The final piece to the ever expanding Fashion Enter jigsaw has just been put into place. Fashion Enter are pleased to announce the opening of their dedicated production unit – The Workshop.
Based in North London Haringey at Unit 5 Mavros House 95 Vale Road, The Workshop will be opening its doors for business on 13th October providing a unique place for retailers and designers to work on patterns, blocks, first fit samples, grades and small production runs.
The Workshop signals a new age in business support for the industry. It will operate as an advice centre for designers who want industry expertise for patterns, blocks, grades and production as well as offering a unique highly specialised service for retailers too. The Fashion Industry is an intricate mix of many fractions and its time to have a concept that unites them together.
Yesterday the designers selected for the catwalk show at the Profile at FashionExpo event were announced and with such a high calibre of work the show promises to reflect the very best of London’s cutting edge designer talent!
Well done to all the designers who applied. The event is a fantastic platform for new and emerging designers and with top retailers such as Hobbs, Debenhams and Topshop scouting for the next big thing each designer will have a fantastic opportunity to promote and get their brand noticed by some top industry figures.
Karen Levy – Fabric Consultant
FashionCapital’s fabric consultant Karen Levy recently visited the International exhibition of clothing textile Première Vision in Paris and has provided members with an article on the fabric trends autumn 09/10
Karen offers her services as a fabric consultant and with her background, knowledge and experience she is able to provide a unique customized service for manufacturing companies and garment designers alike. She assists clients with sourcing, selecting and fabric development as well as creating customized colour palettes, along with simply advising on colour input and fabric solutions. Karen also sells and represents a mill selling lovely silk fabrics.
The quest to ‘Save our Shop’ continues and last Saturday saw 100s of people in Croydon show their support for Fashion Enter’s SOS campaign to obtain Discretionary Rates for the “not for profit” boutique situated in Centrale’s Shopping Centre.
Over a 1000 people have now signed the petition to allow Fashion Enter to stay in Centrale and they have received some excellent support. On Saturday Chocolate Blonde, the talented singer, came to the boutique and gave an impromptu performance.
Fashion Enter have now vowed to fight on and respectfully request the Council to grant Discretionary Rates so they can continue their work in Croydon. The petition will be submitted shortly directly to the council and if needed further action will be taken at regional and national level.
The Style Show presented by Handbag.com
Great news for all designers exhibiting at the Style Show at the Clothes Show Live this year; not only is leading lifestyle site Handbag.com the key line sponsors but take a look at these big name companies who have all jumped on board….
There are still limited spaces left so if you are designers and intereted in this opportunity contact email@example.com or call 0208 461 5014
Meet photographer Raymondo Marcus
Raymondo Marcus specialises in fashion, celebrity, beauty, advertising and editorial photography.
‘Where you need a ‘great look’ I provide top level professional photography committed to deliver this to time and budget.’
Yesterday the 15 week series of seminars and workshops commenced at the Adult College of Barking and Dagenham with an introduction to the fashion industry. It was fantastic to meet all the students who will now go to learn about the design process, moodboards, illustration, retail and much more. Each student now has a profile of themselves up on FashionCapital which can be found in Learning Profiles.
FashionCapital member Samata is an award winning womenswear designer and has recently published 2 volumes of her book ‘A Clothing Designer’s Guide’. Samata has gathered exclusive advice and quotes from key industry figures, including FashionCapital.
‘I just wanted to say thank you for all your support. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and means a great deal to mean. You are a huge inspiration to me.’
The book provides a unique insight into the fashion industry and is a fantastic achievement for such a young designer. Well done Samata.
The latest retail casualty is BHS which is 39.6% down in operating profit of £30.2m for year ending March 29th 08. Sales fell 1.4% to £860.3m and were down 2.9% on a like-for-like basis. Trading figures not bad as spent £50m on shop refurbishment
Boutique Pick of the Week
This stunning dress is by Corsellis. It was recently worn in the ‘Save our Shop’ campaign at the Croydon Fashion Enter Boutique. It nips in tight at the waist flattering curves and gives a peep of cleavage… never fear if you don’t have any! The frills distract and the rouching gives the illusion that there might be something under there!
The halter neck means it fits most cup sizes. The full skirt is gorgeous and can be dressed up with some metallic leggings, heels and jewellery, or dressed down with a leather jacket and ballet pumps.
It’s a bargain at £70, and you can pick one up on the internet at www.enter-boutique.com or in the Fashion-Enter Boutique in Croydon, but only if you get there before me!
Until next time, have a great week
All the team at Fashion Capital x