When Pudsey Met Katie

Following the success of the Louis Vuitton Pudsey bear last year (it sold for £36,000 at auction), Children In Need have enlisted the help of Katie Grand, editor of LOVE magazine, and the biggest names in fashion to give Pudsey the ultimate fashion transformation. That polka dot eye patch is history; the likes of Mulberry, Prada, Tom Ford, Missoni and many others have all put their unique and sartorial stamp on the much-loved bear in an effort to raise money for Children In Need this year. Indeed Balenciaga love Pudsey so much, they’ve given him not one, but five different makeovers! The one-off bears will be auctioned at Christie’s in November but for now, they can be seen on display in Selfridges (of course, it is the best, and most fashion-forward, department store of the lot). It’s worth going along to see them all just so that you can say you were a witness to the most stylish teddy bear’s picnic ever to have taken place. Selfridges are also selling small versions of the Paul Smith and Anya Hindmarch bears, along with one of their own design. I will definitely be getting my hands on one of these cute fashion icons.

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Ulyana Sergeenko – La Poupée Russe

With impeccable personal style and an unapologetically elegant touch as a couture designer, Ulyana Sergeenko (Ульяна Сергеенко) is definitely worthy of her title from Russian Glamour as ‘Trendsetter of the Year’. Continue reading

Agi & Sam – New Kids On The Block

A new brand on the menswear scene, making their mark and definitely one to watch, comes in the eclectic form of Agi & Sam. Think sartorially printed shirts and suits, ‘Fresh Prince’ printed t-shirts, and shorts teamed with blazers and you have the look of Agi & Sam; the go-to brand for the ultimate modern cool kids. Based in East London, these two young UK designers have burst onto the scene in a cloud of vibrant print and colour paired with sharp tailoring.

Agape Mdulluma and Sam Cotton got together to start creating their collections in January 2010 after working together at Alexander McQueen. Sam is the print man, having studied Illustration and designed prints for Karl Lagerfeld, J.W. Anderson and Armand Basi. Agi studied Fashion Design and takes on the role of creating the modern silhouettes of the clothes.

Agi and Sam describe their signature as “bespoke print and humour” with trademark uncompromising colour. This is certainly true; their collections are an explosion of striking printed suits and shirting in a riot of primary and secondary colours. One collection was named ‘Tequila, Tabasco and Tomato Juice” whilst another featured duck printed trousers; these two are not afraid to push the envelope – their dream client is Ace Ventura Pet Detective. In order to keep the clothes wearable and not completely bizarre, Agi creates simple, laid back silhouettes providing the perfect canvas for Sam’s print work.

Fashion East gives them a platform to raise their exposure and has allowed them to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Christopher Shannon, Holly Fulton and Jonathan Saunders, amongst others. The design duo has only shown 5 collections so far but their star is rising fast and the fashion world is sitting up and taking note. They manage to perfect the often tricky task of fusing colour and style. Whilst other designers are pulling prints from their archives, it’s intriguing to see these two producing something fresh and unseen. Their work is truly visionary. Fans of bold tones and exciting prints should jump on the Agi & Sam bandwagon, fast! Shrinking violets need not apply.

Fresh Prince – AW11

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Duck Print Suit – AW12

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images from http://www.agiandsam.com

The Giants of Fashion Illustration

René Gruau for Vogue Paris June/July 1985

Before the days of photography and photoshop, magazines and fashion houses employed the skills of Fashion Illustrators for their spreads and advert campaigns. These days fashion illustration is rare, so when I heard of David Downton, it was very exciting news. He follows in the footsteps of the greats, such as René Gruau and Carl Erickson, bringing whimsical romanticism to the world of fashion through his beautiful illustrations.

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Fashion(Ed) In London’s Olympic Round-Up

The past two weeks have been possibly the best that London and Britain have ever seen. There is so much British Pride in the air right now it is slightly overwhelming. In honour of the amazing spectacle that was the London 2012 Olympic Games, here is my compilation of some of the best (looking) bits.

Top 5 Olympic Hunks

Tom Daley – British Diver and Olympic Medallist 

Camille Lacourt – French Swimmer

Louis Smith – British Gymnast and Olympic Medallist

Ryan Bailey – American Sprinter and Olympic Medallist

Steve Lewis – British Pole Vaulter

Best Opening Ceremony Outfit

Mexico take the gold in this category due to their fun and colourful representation of their country and culture. They stand out from all the other countries and really make an entrance. Good work, Mexico!

Best Olympic Hair

There’s no competition, American sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross wins hands down for her beautifully flowing locks.

Best Accessory

US high jumper Erik Kynard wins this category for his patriotic socks. 

Most Fashionable Event

Who knew that synchronised swimmers were so fashion-conscious? Spain and Canada wowed with their costumes which looked as though they were inspired by Gareth Pugh and Meadham Kirchhoff respectively. We can even forgive the awful make up as their outfits were so unexpectedly amazing.

The Canadian team

Meadham Kirchhoff

The Spanish team

Gareth Pugh

Best Fashlympic Moment

The Fashion World wept with joy last night as 9 British models showcased the creations of 8 of Britain’s most celebrated designers last night. Each piece was specially created for the September Issue of British Vogue and was then showcased again at the closing ceremony.

L-R: Lily Cole in Erdem, Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane, Karen Elson in Burberry, Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen, Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Georgia-May Jagger in Victoria Beckham and Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Saunders and Stephen Jones

David Gandy in Paul Smith, with Jourdan Dunn

Best Kit

There is no doubt that Team GB had the best kit of the games. Stella McCartney did a stellar job as always and made British Olympians the envy of all. The US came a close second though with their athletic kit.

London 2012, you exceeded all expectations and did us all proud.