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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

 

Joy of Living Charity Auction For Maggie’s Centres Opens

THIS SEPTEMBER, Charity Project Joy of Living returns to One Poultry, City of London. Uniting over 100 designers, architects and artists, whose work is to be sold to raise funds for Maggie’s Centres. The charity helps people to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis, to continue to live in hope and with determination and to find a life beyond cancer.

The third event for the charity, held by design author and long-time supporter of Maggie’s, Max Fraser hopes to raise more than £80,000 for the charity, stating “after a very personal, emotional journey as I supported my mother through her six-year battle with cancer, I vowed to contribute in some way to mankind’s fight against this disease”.

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Emerging and established designers have been asked to create and donate one-off pieces, expressing the joy of living. Using only three pieces of differently coloured paper supplied by G.F Smith from their Colourplan range.

A number of talented, creative individuals have donated their artworks including designers: Jasper Morrison, Fredrikson Stallard, Barber & Osgerby, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Eley Kishimoto and Ilse Crawford, works by architects: John Pawson, Ivan Harbour and Steven Holl, jewellery designers: Hannah Martin and Jade Jagger and pieces from artists Daniel Eatock, Rolf Sachs and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

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Each of the designers were provided with three A4 coloured sheets, randomly selected from 12 colours. The artists can manipulate the paper in any way they choose and are to write a short description about what inspired them. The signed works will be displayed anonymously, with the creator unrevealed until after purchase. The artwork should invoke an emotional response within the buyer, regardless of the name behind it. The inspiration for this design challenge and the Joy of Living project itself came from a thought shared by Maggie Keswick, charity founder “above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”

Speaking about the event, held at the Grade II, postmodern, listed building One Poultry, designed by James Stirling. Laura Lee, Chief Executive at Maggie’s explained “the design of our buildings, landscape and interiors is integral to offering the best possible support to people with cancer and their family and friends”. The charity has opened 21 centres in 21 years, across the UK with the support of Max Fraser and the Joy of Living project. Lee further stating, “good design is core to our belief in the best psychological support and partnering with the design industry means we can constantly learn what the best design looks like”

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Anonymous for Maggie’s Centres, Joy of Living project

For this year’s event Max Fraser has collaborated with friend, Aynsley Munsie and Amy Bicknell, project co-ordinator, along with various other generous supporters. All proceeds from the artworks sale will go to Maggie’s Centres Charity.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Front Page Image: Joy of Living project for Maggie’s Centres, Anonymous

Joy of Living will be exhibited at One Poultry from September 5-10, from 10am – 7pm

All artwork is available to view and bid at Maggie’s Centres

View on location at One Poultry from September 5

Donate to Maggie’s Centres.

CultureLabel Auction Artist-Decorated Eggs For Easter

A DOZEN wooden eggs, stunningly decorated by 12 contemporary British artists are to be auctioned at the end of this month. British-based art gallery and online retailer, CultureLabel has teamed up with The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) to launch The Egg Masterpiece Auction in order to raise funds and awareness for the plight of battery hens. The sale of each artist-designed egg will contribute towards establishing a new BHWT Welfare and Education Centre in Devon. The Trust’s founder, Jane Howorth MBE said, “We are blown away by Culture Label’s offer to raise money for us by auctioning off what we’re sure will be incredible, unique pieces of art.”

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by David Shillinglaw. Courtesy of Culture Label

Since 2005, BHWT has rescued and rehabilitated over 500,000 commercial laying hens. Jane Howorth initiated the Charity after watching a BBC Panorama documentary, in 1977 which highlighted the dire conditions within battery cages. Public interest in the concerns surrounding battery farming grew after BHWT featured in the Channel Four programme, Jamie’s Fowl Dinners and the BBC documentary, The Private Life of Chickens.

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by Mr Doodle. Courtesy of Culture Label

Either quasi-religious, stippled with paint or doodled to perfection, Egg Masterpieces have proved to be wonderfully original. Some artists certainly travel that extra mile for their inspiration, like Mark Adlington who journeyed to the Arctic in search of polar bears.

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by Mark Adlington. Courtesy of Culture Label

Egg decorating is certainly tricky, even for an Egg Masterpiece expert, as London-based artist Steven Quinn explains,“I think I somewhat underestimated the geometry involved but I got there in the end!”

Street artist, David Shillinglaw experimented with various ideas but settled eventually for one of his classic designs, a bandit wearing a bandana. He maintains, “The inspiration of the design was the shape of the egg itself, because it’s quite difficult shape; you can’t paint everything you’d want to paint on that surface.”

 

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece Auction

Prolate Spherical, Egg Masterpiece by Steven Quinn. Courtesy of Culture Label

by Miranda Charalambous

The Egg Masterpiece Auction is on until April 30 2017. For more information, please visit the Culture Label site

For more information about selling your products on CultureLabel:
Telephone: 020 7908 1615
Email: felicity.souter@culturelabel.com

Front page image: Out of the Darkness, Egg Masterpiece by Louise McNaught, Courtesy of CultureLabel

Gucci, Valentino and More Available at Relaunched Style.com

MAJOR fashion brands have launched their SS17 collections on Style.com. The luxury fashion e-commerce site, created by media powerhouse Condé Nast, is featuring the latest collections from brands such as Gucci, Malone Souliers and Christopher Kane.

Fashion powerhouse Gucci has kept its Italian roots and signature colours while reinstating the white tee as a prominent fashion piece for any wardrobe.

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Espousing the feminine chic for which it is renowned, Italian label Marni has applied a breezy European-inflected bohemianism with the application of ruffles and embroidery.

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While Chloé has continued with its delicate style with lace and chiffon included in its RTW collection.

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 Maintaining its elegant design and signature look, Valentino applies a modern twist to the classic trainer.

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by Alice Fiancet

All items and more are now available on Style.com

Longstaff Longstaff Presents Loungewear for Valentine’s Day

LUXURY brand Longstaff Longstaff offers a range of silk loungewear for Valentine’s Day. The collection includes silk robes, tunics, pyjamas and camisoles which are available in four different styles with each one first being designed on paper before being digitally prepared for printing on silk.

 

collage-2From left to right: Meadow pyjama blouse and shorts; Circles Pyjama blouse and trousers;
Lotus robe and Indigo trousers

Inspiration for the collection comes from founder Sophie Barnard’s Russian background. These roots, inherited through her mother, led her to develop a passion for fresh vibrant colours and decorative patterns such as those used by Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin and the costume designs of Leon Bakst. Also as a child Sophie loved dressing up and her dressing-up box was full of bearskin hats, sarafans and a beautiful kokoshnik, a traditional Russian head-dress, which also inform and influence her designs.

collageFrom left to right: Peppermint trousers, Lotus robe, Silver shorts

 

The brand, named after Sophie’s paternal grandmother, who was one of seven sisters all with the middle and surname Longstaff, is designed, sourced and manufactured in Britain. Sophie has always been captivated and inspired by the stories of elegant parties, wild adventures and handsome suitors from her grandmother and pays homage to the British eccentricity from her father’s heritage through her designs.

by Alice Fiancet

The Longstaff Longstaff collection can be found here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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African Torque earrings

by Alice Fiancet

The collection is available here

Jaeger Launches AW 2016 Campaign Featuring Sam Rollinson

BRITISH fashion brand Jaeger announces its new Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign launch, featuring British supermodel Sam Rollinson and shot by fashion photographer Boo George. The campaign takes an innovative, bold and contemporary approach which draws upon the brand’s founding principal.

Jaeger AW 2016 Campaign Featuring Sam Rollinson, Credit: Boo GeorgeJaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Bold, versatile and effortless, the collection is designed with a multi-faceted lifestyle in mind. The pieces reflect that of a contemporary urban explorer, resulting in an aesthetic that is fresh and authentic.

Jaeger AW 2016 Campaign Featuring Sam Rollinson, Credit: Boo George
Jaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Fronting the campaign is British model Sam Rollinson who embodies Jaeger’s new vision with her down-to-earth, level-headed  approach, giving her the engagement factor that is fundamental to the brand’s new campaign.

Jaeger AW 2016 Campaign Featuring Sam Rollinson, Credit: Boo GeorgeJaeger AW 2016 campaign featuring Sam Rollinson. Photograph: Boo George

Shooting Rollinson is revered New York-based fashion photographer Boo George who possesses the ability to translate high fashion campaigns in an approachable and accessible way.

The campaign launches alongside the collection in August.

by Rebecca Acres

Bulgari Donates to Terme di Caracalla’s Mosaic Floor Restoration

BULGARI’s CEO Jean-Christophe Babin and Rome’s Colosseo and archaeological superintendent, Franceso Prosperetti, have teamed up to announce the restoration of Terme di Caracalla’s polychrome mosaic floor in the western gymnasium.

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Terme di Caracalla. Photograph courtesy and copyright: Bulgari

Before restoration works began, the fine mosaic floor was obscured by fabric and soil to protect it from degradation. However, thanks to Bulgari’s donation the superintedency has been able to complete restoration works to the mosaic floor and will continue to fund the completion of additional restorative work.

To Bulgari the restoration is viewed as a tribute to a monument that has been the source of inspiration for the brand’s Divas’ Dream jewellery collection, whose motif resembles the pure and perfect lines of Terme di Caracalla’s mosaics.

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Jean-Christophe Babin. Photograph courtesy and copyright: Bulgari

Terme di Caracalla is regarded as an archeological jewel that reflects the grandeur of Rome’s history and fills the brand with pride. Therefore, Bulgari has renewed its support to an initiative that will return to Terme di Caracalla in the future.

by Rebecca Acres

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