Monthly Archives: May 2010

Jean-Paul Gaultier departs Hermès

After seven years of heading up French fashion powerhouse Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier has announced his departure from the label.

It is said Jean-Paul Gaultier wants to focus on his own line and projects. He is still at the head of his collection for women (Couture and ready-to-wear) and men. On the other hand the designer is going to show his furniture project in June. Jean-Paul Gaultier will show his last collection for Hermès next October in Paris.

His successor will be Christophe Lemaire (main designer for Lacoste).



Drop Dead Gorgeous

Inspired by themes such as death, mourning, divorce and the black widow Gisele Ganne’s Divorce jewellery collection is surprisingly pretty and frivolous…upon first glance. Look closer at the RCA graduate’s stunning designs and nestled amongst the shiny gold, bright stones and flowers you’ll see skulls and gravestones and the apparently whimsical jewellery suddenly has a mysteriously melancholic feel. Sweet yet subversive? Irresistible.

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Dominatrix Diva

Here’s our third installment from the American Intercontinental University Graduate Show – graduate Lulu Vasquez sent her models down the runway with whips, masks, feathers and plenty of leather. Bright pinks, black and silver. The collection was so captivating in fact that when a minor runway disaster occured – one of the models stilettos coming off as she walked down the runway – the show still went on barely affected and the collection looked fantastic.

Sara Gubenkian

When watching the collections go down the runway at the American Intercontinental University Graduate Show on Thursday, we were loving the bright structured dresses graduate Sara Gubenkian designed and sent down the runway. They had a great resort-wear feel and with all the excitement this weekend of the second Sex and the City film we must add that the whole collection was very remniscent of sex and the city! We can particularly imagine Samantha or Carrie mincing around Manhattan in one of Sara’s designs!

One to Watch – Michelle Teckchand

Yeserday we headed to the graduate show of American Intercontinental University to see 14 of their finest students final collections and were very impressed by what we saw! We will feed back on the various collections through the week but to kick things of we decided to mention a particular designer that caught our eye – graduate Michelle Teckchand.

Her collection achieved the near impossible task of making sportswear sexy. The drapey dresses and jumpsuits coupled with sports bags, tennis rackets and other sporting equipment created a captivating sports luxe look that ran throughout the collection, making it more evening wear than something you would shove on for the gym! the fabrics looked both sumptuous and comfy whilst framing the models form beautifully. We suggest everyone keeps their eye on Michelle Teckchand, expect great things from her!

Label LOVE: Chelsea Bravo

Graduate fashion week is fast approaching and excitement is building as the industry waits with bated breath for tomorrows design stars to reveal themselves. London is world famous for its eclectic and innovative design ideas especially through our graduates who hold the power to transform the fashions of the future and none more so than UCA graduate Chelsea Bravo. The up and coming designer based in London is to show her ‘Soft Armour’ collection at Earls Court on Monday 7th June.


With each look an object of desire not only do we LOVE the soft and sensual collection, it is also based around the theme of love, ‘this collection derives from the emotion and experience of love and the break down of a man’s ego’. Each piece is a beautifully crafted masterpiece of draped, cascading jersey fabric that is not only visually stunning, but pushes the viewer and wearer to embrace the emotions that inspired their concept. When presented as a cohesive collection the designs create an arresting statement on modern relationships. Weakness and vulnerability are referenced alongside the idea of the male ego worn as armor, mirroring the different stages of defense and submission one goes through whilst in love. An analysis of the male muscle construction has influenced a masculine element to the pieces resulting in a softer take on street wear and giving the designs an on trend sporty feel. With such inspirational concepts and a first collection as fresh, contemporary and challenging as this we can’t wait to see what’s next for this London label.

Graduate Fashion Week, 6-11 June 2010, Earls Court, London.

The collection can also be viewed at or follow the designer at


Riot/Rude Gyal’s Rave

First she created WAH magazine in 2005, then came WAH Nails last summer and now Sharmadean Reid, publisher/stylist/consultant/blogger, brings us Riot Rude the WAH Nails party.

WAH Nails originally began providing the most outrageously decorated nails in Dalston and has gone on to become a cult trend across the whole of London, even earning Sharmadean a feature in Vogue’s January 2010 ‘Bright Stars’ article. After creating such a buzz amongst the hippest girls in the city the salon was given its own space in Topshop’s Oxford Street flagship. Love, love, love!

From nails to nightclubs the event held at The Alibi in East London tomorrow night, Thursday 27th may 2010, is set to be a live mash up of hip hop, dancehall and disco. Judging by the eclectic inspirations of Sharmadean and the WAH girls, ‘hip hop, getting our nails done, comics, coloured gemstones, grimey clubs, Ralph Lauren, gold, LA, high high heels, riot grrls, 1993/1983/1953, whining and grinding, vintage American sportswear, Versace, punk, sneakers, pink and yellow, Moschino, Jeff Koons, London, bodycon, shiny stuff, girl power, and staying true’ the fashion on display should be even more entertaining than the music. Expect freebies, fanzines and tons of rude girl attitude. Go get your whine on grrls!

Riot/Rude at The Alibi, 8pm- 3am, 91 Kingsland High Rd, London, E8 2PB.