Alice Temperley for Barbour

One of my favourite fashion designers, Alice Temperley is about to collaborate with one of Britain’s most famous heritage brands – Barbour.

Alice Temperley for Barbour

Alice Temperley for Barbour

The iconic wax Barbour jackets are set to be revamped by Temperley using her own trademark style (incorporating leopard print linings) alongside classic winter knits from a reasonable designer price tag of just £249.

The debut label will be named Barbour Gold Label by Temperley and will comprise of eight key pieces. These range from cosy knitted cardigans to leather and wax jackets with belts; but the collection does not stop there as it is rumoured that this will also continue through to spring/summer ’12 adding accessories and other apparel to the already buzzing collection.

“I grew up in the countryside and have worn Barbour since I was a child so I was thrilled when asked to collaborate.

“The collection has elements of both Temperley and Barbour and is a great mix of fashion and functionality.

For all those Barbour-loving enthusiasts (like me), I’m assuming pre-order be an option…

Advertisements joins forces with Fashion Fringe

As the platform for emerging fashion talent Fashion Fringe has always been at the forefront of every fashion editor’s lists as ‘the competition to watch’, so it comes as no surprise as FF reaches its 8th year in the business that they have partnered up with as their official E-tail sponsor.


Fearne Cotton for

Fearne Cotton for have always launched a platform for talented designers, and celebrities who launched their very own collections. Among the chosen few who adorn Very’s online pages range from the fabulous Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Pop by PPQ to Olivia Rubin (who was a Semi-Finalist of Fashion Fringe in 2007 and 2008).  FF are also looking to reach a new audience who are in line with the brand’s mission to make style accessible to all – and through supporting FF, customers will be able to access and enjoy the exciting world of new generation designers too.

Fashion expert Sir Colin DcDowell, who launched FF back in 2004, stated that “Fashion Fringe lives by sponsorship and we are thrilled to welcome as new Official E-tail Sponsor, a young and thrusting company that shares many of our beliefs.  Their commitment to mentoring and nurturing designers and what we are doing is very exciting!”

But the fun doesn’t stop there are FF have also recruited a new panel of judges that include supermodel Claudia Schiffer and fashion designer, Roland Mouret. With such huge names being connected with this event it is sure to be a masterclass of talent this year; bearing in mind that FF has already spurned such designers as Basso & Brooke, Erdem et al.

The FF competition is open until May 4, 2011 with a shortlist of designers being announced thereafter: these designers will then go on to showcase their first collection in London, for Spring/Summer 2012, in September.

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Erdem collections for H&M?

Prince of prints, fashion designer  Erdem Moralioglu has been mentioned at the new designer du jour to collaborate with high street chain H&M, but, is there any truth in the matter?

“It’s come up so many times, but I’m just too focused on my own collection at this point,” he commented. “It takes up all my time! But in the future, down the line – who knows?”

The Canadian-born designer, 35, who has worked for the likes of Diane von Furstenburg in New York before launching his own line in 2005 has also been hotly tipped to be designing the dress of the century – Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but is that all just smokes and mirrors too?

“I mean, any mention like that is just a huge compliment,” Erdem told Fashionista. “It’s so flattering! I will say that Kate is very beautiful.”

I suppose with Sarah Burton from McQueen and various other designers being mentioned we’ll just have to wait and see.


Is this Kate Middleton’s wedding dress?

It seems fitting that as Sarah Burton has been mentioned as the designer to be dressing Kate Middleton for her forthcoming nuptials next month, that Kate Moss should now appear in Harper’s Bazaar latest May 2011 issue adorning what seems to be like an exceptionally chic wedding gown by the late Alexander McQueen.


Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for Harper's Bazaar

Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for Harper's Bazaar

This is not the first time however that Moss has adorned this fabulous flowing gown, as she actually wore this iconic dress back in 2006 when she modelled as a hologram in McQueen’s Autumn/winter 2006 show.


The Bazaar issue which is based on the theme of ‘Fashion Royalty’, celebrates Moss the Queen of the modelling world. Moss is also pictured in another iconic style flouncey white wedding gown, which is this time designed by Burton for McQueens latest collections. Could this be a nod to Kate Middleton’s choice, or to the Royal establishment? Only time will tell…

“No show” for designer Christophe Decarni at Balmain autumn/winter 2011 collection

It must be extremely pressing and incredibly long hours when working on your collection a few days before you are due to show at Paris Fashion Week, but usually even if the designers for major fashion houses have worked through the night they are always there to take their (shattered) bow at end of the show. So, it was with great surprise that Christophe Decarn, Artistic Director at Balmain did not even show up for his show, let alone take a bow for all his incredibly hard work.

“He’s tired, after working on the collection,” motioned M. Alain Hivelin – owner of Balmain. “He’s just tired. He didn’t go to bed until 5am. He’s not here, he’s resting,” it was again stressed. Well, no-shows may be passé in France but here in England he probably would have been condemned – or hunted down – by UK press.

However, with or without misour Decarn the show went on and we’re glad it did, as beautifully intricate dresses, jackets and skirts adorned the catwalk – mirrored pieces, crochet and gob-stopper jewels, all reminiscent of 80s power and 90s grunge at the same time. Other signature pieces included baggy racer-style vests with huge shoulder detailing and stark black sleeveless jacket-tops with trousers. Fur coats and gold lame suits were also on show, but the pièce de résistance came at end of show came with chain mail detailing on a selection of clothing – practical no, but stylish and adorable none-the-less. Balmain at it’s best.


Dior confirms they are firing John Galliano

REUTERS Canada have just filed a report to state that Dior is said to have decided to start procedures against firing fashion designer John Galliano after his anti-Semitic rants were seen posted over the internet by a video clip, and clearly show Galliano reportedly shouting racist abuse at people in a Paris cafe.

“I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior,” Christian Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement.


Comptoir des Cotonniers spring/summer ’11 collection

French fashion label Comptoir des Contonniers are set to launch their latest spring/summer 2011 collection in stores and online as early as next month (February).  

Comptoir des Cotonniers spring/summer 2011 collection

Comptoir des Cotonniers spring/summer 2011 collection

Famous for their mother/daughter advertorial campaigns, the Parisian label are adding three major trends to their spring/summer 11 collection; nude, block colour and floral.

Cool and chic, the 70’s vibe gives in to loose floral print dresses, shorts and jumpsuits, nude and neutral loose and tailored travel clothing, and bright jewel-coloured (block colour) accessories amongst other pieces; all alongside a collection of classic jackets which range from safari to exaggerated tux, and leather jackets in dark green hues.

The collection is fresh, cute and versatile; so, on you marks, get set, log on… 

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