Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The British Fashion Awards 2012

The British Fashion Awards 2012 

Manolo Blahnik- Winner of this years Outstanding Achievement Award

The British Grammys of fashion. A night where the best of luxury fashion, come together in celebrating the achievement of their fellow competitors of the industry, from supermodels to designers... its a star-studded extravaganza. Set in the lavish London hotel The Savoy, the British fashion industry gather for one night of excitement, honor and dressed in their most stylish attire.

The designer of the year, is one of the biggest awards of the night, being a various amount of different award categories as well, which help to recognizes the brave new designers to the industry. Below is a full list of the winners of tonight's spectacular awards, lets just say Stella McCartney dominated!

BFA 2012 - The Winners
-Best Style Award : Alexa Chung
-Emerging Talent R-T-W : JW Anderson 
-Emerging Talent Accessories : Sophie Hulme
-Emerging Talent Menswear : Jonathan Saunders
-Red Carpet Award : Roksanda Ilinic 
-Accessory Designer : Nicholas Kirkwood 
-Designer Brand : Stella McCartney
-Isabella Blow award for Fashion Creator : Louis Wilson OBE 
-Britain's Model of the Year : Cara Delevingne 
-New Establishment Award : Erdem 
-Menswear Designer : Louis Vuitton's Kim Jones
-Designer of the Year : Stella McCartney
-BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion : Manolo Blahnik

Another award that is truly anticipated for the world to find out, and is usually released a couple of days before the evening affair, is the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion award. Awarded to someone who has created a major impact of the industry and has continued to inspire the world of fashion. This years 2012 winner is the one and only king of footwear Manolo Blahnik. 

Manolo Blahnik is known to be 'holy man of heels', with every shoe he has created to represent an authentic hand-made artistic masterpiece of one of a kind perfection. Born on the Canary Island to a Spanish mother and a Czech father in 1943, he grew up on a banana plantation, he later moved to Paris to pursue his career of becoming a designer in 1968. 

After opening his first store in London in 1973, his shoes become the definition of luxury craftsmanship, which displayed innovative design. Manolo has previously won Accessory Designer of the Year by the BFA Council in 1990 and in 1999. Manolo Blahnik is known to giving the word such a creative and artistic approach to footwear, with his iconic and passionate sketches, it is really hard to miss a Manolo Blahnik masterpiece. 

"To be reconigsed for doing something I love is really wonderful" Manolo Blahnik.

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Sophie Hulme

London based designer makes her mark:

I have been meaning, to blog about the newest British designer that has stormed the fashionable streets worldwide. Sophie Hulme is best known for her amazing A/W 2012 handbag collection, that took an ordinary tote to a whole new level of chic. After graduating from Kingston University in 2007 and selling her 1st graduate collection to luxury department store Selfridges, within two months she set up her own brand 'Sophie Hulme'. 

She has described her brands signature to be "Clean, tailored silhouettes with masculine and feminine influences. There is an emphasis on hardware and detailing.”
Hulmes love for hardware detailing has definitely been marked as her signature, with her remarkable success of  'Armour Tote Handbag' becoming the 'IT' bag of every fashionable junkie.

Every girl needs the perfectly sized, fashionable tote... finally the search is over! The Sophie Hulme tote is perfect for anyones needs, from the ideal size, to the rich colours and outstanding detailing of Sophie Hulme signature hardware, that really gives the tote that extra dash of flare.

The elite of Fashion bloggers and stylist simple can not get enough of this seasons most wanted bag, easily worked into any day-to-day outfit, there will never be a day that you won't take you Sophie Hulme tote out.-

View full collection now:

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Together Bag : Designer Tote

Together Bag 
By Thursday Friday

Designer bags transform into durable tote bags:

The most wanted luxury designer 'IT' bag to sweep the fashion world, costing only $35 (around £21),  your probably thinking this can't be right? Yes its right! Its known as the 'Together Bag' created by the brand 'Thursday Friday' this is one luxurious accessory that will not break your bank. 

The unique idea uses a printed image of an 'IT' bag that we all love and adore on an ordinary canvas bag, images from a contemporary Celine to a classic Chanel. Its the perfect bag for the beach, carrying groceries, or running errands but it still allows you to stay oh so fabulous at the same time.  

The Together Bag designs are a playful take on fashion's mainstream designer handbags, it adds a whole lot of fun into an ordinary canvas bag. When I first came across these bags, I was impressed by the brilliant idea making a reusable bag so chic (why hasn't anybody thought of this before). With the world becoming much more environmentally friendly, and supermarkets pushing the concept of reusing bags, the Together Bag stands out as a first class replacement to any ordinary plastic or paper bag.

As well as the supermarket, the Together Bag can easily be paired with any casual day outfit. Adding a bold and statement accessory to any outfit gives it a great kick into style and personality. 

Thursday Friday is a brand that what's to show the fun side of fashion. They create products that are easy to acquire and use, that are inspired by class and iconography. They don't want their brand to be about complication or abstract concepts but... for Thursday Friday and everyday.

Different styles available in various colours and sizes, its practically perfect for any adventures in your life!-

Available at: www.thufri.com

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

French Fashion label collaborates with high street store H&M:

The avant-garde brand Maison Martin Margiela is set to be the next luxury brand to tie hands with high street store H&M. After previously may successful collaborations with top high end brands, like Versace, Marni, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Karl Lagerfeld, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and last months Vogue Japan's Fashion editor Anna Dello Russo. H&M's outstanding success on these brand collaborations, helps to bring in a new audience that appreciate fashion at an affordable price, appealing to a whole new market. Many of these luxury brands are densely priced, catering to a very niche market of elite with high street collaborations like these, pulls in a new prospectus of market. 

I am for one, very excited about this collaboration after viewing the look book of 100 of the pieces that are expected to hit the stores on November 15th... thats right fashion followers mark the date in your dairies... November 15th. I have already selected my favourite pieces from both the men's and women's collection, a dream come true for all those die-hard fans of the avant-garde label. 
The launch party took place in NYC, where a star-studded line up of Maison Martin Margiela fans of the brand, were present supporting the high street collaboration and were even dressed in their favourite piece from the collection. 

Be prepared to expect the unexpected best of avant-garde, with oversized draped silhouettes, soft turtleneck jumpers, extreme outerwear, and master class tailoring with a masculine edge. Accessories take a spin on the unpredicatable side with hair lock pendants, glove shaped clutches, high-top sneakers, skinny belts and the perfect wedge boot with clear perspex heel. The Maison Martin Margiela for H&M is offering the best of the label without the price tag attached... its every fashion lovers ultimate wish. 

There was one item from the collection that I couldn't ignore, its completely recognizable and perfectly functional idea, The Candy Clutch. Made to resemble a candy wrapper with a zip fastening opening, just where you would tear open your favourite bar of chocolate or candy. Available in electric silver and pink, its genius! 

SKarman's Choice:
Below is a selection of favourite items from the collection, that I can't wait to get my hands on, from clothing to accessories: 

(From left to right)
-Body with integrated bra, £29.99

-Enlarged watch frame bracelet, £29.99

-Plexi Wedge pump, £149.99

-Darted Jumper, £69.99

-Flat Jacket, £59.99 & Pattern cut trousers, £59.99

-Trompe l'oeil tattoo top, £29.99

-Oversized peacoat, £149.99

-Oversized turtleneck jumper, £79.99

- Hightop Trompe l'oeil sneakers, £69.99

-Glove clutch, £79.99

-Candy Clutch, £34.99

Save the date & get ready to shop on : November 15th

Watch coverage from the Launch party of the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection in New York City!-