Hitting the streets of london on friday 13th september is award winning fashion event company fashions finest presenting 'matthew o'brien street walk'.
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Sunday, 08 September 2013 17:31

Ocansey Bianchi SS14 “Lost at Sea”

The sea brings us the inspiration for this spring summer 14 relaxed Ocansey Bianchi men/women collections. 
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Saturday, 31 August 2013 19:00

How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer

Newham College's Fashion and Textile Museum writes a new book, based on its popular series of drawing classes.
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 20:48

Highlight from the Nottinghill Carnival 2013

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Photographs Coutesy of Luigi Petro
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 15:59

Ricardo Ramos

Colombian born Spanish designer Ricardo Ramos has been doing fashion since his childhood, most of his work is inspired in the identity signs and cultural heritage related to costumes and textiles from different countries all over the world, with special attention to the folk, tribal and indigenous traditions, executed after extensive traveling and deep cultural immersions. Ramos is also concerned about working from a sustainable and ethic perspective believing in recycling as a relevant way to do contemporary fashion since the very start of his career. Globetrottering in more than 45 countries and international studies in Paris/France (Paris American Academy/Fashion), Barcelona/Spain (Barcelona's College of Antique Dealers/Antiquarian in Western Decorative Arts) and Mumbai/India (Lemark Institute/Traditional Indian Textile Design) also workshops in London/UK (Central Saint Martin's/Experimental Fashion Illustration, Westminster/Tailoring Dior &Chanel) gave to Ricardo Ramos his flare to understand fashion from an ethnographic consciousness and a sociological reality instead of the aspirational perspective very common and generalized in the fashion industry.

Ramos' work has been featured in Barcelona (Pasarela Gaudí, BCN Fashion week, BAC/Barcelona Contemporary Art Festival), London (London Fashion Week/London Design Festival), New York (NYFW), Bogotá (Textilmoda, Bogotá Fashion, IFLS), Lodz ( Re-Act), Birmingham (Birmingham Fashion Week) and Berlin (Berlin Fashion Week) among some other cities in the world.
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 19:27

Cassandra Amoré is a force to be reckoned with

From mosaic bags to shoes, Cassandra Amoré is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry.
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:18

What To wear On a Night out In a Casino

If you are lucky enough to be going on a night out in a casino, you’ll want to make sure you look the part. That old comfy t-shirt was fine for when you were playing on Lucky Nugget, found at LuckyNuggetCasino.com, or on another online casino site but this simply won't work for the real thing. A visit to the casino makes for the perfect excuse to get glammed up, so why not have some fun and go all out.
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These dresses are some favourites that are currently available in high-street shops. Starting from the top: the red satin dress from Coast is £160, taking centre stage is the full length lace dress from Paul Smith, £835, at the top right, the Natalie dress from Reiss is £230, the red silk dress is £160 from Karen Millen and the flare lace dress is £160 from House of Fraser.
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And it isn't only the women who can have some fun with fashion. These suits show how men can look smart and suave but can also funky up their fashion with bright bold colours and modern tailoring, perfect for a night out in a casino.

First, the Paul Smith indigo suit is £970, in the middle we have two picks from Topman, the yellow skinny suit would certainly make you stand out from the crowd and is a bargain at just £109, the grey flannel suit, is also a bit of a bargain at £195 but is slightly more understated. Both are skinny cut, giving them a modern edge which is perfect for the younger gambler. And, the Calvert three-piece suit from Reiss, £785 combines smart sophistication with quirky detailing.

These picks are fantastic for a night out in a casino and are sure to have you looking the part and feeling confident when it comes to those casino games.

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A Manchester fashion designer has secured an exclusive catwalk show at London Fashion Week 2013 Off Schedule events.
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 17:35

Sports day relay!

I'm sure I won't be alone here in admitting that I never really enjoyed Physical Education at school. Just the memory of having to wear those horrendous two stripe, nappy-styled 'knicker -shorts' and my 'not-so cool' back then-tracksuit was not enjoyable, nor clever. Nor was the general 'sport' element for that matter either!

Of course, times have changed and my kit would probably command retro- respect these days but, Sports Lux? Luxury sports styling?! Was this really a trend I wanted to follow after so many years of trying avoid that very activity?

Sports Lux styling was everywhere last year due to the anticipation and excitement of the Olympics. Aerodynamic and streamlined, clothing incorporated zips, Velcro, neon and go-faster metallic stripes. Then, the controversial platform trainer followed and well, nothing else much wearable from the trend thereafter in my prejudiced opinion! Admittedly, I wasn't smitten and wished to see the back of this trend.

However, you can't always get what you wish for and our recent tennis victory did nothing to quell this growing obsession for all things sports related! Lucky for me though, Philip Lim, Alexander Wang and Chanel were evolving the 'sports-lux' look during last Septembers' Fashion week and the result was a more wearable and re-energised look taking influence from those very retro influences I once despised wearing!

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Philip Lim: paying homage to the girl's netball team favourite racer- back and pastel shades of lilac and orange not seen combined together since the eighties. Alexander Wang also saluting a 'high-five' to the eighties with this skirt; not dissimilar to the colour schemes we all used to sport upon our tracksuits and 'HEAD' bags back in the class of eighty six! Images Bing.com

Directing us equally well by replacing harsher angles fashioned during 2012 with the slouch fit, Chanel then reinvented the iconic 'Frankie says' eighties slogan print t-shirt seen here modelled by Cara Delavigne in their advertising campaign featured below. Even the likes of Victoria Beckham, Mulberry and Max Mara were also in on the act, going for gold with their athletic, cross- Atlantic inspired collections. 

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Cara Delavigne modelling Chanel's eighties slogan slouch t shirt. Source: www.celebsvenue.com

I have to admit that I am finally appreciating the 'new' more aesthetically pleasing 'Sports lux' now. Taking you to down town Brooklyn, via a few basketball courts on the way, this look successfully amalgamates distinct street styling from the nineteen eighties and nineties together in a clever, more wearable way.

Street lux is definitely the new sports lux and I couldn't think of a better way for any of us to dress 'casual- cool' during these forever changeable climes! And, here are some of the best buys around at the moment, so reasonably priced that you might even consider saving for that trip to New York one day to experience the very origins of this freestyle and expressive look. 

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Dress Missguided.com £ 4.99                     Top/dress-missguided.com £12.99

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Missrebel.com £5.99                                               Nike trainers£55.00 ASOS.com

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:41

Vintageous

A while back I attended a pattern cutting course and had the privilege of learning about industry secrets to styling and pattern manipulation. We were also shown some major throwback pieces from as far back as the 1940s! You can literally smell the vintage, musky scent by looking at these pics. But in ladies fashion some things never change, and that is the use of lace, beads, or brooches to bring out a classic wardrobe piece.

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Side View Navy Blue Jacket

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Front View Navy Blue Jacket

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Soft Petit Ladies Jacket

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Embroidery Jacket

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Ladies Indoor Gown
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