Liverpool Fashion Week returns 2-5 October 2017

Liverpool Fashion Week returns 2-5 October at its new venue Fusion on Fleet Street.

The event is the most influential fashion week outside of London and is in its 9th year. It features Gok Wan on the opening night 2 October as the opening night guest DJ. The official show reporter for the duration of the week is top UK fashion reporter, Liz Jones who is looking forward to seeing what Liverpool Fashion Week has to offer. Liverpool Fashion Week has always championed the talent in the north west, claiming #northwestisbest and as always they aim to show the rest of the country just why. Last year their make up looks were very similar to those on show six months later at New York Fashion Week. That is why they’re #alwaysinfront

The opening night focuses on eight independent couture designers never unveiled before. The highlight is Verve & Co who is flying in from Los Angeles to unveil their new Autumn/Winter Collection. Zimbabwean designer Flency Rose showcases her womenswear and Camilla Couture returns from her USA tour to unveil her latest designer childrenswear collection. Pop culture inspired street wear Mission Kawaii launches their collection on the opening night and fresh from her Best Designer win at the Liverpool Fashion & Beauty Award, Akani debuts her new season collection. Accessories are not forgotten with the couture handbag range from Fabrikk and international milliner and local Liverpool lady House of Charles with her showstopping head creations.The night wraps up with leading Italian importer Essere Belle Boutique featuring the exclusive Kiki Riki.

New Talent night, 3 October unveils five of the latest designers unseen before including Liverpool based Evalina Couture. New York based unisex T-shirt designer Uncommon Routes show off their cheeky design.

Boutique and High Street night on 3 October boasts John Lewis Liverpool One, Peacocks, M & S and Boux Avenue.

Liverpool Fashion Week is supported by BMD:Law who specialise in helping small businesses and is running a holistic theme through the week with the assistance of Buddha Therapies and their Little Buddha Academy, together with Infrared Sauna Spa. Each night before the show expect some healing therapy to ensure you experience the fashion shows with all five senses. Skinov8 Aesthetics provide beauty support with their range of products which are untested on animals.

Backstage the award winning team is overseen by head of make up Emma Lampkin and head of creative hair styling Andrew Joseph Manion.

Ryan Dillon from Fusion nightclub said, " We are proud to be involved as a host venue for Liverpool Fashion Week 2017. The event has gained great momentum over the years and is now a mayor player on the local fashion circuit. We look forward to welcoming Gok Wan as DJ on the opening night also.”

Show director Amanda Moss said, "Liverpool Fashion Week has always flown the flag for the best couture designs outside London. We have the best creative talent in the country so why should they go to London when we have the audience here. Fashion is for everyone, we were the first to champion models of all sizes and we continue to promote body confidence and ensure that fashion shows are commercially accessible to everyone regardless of size, age and budget."

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Fashion Switch to Green Campaign Backed by the Mayor of London Launches at London Fashion Week

The British Fashion Council, Dame Vivienne Westwood and the Mayor of London have joined forces in a campaign to bring the fashion industry together to lead in ambitious climate action, for a safer and greener future.

As part of the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion initiative, the BFC, Vivienne Westwood and The Mayor of London are reaching out to fashion brands and businesses to commit to SWITCH to a green energy supplier by 2020. The year 2020 significant, tying the campaign to the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; whose goal it is to prevent what scientists regard as dangerous and irreversible levels of climate change.

The campaign intends to be a catalyst for global change through collaboration, with brands already committed including Belstaff, Christopher Raeburn, Child of the Jago, E.Tautz, Harvey Nichols, Kering, Marks & Spencer, Oliver Spencer, Positive Luxury, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, steventai, Teatum Jones & Vivienne Westwood.

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries commented: “London Fashion Week is the greatest fashion showcase in the world, and illustrates our city’s truly global appeal and leadership in creativity and innovation. This Fashion Week, I’m delighted to see the industry also showing wider leadership in the fight against climate change – bringing together culture and the environment, two of the Mayor’s key priorities.

At City Hall, we want the capital to become a zero-carbon city by 2050 and to achieve this, we need Londoners and businesses to get on board. I’m proud to support Vivienne Westwood and the British Fashion Council in their call to Switch to Green today – now is the fashion industry’s chance to make going green the number-one trend this autumn.”

Dame Vivienne Westwood commented: “People ask, ‘what can I do to help save the environment?’ In all my time as an activist, I’ve never had a satisfactory answer. Now we know: SWITCH to a Green Energy supplier.”

Although the UK is about half-way towards its climate change target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, it is uncertain if the UK will meet its target to source 15% of all energy (electricity, heating and transport) from renewable energy sources by 2020. Together the creative industries can catalyse the move to green energy and help the UK reach its targets.

Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council 
commented: “We are proud to launch this ambitious campaign to encourage our industry to be leaders of global change. It is our hope that the Fashion SWITCH campaign encourages brands and businesses to increase the demand for green energy; helping accelerate investment and the rate and scale of renewables in the UK.”

The Fashion SWITCH campaign encourages brands to commit to switching UK offices and retail stores to a green energy supplier or to green energy tariff within the next three years. Transitioning energy usage into a renewable source can play an integral part in reaching business sustainability goals and tackling climate change, directly improving the health and wellbeing of our population and planet.

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Watch Adwoa Aboah, Christopher Raeburn, Kenya Hunt & Vivienne Westwood speak about what Positive Fashion means to them here:


Elin Horgan Jewellery launches new space-inspired Supernova Collection

Following an exclusive preview at Designer/Makers’ London Artisan, part of London Design Festival 2017, jewellery designer and maker Elin Horgan has released her new Supernova collection.

The twelve piece collection draws inspiration from the futuristic accessories of Pierre Cardin and Andre Courrages, fusing space age design motifs with Elin’s signature clean lines and geometric shapes.

Explaining the thinking behind the new collection, Elin said “I love the sleek, streamlined look of 50s and 60s design, but wanted to give it a modern twist. My brand ethos is very much about beauty in simplicity and this collection reflects that idea, but with a healthy dose of high octane glamour”

The pieces range from simple everyday studs and necklaces to seriously statement earrings and neckpieces, all beautifully hand crafted in Elin’s Bristol studio. Featuring versatile and wearable pieces in silver and gold this is minimal luxe jewellery with maximum impact.

The full collection is currently available to view and purchase online

PETA Crashes Opening Event With 'Leather Is Dead' Message

Wearing skin-tight vegan leather dresses and skeleton-like face paint, a trio of models crashed the opening day of London Fashion Week with signs proclaiming, "Leather Is Dead" and "I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Wearing Animal Skin."

"For every leather jacket or bag, a sensitive animal endures a miserable life and a terrifying death," says PETA Director Elisa Allen. "PETA is calling on designers, buyers, and shoppers to join the vegan fashion revolution and kick animal skins to the kerb."

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to wear" – notes that more than a billion animals are killed for leather every year. They endure extreme crowding and deprivation as well as castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning, all without any painkillers. At abattoirs, their throats are cut and some are even skinned and dismembered while they're still conscious.

Superior vegan leather fabrics available today include microfibres, Ultrasuede, and recycled polyurethanes as well as materials made from pineapple leaves (Piñatex), mushrooms, and wine grapes (Vegea).

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Mark your fashion calendars: Mall of the Emirates announces dates for upcoming eighth edition of World of Fashion

Explore the beautiful curated spaces in the House of Bazaar, October 10 – 14

Meet international and regional digital influencers at SIMPLY Dubai, October 12

Watch this space! International and regional celebrity designers to be announced soon…

Shop Autumn/Winter ‘17 collections and win daily prizes from September 

Kown for its exclusive designer boutiques and mix of fashion brands, the Autumn/Winter season at Mall of the Emirates kicks off on September 24 with daily offers and prizes worth AED 10,000 every day for shoppers to put their best foot forward in the latest AW17 collections.

This year, Mall of the Emirates have developed the World of Fashion app giving customers exclusive access to events, tickets, trends, House of Bazaar and SIMPLY Dubai. Stay tuned for news on how you can use the malls’ latest mobile innovation to stay up to date with World of Fashion 2017.

The mall’s signature fashion event, will be home to House of Bazaar, a beautifully curated experience in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia from October 10 to 14. Visitors will be invited to step inside the pop up installation where the season’s most coveted fashion, lifestyle, beauty and wellness comes to life. Now in its third year, the house will have several exciting additions and surprises such as an updated aesthetic reflecting architectural and interior design trends, and guests will be invited to an exclusive appearance by one of fashion’s most talked about international names - watch this space for upcoming announcements!

On October 12, fashion insiders, industry peers, aspiring digital influencers and fan followers are invited to attend the second SIMPLY Dubai conference. The premier US-based conference, launched exclusively for the region during World of Fashion 2016 is a meeting of digital and creative minds where guests can listen to high-profile, international digital influencers share their insights, network with peers, learn about the industry and make lasting business connections.

The full line-up of guest speakers, style icons, celebrity designers, workshops, exhibitions, trends and luxury brands participating this season will be announced soon. Follow Mall of the Emirates on social media for all the latest updates on the World of Fashion.

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Kylie Jenner in trouble for allegedly copying artist

On Tuesday TMZ reported that the 19-year-old reality TV personality is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying a British artist’s work.

Sara Pope (who's artwork you can check out here) claims Jenner copied one of her most well-known pieces, Temptation Neon, which is a painting of white teeth biting lips. The contemporary artists said the image is very similar to a graphic used on the promo for Jenner’s upcoming TV series.

You can see a comparison of the artworks below:

This news comes hot off the heels of another recent Jenner controversy in which Kylie and her sister Kendall Jenner were blasted for their vintage t-shirt line in which they printed their own images over the covers of classic albums.

Babies and Children Wear Labels are Leading the Way in Sustainable Fashion

Just as organic food is becoming mainstream in developed countries, organic clothing is also gaining popularity in recent years. As new moms meticulously look for things are safe and best for their babies, organic baby and children’s clothing is gaining popularity. As we all know cotton clothing has a very good reputation as it lets your skin breathe and regulates body temperature.

But, recent studies have helped consumers realise that conventional cotton uses nearly 25% of world’s insecticides and pesticides. All these residues are still left in the cotton clothes we wear without us even realising it. As baby skin is more soft, delicate and porous these pesticide residues can penetrate their skin and might aggravate skin issues.

The reason organic cotton clothing is gaining popularity is that it is grown from non-GM seeds and without the use of pesticides and insecticides, making them safe for sensitive and delicate baby skin. As it is not treated with any chemicals the strands are relatively strong, versatile and durable. Organic clothing last longer than conventional cotton clothing. Baby boutiques that source wholesale baby and children’s clothes are opting to buy from brands that offer organic clothing. This is a welcoming trend in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is one of the major cause of environmental pollution and clothing made using GOTS certified organic cotton is not only gentle on the skin and also a better choice for the environment.

NIOVI, an Australian organic baby clothing brand wants to change the way in which the fashion industry operates. After first hand witnessing the impact the fast fashion industry has on the environment, the founders decided to start their own fashion label primarily following a slow fashion transparent business model. Started with a small retail range they have now started offering wholesale on their baby clothes and looking to expand up to size 7 in coming years. Speaking to the founders, they say though many brands are shifting towards the organic trend, it is very important to source clothing that conforms to GOTS or any other reputable organic standard. The standards and certification ensure that the clothing sourced is indeed organic and they are treated separately to prevent cross contamination. As the first 7 years of development is crucial for a baby, NIOVI wants to focus on that age group and slowly expand to larger age groups if the trend continues.

Fair work culture and ethical manufacturing need to be the norm in the fashion industry and we have to focus on reducing the fashion trash that is ending up in the landfill. Retailers and consumers need to start making choices that are safe for the environment and also people involved in the supply chain.

London Fashion Week honours Richard Nicoll with Nicoll Blue

In a special tribute to Richard Nicoll, London Fashion Week February 2017 salutes his talent with a colour dedicated to him, Nicoll Blue, chosen by a group of his close friends and developed by the Pantone Color Institute. The Arundel St and main entrance to The Store Studios, 180 Strand; the central hub of LFW, have been painted in Nicoll Blue to honour the designer after his sudden passing in October, 2016.

Born in London and brought up in Australia, Richard Nicoll graduated from Central Saint Martins MA in 2002. He emerged as a member of the new wave of London talent, whose original take on modern sportswear fused with relaxed tailoring won him NEWGEN sponsorship in 2006 and three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM) awards. His experience beyond his eponymous label included freelance design for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, the creative direction of Cerruti 1881, Fred Perry and later of youth label Jack Wills. In June 2012 he launched his debut menswear line at London Collections Men (now London Fashion Week Men’s).

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent commented: “Richard was a designer whose talent and character inspired all around him. He registered his affinity for the spectrum of blues hundreds of times in the collections he showed in London. For a decade, Richard’s life-enhancing gift for bonding people together contributed immeasurably to the spirit of a whole London fashion generation. The visual presence of Nicoll Blue throughout the main fashion week venue is a way to remember and celebrate a great London friend and to convey our respects and eternal gratitude to his family.”

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said: “We were so pleased to be able to work on the creation of Nicoll Blue, a unique new blue shade in memory of esteemed fashion designer Richard Nicoll. Modest and humble, yet at the same time lively and playful Richard Nicoll’s Nicoll Blue embodies the elegance and sensitive spirit of this much beloved designer whose innate kindness, loving soul and good natured sense of humour held a special allure to all that entered into his orbit.”

To honour Richard, a minute’s silence will be observed just before the Central Saint Martins MA show on Friday 17th February.

The Nicoll Blue custom colour was developed and standardized by the Pantone Color Institute. The Nicoll Blue paint was exclusively blended by Valspar®.

Plans are underway for a multifaceted, retrospective exhibition of the designer’s work to launch later in the year.

A New Pair of Glasses

If you're a graphic designer, programmer or really most any kind of job where you sit in front of a computer all day, and you're anywhere north of millenial age, you might notice that sometimes things seem a little, uh, blurry.

Taking care of your eyesight is super important, and long gone are the days of eyeglasses as a detriment to style.  I feel grateful I get to wear glasses, it's just one more accessory option in my sartorial arsenal.  So I'm on the hunt for a new pair, and I ran across these babies.

Chicago-based company Drift Eyewear makes eyeglasses out of eco-friendly materials like reclaimed wood.   If you're looking for a unique style statement with a minimal eco footprint, check them out here!

London Fashion Week Festival is a city-wide celebration

London Fashion Week Festival (LFWF) is a bi-annual city-wide celebration of fashion, including London Fashion Week, the International Fashion Showcase and the main LFWF ticketed event at The Store Studios. This February there are a number of ways the public can get involved with fashion, from digital engagement to events across the city. All the below activities and events are open to both the public.

Friday 17th - Monday 21st February
The British Council, British Fashion Council (BFC) and Mercedes-Benz will collectively present work by emerging fashion designers from 26 countries at the sixth annual International Fashion Showcase (IFS) this February. The IFS is a series of specially-commissioned and curated fashion installations featuring work by emerging designers from all over the world. This year’s exhibiting countries are:

Austria | Canada | Chile | China | Czech Republic | Egypt | Germany | Guatemala | India
Indonesia | Kazakhstan | Korea | Netherlands | Panama | Peru | Poland | Portugal | Romania
Russia | Slovakia | South Africa | Switzerland | Taiwan | Ukraine | Uruguay | Zimbabwe

For the first time, the IFS will be supported and presented by Mercedes-Benz. Prizes will be awarded for Country, Designer and Curator; Mercedes-Benz will present the winner of the Designer category with a unique opportunity to showcase their collection at one of Mercedes-Benz’ global fashion platforms. In addition Mercedes-Benz will showcase five emerging designers who the brand supports through its International Designer Exchange Program in a dedicated area. There will also be one group installation, Next in Line, curated by Shonagh Marshall and featuring designers from nine nations.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Local/Global. Countries have been invited to explore the ways
personal landscapes influence fashion and to examine how emerging designers can transform their local culture into a global language. Fashion is shaped by its surroundings: the rhythms of nature, climate, cultural memory, social change and historical shifts are reflected in silhouettes, techniques and materials. The peculiarities of ‘place’ give rise to different ways of designing, making and wearing fashion. By considering fashion within their own landscape, the countries taking part in IFS will highlight the similarities and differences of our complex and connected world.

IFS is free but ticketed, please visit
For more information please download the following press pack:
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LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL: The Store Studios, 180 Strand
Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th February

London Fashion Week Festival at The Store Studios is the ultimate fashion experience giving consumers exclusive access to catwalk shows, a curated talks schedule, designer shopping from over 150 British and international brands and trend presentations from Avenue 32.

This season London Fashion Week designers Huishan Zhang, Mother of Pearl and Teatum Jones will present their SS17 collection on the catwalk at LFWF. The BFC have also curated a series of educational and exclusive talks from industry insiders hosted by stylist and fashion expert Martha Ward. Speakers include: the catwalk designers; stylist and journalist Pandora Sykes; curators from the V&A, Kensington Palace and the Museum of Modern Art NYC and a careers masterclass by lecturers from the London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins, The Fashion Retail Academy and Westminster University.

This season’s limited edition LFWF tote bag has been designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. Inspired by Vivienne’s recent AW17 show Ecotricity the organic cotton bag will be available to purchase at the event for £20 with 50% of the profit going to charity.

Tickets are now available online - for full details visit

Wednesday 15th – Tuesday 21st February

The BFC will be taking London Fashion Week content nationwide, screening highlights to outdoor screens across Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle. This is made possible thanks to a partnership with Ocean Outdoor.

Friday 17th – Tuesday 21st February

LFW was the first fashion week to create a digital schedule and this season will once again live stream every catwalk show on the schedule.
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THE MAY FAIR x ROLAND MOURET: Stratton Street windows
To celebrate LFW, The May Fair Hotel - Official LFW Hotel Sponsor - has created an installation in its windows to showcase a piece of artwork designed by internationally renowned designer, Roland Mouret. This season, Roland Mouret returns to London to celebrate his 20th anniversary as a designer.

On now – Wednesday 22nd February

NOW Gallery’s second fashion commission is by the bright star of the London fashion scene Molly Goddard. Goddard has created an interactive exhibition with oversized tulle dresses hung from the ceiling of NOW Gallery. Each dress is on a pulley and can be raised or lowered to a height at which visitors can sit and embroider directly onto the dresses. On the gallery wall are posters with graphic embroidery instructions of for all abilities to follow and interpret. Sew what you like.

On now – Sunday 12th March

Over the last four decades hair stylist Sam McKnight has been instrumental in creating some of the most iconic images in contemporary culture, creating defining looks for Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton, Princess Diana, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood, amongst many others. Hair by Sam McKnight: Transforming Fashion’s Greatest Icons is a major exhibition which re-contextualises the role of hair in fashion, with photography, couture gowns, wigs, films and previously unseen memorabilia from Sam’s remarkable archive.

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION: Victoria & Albert Museum
On now – Sunday 26th February

How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future? This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. Highlights include the uniforms The Beatles wore on the cover of Sergeant Pepper, a Biba minidress, a Mary Quant skirt suit, an array of Twiggy’s sixties wardrobe highlights and an Ossie Clark costume worn by Mick Jagger.

The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for London Fashion Week February 2017:  Principal Sponsor Sunglass Hut; Official Sponsors Etihad Airways, LAVAZZA, London Evening Standard, Maybelline New York, The May Fair Hotel, Mercedes-Benz, The Store Studios and TONI&GUY; Official Suppliers DHL, evian, Fashion and Beauty Monitor, LAUNCHMETRICS, Mainetti, PROPERCORN, Scavi & Ray, Triumph and Verve and Official Funders The Department of International Trade, The European Regional Development Fund and The Mayor of London. In addition for London Fashion Week Festival February 2017: Official Sponsors LAVAZZA, Like to know it, Maybelline New York , Sunglass Hut , The May Fair Hotel and TONI&GUY and Official Suppliers evian, Verve and Instax.