See our favourite designer looks from New York’s Fashion Week, as illustrated by our European Illustrator Elise Stripe. She hand picks the most bright and bold designs, as well as ones with great patterns, textures and shapes.Illustrated NYFW Highlights #SS15 #MBFW See our favourite designer looks from New York’s Fashion Week, as illustrated by our European Illustrator Elise Stripe.
Come backstage with us as the Osman S/S15 collection, watch the models get into their clothing. You even get a glimpse at a FashionTV interview, how exciting is that. We love going backstage, you get so much more action, excitement, the room just feels a little more dramatic and hectic.
Photography: Marc HaydenBackstage at Osman #SS15 #LFW Come backstage with us as the Osman S/S15 collection, watch the models get into their clothing. You even get a glimpse at a FashionTV interview, how exciting is that.
Sometimes watching a fashion show is truly a magical experience. Getting to see the designers inspirations, ideas and vision right there in front of you, with the models passing by wearing the designers creations is breathtaking, when you actually think about it. The person invites you to see their insights, created for days and weeks, with obligations and possibly tears. Showing their look on the world in the most creative and powerful way. Because these clothes aren’t only fashion, it’s art. I would say it’s even more powerful than art, fashion is a movement that follows the people. And at the end of the day we get to live it, and experience it as much as we can.
Making their fashion debut during London Fashion Week last season, Busardi co –founders, Busardi Muntarbhorn and Tuck Muntarbhorn took us this season to the land of “Air”. Their second collection simply blew my mind! When the lights got dark in one of the rooms of luxurious Dathmouth House, I got chills. While watching how models slowly walked the catwalk presenting one of the most finest and detailed embellishments I got to see in my own eyes . Models hair being in fine messy buns, natural make up with hint of glitter. Who could say no to glitter right?! I’m sure some of the fabric was hard to work with as it looked so light I’m surprised the models wearing the garments haven’t flown away.
The luxurious detailing of the garments, floating hemlines maintaining a red carpet grandeur. The layered embellishments mixed with feathers, lace and chiffon shown off the delicate, fairytale like couture. The collection that looks light as a feather shows of the beauty of embroidery craftsmanship in its finest detail. Busardi women is strong, beautiful as she travels through the beautiful lands of Argentina.Busardi Air Collection #SS15 #LFW #Busardi Sometimes watching a fashion show is truly a magical experience. Getting to see the designers inspirations, ideas and vision right there in front of you, with the models passing by wearing the designers creations is breathtaking, when you actually think about it.
Cassandra Verity Green
This collection was a sight to see, beautiful floral bold prints with some coral prints too. Really beautiful separates, as well as dresses. Our favourite is the dress-pant, the way it flowed down the runway was just beautiful. We love clothes that make a statement without being overly dramatic, pure elegance.
Another amazing collection, well tailored outfits for the sophisticated lady. If you’re looking for something different and stand out, then this is the designer for you. Starting off with white, it graduates to black, including the shade grey, done so beautifully. Again separates are a big thing, which is great for mixing and matching, if you’re not one for wearing an entire outfit head to toe. Our favourite outfit is the long blazer with it sweeping behind, I think we might have a thing for dramatic outfits.The Ones To Watch #SS15 #LFW Cassandra Verity Green This collection was a sight to see, beautiful floral bold prints with some coral prints too.
From Queen Victoria’s collection of paper dolls, the one she called Madame Taglioni, in honour of ballerina Marie Taglioni, struck the right note with Bora Aksu. The young Queen was in awe of Marie’s talent and grace and it’s her rise to celebrated dancer that has choreographed Bora Aksu’s Spring Summer 2015 collection.
Initially disregarded as a potential ballerina, Marie’s father was angered by the rejection of his young daughter. He vowed she would become the most beautiful dancer the world had ever seen, and so, under her father’s tutelage she became the first to dance ‘en pointe’ and become universally celebrated.
The background for this collection was based on white to keep the lightness in accordance with Marie’s dance. Cottons, silks and organza have been manipulated together to create softness and transparency. Shades of peach and pink reference classic ballerina tones, while even darker shades of black, cobalt and lilac blues have been used, their light, feather-weight feel is kept.
Despite her glamorous stage appearance, a life of isolation and hardship remained for Marie and this contrast is brought through with textures. Crochet in white tones creates purity, while the knotted techniques recreate the heavy presence of her private demons. Throughout the hand-made embroideries and crochets a dragon fly motif is used to represent the transformation of beauty in Marie’s life. This also carries through to the first collection of Bora Aksu eyewear designed by TD Tom Davies.
There is lightness and innocence to this collection with fluid movements of silks, tulles and organza. Separates are mixed with playful dresses and protective layers of cotton embroidery.
Fitting to an inspiration of a Queen, Halo & Co have created a bespoke collection of handcrafted jewellery featuring sparkling Swarovski crystals and delicate fabrics from the collection, perfectly matching and enhancing his work.
London based, Turkish designer Bora Aksu received his first acclaim when he graduated from Central St Martin’s MA in 2002. Hailed as ‘the star of the show’ by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent, Bora’s collection also attracted the eye of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who purchased pieces to use as inspiration. Not a bad start!
Building on this, he made his debut off-schedule show at London Fashion Week in February 2003, and again The Guardian recognised his talent, naming him as ‘one of the top five shows’. He was awarded the New Generation Award, placing him on the official London Fashion Week schedule the very next season. And, after four consecutive New Generation Awards were given to Bora, he has remained on the official London Fashion Week schedule, with a very distinct signature – Romantic but always with a darker twist; his demi-couture pieces are full of elegance, intrigue and seduction.
During his career Bora Aksu has collaborated with other international brands like Topshop, Nike, Converse and Anthropologie. He has also created costumes for singers Tori Amos and Little Boots as well as dressing Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.
Always happier in the background and rarely giving interviews Bora prefers to let his designs do the talking but I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the London Fashion Week backstage teams twice with him now. I’ve got to see just what it’s like when he’s preparing for the runway, how polite and friendly he is, and just how calm he remains throughout. But it’s that small smile of satisfaction on his face when he sees his collection displayed in its full glory that really makes it all worthwhile for me.
Both times, I’ve been working with the makeup sponsor, Mehron UK and the Makeup Designer / Head Makeup Artist, Yin Lee. London based Yin is a Dutch/Korean makeup artist, who works worldwide for international magazines, fashion shows, and advertising. Creating the right look for Bora Aksu’s collection is all part of her job as well as managing the Pro makeup team, supplied by The Academy of Freelance Makeup (AOFM).
AOFM Pro is a London based freelance makeup academy and Pro also has makeup schools in Paris and New York. AOFM Pro has close ties to London, New York, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks and does the backstage makeup for several on-schedule and off-schedule shows. Over the seasons, the AOFM Pro Backstage Team has designed and executed looks for some of the world’s most renowned designers including DAKS, Moncler, Duchamp, Viktor & Rolf, DKNY, Max Mara, Dior, Pucci, Roland Mouret and more. With AOFM Pro Yin has designed the makeup for shows including Lie Sang Bong and Haizhen Wang and London Fashion Week SS15 sees her collaborate again with Bora Aksu.
With her versatile skills and natural flair for detail and perfection, she is in high demand. Her work has enabled her to collaborate with some of the industry’s leading photographers and high profile global publications. Yin is also the Chef de Cabine for fashion shows in New York, London and Paris.
This season’s collection for Bora Aksu was married with an illuminated and fresh makeup look. Skin carefully prepared using Mehron’s Celebre Pro HD Foundation. The eyes were shaded with Mehron Cinnamon E.Y.E. Powder eye shadow, also applied underneath the bottom lashes in a slightly darker application, to bring out the shape. Strong lashes, top and bottom and E.Y.E. Liner Pencil – Auguste applied to the bottom water line to give the idea of big innocent eyes. The whole look was completed with L.I.P Color Cream – Zinnia.
Mehron Melik founded Mehron Inc. in 1927 in New York City, just off Broadway. Perfectly located, Mehron catered for the makeup needs of the artists and performers in theatre, opera, ballet, and silent films. 2012 marked the 85th year of operation for Mehron, and today, a diverse group of over 3,000 retail stores carries the Mehron brand of products, worldwide.
A clever makeup look, using fabulous Mehron makeup products, subtly designed by Yin Lee to compliment the beautiful pieces created by Bora Aksu, allowing his designs to dance and shine.
The talented KMS California hair team were also back stage this season for Bora. Hair was tied in a loose ‘worn in look’ side pony tail – the effect as if the model had been dancing already. The hair was then wrapped with black elastic to show discipline and strength and to give the impression of the leg ribbons from ballet shoes. KMS California was founded in 1976 by Jamie Mazzotta.
Each model’s nails were delicately painted by the UK Jessica Nails backstage team. Bora had selected ‘Enchantress’ as the colour to match the collection and tie in to the makeup look. Jessica Nails was started in the 1970s by Jessica Vartoughian, who developed her range of Jessica nail products in America, which has now grown to be a worldwide nail care brand. Movie stars, models and VIPs regularly have their nails manicured at the renowned Jessica Clinic on Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles, as well as being avid users of the Jessica Nail products
Overall, a stunning Spring Summer 2015 collection and a top performance again by Bora Aksu. I look forwardBackstage at Bora Aksu #SS15 #LFW From Queen Victoria’s collection of paper dolls, the one she called Madame Taglioni, in honour of ballerina Marie Taglioni, struck the right note with Bora Aksu.
We got the chance to go backstage with Kristian Aadnevik, who’s dresses have been seen on the likes of: Shakria, Kylie Minogue and Paloma Faith. Backstage was a buzz with models, make-up artists and of course photographers
snapping away. The collection its self was beautiful, we think our photographer shows it off well, although we could be bias ;)
Photographer: Marc Hayden
Designer: Kristian Aadnevik
The French brand known for its leather goods and luxury heritage is also the one that still leads the fashion trends worldwide. The collection includes tote bags, purses, clutches and also those adorable fur handbag accessories! I guess you could say the fur is watching you. Just like other fashion houses, Hermés has decided to concentrate on their first letter, by putting it in on the front of…
Check ou this EXCLUSIVE shoot from Charles Davis, showing off his creative photography style. Using Sofia Dourvari collection in this Futuristic Doll inspired shoot, which we love. So take a look at out selection from the shoot and enjoy.Exclusive: Futuristic Doll #London #Style Check ou this EXCLUSIVE shoot from Charles Davis, showing off his creative photography style. Using Sofia Dourvari collection in this Futuristic Doll inspired shoot, which we love.