In anticipation of the BAFTA TV Awards, ASCOT and the ‘Wedding Season’ we invited Fashion Editors, Celebrity Stylists and Influencers to the House of Fraser on London’s Oxford Street to review Adrianna Papell’s new SS17 collection and be treated to a Red Carpet make-over with YSL and AVEDA.
On Tuesday 25th April, we hosted the Tricker’s AW17 press day at the brand’s historical store in the heart of St James.
Seasonal collections are still a relatively new departure for the classic Northampton-shoemakers. This presentation featured several new men’s ranges including one inspired by Sir Edmund Hillary and his team of intrepid explorers who climbed Everest in the 1960s. The Himalayan range was conceived when an log book featuring the actual order by Sir Edmund and his team was discovered amongst the Tricker’s archives. Each of the three new styles features a shearling interior, a white through on the welts and have a longer upper for protection.
Another new collection features kudu leather. Inspired by a classic and well-loved pair of boots found at the Northampton factory, each length of kudu leather features imperfections sustained by the African antelope during its lifetime. Scratches, mosquito bites, thorns etc, all add to the patina of the fabric and ensure no pair of shoes or boots are the same.
Editors in attendance were able to view these new lines alongside the current season and the brand’s hallmark designs which have inspired shoemakers world-wide.
Last night at the Dorothee Schumacher boutique on Ledbury Road in Notting Hill, we attended a Summer 2017 preview event hosted by personal stylist Claire Lopez.
Claire put together a presentation on two models featuring her take on the new collection.
Sharing her tips of the trade, Claire treated the guests to some clever shopping ideas. She pulled together a series of looks featuring her own take on layering, accessorising and looks that take you from day to evening.
Guests drank pink champagne and ate co-ordinated marshmallow lollipops from Ottolenghi.
Last weekend SCPR attended London’s first Modest Fashion Week (LMFW), a two-day event organised by Haute Elan at the Saatchi Gallery.
Over 40 local and international brands showcased their collections on the runway and there were lots of networking opportunities. We were impressed to see so many women from a variety of cultures and religions uniting in their universal passion for fashion.
The concept of modest dressing combines faith and fashion without compromising one’s values. Modest fashion has become one of the fastest-growing consumer markets around the world and there is a growing network of influencers creating noise across social media.
Speaking at LMFW, Mariah Idrissi said, “This event is about diversity and showing that as much as modesty is a part of the Islamic faith, everyone is welcome to be a part of it.”
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the press and publicity for new American womenswear label Aidan Mattox.
The Aidan Mattox Collection launched in the USA in 2004, and offers beautiful, innovative and high fashion detailed ready to wear dresses in opulent jewel and neutral tones. Inspired by sophistication and elegance of Hollywood, it is designed with rich fabrics for sexy, glamorous and modern women.
Launching in the UK and Eire in February 2017, it is available exclusively at Harvey Nichols (Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin) and at HarveyNichols.com.
Yesterday, Tuesday 21 February, SCPR hosted a presentation for luxury British fashion label Merchant Archive’s AW17 collection as part of London Fashion Week.
Hosted in London’s Soho House, the presentation included a preview of the AW17 collection as well as a screening of a film commissioned by the brand.
The Merchant Archive AW17 collection was inspired by the still life photographic work of Isabel Bannerman, a renowned plantswoman and award winning landscape designer. Her photographic work mesmerizingly captures the beauty and fragility of life, that brief moment between growth and decay. The film reflected this by considering the alliance and the fragility of life’s delicate balance through the freedom and coming together of dance.
Constructed in French, Italian and British cloth, using trims from Germany and producing in the United Kingdom, Merchant Archive is a British brand proud to work with its European neighbours.
The following film demonstrates the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of a pair of Tricker’s bespoke shoes – a process which takes nine months!
Founded in 1829, Tricker’s is still independently owned by its founder’s family and remains one of the oldest shoemakers in England.
The Tricker’s factory in Northampton, built in 1903, resolutely preserves the same values, uncompromising standards of craftsmanship and use of honest materials that have been developed through its history.
This week the team escaped the rainy weather in London and flew to Berlin for the Dorothee Schumacher S/S 17 runway show. Always a highlight of Berlin Fashion Week, this season didn’t disappoint.
From decoration of the stunning church where the show was held in Berlin Mitte to the soft fabrics and delicate detailing on the clothes, we were transported into Dorothee’s dreamworld inspired by the Kachina – a Native American Spirit being.
Fantastic prints, waving ruffles and subtle slits imparted a new age of elegance: Ease. The colour code offered a futuristic interplay between the purity of white, shades of blue and purple and electrifying metallics. We want it all!
On Friday, 22 April 2016, SCPR hosted Tricker’s first ever seasonal press day at its Jermyn Street boutique.
Showcasing the new A/W collections including the Stow Revival boots and the TT biker boot range to the men’s and style press, the morning was a terrific success with editors from Fantastic Man, Wallpaper, Country Life and Shortlist amongst those in attendance.
On 12 February, we took a capsule collection of Adrianna Papell dresses to the divine Cowshed Spa in Soho and invited a selection of key editors to come and join us for a morning of pampering. As a pre fashion week indulgence, we hope everyone left a little bit more rested and relaxed in preparation for the AW16 shows. We presented a selection of new season dresses including some show stopping red carpet frocks and the new bridal collection. If only every Friday could start like this!
We had a great time accompanying a film crew from ITV East around the Tricker’s factory in Northampton. They were filming a piece on traditional British businesses (based in the East) which are staying successful despite many of their contemporaries collapsing. It was interesting to learn that there are 250 operations that go into making a pair of Tricker’s boots and they all take place at the Northampton site. In its hay day Northampton was home to 175 shoe makers today only 5 are left.
Scott Mckee is one of only 3 artisans left in Northampton who still hand makes shoes from scratch (all 3 work at Tricker’s), he demonstrated stitching a sole on to a boot and we saw hundreds of wooden lasts (the models for made-to-order shoes).
Look out for the piece on ITV East’s evening news feature at 6pm coming soon.
This week the team braved the cold and headed to Berlin for Dorothee Schumacher’s A/W 2016 show. Always a headline of Berlin Fashion Week, Dorothee’s latest collection was inspired by global traveller Thea Porter who brought opulent Middle Eastern fashion to London in the 1960s.
Dorothee says: “When everything is in motion, traditions are a gift, a feeling of secure familiarity which can be taken on travels. They provide security for insatiable curiosity and adventurous passion. And then styles blend, discover one another, find an entirely new common language – global patchwork!”
“I THINK HOSPITALITY AND COMPASSION GO HAND IN HAND AND HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT.” Dorothee Schumacher
Generous hospitality is a subject that has always been close to Dorothee Schumacher’s heart and so together with her team she has created a limited edition of personally assembled, hand-painted paper place settings to make dining together even more stylish this festive season.
100% of the proceeds from this Limited Edition dinner set will be donated to the medica mondiale organisation, which supports women and girls in war and crisis zones throughout the world.
Limited Dinner Edition consisting of 12 invitation cards, 12 paper sets and 12 place cards £49.00
Luisa Cerano’s Spring/Summer 2016 training day was an opportunity for retailers from all over the UK to come to the London showroom and learn about the different elements of the new season’s collection. SCPR tagged along to find out more and mentally shop the collection!
As part of its formalwear sponsorship of the England Rugby team, our client, French menswear fashion label Eden Park provided us with tickets to invite press to various Rugby World Games. We were lucky enough to see France v Romania at the Olympic stadium on 23 September. France triumphed 38-11 and we spent a wonderful evening shouting ‘Aller les bleus’! amongst the other French supporters.
In the run up to the Rugby World Cup, SCPR negotiated an exclusive campaign with BA High Life magazine (the onboard magazine for British Airways) for its client Eden Park – the French fashion brand which is the official supplier of formal wear to the England team.
In addition to the five page feature article which appears in the September issue, the publication filmed the England team players at their Eden Park suit fitting for an inspirational video which is available on board all BA flights this month.
British shoe brand Tricker’s factory in Northampton was the setting for the popular 2005 movie Kinky Boots and the cast of the new stage musical, which recently opened on The Strand, were invited to the factory to meet the team and get an insight into the creation of hand made shoes.
In return they were all invited back to a preview of the musical and we were lucky enough to tag along. Without doubt it was one of the best musicals any of us had ever seen. After the performance we stayed behind for a big group shot of the company and Tricker’s staff. The night was made even more special when the director Jerry Mitchell and the legendary Cyndi Lauper (who wrote the score) appeared and joined in. For the first time ever Team SCPR were star struck and sang True Colours all the way home.
After 15 happy years in Marylebone we packed up the showroom and moved to Camden. Our new office is in the thick of things, just behind the high street and with two roof terraces – perfect for summer parties! On a clear day you can even see Primrose Hill in the distance and don’t even get us started on the food market at Camden Lock!
On 27th November, SCPR hosted a Fashion Salvage event on behalf of WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) for its Love Your Clothes (LYC) campaign. The aim was to raise awareness of the value of clothes and to shine a spotlight on the amount of good clothes hiding at the back of our wardrobes.
To promote the event and the LYC campaign, we secured interview time for WRAP’s Textile Communications Manager Ali Moore on London Live’s Breakfast Show yesterday morning.
Invitations were sent to London-based fashion bloggers, industry and LCF students. They were invited to visit the Britannia Mill in Canning Town, the largest textile recycling centre in London. Guests such as Susie Lau of Style Bubble and Arianna Cadwallader (from C4’s This Old Thing: Vintage Clothes Show) were given an opportunity to explore the vast array of clothing received by the site in just one day and unearth garments which could be re-styled to create a new-season party look.
Everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion and the evening was a great success. Upcycling style expert Emma Slade of backofthewardrobe.com was on hand to offer advice and judge her pick of the outfits pulled on the night. Barley Massey of Fabrications in Broadway Market brought her sewing machine along and was offering alterations and customisation of the pieces.
Attendees were able to take away their finds and give a home to pieces that were unwanted by others. The outfits of the evening (chosen by Emma) were created by Lisa Snider, Mallory Giardino and Ilishio Lovejoy.
SCPR and Fashion World launched Liz McClarnon’s (from Atomic Kitten) first collection. They created a boutique swimwear collection which features kitsch prints and pops of colour, perfect for any pool or beach. The collection features Fashion World’s expertise in creating flattering styles for women with Liz’s trademark love of colour and focus on fun.
The launch party was in Mahiki to fit the style of the swimwear. Cocktails were flowing and the hula girls were dancing. It was a fantastic night!