Actress, Model, Socialite, Fashion Icon and Fashion Designer Richa Kapoor is the epitome of classic fashion, in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Her brand (Jai Maa and Eagle fashions) represents energy, passion and empowerment of "today’s woman" to walk the red carpet of life.
Her style is classic, bohemian, funky and chic with a lot of appeal. She sees her creation as feminine, loose, relaxed, casual and charming. She creates timeless collections with an attitude, yet free spirited, whimsical with earthy sensuality, reflecting comfort and individuality.
Her creation is about mixing the old with the new, trendy with classics and vintage, with loose cuts, ruffles and layers. Her creations are often said to be inspired by nature and the fabrics she prefers are natural; cottons, cotton tusser, hand woven fabric. She displays intricate handwork in her designs which are uniquely embedded with handwork, beaded embroideries, rich antique pita and ethnic thread giving her creations a rich and classic feel with hints of retro and boho chic attached to them.
“I see my designs as an expression of my aspirations with limitless boundaries, always ahead in time.”
Sigrun was born in Iceland around the summer solstice in 1970. Her bed night stories didn´t come from Disney fairy tales but were adventures of Norse mythology and tales of trolls, elves and hidden people. Highly tuned with her heritage, culture and customs, she seeks inspiration from the personifications of natural wonders and entangles it with human emotion, history and characteristics.
Sigrun showed very early signs of a highly fertile imagination and became a keen craftswoman at an early age. She is constantly exploring new materials and methods for creativity as organic, sustainable and recycled materials are a definite favourite of hers.
Sigrun entered the world of fashion via leather craft as she learned to mould and print on leather, creating some head turning hats, bags and other accessories. She hit the catwalks for the first time in 2015 when she collaborated with another designer and in summer 2016, she received a request for a collection of whole looks for a UNESCO heritage site catwalk at a Mythological Art Festival in Denmark. Luckily for Sigrun, her mother who learned sewing and tailoring as a young woman was at hand and Sigrun was put under very intense learning. Arriving to Denmark with her creations, Sigrun made the headlines with her mixture of mythology and fashion and has not looked back since.
Her 2017 collection mixes female characteristics with natures own displays of beauty such as the depths of the ocean and the Aurora Borealis and uses materials such as feathers, birds feet, fish leather, volcanic ash, jewellery from the ocean and even incorporates electricity at times.
Metamorph Quirky Couture
Diamonds are Forever
Credit: Mikey San Photography
Fashions Finest is an established leading international platform for new and emerging designers taking place from Saturday, the 17th of September to Sunday, the 18th of September 2016 during London Fashion Week at the Cornwall and Crown Suite, Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, Holborn, London (nearest tube Covent Garden or Holborn). Doors Open at 1.00pm.
Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 fashion trends are claimed to be heavily influenced by the Korean designs. There was a catwalk show conducted in Seoul last year where collections of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 were presented along a colorful inter-seasonal line. Here are some of the fashion trends which somewhat bring similarities between Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 collections and Korean designs:
1. The Jogakbo Tradition – The Patchwork
One of the famous fashion clothing trends is the tradition of Jogakbo or in other words, patchwork. It’s definitely inspired by the Korean culture. Its colorful pattern was presented in Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 with an oversized flower button. Celebratory stripes are also used in this dress.
2. The Pink Petal Dress
This show also featured a traditional Hanbok in a highly fashionable and trendy manner. It was a petal and pastel pink dress which also included a black trim. There are also many other dresses which also are inspired from traditional Korean dresses.
It’s a conventional jacket which offers the appearance of an extreme empire waist. It is often worn with the traditional hanbok.
Here are a few more fashion trends of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 from Korean culture:
Fashions Finest held residence at the Grand Connaught Rooms in 61-65 Great Queen Street, Holborn, London.
QVC fashion expert and TV & Radio presenter Laura Naylor host the acclaimed Britain's Top Designer Awards on the night.
Front row were Charley Monroe (X-factor), Actress Kelly Adams – (Hustle, Selfridges), Miss England, Princes Trust Ambassador Lewis-Duncan Weedon (Princess Trust Ambassador & celebrity), who showed their support to Britain’s emerging design talent.
At 8 pm head judge celebrity stylist Bernard Connolly was joined by Princes Trust Ambassador and celebrity stylist Lewis-Duncan Weedon, presenter and stylist Lola Royle and fashion expert publicist Melanie Jones from the eponymous Melanie Jones PR agency.
Designer Helen Woollams of Hellavagirl received the Britain’s Top Designer Award and won judges over with an unconventional, innovative and opulent collection inspired by Hitchcock’s Birds for her visionary collection.
Designers: Little Hill People, Kited Fashion, Deada Designs, Daniel Chu, Haus of Ra, Made of Carpet, Hellavagirl.
More information: www.britainstopdesigner.com
Paris Fashion Week is over for another year, with dozens of designers showing off their latest pieces for spring/summer 2016 and countless stand out moments from the catwalk.
The Design House, is a hub of Irish fashion and design, offering cutting edge fashion, jewellery, bridal, vintage and a variety of crafts. Housed in a fabulous Georgian building, a space where over 50 Irish designers, 60 craft designers and 16 artists live out their creative dreams.
The concept of the Design House is to bring together designers, craftspeople and artists, in a space where they can create, meet with prospective clients and retail their products to a wide range of customers.
Having just celebrated the success of their summer 2015 Fashion Show in partnership with The Mater Foundation (official charity for the Mater Hospital –Dublin)
The show offered attendees a peek into this seasons latest limited edition looks ranging from daywear, accessories, occasion wear and bridal.
Here are some of the highlights from the show
Wedding dress by Evelyn Campbell
Evelyn Campbell started her design career with her Street wear fashion labels, Rich Clothing Company, Pump, and Bodyline. Her focus now has shifted towards bridal and special occasion wear creating unique and individualized garments for the lady that walks by her own tune.
Dress by Golden Stitch
Ginan Abbas, originally from Iraq, has lived in Ireland for 14 years. Her designs are inspired by nature and beautiful fabrics. Ginan wants women to feel beautiful, because she feels that, ‘There is so much pressure on women to conform to the perfect body shape’. She wants them to celebrate their body shape by designing pieces that fits them rather than the other way around. ‘I create unique and unusual pieces that will stand out from the norm but which fit the wearer perfectly.’
Dress by B Fashion Design and Hat by Mark Garvie Millinery
B fashion Design is a fashion design label by Bébhinn Flood. Bébhinn graduated from the Limerick Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design in 2004. After qualifying, Bébhinn gained experience of couture fashion, working with noted designers such as John Rocha, Joanne Hayes and Carol Smith. Subsequent to that Bébhinn worked in the mass market side of the trade as a designer at Max Pierre. Her designs can be described as modern vintage chic, integrating classic craft techniques with modern fabrics to create unique modern pieces that are fun, wearable, practical, quirky and unique yet still graceful, elegant and definitively feminine.
Mark Garvie Millinery, having trained as a bespoke milliner in the UK and Ireland after leaving the world of floristry where he was an international award winning floral designer. His designs are inspired his floral designs, architecture, art, sculpture and nature.
Kimonos by Kimono Queen, yellow gown by The Golden Stitch, and colourful gown by B Fashion Design
Bags from The Designer Exchange and tights from Tights Department
Find out more about these new Rising stars and the Design house @ www.designhouse.ie
Images courtesy of The Design House