Haute Couture Special – Fall Winter 2017/18

The stand out Haute Couture collections for Fall Winter 2017/18 were for me Chanel, Christian Dior, A.F. Vandevorst, Schiaparelli and Maison Margiela.

Chanel brought us tweed coats, arched shoulders and magnificently beautifully bell shapes. As well as feather embellishment, shape pleating and elaborate embroideries.

I also want to add, apart from the mainstream designers I enjoyed collections by Ulyana Sergeenko, Alexandre Vauthrer, Julian Fournie, Antonio Grimaldi and Dany Atrache.

Ulyana Sergeenko had classic, elegant and timeless pieces and was inspired by the 1940s.

All videos Curtesy of FF Channel via YouTube.

To see more designer collections please check out the video menu section of my blog.

Sample Sales – August 2017



4th August 2017 to 6th August 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Fri 4 Aug 2017   10:00 – 19:00
Sat 5 Aug 2017   10:00 – 19:00
Sun 6 Aug 2017  12:00 – 17:00

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Dray Walk Gallery, London, E1 6QL


One-off pieces and old season stock with big discounts. A three day sample sale from LABRUM and TM, It’s the first sample sale for both brands!





10th August 2017 to 12th August 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Thu 10 Aug 2017   17:00 – 20:00
Fri 11 Aug 2017   10:00 – 19:00
Sat 12 Aug 2017   11:00 – 17:00

People Tree, The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ


Up to 70% off, including new lines from their Spring Summer 2017 collection. Dresses, skirts and tops start at £5, accessories start at £3 and hand knitted jumpers start at £15. 10% of the proceeds go to the People Tree Foundation! Cash and cards accepted.



New York


August 1st 2017 to August 3rd 2017

Free Entry

Tue Aug 1 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm
Wed Aug 2 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm
Thu Aug 3 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm

CHELSEA AND WALKER, 525 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1606, New York, 10018


Up to 80% off women’s ready-to-wear in their three day sample sale this August. Cash and cards accepted. All sales are final.




August 1st 2017 to August 2nd 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Tue Aug 1 2017   11:00am – 7:00pm
Wed Aug 2 2017   11:00am – 7:00pm

Stephen F, 829 Washington Street, New York, 10014


Swedish designer Stephen F, known for his timeless pieces for men. Shop for bow ties, ties, pocket squares, and scarves. All items up to 60% off. Cash and Cards accepted. All sales are final.




August 2nd 2017 to August 4th 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Wed Aug 2 2017   9:00am – 8:00pm
Thu Aug 3 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Fri Aug 4 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm

260 West 39th Street, 11th Floor, New York, 10018


Up to 80% off retail prices on original vintage samples and the designer full fashion collection from Vivienne Tam at this three day Summer sample sale. Sample pricing:

Floral embroidered top: was $330, now $80.
Ruffle flare pants: was $350, now $80.
Floral maxi dress: was $550, now $180.
Studded denim jacket: was $485, now $120.
Tie-dye skirt: was $295, now $70.

Cash and all major cards accepted. 10% student discount with valid ID.




August 3rd 2017 to August 6th 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Thu Aug 3 2017   10:00am – 8:00pm
Fri Aug 4 2017   10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat Aug 5 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun Aug 6 2017   10:00am – 4:00pm

260 Sample Sale, 260 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10001


Menswear, womenswear and accessories up to 70% off in this four day sample sale.



Los Angeles

COIN 1804

August 24th 2017 to August 26th 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Thu Aug 24 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm
Fri Aug 25 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm
Sat Aug 26 2017   10:00am – 3:00pm

COIN 1804 HQ, 2262 East 37th Street, Vernon, 90058


Chic cotton womenswear from COIN 1804 at this three day sample sale, happening at their HQ in Vernon.










Men’s New York Fashion Week 2017

In its fifth season now, more than 50 brands showed their Spring 2018 collections. Unlike Milan and Paris, New York fashion week has become known for its eclectic mix and emphasis of brands from all over the world.

Established names showing again this year were Todd Snyder, Robert Geller and Raf Simons. But the must see’s were Willy Chavarria, Dyne, Jahnhoy, Raun Larose, You As, Death to Tennis and Grungy Gentleman. The up-and-coming brands were Krammer & Stoudt, David Hart, Bristol, Daniel Hechter, Wood House and Head of State. New to Men’s New York Fashion Week were Teddy Ondo Ella, Sanchez Kane and CH24 Los Angeles.

Video curtesy of © FF Channel via YouTube

The notable feature of Men’s New York Fashion Week was the diversity of the models on the runway, this made for exciting and refreshing shows. Willy Chavarria spearheaded this by using models who were exclusively black and latino, Chavarria worked with casting director Brent Chau, who street cast the show.

To see more videos from Men’s New York Fashion Week, check out the video menu section of my blog.

Fashion Flora Exhibition 2017

Fashion Flora - Roses

The latest exhibition by Nick Knight, Fashion Flora, at SHOWstudio is an explorative look at the use of flowers in fashion as motifs through the decades. Seen through the eyes of 40 of the worlds contemporary fashion illustrators and dating back to the 1880s.

Fashion Flora - Wide Shot

Curated by Flora Starkey, the exhibition features pieces by Alexandra McQueen, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano and many others. Known for his love of flowers, in particular roses, Nick Knight shows this in in his hand-applied pigment print Rose IX (2012).

Fashion Flora - Side Shot

The exhibition also has films from SHOWstudios 17-year archive, adding to the experience of the long history of flowers in fashion. Also displayed are real British flowers and plants that are arranged by Starkey, one of the most original and exciting floral designers at work today

Fashion Flora - Real Flowers

Fashion Flora - Frida Kahlo

Photos: Curtesy of © SHOWstudio

Fashion Flora, SHOWstudio, 22D Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W OLU.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7235 7680

Email: feedback@showstudio.com

Website: https://showstudio.com/

Opening Times: Monday – Friday  10.30am – 6.00pm

Free Entry

Exhibition ends: 22nd July 2017

Book – Flora


Men’s Fashion Week Videos

A selection of Men’s fashion week Spring/Summer 2018 videos are now up and ready to view in the video menu. To name just a few, there are collections from Dior Homme, Versace, Kenzo, Valentino and Fendi.

I really enjoyed viewing Kenzo’s show, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon brought a futuristic feel, with throw backs to previous decades.

Distinctive Sixties references  included paisley prints, retro American baseball-style trousers, graphic florals in bold colours and three-button Beatles style suits.

With another reference to retro, Fendi’s show was one of the ones that stood out in Milan. Silvia Venturini Fendi has put together a superb collection, the new elegant silhouette is named ‘Skype’.

Looking forward to New York Men’s Fashion Week on Monday 10th July – Thursday 13th July 2017, starting with David Hart at 10.30am and finishing with C24H on the 13th July at 7pm.

New York Sample Sales – July 2017

Halston Heritage Sample Sale

June 27th 2017 – July 9th 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Fri  Jun 30 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Sat Jul 1 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun Jul 2 2017   10:00am – 5:00pm
Mon Jul 3 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Tue Jul 4 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Wed Jul 5 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Thu Jul 6 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Fri Jul 7 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm

Call 212.725.5400 for other times


260 Sample Sale, 151 Wooster Street, New York, 10012

Up to 80% off on women’s ready-to-wear, dresses, handbags and footwear.  Roy Halston Frowick created luxury American fashion, whose pioneering designs are still influencing and inspiring fashion today.



Miista Sample Sale

July 7th 2017 – July 9th 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Fri Jul 7 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Sat Jul 8 2017   10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun Jul 9 2017   10:00am – 6:00pm


Circle Studios, 83A Hester Street, New York, 10002

Shoes sample sale starting from $30. Cash and cards accepted.



Kisan Sample Sale

July 26th 2017 – July 29th 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Wed Jul 26 2017   11:00am – 7:00pm
Thu Jul 27 2017   11:00am – 7:00pm
Fri Jul 28 2017   11:00am – 7:00pm
Sat Jul 29 2017   11:00am – 7:00pm


Kisan, 125 Greene Street, New York, 10012

Up to 70% off, huge selection of their brands. Cash and cards accepted. All sales final.





London Sample Sales – June/July 2017

There are some amazing sample sales coming up in London. This will now be a regular part of my blog. I will also seek out some other up and coming sample sales in New York and Los Angeles.


Designer Womenswear Sample Sale

30th June 2017 – 1st July 2017

Paid Entry (£1 – Donated to the Stitch Academy)

Opening Times

Fri 30 Jun 2017  11am – 7pm

Sat 1 Jul 2017  10am – 7pm


The Box at Hackney, 4-6 Ram Place, (Off Chatham Place), London, E9 6LT

Up to 80% off womenswear from Peter Jenson, Belize, Être Cecile and Le Kilt.






Christopher Raeburn

30th June 2017 – 2nd July 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Fri 30 Jun 2017  5pm – 8pm

Sat 1 Jul 2017  11am – 5pm

Sun 2 Jul 2017  12pm – 5pm


Christopher Raeburn Studio, The Textile Building, 29a Chatham Place, Studio 1, London, E9 6NY

Up to 80% off. Cash and card accepted.


Christopher Raeburn, a young British fashion designer, creates ethical aware men’s and womenswear. He graduated from the Royal College of Arts in 2006.




5th July 2017 – 6th July 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Wed 5 Jul 2017  12pm – 8pm

Thurs 6 Jul 2017  8am – 7pm


The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LF

Up to 8o% off. Cash and Card accepted. All sales final.




7th July 2017 – 8th July 2017

Free Entry

Open Times

Fri 7 Jul 2017  12am – 8pm

Sat 8 Jul 2017  10am – 6pm


The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LF

Luxury womenswear sample sale from Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. Includes runway, Preen Line, mini exclusives and one offs.



Pringle of Scotland Sales Event

6th July 2017 – 8th July 2017

Free Entry

Opening Times

Thu 6 Jul 2017  10am – 7pm

Fri 7 Jul 2017  10am – 7pm

Sat 8 Jul 2017  10am – 7pm


The Box at Hackney, 4-6 Ram Place, (Off Chatham Place), London, E9 6LT

Up to 80%, sale features menswear and womenswear. Credit card and debit cards accepted.








Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Now in its 26th year, Graduate Fashion Week is a charity organisation founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford, Graduate Fashion Week was formed to unify both UK and International universities and to also create a stronghold for the creative industries.

Work of over 1,000 of the best students from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world showcase their work. 22 catwalk shows are featured in this annual event, 40 universities exhibit their work with a Gala Award show and live talks and workshops schedule that features leading fashion industry names.

An excellent platform for new talent, Graduate Fashion Week is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald and bridges the gap between graduation and employment.


The winner of the Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer award was Halina North, from Edinburgh College of Art. Halina won £10,000 and her university, Edinburgh College of Art has won £2000.

GFW - Halina North 2
Halina North accepting award. © Provided by Task PR
GFW - Halina North
Halina North with models wearing collection. © Provided by Task PR

Edinburgh College of Art students Ruth Williams and Maddie Williams were awarded for visionary knitwear and catwalk textiles respectively, with the M&S Womenswear Prize going to another Edinburgh student Irene D’Antonio.

GFW - Ruth Williams
Ruth Williams winning her award. © Provided by Task PR
GFW - Maddie Williams
Maddie Williams winning her award. © Provided by Task PR
GFW - Irene D'Antonio
Irene D’Antonio winning her award. © Provided by Task PR

Daniel Rynne from the Arts University Bournemouth was awarded The Debenhams Menswear award and Laura Capello from Bath Spa University won The George Catwalk to Store award. 

GFW - Danial Rynne
Daniel Rynne winning his award. © Provided by Task PR
GFW - Laura Capell
Laura Capello winning her award. © Provided by Task PR







Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition

The first UK exhibition to explore the work and legacy of the Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. The Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition showcases over 100 garments and hats crafted by Balenciaga, his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today.

Green Dress
Evening Dress and Cape – Silk gazar. Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1961

Split into two sections the exhibition looks at the later stage of Balenciaga’s career, focusing on Balenciaga’s work during the 1950s and 60s,  the second section examines his undoubtable influence on contemporary designers. There are Sketches, patterns, fabric samples, photographs and catwalk footage revealing Balenciaga’s uncompromising and relentless creativity. There are a number of Balenciaga’s timeless shapes on display, including the tunic, the sack, “baby doll” and shift dress.

Black Babydoll Dress
Cocktail ‘Baby doll’ dress – Crêpe de chine. Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1958

Through a series of X-rays, created by artist Nick Veasey, the V&A shows us the intricate nature of the hidden construction of a Balenciaga garment.

X-Ray & Dress
Evening Dress – Silk gazar (X-Ray in background) Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1965

Other show highlights include creations by Balenciaga for Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, dresses and shoes by wealthy businessman’s wife Elizabeth Parke Firestone, dresses and hats from socialite and 60s fashion icon Gloria Guinness, and pieces worn by Mona von Bismarck, one of the world’s wealthiest women,  she commissioned everything from ball-gowns to gardening shorts.

Feathered Sleeved White Overcoat
Evening Coat – Net and ostrich feathers, lined with silk organza (Owned by Ava Gardner). Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1964

Those who trained with Balenciaga have garments also on display in the exhibition, pieces by Paco Rabanne, André Courrèges and Emanuel Ungaro are included.

Paco Rabanne Dress
Evening mini-dress – Plastic paillettes and metal wire. Paco Rabanne, 1967

Initiated in the 1970s by the photographer Cecil Beaton, Balenciaga’s longstanding friend the V&A has the largest collection of Balenciaga in the UK. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian, Spain, and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris.

Red Dress
Evening dress – Silk taffeta. Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1954

The exhibition is truly a sheer delight for fashion enthusiasts, especially for reminding us of the originality of the designs at the height of Balenciaga’s career. A very enjoyable glimpse at his work and enduring legacy. 


On now until Sunday, 18 February 2018



Daily: 10.00 – 17.30

Last entry 16.15

Friday: 10.00 – 21.30

Last entry 20.15


Room 40


Tickets cost £12.00

Concessions apply.
Advance booking is recommended.

Exhibitions are free for Members

Members do not need to book.










Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel Disconfigured Exhibition

Commissioned by Ligaya Salazar, Fashion Space Gallery and presented in collaboration with Centre for Fashion Curation, the exhibition is a thought-provoking play on putting fashion on display. It focuses on apparel which is damaged, worn-out or perished and was inspired by a conversation between exhibition-maker Jeffrey Horsley and curator Amy de la Haye. Present represents: Disorderly apparel reconfigured, while Imperfect represents: A playful project that tests the principal elements of exhibiting fashion: object, body, text, installation.

Object: fragile apparel framed by modular structures

Body: proposals that allude to the human form

Text: playing with format to express actual and associative narratives

Installation: configured as gallery and studio space to share working processes

Alexander McQueen Jacket

We are used to concepts of “The New” or maintained fashion as in vintage fashion, but to go beyond these boundaries is a concept that is rarely seen. They are items that are normally suppressed, over-looked or left to languish in museums stores. Present Imperfect actively displays these forgotten or rarely exhibited items with pride, their imperfections are celebrated.  Items loaned for this exhibition include a leather jacket template by Alexander McQueen, a pair of burnt Victorian kid-leather gloves, a ballet singlet borrowed from the Rambert Dance Company Archives, a worn-out Stone Island coat and a century old evening dress made by leading London couture house Redfern.

Burnt Gloves
Gloves c.1830s. Kid leather with metal thread embroidery (fire damaged, cause unknown). Lent by Alasdair Peebles.

Also on display are the working processes and ideas by the gallery curators themselves. In these you get a sense of what they had to work through and the decisions on what to included and rejected from the exhibition.

Old Dress
Redfern afternoon gown c. 1907. Silk (Shattered), wool, lace, and passementerie. Worn by Mrs Maude Rose Angas of Lissen Hall, County Tipperary, preserved in the family by Mrs Celia Moreton-Prichard.


Exhibition runs from 12 May – 4 August 2017

Fashion Space Gallery

London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ


Opening hours
Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 12.00 noon – 4.00pm (term time only)
Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

Visitors with special access requirements should advise the college in advance of the event.


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First blog post

I started this blog because I would like to engage with fashion more. When I left school, many moons ago, I went to the London College of Fashion and it was there that I gained a further appreciation for what goes on in and around fashion.

I would like others to join me on my journey as I report, mainly in London, on various fashion calendar events from exhibitions to posting fashion show videos. The blog is also here to support emerging fashion designers.

There are also lists of museums to visit, hotels to stay in, magazines to read and places to study included in the menu section of my blog.

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