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Graduate Fashion Week Launch Protégé Project, Showcasing Graduate Talent

THE PROTÈGÈ PROJECT launched by Graduate Fashion Week, an event hosted in London each June, aims to aid and support award winners and BA fashion graduates enter into the industry.

Graduate Fashion Week managing and creative director, Martyn Roberts, and acclaimed fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE, will give masterclasses at universities across the country to educate and guide students, assisting them in creating strong and consistent portfolios and collections. The masterclasses also hope to show current fashion students how GFW can support their careers within the fashion industry.

i1ctClaire Tagg, Graduate Collection 2017, UCA Rochester

Creative Claire Tagg, M&S Womenswear Award runner up and Daniel Rynne, Debenhams Menswear Award winner both participated in GFW17. Give interviews detailing their successes and aspirations for the next steps in their careers and their work with major British fashion retailers.

i2drDaniel Rynne, Graduate Collection 2017, photo by Jack Mitchell and Daniel Rynne

This October, Graduate Fashion Week will be taking 11 graduates, including award winners to Fashion Forward Dubai, the Middle East’s largest fashion event. There, the designers will present their collections to an audience of international fashion devotees.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Front Page Image: Claire Tagg, Graduate Collection 2017, UCA Rochester

View Graduate Fashion Week Masterclass dates here

See interviews, images, and videos here

Graduate Fashion Week 2018 will showcase at the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, East London from June 3-6 2018

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


BFC Announce Fashion Awards 2017 with Swarovski

THE British Fashion Council have announced that The Fashion Awards 2017 will be returning to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London this December. The annual event celebrates fashion excellence with outstanding individuals and business, both British and international, taking centre stage and recognising their contributions to the global fashion industry.

The BFC’s Education Foundation is funded primarily by The Fashion Awards. The premise of the awards is securing the future for the next generation of fashion talent but to also celebrate current leaders and their exceptional contributions to the industry. Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of The British Fashion Council, said, “Last year’s awards marked a landmark moment for the Education Foundation; it has been fantastic to see our industry reaffirm its support for education with such generosity.”  Thanking one of their main sponsors, Rush continued, “Swarovski have set the bar with their incredibly generous donation to this year’s fundraising efforts.”

gigiGigi Hadid and Donatella Versace backstage at The Fashion Awards 2016.
Photograph: Greg Williams, British Fashion Council

The Fashion Awards 2016 raised £700,000. The BFC Education Foundation received £300,00, with £400,00 invested in NEWGEN business support and the BFC Colleges Council. To date, the foundation has given over £100,000 to 12 BA and MA scholarships, in the last academic year. BFC Chairman Dame Natalie Massenet MBE said, “Last year we set the goal of raising £10million in 10 years to educate talented young people”.

Swarovski, acclaimed Austrian crystal producers, continue their generous support of the educational foundation, in advance of the event, pledging £300,000. Nadja Swarovski, of the Swarovski Executive Board stated, “An essential part of Swarovski’s mission is to nurture young designers and invest in the next generation of fashion talent.” Donations from Swarovski and those of some of the most esteemed British brands help maintain the future success of the industry for the next generation due to the impact of rising living expenses and tuition fees.

jadenEdward Enninful OBE, Jaden Smith and Skepta backstage at The Fashion Awards last year.
Photograph: Greg Williams, British Fashion Council

The event will be attended by designers, brands, creatives, business leaders, investors, media, VIPs, students and the general public. The ceremony not only recognises designers but to also diverse and talented individuals and their contributions to fashion. Nominations and winners are to be voted for by a panel of 2,000 international, key figures from across the fashion industry.

The categories for this year’s awards are as follows:
Accessories Designer
British Designer – Menswear
British Designer – Womenswear
British Emerging Talent – Menswear
British Emerging Talent – Womenswear
Business Leader
Designer of the Year
Model of the Year
Urban Luxury Brand

Special recognition awards are also to be presented on the night for the categories: the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Swarovski Award for Positive Change and the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.

by Pierra George-Robertson

The The Fashion Awards 2017  take place on December 4

The event partners are Swarovski, American Express and Mercedes Benz

American Express offer card holders 72-hour pre-sale for The Fashion Awards 2017 from August 15. General sale is from August 18. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster

Make a donation to The Fashion Awards.

Acqua di Parma Opens its First Boutique in the USA

ITALIAN fragrance and lifestyle brand Acqua di Parma, has celebrated its 100-year anniversary by opening its first  boutique in the US. The brand, known for its most refined Italian style, which was only available through select shop-in-shops, selected Miami as its first location in the USA, due to the city’s celebrated art, design and culture.

screen-shot-2017-01-14-at-18-02-33Acqua di Parma Boutique Miami

The store, situated in the new Brickell City Centre in the heart of Miami, invites customers to an ultimate Italian experience, based on tradition and heritage.

The 1,000 square feet boutique is designed to evoke a sense of an elegant Italian home while paying the utmost attention to detail. The Miami store has been outfitted with the brand’s signature design characterised by Calacatta marble and dark Wenge wood harmonising with the classic yellow Acqua di Parma-coloured walls. Visitors to the store can walk through the Acqua di Parma universe from the men’s fragrance area through to the lifestyle area.

screen-shot-2017-01-14-at-18-02-41Inside Acqua di Parma Miami


The boutique also features a luxurious barbershop where customers can enjoy the ritual of shaping reminiscent of a classic Italian barbershop. Shaving and skincare products from the Collezione Barber have been crease to accompany the work of a skilled, expert barber.


screen-shot-2017-01-14-at-18-02-18Inside the Acqua di Parma boutique Miami

To celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, Acqua di Parma has created a sophisticated selection of fragrances inspired by three operas – La Traviata, Turandot and Alda.

by Alice Fiancet

Acqua di Parma  701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130, United States

Jasper Conran Launches Eyewear Collection

BRITISH fashion designer Jasper Conran has launched a new collection of eyewear for SS17. The range includes 24 designs encompassing both men’s and women’s style. The collection is set to include a range of colours as well as the classic tortoiseshell style for both men and women.

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-18-55-54Jasper Conran men’s eyewear for SS17

Conran has been designing since 1978 when he launched his first womenswear collection in New York. Since beginning his career, Conran has diversified from womenswear into all areas of fashion as well as interior design and the performing arts.

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-18-56-01Jasper Conran women’s eyewear

In 2008, Conran was awarded an OBE for his services to retail and has had his collections stocked in Debenhams and Boots for many years.

by Alice Fiancet

ESMOD Berlin Holds 2016 Graduate Show and Awards Event

THE ANNUAL graduation event held by fashion and design university Esmod took place last week at the imposing former industrial hall Loewe Saal with the occasion introducing 52 new designer alumni to the fashion world.

The BA Graduation Show DSRPTN – a bespoke abbreviation for disruption – is a celebration of the emerging talent anticipated to shape the future of the industry. The day traditionally attracts substantial crowds and revolves around two main fashion shows – the afternoon one accessible to all and members of the public and the evening event being an exclusive affair including an award ceremony.

The evening event saw an elite international jury made up of industry professionals assessing top 21 collections of ESMOD graduates. Responsible for granting accolades in three categories the 2016 jury comprised of: Herbert Hofmann, Creative Director and Buyer, VOO Store; Clare Langhammer, Owner and Founder, Fake PR;
 Nicolás Santos, Art Director, Interview Magazine;
 Toby Grimditch, Fashion Director, DANSK Magazine; Iris Krüger, Creative Pattern Cutter, Stella McCartney; Andrei Amado, Designer Women’s Wear, Salvatore Ferragamo; Lilly Heine, Textile development, CÉLINE;
Tomas C Toth, Stylist; 
Marlis Zeitler, ESMOD Paris;
 Felix Chabluk Smith, Designer Women’s Wear, Paris; 
Yvonne Laufer, Designer Women’s Wear, Paris.

The judges have evaluated the main collections rich in colours, unique forms, brilliant prints and innovative silhouettes.

The illustrious Prix Createur for the most outstanding collection was awarded to Gina Laumanns.

Graduate student GINA LAUMANNS presenting her collection in the evening show before the International Jury at the DSRPTN - ESMOD Berlin Bachelor Graduate Shows 2016 at Loewe Saal, on 22nd October 2016 in Berlin - (C) ESMOD Berlin / Michael WittigGina Laumanns. Photograph: ESMOD Berlin/Michael Wittig

The Prix du Jury (Jury Prize) was presented to Anina May.

Graduate student AMINA MAYR presenting her collection in the evening show before the International Jury at the DSRPTN - ESMOD Berlin Bachelor Graduate Shows 2016 at Loewe Saal, on 22nd October 2016 in Berlin - (C) ESMOD Berlin / Michael WittigAmina May. Photograph: ESMOD Berlin/Michael Wittig

Finally the Aigulle D’or (The Golden Needle – a symbol of great achievement) was awarded to Max Rabe.


Graduate student MAX RABE presenting his collection in the evening show before the International Jury at the DSRPTN - ESMOD Berlin Bachelor Graduate Shows 2016 at Loewe Saal, on 22nd October 2016 in Berlin - (C) ESMOD Berlin / Michael WittigMax Rabe. Photograph: ESMOD Berlin/Michael Wittig

by Magda Pirowska

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

Essential Style: Interview with David Altow and Marco Tomasi of Strellson


Strellson SS3A Strellson look from their AW15 collection

SWISS brand Strellson has made a name for itself over the past 30 years for its elegant menswear. Founded in 1984, Strellson was created by former Hugo Boss owners Uwe and Jochen Holy. They had a vision to design stylish, structural menswear that was classic yet fashion forward. As the brand enters its fourth decade, it is undergoing healthy and interesting growth. In 2016, the brand plans to deepen its presence in the United States, including being newly stocked at Saks 5th Avenue at Tysons Galleria in Washington, DC.

We caught up with David Altow, Strellson’s Fashion Director, and Marco Tomasi, the Strellson Creative Director, during the opening event for this new location to get more insight into their creative inspiration.

Strellson SS4David Altow, Strellson’s Fashion Director

David Altow

What defines the Strellson brand? What sets a Strellson consumer apart from others?
Clarity. If we had to sum it all up in one word, it would be that one. From the cut of our suits, the air in Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance up to the way we work. Clarity is what we strive for, what we exemplify, in things both simple and complex. It is difficult to achieve, but it is no coincidence. It comes from values. From work. From attitude. We are Strellson. We come from Switzerland. We create fashion for men who go their own way.

The Strellson consumer is not so different from others. He insists on high quality garments that speak to his lifestyle. Clothes that he can “live” in whether formal or casual.

The world of menswear has evolved a lot – quite positively – over the past few years. What is your take on the current state of men’s fashion around the world? What further work is there still to do from an industry perspective?
Men’s fashion has attained a level of sophistication and functionality not seen in many years. Men, both young and old, are far more informed about fashion now compared to the past. Globally, men’s fashion designers and manufacturers are able to anticipate, assess and address the trends in their markets and, equally as important, the trends in foreign markets as well.

With the importance of ecommerce and social media I believe the industry as a whole needs to continue finding new, relevant ways to reach the consumer. Advertisements, now more than ever, must get the brand message across to the consumer clearly so the consumer immediately knows what the brand stands for and why it is right for that consumer’s lifestyle.

Strellson SS1A Strellson look from their AW15 collection

Washington, DC is very excited to have Strellson now so close. What is it about the DC market and the male shopper that works for the Strellson brand?
I had the pleasure of meeting many shoppers at the Saks Fifth Avenue Tyson’s II location in McLean, VA and each had different needs and wants when it comes to fashion. I consider them to be a good cross section of our target demographic in the DC, MD and VA market. Whether they are looking for casual apparel or want to step up their tailored wardrobe, Strellson was able to address their needs. Yes, the DC male shopper and market work for Strellson but, more importantly, Strellson works for them!

Who/what are your favorite designers or brands?
I admire many designers in different areas of fashion. I admire the way they create their signature looks and how innovation and continuity are so important to the DNA of their brands.

On a personal level, from whom do you take inspiration?
I have been fortunate to know and work with some very talented and inspirational people. Professionally, I am inspired by our Creative Director, Marco Tomasi. He has a very logical and meaningful way of designing and presenting fashion. Personally, I take inspiration from my family. How my children handle the challenges and triumphs of everyday life is enough to inspire anyone!

Strellson SS2Marco Tomasi, Strellson Creative Director,

Marco Tomasi

How you keep innovating the Strellson aesthetic? Is it a challenge to keep designs modern and a little edgy while still allowing for the functionality required from a man’s wardrobe?
Every season we start by focusing on the core of the Strellson brand and by putting it under close scrutiny. To us, continuity means evolution and innovation. It’s our duty to devote ourselves to the design and development of the future. To evoke a man’s need, he didn’t know he had in the first place.

This can be a balancing act, but our history has shown that many of those ideas, considered to be “over the edge”, are now an essential component of the Strellson collection.

What is the main vision behind the Strellson AW15 collection?
The Strellson collection for AW2015 is dedicated to the topic “Conjunction“. It stands for fashion being a unifying element in many areas of social development, and on the other hand, social development being an influential factor in fashion as well.

by Jessica Quillin

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