Stephanie Grace Foy – One to watch.

At the recent London Fashion Week I was lucky enough to meet and chat to Stephanie Grace Foy. A talented up and coming designer, I was intrigued by her collection ‘Longitude/Latitude’ which seemed to juxtaposedly be the most simple, yet also the most intricate of designs.

This is a wonderful collection of ‘lighter than air’ pieces that are deceptive in their cool simplicity. Stephanie has a background as a freelance pattern cutter working for some of the best in the fashion business. Her CV includes pattern cutting for Mark Fast, Topshop Unique and Mario Schwab. Witnessing the inner workings of the design process led Stephanie to formulate ideas for her own designs. The collection ‘Longitude/Latitude is an amalgam of interest in pattern cutting in relation to body shape. This has led to a collection of beautifully floaty pieces that both float over and skim your curves, changing their shape has the body moves.  These clothes almost have a life force of their own – they literally undulate as you move.

Stephanie shows off one of her beautiful designs.

I totally fell in love with this collection, the blouses, shell tops and dresses were so delicate you could scrunch them up in your hand, they were so light. And they are just terribly pretty, in gorgeous shades of pistachio and deep corals, and contrasting cool white. The sheerness of the fabrics make them perfect for those travelling to warmer climates, these would not take up any room in your case.

This is a very forward looking collection, when so many designers are looking to the past for inspiration, SGF definitely has it feet planted firmly in the fashion future. Destined to be a huge name in the British Fashion Scene, Stephanie Grace Foy is definitely one to watch.

Stephanie Grace Foy with Fashion-Mommy at Vauxhall Fashion Scout

 

Kate Middleton – the fashion parade continues.

Kate Middleton watches Prince William parade at Trooping the Colour – mirror.co.uk.

After the sensational appearance on Thursday night at the AMFAR event, in which Kate wowed everyone, including a certain Mr Tom Ford, in a stunning blush pink Amanda Wakeley dress, Kate has shown again today that she has the fashion credentials to become Britain´s hottest style star.

Today she watched proudly as Prince William took part in his first trooping the colour parade in a packed London. All eyes were on Britain´s newest Duchess, and again she didn´t put a foot wrong. Travelling in the carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall, Kate chose an elegant white coat, with a large black picture hat. No word on the designer yet, but as Kate is partial to a bit of Philip Treacy – that is definitely a good each way bet.

Kate Middleton – The countdown continues.

The Countdown to the Royal wedding continues to fuel the newspapers, magazines and gossip columnists, and yet information and sightings of the royal couple has actually been quite sparse. In contrast to the Royal Wedding in 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer attended film premieres, Royal Ascot and walkabouts with Prince Charles, we have so far only seen Kate on one official engagement, in December, at an event for the teenage cancer trust. So, what else has been happening with the future Princess/Queen, and what else have we learnt about Kate?

The Royal Wedding

We have learnt that this is going to be a truly modern affair. There will be no glass carriages for Kate, she will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a limousine, which seems a shame, as we hardly ever see that lovely covered glass carriage that Diana travelled in anymore, but maybe Kate doesn’t want to turn up as creased as poor Diana did, so a limo may be for the best. There will be an opportunity for the balcony kiss, and the Royals and guests will then enjoy a buffet. I’m guessing this won’t consist of cheese and pineapple and sausage rolls!

The dress

There is so no official word on who will design the dress. For a while Bruce Oldfield was the favourite, with some bookmakers refusing to take any more bets on him, but there has not been any confirmation on this from anyone. Vivienne Westwood has said that she is definitely not designing the dress, while Jasper Conran has waded in, saying her would make Kate the pride of Britain in an article in The Daily Telegraph. American trade fashion bible Womens wear Daily asked a range of top designers to present their designs for a dress for Kate, with Hello magazine doing the same in the UK.

 

Valentino sketch WWD

Karl Lagerfeld sketch WWD

 

 

My favourite - Gucci WWD

 

So, are there any more clues as to who is designing the Royal Wedding dress of the Century? On her first public engagement with William Kate wore a beautiful Alice Temperley white and black dress. Alice is a good British designer, who also gained the Royal seal of approval in the New Years honours list, so she could be a good outside bet. There are rumours that the dress is being made, as we speak, behind the walls of Buckingham Palace.

Style praise/Style criticism

Kate’s outfits have faced constant scrutiny since the engagement was announced. The engagement dress from Issa was deemed a success and has already seen a whole host of copycat designs. The official photographs celebrated the British High Street, featuring a dress by Reiss and a blouse by Whistles. Kate’s style has been praised by Karl Lagerfeld, whilst Grazia magazine has said she has not yet put a foot wrong in the style stakes. Yet, other publications have stated that her groomed glossy look is ‘bland’ Belinda White emphasised her need for a stylist, putting forward Rachel Zoe and Carolyn Seiber, and saying that she needed to cut her ‘boring blow dry’. Kate also received criticism over the dress she wore to the Lucy Stourton/Harry Aubrey-Fletcher wedding. The dress had a sheer panel at the front which gave the impression that Kate was braless. (Shock!Horror!). The stunning outfit, which consisted of a black dress and velvet coat by upcoming label Libelula, was beautiful and elegant, but this didn’t stop Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of ‘Majesty’ magazine criticising. She said that Royal’s only wear black when in mourning, or for a Papal visit, and that the sheer panel was too risqué for a future Princess. This was very reminiscent of the comments made when Diana wore a black Emmanuel strapless dress to Goldsmith Hall in 1981.

My opinion? Kate looked great the wedding, the outfit was both modern and classic, and was designed not to upstage the bride, although there was little chance this wouldn’t happen, unfortunately for Lucy Stourton. The hat reminded me of the chic styles worn by Wallis Simpson in the 1930’s, and as for being black….as someone who was recently a bridesmaid in a black evening dress, I would say that black is now totally appropriate for wedding attire, even on the bride. It seems Kate may have the same role Diana did, that is, dragging the Royal family into the current century, as it seems to always reside in the previous one!

Other news.

Kate is apparently a huge fan of TK Maxx, which is great news for the high street brand. Kate is going to be a waxwork in Madame Tussaud’s, which has led to speculation over which outfit will be chosen for the model.

Kate has been immortalised in an Andy Warhol style cover for Tatler magazine, which is a fab souvenir for any Kate watcher.

The Royal Mint £5 coin produced to celebrate the engagement has faced heavy criticism because it looks nothing like the royal couple. The coin shows a chubby faced Kate and William with what looks like a quiff. Frankly, not good!

I’ll keep you posted with any further Kate pictures and news of the wedding.