5 Minutes With… Erin Barr

London may have produced some great new designers over the past few years but it turns out that New York has plenty of fresh, fashion talent too. Case in point: Erin Barr. Since the release of her debut collection for SS12, the Wisconsin born blonde has been gathering rave reviews and fashionable fans left right and center thanks to the covetable brand of wearable luxury she delivers.

Erin Barr

Having studied at Central Saint Martins, interned with Alexander Wang and worked as a designer for Cushnie et Ochs, Erin’s path to sartorial success sounds straightforward but, as I learned, her story is rather more complicated…

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Champagne & Shopping with Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

There isn’t a great deal to write about this particular event. Not in that it wasn’t fabulous, it was. But Nanette Lepore promised us champagne and shopping, and that is precisely what she delivered. Oh, and of course the chance to have a good rifle through her DIVINE resort 2013 collection, resulting in many a drunken purchase or three.

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Unexpected Trend: Glam Goth AW12

Glam Goth

Ok, before you click away in disgust at my sheer idocy give me a second to explain the title of this post. I’m not saying that “glam goth” is, in itself, an unexpected trend for Autumn/Winter. We expect it from the likes of Givenchy, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens and Anne Demeulemeester. Frankly, it’s not exactly shocking on the catwalk at Gucci. The darkly opulent brocades, louche velvets and Morticia Adams ‘do’s offered up by Frida Gianni managed to have a hint of Halloween about them while still exuding the brand’s signature high fashion luxury. But oil slick black leather, stained lips and subversion from the likes of Valentino, Diane Von Furstenberg and Mulberry (above)? Well I challenge anyone to claim that’s not a little surprising.

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London Fashion Week SS13: The Instagram Diaries

Well I couldn’t exactly do New York and not do London, could I!? Since I’ve been back a lot of people have asked my how different fashion week is in the two cities. It’s impossible to say exactly but I reckon that NYFW is more what you (or at least I) imagined fashion week to be like as a 14 year old dreaming of growing up to be Editor of Vogue. Glamourous and in-your-face with formidable black clad PRs, impossibly well-dressed women and flashing cameras every way you turn. It’s London Fashion Week, times ten. Let me put it this way, we had to show ID to enter the Alexander Wang venue, a demand us Brits would never dream of placing upon invitees. While New York did in some ways seem like the ultimate in fashion week fabulousness, returning home reminded me that London offers up its’ fare share of mega brands, international industry elite and sartorial spectacle too. Not to mention our stellar independent designer contingent (two words: Christopher Kane) which, quite frankly, is unsurpassed. But enough about that, here are a few of my favourite moments from this seasons shows, FROWS and of course, parties…

London Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week SS13: The Instagram Diaries

Ok, so I know it’s a little late in the day to be writing about New York Fashion Week and I quite understand if, after the sheer volume of posts, tweets, instagrams and facebook updates I’ve already devoted to my experiences in the Big Apple, you don’t want to hear anymore about it. But let’s face it, there are just a couple of Paris shows left to go until fashion month is officially O.V.E.R and if the weather we’ve had so far in London is anything to go by, it’s going to be a long, cold gloomy Winter. So why not relive the past four weeks’ fabulousness one last time? Plus, I suspect that there might still be some foolish people out there who aren’t on Instagram and therefore missed out on these snaps during my fashion week social media bonanza. Technophobe’s, this one’s for you…

New York Fashion Week SS13

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