Wednesday, 15 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS | Colin Leslie at Fashion Scout London

Eco Friendly, handcrafted bamboo sunglasses brand, Colin Leslie, made a splash with their retro styled sunglasses found on the front row at Fashion Scout London SS15.

VIP guests where treated to a pair of shades in the FROW goodie bags at various shows during Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week. Colin Leslie Eyewear’s Eco Unit.T range is made from recycled acetate frames and plantation sourced bamboo, protecting natural wildlife.

The Eco Friendly ideals of Colin Leslie Eyewear fit in with that of the Fashion Scout Merit Award winners this season – Gyo Yuni Kimchoe nature friendly sensibilities, where they where also featured in the front row goodie bags.

VIP front row guests at Fashion Scout SS15 include; Amber Le Bon and Yasmine Le Bon, Kimberly Garner, Brix Smith Start, Philip Green, Hilary Alexander, Sara Maino from Italian Vogue, Tamzin Outhwaite, and fashionista Pandemonia.

If you where lucky enough to get your hands on a pair, show us how you style your Colin Leslie Eyewear using the hashtag #becoolwithouttrying for a chance to be featured on the Fashion Scout twitter and blog!

@ColinLeslieUK
#becoolwithouttrying



Monday, 13 October 2014

EXCLUSIVE| Fashion Scout AW15 Applications Now Open


We are pleased to announce that applications for the AW15 London and Paris showcases are now open.

From the 20th to the 24th February, Fashion Scout London will take place for another season at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, London over the five days of London Fashion Week. Showcasing the very best in upcoming fashion talent, designers can apply to show their collections as catwalk shows, presentations or part of our exhibition.

This season’s applications will also open for the prestigious and highly desired Merit Award, won by Gyo Yuni Kimchoe this season. The Merit Award new talent initiative is worth £25,000 over three seasons and is responsible for the launch of design careers including that of William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione De Paula, Eudon Choi, Georgia Harding, Leutton Postle, Phoebe English, as well as Xiao Li. The Merit Award is open to new womenswear designers who have already graduated and wish to show during London Fashion Week.

Additionally, new designers can apply for the Ones to Watch collaborative showcase. Known as the first and best place to see the future of UK and International design talent, the Ones to Watch provides four designers with a high profile catwalk show and, along with the Merit Award show, attracts an audience of both buyers and press season after season.

Fashion Scout Paris will also return to its Paris home in the heart of Marais, where designers will be able to individually display their collections to the elite fashion Industry. Visitors to the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom last season included Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Lucinda Chambers, Fran Burns, Sarah Mower, Sara Maino, Worldwide Vogue and Worldwide Elle. 

To request an application pack and for full information, please email: press@fashionscoutevents.com.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

PARIS SHOWROOMS| Tailoring Trend

In the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom this season there are some exciting new tailoring ideas being presented by our talented designers.

SCHIPPER/ARQUES


A true European label, Schipper/Arques is formed by Dutch Boris Schipper and Spanish Tomas Pedrosa Arques. Cut and construction form the foundation for every collection, a strong basis for bold prints.

What is this collection about?

The prints come from a collaboration we did with Spanish artist Romulo Celdran, who has a gallery in New York. They are pencil drawings and we really like his work so we collaborated on this season. The theme of this collection is opium; using opium to escape the constructions of daily life and to not be caged. Our collections are always contradictory though so we have very structured pieces and draped ones.

What would you say are your brand values?

Wearability and multi-functionality.  For example the sweatshirt in our collection can be worn with a skirt and heels and be very fashionable and classy but it can also be worn with jeans and sports shoes and be very streetwear.

For what type of woman do you design?

Someone who is in touch with who she is. Who has no issues with herself.

You are based in Madrid right? Where do you produce your collections?

Yes we are based in Madrid. We mainly produce in Spain and in Belgium and some pieces in Shanghai.

YOUJIA JIN


Part of this seasons Ones To Watch, Chinese born Youjia Jin, graduated from the London College of Fashion with an MA in womenswear. Youjia's mixture of traditional tailored shapes and a love of pleating create an elegant silhouette. 

What have you worked on for your SS15 collection?

This is my graduate collection. Inspiration has been taken from muscled and anatomy. There are small details in the garments like for example one piece is half suit and half dress. I always focus on the shape and the quality of materials. I also think about functionality. For example this cocktail dress has a big pocket in which the wearer can put a few things and she won’t have to carry a bag with her. Also I don’t like layers so I like having two pieces of clothing in one; this garment is both a jumper and a suit together. I like putting different types of pieces together.

Where do you produce your collections?

In London and Paris and I source all my fabrics from Italy. I use very high quality fabrics, which sometimes I can only find in Italy. They are all 100% cashmere, 100% silk, or 100% cotton.

How would you describe your brand?

It is of high quality and all garments contain different details in every side of them. I want the wearer to look perfect from every angle.

The work of Schipper/Arques and Youjia Jin is on display in the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom along with 20 other exciting new design talents. You can view their work until the 30th September from 10am - 7pm daily (we close at 5pm on Tuesday 30th September), 23 Rue Du Roi De Sicile 75004. 


Monday, 29 September 2014

PARIS SHOWROOMS| Drinks Reception SS15


On Saturday night, Fashion Scout held a drinks reception for press and buyers in its Paris Showroom in the heart of Marais. Well attended by members of the Fashion Industry, guests enjoyed glasses of Prosecco and chilled Vita Coco's whilst nibbling tasty Propercorn and discovering the latest design talents from around the world.

Visitors to the showroom so far include: Balmain, Bengt, Comme des Garcons, CFE, Dover Street Market, DASH Magazine, David Longshaw, Interview Magazine, Joyce, Kirsty Ward, Koon, Le Bon Marche,  LOVE Magazine, Luisa Via Roma, LVMH, Opening Ceremony, The British Fashion Council, UKFT and Voulez Vous.

On the success of the evening, Fashion Scout Director Martyn Roberts spoke; "We are so thrilled about the visitors we have had to the showroom and drinks reception this season, our designers are exceptionally talented and this is a great platform for them to be seen in Paris and make the valuable orders with buyers they need."

Thanks to our Sponsors, Propercorn, Propress and Vita Coco for a great evening!

Paris Showroom | Spotlight on Texture

In the Fashion Scout showroom, designers are playing with textures to inject spice to classic shapes - the more playful the better. 
LULU LIU



Chinese born, London based Lulu Liu is now in her fifth season. SS15's collection features weaving, slicing and tearing of fabrics to create layers and textures. 



What is this collection about?

This collection is inspired by English vintage toys and cars. A child’s toys are a very personal thing and bring back a lot of childhood memories. The colours of vintage toys are very English and transmit the culture. I also am obsessed with graphics so my prints are inspired by original and traditional writing –the woodblock type font- as opposed to computer-processed graphics. This season I have also used a lot of lines – not necessarily straight, they can be curved and so on – to shape the silhouettes. I love how the lines can be used to create a body shape and how this changes when reacting with the environment (the wind, the street).

Where do you get your fabrics and where do you produce your collections?

I get my fabrics from Korea and the UK and I produce my clothes in China and the UK. When I use silk it is 100% silk. I want to use very good quality fabrics that are soft and flexible. I want them to be very comfortable to wear.

Do you focus more on the texture of your collection or the prints.

Both. We develop the print and the shape of the collections at the same time. I give everything equal importance; shape, cut, texture, print and so on.

GYO YUNI KIMCHOE


The amazingly talented Gyo Kim and Yuni Cho are the duo that form Gyo Yuni Kimchoe, SS15 prestigious Merit Award winners. Their debut collection is an outstanding show of cut, colour selection and playful textures. 

What is the story of this collection?

The statement of this collection is anti-war. Right now there are too many conflicts and wars in the world. We use a gardener as a metaphor of army soldiers. So the gardener will kill and remove the weeds like the soldiers will kill their enemies. However, our gardener will plant, grow and protect the weeds and our soldier will protect their enemy. This is why the collection is called “Weed, Gardener, Corps”. We have given military gears a twist with gardener looks.

Is the texture of your garments an important factor for your collections?

Yes, we give more emphasis on texture, silhouette and cut rather than prints.

Who do you design for?


Someone who has a very unique personality and who cares about the world.

If you could describe your brand in 3 words which ones would you use?

Sustainability (an eco-friendly new fashion but from a different perspective; care about the world’s social issues), Quirky and Fun 


The designers collections will be on display today and tomorrow in the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom, 23 Rue Du Roi De Sicile, 75004. Opening Hours: Monday 10.00 - 19.00, Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00. 
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