Image: David Coleman
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Image: David Coleman
Michael Allen, model for studio_805
I just try to blank everything out!
How did you get into it?
I helped a friend out and it all took off from there
What do you think of the Vauxhal Fashion Scout?
What do you do, when you are not strutting across the catwalk?
I am an Engineer in Leeds
What did you have for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs and some porridge
How much do you work out?
Everyday for two hours, except weekends
How do feel about wearing so much make up?
I don't mind it
Who is your favourite designer?
Vivienne Westwood, she is the one that made me fashion conscious.
Menswear Day at Vauxhall Fashion Scout was full of creativity and flair, especially up in the Presentation Hall where Studio 805 and Theatre De La Mode were both exhibiting their latest collections. Once Studio 805 had finished their static installation, seats were taken for Theatre De La Mode’s fashion/dance film, ‘Physical Culture.’ Christopher Kelly, creative director of the brand, is known for his lavish and innovating ways of presenting his collections, and this year he did not disappoint. Kelly took inspiration for the film from the energetic style of the nineties, and the obvious African influence resulted in a playful and colourful film, where models stood rigid as others danced around them. Geometric prints and shapes were overlaid on top of the models creating colour, vibrancy and movement.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Round up images: Eddie Blagbrough
Occupations: Graphic designer and art director
What Inspires you at the moment? Everything we see and music...keep your eyes open!
Rachel Wood, the effervescent Benefit celebrity Make-up Artist has created looks for a number of designers this week including Harriet's Muse and Alice Palmer. She confided that the new trends emerging from the shows are metallic eyes, in particular copper and bronze shades. The contouring of the cheeks has also become a key look, she recommended the Hoola Bronzing Powder (Benefit £22.50 ) to really pull this look off to the max, "its like spanx (TM) for the face". It has no shimmer in it so works really well to shape the cheek.
Fellow creative director Lan Nguyen, the London-based self-taught makeup artist is celebrated for her edgy make-up looks on the runways. She was in the midst of working on the Romeo Pires show where she had created a show stopping Biba influenced strong eye look. She used a dark eye shadow to create a half circle on the eye lid (try Benefits Smokin' eyes £26.50, a handbag friendly kit with, amongst others, sexy dark shadow colours as well as brow shaping wax and mini tweezers ) finished off with wildly thick false lashes to add shape.
Tips of the trade…
- For an alluring shine on the shoulder Rachel suggests trying Benefit’s great “Hot Minute” face powder (£23.50).
- Rachel likes to use light products very heavily, and heavy products lightly - use Benefits Play Stick (£25.00) with a blusher brush for a very light and flawless finish. Then use Benefit’s “High Beam” (£16.50) very liberally as a great highlighter.
- Lan predicts a geometric trend emerging from this week, strong brows, no powder with lots of rose gold and peach colours predominating.
Image: Eddie Blagbrough
Image by Eddie Blagbrough
Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo? Why, at Vauxhall Fashion Scout of course, for the continuation of our love affair with the Anglo-Brazillian duo Nicholas Humphrey and Sergio Pires’ cult label Romeo Pires.
“William Tempest is so talented; he has really interesting ideas. I love the cut and structure of what he does. There are millions of people here, some of whom have been queuing since eight pm! I’m very excited about it. And the new venue is so impressive! It’s really upped the ante.”
Jessica Bumpus from vogue.com, front row at the William Tempest show
“We’re so proud of William. He was at the London College of Fashion so we are very pleased to support him. I’m looking forward to seeing some more really good tailoring and some exciting shapes with regards to the way he constructs the dresses.”
Dr Frances Corner, Dean of London College of Fashion
She might be new to fashion week but T4 presenter Jameela Jamil knows a good goodie bag when she sees one. “I don’t drink so I haven’t been making the most of the champagne but the goodie bags are great; my mum is loving those when I take them home,” she said last night before William Tempest’s show. Perched on the front row, what does she think of the talented young designer? “I love him! He is amazing. It’s so nice to see a bloke designing clothes for women, curvy girls as well! Bring on the curves; they represent real women.”
Monday, 21 September 2009
"William Tempest for me is a very watchable name. He was featured in the All Walks Beyond The Catwalk exhibition which Vauxhall Fashion Scout have been involved with so we had a very close bond with him. He has been using curvy models in his catwalks which is so important. All Walks Beyond the Catwalk is a campaign about diversity amongst young designers so we can see them working with a range of models in all ages and sizes. We are very interested in seeing how William’s show pans out. "
Caryn Franklin, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk founder, front row at William Tempest
“We were so excited by Vauxhall Fashion Scout because they add in things which are really important to designers, the sort of things they really need to have within the venue. One of the things we put funding towards was the press room because we thought this was absolutely key. Vauxhall Fashion Scout is much more than a venue; there’s a lot of brilliant stuff here as well.”
Judith Rosser-Davies from the London Development Agency at the William Tempest show