Friday, 26 July 2013 11:47

Fashion Highlights 2013


FashionCamp is an annual event promoting emerging designers, fashion bloggers and new technologies in fashion. This year's edition took place on 7 and 8 June at the historic Steam Factory (La Fabbrica del Vapore) in Milan.

Highlights of the event included handmade glass jewelry by Contessa Rosafosca, unique dresses by a Bolognese artist Antonella Cinelli and circus-inspired artwork by Patrizia Fratus.

The industrial area around Via Procaccini, which has been now refurbished and utilized for a new purpose, makes an interesting destination itself. So don't forget to put it on your Milan itinerary next time!

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

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Dior showed a strong Autumn/Winter 2013 collection on the second day of Paris Haute Couture.

Creative director Raf Simons was inspired by 'women from different continents and cultures who wear couture'.

'My aim has been to bring a sense of reality back to haute couture,' explained Simons. 'And this collection is about focusing on the reality of the woman herself, including her culture and personality; how she chooses to wear them.'


19th edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week was dedicated to talent and innovation. Many young Dutch designers and established labels showed their collections to international fashion professionals.

Rebecca Ward presented unconventional shapes and a toned colour pallette, while Winde Rienstra opted for structural elegance and futuristic touch. My favourite designs included white minimalist pieces by Claes Iversen and a fresh and edgy collection by iNDiViDUALS. All in all, this year's edition was a great showcase of a new generation of creative fashion designers.

Backstage at iNDiViDUALS Photo Peter Stigter

Rebecca Ward Photo Peter Stigter

Shoes at Winde Rienstra show Photo Peter Stigter


On the first day of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer, Hong Kong Trade Development Council invited Catriona MacNab, Chief Creative Officer of WGSN, to host a seminar titled "Fall/Winter 2014/15 Macro Trends, Design Directions and Beyond", giving industry players a glimpse into the upcoming fashion revolution.

Modern Myth will be one of the major trends for Fall/Winter 2014/15. The style uses fashion to convey a future folklore narrative, with creative styling, regal designs and cultural colours stitching it all together. Dark red, indigo blue and gold will form the key palette. For women's wear, jacquards from the 70s will project a tough, masculine look. Patterns could also be combined with bold, folklore-inspired patterns to add a layer of cosmic mythology to the clothing.

Modern Myth (Photo courtesy of WGSN)

To view Fall/Winter 2013 macro trends, please visit Fashion Studio Magazine


080 Barcelona Fashion took place from 8 - 12 July 2013 at the ultra modern Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) building. The event, which aims to promote Catalan fashion on the international scene, featured over thirty runway shows and presentations.

Both established and emerging fashion designers showed their Spring/Summer 2014 collections over the five-day fun-filled event. My favourite collections included colourful designs by Escorpion and stylish swimwear by Guillermina Baeza.

Escorpion Spring/Summer 2014 (Photo courtesy of 080 Barcelona Fashion) 


Mara Hoffman presented a colourful Resort 2014 collection on the third day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Exotic prints and patterns took us on an inspirational trip to India. Once again, Mara Hoffman managed to cause astonishment with the wide variety of her sensational swimsuits, cover-ups and accessories.


Mara Hoffman, born in Buffalo, NY is a New York City based fashion designer. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London before launching her first ready-to-wear collection in 2000.

Photo by Randy Brooke
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Friday, 19 July 2013 10:10

Chika Couture S/S14 Collection Launch

Young Designer Chika Iwenofu Launches Spring/Summer' 14 Collection during London Fashion Week September 2013 in collaboration with young and unemployed in London.
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 17:20

Matthew O'Brien

Collection: Smart Future

This collection explores the connection between fashion and technology. Borrowing shape and form from architecture along with integrated electronics.

Drawing inspiration from looking at how technology and fashion have become one, and how fashion has taken different routes due to the technology now available. The collection concentrated on how every social space is designed to suit a user's needs. I wanted my garments to adorn the body, while also reacting to the wearer's needs and requirements, for example altering in shape and form to cool the wearer down through moving flaps. Also the use of neon lighting tubes sewn into seams to emphasise and aluminate certain aspects of the garments.

About Matthew O'Brien

Entering fashion at the young age of 15 Matthew O'Brien started his first clothing label. Focusing on menswear he was able to develop his design aesthetic leading him into womenswear where he was able to excel. His passion and determination has landed him many accolades most recently Britain's Top Designer. Matthew has a strong eye for detail and focuses on structure and shape, along with the use of unconventional fabrics. Matthew has a great ability to produce contemporary aesthetics, whilst somehow using historical referencing. Amalgamating both electronics with fashion, Borrowing shape and form from architecture along with integrated electronics. Taking a keen interest in print design his latest collection exhibits sharp monochrome prints with highlights of colour. Against the sharp angular forms created on the body.
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Last week saw Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hit Sydney, Australia showcasing the industry's top talent. This year saw a bit of a reinvention with a change of location for the event from Sydney Harbour to Carriageworks, a former rail yard now regarded as an arts and culture hub. Welcoming nearly 2,000 delegates to watch the 66 established and emerging designers presenting 52 shows, this fashion week was the biggest yet.

The show was streamed live for the first time which proved to be a huge success with over 20,000 people tuning in from over 77 countries. This year there was a strong emphasis on showing the world that as much as Australia still produces what its known best for; its laid back easy going fashion and sexy swimwear, designers have turned up the edge to show they are also influencer and inspirer of cutting edge world fashion.

The move to the disused rail yard saw designers sending there models down catwalks surrounded by concrete walls, air-conditioning ducts, scaffolding and floor grills, giving this year's fashion week a much different vibe to that of the previous location at Sydney Harbour.

Here are some highlights from the week featuring top designers and up and coming starts to look out for.


My favourite show was definitely that of Camilla Franks, who decided to step away from the new location and show her latest collection in Sydney's Centennial Park. With the models walking bare foot under teepee tents surrounded by beautiful flowers, a bonfire and even a lama it was the perfect setting for her bohemian, tribal inspired collection of floaty dresses, kaftans and swimwear. Model of the moment Georgia May Jagger also made a rear catwalk appearance adding a youthful rock spirit to the line. The collection was a feast for the eyes with bold brightly coloured patterns, statement jewellery and unique hats and headpieces.

Photo: Splash

Photo: Splash

Christopher Esber

This show was set in a storage warehouse which added a raw edge to the line. The clothes were minimalist with clean crisp lines and Esber stuck to his normal palette of monochrome with a splash of blue and grey. While choosing not to experiment with colour, you can see his love of different textures, working with textile weaving specialists to create futuristic fabric mash-ups like invisible mesh panelling.

Photograpger Brendon Thorne

Camilla & Marc

Celebrating their tenth anniversary at Australia Fashion week brother and sister duo Camilla & Marc put on a lively show with amazing music and a great set. The show was full of their trademark suits and sports luxe separates featuring beautiful silk blouses, sexy pencil skirts and striking sleeveless jackets. Camilla & Marc stuck mainly to the monochrome trend but added colour with some stunning gold pieces, adding edge with some daring designs including a completely see through lace dress.

Photographer Brendon Thorne

We Are Handsome

A favourite swimwear brand of Rihanna, We are Handsome brought us their new highly anticipated collection and it wasn't a disappointment. If you love bright fun prints then this line is definitely for you. With themes such as lions, giraffes, foxes and shrubbery it was a visual feast for the eyes and will definitely get you noticed at the beach. Adding a fun flair to the show some models took to bicycles to make their way down the runway!

Photographer Lucas Dawson

Photographer Lucas Dawson


I loved the Aje show which saw models emerging from smoke on a pitch black runway with overhanging branches. A great contract to the mainly white collection of sexy short dresses perfect to bring you from day to night in summer. There were also some beautiful little jackets perfect for the chilly spring evenings (yes they even get them in Australia!) and stunning floaty maxi dresses just perfect for covering up in the hot sun.

Photographer Brendon Thorne

Written by Rose Humble 
Published in Blog
Saturday, 30 March 2013 21:52

Highlights of Lisbon Fashion Week AW 2013

ModaLisboa / Lisbon Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in Portugal. It takes place twice a year – in March and October.

Nuno Baltazar AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

After spending three wonderful days in Lisbon, watching the shows and getting familiar with the Portugese fashion industry, I can say that Portuguese designers are not only extremely talented, but also not appreciated enough on the European fashion scene!

One of my favourite shows during ModaLisboa Trust was Nuno Baltazar's show (see picture above). The designer proved that his high position in Portuguese fashion is well-deserved. Excellent tailoring and attention to detail make this collection stand out from the others. Strong, confident look and timeless elegance - fashion at its best!

Valentim Quaresma AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Valentim Quaresma is a jewellery designer based in Lisbon. After 20 years of collaborating with an avant-garde fashion designer Ana Salazar, he started his own line in 2005. His futuristic and innovative style quickly brought him a lot of popularity and recognition.

In 2008, Valentim won "Accessories Collection of the Year " award at ITS competition in Italy. He is currently considered as one of the top jewellery designers in Portugal.

Valentin's creative process concentrates on the specific function of the objects he works with, which, once transformed, are given a new functionality and meaning. His conceptual art has been exhibited in many cities including Lisbon, Porto, and Barcelona, as well as in international galleries and art biennales. 

Ricardo Dourado AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Born in Portugal in 1980, Ricardo Dourado finished his education at CITEX Porto in 2003. Since 2004, Ricardo presents his work at Lisbon Fashion Week. He is also part of the design team at Polopique, a fashion company with studios in Portugal, Spain and Brazil.

The collection, inspired by the daily life of Soweto, featured colourful African prints combined with black and white elements. Skirts and dresses had interesting cuts and were accompanied by asymmetrical tops and coats with oversized shoulders.

Ricardo presented looks that were uncomplicated and versatile enough to last several seasons. His show was one of the highlights of Lisbon Fashion Week and proved that the Portuguese designer has a great potential and doesn't blend in with the crowd.

Pedro Pedro AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Pedro Pedro presented stylish collection featuring oversized coats and longer skirts inspired by Indian and North American portraits of families. The designs are strongly rooted in nature - the colour palette is toned and all details are kept to a basic minimum. Our prediction: fur handbags will be a big hit next season! 

Luis Buchinho AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Luis Buchinho, an established Portuguese designer with over 20 years of fashion experience, opened the second day of Lisbon Fashion Week. The show took place under the historic arcades of Pátio da Galé and attracted a lot of people.

Luís Buchinho is one of the most respected names in Portuguese fashion. He has been designing for the past 20 years and has participated in several international fashion shows such as São Paulo Fashion Week and the official calendar of Paris Fashion Week. His clothes are modern and
cosmopolitan, featuring feminine silhouettes and structural forms.

The designer, inspired by the Portuguese revolution in the 70's, presented strong graphic lines and geometric shapes. Bold colour combinations (black-white-red) gave the collection a characteristic touch. The designs were accompanied by over-the-knee boots and long leather gloves. 
Alaxandar Protic AW 2013 (ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco)

Simplicity, lean silhouettes, and strict colour palette - the key elements of Alaxandar Protic' style - were all present in his latest collection. The result is magnificent: modern and wearable designs suitable for every occasion.

As we can see, Autumn/Winter 2013 will be mainly black and white with occasional colour combinations of browns, reds, and greens. Plain, simple fabrics are definitely dominating the next season's look. The silhouette is changing – winter coats and jackets have broad, oversized shoulders. Invest in key accessories such as long leather gloves, round sunglasses, and stylish handbags – they will make your look complete!
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Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:48

Africa Fashion Day Berlin

Africa Fashion Day presents: Urban Fashion Nights and Africa Fashion Day Berlin Designer Exhibition.
Published in News
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 19:52

London Collections Men Show Schedule 2013

This is a provisional show schedule and subject to change.
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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:07

Mahfouz Couture FW Rome '12

Lebanese designer Abed Mahfouz showcased his collection Roma at the Alta Roma 2012.
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