Friday, 11 January 2013

NEWS| Baartmans and Siegel A/W13 Presentation Review

For London’s second menswear-only showcase, former Fashion Scout design duo Baartmans and Siegel took to Covent Garden’s Odeon cinema to present a line-up of looks grounded in the duplicity of war-time heroes gracing such screens, and the adolescent vulnerability beneath that toughened exterior.

It was a theme evident in the uniformity of looks presented, with a gradient palette of greys, punctuated with intermittent crimsons, and pillar-box reds; and more explicitly in signature British-military ‘Red Coats’, updated with a dropped-shoulder and loftier-fit than that of their 18th century fore-bearers.

Despite Wouter and Amber’s dual-heritage roots, this collection was indubitably British- if not for the acquiescent nod to British textile via herringbone suits (updated with exposed zippers, and fur-trim hoods)- for the tonal references to the London landscape: fundamentally grey in-part of characteristically wet weather, but with a vibrancy both in the pillar-box post boxes dotting the city’s streets, and the energy- and diversity- of our quintessential fashion character.
It’s that same essence that London Collections captures, and why Baartmans and Seigel thrive- and why we’re proud to have had them present with us.

Keep up to date with Amber and Wouter via their Twitter, and tweet your thoughts on their Autumn/ Winter output to us, @FashionScout.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

NEWS| Baartmans and Siegel interviewed by GQ

Vauxhall Fashion Scout alumi, Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel - known as Baartmans & Siegel - took to London's second menswear-only showcase this week, presenting Autumn/ Winter '13 as part of the new season's London Collections: Men. Before the three-day event kicked off, the design duo caught up with GQ to discuss inspirations, and points of reference- detailing men that encompass the synonymous label's ideals, and what makes London special.

The pair also hinted at their post-presentation get-away destination- in keeping with the previous season's run. No doubt they'll be taking a well-deserved break in a set-up similar to the images we left last season's show with.
Check out the full GQ interview here, and return to our blog tomorrow for a review of their collection.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

NEWS| TOBEFRANK A/W13 Presentation Review

The wooden shelves filled with literature seem a fitting house for the AW13 collection of VFS's former One to Watch TOBEFRANK. Presented as part of the London Collections: Men, the collection embodies the essence of being a real gent, featuring pieces designed for the stylish man who appreciates both traditional and contemporary clothing of the highest quality.

Comprised of jumpers hand-stitched by Yorkshire shepherdess Sue Wiles, blazers and shirts, the collection is inspired by English literature and the story of designer Frank Phillips' father who has worked his way to success from being born into a lower working class family. Combine those influences with the label's authentic style and you have a showcase of incredibly personal pieces.
TOBEFRANK will be exhibited until Wednesday 9th January.
By Josh Walker (@josh_walker_)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

NEWS| Joe Turvey A/W13 Fashion East Presentation Review

Former Fashion Scout Ones to Watch designer Joe Turvey showcased his A/W13 collection yesterday as part of Fashion East's installation at London Collections: Men. 
Illustration focussed sweaters and splattered dalmatian inspired prints with sequin accents littered the collection, whilst the monochrome -with a splash of red- palette made the parallels to Cruella de Vil  clear. Heavy blazers, bomber jackets and oversized hoodies gave the collection a darker feel - juxtaposing handsomely with the dalmatian theme and real-life pup in one model's arms. 

View more images of the Fashion East installation here alongside their review on VogueUK

By Cass Gowing, Editor
Images from BFC and Fashion156

Monday, 7 January 2013

NEWS| Joe Turvey A/W13 Preview with Fashion 156

Former Fashion Scout Ones to Watch Menswear designer Joe Turvey is today showcasing his A/W13 collection as part of Fashion East's installation at BFC's London Collections: Men. Ahead of the initiative, presented one of his looks as part of their London Collections: Men Preview. Meanwhile focussed on Joe in their 'Designers to Watch' feature. 

Stay tuned to the Fashion Scout blog for a collection review of Joe and all Fashion Scout's alumni's A/W13 lines. 

By Cass Gowing, Editor
Images: Joe Turvey and