Today’s interview is with Aaron Hales a luxury accessories designer. A born Londoner (rare breed these days) Aaron shares with us his favorite parts of South West London.
After taking a few months off for personal reasons – I’m relaunching the blog with a bang! The London Perspective is all about shining the light on emerging talent and to kick it off today on the blog I will be interviewing fashion designer Varun Sharma of the Label Run. Run’s eyecatching and provocative designs are quickly becoming known in the fashion community and it is definitely a label to watch.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a London based clothing designer and design for my own women’s RTW label, RUN. I graduated from Middlesex University where I studied fashion design.
Talk us through your latest collection?
For the AW/15 season I was inspired by the attire of the Bonda people, a tribe from the state of Odisha in India and African prints. This season has really been a fusion of ideas and an opportunity to create a new narrative for the label. The lead up to this season has been an exciting journey as I have been working on my own print line for this collection. I created my own interpretation of African inspired prints on beautiful silks and wools, including beautiful scarves on very fine wool silk. There are also some gorgeous faux fur pieces in the line up this time as well, which I am really excited about sharing.
Fashion is a tough industry – what keeps you going?
My love for it. It really is hard work but it is always easier to get up in the mornings to do what you love. Your work eventually becomes you and defines who you are. As a working designer your hands are always involved in multiple jobs simultaneously and you always have work evolving somewhere, so you always have something to look forward to.
Who are the designers that you admire and why?
Alexander Mcqueen is inspiring and it’s not so much the clothes, but his journey. He is defining for what most designers in this industry struggle to achieve. You can’t replicate someone else’s journey but you can hope through your own successes you may be able to leave behind a legacy of your own just as he did.
Which celebrity would you love to dress?
I love Rihanna’s ability to make everything look as if it was made for her, I would love to see her wearing my clothes.
My collections are what make me feel proudest. Each collection is a marker of a certain time in my life and career and they hold memories of very real struggles I faced to get them completed, they are also reminders to me of my own capabilities and potential. As each season passes you look back and reflect on what you have learnt and new ground you covered and realise that as you finish each collection you also inch your way towards your goal.
In the coming 5 years I hope to see RUN exhibiting during LFW and stocking internationally, as well as an accessories line including bags and shoes. I have always wanted to design menswear so possibly within that time frame it would be great to play with that also!
Photograper: Brian Doherty
Stylist: Jeanie Annan Lewin
Model: Angela L
So even though the weather isn’t very spring-like at the moment I am determined to introduce some new bits to my wardrobe. Apparently this season it’s all about monochrome! Celebrities have jumped on the wagon and on the runway at fashion week we saw, spots, line, stripes, it was all black and white! Anyone can pull off this trend and luckily for us gals the high street has followed suit.
Here are my picks from the high street this spring…brrr.. cardigan may be needed!
Left to right: Aldo Maria – two tone block heeled shoes – £75.00 With their glossy finish and block heel, these sandals are statement makers.
Cat shaped bag – Ebay – £19.99 – tres cute and just a little bit kitsch this bag can be carried as a clutch.
Asos Bold stripe Midi dress – £32.00 – If you love the fifties then you’ll love the shape of this flared skirt. Swoosh!
Chiara Fashion – £ 8.95 – Monochrome Striped Print Long Sleeve Crop Top – this season it’s all about crop tops – only for the brave!
With the temperature creeping up a few degrees, I have been looking at items for the spring to add to my wardrobe. I love all the lovely bold colours and monochrome inspired collections that we are seeing on the high street. This season’s ultimate investment piece for me has to be a shirt dress, this is a versatile item that can be dressed either up or down and worn with leggings for when the weather isn’t as kind.
Check out my picks of great things in the shops at the moment:
- Iris & Ink – Orange Crepe shirt dress – The Outnet – £145.00
- Brookline Vintage Clear Glasses Black – £12.50
- Aldo Grumney colour block sandals – £60.00
- Zara Two tone Geometric necklace – £19.99
When this dropped into my inbox I just had to share it with my followers. On Friday 7 December 2012 , fashion design duo Fyodor Golan are coming to the Victoria & Albert Museum for a series of fashion shows as part of Fashion In Motion. In 2010, Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman debuted with their A/W 12 collection Pagan Poetry and in 2011 they won the Fashion Fringe award with their collection Flowers of Evil.
If you’ve always wanted to experience the excitement of fashion show then you must attend one of these FREE Events.
Tickets will be available from Monday 26 November at 09.00. To book, call 020 7942 2820
For more information visit: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/fashion-in-motion-fyodor-golan/
The week all fashionistas have been waiting for is finally here and London Fashion Week 2012 promises to be better than ever! I popped down to Somerset House at lunch time to see what was going on. On the way I passed blogger/Stylist Marian Kihogo looking splendid in Georgia Hardinge and in the courtyard fashion blogger Peony Lim was being papped. Unfortunately if you’re like me and don’t have any invites for fashion week then don’t despair. Fashion Week is just a click of a button away. Most shows are now being streamed online and if you keep up on twitter the fashion crowd are constantly tweeting details and pictures to keep to saturated with info. Spotted today was the beautiful Kelly Brook at the Bora Asku show. Here are some of the ones you may have missed today. Lanky Girl’s favorite show today was definitely Corrie Nielson.
credit: @harrods #Congratulations to @CorrieNielson on a great show!
@somersethouse You can watch all the #LFW action live in the courtyard where people are taking part in their own catwalk shows!
@ybdfashion Sixties vibes
credit: @HilaryAlexander “Rainbow colour and modern art print at Antoni+Alison finale”
credit @HilaryAlexander Embroidery and silver face jewellery at Fyodor Golan
When you hear the name Hermès you immediately think about the Birkin, the Kelly and maybe even one day the Beckham (we’ll Victoria does own a hell of a lot!). The Eponymous label is celebrating its 175th year with a major new exhibition in the galleries at 6 Burlington Gardens. ‘Hermès Leather Forever’ celebrates Hermès’ relationship with leather, the first material tamed by Hermès.
The exhibition will take visitors on a journey exploring Hermès’ love of leather and there will be an opportunity to view some of the items from the Hermès’ back catalogue, such as those commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for his Duchess as well as some of its latest creations.
Craftspeople from the Hermès workshops in Paris will be present at the exhibition demonstrating the art of leather working by creating some of its iconic works in situ.
To celebrate this exhibition, Hermès has created four one-of-a-kind versions of its Passe-Guide handbag as a tribute to the United Kingdom and Ireland which will be on display at the exhibition. Christie’s will conduct an online auction of the handbags with all proceeds being donated to the Royal Academy of Arts.
For more information please visit http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/6-burlington-gardens/
The London Perspective has once again joined forces with Chambord to offer you the chance to win tickets to London Fashion Weekend! For all budding fashionista’s London Fashion Weekend is not to be missed. For those that don’t know Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is the consumer event that follows directly on from London Fashion Week, using the same exhibition and catwalk venue. Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is essentially a designer shopping event, where members of the public can shop from designers of London Fashion Week calibre, from the high profile to the emerging, at reduced prices. (Sssh I managed to snag a pair of J brand jeans for just 10 pounds!).
Win The Ultimate Fashionista Day Out!
Chambord, the ‘spirit of fashion’ will be making a welcome return to VODAFONE London Fashion Weekend in February 2012, bringing with it an added touch of French chic to London’s fashion scene as well as hosting the exclusive Chambord Platinum Club Lounge.
Chambord black raspberry liqueur is the spirit of fashion and has been enjoyed by the style elite at some of the most exclusive designer parties.
Do you and your friends live and breathe fashion? Chambord is giving you the chance to follow in the footsteps of the fashion crowd and win the ultimate fashionista day out. You could win a pair of VIP tickets for Friday 24th February to London Fashion Weekend, plus entry to Chambord’s Platinum Club Lounge. Here you can enjoy a complimentary Chambord and Champagne while learning how to strike a model-worthy pose thanks to top fashion photographer Fabio Affuso who Chambord has enlisted to help you always look your most fashion fabulous in photos. Three runners up will win a pair of standard tickets to London Fashion Weekend.
For your chance to win, answer this question:
What flavour is Chambord liqueur?
You can enter two ways: 1) Send your answer to Lanky girl on twitter @arigato23 and use the hash tag #chambord or email your answer to email@example.com and leave a comment saying “i’ve emailed answer”.
Winners will be chosen at random and the competition will end midnight Tuesday 21st February.
This competition is only open to UK residents over the age of 18. VIP tickets are valid for Friday 24th February only. Standard tickets will be valid for other days. No cash alternative will be offered and one entry per person.
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COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner of the VIP ticket to London fashion weekend is Anna Fernandez! Runners up are: Ewa Lewucha, Alex A and Sandra Wonisch. You should recieve an email shortly.
On sunday afternoon Lanky girl and Co had the pleasure of attending Scoop International fashion Show at the Saatchi Gallery. Scoop is a boutique tradeshow, showcasing emerging and established directional fashion designers. Bringing together more than 150 international apparel, footwear and accessories labels in London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery. Here are some of the designers that I recommend that you check out.
What I loved about Vilagallo is their bold use of colour and the quality of the stitching. They seem to have taken a lot of inspiration from quirky British styles. The prices are fairly reasonable going for around 83 pounds. Unfortunately I think they possibly are only available in Spain, so next time I’m over there I really have to check this label.
Katya Wildman makes beautiful clothes to suit women with curves, Nigella Lawson has been pictured in many of her creations. You can buy her clothes online at http://www.bombshellbykatyawildman.com
Robert Clergerie is a french designer who makes the most beautiful, well crafted shoes, I fell in love with the velvet green pair shown above. You can buy some of his shoes online. For more info visit http://www.robertclergerie.com/en/
Girls living in London will know that if you are going to wear heels on a night out it is always practical to bring a pair of ballet pumps to wear when your feet get tired. Bagllerina are the ultimate lifestlye brand. The french label makes leather fold-able ballet pumps which come in very chic leather bags. They haven’t got a stockist here yet but you can buy online at http://www.natkinparis.com
If you get a chance attend Scoop International it is every boutique buyer’s dream. For more information please visit http://www.scoop-international.com/
One of my new years resolutions last year was to get a new job and I am happy to say that I have been successful in obtaining one. At my current job there isn’t really a dress code and as a result I have become a little bit scruffy. However the new company I will be working for is a little bit corporate. Which gives me a great excuse to revamp my look! I love that this season there is emphasis on strong colours. Work wear traditionally can be quite boring but choosing to add a bit of colour will instantly liven up your look whilst still looking smart. With the sales still on there is bargain to be had. Below is some of the items that have caught my eye.