Vauxhall Fashion Scout Exhibition – Edward Finney

Vauxhall Fashion Scout is a veritable hotbed of new fashion talent, with the exhibition a great showcase for new design. I had a good look around yesterday and totally fell in love with the unique, unusual designs of Edward Finney. My first words on seeing his collection were ‘This is a man influenced by Alexander McQueen‘,  and I was fascinated to learn  that Edward Finney had worked with McQueen, and also with another fashion genius, John Galliano , with whom he worked as assistant designer for four years. After viewing his offbeat designs, I don’t think it will be that long before we mention Edward Finney in the same breath of McQueen and Galliano.

Using a host of ‘heritage’ plaids and checks, Finney has created a wonderful collection rich in character and design.  Using the American socialite turned Happy Valley Vixen Alice De Janze as inspiration, this is a collection that, like Alice, breaks all conventions and has a seriously wild side. From sophisticated shift dresses that turn out to be seriously cute playsuits, to the use of shoelaces for adornment, this is a collection that requires you to look and look again.

 

Finney’s collection re-creates the hedonism of the 1920s ex-pat community with ‘a modern blend a fusion of tribal strength and classical style.’ So you have classic dress styles with full skirts and Prince of Wales check bands that are subverted with ultra sexy and modern cutaway details. Or the traditional plaid fabric turned into a 1980s style puffball mini dress.

My absolute favourite piece is the totally fabulous dress that bleeds ink, a stunning, innovative piece which leaks ink slowly spattering  the snow-white skirts with black ink as the model walks and moves. This is a dress filled with drama that is totally breathtaking.

I love this collection, and think there are enough quirky, edgy beauties on the red carpet who could really do it justice. Jaime Winstone would look amazing in the red tartan, full length dress below, whilst I would love to see Emma Watson in the puffball style strapless dress, this would look fantastic against her elfin beauty.

A designer whose works combines a sense of the dramatic with the element of fun, Edward Finney is truly a name to remember.


Jian of London’s Stardust press launch – gemstones, manicures and cupcakes!

Last Thursday saw the  glorious launch of Jian of London’s stunning Stardust jewellery collection in the sumptuous surroundings of Four London’s beautiful Conduit Street Salon. This event combined exquisite jewellery with a host of pampering treats and lashings of champagne, canapes and cupcakes.

The event was to showcase the stunning jewellery designs of Jane Massie and Jian of London before the official launch in September. I had a chance to be properly introduced to the brand, which only launched in the UK three years ago. Jane explained to me  that previous to this, she had lived in the USA,  and that she had found the UK market to be quite different to the US market – in America ‘the blingier – the better’ seems to apply, but the UK are very partial to small, delicate designs. Jane explained to me that she had always had a love of jewellery, but wanted to work with precious stones and metals rather than simply creating pieces of costume jewellery. Jane spoke with passion about her love for simple, elegant lines in jewellery, and this is plain to see in the designs. The stone is always the star, and is showcased to perfection in a series of clean, elegant settings that enhance the stone, rather than drawing attention away from it.

Of course, this being a glittering launch, there were no shortage of glamorous guests enjoying the gems and the beauty treatments. OK TV‘s Josie Gibson and Sian Welby, Danielle Brown and Lizzie Cundy were amongst the guests who enjoyed manicures courtesy of  the lovely Samantha Cunningham from Spa Barbies, who is frankly a nail genius(anyone who can make my nails look good…),  colour consultations by Four London, Eve Taylor Aroma wax arm and hand massages and spiritual readings. The cupcakes from Cute as a cupcake were divine, as were the canapes, and the whole event had a very relaxed girlie atmosphere that everyone seemed to enjoy.

Sian Welby and Josie Gibson from OKTV

 

Danielle Brown with Jane Massie from Jian of London

 

Lizzie Cundy enjoys the aromawax treatment

 

 

 

 

Kate goes hat crazy!

If you loved the fabulous black hat that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wore to the recent Trooping the colour celebrations, then next weeks tour of Canada is going to be a headwear treat for you.

Kate has apparently ordered 5 hats from famous milliners Lock & Co. These are from the Sylvia Fletcher Hat-a-Porter range, the same range that rather fabulous black hat came from.

The trooping the colour hat was called ´Lion Tamer´ and was also designed by Sylvia Fletcher. Her Hat-a-Porter range costs slightly less than the Lock & Co Couture range – showing signs that Kate is yet again being careful not to appear a spendthrift.

Lock&Co already have the royal seal of approval, making hats for Prince Charles amongst others.

A lovely new photograph has been released ahead of the Royal Tour of Canada and the United States. And is Kate wearing a new suit in it? Don’t be silly! Kate is getting a second wear out of the Amanda Wakeley navy suit she wore on her pre wedding tour of the UK. I think the message is plain and clear – you’ll see Kate’s outfits over and over again, they will have to earn their keep in that Royal wardrobe.

In other Kate fashion news, it seems the only time we will get to see Kate in another glamorous evening gown during the upcoming tour will be at the Bafta event during the American leg. A bit disappointing as the Jenny Packham dress was a real showstopper that wetted the appetite for more evening glamour!