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London Fashion Week SS17

If there’s one Fashion Week that’s associated with new talent and a passion for supporting the underdog, it’s London Fashion Week; and with the likes of Prophetik, Gareth Pugh and Mulberry all showing strong collections, it looks like the bar is set to keep on rising.

I’m headed to London SUPER early in the morning for three jam packed days of shows and events and a special something from one of my all time favourite designers (more on that later).

Stay tuned Voyeurs, after a very mediocre NYFW, I’m predicting big things from London.  BIG things….

Pixie xo

 

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TAT Collective at The Hackney Shop

It’s that time of year again, when the Fash Pack descend upon Hackney for TAT, the Designer Collective who occupy The Hackney Shop for one month every year to host an amazing and unique designer sample sale.

TAT is a collaboration of creative talent orchestrated by young British designer Kelly Shaw London. Each year, Shaw selects like minded designers and collaborators to fill the shop with amazing pieces of clothing, art, shoes, accessories and jewellery and London’s Fashionistas lap it up. TAT Collective runs for one month, but if you want a piece of the action, you have to be quick as the shop is constantly jam packed with people looking for a designer bargain or an amazing one off.

This years collaborators are perhaps the best yet, scouted by Shaw during the Tapis Rouge Capsule Collective fringe event at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year; there’s minimalistic Year One, Urban cool duo Jena.Theo and Kelly Shaw London heading up the clothing department and for all you accessory lovers out there, Fox and Belle have created a capsule collection of collars and silk scarves in bold digital patterns that are sure to turn heads.  Long time TAT Collaborator Muldark & Co. are back this year with a collection of shoes and sandals perfect for Summer, and limited edition artwork is provided by uber cool Artist Jem Doulton.

The shop itself is in good company, nestled amongst the Burberry, Aquascutum, Anya Hindmarch and Jigsaw outlets, but with one main difference: with TAT, you’re not following the crowd, you’re leading it.   You’re buying into something far more urban and unique, think Street Stylers and Wearable Art and you’re on the right track.

I paid a visit to The Hackney Shop this week and couldn’t resist stocking up on a few amazing pieces for my stylista wardrobe. I’m always on the look out for something different and with TAT, that’s exactly what you get.  Shaw’s collection packs a punch, all about quiet protest and challenging proportions, the collection is packed with dresses of various shapes and lengths adorned with digital prints created by artist Jem Doulton. Shaw is on to a winner with her intelligent, punchy slogan tees, reminiscent of early Henry Holland, she has taken the most basic item in a designers arsenal, and made it culturally relevant with slogans such as; ‘Generic’, ‘The Riot Starts Here’, ‘Normal People Worry Me’ and my personal favourite, ‘Living The Dream’.

Jena.Theo are a London based design duo with an amazing selection of oversized muscle vests, tunic dresses and denim daubed with gold and silver for a street flavour.  Winners of the Fashion Fringe Award in 2009, the duo have made a niche for themselves and know what it takes to create a standout collection.  There’s a gorgeous denim dress of theirs that catches my eye, simple and straight in shape with the addition of a tan leather seventies style collar.

Year One are conceptual and minimalistic in style and have brought a collection of all black super soft leather shell tops, pencil skirts, shorts, dresses and jackets including an amazing one off (sorry people, it came home with me), as well as some silk pieces.  the juxtaposition of textures is very Kanye…. If you get a chance to head over to the shop, the chances are you’ll see Shaw working on her Spring Summer 2016 collection, her pattern cutting table has been moved into the shop for the duration of the 2015 stint and she’s busy preparing for London Fashion Week.  The theme for which is ‘Change’.  You heard it here first Voyeurs.

How to sum up TAT? Well, if you’re reading this then you’re a fellow fashion lover and TAT is Young British Fashion at it’s best.  It’s a fashion lovers paradise; It’s fun, it’s intelligent and it’s current. It’s more than a trend, it’s a movement and a sample sale is a great way to jump on board. With huge discounts to be had on some amazing pieces (including one-offs and specially created pieces), it’s a great way to introduce yourself to some new brands and all for prices similar to those on the high street.

If you don’t believe me then consider this, there’s an eye-wateringly beautiful hand painted British mohair coat in there with a retail price of £1200 which is being sold for £250 but you’ll have to race me as I’m back next week for round two……

Pixie x

TAT Collective is open at The Hackney Shop 7th May - 7th June 2015 to Sunday 11am to 8pm 

Can’t make it to TAT Collective?  Fear not, you can shop the current Kelly Shaw London collection at the Young Brit Designers website and the other brands via the links above.

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Fashion Futures Hosts Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue

NE1’s hotly anticipated Fashion Futures event began with an amazing celebration of local design talent in the form of a Graduate Fashion Show. Northumbria University Fashion Department, now in its 60th year, as seen its alumni go on to achieve great things in the world of fashion.  This time we got to see some of the amazing work undertaken by the current cohort and it was mind-blowing.

With the two day event well underway, the eyes of the North East’s Fash Pack were on the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art as Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue, took to the podium to deliver her segment of Fashion Futures Presents: Fashion Talks.  Shulman cuts a fine figure; smart and business like, with a distinct fashion edge, she gives off an air of authority.  Wearing nothing outlandish; a simple Erdem appliquéd pencil skirt and heels, she looks like she means business.

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As she takes to the stage, Shulman recounts a time when she was on a plane from NYC to London which was diverted to Newcastle during Fashion Month but didn’t manage to spend any time at all in the City and I nod fondly as I too was on this plane on my way to London Fashion Week.

She begins by telling the audience about her childhood, born into a typical London media family, her love for print media began early as she discovered comics and magazines.  Despite this, she was absolutely certain that she didn’t want to progress into a journalism career.  She tells us that she had no desire to go to university as she wanted to get out into the world and make her own money, but was made to enrol by her parents.  Rather surprisingly, she tells us that she had a poor academic career and was glad to be out of it at the end, she went on to complete a shorthand and typing course and immediately started temping which she says she loved.

Shulman is engaging and funny, she’s a great story-teller and let’s remember, she’s up there on her own with a lectern and a projector facing a room full of people who want to know all about her time at Vogue and the steps she took to cement herself at the top of her trade.  She proceeds to tell us that she was fired from her first two jobs, one after six weeks and the other after four months so for any of you budding magazine editors out there, take note, there’s not just one route to the top!

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Shulman talks only about her time at now defunct Over 21 magazine where she was the Editors Secretary, she puts up a picture of a front cover on which she is the featured model.  She tells us that this was one of the most pivotal times of her life, she learned everything she could about running a magazine in this role, from running errands to running photoshoots and it was here that she decided that this was her world.

From here, one of her pitches was picked up by Tina Brown, the Editor of Tatler magazine at the time.  The piece was about girls who look like they are from other periods in time and as part of the feature which ran, Shulman discovered a young Helena Bonham-Carter.

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She recounts with passion that she hated her time at Tatler and that she spent a lot of time crying in the restrooms.  It’s hard to imagine this strong woman being reduced to tears but as she tells us, by then she hadn’t become the woman she is today.  She was given the seemingly impossible assignment of tracking down the infamous Bounder and succeeded where others thought she would fail, following this assignment, her life changed.  She moved to The Telegraph aged 27 to take up post as Features Editor and worked there for eighteen months before she was offered a job at Vogue as Features Editor under Liz Tilberis’ Editorship.

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Shulman laughs as she tells us that she was given carte blanche on everything that wasn’t fashion in the magazine and how she ran some crazy pieces, pieces which she would never allow in Vogue today.  She tells us of a very different Vogue at that time, a very divided Vogue where the Fashion Department was very closed off to everything else in the magazine both in print and physically in the office space.

She tells us about her short stint at GQ Magazine shortly after its unsuccessful UK launch and how she was drafted in to pick the magazine back up.  Then how in 1992, when Liz Tilberis announced she would be leaving Vogue to move to Harpers Bazaar, she applied for the Editorship.  Shulman is very clear in stating that she had no hope of landing the job, and that it was offered to three people who turned it down before being offered to her.  She paints a bleak picture of the time, “It was 1992 and the country was in an unpleasant recession, luxury brand advertising was going to new monthly and weekly magazines as well as newspapers.  Vogue had to change.”

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She tells the audience that at that time, fashion began to change and move more towards what it is today.  At that time designer brands weren’t present in London and it was then that the movement to the city began, and London began shifting and morphing into the fashion epicentre that it is now.  Shulman remembers how this was an exciting time for fashion, homegrown talent was emerging in the form of Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Kate Moss, and the beginning of the grunge movement shifted things up a gear.

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Having been at the helm of Vogue for twenty three years, Shulman knows her stuff, she knows that with a product like Vogue there is a need to remain creative, she discusses the quandary of enticing a new readership whilst also remaining faithful to the needs of the existing readers.  She tells the audience “it’s not just fashion, it’s the whole business of clothes and everything else.”  She’s keen to express that she feels it’s important to feature beautiful clothes, but to also feature merchandise that people can afford.  Something that vogue wouldn’t have done in the 1980’s.

I’m particularly interested when she takes a question from the audience about Bloggers and the digital age.  She accepts that there is a place in the industry for Bloggers and agrees that it’s a good outlet because it’s “real and immediate”, when she broaches the subject of payment and sponsored posts she’s diplomatic “Blogs are meant to be independent and real and most of them aren’t now, it’s becoming more like a job in the industry and the guidelines on it should be much clearer.”  From a personal point of view I think she’s right.

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Shulman goes on to say that ‘Fashion is a touchstone” she refers back to 1993 when Vogue ran a picture of Kate Moss in underwear draped with a string of fairy lights and recounts how it was compared to paedophilia.  There are countless stories about the ethics of fashion, Shulman references the fur trade, body image, slave labour and child eroticism and how it’s very easy to blame fashion for all of this.  She talks about things that she doesn’t necessarily agree with, but can’t influence in the world of fashion, for instance she’s irritated that designers produce samples in the smallest possible sizes forcing the magazine to shoot the smallest possible models.

On the issue of body image, Shulman produced a short film called “It’s A Look” detailing how an image can be deconstructed and to highlight that what we see in the magazine isn’t reality.  The intention was that the film would be distributed to schools to be shown to thirteen year old girls.

She’s true to her early roots in journalism and outside of fashion she tells us that she uses the magazine to showcase extraordinary people doing wonderful things, she loves being able to “take these seemingly ordinary, very inspiring women and be able to dress them” and present them in the pages of Vogue.

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When asked about access to the fashion industry for young people, Shulman says “There is no magic bullet”.  Her advice is simple: “Be prepared to start at the bottom, attitude is incredibly important.  Be interested in the world around you, read; books, papers, magazines and read really good people”.  She’s clear to point out that you have to approach it willing to put the work in and to make yourself indispensable. “Make the letter count” she says “Never have spelling mistakes!”

It’s interesting to hear that despite having 2.3 million unique users in traffic to Vogue online and a monthly print circulation of 200,000, the business is still primarily in print through revenue, cover price and of course advertising.  “It’s difficult to convert online traffic into sales” she tells us, “reading a (physical) magazine is a treat, it’s precious time in print” and that’s one statement that I can get on board with, it looks like everyone in the room agrees as there’s a Mexican wave of nods around the room when she says this.

Outside of Vogue, Schulman has a book launch in June for her first literary project and with that final shameless plug, she thanks the audience, smiles and leaves.

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Shulman is interesting; she recounts every story from her past with detail and fondness and it’s clear to see that from her early childhood, each of these experiences have been important to her and have helped to carve her into the successful, influential woman she is today.  She talks about the future resolutely: “Vogue isn’t Me, although it’s been a part of me.  I will leave and have a different life and Vogue will undoubtedly continue.”  I particularly love the photo she shows us of her in her younger years wearing an embroidered skirt (her own handiwork) and standing under a Vogue poster. “Ironic isn’t it?” she says.

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With the magazine celebrating its Centenary next year it will be interesting to see what Schulman and the team at Vogue have in store for us…

Pixie x

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Fashion Futures Hosts Henry Holland & Laura Weir in Conversation

This week saw the launch of Fashion Futures in Newcastle, an event set up in place of Newcastle Fashion Week this year to celebrate the emerging design talent from Northumbria University, who have been delivering outstanding Fashion Design courses for sixty years.

The two day programme had a jam-packed schedule full of great events for both industry insiders and the public with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art playing host to the whole event providing a hub and backdrop to this awesome celebration of homegrown talent.  Think of it as the North East’s Somerset House / Brewer Street carpark.

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über cool designer British Vogue.  The auditorium was packed out for this event with Editors, Bloggers, Fashion students and people with a genuine passion for fashion and it didn’t disappoint.  The pair took to the all white stage, Laura Weir looking slick in a House of Holland midi dress and biker jacket and Henry Holland looking every inch the off-duty designer in black skinnies, Dr Marten boots and a denim jacket from his own collection with neon highlights.

I threw on a pair of Zara pants, an off Duty tee and some Prada shoes to take my seat on the front row and bring you the skinny.

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This particular segment of Fashion Talks was billed as Henry Holland and Laura Weir in Conversation and that’s exactly what it was.  The Pair have been firm friends for a long time and it showed, the conversation was fun and upbeat with Weir asking probing and considered questions giving thought to what the audience would want to learn about Holland.  We learned how he began his career - he was actually rejected from a Fashion Design course and studied Journalism at University but hated it!  We got to hear that his mum told him when he was younger that “We get eight careers” in our lifetime and he proceeds to talk about his early careers at now defunct Smash Hits and Bliss magazines.  It raises a giggle from the audience when Holland talks about his iconic breakout tee collection and how they were borne out of a drunken conversation one night with friends.  Hearing this makes the designer seem more real, more accessible and more human.

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The pair laugh as they reminisce about those now infamous slogan tees, (FYI I’m the proud owner of Do Me Daily Christopher Bailey and Flick Your Bean for Agyness Deyn) and how a whole career was started on four rhyming couplets.

Holland talks passionately about that time in his life, saying that those tees were just the start of things, they “were like a football shirt or band T-shirt for the fashion industry” and gave people who “maybe couldn’t afford a Christopher Kane dress a way of supporting the industry” by wearing a playful Cum Again Christopher Kane tee, almost like making a statement that you belonged.  Holland went on to talk about how these tees allowed him to create a “strong visual DNA” for the brand.

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He tells the audience about his first time showing at London Fashion Week as part of Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East in 2006 and how he only realised it was an Autumn / Winter show moments before go time and his House of Holland collection was all short-sleeved T-shirts.  He goes on to say that following this, he took constructive criticism wherever he could and went on to build a small team of staff and completed a full collection including eyewear, accessories and footwear.

It’s easy to feel like you’ve known the pair for years, watching them talk and joke with each other on stage is comforting, there’s no snobbery and when asked by an audience member if he feels that a University education is essential in order to break into the fashion industry Holland says absolutely not.  He admits that it takes willpower and that he still encounters snobbery because he had no formal design training, but says that he wouldn’t change anything throughout his career so far and that he’s “happy to share his mistakes” if it helps others in their quest to enter the famously guarded fashion industry.

Holland has wise words for budding designers too, he advises ” Stay true to your brand, its DNA and what you are trying to say through your clothes.”  the designer muses that he loves that people can personify with his brand and its message.  He goes on to say that he admires what Paul Smith has created, “a quintessentially British brand that has absolutely retained its Paul Smith vibe”.

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When asked whether he finds his role glamorous, Holland is quick to say “no”, he elaborates by saying that the celebrities he’s so often photographed with are his original group of friends since childhood and that celebrity is just a “side effect of their jobs”.

So what’s next for Henry Holland?  Well the designer has recently moved into menswear and would love to open his own physical store in London in order to create a “curated environment” for the customer.  He’s asked a great question by the editor of Darkus magazine: If he could give this part of his life a chapter name, what would it be?  After a short pause, Holland smiles and says ” I think it would have to be, What the Fuck Just Happened?!”  He goes on to tell us that there is actually a book on the horizon charting his life so far, if this talk is an introduction then this book is sure to make for an interesting read and is certainly something I’d read.

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His last question is from a young designer in the audience who asks whether it’s important to base yourself in London as a designer.  Both Holland and Weir are resolute in saying “no”.  Although both admit that it makes things easier, Weir claims that being outside of London could actually work to a designers advantage “you already know your audience and market and don’t have the competition” that there is in London.  Both firmly agree that the most important thing for young designers to have is passion and drive and a will to succeed.

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The pair thank the audience for their involvement and with that they’re off all smiles and waves.  Hats off to the organisers NE1, this was funny, interesting and engaging and the time flew by.  The format absolutely worked and the duo left the audience wanting more, in fact some of the younger Fashion students were discussing those sage words of advice afterwards.

If Henry Holland hasn’t been on your radar, firstly, where have you been?! And secondly, check him out.  At the end of the day as we discovered, he’s just a normal, down to earth guy with an insane amount of talent and some cool friends who happen to be celebrities.  He’s got a really awesome story to tell and pretty soon it could be on a bookshelf near you.

Pixie x

Laura Weir and Henry Holland are both on Twitter, go check them out:

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Fashion Voyeur by Pixie Tenenbaum

Coming Soon…… FashionVoyeur.co.uk

Well, it’s finally official, Fashion Voyeur will soon be moving to a shiny new home in the form of http://www.FashionVoyeur.co.uk

So many of you are messaging me to ask what projects I’m working on, for recommendations and just to ask general questions about what’s going on in the fashion world, it seemed like the right time to go back to a self hosted domain so that I can interact with you more and ultimately, share more with you.

Some of my original followers will know that I used to blog from a self hosted domain called Pixie in Blue Jeans before setting up Fashion Voyeur to showcase the amazing fashion events I’m lucky enough to be invited to and the designers I’m working with.

The new Fashion Voyeur site will include all of the older posts from the current site in an archive so you’ll be able to refer back whenever you feel the need!

So here’s your chance to be involved, if there’s anything you’d like to see on the new site then get amongst it and email me at Pixie.Tenenbaum@gmail.com I’d love to hear from you! Stay tuned for updates on the go live date!

Pixie x

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NE1 Fashion Futures

The North East’s very own annual fashion event Newcastle Fashion Week is taking a break this year and instead will be replaced with a two day, jam-packed event called Fashion Futures. In line with the 60th anniversary of the Fashion department at Northumbria University, one of the most influential and highly regarded institutions for fashion study in Europe.  The groundbreaking Fashion Futures event will acknowledge the University’s contribution to the fashion industry and will showcase the talent of current students, graduates and alumni.

Held over two days at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, the event will provide a fresh new take on the Fashion Week that the city has become accustomed to and will be condensed into two days rather than the usual full week.  The event will include a graduate runway show from Northumbria University’s Class of 2015 on Day One which will no doubt see an influx of international buyers and editors to Newcastle and Gateshead.

Day Two brings Fashion Talks, a series of three talks which aims to help and support young people in breaking into the fashion industry, the line up for these talks includes contemporary fashion designer Henry Holland and Editor in Chief of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman.  A panel discussion will be another attraction of Fashion Talks with fashion industry experts including three local designers who all graduated from our very own Northumbria University; Michelle Taylor founder of luxury lingerie brand, Tallulah Love; Charis Younger, Menswear Designer at All Saints; Kate Ablett, Berghaus designer, and Darren Spurling, Managing Director of international footwear designer Terry De Havilland.

The ever popular Fashion Front Row event will return as part of this new fixture on the evening of May 14th providing a showcase for emerging North East talent, I’ll be there covering both days to bring you live updates from the FROW and to blog about the event as a whole and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Class of 2015 has to show.

So however you feel about this event replacing Newcastle Fashion Week, you’ve got to sign up to stay in the know, to sign up for alerts and ticket releases for Fashion Futures visit: NE1 Fashion Futures

Pixie x

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Kelly Shaw London 20% Discount Offer - Last Chance!

It’s the final day of the amazing discount offer I’m running with Brit designer Kelly shaw London.  Until midnight today you can grab 20% off any item across the FW15 collection (shown in full below).  the collection, in production now, will be available from August 2015 and every piece is a head turner, you’ll be hard pushed to choose just one item!

Recently shown as part of the Capsule Collective at Paris Fashion Week, Kanye West was spotted browsing the rails and anything with the Yeezy seal of approval turns to gold, case in point: Kim Kardashian.   With silent protest and challenging lines as inspiration, the collection is daubed with digital interpretations of gorgeous paintings by artist Jem Doulton, each piece created in the UK, using materials sourced in the UK.  Kelly Shaw really is a designer who is proud to be British.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Sit back and gloat that you’re totally ahead of the curve and amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note that you are ordering from the FW15 collection and as each piece is made individually to order, orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the super stylish set come Fall 2015, and of course you’ll be backing a British designer with some super cool fashion credentials!

Of course, you can also shop the equally delicious Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

I’ve already ordered the Grey Wool dress at the bargainous price of £308 and it should see me right through Fashion Week with the freedom to run the cobbles in Paris!  I’ve also snapped up the “Living the Dream” oversized sweater, is there any occasion this isn’t suitable for?!  And the Liminal Print Skirt and matching Tee which ooze urban cool.

Let me know what you choose…..

Pixie x

 

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Kelly Shaw London Exclusive Discount Offer - Last Call!

Listen up Voyeurs; It’s your last chance to grab a hefty 20% discount on the amazing FW15 collection from Kelly Shaw London.  March 2015 saw Brit designer Kelly Shaw take her collection to Paris as part of the Capsule Collective during Paris Fashion Week and the collection, dubbed The Liminal Journey, will be available from August 2015.

Kanye West was spotted browsing the rails during Paris Fashion week so you know you’re on to a winner with this collection, all about silent protest and challenging lines, the collection is daubed with digital interpretations of gorgeous paintings by artist Jem Doulton, each piece created in the UK, using materials sourced in the UK.  Kelly Shaw really is a designer who is proud to be British.

The full FW15 collection is displayed below with price information and you can grab a slice of this iconic British designer before anyone else, with a fantastic 20% off but you have to be quick as this offer ends at midnight on April 10th……

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Sit back and gloat that you’re totally ahead of the curve and amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note this is the FW15 collection and so orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the first to own a piece of this iconic British collection.

Of course, you can also shop the equally delicious Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

My personal recommendation is the grey wool dress (featured above), with Victoria Beckham vibes and a cool British fashion edge it’s a snip at the discounted price of £308.  Now, all you have to do is choose……..

Pixie x

 

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Love Niche Fashion Event

To say that Nisha Vedhara, Designer and Director of style studio; Love Niche is passionate about her job is an understatement.  Nisha grew up around fashion, her mum was a designer in India and Nisha absorbed as much as she could before bringing her own designs to the UK and setting up her boutique Love Niche.

Nestled in the heart of über trendy Newcastle city centre, Nisha owns and runs Love Niche Studio, a small but achingly stylish boutique on Clayton Street which not only stocks and sells clothes, but also offers a personal styling service for clients old and new.  Nisha travels to Italy, France and India to personally select the pieces that make up the Love Niche collection.  Anyone can access the service, you don’t have to be in the upper echelons of the fashion elite to be styled by Nisha, you just need to be able to get to the studio and she’ll do the rest.  Simples.

Newcastle is now considered soooo cosmopolitan that it has its own annual Fashion Week in May and in the run up to NFW the city turns its urban cool dial up a notch in preparation.  As the event draws nearer the North’s fashionistas begin to up their game.  It’s no surprise then that on March 30th, Newcastle’s Fash Pack, myself included of course, assembled in trendy nightspot Bonbar for a fashion event that’s become an annual hot ticket.  Hosted by Love Niche, in association with Hooker and Young Hairdressers, Terry de Havilland and North East glossy; La Di Da magazine, the relatively new event is always a very slick presentation.

Guests were greeted on arrival by hostesses and handed a goodie bag and given the option to purchase deluxe raffle tickets, a dedicated selfie area complete with Love Niche background, gold picture frames and flower crowns was set up in the entrance for show goers to tweet and Instagram their pictures.

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I arrived at 7.55pm wearing a Jean-Pierre Braganza denim jumpsuit and L.A.M.B. heels, fashionably late as it were, (the invite said 7.30pm) and the venue was already packed with TV personalities, models, bloggers, editors and people just generally inspired by and passionate about fashion and style.  Guests ordered from a bespoke drinks menu created specially for the event and sampled canapés from silver trays strewn with gorgeous flowers provided by The Scene Setter, the same company who created those gorgeous flower crowns.

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The evening opened with a talk on style; Nisha is passionate about style and shares the opinion of Gabrielle Chanel: “Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal”.  When she speaks it’s easy to see that she is the driving force behind her own brand and that she is truly about female empowerment.  she passionately tells the audience that it’s definitely “not about size” the way that so much of the fashion industry is and that it’s more about “a feeling”.

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The show itself features some of Nisha’s own designs as well as items which are stocked in the Love Niche boutique, it opens with resortwear and models in bikinis and kaftans in glorious colours walk the makeshift runway which traverses the entire bar area ensuring that everyone can see what’s on offer.  The hair is divine; fishtail plaits looped back on themselves topped with flower crowns handmade specially for the event.

As we move into daywear it becomes apparent that Nisha is not about one particular movement or segment of fashion, there’s something here for everyone.  From the dedicated fashionista to the 9-5 office worker and everyone in-between, we’re all catered for.  The next section of the show is all about “achievable glamour”.  think fifties style printed co-ords with bare midriffs, wide legged trousers giving a nod to riviera chic and a DIVINE one shouldered red pannier dress that could have sauntered off the Dior SS15 runway, (I’ll definitely be popping in to the studio for a closer look at that one) all topped off with a line of oversized sunglasses.

The final phase of the show was real high-octane glamour.  Full length gowns, sequin covered disco ball frocks, and show-stopping frothy floor sweepers.  As the show draws to a close, the line out showcases those amazing red carpet worthy frocks one last time and attention is drawn to Nisha as she appears on the stage in a figure hugging black dress to take her bow.  She thanks everyone and makes an emotional statement about how overwhelmed she is at the support for tonight’s event.

As far as event dressing goes, Love Niche has you covered.  I don’t think I’ve seen such an extensive range of red carpet style gowns available in the North East and with a range of accessories carefully sourced and selected to match, you really do have a one-stop shop with Love Niche, and it’s right in the centre of Newcastle.  Whether you have a prom coming up, an event, wedding or just a big night and you want to go all out in the style stakes, Love Niche is certainly worth a visit.  You’ll find that there’s something for every price range, from high street to high-end and you’re likely to end up with something pretty unique.

Fun, Fashion, Friends and Flower crowns all in one night, what more could a girl want?  Oh yes and I won a raffle prize too….

Pixie x

To find out more visit Love Niche online at:

http://www.love-niche.com

http://www.lovenichelondon.com

Want to engage with Love Niche on social media?

Twitter: @LoveNiche & @LoveNicheLondon

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/LoveNicheStudio

P.S. After having my actual camera stolen at London fashion Week I was left using my iPhone, hence the pictures of my (über cool) “Collective” and I!  I promise to update with pictures of the models as soon as I can get hold of them!

 

 

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Kelly Shaw London Exclusive Discount Offer

UPDATE: The Kelly Shaw London discount offer has been extended until April 10th so get browsing and get your orders in!

There’s been a lot of interest in the last post about Brit designer Kelly Shaw who recently took her womenswear label; Kelly Shaw London to show as part of the Capsule Collective during Paris Fashion Week.  Well hold the phones Voyeurs, have I got a fantastic offer for you!

Fashion Voyeur and Kelly Shaw London have teamed up to offer readers a fantastic 20% discount across the full FW15 Liminal Journey collection for all orders placed before April 10th 2015.  That’s right folks, you can shop this collection before anyone else and for less than anyone else!

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all you have to do is:

  1. Browse the full collection in the gallery or post below
  2. Select your favourite piece(s) (Trust me it’ll be hard to choose just one)
  3. Email kelly@kellyshaw.co.uk detailing the piece(s) you’ve chosen and quoting “Fashion Voyeur”
  4. Gloat that you’re amongst the first to pre-order the FW15 collection

Please note this is the FW15 collection and so orders will be fulfilled in August 2015 but you can rest assured that you’ll be amongst the first to own a piece of this iconic British collection.

You can also shop the Kelly Shaw London SS15 collection at http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/arising/kelly-shaw/

You’re welcome!

Pixie x