Thursday, 31 May 2012

Scotland Re:Designed New Talent Competition

Earlier this year, Scotland Re:Designed took twelve Scottish designers and manufacturers to New York (whit woo) to showcase Scotland's talent to press and buyers in an international showcase. They pretty much had some of my favourites along for the ride including Bebaroque, Euan McWhirter, Judy R Clark, William Chambers and Henrietta Ludgate. 
May 2012 sees SR:D team up with renowned Scottish fabric store Mandors to give five up and coming designers the chance to create and exhibit designs at the SR:D pop-up shop and static display. The SR:D pop-up store and static display will take place in the Lighthouse, Glasgow from the 27th June to the 1st July.

The competition is open to designers of all ages and stages of brand development. Interested applicants should submit a detailed sketch of one of their designs to Mandors. A judging panel of industry experts will select five winners. Each winner will be gifted Mandors fabric to create his or her winning looks. These looks will then be displayed in the SR:D pop-up shop, and will be seen by buyers and international press alike. 

Winner of Best Shop in Glasgow and the West in 2010, Mandors strives to put the customers' needs first and provide as wide a range of products as possible. Mandors will have a selection of fabrics available to purchase at the pop-up shop, along with a trained member of staff who can offer product advice.

On the partnership Denise Deutsch, Marketing Director at Mandors stated The Scotland Re:Designed project is such an exciting one for us to be involved with. Supporting new Scottish talent is really important to us at Mandors, we have been sponsors of the Glasgow School of Art degree show for many years. Scotland has such an array of talented designers and we are really looking forward to seeing all the design submissions and seeing them brought to life in our fabrics”.

Creative director of Genuine and SR:D founder Chris Hunt said “Mandors reminds me of an Aladdin’s cave of fabric. Having spent hours browsing fabric shops as a textiles student I am thrilled that this creative family-run Scottish textile business, which stocks ranges from Liberty’s of London among many other great designs, is able to support a New Talent fashion initiative within Scotland Re:Designed. When we launched SRD we were overwhelmed by the volume of applications from all levels of businesses, and Mandors' vision allows us to help develop the next level of graduate, post-graduate and emerging talent.”

How to Enter
Designs should be submitted to Mandors Scotland Re:Designed Competition, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST no later than Wednesday 6th June. Winners will be announced on the Scotland Re:Designed website on Wednesday 13th June for more details see

For more information visit or call 0141 332 7716
Hashtag: #NewTalent

POP/U/LAR - Introducing Hayley Williamson

(All photography courtesy of Levi Macdonald)
A heady mix of bright colours and clashing prints dominate Heriott Watt student Hayley Williams graduate collection Pop/u/lar. A mix of pop art imagery, paint splashes and art nouveau inspired prints make up the eclectic collection of clashing prints contrasted with bright colours. Now god knows I love a print (leopard print ANYTHING please) and I'm always thrilled to see print that isn't dominated by florals (or at the moment, aztec...can we say overkill?.)  Williamson's collection is playful and while the silhouettes of her garments aren't overly experimental, her combination of prints is unique and feels fresh and young. While I may not be sold on the full cat suit(I feel items like that belong in the realm of Beyonce and not a 23 year old awkward Glasgwegian) but I do have a fondness for the art nouveau inspired print trousers and the paint splattered dress (though don't know if I would be bold enough to wear the two together, but as separates, completely darling!.) Her work feels young and carefree and Williamson seems very playful in her approach to design. The art nouveau print also lends itself to a pair of high waisted knickers in the collection which would look UHMAZING as a bikini (can you tell I have the beach on the brain after the scorcher of a weekend?.)  I think it's very youthful and feel that Williamson has a lot of potential and would love to see where she takes her work in the future.
You can follow Hayley's blog here where you can see the most adorable fashion film ever or creep out her brand on facebook.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Dawntroversial Lookbook

 How cute are the images from the Dawntroversial lookbook? I've posted about her shoes before but she's recently extended in to clothing. With still a strong focus on customise shoes her clothing is gloriously high trash and tack with not so much a nod and a wink to pop culture than a full on head butt. Everything is big about her collection - it's all very extroverted and loud. Her shoes have moved from galaxy print in to bigger brighter collections with adornments, and would not look out of place in the Harajuku area of Japan.
You can buy Dawntroversial via asos, follow her on facebook and twitter.

Introducing: Deborah Morgan

Final year Heriot Watt student and Scottish Fashion Awards nominee Deborah Morgan recently got in touch to see what I thought of her graduate collection "Societies Labyrinth." Masculine tailoring, elegant detailing - you can bet your bottom dollar I was all over this. The collection is a collection of rain and knitwear - with a focus on interchangeable garments - detachable linings which are jackets within anoraks- with a sharp clean masculine aesthetic.  Morgan cites her influences as Calvin Klein, Maraget Howell, Neil Barett and Comme des Garcons - influences that are present throughout the entire collection. This androgynous collection has a nice clean professional elegance, and could easily see any of these pieces in Cos. It truly is beautifully made womenswear. Sharp, clean and instantly wearable Morgan's collection has all the makings of a classic - and feels very timeless.
You can view Deborah's Fashion Film via her website and follow her on twitter.
Photography: Nick Paton MUA: Sophie Pasola

Friday, 18 May 2012

Hayley Scanlan - Studded Dreams

I'm pretty much god smacked I've never posted about SFA nominee Hayley Scanlan before. Girl is pretty much ticking all those boxes for me. Graphic prints? Check. Studs everywhere? Check. Hunners of gold? Check check check. Clean, contemporary and edgy Hayley Scanalan's designs live firmly in the camp of an idealised future version of myself who is super rich and is in a job where I can legit rock up to work in a studded jacket every god damn day. I love the colour palette (mint and gold, pink and gold, black and gold) and the stark geometric shapes and faces that are for base of her collection. Designed and crafted within Scotland, Scanlan's collection is available exclusively at Stud & Stud (basically the website of my dreams.) I can totally imagine this being the base for my Summer wardrobe - cut out shoulders, maxi dresses with mass splits and high necked mini dresses with bursts of citrus? That will do nicely. The clothes have classic contemporary silhouettes making them easy to wear, but it's all the details that keep the work edgy and all sorts of good.
The Phidias mini dress is my favourite - the illustrated faces, studs and cut out shoulders is a bit of a dream. I usually favour a midi but this is the sort of guy I would totally make an exception for. If I had a spare £300. Just saying.
You can buy yourself some of Hayley's pieces at Stud & Stud, follow her on facebook or twitter.


TORRES X POMEROY - The collection

Mind once upon a time I waxed lyrical about my excitement about a collaboration between designer Rebecca Torres and illustrator Saskia Pomeroy? No? Well safe to say I was pretty fucking excited. I love me some Torres - bright, graphic bodycon pieces (Torres does colour better than most and in typical Claire fashion the piece I own from her back catalogue of dresses is black) and her work combined with Pomeroy's bold and simple shapes is a dream. Inspired by ancient art and symbols, it's a no brainer that this has a tribal feel. Kind of like a post-modern aztec goddess. It's got a very sleek contemporary feel and is very easy to wear. I can hear you naysayers shying away in the back, shuddering at the mention of body con, but no - totally easy to wear. I do have a constant inner battle with myself about bodies (I fear that I would feel like a massive baby in a romper) but I am TOTALLY in to the idea of me owning that pink and blue numbers, the sleeves are a dream. That said, if look one (all blues and vertical lemon stripes) was beach ready I could totally get on board with the idea of Rebecca Torres/Saskia Pomeroy swimwear. Just saying.
I have to say I don't really get the shoot for the collection - the plants feel a bit odd to me, like when offices bring in shrubbery to create a positive working environment. The collection is striking as stand along pieces, and yeah I pretty much want everything. Prices start at £45 with the most expensive piece £140, hardly breaking anyone's piggy bank compared to the high street prices at the mo (I'm looking at you Topshop.)
Rebecca is nominated for Best Young Designer at the Scottish Fashion Awards this year and you can follow her on facebook, twitter or just go buy stuff via her website.
Saskia Pomeroy is just an all round bad ass illustrator and you can buy prints from her site.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Sunday Morning - David Black's new collection

Scottish Fashion Awards nominee David Black first came to the scene with his taste for the macabre and love for tailoring. His  first collection "A House if Not a Home" was completely black paying homage to vintage silhouettes, so seeing him take a sidestep in to colour is completely refreshing. His new collection (graduate collection if you can believe it!) "Sunday Morning" is absolutely beautiful. Bright prints and graphic shapes make up this collection inspired by religious architecture. The new collection is so beautiful,m very baroque and romantic - reminiscent of church art and stained glass windows. I love the floral millinery reminiscing the saints in the windows and the choice of colours is beautiful. Purple and orange ALWAYS. The prints are reminiscent of Givenchy or Katrantzou, and the entire collection is very wearable. I mean I love seeing graduate collections as you can see some crazy couture collections that are splendid but ny impossible to wear, but Sunday Morning manages to be absolutely captivating while looking like something I could legit have my wardrobe. I have to say I'm not cray cray for peter pan collars - but that's a personal niggle more than anything else. The collection is all very hard and soft (brights and pastels) and I'm pretty much in love.
A short fashion film was released along with the look book - which in all honesty I am not crazy for. I feel that Black is an incredibly talented young man, and for me film should be about immersing yourself in someone elses world and I would have very much have liked to see how the garments move. I love Black for his experimentation (the exhibition he did with G2E events was wonderful!) and I would love to have seen something a bit more dramatic. That said - time and money can be bitches so can someone sort this boy with some dollah and a camera?
You can follow David Black Tumblr/Facebook
Photo Credit: Daniela Flores

Cyber Tribe Dreaming - Isolated Heroes

I can't believe I've never posted about Isolated Heroes before but aren't these pictures of the A/W 12 collection a total dream? I first came across Samantha McEwen when she opened her graduate show at Heriott Watt last June and her unisex brand Isolated Heroes just fucking blew me away. Vodoo inspired brights, graphic prints, monsters, eyeballs, sequins and pastel faux fur make up this collection.
The photos are totally dreamy (taken by the uber talented Kirstin Kerr) and have pretty much all the things going on. Henna tatooo designs, taloned nails (Tammy from DIY Nails), lots of layering, lots of gold, mismatched socks and pattern clashings. It really shouldn't work, and it is garish...but in the very best way. Samantha's designs aren't for the faint hearted, but then I suppose a sequined skeleton bodycon doesn't really appeal to your average shrinking wall flower right? I'm kind of in love with the styling (not just the gold but all the 90s stickers and rainbow pompoms) with the massive platformed creepers Lou Clave from Hair for Heroes is behind the hair (pastel dip dyes, HIYAS) so there is really nothing I don't love here. The whole thing reminds me of 90's tv series The Tribe.
Isolated Heroes will be showing her collection at Brighton Fashion Week at the Zeitgeist show  - selling the collection as ghetto tribal barbies - a mixture of ghetto goths and cyber barbies in a post-apocalyptic terrain (which I TOTALLY can get on board with.) If you're at that end of the country I strongly suggest creeping on down to see her collection live. If you can't make it you can creep along to asos for zebra batwing dresses, sheer eyeball dresses and dip dye t-shirts.
Isolated Heroes on Facebook
Isolated Heroes on Twitter

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Behemoth Collection - surrealist millinery from Rene Walrus

 You know what I love? Sequins, veils and heavy dose of some crazy drama. When I saw Rene Walrus’s “The Behemoth Collection” at Nightwalk I audibility gasped. Like seriously breathe taken away, glassy eyed, millinery of my dreams kind of shit going on.

Surreal, decadent and just all kinds of beautiful crazy, the collection nods to The Master & Margarita, Against Nature, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas with a wee wink and a nudge to Jeff Koons & Takahashi Murakami. Bitch please. It is seriously like someone has been reading my mind.  Straw braiding, silk veiling, hand dyed ostrich feathers and all the sequins in the world – HIYAS. It was all bows, fringing, veils and cartoon shapes which I think I’m safe in saying is something we can all get on board with yes?

Janet McCrorie, the grand dame behind all this dreamy madness is all about combining couture embroidery and surrealism to create the most gorgeous accessories ever. Edinburgh based, she spends her time creating her collections – a combination behind forward planning and happy accidents to create bespoke couture pieces. Specialising in bridal, she’s expanded in to more editorial one off pieces – like the INSANELY good sequined lips veil. 

You can creep more of Rene Warlus's design via her website, her blog....and if you fancy buying some sweet millinery you can bag yourself some at Not Just a Label.
Photos via Bartosz Madejski

Marc Ross appointed Creative Director of Rox

Remember Marc Ross from the Scottish Design Collective? All leather ball gowns and graphic prints? Well the crazy bastard only went and got himself appointed as Creative Director of Rox.

The Scottish Fashion Award nominee (with a background working for the Grand Dame Viv herself) has embraced his new role with the fashion forward brand, creating bespoke uniforms for the staff at Rox (the better to show off couture necklaces…obviously) we all as designs on working with the Rox creative team implementing seasonal plans.

Marc said “The decision to join ROX ultimately grew from having the pleasure of hosting an event with Design Collective Scotland where we showcased our S/S12 collections in the Thrill Room of the Argyll Arcade store earlier this year. After collaborating with ROX and seeing how fashion focused the brand is and how committed they are to supporting Scottish talent, I was very impressed with the brand ethos and a joke about working with the brand all of a sudden seemed like a very good idea.” I could not be more for a Scottish designer heading the fashion forward brand – can’t wait to see the designers and collections they will be bringing on board!

Friday, 4 May 2012

"Say goodbye to the fucking bad guy" - Hair for Heroes

Chills. It actually gave me chills. Glasgow has totally come alive for me again. It's like there are all these amazingly talented people doing what they love doing, not giving a fuck and turning out some crazy sickening results. Hair Raiser - the Hair for Heroes fashion show last night at The Sub Club was just everything I want Glasgow to be. Tongue and cheek, just a little bit dirty and balls to the wall fucking fabulous. The lights dim and we hear the first few chords of Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna (which went through a phase of being used for everything  to evoke LUX AETERNA, high budget poorly scripted summer blockbluster, LUX AETERNA) but here is feels right. Dark, dramatic and just teetering on the edge of frantic. Lou Clave takes to the screen and pretty much calls everyone a bunch of arsholes, calling the crowd out - which they fucking love.
And then the show begins and it is everything I expected and more. Giant hair pieces weaved in to hearts and bows, long plaits trailing to the ground, multi coloured dip dyes, gold studs and frosted pinks. The girls dance down the run way and it's all hips, teeth and attitude. Pure fucking sexy dirty Glasgow style. The evening feels raw and fun and it feels like Glasgow has been missing Clave with her "don't fuck with me" attitude and rainbow collection of wigs.

The highlights for me? The purple and green antlers, the black wig with the gold studs and the aqua mermaid hair. The white plaited show piece was unreal, taking on a total surreal ethereal quality.
So say goodbye to the fucking bad guy. Hair is For Heroes is taking over!
Photos thank to X-Project Media.

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