Monthly Archives: March 2010

Congratulations Erdem

News broke this morning that Erdem Moralioglu has been announced as the winner of the British Fashion Council and Vogue inaugral fashion fund this year. speaking to vogue.com this morning Erdem seemed utterly amazed by the news “I CANNOT believe it’s happened, it’s wild, really incredible. I’m totally shocked”. The half-British, half-Turkish designer – who studied at the Royal College of Art and subsequently worked with Diane Von Furtsenberg for a year before winning the second Fashion Fringe award in 2005. Erdem plans to use the prize fund to develop the business, in paticular expanding his studio space. Congratulations Erdem! In a difficult economic period for fashion the future looks very bright for this designer…

Get the Quiff

So the clocks go forward tonight, and it’s the official start of the British summer! Although looking outside we’d say it’s more like spring(ish). But anyway, a new season means a new style, and right now we’re thinking our hairstyles need a bit of sprucing up! We can’t help but lust after these looks created by the amazing collaboration of Sass & Bide and GHD. We’re thinking off attempting it ourselves, armed with a comb, hair pins and hairspray, but for a real treat take a pic to your hairdresser for that spring wow factor. Now, where’s the sun…

Posh Copycat

Osman is a great designer with many celebrity followers including Danni Minogue, Thandie Newton, Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and apparently Victoria Beckham.

She is such a fan that she decided to design a dress in his honour for her collection last month which looks almost identical to the dress designed by Osman in 2009.

Now we all know that fashion is a cycle and it just rejuvenates every year into a thing of beauty but this is a bit ridiculous. Even the styling is similar.

Is the Posh copycat just full of hot air or can she really design?

As for poor old Osman well he hasn’t got a penny to his name (not yet anyway), he still shares a flat with friends, he makes his own trousers, he never eats out and only goes to parties that are free, which is just tragic. On the opposite side of the coin you’ve got Posh who flopped as a singer got lucky with Beckham, landed in Beverly Hills, snapping up a $22 million house and now has become a designer and a bit of a copycat ‘Shame on you Posh!’

LONDON show ROOMS

It was like London Fashion Week packed itself into a suitcase, hopped a flight to New York and unloaded in Soho Grand’s Penthouse Lofts. For the first time ever, LONDON show ROOMS, the BFC’s international design initiative, has come to this side of the Atlantic to spread some of the most cutting edge, creative designs the fashion industry’s emerging talents has to offer . Some of my favorites…

Hannah Marshall‘s strong silhouettes and 80’s styles…

Michael Lewis‘s signature chess piece heel and seatbelt inspired designs…

Christopher Raeburn‘s once military parachutes turned parkas…

David Koma‘s strong shapes, KTZ‘s football purse and Fannie Schiavoni‘s chain accessories.

Emerging Talent Awards 2010- Espionage of the Loc

Launched in January of this year, the Emerging Talent Awards aim to give a platform to new UK musicians trying to get their big break.  Winners in each of the eight categories will be awarded a live slot at Gaymers Camden Crawl on either 1st or 2nd May 2010 and presented with prizes, including cash expenses, a case of Gaymers Cider and the trophy itself. Not to mention invaluable public exposure. Award categories include: Best New Band, Best New Solo Artist, Best Live Act, Best Song, DIY Award, Best Visual Impact, Innovation Award and People’s Choice Award. The winners will be announced around 3 weeks prior to the Gaymers Camden Crawl. There are 45 finalist bands, and up for ‘Best New Band’ is Espionage of the Loc, who we raved about in our post ‘Why Aye Man!’ a while back. The voting page describes the boys as  ‘Masters of the catchy pop song, borne out of the usual youthful stresses – unrequited love, shit jobs, and wishing you were someone-else-somewhere-else.’ We’ve all been voting here, and think maybe our prediction of their success could be about to come true! To listen to the Espionage boys click here, and to give them a vote click here.


Alice + Olivia at Saks

Designer, Stacey Bendet and her rep to throw amazing parties didn’t disappoint this evening to celebrate her latest Alice + Olivia launch party at Saks. Melissa Joan Hart, Katrina Bowden and some of the Gossip Girl crew were around to mingle amongst the high heels and shorts skirts brought out for the spring season. The highlight of the evening was by far the variety of DJ sets, giving us performances by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards daughter, Alexandra Richards and later the show was taken away by violinist, Caitlin Moe along side, DJ Mia Moretti . Saks turned nightclub had the crowd dancing and MGMT has never sounded better. I’ll be sure to mark on my calendar where Caitlin will be performing next– wearing my latest glitter apparel from A+O.

Fashion Party with the Queen

The Queen played host to the gods of fashion last night at Buckingham Palace to honour the British Fashion Industry.

Among the stars that shone on the red carpet was Zandra Rhodes who was the Gaga of the night, wearing the usual show stopping frock. Yasmin Le Bon looked stunning in her nude dress and fur coat but Erin O’Connor rocked the understated chic look and dressed stylishly for the occasion.

The Queen herself was a beacon for the British Fashion Industry being the most famous woman in Britain she wore a gold and turquoise silk brocade jacket and matching dress.

Twiggy said: ‘She is a fashion icon. Over the years she has worn some beautiful clothes.’

‘Above fashion’ was a statement made by Zandra Rhodes

One Person that didn’t exactly dress up for the occasion was David Bailey as he turned up in ripped jeans, hoody and corduroy jacket but from the look on the Queens face she didn’t seem bothered in the slightest.

Students from the Royal College of Art were privileged to show off their pieces to the fashion deities last night and they didn’t disappoint.

The Duke of Edinburgh also pointed out that most of the displays had been designed by people born outside the UK.

‘You are supposed to be supporting the British fashion industry and not one of them…’ He was soon corrected by one of the designers who was in fact British.