Archives for AW17

The V&A Presents Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English

LUXURY BRITISH, women’s and menswear label Phoebe English will be the next designer to feature in Fashion In Motion, this October at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Fashion In Motion will highlight the precise beauty of six years of Phoebe English’s collections. Made in England, the Phoebe English, label deploys lost and rarely used garment construction and fabrication techniques, embodying the mark of the maker.

pe1Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

The fashion collections will be centred within set designs, produced to capture the imagination and involve the viewer, setting the label apart from trend led, mass-made fashion design. The collections are aimed toward a balance between design and craft. A pop up shop of selected garments, specially crafted pieces for the V&A and unique exclusive works to be sold at V&A promotional prices will feature as part of the show.

English says, “Taking part in Fashion in Motion has a particular significance to me, as the V&A was the museum in which I decided to follow my interest in fashion. It is the building where my love for clothing and design were contextualised into a tangible practice and pathway”

After debuting her first fashion collection and graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA from their Fashion Programme, English won several awards including L’Oréal’s Professional Creative Award, the Chloe Award and the Ungaro bursary. This collection was also picked up by luxury fashion shop, Dover Street Market London.

pe3Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

In 2013, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise awarded English a mentoring and sponsorship as part of the coveted Venture Programme. And two years later, Forbes listed English in the 30 under 30, influential Art and Style category and her menswear line, Phoebe English MAN, was awarded the NEWGEN Award by the British Fashion Council.

Inspiring designers, students and researchers, the V&A  is home to some of the UK’s biggest national, fashion collections along with unique and comprehensive collections of world fashion spanning the last four centuries.

V&A fashion curator, Oriole Cullen says, “Phoebe English is a designer for whom the presentation of her work is an integral part of her design process. For each of her collections she creates intriguing and beautiful scenarios in which to showcase her designs. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Phoebe as part of the V&A Fashion in Motion programme, particularly as she has previously used the Museum as a source of inspiration for her collections”

pe2Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

Catwalk shows from leading, international fashion designers bring their collections to V&A Fashion In Motion, to show fashion garments moving and animated, as they should be seen. Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacriox are some of the designers previously showcased at the museum.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Featured Image: Phoebe English, Autumn Winter 17 Presentation, photo: Polly Brown.

Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English opens October 20. Tickets are available online. Admission is free.
The exhibition will be shown in the Raphael Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL


Martine Rose: Don Pedro Produce a Collaborative Zine

INSPIRED by fashion designer Martine Rose’s AW17 collection, the hyper-colour zine Don Pedro, reflects the style and diverse nature of the Colombian Market in Seven Sisters, north London where the fashion designers runway show took place. The combination of sportswear and tailoring this collection emanates, comes from the masculine form of the office and bank worker.

mr2Martine Rose: Don Pedro, colour lithograph print, A5, 2017

The zine, produced by Harry Fisher, senior buyer for Soho-based designer boutique Machine-A, combined with Britt Lloyd’s photographs and styled by Kate Iorga is completed by the Martine Rose label. Don Pedro, a limited edition of 200 copies takes Ditto’s art direction, presenting collages, typography and symbolism, found within the market setting and conversational fragments from Rose.

mr3Martine Rose: Don Pedro, colour lithograph print, A5, 2017

Features of the A5 zine include fluorescent ink, metallic golds and a variety of textures. The edition is an eight-colour, offset lithograph print and is released this week.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Don Pedro is available to purchase from Ditto London, retailing at £15.00.


Finnish Label Samuji Announces AW17 Collection

SAMUJI, the Finnish design studio and creative house, has released their lookbook for its upcoming AW17 collection that seamlessly links the house’s signature minimalist aesthetics and architecturally sculpted silhouettes with those of old-school rock glamour.

Samuji FW17Italy coat black blue Samuji AW17

Drawing inspiration from nature, brand founder Samu-Jussi Koski has created a collection in his signature colour palette of whites, greys, blacks and navy with the occasional splash of more vivid hues – in this collection being greens and silver.

Samuji FW17Nami jacket silver Samuji AW17

The brand is known for its unparalleled focus on fabrics which aligns with its commitment to ensuring quality and sustainability of the entirety of their design process. The new collection is no different and features responsibly sourced cotton, silk, alpaca, virgin wool and velvet all tailored to elevate their natural potential.

Samuji FW17Najya trousers Samuji AW17

As always the needs of his audience remains central to Koski and he has taken two strong women, both of whom redefined their respective fields – furniture designer and architect Eileen Grey and Madonna – to shape his proposition for next AW season as one of functional elegance with attitude.

Samuji FW17Roxan dress black dark navy Samuji AW17

The silhouettes are therefore a comfortable and empowering statement for everyday use as well as special – occasion dressing. Oversized yet fitted outerwear, pretty silk dresses, velvet flares and full length skirts have been styled with trendy sheepskin mules. There is also an abundance of classic separates and mini lengths paired with utilitarian boots as well as Samuji signature hats – their newest incarnation being oversized beanies and edgy berets.

Samuji FW17Italy coat black blue Samuji AW17

by Magda McCrimmon

Samuji is on instagram

Charity Fashion Live to Feature at London Fashion Week

DURING LFW AW17  fashion stylist Emma Slade Edmondson will style a rather different kind of runway show during the upcoming London Fashion Week – one entitled Charity Fashion Live.

A look from last year’s Charity Fashion Live 2016 event

As next season’s trends emerge on the AW17 catwalks, Emma and her team will immediately replicate the designer looks using charity shop clothing, using only what is available in the store at the time. The objective of the show is to display the incredible variety of garments available in charity shops and to demonstrate how, with a little creativity, fashion need be neither expensive nor high-end to be beautiful – something that last year’s event certainly proved.

A look from last year’s Charity Fashion Live 2016 event

A short video will later be released showcasing all of Emma’s looks on the runway as well as providing a glimpse of backstage action.


Pieces from last year’s Charity Fashion Live 2016

by Hannah Bergin

Charity Fashion Live takes place on February 18 during LFW.