Friday, 15 June 2012


Opening London’s first showcase with just the boys in mind, VFS 'One-to-Watch', TOBEFRANK kicked off London Collections: Men with a pop-blocked, primary-coloured Spring/ Summer collection.

TOBEFRANK, a British menswear brand- heavy on the British- pushed heritage home from the ground-up; from the collection’s home-based construction, to the memories TBF’s pillar-box reds, and fisherman-mac yellows brought to forefront of those watching.

The live installation- with models lined, awaiting hair and make-up touch-ups, being redressed, and patted down on-loop- showcased head-to-toe looks in blocked-primary colour; contrast-collar snap-button polos, and bright circle, cut-out shirts pushing modernity through the collections traditionally conceived construction.

There’s a “red, blue, yellow; triangle, circle, square” simplicity in TOBEFRANK’s Spring/Summer looks that takes you back to your early-days, stacking Mega-Bloks pre-nursery- which is essentially what TBF’s Frances “Frank” Phillips has grounded the collection in: a look back in order to look forward; a look at home-grown hertitage, and using it to build something new; modern. 
Just what the TOBEFRANK man is- bright, bold and modern- whilst paying homage to his roots. Think "cheeky charmer", who- at the end of the day- will always make time for a cuppa over a story with Gran. Nice lad; we think you'll like him. #VFS

Images and text- Sara McAlpine (@sara_mcalpine)

NEWS| Manuela Dack featured in Style Bubble 'Still Got Underwater Love'

One of our favourite bloggers and known fan of the best emerging designers, Susie Bubble has featured Manuela Dack on her blog, Style Bubble. If you're a lover of the underwater style, then look no further than Dack's S/ S collection. Having grown up on the picturesque island Grand Cayman in the Caribbean, it's a clear inspiration for the collection. Being a designer who's constantly focused on quality and craftsmanship, this collection is just that. Layered skirts and subtle, delicate beading combine to create something both tranquil and striking. With sting-ray leather and discreet embroideries of various ocean-dwellers, prepare to take a plunge into the collection of a truly innovative and detail-led designer. Read the full article here

By Josh Walker
Follow him on Twitter @josh_walker_
Images from Style Bubble

Thursday, 14 June 2012

NEWS| Joe Turvey showcases his SS13 collection exclusively to i-D

Hours after VFS posted the news of Joe Turvey being featured in the press, he raises the bar and showcases his full SS13 collection to i-D online exclusively.

"it’s bright young things like Joe Turvey who are keenly taking up the ‘next generation’ mantle, making sure London’s legacy of providing menswear pioneers lives on".

View the collection and interview with Joe here

NEWS| Joe Turvey in the press in the run up to London Collections

Vauxhall Fashion Scout menswear designer and recent graduate Joe Turvey is a very busy bee - as he is preparing for his installation at the London Collections: Men which commences tomorrow, he has been featured favourable in the online fashion press. 
First off, French publication WAD magazine looks over Joe's AW12 collection and praises the vibrant shades: 
"We leave the black faithful to winter aside, to slip on acid colours such as yellow, orange or pink. What [a way] to warm up the cold season.”

Meanwhile, Fashion 156 previews a look from Joe Turvey's SS13 look ahead of the London Collections. This tie-dye, Hawaiian inspired shirt and short combo whets our trend appetite of what's to come from Joe. They interview him as part of their 'Designer Track' Series where they chat colour, Beyonce and Vauxhall Fashion Scout. 
 You seem to have progressed quickly through from your graduate collection to showing at VFS and now COLLECTIONS. Can you describe how it feels?
It doesn’t even feel like it’s happening to me it’s so surreal. I’ve been doing this for a while and it’s like the people who I’ve met and the people who have requested things I’m like, really!? Is this happening to me!? Pretty scary." Read more.

We can't wait to see your full SS13 collection at London Collections: Men this weekend!

By Cass Gowing, Editor
Images 1 and 2, Joe Turvey AW12 taken from WAD magazine
Image 3 from Fashion 156

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

NEWS| Myrza de Muynck featured in Tank magzine

Myrza de Muynck - The Poverty De Luxe Aesthetic

Myrza de Muynck, Central Saint Martin's 2011 graduate and VFS One to Watch is renowned for surprisingly, yet successfully, reinventing and revisiting the shell suit through her collections. Myrza has received critical acclaim for this reinvention; the most recent being in Tank Magazine.

The editorial analyses the constant focus on sports clothing, looking at how her pieces creatively combine the nylon and polyester of sportswear with the intricacy and detail of couture (which as unlikely as it may seem, was shaped by 1920s evening dresses and 70's Jodie Foster films).

In the creation of what she likes to call 'poverty de luxe', the Dutch designer's future is an exciting one. With plans of not only producing more suits, but also of introducing her aesthetic to the world of menswear. 

By VFS's newest contributor Josh Walker
Images from Tank Magazine

NEWS| Heohwan Simulation featured in Trendland

Heohwan Simulation SS12 Lookbook

Vauxhall Fashion Scout's Ones to Watch designer has been featured in TrendLand. The blog, which provides readers with a daily dose of fashion, art and photography news/reviews,  looks over Heohwan Simulation's SS12 and AW12 collections. Why not refresh your memory of Hwan Heo's AW12 catwalk showcase with our review from February? Keep up to date with all things Heohwan Simulation at

By Editor Cass Gowing
Follow her on Twitter @CassGowing
Images from Heohwan Simulation's SS12 lookbook

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

NEWS| Lady Gaga wears VFS alumni David Koma

Landing in Brisbane earlier this week to kick-off the Australian leg of her ‘Born This Way’ tour, Lady Gaga continued to show support for contemporary design talent; stepping off the plane in a silk-mix peplum dress from VFS alumni, David Koma’s Autumn/ Winter collection. 

Gaga- having also been seen in VFS-designer, Raffaele Ascione's MA pieceshas proven prolific in her support of the “future of fashion”, embracing the work of designers from all walks- both emerging, and newly established.

Lady Gaga isn't the only multi-million selling star to be seen in Koma's work- click here to find out who else has taken to the stage in the Georgian-designer's Spring/Summer wears.

NEWS| David Longshaw to host talk at Graduate Fashion Week

Former 'One-to-Watch', and Royal College of Art graduate, David Longshaw is the latest addition to the the list of speakers imparting their first-hand fashion know-how onto graduates past and present during this week's Graduate Fashion Week. On until Wednesday, the event  which is celebrating the work of over a thousand BA Fashion students, will play host to the most accomplished industry-insiders, guiding newly qualified students into [an altogether new] working environment.

Longshaw is scheduled to speak at the event at 13:45 this afternoon in the Earl's Court 2 Exhibition Centre, so be sure to attend for advice from a designer with acclaim credited to him by ELLE Editor, Lorraine Candy, and Vogue's Lauren Milligan.

Details of tickets, and the venue address can be found online here.

Monday, 11 June 2012

NEWS| MATH now available at

Today luxury e-tailer My-Wardrobe introduced a new designer to the site- one familiar to those who followed our most recent Fashion Week coverage. The site now features the work of London-based Shahzad Mohayudin- the designer behind MATH; making pieces both understated, yet luxe a more tangible wardrobe-fixture. Working heritage-tweeds, and soft-grain leather into [now signature] sportswear silhouettes, Shahzad has built a collection around the "everyday" woman; the "out-in-door-in-five", yet seeking-attainable-luxury sort.
If you aspire for an aesthetic more put-together than your morning routine allows, you can sign-up for updates of newly-dropped MATH pieces here

News like this "... shows why @FashionScout is an important platform for new [British] designers", so be sure you're also following us on Twitter @FashionScout for similar stockist-updates, and #VFS news.

Sara McAlpine VFS Sub-Editor (@sara_mcalpine)

NEWS| Good luck to Jennifer Morris at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012

The Scottish Fashion Awards 2012 ceremony will be taking place this evening and we wish Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer Jennifer Morris the best of luck! 

The designer is up for the ‘Scottish Young Designer of the Year’ award at this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards. The ceremony, which takes place at The Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow and is hosted by Alexa Chung, acknowledges influential Scotish fashion figures and acts as a platform for emerging Scottish designers.

The nominations for the Scottish Young Designer of the Year award, sponsored by Scottish Fashion Council, are as follows:

1. Obscure Couture

2. Isolated Heroes
3. Graeme Armour
4. Hayley Scanlan
5. Jennifer Morris
6. Rebecca Torres
7. Marc Ross

We spoke to Jennifer, an LCF graduate who showcased her AW12 collection at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s exhibition, last month following her nomination. She gave us exclusive shots from her studio and described the potential of winning the ‘Scottish Young Designer of the Year’ award as affirming “all the hard work and long hours that have been put in so far are worth it and just part of the journey towards establishing my name within the fashion industry” (read the full post here).

Good luck for tonight Jennifer – regardless of whether you win the category, it’s still an outstanding achievement to even be nominated. 

By Editor, Cass Gowing
Follow her on Twitter @CassGowing
Images from SFA and Jennifer Morris's AW12 collection