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Graduate Fashion Foundation Holds Reception at the Houses of Parliament

LAST month the Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week, collaborated with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT) to host a reception at the Houses of Parliament. The event showcased a selection of award-winning graduate work and introduced young designers to fashion industry leaders.

Graduate Abisola Akanni with her work. Photograph courtesy: Stefan Jakubowski

Attendees included established designers, Company CEOs, Directors, Buyers, HR and PR teams and a selection of VIP guests, as well as representatives from organisations such as the British Fashion Council, Business of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.

The charity’s sponsors and Trustees were also present alongside Global Ambassadors Henry Holland, Holly Fulton, Mandi Lennard, Caryn Franklin MBE, Ian R Webb and Gareth Pugh.

Claire Tagg and Caryn Franklin MBE. Photograph courtesy: Stefan Jakubowski

The reception was opened by host Damian Collins, MP, Chairman of The Culture, Media and Sports Committee. Further speeches by Hilary Alexander OBE, the charity’s Industry Trustee, Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT, and Mark Newton-Jones, the charity’s chairman and CEO of Mothercare outlined the positive impact of the charity and Graduate Fashion Week on graduate’s careers. They further highlighted the importance of its key sponsors Swarovski, Marks & Spencer, Tu at Sainsbury’s, Clarks and Smartfocus.

Gareth Pugh at the Houses of Parliament event. Photograph courtesy: Nicholas Kristiansen

Guests at the Houses of Parliament event. Photograph courtesy: Nicholas Kristiansen

Mark also announced the launch of the Graduate Fashion Week Protégé Project, a mentoring scheme designed to support a selection of graduates for two years after the completion of their degrees, as well as a new series of masterclasses in collaboration with partner universities.

by Rosie Byers

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 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.


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.


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