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Clergerie debut SS18 Collection

THE SS18 collection from Clergerie is here and includes everything from sliders and lace-up sandals to wedges and trainers.  Look no further than the Parisian brand when shopping for your summer shoe wardrobe; Clergerie has it all.

Here is a selection of some of our favourites from the collection:


Lendy – Mule in water-repellent lambskin.

Walter – Mule in Handwoven raffia on a rubber sole


Wallis – Mule in denim and rubber


Zoots – open-toe ankle boot in stretch denim

Youla – Mule in polished calfskin and nickel studs

Figlouc  – studded sandal with removable ankle strapSalvy – Sneaker in raffia fabric, lycra and calfskin.

Prim –  Platform sandal in calfskin.

Asier – Mule in laser-cut patent calfskin.

by Daisy Sewell

To see the collection in full and shop the above selection, click here.

Accessories Company Rae Feather Named a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow

LUXURY accessories brand, Rae Feather, has been named as a Walpole 2018 Brand of Tomorrow, the organisation’s flagship development programme. Through this programme Walpole, the body for the British luxury industry, selects 12 innovative British luxury brands to be part of a year-long programme of workshops and mentoring, helping to develop their business skills and foster their growth. This is achieved through a pairing system, wherein each brand is partnered with an experienced UK luxury executive from whom they receive a year of personal mentoring and one-to-one coaching.

The transference of skills and the growth of mutually beneficial relationships within the luxury industry are the core aims of the Brands of Tomorrow scheme. Its objectives are not limited to Britain and the luxury sector either, but instead are aimed at helping the wider business economy to prosper.

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Rae Feather’s brand ethos is grounded in the idea of bringing joy to the simply things in life. They are well-known around the world for their woven baskets and clutches, for which they offer the addition of hand painted, monogrammed initials.

The Brands of Tomorrow programme is now in its 11th year, with some of its graduates including Orlebar Brown, Charlotte Olympia, Nyetimber, Bremont and Emilia Wickstead, while past mentors include senior executives from Selfridges, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Harrods and Oliver Sweeney.

by Daisy Sewell

Pat McGrath Receives Isabella Blow Award at Fashion Awards

BRITISH make-up artist Pat McGrath MBE received the Isabella Blow Award at the Fashion Awards 2017 this week. The award gives recognition to the most inspirational and creative in the fashion industry and this year it celebrated the extraordinary input and artistic innovation of the revered Pat McGrath.

Pat-McGrath-fashion awardPat McGrath. Photograph: Ben Hassett

Fashion and beauty were her childhood passions, and with no formal training, McGrath has become one of the most  influential make-up artists working today. Most notable are McGrath’s contributions to runway make-up looks shown on the catwalks of London, Paris, New York and Milan, along with ongoing editorial work for many fashion brands and publications, constantly changing and challenging the norm.

The award recognised McGrath’s exceptional achievement in the launching of her brand Path McGrath Labs. Described by British Vogue as “The most influential make-up artist in the world”, the award demonstrates the continual growth and progress McGrath brings to the fashion and beauty world.

by Daisy Sewell

Tickets Announced For New Designers 2017, Business Design Centre

NEW DESIGNERS, UK’s most important trade exhibition for emerging talent which open to the public, has announced  that tickets are now available for this year’s show. Now in its 32nd edition, New Designers is one of the most prominent industry shows thanks to its unique blend of design education, consumers and industry all mixed together to celebrate emerging talent. Taking place this June at the Business Design Centre, Islington,  the event is renowned for kick-starting the careers by providing a promotional platform for young creatives.

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Divided into two parts, the exhibition introduces over 3,000 design graduates to the wider public and also gives the visitors the chance to purchase their creations.

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The first three days will present the latest talent in textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery and metalwork, ceramics and glass and contemporary design crafts. The following days will feature exhibitors in the disciplines of furniture, product and industrial design, spatial design and interiors, graphic design, illustration, animation, motion and digital arts.

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As New Designers’ organisers strive to show completely new content each year, and also includes a One Year On retrospective presenting the progress of  exhibitors from previous years.

by Magda McCrimmon

New Designers  is on from June 28 until July 8, 2017

Tickets are now available  here

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.

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


DROMe Presents SS17 Campaign and Pre-Collection Lookbook

ITALIAN fashion brand Drome has released its latest advertising campaign and pre-collection lookbook, which features its designer Marianna Rosati’s thoroughly original designs as represented by American-born photographer Brianna Copozzi.

Drome SS17 © Drome

The campaign was shot around Union Square, New York City, and begins to feature across international media later this month.

Drome SS17 © Drome

The focus of Tuscan-born Rosati’s SS17 line is the experimental manipulation of leather – shaped, distorted, coloured and styled in new and highly innovative ways as a means to showcase its beauty, functionality and sheer versatility. Rosati nods to both biker gear and sportswear – which have always employed leather extensively in their designs – but explores its potential beyond traditional uses, envisioning new forms and creating new purposes for the material, manifest in pastel-hued frilled blouses, metallic frayed skirts and bell-sleeve dresses to name but a few.

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Her collection is interpreted by Capozzi, whose dynamic work has appeared in publications such as Pop Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Purple Fashion Magazine and i-D, throughout which feminist themes and their place within contemporary pop culture prevail.

Drome SS17 © Drome

by Hannah Bergin

The collection is available at Drone online

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.

ESMOD Berlins Holds Open Day for the Public and Prospective Students

THE prominent ESMOD Berlin International Academy of Fashion opens its doors to give the public and potential pupils an opportunity to gain an insight into its unique programmes and projects.

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The day-long event will allow the visitors to familiarise themselves with ESMOD flagship international courses, including distinctive postgraduate Master of Arts Sustainability in Fashion, as well as view alumni’s projects and exhibitions incorporating the collaborations with fashion industry leaders.

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Tutors, course advisors as well as enrolled students will be on hand to discuss the details of all available degrees as well as the pioneering Focus – the brand new extra-curricular course programme starting in February.

by Magda Pirowska 

The event is taking place on Saturday February 4 between 10am and 4pm.
Further details can be found 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.


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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.

British Luxury Shirt Brand In-Grid Studio to Release New Campaign

IN-GRID STUDIO, a British company focused on creating highest quality white shirts for women, is launching a new campaign next month.

in-grid-new-campaign-black-and-white-front-full-lenghtIn-Grid studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay

In line with the brand’s simple and direct mission statement, “We make white shirts. For women”, the new campaign represents self-assured femininity with much poise.

in-grid-new-campaign-satin-detail-close-upA look from the In-Grid Studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay

The brand was established by business and life partners Katie Timothy and Adam Barclay and is an embodiment of details-driven design combined with the ideals of minimalism and reduction. Both contribute different qualities into their collaborative work. Katie is a  former ballerina who studied fashion design at the prestigious University of the Creative Arts  (UCA) in the UK before interning at Roksanda, Celine and Matches. Katie brings an acute sense of the dynamic of textiles as well as the importance of classic design. While Adam’s expertise in graphic design and a longstanding fascination of the art of making images adds another element to In Grid Studio.

in-grid-new-campaign-back-and-sleeve-detailIn-Grid Studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay

Through their crisp, beautifully functional shirts the In-Grid Studio team combine minimalistic luxury “based on the the principle of reduction” and with the aim of saying as much as they can in fashion using as few elements as possible.

in-grid-new-campaign-white-shirt-black-and-whiteA look from the latest In-Grid Studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay


Despite only having been established for just over a year, the brand has already gained industry recognition and will be showcasing at the Paper Mache Tiger during the forthcoming Paris Fashion Week.

by Magda Pirowska

In-Grid Studio shirts are available for purchase directly from here