Opening of LCM AW15 (Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council)
Once again London kick started the AW15 season with London Collection: Men and what a great job the designers have done. I am so happy that this event is growing each session and is giving a home for London’s talented menswear designers to showcasing their collections, something that I believe was missing from the fashion week calendar.
The reason I live here and love this city so much is because of the freedom and expression of the people that live here, as you can see from this season’s highlights there are so many people that agree with me … we really do have some talented people here.
What do you think?
Christopher Shannon AW15, backstage (Sam Wilson, British Fashion Council)
Christopher Shannon AW15 (Dan Sims, British Fashion Council)
In Christopher Shannon’s AW15 menswear collection you could sense his sense of humour and his playfulness coming through as he sent his models down the catwalk with their heads and faces covered with carrier bags.
Staying true to his signature street sportswear style his collection used a monochrome palette mixed with bold bright blue and red. Knitwear featuring cans and carrier bags with ‘Thanks 4 nothing’, ‘Save me’ and ‘Broke’ slogans depicted his message of the struggles that young designers meet as well as questioning our love affair with disposable fashion.
After winning the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund last year, I really believe that he has put the money to good use and really challenged fashion lovers about what we should desire from clothing and fashion. His talents in creating pieces that men want to wear and understand, is really making him become a sought-after British designer and truly one to watch as he grows strength to strength each season.
What do you think of this collection?
Today I sharing with you the SS13 collection of a designer that I have seeing around the London fashion scene for a few seasons now. London-based designer, Eleanor Amoroso creates the most unusual pieces and first attracted attention with her hand crafted SS11 graduate collection and was featured on the front cover of Volt magazine been worn by model Alice Dellal.
Eleanor’s collections feature pieces that are created by hand and show her fascination with macramé, which is a textile form of making textiles using knotting rather than weaving the yarn. This allows her to create beautiful sculptural pieces that have a modern elegance yet a hard and edgy dark side.
Eleanor graduated from University of Westminster in Womenswear and seeks inspiration from contemporary design, innovative and sculptural knitwear and the use of unexpected materials in clothing. During her studies, Eleanor experimented with many creative processes, in doing this she found that she had a real passion for hand crafting which allowed her to develop her techniques in macramé.
For her SS13 collection, Eleanor has incorporated coils within her macramé techniques to create structured corset style pieces, using a palette of mainly white with accents of twisted black and grey yarn. The collection also features necklace pieces that incorporate her signature style of fringing which has featured in her previous collections.
I love this collection as it offers a unique and forgotten craft. The execution of the pieces are truly beautiful and although some people may find the structured body pieces a little much for their own wardrobes, they can still buying into the uniqueness of this fashion label with bracelets and necklaces.
What do you think of Eleanor’s collection? What is your favourite piece? I would love to hear your thoughts.
All images by Girl Behind the Look
Today I am looking at the SS13 Collection of fashion designer Charlotte Simpson, whose pieces have been spotted been worn by a few celebrities of late and when you see these pieces you know why as the are simply beautiful with bead work that must have taken Charlotte months to bead. Her attention to detail is breathtaking.
Photo taken by Girl Behind The Look
Charlotte studied Fashion at Northumbria University and on graduating in 2009 she won the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles award at Graduate Fashion Week. Before starting her own company in 2012, Charlotte gained an MA in Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear at London College of Fashion and gained experience working with some amazing brands including Amanda Wakeley and Julien Macdonald.
I managed to see Charlotte’s collection at a trade show and in seeing her pieces; you can see that she looks to express her knowledge for her craft with an exceptional eye in order to create a contemporary yet classic twist which results in unique and elegant lines for any chic woman’s wardrobe.
For her SS13 collection, Charlotte took inspiration from scientific imagery to create slick lines using a soft colour palette of pastels. I love the use of micro sequins and beads within this collection. Charlotte has beautifully executed her theme of microbiology by mixing textures with slashed neckline and cinched in waists.
Below you can see the film from her catwalk show at London Fashion Week.
What do you think of Charlotte’s SS13 collection? Do you have a favourite piece? I would love to hear what you think.
Today I am not just sharing my work with you but also a new AW13 collection by amazing menswear designer Jenny Schwarz.
IMAGE THAT FEATURES PIECES BY JENNY SCHWARZ AND ORSCHEL-REED THAT WAS USED FOR AW13 LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN PRESENTATION
Just before the Christmas break, I worked on the look book for amazing menswear designer Jenny Schwarz AW13 collection. Jenny‘s collections always feature pieces that are beautifully cut and tailored. This is a rare quality to find but tailoring has been in Jenny‘s family for over a decade, and some would say it is in her blood.
Jenny asked me to do the styling on her latest collection and I was delighted as I have really wanted to work with Jenny for along time. The lookbook was photographed by Michael Furlonger and Bunny Allen did hair and make up. Props and set designer Lorna Kelly, was also brought on board to bring Jenny‘s visions alive for this shoot.
I have been following Jenny‘s collections for a few seasons now and I can honestly say that with each collection, she grows as a designer. As I mentioned above, Jenny’s cut of tailoring and attention to detail (a girl after my own heart) is beautiful. It is hard to pick out my favourite pieces within this new collection as I believe that this will truly be the collection to push her work and name out there into the spotlight.
For this collection Jenny was influence by Jesse James and the tailored jackets and trousers worn by him and other horsemen of the era but she still manages to stay true to her signature that she is now creating for herself including leather jackets and coats with sheepskin collars, cashmere jumpers and long johns (which Bunny and I are hoping Jenny will be made in women’s sizes so that we can purchase a pair), shirts and panelled trousers.