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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

By Hannah Bergin

Philippe Pfeiffer Opens his Goldsmith Atelier In Spitalfields, London

THE Swiss goldsmith, Philippe Pfeiffer, who relocated his flourishing atelier from Zurich to trendy Spitalfields in London’s East End last year, has launched a new summer collection. Tucked away on a discreet corner of Artillery Lane, his new premises occupy an historic site where the artisans of the 18th century silk-weaving industry once resided. Pfeiffer is a bespoke jewellery designer of extraordinary talent who combines precious stones with untraditional materials to create dramatic one-off pieces and stunning collections.

Pfeiffer’s work, which is hand-crafted at his workshop on the same premises, attracts a predominantly German clientele but his designs also appeal to the French who are drawn to his distinctly bold and modish pieces. Pfeiffer also reinterprets vintage jewellery into sophisticated contemporary pieces but, as he explains,

“I want to be a witness of our time, and as much as I like antique and Victorian jewellery, I don’t want to copy it.”

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonFrom the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

At street level, spectacular displays twinkle seductively from the cabinets but the origin of their intriguing journey begins downstairs. From every corner, surface and drawer of Pfeiffer’s workshop, a myriad of peculiarities abound. It is here that sharks’ teeth, fossilised dinosaur bones, trilobites, coral and other barnacled relics fuel the more experimental side of his work.

Fascinated by textures, the designer gleans much of his inspiration from nature, chance finds in French flea markets or on his travels to Africa and Brazil. His fabulous tarnished silver necklace of grey Fijian pearls clearly shows an intrigue in effects of corrosion too. Pfeiffer produces sketches for his commissioned designs but considers that prototypes are more useful to clients, “The nicest is being able to put something physical on your finger and you feel it and it is going to be exactly that,” he says.

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonRing in white gold with South Sea pearl, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and tsavorites.
From the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

He firmly believes that a big personality is not prerequisite for wearing his  more flamboyant rings which he describes waggishly as “chunky”.  His wedding rings for men are also striking and equally substantial. Trimmed with brilliant cut diamonds, they are made with Aluflex, the very stuff of Ferraris and racing boats.

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonRing in white gold with lemon chrysoprase and moonstone.
From the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

According to Pfeiffer, heirlooms are no longer popular as women simply do not want to wear their mothers’ jewellery. He explains that in the age of mass-production, preferences have changed and occasionally he is asked to copy costume jewellery, “People go, I’ve got this beautiful piece and it’s not real. I’d like it in the real thing, how much is that going to cost?”

A visit to this wonderful atelier will reveal all.

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonFrom the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

by Miranda Charalambous

From the Sea, Summer Collection 2017 which is available from Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, 52 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS

Tel: +44 (0) 207 377 9722
Mobile: +44 (0) 734 155 6937

Email: info@philippepfeiffer.com

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery is open during weekdays from 11am to 7pm, and at weekends by appointment.

Front page image: Philippe Pfeiffer outside his atelier in Spitalfields, London. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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

V & A Museum Releases Tickets for Pioneering Balenciaga Exhibition

THE VICTORIA and Albert Museum has announced the innovative Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition that will open this spring. Focusing on exploring Balenciaga’s continuous creative impact the showcase will dissect his most prolific period – the 1950s and ‘60s. Showcasing 100 garments, 20 hats and numerous archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage the retrospective will offer a unique insight into the working life of Cristobal Balenciaga, one of the most influential designers in modern history.

CIS:T.435-1985La Tulipe evening dress, gazar, Balenciaga for EISA, Spain, 1965 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The first of its kind exhibition will also feature a fascinating study of the designer’s creations, conducted with the use of xray technology which V&A has deployed in order to scrutinise some of Balenciaga’s most famous pieces. The images have been created by Nick Veasey and then digitalised and animated with the help of London College of Fashion students.

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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will present designer’s own pieces alongside those of his protégées as well as contemporary designers who emulate his working ethics and are inspired by him, including works by Molly Goddard, Demna Gvasalia and J.W. Anderson.

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by Magda McCrimmon

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion runs from May 27,  2017 – February 18, 2018.
Tickets and further details are available here.

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.

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

London Ethnic Celebrates the Capital’s Talent during London Fashion Week

LONDON-based fashion label and marketing agency, London Ethnic has announced its London Fashion Week event. A celebration of the capital’s design talent, the London Ethnic’s party will once again take place during the most important fashion event in the capital. Participating labels include Urban Rots Eco, Louise Coleman and Amelia as well as other rising stars on London’s fashion scene.

 

london-ethnic-ss15-showBackstage at London Ethnic’s LFW SS15 event, September 2014 at Kensington Roof Gardens

 

The event is a combination of catwalk shows and an opportunity to meet like-minded industry professionals, designers and other creatives.

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This year the showcase will be hosted by  Chelsea club Vaudeville on Friday, 16 September. The early reception starts at 6.30pm and the event will continue throughout the evening until late with an after-party until 2.30am featuring DJ Andy Purnell.

by Magda Pirowska

Tickets are available now from emergingdesignersshowcaseforlfw.eventbrite.co.uk
Please use the voucher code: LondonEthnic16S16 for 50 per cent off the price of tickets (limited availability). The tickets cost £15-£50.

Luxury Knitwear Brand Delam Introduces First Collection

RECENT addition to the world of luxury knitwear, Delam stands out of the crowd due to its uniqueness. Founded by Lili Di Michele, the brand focuses on two qualities striving to make them its signature – high quality and timeless design.

Delam Yasi maxi sweaterA Delam Yasi long-sleeved shawl

The brand is ultimately a product of two countries – Italy and ancient Persia – as it combines the finest quality materials sourced from the former with the traditional manufacturing methods of the latter to arrive at its final striking results.

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Owner and designer of the brand, Di Michele has drawn her inspiration from the conventional Persian textiles – especially tribal rugs called Gabbeh. Their rich texture and vibrant colours have inspired her to explore the ancient hand – dying art of the Persian nomadic women. Her travels to the modern-day Iran have deepened her passion for the unique woven techniques and organic, local production and the idea of Delam, meaning “my heart” in old Persian, was born.

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The brand uses the finest Italian cashmere yarns, which in its basic untreated form travel to Southern Iran to be then hand-dyed by specialist craftsmen. The dyes used to treat yarns are derived form local plants and roots, such as pomegranate skin and walnut husks, and made according to ancient recipes that have been developed and improved over the centuries. This organic process ensures that the resulting colours are entirely natural as well intricately inconsistent lending the materials their signature individuality. In the words of the designers, “Each piece is as unique as the person wearing it.”

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The pieces take their final shape back in Italy where they are knitted into their elegant and timeless designs. Due to their highest quality and classic patterns Delam knitwear fits perfectly with the recent worldwide trend taking the dressing habits of sophisticated men and women by storm – wardrobing – pieces that withstand constant wear and last for generations.

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Delam knitwear is available online via their website website as well as in flagship store in west London.

by Magda Pirowska

Exclusive Givenchy Essentials Range for Japanese Store Isetan

LEGENDARY French label Givenchy has teamed up with luxury department store in Tokyo to create a unique homage to Japanese culture.

GIVENCHY KOBE LOOKGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

Isetan – the destination for all things fashionable and luxurious – has been long at the cutting edge of Japanese fashion. Located in the Shinjuku district, it makes for a perfect match with Givenchy’s effortless style which marries cool with timeless.

GIVENCHY FLORAL MANGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

Designed as a tribute to Japanese culture, the capsule collection showcases the signature aesthetics of Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. Building on the traditional ample, geometric silhouettes and graphic prints Tisci incorporated the modern mood of the Japanese streets – playful and elegantly flamboyant. The resulting ready-to-wear collection carries his signature star motifs across the range and natural penchant for bringing the taste of haute couture to everyday wear.

GIVENCHY FULL SREET LOOKGivenchy Essentials by Riccardo Tisci for Isetan Tokyo

Consisting of men’s and women’s wear items, as well as footwear and accessories, the exclusive range contrasts classic Givenchy’s effortless opulence with traditional Japanese themes drawing on nature, especially the ever-present florals. Juxtaposed against the sensational style of modern Japanese fashionistas, the collection forms a complete testimony to continuing brilliance of the country’s culture.

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by Magda Pirowska

The Givenchy Essentials range will be exclusively available to purchase at the brand’s pop-up store at Isetan Shinjuku 13 from September 7 until 13.