As I approached the Freemasons Hall with my invitation which was strategically decorated with dolls heads, I really didn't know what to expect.
Let's face it - women's sensuality has never been bigger business. But in the rush to mass produce high street titillation, the real colour of what it is to be a woman is lost.
Step forward Itsy Bitsy Vintage – a personal, bespoke lingerie concept that recognizes the rich individuality of women's tastes, and the desires of the men who love them.
Itsy Bitsy Vintage is launching a distinctive approach to lingerie and styling. You are encouraged to discover your playful seductive side; whether to tease your lover at home, show-off in a club or perform live on stage; you will feel comfortable and confident enough to reveal your inner minx.
Oonagh and Tracy are inspired by the beauty of treasures that have had a former life. They are passionate about searching for vintage gems in antique collections, on ebay, in vintage shops or at 'Bitch and Swaps'.
With a fantastic understanding of period, character and history and a fine eye for detail, Tracy's vast creative background working in TV and film as an art director on period dramas and documentaries gave her the knowledge and eye for sourcing specialised fabrics and vintage clothing. Her exceptional aptitude for characterisation stems from a firm belief that every woman has a starlet from the golden age of glamour within.
Oonagh's excellent pattern drafting and construction knowledge and her team of highly skilled seamstresses combine their expertise on each commission with proficiency and attention to detail. With a background in fashion design and wealth of experience making bespoke costumes for stage and screen (including Girls Aloud and The Saturdays) any vision can be made complete.
Together their experience allows Itsy Bitsy Vintage to offer fabulous, unique, sexy styles, in unusual fabrics. You can order single pieces or a whole set, with gloves, tassels, boas and even hats to express your individuality.
Make an appointment for a private view and either select a style from the current collection or have a bespoke piece made to your measurements. Everything is hand-made with love and crafted in an environmentally conscious and ethical way.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Trevor Griffiths iDeLick Media
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".
Euphemia-ann Sydney-Davies is a 2012 Graduate womenswear/ menswear Designer from the renowned Herriot Watt University Scotland. Since graduating she has gone on to launch her own High-fashion label SYDNEY-DAVIES which a unique and edgy mixture of Ready-To-Wear and Couture. A strong believer in originality, Euphemia is unafraid of doing something different and favours setting her own design over the mass produced culture, something that bears a strong presence in SYDNEY-DAVIES.
Originally from Sierra Leone, Euphemia escaped the brutal 9yr civil war and moved to the United Kingdom seeking refuge, where she has settled, spent most of her adult life, studied and nurtured her gift in design. She has grown immensely as a person and Designer, particularly in the last year as she has been fortunate enough to have completed a 4 month full-time internship with MCQ Alexander McQueen as assistant pattern cutter where she could hone her skills in the fine art of Draping, Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and the well-made garment. Creativity, impeccable Precision and Discipline, as well as Industry experience.
The main objective in her lifelong relationship with fashion is to continue learning and developing her identity as a person and designer, in a profession that constantly demands ingenuity and the skill to put creative ideas into practice. Her unconventional approach, bold imagination, and ambitious ideas with the determination, talent and skill to pull them off, and last but not least, her insatiable love and hunger for fashion is what will propel her into a successful career, turning her dreams into reality. She is highly driven and determined to excel and for SD to be nothing less of a global success.
'I am excited and very honoured to be a part of Fashions Finest at London Fashion Week. Working alongside other talented people and all the brilliant organisers working hard to put the show together giving SD an incredible launch platform'.
SYDNEY-DAVIES is you... in warrior mode!