Newsletter 13th November 2013
High street footwear retailer Barratts has gone into administration for the third time in four years, stating “difficult trading conditions” as the reason, and once again putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk. As the multiples and independents up their game to entice customer footfall and spend other savvy retailers are turning their high street stores into distribution centres to cut costs and improve customer service in the run up to Christmas. If retail analysts are right then we can expect to see more showrooms and distribution outlets to support online businesses on our High Streets in the near future.
On FashionCapital This Week…
Last night, Tuesday 12th November, Jessie J lit up Oxford Street with a powerful performance to accompany the festive light switch on. Tomorrow, 14th November the latest H&M designer collaboration with Isabel Marant will hit the stores and we took a sneak peek at one of the designs courtesy of stylist Courtney Smith. Our resident journalist Katie Farley reviews Temperley’s latest S/S 14 collection full of fairy tale floral romance. And if you are booking a model for the first time we provide some essential information and guidance in our ‘Top Tips’ section.
Jessie J performing at Selfridges, Oxford Street and switching on the festive lights
Member Profile Focus
Our featured member this week is eco-designer Franco Francesca. Franco has been designing eco-friendly haute couture collections since 1998 and was one of the first eco-designers to create wedding dresses from Ingeo (made from corn) fibre.
With ‘Zoomorfic’ Franco is launching his designs skills into ready-to-wear and his capsule 2014 range includes t-shirts, dresses, bags and shoes designed for strong characters that want easy-to-wear pieces that stand out from the crowd.
Do YOU want to work for ASOS?
Well great news… Through the Level 4 Apprenticeship programme, Fashion Enter is now offering candidates the opportunity to gain an apprenticeship in the Buying and Merchandising teams with leading global etailer ASOS!
ASOS burst on to the scene in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. We are the UK’s number one fashion and beauty destination, and as a recent survey showed, we are the second most visited fashion website on the planet. We ship to over 190 countries and also have specific sites targeting the USA, French and German, Italian and Australian markets. With much excitement we opened our office in Sydney in January 2012 and New York in September 2012, France and Germany following soon after. This is all part of our strategy, which we call ASOS Future.
Our ambition is to be the world’s no.1 online fashion brand for 20-somethings, having set ourselves a target to reach £1bn annual sales by 2015. Therefore it is really important to us that we continue to attract top talent across the globe to help us realize our goals.
To review the job role description for the Buying Administrator Apprentice role please click here
To review the job description for the Merchandising Administrator Apprentice role please click here
To apply for either role please submit your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm your date of birth.
Michaela Jedinak Dress on Prime Time TV
Well done to FashionCapital member, stylist and designer; Michaela Jedinak and her launch dress collection which comprises of seven designs to suit and flatter a range of body shapes. Along with featuring in the likes of the Daily Mail, The Times and WWB, Michaela’s red ‘Alba’ dress has just been seen on newsreader Fiona Bruce on Armistice Day on the 6pm BBC NEWS.
M&S Apprenticeship Update
This Friday will see second stage interviews take place for the Marks & Spencer apprenticeship as Assistant Garment Technologists.
This highly sought after role has seen hundreds of hopeful candidates apply, but with only 10 positions available the competition has been high. On Friday the final 20 will be selected to go through to the M&S assessments at their head office where they will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation and conduct group tasks as well as one-to-one interviews.
We are looking forward to finding out who the final 10 will be and welcoming them onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship programme in January!
Opening Next Week…
From the 20th November Somerset House, in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, is proud to present Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, a major fashion exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art. Isabella was a staunch supporter of new British fashion talent and attended and praised our own fashion event: Profile back in 2006.
Save the Date…
Technopop is an exciting and FREE pop-up science, technology, design and innovation festival, aimed at 6 – 19 year olds.
Launching in Spring 2014 at TIQ Stratford City (The International Quarter), Technopop London will pop-up for 8 weeks with a fully immersive technology exhibition alongside an interactive programme of educational workshops and events including fashion and wearable technology. More on this soon.
London College of Fashion Students Visit The Factory
Last week, a handful of students from the London College of Fashion got the opportunity to visit The Factory and get an insight into the manufacturing process, through a guided tour of each stage from start to finish.
Jenny Holloway gave a tour of The Factory, introducing students to the employees and explained The Factory’s production cycle, going through each process and problems that can occur at each stage.
The students were also introduced to the ASOS Stitching Academy in association with Fashion Enter and had the chance to meet the current batch of learners.
One of the students, Laurie, also featured a blog post about her visit to the factory, check it out here
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Trend Union Presentations with Lidewij Edelkoort
The Lidewij Edelkoort/ Trend Union S/S 2015 trend presentations will take place in London on the November 28th 2013.
There are two separate events taking place, GATHERING and FETISHISM in FASHION.
The FETISHISM in FASHION presentation will take place in the morning, Lidewij Edelkoort, Dutch trend forecaster and Philip Fimmano, will talk about their Fetishism in Fashion Exhibition they curated during the summer at the MoBA in Arnhem while in the Netherlands, followed by a Q&A.
The GATHERING is a Spring/Summer 2015 trend presentation, is taking place in the afternoon, attendees can expect a speak from Lidewij Edelkoort, who has worked with the likes of Estee Lauder, Lancôme and L’Oreal in the past.
Following on from the morning presentation of Fetishism in Fashion, the GATHERING presentation will include colour and fashion trends, a pattern, beauty and lifestyle trend presentation and a Q&A session.
For full info on the presentations and to book your tickets, check it out here
Boutique Pick of the Week
With the chill factor setting in this week we have gone for a cosy knitted coat by Adini. Not only is it wonderfully flattering, relaxed and timeless but it features a striking bold Cubist check in red and black.
£126.00 available online from Adini Online
Until next time, have a great week,
All the team at Fashion Capital x