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Feedback on London Fashion Week February 2006


Feedback on
London Fashion Week
February 2006

After the crazy London Fashion Week, we have selected for you our favourite designers who have drawn our attention:

From the Catwalks:

Pierre Garroudi

Garroudi may not be a born-Frenchman, but he has certainly acquired the daring and flair that mark France's best creators.

"It has always been my life long ambition to challenge and push the boundaries of fashion, the essence of creativity is based on taking risk." for my A/W 2006 collection, the clothes are either vintage or a mixture of both old and new donated pieces, re-designed then transformed into something totally different."
 --Pierre Garroudi--

Pierre Garroudi Gallery
Arch 6, Crucifix Lane
SE1 3JW London
0207 378 1187



A fair to remember

F-risk was established in London by designer Arturas Stanevskis to offer men what they’ve always wanted –a men-only designer brand! The collection features a full range of original denimwear (jeans, jackets and coats), but unlike most designers, Arturas doesn’t just reinvent the five-pocket jean. He designs and develops his own templates, creating silhouettes that are masculine, sexy, comfortable and most importantly completely unique to F-risk

Rubecksen Yamanaka

Rubecksen Yamanaka showed their Autumn/Winter 2006/07 collection 'Knitted Wilderness

Our opinion: This was their third off-schedule show. Entitled 'Knitted Wilderness' the inspiration was derived from Amish simplicity, animals, elements of traditional menswear, lingerie and the work of installation artist Mark Dion. This melting pot of influences would suggest an eclectic collection of sartorial extremes.. Although the collection is small, the work is in actual fact coherent and well put together. The colour palette was muted yet complementary in shades of cream, pink, beige, silver, charcoal and black.

Nice catwalk of knitted garments. Warm for next season. Slightly conservative especially the wooden shoes.

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Jurate Morkunaite could be called a "Lithuanian Sonia Rykiel" - like the famous Frenchwoman she reigns the knitwear design. About twelve years ago, when she started her career, the knitwear rather related to cold seasons than Lithuanian fashion.
Today she produces in her own recently opened boutique and sells leisure clothes, casualwear and club clothes, and her eveningwear revolutionary puts the knits into a new dimension of luxury.

In the new autumn/winter 2006 collection, this newcomer to the UK fashion scene appears on fashion stage with a cloak and uses scarf as a belt, head accessory, armlet or apron. Launched during London Fashion Week at a very special Off-schedule event, it features baby doll dresses with the post-war detailing, many-layer skirts, several cardigans as one, draped dresses, big scarves, all that with handmade accessories and décor details.

From the exhibitions at the Natural History Museum:

Bensimon Collection

Prêt à Porter : The Jacksons, Notting Hill
Hub, Stoke Newington

Tennis Bensimon : Brora, Top Shop, LK Bennett

Kids shoes : Caramel

Very famous for their ''tennis''

Les Néréides

Beautiful jewellery made of leather

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Special encounters during the LFW:

Valery Demure

J'ai ouvert mon bureau de presse et ventes bijoux il y a un an. J'etais auparavent acheteuse de bijoux pour une boutique située en plein coeur de Soho. Je suis totalement passionnée d'accessoires et de mode, j'ai 37 ans, je vis à Londres depuis 12 ans.
Je suis la seule agent presse-ventes specialiste BIJOUX en Europe d'apres ma connaissance.
Mes créateurs ont énormement de succès, principalement Florian, qui est autrichien, Scott Stephen qui est écossais, Natalia Brilli qui est belge et travaille à Paris aussi pour Rochas et enfin R, don’t le createur Laurent est francais, installé à Londres depuis plus de 10 ans et qui designe la ligne de bijoux pour Vivienne Westwood. J'ai aussi une créatrice, Bénédicte, qui est française et a étudié à la Central St Martins, elle a beaucoup de succès.
J ai aussi ouvert une petite concession de bijoux au nouveau concept store: le shop@bluebird, 350 Kings Road, où mes créateurs sont tous représentés.

42 Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road
London E8 4QN
+44 (0)20 7254 5897
+44 (0)78 0154 5939

Funny things

is a bit misleading because it's actually an Italian brand. Nice selection of shoes and bags.

Distributors in London:

T/A POSTE MISTRESS  9-10 Great Sutton Street
KURT GEIGER LTD       75 Bermondsey Street
JOSEPH               77 Fulham Road
  • La Petite Salope who has just changed their name to La Petite Sxxxxxxx. No wonder why?
  • Popganda: The Fashion and Style of JC De Castelbajac

 A Campbell's soup can dress, a 'fur coat' made of teddy bears, giant Snoopy T shirts and inflatable ponchos - the witty and flamboyant designs of French fashion maverick Jean Charles de Castelbajac will be on show in a V&A display. Castelbajac is one of the most original and prolific fashion designers to have emerged in the 1970s, his idiosyncratic designs are a mix of bright colour, pop culture and humour.

 Free Admission at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 1st May 2006.

From one of our member: Alexandra Girard.

''I hadn’t been back to the London Fashion Week for 5 years so I surely expected the scene to have changed but was surprised when I actually discovered it hadn’t.

As an outsider now, this is funny to see that there is more show (off) on the audience side than on the catwalk, but hey, this is London: talk about S.T.Y.L.E ! Too many looks kill looks, though: so many posers and hard triers are a bit annoying. But what do I know? I am French!

The usual suspects are still in practice: I am referring to the old fashion journos who dress in ridiculous attire, and go ecstatic over garment gibberish as long as it is designer: I just wonder on what grounds they are entitled to make statements about clothes really, when you see the look of them…

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