London// Scottish Designer Showroom.

Some of my readers will remember this post where I discussed three Scottish labels having their first showroom during London Fashion Week.

Well, since we were in London anyway, Aymee and I decided to see if we could find it and have a look up close of some real design talent!

The showroom was lovely and cosy and one of the designers, Iona Crawford, had a chat with us as we admired the collections.

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IONA CRAWFORD

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Iona Crawford had gorgeous prints, they were very geometric and contemporary. Obviously check patterns are a huge trend at the moment, but she’s made the trend her own by disjointing the check pattern and marbling it. I think this makes the print a lot more flattering and wearable, as well as making something new and unique to her label. Kaleidoscope patterns also featured, as well as this too darn gorgeous scarf which was my favourite piece – it’s my favourite owl and it looks so grumpy and cute! You guys must know by now how much I love owls. Paired with quality finishing and a really flattering cut, the collection as a whole was really desirable.

 

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Sparkles! Who doesn’t love Bebaroque? There were a lot of floral and baroque styles, which really complimented the materials. The collection was really girly and exciting. My friend Aymee, who is the biggest fan of Bebaroque (and gorgeous tights generally) I know, was so happy to see these designs, we both love what these girls are making.

BELINDA ROBERTSON CASHMERE

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Super soft, totally luxurious, the materials in this collection are of the highest quality and you can tell this is of the utmost importance to the designer. Beautiful black jersey pieces were perfect wardrobe staples. There were some lovely geometric shapes and quirky techniques there too to keep things interesting, but the real selling point was just how gorgeous everything felt!

The showroom is open until the 25th February. Special thanks to Iona Crawford for showing us around and letting us take photos.

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London// Mary Katrantzou Showcase.

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My fab friend Aymee won passes to London Fashion Week to see Mary Katrantzou and she asked me to come along (love her). So we spent our Valentines day away from our lovely boyfriends back home in Scotland, while we explored London – very romantic it was too!

We were very lucky to be quite early to the showcase, as by the time we got into the venue, there was quite a queue! We were given a complimentary glass of champagne while we waited, and Aymee looked fabulous:

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Our keen-bean sensibilities paid of and we ended up being in the front row. The showcase included a catwalk viewing of two previous collections and a video of Mary Katrantzou discussing her latest collection, as well as a backstage video explaining the models looks and how they were achieved. It was really exciting and very much worth the visit. I loved seeing Katrantzous designs up close, with their vivid colours and movement. We got cute goodie bags with beauty products to take home too.

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Obviously smug on the front row!

London.

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So I am back from my trip to London – unfortunately, I’ve brought a really horrible flu with me that has left me exhausted for the past two days! I will write up my adventures soon, in the meantime I will be resting and drinking lemsips!

The International Woolmark Prize.

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(Dion Lee and his entry garment for the International Woolmark Prize).

I’m so excited about the International Woolmark Prize. The designers nominated this year are Dion Lee (Austrailia), Ban Xiao Xue (China), Christian Wijnants (Europe), Pankaj & Nidhi (India), DressedUndressed (Japan) and Sophie Theallet (USA).

My favourite is the Dion Lee design. Grey and black, it has no colour but a beautiful cut and some lovely textural details make it anything but drab. Dion Lee is such an exciting designer, he always creates beautiful pieces that are really easy to mix and match.

Who is your favourite to win the Woolmark Prize?

More information is available at: http://www.woolmarkprize.com/

I recommend a browse on the site for info on the designers including really great videos where they discuss their work and ideas, and also to find out more about the prize and who is judging!

RGU Grays Fashion + Textiles Pre-Degree Show.

Congrats to the Fashion and Textiles departments at RGU Grays! The talented bunch put together a really intriguing pre-degree exhibition ‘Fabricated’, demonstrating what their final project outcomes for their BA Hons will be. The exhibition was really inspiring and I wish the best of luck to them for their collections. I can’t wait to see the final degree and fashion shows when everything is completed!

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Jessie White, Fashion Design, ‘Rebecca’.

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Kim Norrie, Textiles and Surface Design, ‘Underground’.

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Kaye Bonnar, Fashion Design, ‘Floral Facets’.

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Samantha Hair, Fashion Design, ‘Siren’.

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Stephanie Davidson, Textiles and Surface Design, ‘The Wanderer’.

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Jennifer Rowand, Fashion Design, ‘A Second Skin’.

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Suilven Hotson, Fashion Design, ‘Cut – Carat’

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Kathryn Fuller, Textiles and Surface Design, ‘Point, Line, Surface, Solid’.

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Laura Sherriffs, Fashion Design, ‘Neo-Apokalupsis’.

Scottish Designers at London Fashion Week.

Exciting news for Scottish brands Bebaroque, Iona Crawford and Belinda Robertson Cashmere, who are all showing during London Fashion Week for the first time at a combined luxury brand showroom.

The labels all correspond well with each other, despite each having it’s own identity and unique charm.

The showroom is open at Hardy Tree Gallery near London St Pancras from February 10 until February 25, where they will exhibit their autumn/winter 2013-14 collections.

Aberdeen Art Gallery// Selling Dreams: 100 Years of Fashion Photography

“I always thought we were selling dreams not clothes” Irving Penn on his role as photographer at Vogue magazine.

Aberdeen Art Gallery has a new exhibition, “Selling Dreams: 100 Years of Fashion Photography”, due to run until 20th April. It is a fascinating collection of historical and contemporary fashion images by photographers as diverse as Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Rankin, Tim Walker and Steven Meisel. They are seperated into different periods of time, and each photo encapsulates the essence of that time perfectly – whether that be Lisa Fonssagrives, elegantly posed and put together, an image of femininity, or Twiggy upon a moped grinning wildly and full of freedom and excitement.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Aberdeen Art Gallery website here: http://www.aagm.co.uk/Exhibitions/Current/Selling-Dreams-100-years-of-fashion-photography.aspx

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White Sleeve, photograph taken by Horst P. Horst for Vogue in 1936.

 

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Harlequin Dress, photograph taken by Irving Penn in 1950. The model is Lisa Fonssagrives,who Penn later married.

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Twiggy on a moped, shot by Ronal Traeger 1967.

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Women in the Bath House, photograph taken by Deborah Turbeville in 1975. This was actually one of my favourites from the exhibition, though from what I understand it was of some controversy at the time as it was so different from traditional swimwear photography.

Celia Birtwell & Uniqlo Collaboration.

Celia Birtwell is nothing short of a printed textiles idol, which is why you should be as excited as I am at her new collection for Uniqlo!

Out on March 21st, the collection features archive prints that have been reworked for a contemporary look.

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Birtwell rose to fame in the 60s when she collaborated with her fashion designer husband, Ossie Clark. Known for crepe and jersey dresses, fans in the 60s-70s include Marianne Faithful, Bianca and Mick Jagger, Twiggy and Goldie Hawn. She has also previously collaborated with Topshop in 2006 with an 11 piece collection that quickly sold out.

Some favourite vintage pieces that really reflect the Ossie Clark-Celia Birtwell aesthetic:

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Celia Birtwell and her husband, Ossie Clark, by artist David Hockney.