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Fluff and Furry As Romy LDN Goes Monochrome

DRESS up in style with a sleek new look from Romy LDN and join in the fluffy frenzy this season. Now in ever stylish monochrome, Romy’s pyramid bags add a touch of glamorous fun to every outfit. As a sporty alternative to the pom-pom, the  bags come with an interchangeable fun-fur cuff which allows you to mix and match from daytime to party looks.

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White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

 

Romy LDN, a luxury British brand, described by its founder Alice MacFarlane Hickox as “youthful, fresh, and accessible” has been producing faux-fur accessories since 2014. The brand offers a diverse range of luxury accessories which include oversize grab bags, clutches and even furry soda-can sleeves. The brand owes its success to the ability to combine unique styling with attractive and long-lasting materials. These include durable leathers, neoprene and a superior faux-fur that remains soft and glossy – even after repeated use.

 

600x400 BLACK POM POMBlack Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

Modern and minimalist, the Romy pyramid bag offers a ultra-light design which is elegant, practical and irresistibly fluffy.

by Miranda Charalambous

Accessories by Romy LDN can be found here. The Pyramid Bag retail at £355

Front page image: White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

 

 

Ellie Davies’ Magical Path To The Unknown

BRITISH photographer, Ellie Davies captivates us with her enchanted landscapes with Into The Woods, her latest exhibition of new and recent works at the Crane Kalman Gallery in London. The artist explores our spiritual relationship with the forest, drawing on our imagination to evoke the stuff of fairy tales. Into The Woods forms part of her series, Half Light, a seven year site specific project at the New Forest in Hampshire.

art, photography, natureEllie Davies, Half Light 6, 2016. Photograph: Ellie Davies

Her new work manifests a more compelling and darker presence, one that spontaneously materialises in a diffusion of golden particles over the trails of dead familiars. Gnarled branches and twisted tendrils snare the dense vegetation and murky pools below the forest’s canopy, intensifying our deepest anxieties and subconscious fears.

mystical, photography, art, natureEllie Davies, Stars 8. Photograph: Ellie Davies

 

This time, Davies captures the oppressive quality of the forest, luring us further along its winding paths on our cheerless pursuit of the unknown. She adopts innovative lighting techniques, painted sculptural pieces and skeins of wool to fabricate her ingenious and effective imagery.

Ellie Davies, Half Light 5, 2016. Photograph © Ellie Davies

by Miranda Charalambous

Into The Woods runs from July 21 until August 20 at at the Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 1HQ

Tel: 020 7584 7566, info@cranekalman.com

Balinese-inspired Collection for SS16 from Alma de Ace

FASHION brand Alma de Ace launches their SS16 unisex collection of lifestyle street wear infused with traditional Balinese patterns. Using locally sourced fabric from Indonesia, flashes of bold colour are displayed against simple statement pieces to create this new and exclusive range.

ALMA DE ACELooks from Alma De Ace’s latest collection

Edition 1 is a variable blend of comfort-wear and designer style, living up to their name which is derived from Latin, meaning “soul of unity”.

The Founder of Alma de Ace believes in an ethos of style over fashion, utilising his homegrown urban tastes with a passion for bespoke Balinese fabrics in this diverse selection.

by Evie Murphy

Fabryan Releases AW16 Collection at Belarus Fashion Week

LUXURY womenswear and accessories brand Fabryan launched their AW16 collection on the catwalk of Belarus Fashion Week. Created in 2010, this brand is distinguishable by striking silhouettes and statement colour, achieving a synthesis of simplicity and art inspired design. The new collection boasts ready-to-wear pieces which are elegant yet eye-catching.

FABRYAN AW16A look from the recent AW16 Fabryan collection

Samantha-Jane Agbontaen, self-taught designer, believes in indisputable quality in terms of tailoring. Hand-crafting the collection with a small team in London ensures each pieces individuality whist maintaining superlative finishing. This line is also versatile yet reliable when it comes to the brands three principles: understated elegance, innate creativity and timeless design.

FABRYAN AW16A look from the recent AW16 Fabryan collection

Strong dynamic lines paired with classic cuts offer fluidity between day and night wardrobes for the contemporary woman, along with award-winning style that has been featured in Vogue and Tatler. This brand has gone from strength to strength since its formation and by offering personalised bespoke tailoring to all customers, alongside exquisite collections, they are set to shake the London fashion scene.

by Evie Murphy

Future Feast – Winchester ‘16 Fashion and Textile Graduates

THE Vinyl Factory Soho, London was awash with a kaleidoscope of bold seasonal colour and stylish looks at Future Feast a show of graduate talent from the Fashion Marketing and Fashion & Textile Design programmes at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Guest representatives from the fashion industry including Victoria Beckham, Harvey Nichols and Topman attended the show and waited in anticipation of the Fashion Direction and Fashion Textile Awards which were presented by womenswear designer, Michael van der Ham after the catwalk presentations.

 

Winchester SS1Looks from Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Winchester SS2Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Jasmine Broughton, memorable for her fabulous faux-fur outerwear with exquisitely beaded motifs won the Fashion Textile Award and front-line menswear designer, Christine Xu was the winner of the award for Fashion Direction. After the ceremony, guests were invited to peruse a dazzling assortment of preliminary sketches and ideas from the students’ portfolios.

Christine Xu’s collection which won the award for Fashion Direction. Photograph by Geoff Pugh

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL2A look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton.
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL4Another look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

The innovative event combined outstanding graduate work from the institution’s Fashion Marketing and Textile programmes. These two courses focus on developing students’ creative ability, while aiming to enrich them with the necessary marketing and practical skills required for successful careers in fashion.

by Miranda Charalambous

UK Fashion Brand Beautiful Soul London Launches SS16 Collection

BEAUTIFUL Soul London, one of the rising stars of London’s independent fashion design scene, have launched their new SS16 Patti Wilson collection, named after the mother of Nicola Woods – the founder and designer of the brand.

 

Look 14 - Ami Shirt CoatAmy shirt coat, blossom navy and British lace

Beautiful Soul is a British luxury womenswear label based in Notting Hill, London. It was founded in 2011 by Woods on the principles of perennial design unwavering in its femininity, British heritage and sustainability.

 

Look 15 - Chika Shirt DressChika shirt dress with blue British lace

The brand has been synonymous with the finest of British craftsmanship and the latest collection provides a continuity to this notion. Inspired by childhood memories and nostalgia, Woods has created a collection made up of delicate, flow-y silhouettes carrying the brand’s signature floral prints. The selection includes dresses for various occasions, coats, elegant separates and feminine skirts and shirts.

Look 23 - Oka Jacket + Kiko ShortsOka jacket in blossom pink. Kiko shorts in blossom pink

Nicola and team behind Beautiful Soul have always been committed to a conscious and responsible approach to fashion with ethical ethos of local production and sourcing and minimising waste in the production process to zero. They achieve that by using end-of-line fabrics, skillful pattern cutting, and crafting fastenings and embellishments from leftover textiles to ensure the full use of every piece of fabric.

The SS16 collection therefore features British lace sourced from a Nottingham lace factory that compliments the composed colour palette selection including both vibrant shades and coveted pastels. The main floral themes are Hydrangea and Blossoms, occasionally accompanied by dainty ladybirds and bumblebees which evoke the charm of British countryside summers.

Look 16 - Mai Midi Dress + Midori T-BlouseMai midi-dress in blossom aqua with Midori T-blouse in blossom navy

Beautiful Souls’ ethical approach to fashion and production and smart tailoring allowing the designs to be effortlessly carried from day to evening have earned them international following and has gained admiration from several notable wearers including Pippa Middleton, Taylor Swift and Erin O’Connor among others.

Nicola Woods’ pieces are appreciated for their timeless design and excellent quality, both of which lend to the brand’s ambitions of creating fashionable heirlooms. Nicola says, “For SS16 I set myself the challenge of re-working my favourite signature prints from Beautiful Soul London’s Archive; embracing the movement towards ‘slow fashion’ and promoting the brands ethos that pieces are timeless and remain current season-after- season, which offers a more sustainable, slower fashion cycle.

Look 27 - Emi DressEmi dress in blossom pink

“I have named the collection, Patti Wilson after my mum. What is most precious about Beautiful Soul London pieces is that they transcend age and generations, lending themselves to the passing from mother to daughter, aunt to niece, or sister to sister. I thrive on challenge. It makes complete sense to challenge the ‘fast fashion’ system and with the launch of our new website, it’s time to show that we can do this without compromising style.”

The collection is now available online but can also be viewed during open days or by appointment in the brand’s Portobello Road studio where they offer unique way of experiencing a brand – through personal shopping service which includes meeting the designer Woods.

by Magda Pirowska

British artist Thomas Allen selected for Columbia Threadneedle Exhibition

A painting by award-winning British artist Thomas Allen has been selected to be displayed at the Mall Galleries as part of the Columbia Threadneedle Exhibition. The annual showcase is a part of Columbia Threadneedle Prize which aims to bring the best in symbolic and evocative art to the wider audience. A panel of distinctive judges selects the most outstanding pieces for the exhibition and furthermore and overall winner.

This year’s panel consisted of Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries; Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi; Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; Emma Crichton-Miller, an arts journalist for the Financial Times and Apollo Magazine; and David Dawson, an artist represented by Marlborough Fine Art.

What is PlantedWhat Is Planted by Thomas Allen

The painting by Allen is entitled What Is Planted and is a large-scale narrow work on paper that at two metres high rises over the viewer allowing them to fully immerse in its subtle exposition.

Allen is an artist that conveys the inquisitiveness of his milieu, leaving the viewer to ponder over and draw from the unknown and unexplained. This unique style has earned him his popularity and recognition and furthermore the accolade of having his work selected for the Threadneedle exhibition for the second year running.

by Magda Pirowska

What Is Planet will be on display until February 20 at the Mall Galleries,  The Mall, London SW1
Tel: 020 7930 6844

Tabitha Simmons Launches Floral Collection for SS16

tabitha simmons high heel black sandalTabitha Simmons high-heeled black sandal

Tabitha Simmonds, English designer and former model, carries the floral trend over to SS16 for her eponymous line with her English garden-inspired collection. Crafted by master cobblers from Italy to ensure the highest of quality, Simmons designs feature a variety of brightly coloured blooms on plain backgrounds.

tabitha simmons platform sandalTabitha Simmons platform sandal

Combining leather and raffia embroidered lace and linen Simmons created pieces appealing to wide audience as it features flats, platforms as well as different heel heights. The styles also include both pointy and peep-toe to suit different occasions.

tabitha simmons linen flat pumpTabitha Simmons linen flat pump

Describing the influences that guided her while creating the collection Simmons said: “Yes, I love a good English garden reference, which inspired a big part of this collection.”

by Magda Pirowska

The Tabitha Simmons SS16 collection will be available to purchase from February at Browns, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and online at Matches Fashion, Net-A-Porter and Tabitha Simmons’ website and retail from £250 – £695

Freya Rose’s Reiki Couture Bridal Shoe Available Now

 

Freya Rose’s Reiki Couture bridal shoe, couture mother of pearl heel, embroidered flowersFreya Rose’s Reiki Couture bridal shoe

BRITISH HIGH-END shoe company Freya Rose’s latest couture bridal shoe Reiki is available now. The brand specialises in bridal shoes in duchess ivory silk with bespoke embellishments and Rieki, included in the Freya Rose Couture Hanami collection, is an exclusive slingback with each shoe is embellished with over 800 real pearls and small, handmade silk flowers taking 33 hours to make – 20 hours to make the Mother of Pearl heel, five hours to make the silk flowers and a further eight hours to embellish 800 pearls and crystals on the shoe.

The flowers featured on this design, are handmade by award-winning embroidery artist Jo Butcher who inspired by the beauty of the English countryside and carefully hand crafts each flower delicately by hand.

An artist in her own right, the flowers Jo make for the Reiki help to create what is, apart from being a shoe, also a multi-dimensional piece of artwork. Reiki is finished off by the signature Freya Rose mother-of-pearl heel.

Freya Rose’s Reiki Couture bridal shoe, couture mother of pearl heel, embroidered flowersIt takes 20 hours to make Reiki’s Mother of Pearl heel

Designer Freya Rose says, “I love the romanticism that Reiki signifies. Now available in Browns Bride, it is truly exquisite and a jewel of a shoe. Its so important to us that we are using Jo Butcher – a British awardwinning embroirer, to create the flowers for Reiki – it adds a wonderfully special element to the shoe, and makes the story of Reiki truly unique.”

“Freya’s shoes are handmade by craftsmen who have learnt their trade through generations, made in the finest materials from Italy. The intricate detailing of these beautiful shoes truly makes for a luxurious and unique collection,” she continues.

Freya Rose’s Reiki Couture bridal shoe, couture mother of pearl heel, embroidered flowersThe shoes are hand-embroidered in the Freya Rose London studio

Freya Rose was set up by its eponymous owner and designer who graduated with a first class honours degree from the London College of Fashion in 2003, she gained experience with high street stores and designers, including Gina, before designing her own creations. She has many awards for her luxury shoe designs including first place in the Tahitian pearl awards 2008. The company is based in Islington, north London.

by Caroline Simpson

Reiki retails at £1,075.00 for more information please visit the Freya Rose website here