Sunday, 08 February 2015 21:43

Shona Tawhiao

Artist, Weaver and Designer Shona Tawhiao is based in Mount Maunganui NZ. Shona graduated from Unitec in traditional and contemporary Maori Raranga weaving techniques and methods in the mid 90s. She was taught by Kahutoi Te Kanawa.

Shona has exhibited her style of woven art extensively. Her first major group exhibition was in 1998 Te Uru Patu staged on the confiscation line in Taneatua Tuhoe. She has produced TV sets for Maori Television, and worked in art and costume departments for film television and theatre. Recently Shona has been producing award winning woven garments where she has developed techniques and designs that are unique to her aspirations of Maori culture and other indigenous nations.

Shona has shown collections at NZ Fashion Week 2010-2013 and also at Melbourne's Fashion Week 2013 and 2014. Shona designed costumes for 'The Maori Troilus and Cressida' that opened Shakespeare's Olympics at The Globe Theatre in London to rave reviews. This led to her being nominated and winning the Brancott Estate 'Best Costume Designer of the Year 2012' at The Chapman Tripp Theatre awards in Wellington NZ.

Currently she is working towards showing her work globally and increasing the awareness of contemporary Maori Art, Weaving and Fashion. Shona has been invited to show her work in London and again in Melbourne in August and September 2014 and is currently preparing a new collection.
Monday, 02 February 2015 20:17

A Night of Ladies of Genres

Come and enjoy a night of diverse female performances by UK grown talent. Special guest DJ's on the night and a range of genres and performances.
Swap your unwanted pre-loved and next-to-new clothes & accessories with Swap In The City UK at Fashions Finest, the most 'sought after and popular show' during London Fashion Week.
Saturday, 31 January 2015 14:13

Kited Fashion

Born in 1985, in Nigeria, Okiemute Uhomoibhi founder of Kited Fashion is known for her exquisite and timeless designs. She started her brand in late 2014 after which she showcased her first ever collection with Fashions Finest, with an emphasis on making clothes that were more comfortable for women.

Kited Fashion believes with a little touch here and there, an imperfect outfit can be made perfect to every woman irrespective of body shape or size.

Kited Fashion make bespoke custom-made dresses and ready-to-wear.

Kited Fashion produce only the best quality dresses, and because of this have won multiple awards including best entrepreneur of the year.

www.kitedfashionworld.com

Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:03

Marianna Harutunian

Los Angeles Celebrity Jewellery Designer Marianna Harutunian creates Contemporary Chic to Avant-garde Jewellery and Accessories for the stars. Her clientele range from Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Disney, Nicki Minaj, and several more!

Her pieces are Gold plated or Silver plated, Hypoallergenic, and embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Marianna's style categories are: Contemporary, Red Carpet & Luxury, Bohemian chic, Edgy & Funky, Crowns & Avant-garde.

More about the designer here: www.usfashionsource.com
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:00

January Styling Fix With SJ

Fashions fade, style is eternal.' - Yves Saint Laurent.

I find pleasure in helping my friends and family pick their outfits, for first dates, parties or for their birthday celebrations. I spend some of my most of tedious days browsing the web admiring some of my favourite Fashion icons.

I encourage anyone to express their eccentricities through their sense of style and to simply look at Fashion as a form of Art. So with that being said, check out my first two Fashion Style Boards that I have created on Polyvore.com! Feel free to visit the website and look at some more of my boards, all of the items I choose from my board can be purchased. Comment below and let me know what you think!
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"Falu Red" Outfit:
1. Wine Red Lapel Long Sleeve Knit Coat. Choies.com
2. Open Stone Torque Necklace. Topshop.com
3. Sophia Textured Bandeau Crop Top. Forevernew.com.au
4. Burgundy Ribbed Stripe Pencil Skirt. Newlook.com
5. Gianvito Rossi, Lace Up Cut Out Heels in Suede Bisque. Forwardforward.com
6. Nars, Audacious Lipstick Jeanne Cherry Red. Liberty.co.uk
7. MAC 2 Lash. Johnlewis.com

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"Dinner Date" Outfit:

1. Ritz Mini Dress. Kookai.com.au
2. Camel Pea Coat. Lookbookstore.co
3. MAC Sized to Go Tinted Lipglass. Selfridges.com
4. Gold Giuseppe Zanotti Design Women. Guiseppezanottidesign.com
5. Stacey Metal Cage Hard Clutch. BCBG.com

The Vogue Festival 2015

"In Vogue We Trust!"
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It's essential that you keep April 25th and 26th free as it is now official! Vogues fourth annual festival in association with Harrods is on its way, providing all fashion lovers and Vogue readers to the ultimate fun-filled day.
 
The Festival will be held in two venues, The Royal College of Art and The Royal Geographic Society. The spectacular line-up in the Royal College of Art venue will consist of masterclasses, cover shoots, makeovers, and makeup and hair tutorials with the help of the industries finest. In the Royal Geographic Society venue, there will be one-to-one opportunities to meet with professionals in the industry for career talks and advice. On stage there is a discussion held with some of the great faces in Fashion, Naomi Campbell, Alex Chung and Jourdan Dunn are amongst those who made an appearance during the festival last year. Modelling, styling, writing etc are just a few of the topics discussed, but as student or someone new to the industry, it is a great opportunity to gain inspiration or to allow the heaps of key points plant seeds to go on and do amazing things. With that being said, The Vogue Festivals seems like an ideal place to network, make friends and to gain inspiration and an insight of the Fashion industry.
 
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Alexa Chung at The Vogue Festival 2014.

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The editor & chief of Vogue Italia and Naomi Campbell, The Vogue Festival 2014

It is the second year Vogue has joined forces with Harrods for the festival, so I am sure that this event will be bigger and better than last years. Be sure to visit the famous Vogue gift shop. More information on The Vogue Festival will be revealed soon on their website www.vogue.co.uk, tickets go on sale in March.

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Simone James
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:47

Touch of Africa

Touch of Africa is a British, London based brand showcasing bold, trendy fashion. The brand was founded at Cambridge in 2011 after winning the 'First Step Forward Award' through Cambridge University Entrepreneurs.

An online store was launched early 2012, where the company sold distinctive African print fashion made by a variety of African designers.

In 2013 Touch of Africa launched its own brand, ranging from Spring/Summer 2014 and Autumn/Winter 2014 which was showcased at Africa Fashion Week London in August 2014.
In October of the same year Touch of Africa was asked to showcase for Black History Month at Trafalgar Square London. It launched the Tswana Inspired Heritage Collection.

2015 is an exciting year for Touch of Africa, set to showcase at London Fashion Week, February 2015.

More about Touch of Africa: www.touch-of-africa.co.uk
London's hippest hangout just got trendier with the arrival of Capturelove headwear into one of Camden's brand new pop-up boutiques.
Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:18

Angelo Galasso SS Forever Collection

Angelo Galasso Spring Summer Forever Collection blossoms along the path of the thirty-year creative evolution of the Italian designer; celebrating the eccentric as an absolute value, whilst nourishing of the precious Italian craftsmanship.
Quvenzhane Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild and the youngest Oscar nominee of all time, has been named the face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani's line for children and teens.