Thursday, 27 December 2012

NEWS| Phoebe English in Oyster Mag for 2-Times

An editorial shoot for 2-Times that includes the work of Phoebe English has featured on Oyster magazine. The shoot, titled 'A I R less', sees the previous Merit Award and One to Watch winner's pieces paired with Maison Martin Margiela, Comme Des Garcons and Haider Ackermann. 

In a collection of images that pay homage to female stylists and photographers the shoot embodies the beautiful, texture focused aesthetic the Central Saint Martins graduate has become known for. 2-Times is an Australian luxury concept store and shot the editorial to mark a new retail installation they'll be bringing with the new year. Since winning the Merit Award, English's reputation has been nothing but on the rise and her stunning SS13 show during London Fashion Week was one of the most anticipated of the season.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Images from Oyster Mag

Friday, 21 December 2012

NEWS| Shao Yen & Kirsty Ward featured in Vogue China

Vauxhall Fashion Scout designers Shao Yen and Kirsty Ward have their designs featured in Vogue China’s Futuristic themed editorial shot and styled by Jiro Hsu.

The Taiwanese born designer’s use of gold and metallic hues in his Spring / Summer 2013 collection is picked up on for its hint to the editorial’s theme. Known for her panelling and intricate use of materials Kirsty Ward’s designs fit perfectly with the fashion story’s aesthetic.

Former Ones To Watch winner Shao Yen showcased his Spring / Summer 2013 collection exclusively at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Paris Showrooms where bright colours and interesting shapes brought attention to his work. Also showcased exclusively at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Paris Showrooms, Kirsty Ward’s bold cuts and intricate panelling has had this designer a permanent favourite with audiences.

With a focus on fluidity, this Futuristic fashion editorial goes along with the mix, bringing together high street styles with new and established designers. Shao Yen’s gold transparent skirt is paired with Kirsty Ward’s open sided white top for a look that is fresh and energetic.

By Vanessa Omoregie, @wewearblack
Images from Vogue China

Thursday, 20 December 2012

NEWS| Joseph Turvey in Notion magazine

You may remember VFS's coverage of London's inaugural Men's Collections back in Spring, where we covered former 'One to Watch' and alum, Joseph's Turvey's Spring/ Summer '13 collection.
Fast-forward to now, and fashion and arts mag, Notion have looked back on the showcase for their current issue, picking Turvey as a "standout from a younger wave of designers", making him truly- in our words- 'One to Watch'.

The London College of Fashion MA grad will now take to Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East, where he'll no doubt add to his growing fan-base- and you can check out what he has to say about the forthcoming LC:M installation here.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

NEWS| Graduate Showcase designer Maia Bergman wins Vogue Italia award

Graduate Showcase designer, Maia Bergman has recently added to her already extensive list of accolades- Harper's Bazaar featuring her work on their September cover, featured in the Chinese edition of Vogue, and now this, winning Vogue Italia's Young Vision design award.

In partnership with online design community Muuse Fashion, Vogue Italia selected 10 finalists out of an original 300 to be voted by the public as winner of the 2012 Young Vision award. Out of the final 10, Central Saint Martins graduate, and VFS alum Maia Bergman was voted winner of the Community's Choice Award- an award Fashion Editor Sara Maino explains is voted for by the "international" online community, not just those reading Vogue Italia in its namesake country. 
More reason for VFS to be excited about the future of this young talent, and expect greater things for her yet.

Read the original announcement online at Vogue Italia, and follow Maia on Twitter @MaiaBergman.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

NEWS| VFS alumni Fyodor Golan at The V&A as interviewed by ELLEUK

ELLE Magazine caught up with Vauxhall Fashion Scout alumni, design duo Fyodor Golan at The V&A’s Fashion in Motion show to talk about their brand aesthetic, inspirations behind their recent Spring / Summer 2013 collection as well as what it’s like to have their work shown at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum.
A book titled “Blue Tattoo” serves as the inspiration behind the collection, the duo tell ELLE magazine about the true story of a young girl’s survival. Fyodor Golan prove to be rich in concept as well as in style talking about the spiritual elements of the film The Holy Mountain used as a reference for the collection’s traditional and organic feel.
Coming from fine art background, the team says “everything comes through art for us” describing the Fyodor Golan aesthetic which they take pride in focusing on purity of form and shape.
On the woman they design for, they mention women who are “emotionally strong and like to express themselves” using Marilyn Monroe as frequent image on their wall of inspiration.
Since debuting their A/W 11 collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, designers Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman have gone on becoming Fashion Fringe winners gaining recognition for their attention to detail and spectacular collections. With cultures from Latvia, Israel and Morocco they praised London for its energy and sense of adventure recalling showing during London Fashion Week and having their collection in Harvey Nichols as their career highlights.
The designers tell ELLE magazine how honoured they are to have their work shown at the V&A, calling it a second home and a place to explore and find inspiration.
By Vanessa Omoregie, @wewearblack

Monday, 17 December 2012

NEWS| Phoebe English 'i-N Conversation' with i-D

Vauxhall Fashion Scout alum Phoebe English has recently been featured as part of i-D magazine's 'i-N Conversation' series. Speaking with business partner Rose Easton, the Autumn/ Winter '12 Merit Award winner unraveled the important- but often overlooked- dynamic between a designer, and their partners, highlighting how their working-relationship is integral building 'Phoebe English' the label.

Tracing the roots of their partnership from a dress of acrylic hair to exploring the medium of fashion film, English and Easton tell-all to i-D here.

Friday, 14 December 2012

NEWS| Yifang Wan named Merit Award Winner A/W13

We are thrilled to announce Yifang Wan as the Merit Award winner for AW13/14. As the internationally recognised home of new talent, we have selected Central Saint Martins graduate Yifang Wan as the winner of this inaugural accreditation. 

Wan showcased her debut collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout last season following her 2012 graduation from CSM's MA course (where she also won the CSM LʼOreal Professional Award in 2010). 

The highly acclaimed Merit Award is worth £25,000 over three seasons and provides the winner with a fully sponsored catwalk show and exhibition at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London and Paris Fashion Weeks. Testimonies to the statue of this accreditation are clear through previous recipients William Tempest, David Koma, Eudon Choi and Heohwan Simulation.

This seasonʼs Selection Panel included Hilary Alexander, Jessica Bumpus of, Hannah Emslie of Selfridges, VFS alumni Georgia Hardinge, stylist Rebekah Roy, Vauxhall Fashion Scout Founder and Director Martyn Roberts and VFS Talent Scout Charlotte Gunstone.

Martyn Roberts on newly announced Merit Award winner Yifang Wan:  

“Yifang Wan is set to join the ranks of leading fashion innovators in London. Her square cut shapes coupled with quality fabrics, lends itself to clever draping and sensational design. Her contemporary design aesthetic has been grabbing the attention of leading buyers and won her fans from around the world.”

Thursday, 13 December 2012

NEWS| Charlotte Simpson and Hellen van Rees in Red Pages Hot 100 for 2013

Vauxhall Fashion Scout Ones to Watch winners Charlotte Simpson and Hellen van Rees have both secured a place on the Red Pages Hot 100 for 2013. The seventh annual list from the online directory is a prediction of "the moves, shakers, and headline-makers for 2013," and features individuals from fashion, film and literature to name a few. Both designers have received nothing but positive feedback since debuting their S/S13 collections with us during London Fashion Week and we, like Red Pages, very much anticipate what they'll be bringing with the new year.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

NEWS| Hellen Van Rees for Samsung

It seems the name and work of our One to Watch Hellen van Rees has been popping up everywhere. This time round, the designer has been featured in a commercial for Samsung as part of the promotion of their new Notebook series. Describing their products as the right tools to achieve your dreams and ambitions, the company have featured an interview with the Central Saint Martins graduate to get their customers inspired. Showing Rees in her studio amongst her fabrics, mood boards and geometrically inspired SS13 pieces, it's an advertisement that achieves exactly that.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

LOOKBOOK| Heohwan Simulation S/S13

There's nothing like a touch of escapism to get you through the cold winter hence why the VFS blog team is glued to Heohwan Simulation's breathtaking S/S13 lookbook. Merit Award winner for S/S13 as well as former Ones to Watch winner - Hwan Heo created a stunning collection of strongly silhouetted, intricately detailed separates, dresses and jackets. 

For the full lookbook images, head to Heohwan Simulation's website whilst you can view all catwalk images from our S/S13 catwalk shows and exhibition lines here on the Vauxhall Fashion Scout blog. 

Post by Editor Cass Gowing
Images from Heohwan Simulation's S/S13 Lookbook. 

Monday, 10 December 2012

NEWS| Baartmans and Siegel Sample Sale

Luxury menswear designer and former Menswear Ones to Watch winners Baartmans and Siegel are holding a sample sale this weekend (Saturday 15th December and Monday 17th December). 

The label showcased their Spring/Summer 2012 collection as part of our Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Men’s Ones To Watch Category, as part of the Men’s day two seasons ago, as well as presenting with The British Fashion Council in the Portico Rooms.

For more information, visit their website

By Cass Gowing, Editor

Friday, 7 December 2012

NEWS| Fashion Scout Select New Season Designers for AW13/14

It's that time of year again...!

On Wednesday 28th November the Selection Panel for Fashion Scout AW13/14 converged at Beach Blanket Babylon to select the future design talent for the new season. The panel, amongst which included; Hilary Alexander,'s Fashion Features Editor Jessica Bumpus, Hannah Emslie of Selfridges, stylist Rebekah Roy, Martyn Roberts and Charlotte Gunstone from Fashion Scout, were treated to an exceptional selection of talent and the task of deciding the winner of the inaugural Merit Award and Ones to Watch.

Fashion Scout has forged a reputation for being step ahead of the design talent curve, reconising the best new emerging designers. What makes Fashion Scout so special is, as well as providing an amazing platform for new talent. They also mentor and develop their designers to ensure their careers are steered towards success and not only a moment in the spotlight. It's this approach that is has helped launch some of the most exciting new designers in London." Hannah Emslie, Selfridges.
The internationally acclaimed Merit Award is the ultimate launch pad for its recipients, becoming the most hotly anticipated event in the London Fashion Week off-schedule calendar. Now in its ninth season, the award has gone on to launch some of our most recognised design names, amongst which include David Koma, Eudon Choi, Hermione De Paula, Leutton Postle and Phoebe English.

The standard of Ones To Watch is notoriously high and this years selection are no exception; "It is great to see the diversity and the different paths (all of the designers) follow. It's also nice to see how talent from previous years has developed." Jessica Bumpus,

The coming season's Merit Award and Ones to Watch designers are still under wraps for now but the breaking news will be coming soon!

Text: Lauren Slater
Images: Max Barnett

NEWS| Joe Turvey on Fashion East's Menswear Installation A/W 13/14

It's a delight to hear that former Men's OTW designer Joseph Turvey has been selected to be a part of Fashion East's AW13 menswear installation. Known for their display of the most impressive upcoming talent, Fashion East will bring together the work of London's best menswear designers and put them under one roof in January next year. 

Turvey graduated from the London College of Fashion with a BA in Womenswear Fashion Design before studying an MA in Fashion Design Technology, where he applied his illustrative skills, love of tradition and unconventional texture to menswear. "The Ones to Watch show was such an amazing experience for me," Turvey commented on being selected. "It was the starting point of my career and I am truly grateful to the Vauxhall Fashion Scout's team for their ongoing support."

As always, we tried to get the insider scoop on Joe’s AW13/14 collection and he chatted to us exclusively:
"For AW13 I am collaborating with a very well established brand... and I am super excited to see the finished products. I have moved a lot of my production to Europe and this has opened a lot of doors to new techniques and fabrications. I really can’t wait to be a part of the Fashion East installation... the location is amazing and the other designers are very talented and I’m looking forward to being a part of it."

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Images from Fashion 156

Thursday, 6 December 2012

NEWS| Paloma Faith in Nova Chiu

Pop sensation Paloma Faith is featured in The New Yorker upon the release of her second album Fall to Grace, the singer’s first to appear in America. The review includes a portrait of Paloma looking stunning in a piece from Nova Chiu’s Spring / Summer 13 collection, a striking painted print that compliments the star’s vibrant style and music.
Since rave reviews at Vauxhall Fashion Scout AW 12 Ones To Watch show, the label started by Nova and boyfriend Jeff has seen fans drawn to their unique sense of colour and textures. This season saw the duo continue with their signature style with light fabrics and sophisticated silhouettes.
Have a look at the feature here.
By Vanerssa Omorgeie, @wewearblack
Picture from New Yorker.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

NEWS Eudon Choi has been awarded the Samsung Fashion and Design Fund

We're please to announce that Eudon Choi has been awarded the Samsung Fashion and Design Fund for the second year in a row. Launched with the aim to discover and sponsor young Korean designers around the world, the award makes design dreams a reality. Choi graduated with an MA in Womenswear from the Royal College of Art and launched his label in 2009. Since then, he's not only been our One to Watch and received our Merit Award in 2010 but presented his SS12 collection in honour of the Vogue Fashion Fund at Milan Fashion Week and was awarded the Lycra Style Emerging Talent Award. A designer with experience, talent and an impressive number of accolades under his belt has earnt Eudon Choi an international following, making him one of the most exciting upcoming designers of our time.
By Josh Walker (@josh_walker), Images from Samsung.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

NEWS| Phoebe English in Trendland

Phoebe English's interview with Dossier Journal has been featured on Trendland. The conversation, in which the designer discusses her experience with VFS, her SS13 collection, influences and signature style, is a real insight into her feelings and thoughts. Since her graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2011, English has made herself known to the fashion industry, featuring in publications among the likes of i-D, Vogue and Dazed and Confused.

On their website, Trendland call the designer "the new it Brit," and explain how "English, who designs alongside creative director Rose Easton, clearly understands the visual over stimulation of the times, adding subtle theatricality to her clean looks through fabrication and texture." A go-to source for many in the industry, Trendland has gained a significant following and reputation internationally for their discovery of fresh, stand-out talent.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Editorial shoot from Trendland

Monday, 3 December 2012

NEWS| Nova Chiu, Label of the Day in DASH Magazine

Bon Voyage is the theme so elegantly reflected in Nova Chiu Spring / Summer 13 collection featured as DASH magazine’s Label of the Day. Talking about the design duo’s “timeless yet versatile” statement pieces the magazine emphasises the journey both metaphorically and aesthetically shown in the warped yet beautiful landscapes that serve as prints for this beautiful collection. “Minimalistic tones merge with structured shapes”, the label’s concepts show passion and dedication that has seen their fan base grow from their first show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout.

Check out DASH magazine here
By Vanessa Omoregie, @wewearblack
Images from DASH magazine

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

NEWS| Liz Black and Eugene Lin in Volt magazine

VFS's Liz Black and Eugene Lin have been featured in a recent editorial by Volt magazine. The shoot, entitled 'We Are Shining', includes a dress by Black and a jacket and shirt by Lin. Being a magazine that prides itself on the showcase of "original work from some of the most directional and vital international fashion talents," the designers' work is a fitting inclusion. Both launched their own labels after graduating from Central Saint Martins. Liz Black's garments embody timeless elegance and minimalism and Eugene Lin's express detailed craftsmanship of the highest standard.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Images from Volt magazine

Friday, 23 November 2012

NEWS| Ming Pin Tien in Idol Magazine

Spring / Summer ‘13 Ones To Watch designer Ming Pin Tien talks to IDOL magazine about his recent collection and success at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. IDOL talks to the young designer about his use of deconstruction, his techniques and his reinvention of beauty, as well as bringing up the topics of portraits, East London girls and the predictability of dark colours for winter. Known for his bold shapes, Ming Ping Tien wowed audiences in September, proving him to be One To Watch.
On his inspiration behind the SS13 collection the designer talks about the concept of uniform being the starting point for his ideas on colour, pattern and cut. Showing depth and complexity these concepts translate in his approach to design.  In this interview he discusses pattern cutting and the dissymmetry that explores individuality or surrealist imagery in his collection. He tells of how reading helps him to pin down ideas, sourcing materials and creating sketches in his design process.  “Those East London girls” he says; a strong self-awareness and wanting to look more than just pretty is the client that Ming Pin Tien designs for.
IDOL gets into the mind of this talented designer, going back to the harness designs from his MA collection and the message of uniqueness and individuality that he brings to his work. Mentioning the Zen-like quality that he brings to his collections, in which he attributes to his cultural background in Taiwan. This interview takes a look at all aspects of Ming Pin Tien, from his design process to his ideas on spirituality that seems to be communicated so effortlessly through his pieces.
By Vanessa Omoregie, @wewearblack, image from Idol. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

NEWS| OTW Charlotte Simpson listed in hClub100

A humongous congratulations to Charlotte Simpson for being listed in the h.Club100 (in association with Time Out London) list under the sector of fashion. The list which seeks influential individuals within the creative and media sectors was voted by industry experts as well as general public votes. 

Ones to Watch designer Charlotte Simpson, graduated this year with an MA in ‘Fashion Design Technology’ from London College of Fashion, having previously completed a BA Fashion degree at Northumbria University and showcased her S/S13 for the first time as part of our S/S13 catwalk show to rave reviews

"Charlotte Simpsondesigner and founder of Charlotte Simpson brand
Having recently established her London-based luxurious Strewomenswear brand, Simpson was announced as one of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch designers for spring/summer 2013. "
Read the full hClub100 list on Time Out London's website here

By Cass Gowing, Editor

Monday, 19 November 2012

NEWS| Pam Hogg at Institute of Contemporary Art's 'Culture Now' sessions

Pam Hogg talked inspirations, influences, and upbringing recently, as part of the Institute of Contemporary Art's 'Culture Now' sessions. On 2nd November, the VFS designer joined Gregor Muir, the ICA's Executive Director, in what was both an inspiring and informative conversation. During the talk, Hogg discussed her growing up in Glasgow, her art based education, the influence of the Blitz Club and her rise in the fashion world. “When I started making clothes, it was to get into clubs,” the designer said. “But the fashion became my business.”

Hogg continued to discuss the importance of music in her life through stories and anecdotes, as well as her creative process. “Everything is impulse,” she described. “Everything takes this place, it just flows.” The session ended with the designer showing and talking through her equally stunning S/S12 'Notre Dames' collection, and S/S11 'To Kingdom Come' fashion film.
Since her first collection in 1981, Pam Hogg's reputation has been nothing but on the rise. Having made the name she has for herself, gaining access to this designer's world, even just for an hour, was a real treat.

By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)
Image from Sleek Magazine and Asia Werbel 

Thursday, 15 November 2012

NEWS| Georgia Hardinge's designs on BBC 2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks

This week’s Never Mind The Buzzcock’s saw panelist, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes in a VFS former Merit Award winner, Georgia Hardinge's Autumn/ Winter design. The off-shoulder, burgundy dress from Georgia Hardinge’s “Inverted” Autumn/ Winter collection , worn with discus earrings, and a-lofty headpiece proved the versatility of Hardinge's aesthetic, and how the piece can be worked into a look as eccentric as Shingai's own. 
The former Merit Award winner’s collection- featuring exotic-skin-print panelling, and geometric stitching proved to produce an impact that has seen her business and fanbase growing season upon season. A designer we are proud to have among our ranks.

By Vanessa Omoregie (@wewearblack)
Image - BBC