uk fashion
When it comes to tracing the development of the fashion industry, most people turn their attention to international trips which take in the major fashion cities of the world: Paris, Milan and London. However, turn your attention a little closer to home and you might be surprised by the fashion tips you could pick up right here on home soil.

Edinburgh

The Scottish capital, Edinburgh is perhaps best known for its association with arts and culture. Yet alongside the annual Fringe festival, Edinburgh is also home to some of the best fashion styles around. Whether you’re interested in traditional Scottish attire or something a little more contemporary, this is one city which will provide both in plentiful supply.

To get your hands on opulent kilts, stunning jewellery and the latest on-trend clothing, head to one of the city’s many shopping districts. Lothians Shopping and Livingston Designer Outlet are great places to find high quality garments at affordable prices while the Royal Mile should be your first port of call for unusual trinkets and one-off statement pieces that are sure to make an impression on the fashion world.

London

Turning your attention to the English capital, London hosts a number of high profile fashion events for a reason – it’s a melting pot of inspiration and diverse tastes. Whether you’re hitting the markets of Camden Town or trawling the exclusive boutiques and designer stores located around Oxford Street, you’re sure to find something that is fashionable.

Head off the beaten track to explore some of the deeper corners of the city and become surrounded by vibrant and colourful individuals who have plenty of style inspiration to share. One of the best things about London is its multicultural status and this means you’ll witness fashion styles which have been influenced by trends from throughout the world.

If you want to compare the fashion styles of these two capitals then why not journey between them? Weekend trips are more than possible thanks to rail services operated by firms such as East Coast Trains and you can find plenty of cheap train tickets online so that you have more money to spend in these fashion centres.

Brighton

Of course, it’s not just capital cities which are known for their contributions to the fashion world – virtually every city or county in the UK can boast some claim to fame when it comes to creating their own style. The southern coastal town of Brighton is a perfect example and is known as a hive of vibrancy and eccentric tastes. Journey down the quaint Lanes and stumble across unique shops which stock virtually everything you can think of before marvelling at the individualism which is painted on every street corner, shop front and outfit.

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Nicole Farhi SS12
I absolutely adore Nicole Farhi and was more than excited to be invited backstage before and after her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was presented to the Fashion World. That excitement was positively set on fire when Anna Wintour decided Farhi’s show would be her first of London Fashion Week.

To do the collection justice, I have collaborated with my favourite photographer and friend, Eva K Salvi, to bring you some stunning photos and a diary-based review:

12pm – I get to the Horticultural Society, running, thank god I brought my pair of All Saints Boots with me and not my Kurt Geiger heels like I did the previous day. The sun is peaking through the clouds. I finally get into the venue which is already packed with photographers and videographers, everyone is setting up and running around. Nicole Farhi is chatting to people, posing for a few photos, she seems incredibly calm and relaxed. The venetian blinds close and the models start coming out on the catwalk for the run-through, it is strangely surreal to watch them walking with their hair and makeup half done.
Nicole Farhi SS12
12.30pm – Go through to backstage area after being checked on ‘The List‘. I get in and am hit with the realisation of how intense everything is “behind the scenes“. Everyone is running around, the models are getting their makeup and hair touched up. From time to time, one model will just stop and pose for photographers – there’s about 10 backstage – with assistants and reflectors etc. Everyone is super prepared.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1pm – Last call for models to go to the bathroom before the show, last touch ups, then everyone has to get runway-ready. The models start changing and I go out to the main room; rumour is Anna Wintour is there and I spot her sitting in the front row. I quickly run over and snap a few pictures before the show starts. All of the photographers have taken place in the pit and are currently “fighting” over the best spots to snap pictures of the show. I decide to run to the other side of the catwalk that seems much emptier and take place. The show starts.

1.15pm – I see half the show through my lens and try to snap pictures of almost all the outfits, the music is loud and the models are rocking the show. The show is a resplendent rainbow of pastels. I’m loving it and glance at Anna Wintour – wondering whether she’s enjoying herself or not – but the Miranda Priestly-esque stillness shows no sign of opinion (or maybe that means she loves it?).
Nicole Farhi SS12
As for the clothes, everything was texturally divine. In a sea of beautifully feminine colours, Farhi presented an oversized, sequin-covered mesh tank top and a micro mesh ensemble with gorgeous florals that almost seemed three-dimensional when layered over the coloured base fabric. Interestingly, more and more saccharine 3-D embellishments were brought to life via plastic blossom appliques, sculptural petal shapes, and laser-cut leather flowers. It was like a pointillist painting by Georges Seurat – a garden brought to life.

Heaven.
Nicole Farhi SS12
When the show is over, everyone stands up, massive round of applause for Nicole Farhi who comes out for a few seconds to salute everyone, she seems sweetly satisfied, the show went extremely well to say the least.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1.45pm – I go back backstage, the magic is gone, everyone is packing up, grabbing that last cup of coffee/bottle of Vitamin Water and are already on their journey to the next show. I recognise a few familiar faces, people I’ve worked with before, everyone seems relieved, everything went well and everyone loved the show.

2pm – I’m out and on my way to Somerset House, knackered already, those 2 hours drained me of all my energy! The sun has come out to give us our last few hours of summer, perfect ending to an extraordinary show.

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Daphne Guinness

Daphne Guinness

  • Daphne Guinness (aka FASHION QUEEN) has earned herself a collaborative deal at M.A.C. Word around the industry is that her colour collection will consist of “rich, seasonal hues” and come out on Boxing Day (aka December 26).

  • Lindsay Lohan’s little sister, Ali Lohan, has recently sparked plastic surgery rumours in the fashion world. As these sort of rumours put a model’s career at stake, her agency – Next – has issued a statement denying the rumors, and explaining that the drastic change was due to natural aging. Do you buy it?

  • Next Tuesday (aka September 13th), Marc Jacobs will turn his Bleeker Street boutique into a pop-up shop and tribute for his longtime friend Debbie Harry (aka Blondie). For a very limited time, it will sell the new Blondie album and various fan items that include exclusive T-shirts (for $35).

  • American Apparel – a company often criticized for everything from it’s sexuality to design practices – recently launched a plus-size model search. The way they went about it has been received as slightly offensive and unknowingly encouraged blogger Nancy Upton to make a joke out of it by posting sexy photos of her gorging on food. The best part? She’s winning said model search.

  • Hussein Chalayan is launch a capsule “drip-down” collection of key pieces from the main Chalayan line and calling it “Chalayan Grey Line“. The collection will consist of more affordable (starting at $140) and wearable pieces, ie. simple shift dresses and loose cottons done in greys and whites. It will be shown to buyers at New York Fashion Week from The News showroom.

  • Vivienne Tam is collaborating with Chinese athletic brand owner and Olympic gold medalist Li Ning to launch a fashionable line of yoga wear for Spring/Summer 2012. The collection will consist of 20 pieces that boast features such as being antibacterial, having moisture-wicking properties, UV protection, as well as deodorization. It will be available wholesale, starting at $36.

  • If I thought Beyonce had gone anywhere, this post would start with a hearty “Beyonce is Back!”. Last night, her long-awaited music video for “Run the World (Girls)” debuted with more fashion glory than a September day at Somerset House. So, what did she wear?

    1. A red Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2010 dress with embroidered gold detail and thigh-high, gold-heeled Alexander McQueen Grinling Gibbons, same collection.

    2. She dances – like never before – in a black Norma Kamali fringed garment with golden harness and black bustier, continuing the fringe down to some Alexander Wang heels.

    3. A brief appearance by the white Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 Couture gown. The gown designed for fierceness.

    4. Cue the slo-mo water and cue the dark Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 Couture outfit with a tailcoat and heavy cut-outs.

    5. Be still, style heart. Unaware of the car in flames behind her, Warrior Beyonce gets into an ultra mini Gareth Pugh Fall/Winter 2011 turtleneck dress and gold-mirrored Gareth Pugh ankle boots.

    6. Dance break = outfit change. This time it’s a gold-embroidered Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2010 yellow dress paired with studded and feathered Sergio Rossi Gladiator boots.

    7. Emilio Pucci number two; a long-sleeved goddess gown in green with a thigh-high split and sequined sleeve from Fall/Winter 2011.
    Beyonce Run The World Fashion
    Beyonce Run The World Fashion

    Kate Moss Vogue Paris Cover
    Kate Moss has just been granted the historical honour of gracing Emmanuelle Alt‘s second cover of Vogue Paris since becoming editor-in-chief. The May 2011 cover pulls off a risky interpretation of the phrase ‘must-have item‘ by using faceless models to grab Moss from the edges. Fun fact? Princess Kate (…at least to the fashion world) was on Carine Roitfeld‘s first Vogue Paris cover ten years ago.