Summer-holiday season is in full swing, so this week we're taking you to the Mediterranean. Cyprus, specifically, where designer Sofia Alexander has her studio. What started as a limited-edition line for high-end boutiques in Cyprus, Greece and Qatar has morphed into a successful line of flirty dresses that channels both the current obsession with Megan Fox and sci-fi fashion.
This week, the designer who's known for her unconventional use of zips, vintage obi belts and abstract materials gives us a slice of her creative side.
Sam Cook and Andy D'Cruze have quite the partnership going. They split their work between the West End and Hertfordshire, Sam has kids to look after when she's supposed to be designing, and the two are promoting a budding label in the time when even heavyweights like Christian Lacroix are troubled. But we think Darkest Star's quirky accessories and t-shirts have potential, and so did the crowd at London's On/Off fashion shows this season.
Here, Cook tells us about her intense work schedule (early mornings included), an infatuation with Amy Winehouse and the reason that leftovers can keep her creative.
Working with Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood sure helped bring out creativity in Heidi Mottram, the Brit designer who's making her name for the unique textile she uses: eel skin. Mottram, a graduate of Central St Martins and the London College of Fashion, started her own line just two years ago and is already becoming a favourite for fashion types who like their accessories with a bit of an edge.
Here, she talks with The Fash Pack about escaping from her studio, appealing to confident women and (ironically) going more veggie.
Rachel Bilson has come a long way from her role playing Marissa's sassy sidekick, Summer Roberts, in The O.C. It seems her interest in fashion was not simply limted to her role. Since the show ended, she's worked with DKNY Jeans to launch a successful clothing line, Edie Rose, named after her grandmother.
After her stint at designing it looks like Bilson has taken an interest in magazines. Today it was confirmed that the actress will join the InStyle team with a monthly Q&A column in the magazine, similar to Chloe Sevigny's in British ELLE.