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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.
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LFW AW16: palmer//harding

“This season we are exploring anonymity, looking to the accelerationist and situationist movement and vaporwave for inspiration, while the anti-digital aesthetic of Nathan Peter’s art work (which we started to explore last season) continues to filter into the colours and textures of the collection,” Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding.

palmer harding asymetric black shirt

palmer//harding are one of the most dynamic duos on the current British fashion scene. The Central St Martins graduates have launched their brand in 2012 and have since gone from strength to strength gaining worldwide recognition and loyal following from the fashionistas appreciating their sharp tailoring and redefining of the classics.

Their specific reverence of the shirt, which always forms a central part of all of their collections, have earned them their “the shirt of boys” nickname and their latest AW16 collection proves once more that they continue to reign in that department.

palmer harding suede skirt blue dress

Set in the underground show space of the Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury, their LFW16 presentation was meant to take the viewer on the journey of self evaluation. A simplistic set formed in its entirety out of wooden pallets was a creation of Lianna Fowler studio and made for a poignant backdrop for the collection which carries a warning but also messages of hope and urging for action.

palmer hardin orange oversize coat

Building on their customary statement shirt palmer//harding duo presented a collection that is traditionally comprised of easy to wear classic with duo’s signature twist that makes each garment stand out in the crowd. Boxy silhouettes and light layering lend to the notions of anonymity and empowerment which led the designers on their latest creative journey.

Inspired by the vaporwave movement they have created a collection that is “ultimately about protecting ourselves fro the modern onslaught – and empowering individuals – by concealing our identity through layers, amour – inspired pieces and literally covering up.”

Sleek pieces created with superb craftsmanship furthermore feature cropped sleeves and trousers, cinched waists and asymmetric hems which have become synonymous with palmer//harding name. Wraparound skirts and statement flowing shirts and oversized coats complete the selection and confirm its status as timeless declaration against raging capitalism breaking societies and leaving us vulnerable and alienated.

palmer harding khaki trousers

The designer’s also reached to modern art for their colour palette and textures. Contemporary painter Nathan Peter have become their inspiration that resulted in appointing yellow, black, white, brown, dusty blue and coral for the collection’s key colours. They used cotton poplin, melange and micro cords with support from cotton – blend organdie checks and lightweight wools for their shirts and velvets mixed with more cotton in the skirts and trousers. Already diversely textured selection was furthermore enriched with patchwork pony, shearling and melton wools in the outerwear.

palmer harding black shirt patched skirt

The collection’s show styling was completed with jewellery designed in collaboration with Sian Evans and shoes provided by Duccio Venturi Bottier.

by Magda Pirowska

Images courtesy of WeAreVillage

British Fashion Council Announces Designer Showrooms Schedule for LFW AW16

The British Fashion Council has announced the designers showcasing in the Designer Showrooms – including ready-to-wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms – and the features that will be available at the Brewer Street venue.

ROKH
ROKH by Rok Hwang for AW16

Visitors to the showrooms will be able to familiarise themselves with collections from 45 designers showing for the first time. Imaginative design, the blending of various techniques and exceptional craftsmanship will be presented by the knitwear designers such as Caitlin Charles-Jones (on of  Vogue Talent’s Ones to Watch and a participant in Boden’s Future British scheme in partnership with the BFC), Yakshi Malhotra, Laura Theiss and Sabinna.

TeijaA look by Teija AW16

Further brands such as Teija, ROKH (by Rok Hwang) and designer Samuel Dougal will be showcasing their sharp, detailed tailoring while  NATALIEBCOLEMAN, Tommy Zhong and Leanne Claxton will show pieces that apply that quality with the use of their unique, tailor-made fabrics. No.288 and Ellis White will be presenting their new footwear collections.

Claire BarrowA look by Claire Barrow AW16

Displays at the Showroom will also include an installation by BFC’s talent identification scheme NEWGEN sponsored by Topshop and a pop-up showroom for this season’s NEWGEN designers: Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams as well as this season’s One-To-Watch Roberta Einer.

Roberta EinerLooks from Roberta Einer’s AW16 collection

BFC’s fine jewellery and millinery initiatives will be presenting the finest of accessories design from Emma Yeo, Harvy Santos, Keely Hunter and Sophie Beale – Headonism in a space co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE – Ana De Costa, Beth Gilmour, COMPLETEDWORKS, Jacqueline Cullen, Lily Kamper, Ornella Iannuzzi, Rachel Boston, Ruifier, Shimell and Madden and Yunus & Eliza – Rock Vault in a space co-curated by Stephen Webster MBE.

COMPLETEDWORKSA piece by COMPLETEDWORKS

Camilla Elphick

Shoes by Camilla Elphick AW16

Established brands returning to the showrooms this season include Camilla Elphick as well as Eudon Choi, Fleet Ilya, Fyodor Golan, Georgia Hardinge, Holly Fulton, Loxley England, Phoebe Coleman, Stephen Jones Millinery, William Chambers Millinery and Zoë Jordan.

Harvy Santos
Harvy Santos

Elsewhere Scoop London will be as usual presenting their womenswear trade show at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.

NATALIEBCOLEMANNatalie B Coleman AW16

More pop-ups will be located at Brewer Street Car Park. Accredited guests will be able to visit Sunglass Hut and personalize their House of Holland LFW tote and get a customised sunglass case. The work and lounge spaces available to the visitors include: Press and Buyers Lounge by American Express x The Store, pop – up HIX Café by renowned chef Mark Hix, Maybelline New York Lounge and salon by TONI&GUY with label.m offering instant style refreshers.

by Magda Pirowska

London Fashion Week runs from February 19-23.
Concierge Amex Insiders and Swatch Timeline will be helping the visitors to navigate the space and stay up to date with all shows and schedules.
For the full pop-up schedule visit LFW website