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The Bomber Jacket Blitz

Who said you had to be a pilot to wear a bomber jacket? Well this season, no-one. This year's summer trends witness the invasion of the beloved nineties classic; the bomber jacket.
Published in Trends
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:51

Ziad Ghanem presents "Candy....Darling?"

As I approached the Freemasons Hall with my invitation which was strategically decorated with dolls heads, I really didn't know what to expect.
Published in Shows
Monday, 25 February 2013 22:42

Itsy Bitsy Vintage

Itsy Bitsy Vintage, London's foremost avant guarde lingerie brand, announce the launch of their captivating new collection, Erotic Circus!

Over the past 2 years Itsy Bitsy Vintage has gone from strength to strength. Erotic Circus is IBV's third London Fashion Week catwalk appearance. Their designs invoke glamour, flirtatious fun and the glorious power of suggestion. Whether to capture & empower your inner temptress or to channel your saucy alter-ego, IBV Lingerie is all about boosting confidence & celebrating those killer curves.

The electrifying Erotic Circus collection has a seductive flavour and an empowering burlesque attitude. Design duo, Tracy and Oonagh, used the magic and power of performance as their inspiration. The 12 outfits chosen for the showcase capture and endorse the humour and free spirit of a circus performer. This series of titillating ensembles are perfect for commanding a stage, playful seduction in the boudoir or flirtatious wiggling on a dance floor. There's an element of 'Je ne sais quoi' as well as 'Oooh la la'!' Each collection imbues the strong ethical values and uncompromising contemporary design edge for which Itsy Bitsy Vintage have come to be recognised.

Itsy Bitsy Vintage launched their bespoke lingerie design service in 2012. The decision to launch came from a desire to create beautiful and unique individual lingerie pieces that could combine the elegance and sophistication of a bygone age with the fun and sexiness of the modern day minx. Their incredible designs have been created for a discerning customer who appreciates luxury and embraces a powerful sense of eroticism.

Itsy Bitsy Vintage provide a free personal image consultation and a unique personalised fitting service. Their bespoke design service means that they work to order, delivering lingerie sets based on client-originated designs.

Everything is individually handmade in London using a range of carefully hand-selected pre-loved vintage fabrics, delicately embellished beading and trims. Each piece comes with its own Certificate of Provenance, proof that real luxury oozes through the authenticity and craftsmanship that make each design so special.

www.itsybitsyvintage.com
Published in Designers
Monday, 25 February 2013 22:30

Sara Hegazy

"Feminine body is an artistic spirited tableau, I draw lines, I design imaginations..." - Sara Hegazy.

Sara Hegazy is a Dubai based Egyptian Fashion Designer. Sara started off as a Communication Engineer that had the fashion designing talent Since 1996, and she started executing her designs in 1999.

Sara Hegazy is certified in:
Fashion Illustration from Dubai International Art Center
Fashion Design - London College of Fashion
Essentials of Fashion Industry - London College of Fashion
Starting Fashion Label - London College of Fashion

She is one of the top 5 finalists in Maybelline Cosmetics Fashion Competition 2010, Season 2. She participated in the Sheila and Abaya Fashion Show during Dubai Summer Surprises 2010 and s he is also a proud participant in the Dubai Fashion Week in Spring/Summer 2011 emerging talent. Sara Hegazy is also proud to be one of the MENA's Next Top Designer Candidates, May 2012.

Creativity is Sara's way of dreaming and has no boundaries when it comes to lines and fabrics, inspired by the whole nature around, colors and textures. She feels that designs are an idea for imaginations decorating women's figure. Sara's couture is to design glamorous Bridal Wear and Evening Dresses supported with unique cuts, with only one piece custom made fabric and custom made paints .

All dresses are made in terms of Haute Couture, fully implemented under the supervision of the Designer with details (Appliques, Luxurious Fabrics and Swarovski Elements) designed and draped by Designer.
Published in Designers
Monday, 25 February 2013 21:55

Jocelyn Dee

Staring in 2000 at the age of 14, Jocelyn started her clothes design ambition. Creating 20 pieces for 2 collection for the school fashion show and the only one to do so, accelerating from there.

Next going onto study Art and Textiles in Newtown Powys and Hereford Collage. Making costume for the performing arts groups, Theatre productions and collaborating with Zandra Rhodes (Fashion Designer) and Andrew Logan (Jewellery Designer) at the Beriew village show.

2005, Jocelyn went on to make and sell clothes for individuals whilst studying Art & Environment at Falmouth University, Cornwall. Later had a stall selling to the public in the ever remembered Boogie Woogie.

Commissions where taken then made for the customer by the following week. A service she still offers. Exhibiting at shows and also organising her own event. Inviting other clothes designers, musicians, and a circus production all in a big top circus tent. After completing her studies, she went on to work for So Ho So High, London, working in the sewing industry for Laura Ashley, produce costumes for the Welsh National Opera, teach textile and clothes construction as workshops, creating wedding dresses as well as pursuing landscape design project for charities and County Councils. then travelled to Australia where she worked for a New York Fashion Label Yoke and met Christopher McLaren who offered to launch her label in Sydney.

Jocelyn Dee recently showcased with Fashiosn Finest off schedule show during London FAshion Week.
Published in Designers
Monday, 25 February 2013 00:42

Keneea Linton

Keneea is a naturally skillful and creative designer whose collection focuses on clean cuts and sophisticated finish that highlights the stylish contemporary look synonymous with Keneea Linton designs. Keneea has produced wardrobes for our Miss Jamaica beauty queens, had collections presented at Caribbean Fashion Week, Miami International Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and the first Jamaican designer to be featured in New York at Brooklyn Fashion Week. Her designs have also been featured in SHE Caribbean Magazine, Jamaque Magazine, Caribbean Belle Magazine, Profiles Magazine, among many others.

Prior to pursuing a Bachelors degree in Philosophy at the University of the West Indies in 2004, Keneea was a flight attendant with the former national carrier, Air Jamaica.

Keneea's first entrepreneurial venture was as part owner and Managing Director of a marketing company, Poise Jamaica Ltd; then went on to becoming a Marketing Executive at RE TV, and was part owner, producer and fashion editor of College Lifestyle Magazine and TV Series.

Keneea is committed to the advancement of the local fashion industry and served as Marketing Officer for the Jamaica Fashion and Apparel Cluster funded by the Jamaican Government and the European Union.

At present, Keneea is the CEO of KTL Group Limited, a marketing and production company and the Host and Executive producer Mission Catwalk, a new reality TV series on TVJ aimed at discovering talented fashion designers from across the Caribbean. Keneea is also the founder of The Designers Guild, a non-profit organization aimed at making the local fashion industry more globally competitive.

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Published in Designers
Monday, 25 February 2013 00:00

Julan Designs

Juliette Dyke studied Fashion Designing at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica from 2006 to 2008. Having been noticed in the college's Annual Alternative Fashion Show, Juliette decided to launch her Julan brand in December 2008, which led to her being described as "The One to watch" by CVM TV's 'On Stage'.

Soon after, in April 2009, she was chosen to enter her designs in a fashion show in Brussels, Belgium. Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) 2009 followed three months later, where she presented yet another cool Collection.

Juliette has continued to design lines which incorporate bold colours, contrasting and unconventional fabrics, and dramatic accents, setting the trend for the fashionistas of her homeland Jamaica. Her Collections featured in CFW 2010, Miami International Fashion Week 2011, and CFW 2011, bowled over loyal fans and new followers. The designs have been featured in several publications both home and abroad. She is currently working on a new Collection to be exhibited in London's Fashion Week next month (February 2012).

Juliette Dyke's inspiration comes from an amalgamation of the fashions from past eras, her own predictions of the future, and a vast variety of cultures. The Julan woman is chic, sophisticated, playful, trendy, unique, and loves to travel the world. The wardrobe of a Julan woman befits it all, and the contents of her luggage must contain an outfit for every occasion.
Published in Designers
Sunday, 24 February 2013 23:50

HOD by Gregory Williams

Gregory HOD Williams represents bold and powerful women who are leaders in their own way. His designs are edgy, dramatic and stylish.

Gregory is a talented, self-taught designer who, in the space of two years won the Saint International Avant Garde designer competition in 2011 and became the season-two winner of the Caribbean fashion designer TV series, Mission Catwalk. Gregory went on to study fashion design at the London College Of Fashion.

Gregory has shown his collection at Style Week Jamaica, Caribbean Fashion Week and recently at London Fashion Week.

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Published in Designers
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 19:51

OTT Couture A/W 2013 LFW

Photo Credit: Trevor Griffiths iDeLick Media
Published in Fashion Weeks
Saturday, 22 December 2012 16:56

See:Saw Clothing

See:Saw Clothing started off as an university project whilst Simone was studying a BA (HONS) Fashion Design and Textiles at Reading University and has now become her world, passion and future.

See:Saw Clothing is a vibrant and innovative urban Menswear brand. Which has grown and developed into an inspiring brand working hard to push the boundaries of the Menswear industry.

With graphic art inspired prints and embroidery all designed by Simone. The careful selection of the fabric used complements each and every design. Each piece shows the highest attention to detail. Giving See:Saw Clothing that innovative edge.

See:Saw Clothing is the result of a well developed skill and years of experience, working hard to bring urban Menswear to the forefront of the fashion industry.

The name of the collection is a play on her initials Simone Adel Watson, who has worked hard to design and make the current collection.
 Fashion is an industry that has always interested, inspired and has managed to take over almost every aspect of Simone's life.

Her inspiration can come from absolutely anywhere, out of the blue and end up some how as part of her next design, colour scheme or fabric selection. It can come from the crazy colour schemes you would find in the pic 'n' mix in your local shop to fashion shows, street trends, graphic art and graffiti. It interest her if it stands out, is different, weird and cutting edge.

The Philosophy of See:Saw Clothing "pursue your dream with conviction".
Published in Designers
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Hellavagirl is a luxury womenswear brand founded by award winning designer Helen Woollams. Beautifully bold pieces for ultimate glamour. Rock-Star-Fairy-Tale-Couture. Causing a stir from London to the Far East this luxury label is one to watch. Twice yearly couture collections featured Not Just a Label and RTW collections available at Asos and www.hellavagirl.com
Staying in shape is important. It keeps you healthy and extends your life. But it also makes you feel better. Your physical, mental and emotional health is stronger when you are healthy. Of course, physical exercise is only part of the battle. You also need to eat well and get plenty of sleep.

But when it comes to being active, one of the biggest motivators is dressing the part. When you look good, you feel good, and you can things well. So to get yourself ready for a regular exercise routine, you need to get yourself some stylish activewear. It will help you achieve a better workout, and you'll also look younger. Think about it- most people who stay fit are young, right? So the association between activewear and physical activity is youth.
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Here are some other reasons to sport some stylish active attire:

• You can more easily see the progress your body has made.
Since activewear is usually tight fitting, you can watch as your flab gets fit and your skin gets thin. Choose tops that show off your stomach and bottoms that define your legs.

• You can see the areas that need the most work.
You don't want to pick yourself, or your body apart, but activewear helps you see which parts of your body might benefit from some tightening and toning.

• It pushes you to look good for potential suitors.
If you know that people are going to see you exercising, wearing stylish activewear is just one more way for you to push yourself to get fit.

Maybe you don't feel comfortable wearing exercise clothing that is tight, or that highlights the areas of your body that you want to work on. But if you really get a good workout, you're going to sweat and get your heart rate going. You want to make sure that you are wearing clothing that allows you to breathe and keeps you cool. Most activewear is made to serve that purpose, so it is beneficial to wear it instead of clothing that you might feel more comfortable in. You can always start your daily routine at home and then venture outside once you're more comfortable in your skin.

If you're a beginner at the whole exercise thing, or you want to start small, here are a few easy ways to get more physical in your daily routine:

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator
• Park your car far from where you need to go
• Eat your lunch outside if the weather is nice
• Cook dinner at home instead of eating out

You might wonder how the last two bullet points will help you get more fit. The truth is, the more time you spend outside, the more likely you are to keep spending time outside. It helps encourage you to get out and walk, or explore the outdoors through things like hiking or biking. Likewise, cooking at home encourages a healthier diet, and even the smallest bit of moving around your kitchen is better than sitting in your car to order less healthy food.

Once you've established a routine that you feel good about, get yourself some stylish activewear to go along with it. You'll look and feel younger, and you'll live much longer.

Written by guest blogger Bella Gocher 
With performances from Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Madonna to name just a few, this years Grammy Awards celebrated the best in music.