Private view – McQueen Backstage : Early Shows

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Blow sipped Prosecco alongside model Jade Parfitt and actress Sienna Guillory at the launch exhibition for Gary Wallis’ new book ‘McQueen Backstage : Early Shows’ (Big Smile Publishing). Photographer Gary was friends with McQueen from his Central St Martins days and the backstage photos from the early catwalk shows are interspersed with intimate personal portraits of the designer.  The book launch coincides with V&A’s  ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition of McQueen’s life’s work, almost 5 years after his death. The ‘Early Shows’ exhibition is at Proud Chelsea, Kings Rd, London until 5th April.

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Gary Wallis and Princess Julia

Emerging talent from AW 15/16 London Fashion Week

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Once again London fashion week has come and gone, however this season it was the newbies that truly stood out from the fashionable crowd. Fresh emerging talent such as Caitlin Price and Ed Marler had no problems showing on schedule along side global fashion houses such as Burberry and Jasper Conran. They managed to captivate the audience and press’ attention with their outstanding yet whimsical collections, which are bound to keep them at the forefront of our attention for seasons to come.

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Another key designer who emerged triumphed this season was Awon Golding Millinery. Awon showed a competent collection, with exquisitely detailed and structured hats. Speaking with Awon at her AW15 presentation she stated her ethos for the collection was ‘“Modern design with a sophisticated feminine edge; classic with a smile-inducing twist.” Awon is another under published exceptional designer whose talents are busting to be noticed.

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London fashion week has once again shown its true diversity and support for undernourished creative talent within Britain and has beyond doubt put London on the map for creatively.

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