Ramon Gurillo delivered exactly what he does best with his latest AW10 collection at London Fashion Week. His signature hand-crafted knits stole the show as they made up the perfect winter wardrobe.
The models emerged in hues of black, light grey and gritty charcoals layered loosely for an effortless style. Fine knits with gaping holes and tasseled edges glided over wet look leggings. A grey ruffled cardigan gave an over-sized silhouette, cinched in the waist with a glossy black belt. Beanie hats, headbands and stacked platform shoes were used to style the show, emphasising the wearabilty of his looks.
Images courtesy of Elle UK & iMAXTREE
There might have been an air of the '80s in David Koma's architectural minidresses, but that needn't put you off. A series of black on black, dark grey and nude looks strutted fiercely down the runway for Koma's AW10 show, with some fantastic power jackets and party wear for the body-brave. Although the collection saw minidress after minidress parade in all its angular glory, don't be fooled into thinking that it was a monotonous one - we couldn't pick between the statement party dresses that proudly appeared with tiers of ruffled zip teeth, or the dynamic dresses that cleverly juxtaposed heavy felt and leather.
An obvious fan of the zig-zag, the triangular pattern could be seen running throughout not only the shapes of the dresses, but in the seam construction as an unusual touch on the back of a jacket, and was followed through into the model's hair parting - showing Koma's attentive eye for detail, such a good eye for detail in fact that it meant the relatively new designer had both Louise Wilson and Mrs Brown sitting front-row.
Acne, the denim turned lifestyle brand, has recently made an announcement that came as music to our ears: The Swedish brand will soon be launching its first London boutique. At present, London-based fans of the label can only pick up Acne pieces at Liberty, Matches, Browns and online; even though our American, Parisian and Australian counterparts have been lucky enough to already have the free-standing boutiques on their shores. The wait is almost over, as trendy Dover Street will soon become home to Acne's debut London concept store, which will be stocking Acne's Pop, Denim and Miniature collections, amongst others, as of this summer when Acne's boutique will open. Let the countdown begin...
With an already sparkling list of talent on the alumni for the MA Fashion Design course at the London College of Fashion, it's no surprise that the fashion world wait eagerly for the graduate show each year. Wednesday night was no different. From the 18 designers who presented, So Ra Kim's pastel futurism caught our eye, along with the more macabre chainmail masks and feather-covered designs from Sophie Condie.
It wasn't just the catwalk that caught our attention, either, as some of London's most fabulous inhabitants turned out for the show, from the eccentric Grayson Perry, Jodie Harsh and Paloma Faith, to Jo Wood, Hilary Alexander and the BFC's Harold Tillman. It was an exciting time for the graduates, as Browns' Joan Burstein sat front-row, obviously scouting for the future Christopher Kanes, Giles Deacons and Gareth Pughs of the night.
Grazia Daily has helped launch a unique award from the British Fashion Council to find the style icon that best embodies “the spirit of London…as a leading creative fashion capital”. Celebrating 25 years of LFW, the award is the BFC’s first of its kind in that the public is voting. Grazia has said the winner will be announced at the British Fashion Awards ceremony next Wednesday, and yesterday, revealed the five front-runners as Alexander McQueen, Alexa Chung, Joan Burstein, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood.
Ok, so McQueen, Westwood, Moss and Chung are all obvious candidates, but Joan Burstein seems the wildcard of the bunch. If you haven’t already heard of Mrs B, as she's affectionately known, then shame on you! The “fairy godmother of fashion designers”, as Vogue describes her, is the owner of the highly coveted Browns boutique. Her store has been the “foster home” of young designers such as John Galliano, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Ossie Clark. She is also recognised for bringing the likes of Giorgio Armani, Comme des Garcons, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Krizia, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander to London’s limelight. So as you’ll see, she’s the perfect candidate after all.
After seeing fierce photos of Alice Dellal, Lizzy Jagger and model of the moment Eliza Cummins modelling some even fiercer jewellery, we have been waiting in anticipation until the day we can get our fashionable mitts on some of Dominic Jones' jewellery. The lookbook itself is undeniably cool, and with a collection that has already been snapped up by Rihanna and backed from the word go by Alice Dellal, the claw and fang aesthetic range of earrings, rings and necklaces will without a doubt be seen on many a punk-edged fashionista after its launch in Browns, on Friday. Available in stores and online, view the collection at brownsfashion.com.
In September, Anna Wintour came up with a global initiative, Fashion's Night Out, to stimulate spending, which in turn would go towards easing the difficulties caused by the global economic downturn. Kicking off on the first night of New York Fashion Week, fashion savvy shoppers were treated to free drinks and canapes as well as appearances from a mixed bag of celebrities. Here in the UK, stores such as Burberry, Matches, DKNY and Browns amongst others, played host to the likes of Lily Allen, Marios Schwab, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe to name but a few.
Due to the success of the inaugural event, Mayor Bloomberg and Vogue will be bringing Fashion's Night Out back again next year from the 9th September 2010, onwards. Anna Wintour confirmed that, "We were absolutely bowled over by the response to Fashion's Night Out. It was only fifteen minutes after the event began and we were getting reports about lines around the block at stores throughout the city...It was wonderful to see people embrace this initiative, and we are thrilled that they wish it to return." We are thrilled too and have already started planning how we will be able to attend the celebrations in multiple cities next year. We've already begun the countdown- only 311 days to go!
Welcome to the third installment of Behind The Scenes At Fashion Week. Over the past two weeks we've spoken to Anthony Gordon, Director of Scouting and Communications at Premier and DJ Sam Young. This week The Fash Pack caught up with one of London's leading PRs, George MacPherson from Starworks. In the interview, MacPherson talks about the stresses and strains of fashion week and how it feels the moment American Vogue confirm that Anna Winour is attending a show.
The Fashion Pack: How does your job change during the fashion week season?
George MacPherson: My emails seem to double or treble. I get a crick in my neck from holding my phone on my shoulder so I can talk whilst typing and I only seem to eat food from the Wasabi Japanese place, which is literally underneath our building. I try to get all the usual stuff out of the way early in the month- reports, meetings etc, and then concentrate on the shows and designers who are participating.
Economy hurting your wardrobe? Grabbing good style just got simpler, now that Browns Labels for Less has launched its online store. The South Molton Street boutique's new site features clothes, shoes and accessories from one season past for up to 70 percent off.
It's a great chance to get a steep discount on pieces that were first sold in Browns and Browns Focus - like this Lanvin T-shirt dress, now for £235. Not bad for Lanvin, eh?