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Closing Catwalk Genius

December 30, 2011
Goodbye sunset by anggha on Flickr (cc)

Goodbye sunset by anggha on Flickr (cc)

I’m very sad to report that we’ve decided to pack Catwalk Genius away in mothballs and call it a day.

It’s been a splendid chapter in our lives and we still believe there’s scope for a company to successfully bring fashion designers and  consumers together directly, but after a lot of thought we’ve reluctantly concluded that it won’t be us.

Some of the key lessons we learned are outlined below, but the tl:dr is that the market has matured since we first entered into the fray. Now, our pockets simply aren’t deep enough to catch up on the competitors who’ve realised the potential in enabling style fans to become involved in the fashion creation and buying processes.

We worked with some very talented people and businesses over the lifespan of the venture and we’d like to thank them for all their work and support. Most of all, we’d like to thank the designers and customers who took a chance on Catwalk Genius when we were the tiny, unknown, out-of-towners on the scene. You all rock, so hard.

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British Fashion Awards 2011 – Winners

November 29, 2011
Alexa Chung, winner of the British Style Award

Alexa Chung, winner of the British Style Award

 

British Fashion Royalty had their Christmas party last night, as the BFC doled out their annual awards.

Emerging designer prizes went to the brilliant Mary Katrantzou (RTW), Tabitha Simmons (accessories) and Christopher Raeburn (menswear).

A new prize for the brands getting their feet under the international table, the ‘New Establishment’ prize – went to Christopher Kane.

Role-called among other prize-winning names like Stella McCartney (Red Carpet Award) and Victoria Beckham (Designer Brand), these reasonably young labels are seriously cementing their luxury reputation.

See the full list of winners on the official site.

Label-lust: Persy

November 25, 2011

Debuted at Milan Spring/Summer 2011, we’re loving the meteoric rise of Persy:

Persy A/W11

Persy A/W11

Persy A/W11

Persy A/W11

Persy A/W11

Persy A/W11

Israeli-born Designer Yaniv Persy has collaborated with brands including Lanvin and Roberto Cavalli before establishing his own label in 2009.

He presented Spring/Summer 2012 recently in Milan – see below for a glimpse.

Persy S/S12

Persy S/S12

Persy S/S12

Persy S/S12

Persy S/S12

Persy S/S12

Apply for next season’s Vauxhall Fashion Scout sponsorship

October 25, 2011

Apply for Vauxhall Fashion Scout now

With news just in that Victoria Beckham’s fashion line is headed for a cool £15m in profit, now seems like an ideal time to get your brand off the ground.

Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s sponsorship and £1,000 cash prize are one of the best ways to do it, with past winners including Peter Pilotto, David Koma, Maria Francesca Pepe, Felder Felder, Iris Van Herpen and William Tempest.

See the official site for more info and request your information pack from show@vauxhallfashionscout before the 14th November closing date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Mottram S/S12: Fingers Crossed, Touch Wood

October 5, 2011

One of our favourite accessory labels, Heidi Mottram, is back with her Spring/Summer 2012 collection: ‘Superstition’.

Heidi Mottram SS12

Heidi Mottram SS12

Using her signature eelskin fabric, Heidi found inspiration for the collection from the wrapper, shape, texture and negative space of a fortune cookie.

Heidi Mottram SS12

Heidi Mottram SS12

Each piece has a style name related to the superstition theme, such as the midas,  hope, fate and chance clutches, the fortune card wallet, the talisman ipad case and superstition key ring. We’re feeling lucky.

Heidi Mottram SS12

Heidi Mottram SS12

BFC/Elle Talent Launchpad Winners 2011/12

September 7, 2011
BFC Elle Talent Launchpad winners 2011

BFC Elle Talent Launchpad winners 2011

The BFC and Elle have just announced the latest winners of their Launchpad initiative to support growing British brands at London Fashion Week.

The lucky four are:

 

It’s always exciting to see the progress of the brands coming through this relatively new project, which is an essential lifeline to labels aiming to get off to a flying, global start. Well done to all four.

British Fashion Awards 2011: the Nominees are Announced

September 6, 2011

It’s going to be another stellar line-up at this year’s Fashion Awards.

JW Anderson AW11

JW Anderson AW11

Up for Designer of the Year are Christopher Kane, Erdem and – perhaps the obvious choice after that dressSarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

VB gets the nod in both designer brand and red carpet categories, signalling that she’s certainly got her feet well and truly under the British Fashion table these days.

Jordan Askill's 'Boy'

Jordan Askill's 'Boy'

In the more interesting ‘emerging’ categories are some of our favourites. The Emerging Accessories names are Jordan Askill (shown above), Nasir Mazhar and Tabitha Simmons.

Ready to Wear Emerging designer nominations go to J.W. Anderson (see top of post), Mary Katrantzou (below) and Peter Pilotto.

Mary Katrantzou A/W11

Mary Katrantzou A/W11

Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees – you can see the full list on the official site. The winners will be announced at the award event on 28th November.

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