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From catwalk to high street: Bright lace dresses

9 Jun
Lace went from wearable to wow in the time it took Christopher Kane to send models down his runway in neon Princess Margaret inspired lace pieces. Plain black and white lace pieces have been around on the high street for a while now, long enough for it to get a little boring, so thank goodness for an injection of colour to brighten things up. White lace dresses and blouses are a wardrobe staple for me as they’re cute, girly and demure but the allure of contrasting pretty lace with a bright shock of colour is growing. At first, I did worry about the practicalities of neon lace, what the hell one would wear with a highlighter pink dress anyway?! I imagine it would take a lot to dress it down enough not to be at the receiving end of bemused looks on the 

Thankfully, Issa launched a capsule collection of covetable, flirty little lace dresses on Net-a-Porter; a bit of a departure from the label’s signature slinky 
style.The limited edition collection arrived online about a month ago and features chocolate box shades of bright colours in six different styles, ranging from demure full-sleeve lace to more sexy one shoulder and strapless varieties. This collection is the epitome of something classic being reinvented with a contemporary, cosmopolitan spin. 

The high street of course, is on the ball and has plenty of colourful options for those who want to buy into this trend without breaking the bank. My favourites were from fashion department store Very, who stock a colossal amount of brands online. My favourite bright lace dresses were from Rare Fashion’s sister brand Paprika and Love Label. I would experiment by accessorising with clashing brights as well as nude colours to dress it down a little – so many possibilities. Are you going to experiment with bright lace this 

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Sample sale alert: Sample Hunters, Christopher Kane and Erdem June 2011

27 May
Sample sale time! Here are the details of some up and coming sample sales early next month: 

Who: Erdem

When: 1-8pm 2nd June, 10am-7pm 3rd June
Where: The Future Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB

Who: Sample Hunters

When: 2nd June – 3rd June
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

Who: Christopher Kane
When: 5pm on 9th June – 9pm on 10th June 2011
Where: London Newcastle Depot, 1-3 Wenlock Road, N1 7SL

Christopher Kane wins Vogue/BFC Fashion Fund

2 Feb

Yesterday, Christopher Kane became the latest in a long line of great British designers to win the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. He pipped Osman Yousefzada, Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicholl, Patrick Grant on E Tauz and Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia to the £200,000 prize and industry mentoring. Kane narrowly lost out to Erdem last year but deservedly won this year. Though I’m not sure he actually needs the business mentoring as he is clearly one of the shining examples of the new wave of British designers. 

Kane has come a long way since starting his label almost five years ago. His first collection was a critical success and he is cited as being one of the reasons fluro became a huge trend in SS 07. Since then he has designed sell out collections for Topshop, collaborated with Manolo Blahnik and Lancome, designed for Kylie and designed for Versus, all while creating successful collections for his own label. 

Fashion Forward winners

11 Jul
A couple of years ago, the BFC added a new sponsorship to the New Gen scheme, Fashion Forward. It aims to support the winners for two seasons and ease the transition from emerging talent to established designer. Previous winners – Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and Sinja-Stanic – have gone on to become big names in womenswear, thanks to the substantial cash sponsorship and business mentoring. Let’s hope the same success will be achieved by this years winners:

Christopher Kane recieves Fashion Forward sponsorship for the first time, he has been showing for four seasons under New Gen sponsorship.

Erdem recieved the Fashion Forward sponsorship for the first time, and was awarded the BFC Fashion Enterprise Award sponsored by Swarovski.

Marios Schwab also recieves his Fashion Forward sponsorship for the first time, but this is the latest in a long list of accolades for the designer, who has also won Best New Designer at the British Fashion Awards (2006) and the Swiss Textile Award (2007)

Roksanda Ilincic recieved the award for the second season.

Shoe twins

20 Jun

One of my favourite vintage websites is The Urban Collection. They always have plenty of covetable goods, but I never seem to get on there quick enough to order what I want. I’ve been keeping an eye out over the last couple of days though as they’ve been going through a huge update, everything from shoes and accessories to clothes. That’s when I spotted these boots, which are a dead ringer for the Manolo Blahnik for Christopher Kane boots.