Newsletter 24th February 2016
It’s been a hectic 5-days with London Fashion Week shows and presentations galore, want to catch up on all the action then click here for reviews, interviews, images and street style.
Big thanks to all our contributing reporters – Paul Markevicius, Sophie Lau, Katie Farley (pictured right), Verity Wright and Rachel Parris. Stunning catwalk photography (including this week’s header from the Gareth Pugh show) by Chris Daw and street style from Sherion Mullings.
A New Direction
12 young adults from across London involved with the Mayors Fund for London Creativity Works 2016 Programme: A New Direction, are spending three-days onsite with the Fashion Enter team. The group is currently constructing garments on industrial machines in a project drive that aims to provide them with employment opportunities in the fashion sector.
The group have already assisted at Fashion Week with Natasha Zinko, and seen shows by Barbara Casasola, and along with various presentations and talks leading industry professionals. This inspiration has been channeled into making a range of one-off garments from tops, tee’s to dresses and tanks.
“I’m really enjoying this part of our course. Producing a t-shirt using new techniques and getting to embellish it however I want is really fun and I’m excited to see the end product.” – Ellie Wilmer
The project is a brilliant industry-led experience, an ideology that Fashion Enter supports and practices. The finished garments are due to be showcased at City Hall this Thursday to Berkeley Group, supporters of the programme, followed by a collection showcase and graduation at The Machine Rooms in Hackney on the 24th March.
Creativity Works is a Mayors Fund for London programme supported by the Berkeley foundation and Be Open foundation and is delivered by A New Direction and Create London in partnership with Fashion Enter.
We look forward to Yasmine Tanwidjaja-Pajares’ film on the project to be featured London Live and London 360.
Best of British at M&S
Just as London Fashion Week kicked off so too did the latest range of ‘Best of British by M&S land in the Marble Arch store. Note the striped silk shirt and khaki blouse manufactured at our very own factory.
Fashion Enter at CONEL Today
Jenny, Razina and Carl are at the CONEL Year 9 school event today, where all schools in the borough, including Park View, Gladesmore and Northumberland Park review a variety of career options from fashion to media, games and engineering. The Fashion Enter stand is buzzing with activity and offers careers & training advice along with interactive seminars. The ‘Design Your Own Prom Dress’ is going down well – here are designs by Vicky (in pencil) and Charlotte (in colour).
Instruments of Torture
Some scissors, needles, buttons and thimbles from the 10th century – nothing is new! Seen in the museum in Thessaloniki Greece where last week Perfect Patterns tutor Alice Prier was doing some advanced training with Anastasia Vouyouka from Telestia in preparation for Perfect Patterns Level 2 Contact us at the Fashion Technology Academy if you’d like more info or to sign up for this new and exciting course.
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Free Textiles Talk Tonight in Haringey
Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths, University of London, discusses hidden histories of Dorcas Societies in London and around Haringey and the contribution by Caribbean women in the 50’s and 60’s. Doors open from 7pm tonight and the talk begins at 7.30pm at Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane N17.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Embrace the coming spring with this brilliant textile weave, we are in love with it! 50% Cotton 47% Viscose 3% Metallic thread available to buy now at the FC Fabric Studio.
This Week on FashionCapital…
With Fashion Week landing in London we have gathered reports galore to view and read them click here. Joining in the mayhem were some naked PETA protestors click here to read the full story. Meanwhile India Hunnikin fills us in on all the latest happenings beyond the catwalk with her weekly What’s Trending column and Greta Blu introduces three sustainable brands to know about now!
Boutique Pick of the Week
We couldn’t help but notice the muted shade of khaki making a prominent stance at the AW collections. Just as well that the production team at the Factory are responsible for this M&S Best of British pure silk shirt in the neutral tone. Luxurious and beautifully finished, even if we do say so ourselves, the shirt is available at the Marble Arch flagship store and online from UK size 6 – 18 £99-
M&S Best of British – Pure Silk Shirt