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British Fashion Council Just Announced The Nominees For The Fashion Awards 2023

With London Fashion Week set to begin in just a matter of days, our focus turns to the talented designers nominated for the prestigious Fashion Awards of 2023 by the British Fashion Council. This year holds particular significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of the BFC NEWGEN, an initiative which supports the best emerging fashion design talent and aims to build global, high-end brands of the future. In honour of the anniversary, this year’s award will recognise a current BFC NEWGEN recipient. There are 5 categories currently announced, with a 6th one - Designer of the year, revealed in November. BRITISH MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR GRACE WALES BONNER FOR WALES BONNER Founded by Grace Wales Bonner after her graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2014, this label draws inspiration from extensive cultural research and welcomes diverse viewpoints. Initially established as a menswear brand, Wales Bonner's heartfelt tailoring quickly evolved to include womenswear as well. KIKO KOSTADINOV FOR KIKO KOSTADINOV Kiko Kostadinov launched his own fashion brand in Spring/Summer 2016, featuring a collection inspired by uniforms and workwear. The Central Saint Martins graduate rapidly gained fame in the fashion world, known for his unique pattern cutting, precise garment making, and elegant designs. KIM JONES FOR DIOR MEN Kim Jones is no stranger in the fashion world, having started his journey back in 2003 with his eponymous label, later closing it down to work for Louis Vuitton, followed by Dior and Fendi as of right now. He has established himself as one of the most successful menswear designers currently. MARTINE ROSE FOR MARTINE ROSE Martine Rose is a label heavily influenced by hip hop, punk, reggae and dance music from the 90s, often showcasing their collections in very non-traditional spaces such as street markets and community gyms to further solidify the people and culture inspiration. STEVEN STOKEY-DALEY FOR S.S.DALEY Flirting with class ideologies, Daley, a working class boy from Liverpool, reinterprets the realm of British elitism via the institution of the British public school. "I think it's interesting, you know.. looking at codes, which historically belong to Harrow School for example, and figuring out their equivalents of the school culture I'm more familiar with." BRITISH WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR ERDEM MORALIOĞLU FOR ERDEM Erdem is a London-based independent fashion house producing womenswear. Established in 2005, the brand has carved out its unique identity embodying poetic and rigorous, timeless and versatile qualities. MAXIMILIAN DAVIS FOR FERRAGAMO Just over a year ago Maximilian Davis took over Ferragamo with the heavy task to resurrect the brand and attract a younger audience. Having worked with celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, he had already built an arsenal of loyal customers willing to follow him on the journey of rediscovering the Ferragamo brand. NENSI DOJAKA FOR NENSI DOJAKA Albanian born Nensi Dojaka founded her eponymous brand soon after completing the MA program at Central Saint Martins in 2019. She was fortunate to have SSENSE (one of the biggest fashion retailers) buy her graduate collection, which catapulted her to fame and allowed her to keep producing more work. She's well known for producing contrasting outfits with sheer fabrics against matte black sensually hiding and exposing different parts of the body. ROKSANDA ILINČIĆ FOR ROKSANDA Roksanda is a well-established brand with over 10 years in business designing womenswear which questions traditional femininity and uses contrast with shapes, architectural sleeves, colour blocking and modern daring cuts to shape her ready-to-wear collections. SIMONE ROCHA FOR SIMONE ROCHA Simone Rocha is well known for the romanticism emanating from her work, with her use of pearls, tulle and embroidery. She draws inspiration from her heritage, art, history and literature, and often plays with the themes of identity and subversion, drawing inspiration from the past and twisting it into the modern world. NEW ESTABLISHMENT - MENSWEAR BIANCA SAUNDERS Bianca Saunders addresses the tension between tradition and modernity, as well as between the masculine and the feminine. She takes inspiration from her British and Jamaican background, bringing a multi-disciplinary attitude which cross references cultures into modern evolution of menswear. CORTEIZ Corteiz, also known as CRTZ, is a brand based in West London that has rapidly gained acclaim since its establishment in 2017. Founded by the mysterious Clint, this brand has become renowned for its tight-knit community and unconventional marketing strategies. Corteiz specializes in crafting a variety of clothing items, including hoodies, t-shirts, and track suits, all of which are exclusively available through the brand's password-protected website. LABRUM LONDON Founded in 2014, Labrum London is a modern-day menswear brand telling the untold stories of West Africa to help bridge the gap between western and West African culture. NICHOLAS DALEY Nicholas Daley's work is deeply rooted in community, craftsmanship, and culture. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2013, this London-based designer introduced his eponymous brand in 2015. His creative approach weaves together personal storytelling with broader themes related to the black British and diasporic experience. SAUL NASH Saul Nash is a designer, movement director and choreographer from North East London who over the past three years alone has been named an LVMH Prize semi-finalist, a NEWGEN recipient, a member of Highsnobiety’s THE NEXT 20 list, and most recently Recieved both the International Woolmark Prize 2022 & Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design in the Same Week. NEW ESTABLISHMENT – WOMENSWEAR CHOPOVA LOWENA The Shopova Lowena duo is a ready-to-wear label that blends Bulgarian handcraft aesthetics, vibrant '80s rock climbing gear, and a rebellious punk attitude. Their collection features a fusion of patchwork pleated kilts held up by robust leather belts, embroidered puff-sleeved dresses, and eye-catching kaleidoscopic knits. Chopova Lowena's diverse offerings are daring, energetic, and entirely unique in their style. DILARA FINDIKOĞLU Dilara Findikoglu is a London-based contemporary womenswear designer who showcases her seasonal collections at London Fashion Week. She holds a significant influence by combining subcultural elements and incorporating them with relevant and timely social commentary on feminism, religion, and politics. Her distinct and instantly recognizable perspective on luxury fashion has positioned her as one of today's most discussed creative talents, earning critical acclaim from numerous publications. KNWLS KNWLS is a London-based fashion brand led by Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Arsenault. Founded in 2017 as Charlotte Knowles and rebranded in 2021, the label champions femininity as a sort of armor, drawing on lingerie and corsetry as the inspiration for its bold, sensual designs. ROBERT WUN The brand debuted their first runway show in Paris, January 2023, with the support of Bruno Pavlovsky at CHANEL. Robert became the first designer from Hong Kong to join the Haute Couture Calendar in its history, as a guest member of The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. The brand debuted their first runway show in Paris, January 2023, with the support of Bruno Pavlovsky at CHANEL. Robert became the first designer from Hong Kong to join the Haute Couture Calendar in its history. SUPRIYA LELE Supriya Lele is the creative force behind her eponymous label based in London. Her design ethos is profoundly influenced by her cross-cultural perspective, exploring her Indian heritage alongside her British cultural identity. Her creative process is distinctly feminine, weaving together a narrative that is nuanced and subtle, telling a captivating story through her work. MODEL OF THE YEAR ALTON MASON ANOK YAI KAI-ISAIAH JAMAL LIU WEN MONA TOUGAARD PALOMA ELSESSER

September 9th, 2023
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London College of Fashion Undergraduate Catwalk Show - 2023

Starting on Monday, the 10th of July, the London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London, kicked off five full days of events celebrating their undergraduate class of 2023. Taking place until Saturday at Protein Studios in east London, this event offers visitors an extraordinary opportunity to catch a glimpse into the future of fashion through various engaging activities presented by the LCF Undergraduate Class of 2023. These activities encompass design, film, photography, virtual reality (VR), and more. The comprehensive festival program is available on LCF's website, providing detailed information about all the events. Importantly, all events are free of charge, and individuals are welcome to drop in at their convenience. London College of Fashion, UAL, leads the world in fashion business, media and design education. They’ve been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. With a philosophy of open and inclusive education, they encourage students to examine the past and question the present. To develop inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. And they give them the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. Photography by Sebastian Davies LCF’s annual undergraduate catwalk show kicked off the festivities with designs from 113 students from the BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear and BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear courses. The collections were presented in front of a packed audience of fashion industry insiders and guests including Dr Brenda Emmanus OBE, Christopher Raeburn, Maurice Mullen, Head of Fashion and Luxury at Evening Standard, Harold Tillman CBE, Enterprise Business Advisor to LCF, Liam Osbourne, Managing Director of Dazed Studio and Arooj Aftab, Presenter and Inclusion Consultant. Andrew Teverson, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion, UAL said: “We are delighted to present LCF Undergraduate Class of 2023; a physical celebration of how London College of Fashion, UAL students are changing the world through design, ideas and products that push the boundaries of fashion. The exhibition and associated programme of events bring together work from across all three of LCF’s schools to showcase the very best of our world leading business, communication and design courses. At LCF we believe fashion shapes lives, and key themes throughout this year’s show include sustainability and inclusivity, which demonstrates an unstoppable drive for the future of our industry to diversify and adapt to a rapidly changing world, which reflects our philosophy and dedication to an open, accessible and diverse education. I'd like to thank the entire LCF staff community who work tirelessly to teach, encourage and inspire our students across all of our courses. It is their dedication that brings to life our core philosophy of an open, accessible and diverse education. As we look ahead to our move to East Bank, a new powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this September 2023, we are excited to realise the opportunities to showcase the work of our students all year round on a new global stage.”

July 14th, 2023
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First impressions from the Louis Vuitton Mens Spring 2024 show

Pharrell Williams' inaugural show at Louis Vuitton left us mesmerized by the presence of renowned celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. It was a testament to the continued legacy established by Virgil Abloh, evident in the film-style show openings that he introduced over two years ago. The inclusion of live music performances further enhanced the immersive experience. However, it must be acknowledged that the collection falls short of perfection. Numerous looks prominently showcase camouflage foliage, a pattern more commonly associated with hunting and fishing shops rather than the refined aesthetic of a high fashion brand. Additionally, a significant portion of the collection appears monotonous and repetitive, with the checker pattern covering the models from head to toe. This pattern, which has been considered out of fashion for quite some time, dominated the collection in a way that may have missed the mark in terms of trends, and falls quite tacky.

June 20th, 2023
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AU79 Showcase A New Jewellery Collection During Paris Fashion Week

AU79 introduces their latest jewellery collection inspired by the enchanting Mediterranean, unveiling it at Paris Fashion Week. This exquisite jewellery brand takes its name from the periodic chemical element of gold in its purest state. Embracing the essence of nature, AU79 presents a captivating aesthetic with designs reminiscent of rocks, organic wooden structures, and the breathtaking allure of the Mediterranean Sea. Breaking away from conventional norms, this gender-neutral brand draws inspiration not only from idyllic islands but also from ancestral tales and traditions. The chosen shade of gold echoes the mesmerizing hues found along the Mediterranean coastline, evoking the warm tones of sand and rugged rocks. Each piece in our collection carries profound significance, often influenced by the rich history of the Mediterranean region or the cherished narratives passed down within our own families. Credits: www.au79finejewellery.com Photography - Abhishek Bhatt Models - Reyes, Sandra, Adrian & Mike AU79 Jewellery - Stephanie Seychell steph@AU79finejewellery.com Instagram @au79finejewellery

February 24th, 2023
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A Look Back At Alessandro Michele’s Most Iconic Moments At Gucci As He Steps Down

Just a few weeks ago the Kerring Group sent shockwaves across the entire fashion world, announcing the end of the Alessandro Michele era. To take over his position was recently appointed Sabato De Sarno who has worked in some of the biggest names - Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. Alessandro Michele resurrected Gucci and brought back the iconic house to the front pages of every magazine. Establishing connections with Jared Leto and Harry Styles, he acquired a whole new audience and brought back that bourgeois spirit that Gucci was once known for. Today we are looking at some of his most iconic moments at the helm of this fashion powerhouse. That time he took over Gucci as a creative director and completely redesigned the menswear collection in under a week. You remember those iconic loafers lined with kangaroo fur on the back, worn with a red suit/tracksuit? Yep, those ones were released during that time and it is incredible to think that a designer could come up with such ideas in such a short amount of time. He pushed fashion fluidity further than most if not any brands out there and really brought back the disco aesthetic in a more twisted modern way. The Autumn Winter 2018 collection featuring models on the runway carrying their own replica heads - a metaphor for how people construct their identities with the help of machines and other non-natural additions – “we are the Dr Frankenstein of our own lives”. In 2022 Gucci showed their Gucci Twinsburg Spring Summer 2023 collection featuring identical twins. It is a truly mesmerising spectacle that cannot be described with words and should totally be in your watch later list. The show opens with two runways separated by a curtain, on one side you have a twin walking in an outfit mirrored on the other side by the other twin. At one point the curtain lifts up and this is revealed and it is such an iconic history of fashion moment.

February 5th, 2023
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Explore Louis Vuitton's menswear collection featuring a guest designer

Experience a truly emotional journey at the LV Menswear fashion show, featuring the first collection by another designer since Abloh's passing. Witness the iconic house's tribute and innovation as they invite a guest designer for a single-season collaboration with Virgil's team. Discover the seamless blend of styles and the remarkable creative expression. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of fashion and pay homage to a visionary. Don't miss this extraordinary moment in the world of menswear. The designer chosen for this season was KidSuper’s founder - Colm Dillane, which was not surprising, since he won the LVMH prize in 2021 and his aesthetic and street style come in close contact with Virgil’s which echoed through the stage during this show. With a performance from Rosalia atop a retro car, and a plethora of beats referencing a bridge across cultures, it made for an exciting spectacle, alas the looks some too similar to what we have seen before, but a few main pieces stole the show, while Colm Dillane is not a permanent designer at the house, he surely was an interesting choice. The well-known silhouettes that Virgil introduced to the house, alongside some of his innovation present within this collection however pose the question of whether there is a chance that the house would potentially lag behind competition if it focuses too much on preserving a legacy and refuses to move on from the 2020s aesthetic.

January 27th, 2023
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‘‘Hanbok Wave’’ - A K-Style Fashion Presentation

Discover the enchanting world of Korean Hanbok at a prestigious event hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in collaboration with the Korea Craft Foundation and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. Hanbok, the traditional style of Korean clothing, takes center stage as Korean fashion rides the wave of global K-pop domination. Witness the rise of Korean designers at London Fashion Week, where their innovative approaches, meticulous craftsmanship, and attention to detail have captivated fashion enthusiasts worldwide, making them the talk of the town and social media. The event, aptly named "Hanbok Wave," pays homage to the Korean style of dressing popularized through games and pop culture. Ten talented designers have been handpicked to showcase their interpretation of this traditional wear, accompanied by visually stunning photo shoots shared with mainstream media. As the year draws to a close, a special Hanbok Wave pictorial video will grace the Broadway billboard in Times Square, New York, capturing the essence and allure of Korean fashion for all to admire. LEE YOUNG-AE HYEON GUIROE C ZANN-E HAPPLY HAEMI BY SAIMDANG GEUMUIJAE MORINORI HEYUM LIV DAMYEON

October 1st, 2022
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Ray Chu - S/S 2023

RAY CHU is a Disruptive, Sexy, A-gender RTW brand established in 2016. A unique combination of refined quality, innovative craftsmanship and the use of carefully placed cut- outs emboldens the brands core, genderless identity. Chu’s silhouettes and cuts are created to empower confidence. Sustainable by nature, RAY CHU works with dead stock fabric, organic cotton, vegan leather and only produces clothing to order. The Spring Summer 23 Collection sees RAY CHU presenting 25 complete genderless looks with a unique, distinctive and contemporary aesthetic, the KISS ME collection pays homage to sensuality with an experimental implementation. This season features bold silhouettes with a subtle dreamy colour palette, paired alongside intricate additions suchas the lace embroidery and hand sewn details. Turquoise Blue, Bone Ivory and Powder Violet are three key colours of the CHAPTER V KISS ME collection, the vivid colour palette is used as a visual expression of the passionate personal desires that inspire the Spring Summer 23 collection. RAY CHU’s recognisable metallic logo and motifshave also made their way into the collection being applied across simple crop tops to balance the statement sequinpieces and strong tailoring seen throughout Spring Summer 23. Being a positively conscious and sustainable label, CHU collaborated with the Taiwanese LAB 808 to create anew vegan leather using recycled plastics, tea leaves and pineapple fibres to build the key fabrics for this collection. RAY CHU in collaboration with extraordinary Japanese artist, Tomomi Mizukoshi, co-created the “Kiss Me” motiffrom which the collection takes the name - represented with two eggplants French kissing each other. CHU and Mizukoshi also worked together to create RAY CHU’s first featured print that takes inspiration from the romantic Thailand sunset. Tomomi Mizukoshi’s works are inspired by daily life, through her humorous, formal, andconstitutive artistic expression, she redefines the world and creates a crazy and wonderful two-dimensional space. This powerful sense of control over every element provides the viewer with an unusual aesthetic of neatness andorder, making Tomomi Mizukoshi's illustrations surreal and the perfect fit for RAY CHU’s Spring Summer 23collection. In addition to his Spring Summer collection Ray Chu has been working alongside MISS 21 to introduce a brand newcapsule of footwear that will also be launched October of this year. This season’s showcase has a general focus on fluidity and holds an emphasis on the journey to LOVE, whatever form that may take for an individual. The presentation highlights the intimate moments to finding ones inner peace.

September 21st, 2022
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Front Row In Pictures At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week took place approximately two weeks ago, and we have curated a collection of our favourite looks from the most recognisable faces in the front rows. This photo speaks volumes without any introduction. The saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" holds true here. With iconic figures in the fashion world such as Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour gracing the occasion, the celebration of designer Olivier Rousteing's brand takeover becomes all the more significant. Notably, Rousteing shares a close bond with the Kardashian/Jenner family. It's undeniable that these captivating ensembles will create ripples both online and in the streets in the months to come. The Colombian superstar J Balvin has taken over the European fashion scene by storm. Over the past few seasons he has become a fashion icon attending some of the most prestigious shows and even collaborating with Nike’s Air Jordan 2 in May.

July 21st, 2022
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Justin Cassin SS23 - Backstage Interview

Last week Justin Cassin showcased their most recent menswear collection as part of London Fashion Week SS23. Many celebrities and high profile models walked on the runway to add to the excitement of the designer’s first time on the London fashion scene, and we were lucky enough to be given backstage access where we were able to talk with Justin Cassin himself about his inspiration, theme and the future of his brand. We also got to speak with Ishod Wair - an American skateboard superstar who recently launched a collaboration with Nike’s SB to create skateboarding shoes. Everything about this show screamed youthful energy and excitement, from the upbeat music, the sunset making its way through the ceiling windows, to the location itself - Seymour Hal, an art deco grade II listed building from the 1930s. Backstage photos by Puja Bhatia @p.b_photography22 This season it was all about personality at the Justin Cassin show as the clothes complimented the wearer and vice versa. Jonah Marais from Why Don’t We, opened the show wearing an all black outfit - relaxed double breasted blazer, oversized trousers and leather shoes, accessorised with a pendant necklace and a ring. Ishod Wair - the American skateboard star from New Jersey, wore asymmetrical cropped, flowy black trousers matched with a white jumper with a V-neck and a black trim., brown leather sandals and a gold necklace helped finish off the look. Justin Cassin’s designs blur the lines between traditional and contemporary fashion and act as a commentary on the current trends magnified by fast fashion where everyone wears the same and ends up a clone of one another hence losing individuality and personality in the process. His message with this collection is that everyone is welcome to be on his runway, he wants to inspire people to be themselves and to be proud of their individuality. The show also featured Christian Arno and Jonathan Steinig. Christian Arno wore high waisted houndstooth patterned trousers styled with a tucked in hot orange jumper; and Jonathan Steinig wore a silky purple shirt with an oversized pussybow tie paired with wide cropped white trousers. The finale look also worn by Jonah Marais featured an oversized winter coat in white with black splatters of paint worn bare chested matched with flowy black trousers.

June 23rd, 2022
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Kim Kardashian Allegedly Ruins The Marilyn Monroe Dress

Multiple sources have claimed that allegedly the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress has been ripped and completely destroyed after Kim Kardashian wore it at the Met Gala last month, raising questions about conservation and the interest of Ripley’s in the matter. The Met Gala 2022 is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Celebrities collaborate with designers to show off their hottest looks of the season, and this time in usual fashion of the Kardashians, Kim was determined to not just show off but to become the talk of town - and more specifically the talk of the internet, press, media, TV news and… well, you get the idea. So what better way to accomplish that than to parade with your influence over all layers in society, I mean she freed people from prison, brought change to the juridical system in the US, so now she had laid eyes on the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe for the Happy Birthday Mr. President moment we are all familiar with. When she initially went in to try on the dress however, she was unable to fit into it, and Ripley’s were clear that no alterations were to be made to the dress with their statement: “great care was taken to preserve this piece of pop culture history. With input from garment conservationists, appraisers, and archivists, the garment’s condition was top priority … no alterations were to be made to the dress and Kim even changed into a replica after the red carpet!⁠” However, Kim’s determination meant that she would go on an extreme weight-loss regime to try and squeeze into the dress. It involved a vegetable-centric diet, lots of time on the treadmill and wearing a sauna suit twice a day. “It was such a challenge,” she said. “It was like a role, I was determined to fit it.” A month later however, images have appeared in a blog post suggesting damage to the dress, with tearing on the back where the zipper is, hanging off or missing altogether rhinestones and just all sorts of irreparable damage. Now don’t get me wrong this is not the pinnacle of fashion, at the end of the day it is literally a simple nude dress covered up in rhinestones but it marks an important historical moment, especially considering Monroe’s tragic death after becoming a global phenomenon. For comparison a photo of the dress from 2016 shows that no damage at the time was present on the dress, when it was auctioned and bought by Ripley’s.

June 15th, 2022