Wednesday, 30 July 2014

NEWS| Helen Lawrence Announced for Fashion East SS15

Fashion East have announced their SS15 designer roll call, including previous Fashion Scout One To Watch Helen Lawrence (pictured). 

This is Lawrence’s second season with the initiative, setting her hot on the heels of Fashion East alumni Henry Holland, Roksanda Ilincic and Katie Eary.

Lawrence showed a cool colour palette of soft grey, mint and monochrome for AW14, knits made modern with bare midriffs, skirts more seductive with thigh high splits. Scribble stitch embroidery is a Lawrence signature, complementing PVC textures and undulating hemlines. This collection was more sedate that SS14, which featured lime knits and powder pink PVC. It’s clear Lawrence has a talent for mixing materials in her sculptural designs.

Lawrence graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2012, after completing a textile degree at Chelsea College of Art & Design. She then worked with classmate Craig Green on his men’s knitwear, also spending time at Mark Fast and Alexander McQueen. With V magazine, i-D, Vogue and keeping track of the Tyneside native, Lawrence’s fresh approach to textiles is set to cement her status as a fashion innovator.

Read more about Helen Lawrence and other Fashion East designers HERE.

By Isabella Silvers, Contributor, (@izzymks). 
Images by Jamike-Latif, (@JamikeLatif).

Monday, 28 July 2014

NEWS| Phoebe English for Dover Street Market New York

Our previous Merit Award winner Phoebe English has been invited to re-imagine the ground floor event space of Dover Street Market in New York City. 

Displaying a selection of pieces from English's AW14 collection, the installation delves into the themes of chaos, control, gravity and temporality - all elements which feed and have fed into her design aesthetic. With white collapsed cliffs and rails of her suspended pieces, the Dover Street Market setting she has created is as dynamic as it is effective.

"I wanted to convey a light, surreal and poetic shopping environment, a small piece of drama to come across whilst wandering around the incredible emporium that is Dover Street Market New York," English told AnOther Magazine in a recent interview.

English was awarded our Merit Award during the AW12 season and has since gone from strength to strength. Now, she has appeared in a range of international publications, on platforms among the likes of SHOWstudio and is stocked in Dover Street Market.

See more of Phoebe English's work here.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).
Image, courtesy of Phoebe English.

Friday, 25 July 2014

NEWS| Carrie-Ann Stein Through to MUUSE x Vogue Talent Young Vision Award Final

The accolades are piling up for London based womenswear designer Carrie-Ann Stein. 

After being named one of Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch last season, Stein has made it through to the final of the MUUSE x Vogue Talent contest’s Young Vision Award. Her use of inventive silhouettes, quirky prints and experimental textile techniques set her sculptural designs in a league of their own.

Graduating in 2013 from Central Saint Martins’ Fashion Design with Knit course, Stein’s work incorporates the trials and tribulations of working class culture, particularly the double entendres and humour so prevalent in the culture. Her graduate collection featured Blackpool postcard prints in seaside brights on 3D rectangular silhouettes, a palette carried through to AW14.

Stein initially made the move to London from Lancashire and trained as a lawyer, developing her knowledge of design and trademark law. Remaining fascinated with her hometown, Stein’s desire to embrace and re-imagine the Lancashire she knew as a child, a ‘post-industrial cotton-mill town suffering from the loss of its textile trade’, makes her work a composite of inspiration, design talent, social commentary and legal acumen. No wonder The Telegraph, Harvey Nichols, Elle and Style Bubble have taken note.
To vote for Carrie-Ann Stein and see the other nominees, click

By Isabella Silvers, Contributor, (@izzymks).

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NEWS| Apu Jan, Lulu Liu and Ong-Oaj Pairam Confirmed for Fashion Scout SS15

We're pleased to announce that designers Apu Jan, Lulu Liu and Ong-Oaj Pairam will be returning to Fashion Scout to showcase during our SS15 season.

Regulars to the catwalk at our Freemasons Hall venue, all three designers showcased their AW14 pieces last season:

"Setting the scene for Apu Jan’s ‘Turbulence’ AW14 show, a bass guitarist, violinist and DJ churned out live, dark, heady beats. Following on from last season, Apu Jan sought inspiration from nature once more, as well as the frantic hustle of modern society. Known for his bespoke knitting technique, Jan upped the stakes this season combining super-fine and extra chunky knits, creating both sleek and voluminous silhouettes." Lia Stokes

"Opening sounds of moody storms set the atmosphere for this eclectic show. Inspired by the last Empress of China, Cixi, Liu’s collection embodied the regal spirit of one of China’s most influential women. Strong, powerful, feminine and fashionable, Cixi personifies the woman Liu has in mind with her creations. Embracing the rich history of her homeland, Lulu incorporated the Chinese royal colours of gold, blue, green and red to her designs." Lia Stokes

"Ong-Oaj Pairam opened his Fashion Scout show with a blast of vibrant jewel tones and intricately detailed patterning that looked nothing short of sensational. His signature 1950s style is ever-present in his AW14 collection which combines printed dresses and tailored trouser suits with vibrantly coloured patent and leather bomber jackets." Charlotte Muscat

Keep up to date with everything Fashion Scout in between now and fashion week, including schedule releases on our blog, Twitter and Instagram 

By Lia Stokes and Charlotte Muscat

Thursday, 10 July 2014

EXCLUSIVE| SS15 Selection Panel

As Fashion Scout London and Paris's September season approaches, a group of leading fashion professionals joined Fashion Scout’s Director Martyn Roberts to decide on the exciting new line up of designers for the upcoming season. As well as selecting those who would showcase on our catwalk, it was decided who would be awarded Fashion Scout’s prestigious Merit Award, as well as our Ones to Watch.

Renowned fashion journalist Hilary Alexander commented that the overall quality of designer's pieces, describing them as “really interesting,” being sure to comment on the “ingenious craftsmanship” of some of the collections on offer. Alongside Hilary Alexander was Judith Tolley from the CFE, stylist Rebekah Roy, Not Just A Label’s Robert Cavell-Clarke and previous Merit Award winner, Phoebe English.
“Really original, you can tell they have really enjoyed making it, really lovely.” Phoebe English.
Since winning the coveted Merit Award, Phoebe English works closely with CFE London and has grown her business into a staple name in the fashion industry. Next week, English will be flying to New York with her latest collection for an exciting new launch event in Dover Street Market's new US branch. 


The event was covered live on our social media platforms with quotes and photos during the selection process for which the winners will be announced shortly. 

Alongside the selection of designers applying for Fashion Scout September, the panel also viewed a collection of the best fashion design graduates work from this year. From these collections, the panel then curated a collective of the 10 best UK fashion grads. 10 graduates who will comprise to create the Graduate Showcase, which will be shown at our Freemason's Hall venue in Covent Garden for the fourth year this season. 

Fashion Scout London will take place from 12th - 16th September 2014. 

Images by Hannah Farrell 
Writer: Lauren Slater + Lauren West 

Monday, 30 June 2014

NEWS| One Week Left to Apply For Fashion Scout SS15

Applications for the SS15 London and Paris showcases are still open, and will close on Monday 7th July.

Taking place once again at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, Fashion Scout London will run over the five days of London Fashion Week from Friday 12th - Tuesday 16th September. Showcasing the most innovative in upcoming fashion talent, you can apply to show your collections as catwalk shows, presentations or part of our respected exhibition.

Applications will be open again for the prestigious and highly desired Merit Award, won by Xiao Li last season as well as our coveted Ones to Watch showcase. 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.

Fashion Scout Paris will also return to its Paris home between Thursday 25th September and Tuesday 30th September 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, email:

Be sure to check back to the Fashion Scout blog for full details on our Selection panel, as well as all of the news and events in the run up to Fashion Scout SS15.

Images by Oliver Savage, (@olisav) and Jamike Latif, (@JamikeLatif).

Friday, 20 June 2014

NEWS| Fashion Scout Designers Shortlisted for the MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Award

We're excited to announce that Fashion Scout designers Vita Gottlieb and Liz Black have been selected and put through to the first stage in the Muuse x Vogue Talents Young Vision Womenswear award.

Every year, Vogue Talents partner with MUUSE to present the MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Award in which upcoming designers submit their work. From these initial entries, 50 semi-finalists are put to public vote before Vogue's Senior Fashion Editor Sara Maino selected the winner.

With a prize that includes designing a capsule collection under the MUUSE label to be sold on their website and a selection of retailers, it's a fantastic opportunity for the winner.

During our AW14 showcase, designs from both Gottlieb and Black hit the Fashion Scout runway, presenting collections that stuck to the standout aesthetic they've both become known for. Whilst Gottleib's ‘Caged’ collection reinterpreted the skin as both a covering and a cage, Black's collection was a tribute to the surrealist art icon Dali.

To vote for the designers, as well as see the other talent that has made it through, click here.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_)
Images by Sim D and Lepa Georgievska.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

EXCLUSIVE| Fashion Scout SS15 Applications Now Open

We are pleased to announce that applications for the SS15 London and Paris showcases are now open.

From Friday 12th – Tuesday 16th September, Fashion Scout London will again take place 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 Xiao Li last 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.

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. 

Paris Showroom dates run from the Thursday 25th – Tuesday 30th September.

To request an application pack and for full information, please email:

Applications close on Monday the 7th July.

Images by Oliver Savage, (@olisav).

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

NEWS| Fashion Scout's Ukrainian Designers Featured on iD

Fashion Scout's AW14 Ukrainian designers have been featured on iD online. In an article named 'A Fashion Revolution: How Ukraine's Designers Took On Paris', the piece describes not just the unique work from our Ukrainian designers but the industry's unfaltering support for the situation on their side of the world. 

The article describes the work of PASKAL and Anna October, both runners-up of the LVHM prize, as follows:

'Inspired by the architectural Suprematist movement of the 20s, Julie’s autumn/winter 14 collection for her label PASKAL turns skyscrapers into perforated, milk-white garments, creating a kind of futuristic Modernism that doesn’t look like anything else, while Anna October has carved out her own slightly gloomy and very intricate niche of what Mower calls “non-flashy, elegant party dresses”.'

It goes on to continue praising the designer's aesthetics, as well as their thoughts whilst showcasing in the Fashion Scout Paris showrooms. “We are very passionate about what we do, and there’s something in our mentality that makes us strong and forward-looking,” Julie says in the article. “When your country is on the brink of war, it is the worst and the best pressure simultaneously."

Read the article from iD in full here.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_)
Images by Hannah McGee.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

COLLECTION| International Catwalk Competition at Graduate Fashion Week 2014.

Adriana Perelli Gonzales - Istituto Marangoni Milan

Sabrina Pilkati - Academia Di Costume E Di Moda

Shan Liao Huang - Shih Chien University 

Claudio Cutungo - IED

Jessica Tarisch - Istituto Marangoni Paris

On the final day of GFW 2014, the International Catwalk Competition hit the runway. A stunning explosion of print, colour and texture from universities across the globe, the show was testament to the talent of our international counterparts. 

Highlights included Adriana Perelli Gonzales' ‘Afro-Cuban Beats’ collection, inspired by an Afro-Cuban jazz song. Gonzales’ collection overflowed with character as Cuban and African culture collided to form an eclectic combination of texture and print. Lively prints were adorned with feather, fur, beads and hand stitched embroidery. Orange, yellow and green tones featured heavily throughout and black provided a backdrop for a sea of ethnic print. A playful banana print was also worked into the collection. Feather cuffs and floral headpieces beautifully complemented Gonzales’ ethnic fusion. 

Sabrina Pilkati showcased a minimal, architectural aesthetic within her collection. Ultra high neck details in caviar leather were featured extended from mesh tops. Deconstructed silhouettes set the tone for Pilkati's collection. Leather and fleece fabrics were juxtaposed in designs from across the collection with panelling and curved zip details adding a sense of deconstruction and garment manipulation to each look. A particular highlight came in the form of a cream coloured coat with extended, structured shoulder detail. A colour palette of red, black and cream formed shell-like encasings which strikingly manipulated the female form. 

Shan Liao Huang used a limited colour palette of strictly grey tones throughout her collection. Featuring both mens and womenswear, Huang’s designs exuded a feeling of androgyny. Silhouettes were oversized, particularly in the shoulder area and garments were padded throughout the collection with Huang’s jacket designs resembling that of baseball jackets in terms of silhouette. Graphic black and white print was displayed in singular sections within each look. A distressed aesthetic set the tone for Huang’s collection which favoured a use of feather applique detailing, metal box bags and panelling to create a look reminiscent of modern armour.

Claudio Cutungo favoured a dramatic use of black in his collection. Mesh, feathers, lace and vinyl black detailing added to Cutungo’s striking aesthetic. Cutungo’s designs featured floor length designs in a contrasting array of textures, with heavy wool coats being juxtaposed against softly ruffled sleeves. Accentuated waists gave added form to an otherwise straight silhouette and vinyl black hats complete with lace detailing perfectly complemented Cutungo’s look.

Jessica Tarisch presented a traditional collection, taking inspiration from the Alpine region in which she grew up. Heavy flanneled fabrics were given a feminine twist as they were combined with softer silk pieces throughout the collection. Knitted crochet finishes offered a feeling of tradition to Tarisch’s collection and a traditionally feminine silhouette complete with cinched in waist added to a sense of culture - with heavy fabrics being reminiscent of the hiking clothing that Tarisch encountered growing up. Patchwork elements and a muted colour palette effortlessly complemented Tarisch’s homespun aesthetic.

By Charlotte Muscat, (@CharlotteLM9).
Images by Tram Nguyen, (@TramNguyenP).

Saturday, 31 May 2014

NEWS| Graduate Fashion Week 2014 is officially open

Fashion Scout are absolutely thrilled to announce that Graduate Fashion Week 2014 has officially opened with the brand new venue at the Truman Brewery, which has been transformed into a creative hive of talent from graduates across the country.

Catwalk shows from some of the best universities and colleges across the country, talks and events in the GFW Live area nestled down in Truman's basement or the companies and individuals taking over or Atelier, Photo Studio and Fashion Forward area, the atmosphere is alive with excitement.

Fashion Scout partner with The International Catwalk Competition showcasing at GFW to bring you the best in design talent from around the world. Designs from the best International universities and colleges hit the catwalk on Tuesday June 3rd at 12:30pm.

Keep checking back to the GFW blog to view photos and read reports about everything going on at GFW. 


And, if you want to read everything from the blog on the go, download the GFW app for apple and for android.

You can view a full catwalk schedule HERE.
You can view a full talks schedule HERE

By Josh Walker, (@josh_walker_), Editor.

Friday, 23 May 2014

NEWS: Tickets Still Available for GFW 2014

With GFW 2014 only a week away now, there's not long left to purchase tickets to the event.

Taking place between Saturday 31st May and Tuesday 3rd June 2014, GFW will take a major step forward with an exciting new venue - The Truman Brewery, London E1. Located in the heart of London’s buzzing creative district in East London, the Truman Brewery is a stunning industrial building that is conveniently positioned for the fashion industry.

For four days, the atmospheric venue will play host to the largest showcase for fashion graduates from across the UK and internationally. Those among the likes of Gareth Pugh and Agi & Sam are already confirmed as speakers for the event, as well as talks from Fashion Monitor, Drapers and the Evening Standard. Whether it's the stunning catwalk displays, the impressive exhibition space or the live mentoring, studio shoots and immersive talks from industry leaders, it's not an event to be missed.

This year, we have partnered with Vogue Italia Talents to present the International Catwalk Competition 2014. A show in which the world’s leading fashion universities are invited to enter their top graduate collections, it's set to be a fantastic display of innovative international design talent. The judging panel is headed by Sara Maino, Senior Fashion Editor from Vogue Italia and will include other industry experts including Prof. Wendy Dagworthy (RCA). 

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).
Images, Graduate Fashion Week 2014 Preview Shoot. 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

NEWS: Belle Sauvage Pop-Up Store

Belle Sauvage have launched their first ever Berlin pop-up store.

Running until the 30th May 2014 in the Boulevard Berlin Shopping Mall, the store features the standout designs produced by the design duo Virginia Ferreira and Chris Neuman.

The pair showcased a collection of regal attitude during their AW14 showcase at our Freemasons' Hall in February. Featuring deep jewel tones, printed fabrics and accents of gold and red, the audience was wowed with a display that was bursting with superiority and royal themes.

In a collection titled 'Paris Cats after Midnight', a mix of soft sheer fabrics and strong structured silhouettes delivered an intricate look of an iconic woman. Faux fur collar detailing and leather panelling displayed the duo's complex referencing telling a story of the dark and seductive side of French femininity.

By Josh Walker and Vanessa Omoregie.
Catwalk images, by Jamike Latif.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

EXCLUSIVE: SS15 Applications Opening Soon

We're pleased to announce that applications for the SS15 season will be opening very soon.

Following the success of our AW14 showcase earlier in the year, which included over 20 catwalk shows and immersive presentations in our Freemasons Hall venue from our Merit Award winner Xiao Li, Ones to Watch winners Carrie-Ann Stein, George Styler, Hiroko Nakajima and Sarah Ryan as well as other Fashion Scout designers, the season was certainly a memorable one. 

Attracting impressive media, industry and buyer attention season after season with their impressive displays of design, we're looking forward to seeing what designers will introduce to the industry this season. 

Be sure to keep checking back to our blog for details as to when SS15 application open, as well as follow our:

for all of the latest updates.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).

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