VSP (Very Special Pieces of Vespucci)

I’m ashamed to admit that until yesterday I’d never heard of VSP (Very Special Pieces of Vespucci). But then, they’re not exactly a label who shout about their products or overtly seek admirers. The self-proclaimed “modest luxury designer brand” are more about the ‘pieces’ themselves, the quality and the craftsmanship involved, rather than the hype or celebrity endorsements. Of course that’s not to say that their exquisite yet understated designs aren’t well and truly A list worthy. In fact, quite the opposite. VSP offers up an immaculate fusion of tradition and innovation resulting in high fashion with an effortless twist. Sumptuous shearling, sleek skins, neat knitwear… Oh just watch their SS13 video, you’ll see for yourself.

Given this brand’s fascinating heritage (and ever-so-slightly confusing) their consistent delivery of knockout collections should be no great surprise. As the name implies, VSP was born out of a company named Vespucci, a leather manufacturer established in Istanbul in 1987 which has been involved in the collections of every big name brand going, from Burberry and Barbara Bui to Loewe and Donna Karan. To this day, they still have a hand in the work of Isabel Marant, Acne and Dries Van Noten. But by 2006 founder Kadri Soygul was no longer content with supplying established labels with top notch leathers and began collaborating personally with cutting edge and often unknown creative talents from all over Europe. The following year VSP was born, bringing together the ultra talented array of multicultural designers discovered by Soygul to draw on the luxury leather manufacturer’s rich heritage and create something new. The result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is pretty damn awesome.

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Sergio Rossi Collaborates with Artist Peng Wei

Sergio Rossi & Peng Wei

The news of Sergio Rossi and Peng Wei’s collaboration could’t really have come as a better time for me as just last week, I started a new module at Central Saint Martins entitled “Art in Fashion”, a subject I’m mildly obsessed with at the moment. The course focuses on the relationship between the two creative industries (duh) and the question of whether fashion can ever truly be considered art due to it’s essentially commercial nature. Personally, I think it can and challenge anyone to claim that the likes of Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan don’t qualify as artists. But that, my friends, is a debate for another day or possibly even the subject of my dissertation next year and I certainly don’t want to think about that yet so let’s just look at some pretty shoes instead.

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5 Minutes With… Forward PR Founder, Courtney Blackman

As you’ve probably noticed, when I post interviews with fashion industry insiders I always try to squeeze the person in question’s job title into the heading. Well, this proved a bit tricky in the case of Courtney Blackman. You see Courtney isn’t ‘just’ the Founder and Managing Director of Forward PR, one of the capital’s leading agencies. She also runs The Industry London, a hugely successful fashion professionals members group Courtney co-founded in 2006. Add to that appearences NBC’s Today Show as a fashion commentator, roles on numerous fashion juries and talks on social media and you’ve got yourself one seriously impressive lady!

Courtney Blackman

I grilled Courtney on her incredible career so far and how the hell she manages it all…

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LPA Styles It: Matches

It’s been a while since my last LPA Styles It post and with AW12 well and truly upon us I thought it was high time to do another one. Now I’m always partial to spending a morning trying on lovely clothes but I was extra excited on this occasion because of the store in question. If, for some unknown and evil reason, I was forced to choose just one place to shop at for the rest of my life (and money was no object) I’d pick Matches every time. Their buyers somehow seem to read my mind, selecting the cream of the crop from my favourite brands’ collections each season. Add three beautiful boutiques and an online store to rival Net-a-Porter into the mix and the results are pretty sublime. Unsurprisingly I had an absolute ball doing this shoot and a tough time choosing just five looks to feature. Somehow I managed to narrow it down to these exquisite ensembles… Enjoy!

Urban Cowgirl

Matches

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Diana Vreeland, ‘The Eye Has to Travel’

Diana Vreeland The Eye Has to Travel
I don’t know about you but personally, the idea of spending £15 to go and see a “documentary” at the cinema doesn’t generally appeal. Call me a philestine if you will but I can’t help but feel that money could be better spent on sushi, a few days worth of Starbucks lattes or a couple of glasses of crisp Pinot Grigio. Except, that is, if the subject of said documentary is fashion. I remember going to see ‘The September Issue’ with my father when it first came out a couple of years ago. He hoped it would make me realise that fashion was a brutal business and not an industry I wanted to be a part of. Of course, watching Anna Winour masterfully preparing the year’s most important edition of American Vogue had the opposite effect entirely. Last week I went to see ‘Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has to Travel’ and I’m thinking of forcing my father to watch it himself. As much as I adored every second of ‘The September Issue’, I can see how someone might feel it highlighted the insanity, frustrations and hierachy of the fashion world, as much as celebrating its’ beauty. But after watching the tale of Diana Vreeland’s incredible career I can’t imagine how anyone could find ‘The Eye Has to Travel’ anything other than inspiring.

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