Fashions Finest were excited to catch up with Siobhan Mackenzie following her recent collaboation with the premium Scottish gin Caorunn.
Since she was a child Romina Dorigo developed her creative attitude in mom's tapestry shop, playing with fabrics and old clothes. The first step was the upper institute for the fine arts "G. Sello" of Udine. In the last two years she went to Florence to "Fondazione Capucci" for a tailoring course on Madeleine Vionnet and her unique techniques. After two months she went to Verona to the "Fashion Ground Academy" for a seminar and a fashion show tribute to Valentino Garavani. She deepened her artistic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts "LABA- Free Academy of Fine Arts" (RN) where she graduated in October 2017. Three intense years of university, which push her to London in the prestigious "Central Saint Martin", where she had the opportunity to combine her studies with the creativity of the artists within the UAL. Her first time at CSM was not enough, so after her Fashion Mix course, she returned home to work on that new collection. The result was an exhibition at the Fashion Biennial. After the CSM course everything changed, so she moved to London for two more courses, one dedicated to sustainable fashion and one to the portfolio.
Now you can find her collections on Vogue UK, Vanityfair UK, House of Coco and Candid Magazine.
Keywords: upcycling and still life, this was her starting point for the consideration of a beauty that can be seen as perishable.
We caught up with Designer Monika Kędziora and Brand Manager Bartek Korzeniowski to find out more about their brand Acephala. Here's what they told us.
KARL LAGERFELD, celebrated fashion designer who works with the likes of Chanel and FENDI is making his foray into the world of beauty with the KARL LAGERFELD + ModelCo colour cosmetics collection.
The Mena Odi Collections is a womenswear brand established by London born designer, Jessica Odoi, in 2016.
Jessica studied in Kent Institute of Art and Design (K.I.A.D) and Creapole school of design in Paris. She successfully graduated from K.I.A.D and although Jessica specialised in womenswear, she produced a Mr Men inspired menswear final collection which featured in London's Graduate Fashion Week. Continuing from that success, Jessica showcased further menswear collections. Twice at London's Alternative Fashion week and the BME's Fashion show, an innovative fashion event held at Edgware Road's Cockpit Theatre, where her Baroque inspired collection received high commendation.
In 2016, Jessica reverted to her specialism in women's clothing and decided to launch 'The Mena Odoi Collections.' Her new label believes in providing a ‘feel good, look good’ style to all women comprises of classic, stylish, sophisticated and sensual designs. The choice of colour and love of unique textured fabric determines and dictates the direction of this brand. Jessica believes it is a significant part to the design process and contributes to her inspiration. Both recent collections explore the use of colour and texture but maintains its signature look, the classic silhouette.
Over the centuries, a multitude of tools and accessories have been developed for all kinds of sewing and embroidery, from thimbles to etuis and chatelaines.
Everyone deserve a little luxury and it is the season for it ! Together with our Fashions Finest Designers we have compiled an array of lavish goodies for yourself or a friend.
Glitz starts with a gorgeous clutch. The Charlote Emerald Green clutch from The Naan Design, is just luxurious paired with a simple LBD it will just be a knock out at any Christmas or New Year's eve party.
A belt is not often something we would associate with luxury but the CÉLINE Geo Belt in Emerald Green, Gold and Black is just splendidy lavish and will be a nice touch to a jumpsuit to accentuate your curves.
Black is always sleek and sensuous, even in the little details like the MARION Clutch in Black and Gold paired with any color or day or night look this little piece of opulence will stand out.
Blue is a royal color so nothing is more extravagent then the aptly named KATE Saddle Bag Blue paired with a A-line dress for the evening or a pair of indigo jeans and a crisp white shirt for the day. The Kate saddle bag will surely be number one on my lux christmas gift list.
Is there any things as rich as the Giselle a Mutli -coloured fringed and sequined mini dress from designer Tahra Nketia. If you are looking for the flawless NYE party dress then this is it.
Jewelry is such a thoughtful gift and a sparkling pair of earrings will bring a touch of rich indulgence to the one that will recieve it. And this pair are just perfect from designer JADAU by Kanwal Toor. Beautifully designed the Kundan Flower & Pearl Drop Earrings is a treasure worth investing in.
After a long and hard year all we really want to do is just, to drop it like its hot, and have fun and the Unchained Two -piece from Tahra Nketia will help you do just that. Embellished with gold lace, this is a truly extravagant party piece.
Can we ever really get enough of gold jewelry, short answer NO !! These simple yet elegant pieces are from designer Alexandra Jacoumis. The Crown Ring with its intricate and delicate detail of the gold work is from hand sewing with cotton thread makes for a stunning gift.
The elegant Seven Circle Necklace is so dainty and exquisite a true treasure of golden beauty.
Diamonds are a girls best friend and the Black Diamond Shisha Line necklace is the perfect reward for yourself after a hard year of slaving away at work and home.
Love this very versatile Sandra Short jacket in a metallic Rose Gold, from designer label ByVarga. This is a statement piece that you will need in your closet. Because it will jazz-up any dull daytime outfit or just glam up a night time look
A fab pair of heels are just the thing to bring togerther a polished party look. And these heels from designer label Larrit, are sweet, sexy and just magnificent. Shimmer in the Sophia -gold with its sparkly detail and golden heel or be stately sophisticated in the Iyobo -black and gold or the life and soul of the party in the Rita or be all women on your last meeting of 2017 in the Tonto.
Stay warm in this luxurious jacket from desinger Helen Howe Atelier named Victory in Blue . This jacket is cut in stunning blue tweed with suede and decorative military buttons. A superb piece to layer over any party outfit.
A classic look with a beautiful wax print detail at the wrist of the dress- sleeves that gives it just that edge.
Or opt for the Betty Silk Blouse , from BYVARGA, with its beautiful bell sleeves a great piece to dress up a jeans for a relaxed yet lavish christmas lunch.
Make this season all about luxury and spoil yourself with one or even two pieces from our selected designers.
The Fleur Angélique is a bridal wear brand established in 2016 by Sandra Chinogurei for Sandylou Bridal. The collection signature style is classic & elegant embracing intricate detail, opulence and beautiful textures.
Sandra was influenced by her love of fashion and after having to have a gown created for her sister from then a passion was developed to design and create her own collection where she can express and bring out her inner creativity.
Sandra's achievements was having her famous bridal Valerie jumpsuit gown featured as number 1 on a blog in the Huffington post in April 2017. In the same month she also had her work featured in the elegant Magazine issue no 35 , Huff Magazine & Dark beauty Mag. Sandra has had her collection showcased at the National Wedding Show & Mahogany Brides.
This year Sandra will be showcasing her fleur Angélique 2nd collection at Fashions Finest.
Tahra Nketia comes from a family of seamstresses and designers most notably her grandmother and aunt who had a huge influence in her formative years. Tahra's first design experience came in the form of designing mini couture collections for her Barbie dolls as a child. Tahra was also heavily influenced by the glamorous black and white movies and shows of the 70’s such as Charlie's angels, which she would watch obsessively dreaming up her of adaptations to what was on screen.
Tahra Nketia later studied at LCCA before branching out to start her own label and follow her dreams.
Tahra has strong ethical and environmental beliefs and well as being a staunch advocate for the empowerment of less economically privileged people. She first started out designing having the designs sewn by under privileged seamstresses in Ghana. Going forward Tahra hopes to reintroduce this initiative to further develop the brands ethical ethos.
Within a year of the brands inception it has gained notoriety through numerous social media outlets such as popular blog Baller Alert. The brand has designed for the host of Hermes crazy carre event, social media celebrities including NFL player Cam Newton's fiancé Kia Proctor as well as a host of other online personalities.
Tahra Nketia's pieces tend to be opulent, embellished and heavily beaded. They are differentiated by her unique choice of fabrics and stunning designs.
The collection Tahra will be presenting at Fashion Finest SS18 LFW shall continue the theme of intricate, heavily embellished yet delicate women’s wear. She will also be introducing pieces from her menswear, some inspired by Art Deco.