The Industry London
After five years of business, last week marked the beginning of Fashion Business Club‘s new reign as “The Industry“. Though it has been fully rebranded, the purpose remains the same: a members only group of industry insiders with networking on the mind.

Kate Nash

Kate Nash

What better way to kick off the first meeting than with Rebekah Roy (fashion stylist who has worked with everyone from Erin O’Connor to Kate Moss) interviewing super-songstress Kate Nash (who showed up in my dream pair of Terry de Havilland heels).

During the meeting, Kate spoke not only about her style, but about the overall perception and image of women in the music industry. With packaged pop stars usually ‘forced’ to look a certain way, Nash spoke of the frustration that lies with younger girls telling her that they can’t be a popstar without (a false notion of) beauty. The London-raised musician isn’t interested in the exploitation of her sexuality, and thankfully experiences a sort of entitlement to dress the way her mood steers her because of a sexist reality: she is a woman who writes her own music.

Kate Nash Fashion Stylist

Rebekah Roy and Kate Nash

It was an intriguing and inspiring way to kick off the new era of The Industry. You will be able to see the interview next week, exclusively, on Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Lauretta Roberts and Yasmin Sewell
A beautiful store in it’s own right, the Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store and CafĂ© on Great Marlborough Street played host for last Thursday’s Fashion Business Club meeting. For anyone in the dark, the Fashion Business Club is a group of photographers, editors, stylists, designers, and board members on the fashion front. The stylemakers.

The focus of the meeting was the absolutely delightful Yasmin Sewell, the fashion forecaster and creative consultant that every young fashion fighter strives to follow in the footsteps of. Holding the discussion and questions we all wanted the answers to was FBC member Lauretta Roberts, the Digital Development Director of WGSN and Founder and Director of the Global Fashion Awards.

Members got to find out the highs and lows of her career thus far, from the inspiration behind her incredible store (Yasmin Cho), to it’s unfortunate demise (a combination of barely-there experience and financial backing). Though I had met Yasmin previously, she has a personality and business ethic that remains fresh and radiant. The meeting was wonderful.

Fast facts:

– Favourite high street? Zara, Cos and Whistles.
– Her success? Based on an ethos of ‘feeling‘.
– We share an extraordinary love for Acne.
– Super sound bite: “…interns come to me, and say, “I want your contacts”, some don’t come to me to learn, I am not about to hand over my entire career.”
– The next big thing? Thomas Tait and J. JS Lee (no joke, this is spot on).