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VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

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 VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM HOST THE SEPTEMBER SHOW.  WORDS FROM SARAH KARMALI AT HARPER’S BAZAAR UK

On September 5th 2013, Victoria & Albert Museum played host to The September Show; a catwalk presentation from emerging Qatari designers as part of Fashion Exchange – an initiative to celebrate the cultural partnership between Qatar and the UK. The venture is just one from a whole year of Qatar UK 2013 events, and the brainchild of businesswoman and former model Farheen Allsopp, and writer Sheikha Raya Al-Khalifa.

Three Qatari designers – Elham Al Ansaari, Hessa Abdulla Al-Mannai and Fathiya Ahmad Al Jaber – partnered with milliner Philip Treacy and luxury accessory label Asprey on the colourful showcase.

To watch the fashion show, please click on the link below

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MOTHER + FREJA

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 MOTHER + FREJA – MOTHER DENIM PARTNERS WITH MODEL AND ACTIVIST FREJA BEHA ERICHSEN

MOTHER denim has partnered with model and activist Freja Beha Erichsen to create a capsule collection, benefiting the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a group that Freja is passionate about, set to launch Fall 2013 & hit stores in September.

This is Freja’s first collaboration. Co-founders Lela Becker & Tim Kaeding have always admired Freja’s personal style & aesthetic so it was a natural choice for them to collaborate with her on this collection.

“Freja really embodies what we feel MOTHER is all about. Her presence is what drew us to her but it was her charitable nature that made this collaboration so special. It’s been an honor to work with her for Doctors Without Borders as it is such an important organization that impacts so many people’s lives,” -MOTHER

The capsule collection features the following styles including: The Muse (skinny straight) in five washes, faux leather and The Crystal Cove printed jean inspired from agate and geode crystals, The Welt Zip Muse (moto pant), The High Waist Cutoffs & the Foxy Boxy (chambray shirt).

Freja worked hand in hand with designer, Kaeding, on all of the details including the washes, prints, hardware, fit and tags, to ensure that the collection truly reflects her personal style and one that she will wear. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Tim and Lela, the founders of MOTHER, in this

collaboration to raise some much-needed funds for Doctors Without Borders. We’ve created some beautiful jeans that feel snug and comfortable, yet durable and empowering,” – Freja Ten percent of the retail sales of the Freja + MOTHER will go to MSF, which provides medical care in nearly 70 countries to people affected by war, natural disaster, epidemics, malnutrition and exclusion from health care, regardless of race, religion, or politics. MSF won the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 1999.

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MARK HEYES

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MARK HEYES LAUNCHES HIS FIRST COLLECTION FOR MARISOTA

“I’ve always had a passion for fashion. Whether it’s shopping for a shoot, styling celebs, or checking out the new trends at fashion week.  My favourite part of the job though has always been dressing women of every age, shape and size and showing them how incredible they can look.

When Marisota asked me to design a range for them I jumped at the chance.
It allowed me to create a collection of flattering fashions that make the season’s trends wearable, whilst mixing in wardrobe essentials that will
see you through year after year.

The Marisota team really know their stuff in terms of how to cut pieces to make the most of women’s figures and with their expertise and my fashion know-how, we have created a collection that I’m proud to put my name to.

The range, which is called Ava, features my take on clashing prints with a flattering peplum dress, a must have winter pink collarless coat and some great winter florals prints on tops,  dresses and jeans.  Each piece has been designed to make the most of the wearer’s figure and I hope that the Marisota customers will find that they can look fashionable and stylish whilst still wearing clothes that fit and flatter their shape.”

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EMMA ROBERTS

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EMMA ROBERTS ATTENDS VELVET STORE LAUNCH IN BRENTWOOD – LA

Last night designers Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer celebrated the opening of Velvet’s first ever store in Brentwood, Los Angeles.  They were joined at the party by actress Emma Roberts, Louise Roe, her actor fiancée Josh Slack and The Hangover’s Jamie Chung.

Emma Roberts looked stunning in a Graham & Spencer dress, whilst Louise Roe wore a striking Velvet leopard print dress both from their Fall 13 collections.

Throughout the evening guests enjoyed Californian wine and canapes, whilst taking in the latest looks from the brand including women’s and men’s clothing along with a new kidswear line and handbags, available exclusively at the Brentwood location.  Louise Roe shopped Velvetmen with fiancé Josh Slack and the two were all smiles as she picked out clothes for him.  Emma Roberts and Jamie Chung were huge fans of the Lily Aldridge for Velvet Ruby Army Jacket with both rocking the military-inspired look over their dresses.

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GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

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GRADUATE FASHION WEEK – GALA NIGHT

The Graduate Fashion Week Gala took place on Wednesday 5 June at Earls Court 2 in London with a champagne reception from 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:30pm

Attendees on the  Gala night included; Lady Victoria Hervey, Caggie Dunlop, musician Eve, David Gandy (judge and presenter of the Menswear award), Henry Holland, Zara Martin, Lilah Parsons, Pips Taylor, Zoe Hardman, Roland Mouret, Zandra Rhodes, Todd Lynn, Suzy Menkes, Mary Katrantzou, Mark Heyes and Electra Formosa.

The Gossip –  earlier in the day Victoria Beckham attended with son Romeo to take part in a secret question time for selected specially invited students with Colin McDowell.

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GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

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GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

The Graduate Fashion Week  took place from Sunday 2nd – Wednesday 5 June at Earls Court 2 in London, with 40 of the finest of the UK’s fashion education establishments participating.

Enjoying a third year of sponsorship from George at Asda, Graduate Fashion Week is firmly established as the world’s leading event for fashion graduates.
As a registered charity Graduate Fashion Week would not happen without its sponsors and is also delighted to confirm continuing support from other long term sponsors including Mulberry, L’Oreal Professionnel, Rimmel London, Karen Millen, knitwear suppliers Stuart Peters and Barclays.

Showcasing the very best talent from the UK’s premier fashion and design universities, Graduate Fashion Week is one of the most un-missable events on the calendar for both the international fashion contingent and the general fashion loving public. This year the event celebrates 22 years of British trained fashion talent passing through its doors.

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MARISOTA LAUNCHES NEW BRAND

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MARISOTA LAUNCHES NEW BRAND CONCEPT SHAPEOLOGY

At Marisota we celebrate the fact that women’s bodies are amazing by creating fashion that not only fits you but your lifestyle too – whether it’s a red carpet event or just picking up the kids from school. Welcome to the world of Shapeology – a new design breakthrough that combines cutting edge technology with high style and a host of new fitting techniques that help us look our very best no matter who, or where, we are. By listening to over 700 women across the UK our expert team has developed a number of creative solutions for some of our most common wardrobe dilemmas, particularly in problem areas such as the tummy and upper arms – the top two factors highlighted by our researchers.  As a result, we’ve incorporated even more strategic stretch and support that enhance your best bits while shaping your silhouette, no matter whether you’re a size 12 or a 34.

Secondly, over 65 percent of women polled wanted more advice on what best suits their body shape. In answer to this, Shapeology isn’t just about helping us achieve the perfect fit but educating our consumer into making the right wardrobe choices, whether you’re an apple, pear or curvy hourglass shape.  Additionally we’ve looked at making our wide selection more age appropriate as over half our customers felt they wanted more advice on what to wear, and when. Luckily super stylist Mark Heyes and celebrity designer Coleen Nolan are on hand, providing hands-on advice to women of all ages, both in their own collections for Marisota, and Mark in our extensive range of online video tutorials.

Lastly, Shapeology isn’t just a design element, but a state of mind that extends across our entire product range – from secret sculpting foundation garments to jeans that give you a perkier bum. And, thanks to feedback from loyal customers we’ve raised the fashion stakes too, with updated ranges that include a brand new trend lead collection entitled Edit, that doesn’t steer clear of catwalk trends  because you’re not a size 10.  Add to that a new brand image, new graphics and an exciting new season ahead, and you’ll see that Shapeology is much, much more than a few quick fixes, but the gorgeous shape of things to come.

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For more information on Shapeology visitMarisota

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DAVID EMANUEL

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DAVID EMANUEL LAUNCHES HIS FIRST SWIMWEAR COLLECTION FOR BONMARCHE

Bonmarché is launching an exciting new range of swimwear, designed exclusively by Royal couturier David Emanuel.  The collection features monochrome swimwear with graphic prints including spots and snakeskin with metallic detailing, the perfect pieces to transform your beach wardrobe.

“I am over the moon I have been able to design a range of swimwear, it is something I’ve always wanted to do.  Many of the women I’ve met in Bonmarché stores up and down the country have asked me what they should wear when they’re away whether on a beach holiday or a luxurious cruise, as they want to feel comfortable and stylish but don’t want to reveal too much flesh.  I felt it was important that the collection include a variety of styles such as halter necks and swimdresses, including flattering tummy control, so there is something for everyone.  I’ve also stuck to a classic monochrome colour palette which is very on trend this summer and of course suits everyone,” comments David Emanuel.

With a variety of shapes to flatter every figure including bikinis and swimdresses in sophisticated prints, you will never look more elegant by the pool.  The one piece swimsuits include light tummy control to flatter your silhouette whilst remaining comfortable and the swimdress features waist-cinching detail to emphasise the narrowest part of your body, while the skirt skims over tummies.  Selected styles will also be available up to a size 32.

The collection will be available from http://www.bonmarche.co.uk from 14th July 2013.

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