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British Fashion Council partners with HSBC

THE BRITISH Fashion Council has announced a new partnership between its Fashion Trust programme and HSBC Commercial Banking. Recipients of the Fashion Trust’s grant scheme are to receive additional mentoring and business guidance from the financial services organisation.

The BFC Fashion Trust was founded in February 2011 and provides philanthropic financial assistance to selected designers. The programme is one of a range of initiatives affiliated with BFC that support the growth of emerging entrepreneurs and startups in the fashion industry. It also seeks to promote the art of fashion design to the public more broadly.

The 11 beneficiaries for 2017 are Edeline Lee, Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Georgia Hardinge, Huishan Zhang, Isa Arfen, Marques’Almeida, Osman, Rejina Pyo, Sharon Wauchob and Teatum Jones, and have been awarded a total of £450,000.

Fashion Trust Co-chairs Sian Westerman and Tania Fares.
Photograph courtesy: Darren Gerrish and the British Fashion Council

The organisation is directed by its co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman, the BFC and the BFC Fashion Trust Advisory Committee. In light of the new partnership, the Fashion Trust Advisory Committee will be joined by Daniel Howlett, Head of Large Corporates, UK, and Regional Head of Client Coverage, Europe.

by Rosie Byers

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


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.

Paul Smith and Google Collaborate on British Fashion Project

BRITISH fashion designer Paul Smith is installing a Virtual Reality (VR) Experience Booth at his London flagship shop in Mayfair to mark the launch of the British Fashion Project.

paul_smithPaul Smith. Photograph: Liton Ali


Visitors to the shop at No. 9 Albemarle Street will be able to experience the British Fashion exhibition on Google Arts and Culture and trace the history of British fashion over the decades. In association with the British Fashion Council, visitors to the store will be able to immerse themselves in 25 multimedia stories, made up of 140 videos and three VR experiences showcasing the backstage world of fashion. Viewers will discover the secrets behind the creative process of some of Britain’s most significant brands and have the heritage, creativity and craftsmanship of British fashion brought to life before their eyes.

Paul Smith has redesigned the Google cardboard viewer for the experience, by creating a special edition version with a floral motif taken from the SS17 collection and a playful spectacles graphic. The designer has also created an online experience based on five objects that represent his creative vision.


Paul SmithPaul Smith showcasing his redesigned Google cardboard viewer. Photograph: Courtesy of Paul Smith


The Google Arts and Culture project aims to educate and inspire young fashion creatives and future generations to continue creating fashion with British values at its core.

by Alice Fiancet

Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BL
Tel: +44 20 7493 4565

Creative Influencers to be Honoured at the BFC Fashion Awards 2016

FOR  the first time since its 1984 inauguration, the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Awards will honour some of the industry’s most influential, though perhaps more lesser-known creative individuals. Alongside the models, designers, business leaders and fashion icons who are every year rewarded for their accomplishments, this year’s awards will recognise the contributions of a number of behind-the-scene operatives to the sartorial world, including hair stylists, make-up artists, photographers and editors to name but a few.

Photographer Mario Testino – Creative Influencer Nominee

As the Fashion Awards this year celebrate their 32nd anniversary, the Creative Influencers nominees list comprises 32 individuals, who are as follows:
Alasdair McLellan,  Alastair McKimm, Ashley Brokaw, Camilla Lowther, Camilla Nickerson, Charlotte Tilbury, David Sims, Edward Enninful, Gary Card, Glen Luchford, Guido Palau, Harley Weir, Isamaya Ffrench, Jamie Hawkesworth, Joe McKenna, Karen Langley, Katie Grand, Lotta Volkova, Lucia Pica, Marcus Piggott, Mario Testino, Mert Atlas, Nick Knight Pat McGrath, Patrick Kinmonth, Paul Hanlon, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, Sam McKnight, Shona Heath, Sylvia Farago, Tim Walker, Tyrone Le Bon

Make-up Artist Lucia Pica – Creative Influencer Nominee

The nominees were selected by a board of over 1500 of fashion’s most authoritative voices, including journalists, designers and retailers.

Fashion Director Karen Langley – Creative Influencer Nominee

Dame Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council commented, “A key part of our new focus for The Fashion Awards is ensuring we recognise all of the industry’s key players. Thirty-two years after giving our first award this new approach means recognising excellence in both business and design, as well as putting a spotlight on creatives working outside both of these spheres. The 32 Creative Influencers to be celebrated this year are part of a community of innovative talent that is the backbone of our industry, and makes it one of the most dynamic and exciting to work in.”

Stylist Joe McKenna – Creative Influencer Nominee

The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Albert Hall and the evening’s proceeds are to be donated to the British Fashion Council’s Education Foundation charity, which offers young creatives scholarships to some of the country’s most esteemed fashion colleges.

Hair Stylist Guido Palau – Creative Influencer Nominee

by Hannah Bergin

The awards ceremony will be held on December 5 at the Royal Albert Hall, London

New LFW Venue and London Fashion Week Festival Announced

THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL have announced they will be moving their biannual events to a new home. The move will see all three – London Fashion Week, the newly renamed London Fashion Week Men’s and London Fashion Week Festival – united under one roof of the The Store Studios, located at 180 Strand in central London.

Ashish SS17 (Nigel Pacquette, British Fashion Council)

Commenting on the announcement,  top decision makers from the mayoral office, the BFC as well as The Store Studios themselves have stressed London’s importance as one of the top fashion capitals of the world and how the upcoming change will serve to reinforce it as such. They believe hosting all three events in one location will strengthen their impact through establishing one venue.

Furthermore, the decision to transform the London Fashion Weekend into London Fashion Week Festival and prolonging its duration will aid the BFC in their mission to engage with the wider public through this ticketed event that gives them access to shows and high fashion usually reserved to industry professionals.

by Magda Pirowska

Tickets for the first London Fashion Week Festival at The Store Studios are on sale now here

Front page image: looks from BFC NEWGEN winner Molly Goddard’s recent collection

BFC Announces 2016 Fashion Awards Nominees

THE British Fashion Council has announced the nominees for its 2016 Fashion Awards, which each year recognise the achievements of industry forerunners in a select number of categories, to include designers, business leaders and models. The announcement was made by Dame Natalie Massenet, chairman of the BFC alongside Caroline Rush, the organisation’s CEO and Karlie Kloss, ambassador for Swarovski – the event’s main partner. The announcement was made at an exclusive event held at Soho House in LA.

From left: Caroline Rush, Dame Natalie Massenet and Karlie Kloss

Earlier in the year, 1500 of the fashion industry’s most authoritative figures –  journalists, retailers, photographers, art directors, set designers or show producers to name but a few – put forward the names of individuals, or indeed brands, whose success they believe is particularly deserving of recognition over the past twelve months. Nominees represent the five names that received the most submissions in each category, which this year are the following:

British Emerging Talent: Alessandra Rich, Charles Jeffrey, Faustine Steinmetz, Molly Goddard, Self Portrait

British Menswear Designer: Craig Green for Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Jonathan Anderson for J.W.Anderson, Tom Ford for Tom Ford, Dame Vivienne Westwood for Vivienne Westwood

British Womenswear Designer: Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane, Jonathan Anderson for J.W. Anderson, Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda, Sarah Burton OBE for Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

British Brand: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Stella McCartney

International Business Leader: Adrian Joffe for Comme des Garçons & Dover Street Market, Christopher Bailey MBE for Burberry, Guram Gvasalia for Vetements, Marco Bizzarri for Gucci, Stefano Sassi for Valentino

International Urban Luxury Brand: Adidas, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Off-White, Palace, Vetements

International Model: Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lineisy Montero

International Accessories Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Anya Hindmarch MBE for Anya Hindmarch, Johnny Coca for Mulberry, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, Stuart Vevers for Coach

International Ready-to-Wear Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga, Donatella Versace for Versace, Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

Recipients will be announced at a prestigious gala ceremony held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday 5th December, as will a small number of additional awards, acknowledging career milestones achieved by 4 particularly influential individuals, be presented on the night.

The evening’s proceeds will be donated to the BFC Education Foundation, which nurtures Britain’s young creatives by offering a select number of scholarships to some of the country’s most esteemed fashion colleges, with the intention of fostering the industry’s future leaders.

by Hannah Bergin

BFC Announces 2016 Recipients of Fashion MA Scholarships

SINCE 1998, the British Fashion Council Education Foundation – which is funded by the annual Fashion Awards Gala – has sought to nurture the talents of young creatives in the sartorial industry, by offering scholarships in either Bachelors or Masters degrees at some of the country’s most esteemed fashion colleges. Past recipients – which include Erdem, who this year helped to fund the scheme alongside Coach, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-Porter and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha – have gone on to become some of the world’s most highly-respected designers, and it is widely expected that the winners of this year’s coveted scholarships will do the same.

The 2016 panel included Emma Farrow, Head of Design at Finery; Nabil Nayal, a designer and former scholarship recipient; Sarah Mower MBE, American Vogue journalist and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent. They proudly congratulate:

Cassandra Verity Green from Central Saint Martins who has been awarded a place at the Royal College of Art, to study the MA in Womenswear (Accessories); Cavan McPherson, also from Central Saint Martins who will study the MA Fashion Womenswear (Knitwear) course, also at the Royal College of Art; Geraint Brian Lewis from the University of South Wales, who will study the Menswear MA course at the University of Westminster and Yasemin Cakli from the University of Westminster who will continue his studies at Westminster, undertaking an MA in Menswear.


Designs by BFC Education Foundation MA Scholarship 2016 Recipients: Cassandra Verity Green,
Cavan McPherson, Geraint Brian Lewis and Yasemin Cakli. Image: BFC


by Hannah Bergin

The BFC Announces Categories for 2016 The Fashion Awards

THE British Fashion Council in partnership with Swarovski has announced the categories for 2016 The Fashion Awards which will launch this year’s fundraiser gala for British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity – an organisation offering scholarships to the gifted creatives for best fashion universities in the UK.

Royal_Albert_Hall,_London_-_Nov_2012The venue for the awards – The Royal Albert Hall, London

The annual event has been long established as one of the most prominent ones on the fashion calendar – the greatest of the industry gather to celebrate international as well as homegrown emerging talents.

Taking place on Monday December 5 at the Royal Albert Hall the awards this year will acknowledge designers and their brands in seven international categories and four aimed at the British talent paying homage to the host city London. The winners will be decided by a panel of over 1,500 industry influencers across media and retail professions who will cast their votes for the deserving nominees.

On the night the British accolades will be granted to British Menswear Designer of the Year, British Womenswear Designer of the Year, British Brand and Emerging Talent Award, while the international awards will seek to recognise Model of the Year, Ready-to-Wear Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year, Urban Luxury, Creative Influencer, Business Leader and Fashion Icon which will be voted for by the pubic.

Furthermore four special recognition awards will be announced ahead of the evening for Outstanding Achievement Award, Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, Special Recognition Award and Swarovski Award for Positive Change.

by Magda Pirowska

Tickets for the general public to attend The Fashion Awards 2016 are now on sale.
For more information please visit here

Erdem Makes Selection for Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated artwork sale

Following in its long tradition of integrating the worlds of art and fashion, auctioneers Sotheby’s has invited renowned British fashion designer Erdem to guest-curate a sale of contemporary art this spring.

Erdem in his studioDesigner Erdem Moralioglu in his flagship store


The designer, known for his experimental use of fabrics featuring bold design along with impressive craftsmanship, has made a selection of artworks that will form the Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated show taking place this March in London.

Erdem is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2010 inaugural Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and most recently the 2015 British Fashion Council’s Establishment Designer Award. This guest-curated sale reveals his inspirations. Erdem says, “Art has always been a huge part of my life, and has often been a catalyst for my work.”


with Alex Katz’s “Buttercup I” George Condo’s “Untitled” miniature David Hockney
Alex Katz’s Buttercup I and George Condo’s Untitled miniature in Erdem’s flagship store

An art collector himself, Erdem picked works spanning half a century of artistic creation and include ground-breaking photography, Abstraction and American figurative painting. The selection, which has a total of 205 original pieces, also features some of the most notable contemporary artists, such as Yayoi Kusama and Antony Gormley.

by Magda Pirowska

The sale takes place on March 15 and is preceded by an exhibition which will be open to the public between March 11 and March 14