutique La Maison Couture. The ethically conscious brand combines the innovative use of natural materials with centuries of craftsmanship and artisanal heritage to create pieces designed to withstand the test of time.

Eve Torque necklace

The jewellery holds profound history, the creation of which providing work for Rwandan women who survived the genocide in 1994. Eden Diodati is inspired by skills, courage and faith of these women and uses this in order to ignite her creative direction.

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The beautiful, sustainable and immutable brand is made for every modern woman, the combination of elegant pieces with classic style creates the perfect balance.

img_1378African Toga earrings and Delta Rain cuff

Eden Diodati’s recognises the need to address human fragility on a global scale and does this through its commitment to donate 10 per cent of dividends to humanitarian organisation Médecins sans Frontières.

African Torque earrings

by Alice Fiancet

The collection is available here

Jane Carr Collaborates with Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Piet Oudolf

THE latest collection from the London-based accessories brand Jane Carr sees an inspired collaboration between the gallery Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, whose creative vision has shaped the landscape surrounding the stunning Hauser & Wirth estate.

The Bloom Design © Jane Carr

The limited-edition range of ethereal, highly-intricate printed scarves is available in three different designs; Bloom, Panorama and Meadow – all of which depict Oudolf’s field at the estate, burrowed in the rolling fields of Somerset renowned for their extraordinary natural beauty.

The Panorama Design © Jane Carr

The blue-and-green-hued Bloom design illustrates the meadow at close range, speckled with the delicate pink flora that blossoms amidst wild pastures. The Panorama scarf meanwhile, is based upon a wider vista of the field, in which a mauve sun-speared sky stretches out over the unkempt grasses below. The Meadow design depicts the estate’s thriving plant life in its striking crimson, scarlet and sienna shades.

The Meadow Design © Jane Carr

All of the scarves are hand-made in Italy, and stocked exclusively in the estate shop at the gallery, which showcases limited-edition products from carefully curated collaborations between the gallery, artists and designers.


The Meadow Design Scarf © Jane Carr

by Hannah Bergin

The collection is available from Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Leanne Claxton Launches SS17 Collection

ARTIST Leanne Claxton inhabits the space between fashion and art, translating intricate oil paintings into stunning digital prints which are then transferred onto silk and cashmere scarves. A lover of the outdoors, Claxton derives endless inspiration from the natural world – her SS17 collection influenced by the works of late American artist Georgia O’Keefe in particular, who likewise urged her contemporaries to appreciate the beauty of the flora surrounding us, which all too often goes unnoticed. Beyond this, Claxton explores how significant flora and fauna are to our memories of, and associations with, certain places, times or even events.

The Ruben print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

The Art of Flowers collection is both vibrant and wistful. Bright prints evoke the exoticism of far-flung corners of the world – such as the electric Malay design which recreates the patterns found on the butterfly wings and bird species of Asia, whilst more neutral, earthy and somewhat melancholic designs reflect the artist’s longing for her homeland, England or induce nostalgia for summers spent abroad in Spain, where wild meadows are left to grow.

The Malay print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

The SS17 collection began, as have all of Claxton’s previously, with a series of detailed graphite sketches which are then re-interpreted as oil paintings, transformed into digital patterns and finally transferred onto fine fabrics, at which point they become highly intricate and entirely wearable pieces of art.

The Coco print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton


Having grown up in Lancashire, Claxton moved to London in 2002 to undertake a BA degree in textile design at Central Saint Martins. After graduating, she trained in Paris under Christian Lacroix and has since worked both in-house and as a freelance print designer for a number of highly-acclaimed brands across Europe, as well as in Hong Kong and New York. In 2015, she set up her eponymous art and print studio back in Lancashire – a studio which continues to flourish – and where she freely exercises her creativity and explores her craftsmanship.

A credit to her multidisciplinary expertise, Claxton flows effortlessly from paper to canvas to computer screen to fabric, moving seamlessly between the physical and digital worlds to create truly spectacular and thoroughly unique pieces.


The Malay print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

by Hannah Bergin

The collection is  stocked by
Coco Boutique: 3/7 Wayfarers Arcade Southport Merseyside PR8 1NT. 01704 513393.
Competitive Edge: 31 Burscough St Ormskirk L39 2EG. 01695 578778.
It is also available online from her site and The Clothing Lounge, Silkfred  and NJAL.
Prices range from £68 – £148.

Aquascutum Launches New Bag and Trench Collection

FOR its Autumn 2016 accessories collection, London-based brand Aquascutum imbues the traditional with a touch of contemporary, modernising their signature navy handbags with subtle elements from the latest prêt-à-porter pieces.

Each bag, made from soft Aniline leather which is sourced and manufactured in Spain, features a contrasting red base and Van Dyke stitching, matching the undercollar of the new Penryn trench coat. The collection therefore compliments the new season’s trends while remaining distinctly Aquascutum.

Newman Trench in Camel, Aquascutum Autumn 2016 © Aquascutum

Elegant, functional, durable – the bags have been designed to support the 21st century working woman and what’s more, with prices ranging from £165 for a wallet to £650 for a large tote, each comes with an affordable price tag.


Piccadily Cape in Navy, Aquascutum Autumn 2016 © Aquascutum

To celebrate the launch of the bags, Aquascutum has curated an interactive game – available both in stores and online – in which customers are asked to find five handbags in the hand-drawn illustration of London, below.




by Hannah Bergin

Miu Miu CustoMIUzation Project Opens in London

MIU MIU have announced the launch of their original CustoMIUzation project. For a limited time only, the customers at Miu Miu, in the New Bond Street store, will be able to personalise their bags with a selected rage of exclusively designed patches.


The brand has designated a selection of madras leather and denim bags to be decorated with patches that include motifs based on latest AW16 ready-to-wear collection, as well as some designed especially for the occasion.  A total of 12 unique, heat-sealed badges are available embodying Miu Miu’s playful aesthetic evident in the signature stars  – as well as slogans such as Love, Kiss and Forever.

A dedicated Italian artisan has been scheduled to assist the customers with their CustoMIUzation designs over an approximate period of 30 minutes which are needed to customise each bag.

by Magda Pirowska

The CustoMIUzation Project is available at Miu Miu, New Bond Street, London from September 16