Monday, 9 April 2018

TOP MODEL's AWARD & 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Top Model, the leading UK and Worldwide model search competition, fashion and awards event, celebrated the end of their year-long 10th anniversary celebrations with a star-studded weekend of glitz, glamour and celebrity VIP’s at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel on Fri - Saturday night (April 6-7th) supporting the CHILDREN with CANCER UK charity.

The finalist walked the catwalk in stunning outfits by fashion designers Omar Mansoor, Michaela Frankova, AGA Couture London, MIA by Mia Vickery, Akani, See-Saw Menswear, Louise Rose Vintage Couture, Karen Gold, Luxury by Feyi, Afrodite, SC3 Collection and Buzzjay Fashion Studio
 Farnborough College of Technology students also presented their Conceptual Art collection, part of the Top Model Education Partnership Initiative supporting young talent..
The first finalist on Saturday's catwalk wore Karen Gold London statement red jacket with long black skirt and cropped top.
Outfit by Karen Gold London worn by finalist Maria Esipova
Another finalist wore Karen Gold London's white jacket with black lace cuffs and statement red dress.

Omar Mansoor showed part of his SS18 collection

 and his new Royal Ascot collection. Hats by Elena Shvab Millinery

The finalists sparkled in AGA Couture London's sequin cocktail dresses

 And dazzled in Luxury by Feyi's 'Crystal' sheer beaded ball gown and 'Queeny' strapless crystal printed ball gown.

 HOPE (Top Model Australia) won thee international Worldwide title. Hope wore a silver evening gown by couturier Omar Mansoor. (here she is with the designer himself)

First runner up for the International World place went to another Australian model, Maria Esipova (wearing Karen Gold London), here below with Hope
Maria, also  won the inaugural ‘Sophie Fraser-Smith Models Model Award’, introduced in memory of the model and Top Model team member Sophie-Fraser Smith, who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2017.
2nd runner up wore AGA Couture London beaded evening gown. Here posing with the designer Agnieszka Klaput

Karolina Maximova won the top photographic model. Looking photogenic in Omar Mansoor dress from his SS18 collection

 Other awards included  Over 25’s 25-35 and 35-45 age group titles. The below gown 'Alexandra'  adorned with crystals and pearls and made to order from Luxury by Feyi was worn by the winner of the Classic Chic over 25s . The designer herself wores a LBF (Luxury by Feyi) t-shirt.

  JAIME PROCTER from Bermuda won the overall ‘Public Vote Award’ for charity, raising over £2,500. (and also was the 3rd runner up of the International Worldwide place )

 The total raised for CHILDREN with CANCER UK from the Top Model 2018 campaign will be in excess of £37,500, breaking the previous record amount from 2016 and passing £180,000 in fundraising since 2010.
Main sponsors were DCBL and Covet Hair UK



Monday, 26 March 2018

Le Studio Pierre AW18 at Paris Fashion Week

Titled 'Jurrasic Pierre', the AW18 collection of Le Studio Pierre pays a tribute to childhood during the the 70’s with an humoristic twist inspired by the Jurassic times .

Colour palette emulates the blazing tonalities of volcanic eruptions

 fluffy faux fur in oversized cuts

Boys scout’s scarfs with dinosaur prints used as suspenders on an overall or as a headscarf

 slipdress dresses merge with casuals pyjamas and elegant tailoring.

Photography by Emma Descraques

Thursday, 15 March 2018

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON'S NEW FLAGSHIP STORE IN LONDON

Today. March 15th, Benetton raised the curtains on its new flagship store on Oxford Street. Informal, hi-tech spaces and a 'knitwear theatre' offers an ultimate brand experience that goes beyond the traditional idea of a shop

Large LED archways, a lounge area and touchscreen tables offering interactive content.
The 12-metre-high arches recall classical architecture and the innovative LED screen cladding  showcases interactive content curated by Fabrica, playing with colour textures, images and illustrations.


 Designed entirely by Benetton retail design department and furnished with natural materials such as wood, iron and stone, the 1,500 square meter store goes beyond the traditional shop concept to offer an ultimate brand experience.

 There is a 'knitwear theatre', where staff are on hand to present Benetton's vast knitwear collections. In the lounge area, customers can relax while reading books and design magazines. In addition, a series of touchscreen tables allows visitors to interact with the entire collection as well as with the brand's most significant contents.

 Customers will be able to move fluidly across the three levels - dedicated to men's, women's and children's collections - thanks to a "loop" staircase that extends like a ribbon across the shop floors and leads to a series of scattered stations that replace traditional checkouts.

 Located on the east side of Oxford Street, close to the new Tottenham Court Road station on the Elizabeth Line, the store is part of a rapidly developing area

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Anna-Karin Karlsson 2018 Campaign images

Anna-Karin Karlsson release their campaign shots for SS18
Garden Rose jewellery
The stunning eyewear and jewellery collection is titled:  Girl & The Garden
Sunflower Eyewear
Claw Nest Eyewear

ANNA-KARIN KARLSSON at HARRODS, London
Pantheress Eyewear 
Rose Roue jewellery

NEITH NYER AW18 at Paris Fashion Week

What is bad taste? Neith Nyer’s Autumn/Winter 18/19 collection is an attempt to answer to this question. By blurring the lines between vulgarity and elegance, this season seeks to give a higher status to what is commonly considered distasteful.

The Bad Taste Ball season is named after the parties that the designer’s parents were attending in Brazil near the end of the 80s. "It was nothing like Carnival," remembers designer Francisco Terra, "People were not wearing costumes; It was all about fashion, and pushing the limits of the acceptable. Who would have the most ruffles on their dress? Who’d dare to sport the most garish clash of colours?

" As they were out for the night, Francisco recalls watching movies like The Never Ending Story or The Little Mermaid. The dreamy aesthetic of the images was somehow linked for him to the party his parents were going to - A place of mystery and excess.

 The key silhouette of the collection was built by taking in the seams of the clothes and topstitching them to refit the garment, a homemade-looking technique magnified by the use of silk and heavy velvet.

The boots, designed with shoemaker Zeferino using the same process, seem like they have been captured in fabric,

and the cone shaped bras, slit in the middle for a glimpse of the nipple, give a bold and playful aspect to the silhouettes.

The long dresses in liquid velvet and silk embrace the shapes of the body and reveal more than they hide.

 The pink colour, part of the brand’s DNA, is mingled with the traditional carnations of autumn: Orange, black and purple.

 This same palette is also used by the artist Matthias Garcia who created a series of exclusive paintings for the collection. The prints depict a bestiary inspired by fantasy movies

 while the jewellery, designed and created by Florence Tetier, portrays a menagerie of eccentric little sea creatures.

Metallic sunflower buckles adorn broad shoulderd corduroy jackets

Precious and futuristic looking, yet made out of very ordinary fabrics, it is both luxury and trash.

 The sentences printed on the shirts stand as the manifesto of the collection. They are built apropos to the chaotic English grammar that can be seen on some tacky, cheap shirts and sweaters. Those sentences, seen by many as the essence of bad taste, also carry beauty and poetry.


Photography by  Marcio Madeira

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