Category Archives: Designer News

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: House of Holland AW15

I wasn’t long back from the amazing designs of Milan Fashion Week when I was offered the opportunity to travel to MBFW Tokyo as part of the AOFM Pro Makeup Team to work on the AW15 Showing from House of Holland! As you can imagine I jumped at the chance.

So I thought I would take a few moments to share some of the images with you. I LOVE Henry Hollands designs and he’s such a lovely guy too which just tops it all off.

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Milan Fashion Week AW15 Makeup Trends

I had the pleasure of working on the makeup team at a few of the shows at Milan Fashion Week this season and wanted to share some of the images with you. The collections and makeup were all totally different for each designer, but equally as beautiful.

OPENING SHOW FOR MFW: Chicca Lualdi FW15

 

Next up was the new Collection for Nicholas K FW15

Next up was the AMAZING FW15 Collection from Sergei Grinko.

Introducing the Gillian Lees Booteek…

I love being able to highlight creative people and the great work that they do. So I am very excited to present to you…. The Gillian Lees Booteek. She makes beautifully versatile, high quality and very wearable accessories. Her pieces have the unique skill to transform any outfit. I think they are simply fabulous!

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I have been very fortunate to have had a piece made especially for me.  I absolutely adore this lovely pin cushion. It will be very useful when I’m sewing, that is if I can stop admiring it! Anyone who knows me knows that I love PINK, so this makes the piece even more precious! Also, as my logo is black and white you can see how it has been specifically designed with me in mind.

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Do check out Gillian Lees Booteek where you will find the latest Summer Fruits Accessory collection, featuring a delicious yellow rose.  The rose can be used as a hair accessory or as a bright addition to complete an outfit.

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My favourite is this darling trinket box made with high quality felt and cute button detail.. This would make an excellent present for someone special or a lovely treat for yourself. It’s a great little box to keep your favourite piece of jewellery in and would make a great decoration for your dressing table. If you would like this trinket box in a larger size contact Gillian Lees and she would be very happy to accommodate you.

Gillian Lees Booteek can be found online at Facebook and Etsy. This is a shop you will find yourself coming back to again and again to check out the new delights Gillian Lees has to offer.

L.K. BENNETT ‘POPS UP’ AT THE OUTLET TO CELEBRATE CLEARANCE EVENT

From Saturday 25 May – Sunday 9 June, style seekers everywhere will be heading to The OUTLET Banbridge to check out a must-have collection of clothing, footwear and accessories at up to 90% off RRP. Choose from darling dresses under £30 and go from day to night, or opt for a tailored jacket or trouser suit for sailing through boardroom and lunch meetings in style. This iconic label offers modern classics which are timeless, proving an instant hit with celebrities and royals alike.

Harriet Cream-Champagne Dress (£225, Event Price £30), Covent Bitter Chocolate Shoes (£345, Event Price £40). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Harriet Cream-Champagne Dress (£225, Event Price £30), Covent Bitter Chocolate Shoes (£345, Event Price £40). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Look out for elegant knitwear pieces, pretty day dresses, beautiful belts and heavenly heels for the best shopping spree you’ll experience this summer!

Jude Black Jacket (£295, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Jude Black Jacket (£295, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

 Visit the L.K. Bennett Pop-Up Clearance Store in Unit 20 at The OUTLET, Outlet Park, Banbridge, BT32 4LF. Easily reached on the main A1 route linking Belfast and Dublin, just outside Banbridge, The OUTLET is 10 minutes from Newry and 25 minutes from Belfast. The OUTLET also offers free parking on arrival.

Call +44 (0) 28 4062 5151 or check out www.the-outlet.co.uk for more information.

Ripley Violet Dress (£225, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Ripley Violet Dress (£225, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Fall 2013 bridal trend report

I’ve always said that bridal style never changes, it simply evolves. So while sitting watching the designers new season styles on the catwalk I was surprised to see some really unusual new looks, unusual that is for bridal-wear! Peplums, sheer trousers and colour were the three main trends that seem to be emerging with many designers showcasing these looks.

1The sheer trouser was definitely the look that surprised me the most! I think I nearly choked on my champagne when I initially spotted them. My first thought was ‘what??’ and my second thought was ‘why?!’ and by the reaction of the designers agent when I said I wasn’t keen definitely suggested that this style hadn’t been popular with the other bridal boutique buyers. And that really is the major thing about bridal wear and bridal trends, a designer may produce it, but if the independent shops don’t think they could sell it, then the look will never be popular. So many interesting ideas have been showcased over the few years I’ve been attending the trade shows but unless it really is something that is flattering and will look appropriate for an actual wedding then we and other bridal boutique owners aren’t going to invest our cash into something that risky.

6The next look that took me by surprise was the peplum. A few designers showed this look back in September, but this time they were everywhere! I love a peplum in real life but since it is such a statement trend I’m not so keen on it for bridal-wear. I did spot some really beautiful interpretations of this trend though that really had me tempted to buy but I fear that unless you are tall and slim it might be a very unkind and unflattering silhouette.

There also seems to be a resurgence of colour! Claret, burgundy and pink and apricot gowns were popular five or so years ago so it seems like the right time to see this trend re-emerge, but this time the gowns were a whole lot less embellished, and the fabric more matte.

2One trend that delighted me is the Downton Abbey inspired look! I have always been very keen on the general fashions of that era so seeing bridal collections launching that kind of look really excites me. Unfortunately most of the good examples I saw were from higher end collections that our wee shop doesn’t sell but I expect the look to be a much stronger feature by the time the next collection launch rolls around.

For the most though the new collections did seem to be a gentle evolution from what we already have hanging on the rails. I am delighted that the designers are continuing to embrace the more covered up look with lots of cap sleeves, high necklines and long sleeves available in a variety of fabrications. Our customers are definitely requesting these kinds of looks more and more so I’m so happy to be able to fulfil the need for sleeves.

To compensate for the very covered up fronts lots of dresses had interesting back features, from very red-carpet inspired keyhole backs to sheer embroidered back sections, the back of the gown has suddenly become very important.

4In terms of fabric, lace is still very prominent but I am very glad to see that more and more designers creating dreamy satin gowns. But where the satin gowns we had a few years ago featured a lot of embroidery and beaded embellishment, these styles were much plainer, instead of the beading becoming the feature these dresses were all about the texture and sheen of the fabric. Most of the styles we saw were either very sculptural or very fluid and floaty.

In terms of silhouette there were still a lot of semi fitted and trumpet skirt shapes but there seems to be a bit of a resurgence in the classic a-line skirt shape. There was also an abundance of beautiful 1950’s full gowns with natural waists and basque waists and super full skirts.

Of all the new looks in bridal I am most excited for the arrival of the plainer gowns and the gowns with higher necklines! Who knew demure would be the next big thing?!

LUXE STYLE FOR LESS AT THE OUTLET’S L.K. BENNETT POP-UP STORE

The OUTLET Banbridge proudly announces its exclusive Pop-Up Clearance Store this weekend solely dedicated to super luxurious London brand and Duchess of Cambridge favourite, L.K. Bennett.

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From Saturday 26 January to Sunday 3 February style seekers everywhere will have the chance to avail of a stunning collection of clothing and footwear at up to 85% off RRP. From the perfect party dress to everyday chic or something more refined for the office, this iconic label will have you craving all of its key pieces.

Look out for elegant knitwear pieces, tailored jackets, demure dresses and heavenly heels for the best shopping spree you’ll experience this New Year!

L K  Bennett_2Visit the L.K. Bennett Pop-Up Clearance Store in Unit 11 at The OUTLET, Bridgewater Park, Banbridge, Northern Ireland, BT32 4LF. Easily reached on the main A1 route linking Belfast and Dublin, just outside Banbridge, The OUTLET is 10 minutes from Newry and 25 minutes from Belfast. The OUTLET also offers free parking on arrival.

Call +44 (0) 28 4062 5151 or check out www.the-outlet.co.uk for more information.

What does your furniture say about you?

I love being able to make my own stamp when it comes to decorating my home. I love taking apart items and mixing them up to create new pieces. So then when I stumbled across this new furniture by TABISSO, I just had to share it with you!

Tabisso Typographia

Tabisso Typographia Collection

The TABISSO lounge collection consists of chairs including all letters and numbers, a set of floor lamps covering more than 20 punctuation marks, and low tables to complete the set.

Tabisso Typographia Collection

Tabisso Typographia Collection

Totally fun and innovative with a high-end target in terms of quality, this new furniture concept allows creative solutions blending interior design and communication — ideal for the project market and the planning of corporate, public and private interiors.

Tabisso Typographia Collection

Tabisso Typographia Collection

If that wasn’t enough, TABISSO cares about sustainability with regards to materials and manufacturing — wood is European and certified from sustainably managed forests, manufacturing is entirely local in France.

Tabisso Typographia Collection

Tabisso Typographia Collection

They are also socially responsible, supporting a charity program intended to sponsor basic literacy material to elementary schools in developing countries.

Tabisso Typographia Collection

Tabisso Typographia Collection

The TABISSO® floor lamp collection covers over 20 punctuation marks, from ? to . and #, in black or white color.

Tabisso Typographia Collection

Tabisso Typographia Collection

To see more about their products or to get in touch with TABISSO, see below:

1 boulevard Paul Leferme, 44600 Saint Nazaire, FRANCE

Tel: +33 (0)6 40 58 57 90

Email: info@tabisso.com

Website: www.tabisso.com