During Milan Fashion Week Cheryl Cole sported an Aviu soft leather studded cardigan with fine knit sleeves and striped cuff/hem detailing. The singer paired hers with a black fitted tank, white skinny jeans and black stilettos for the ultimate Italian slick look. Come visit us in store to see our range of Aviu cardigans, including the style worn below.
During fashion week, we had the pleasure of commissioning artist Kate Grove to come in and produce a free hand illustration on Feather’s shop window inspired by the beautiful prints within our SS14 collection. Kate’s main source came from the Japanese floral designs of Alexander McQueen to create an organic motif to get us into the Spring time mood. Take a look below and see the artist in action and come visit us in store to see this master piece for yourself!
Here is some of the Camberwell graduate’s work:
If you have not yet seen the Moschino AW14 collection…. its a MUST SEE! Since their anniversary the brand has upped the anti and gone all out with their tongue ‘n’ cheek sensibility with the help of Jeremy Scott. Taking the essence of the brand and incorporating consumer culture in the form of McDonalds, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Budweiser, etc it was an explosion of colour, graphics, gold and leather! Moschino has received a huge thumbs up from high profile fans, whom are already wearing the AW14 collection such as Anna Della Russo and Rita Ora.
In the meantime click here to shop our SS14 collection.
Its never truly summer without the vibrant colours and exotic prints from Etro. To get you in the mood, here is a behind the scenes video of their SS14 collection. Even more excitingly this seasons campaign was shot by the legend Mario Testino , with models Joséphine Le Tutour, Kendra Spears and Ton Heukels being the faces of the brand. Click here to see what we have from Etro in our SS14 collection online.
We had the pleasure of having the Mary Katranztou team visit us in store to train us on the new SS14 collection. The two prints that were the focus of the main collection, where that of leather buckles and 80′s style costume jewellery. The main collection was split into 3 sections: embroidered, sportswear and the digital print, this season we have focussed on the digital print. Click here to see what we have online for SS14 by Mary Katrantzou.
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If you have not heard already, congratulations to one of our most loved brands, the creative duo Peter Pilotto for winning the British Fashion Council VOGUE Designer Fashion Fund Award 2014. They were up against a tough crowd including Mary Katrantzou, Emilia Wickstead, Henry Holland, Osman and Zoe Jordan all of which were in the running to win the £200,000 grant and mentoring in order to help the designers transition into a global brand.
“Christopher and Peter are deserved winners of this year’s fund award. They have remained true to their vision of a print and colour focused brand but have managed to expand and grow the business to a level where they can now compete on an international stage. It’s a pleasure to be able to support them” – Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council, commented: “Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are an incredibly dynamic design team, who since launching their label in 2007, have won the hearts and minds of the industry and the public with their vibrant colours and unforgettable prints. They demonstrated they are a thriving fashion label with a great vision to take the next step in building a global designer fashion brand.”
“A minimalist aesthetic makes for maximum impact this season, with clean lines and a neutral colour palette. We present the hottest staples for Spring/Summer 2014 stripped back dressing” Farfetch
The couture shows are in full force this week, with stunning gowns adorned in lace and tulle, dripping in hand stitched sequins and crystals, oozing in elegant creativity and hours upon hours of hand craftsmanship! The houses produce the most exuberant and fantasy like designs, breathing life into the designers sketches to create a work of art that we are in awe of. Our favourite was Elie Saab’s collection, with its graceful changes of pink, purple and blue hues in dreamy 1950′s silhouettes, which make your thoughts drift to an old fashioned dinner dance….. Beautiful!
Peter Pilotto are taking their graphic prints and punchy colours to the high street, with their upcoming collaboration with Target. Take a look at their interview below (taken from style.com) to find out all about their newest venture. Click here to see our selection of Peter Pilotto’s Resort 14 collection....
How did Target approach you?
Peter Pilotto: Somebody set up the meeting, and we were like, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ We always knew about Target, obviously. We didn’t have to think much. When they asked us if we really wanted to do it, we were like, “Yeah, sure!” And the whole process was extremely pleasant. They gave us the freedom to do what we liked.
Christopher De Vos: We’re excited that, with this collaboration, we can reach a whole new audience.
PP: And we hope to reach a big audience age-wise, too—from the 15-year-old girl to the 75-year-old woman.
What was the concept behind the collection? And did you find it difficult to translate your vision to fit within the Target price point?
PP: The swimwear was the starting point. We wanted something very signature to our brand but translated in a different way—something very energetic, joyful, summery, and vibrant. We liked the idea so much that you could have a swimwear look and a skirt, and you could build up your look from beach to street.
CDV: We made almost like a rash guard, and you can wear it with a swimsuit and take off your skirt and wear it to the beach. That was the whole idea. We also analyzed our color combinations and how we could translate those. Obviously, there were limitations because of price point, but I think those limitations pushed us to do new things. And while we had to rethink our usual fabrications, we feel it’s very us.
PP: And it was exciting to work in a different way within the systems that were right for Target. We couldn’t do the engineered print that we’re used to doing, so instead, we used seams and worked on layered versions of all of our prints. I guess the collaboration was the highest amount of prints they ever did. I think often, it’s especially stimulating when you have constraints.
The palette is very in tune with what you usually send down the runway.
CDV: I think if we weren’t based in London, we’d do everything in black. But because the weather’s so gray, we’re longing for something colorful.
There is so much color coming out of London, despite all the fog.
PP: It’s very inspiring. And East London, where all the designers are based, all the artists, everybody—it’s a really good spot because of the interesting, the mix of people.
CDV: We feel like we live in a village.
Can you tell us what you have planned for Fall ’14?
PP: I think with our Spring ’14 collection, we wanted to translate our signature ideas in new ways, so we did a lot of lace and embroidery. While we’re known for the print, there is actually so much more now that we’re busy with besides the print that we love to do. It’s all about the desire for color that we try to express in different ways. Last season, we worked with lace that was engineered like the print was in the past—there were color layouts that were made in the lace, layered with print underneath. We want to explore that further, and push those techniques for Fall.
When you’re conceptualizing a collection, where do you normally begin? With this Target collaboration, you were talking about the swimwear. But is it color? Is it silhouette?
CDV: It always starts with colors. Then it’s a constant dialogue. We work together. We make every decision together. And it’s a journey through the seasons.
The other day I was perusing a number of fashion blogs, and instantly I was engrossed in Garance Dore’s blog! Whilst watching a number of her ‘Pardon My French’ videos (which if you ever have the time, definitely watch some of them, as they have really interesting conversations) I came across a 2 part video on a conversation with Garance and legend that is Costanza Pascolato from Brazilian Vogue.
I thought I would share these videos with you so you could listen to this legend talk fashion, beauty and her perspective on life (with her speaking openly and honestly)…. I hope I look this good at 73!