Wednesday, 23 February 2011

London Fashion Week - My top 10 looks

So its that time of year again when I get far too distracted by looking at all the shows from the various fashion weeks. This year distraction has been at a premium with the people I follow on twitter constantly updating me with this seasons goings on.

London fashion week has just come to a close and call me patriotic but its usually my favourite, followed a very close second by Paris. I normally find the Autumn/Winter shows a bit, well, dull. Give me spring/summer with its colour and prettiness and generally the aesthetic that lies close to my heart any day. It seems though this Autumn/Winter may be the exception with print and colour galore.

So here are my 10 looks that i loved from London fashion week.

10 - Burberry. I always love what Christopher Bailey does at burberry especially how he manages to spin so many ideas and designs from the classic trench. This collection was pretty coat/jacket-centric but there were some beauties in there. This was my favourite - I love the over exagerrated sleeves and tulip shape of the coat itself, all it needs is a vintage vespa to accesorise.

9 - Basso and Brooke. I have loved this label since they won the fashion fringe competition a few years ago with a collection full of the most amazing digital prints. This collection was no exception and with the shapes of the garments simplified the prints really stood out. The colour palette in this dress has such a range but works perfectly. Im also rather fond of them as Mr Brooke follows me on twitter.

8 - David Koma. I hadnt been a fan of David Koma before I saw this collection. I was one of the many people who sniggered away when Cheryl Cole wore the bin lid (as i think it was dubbed) dress on the xfactor. However, I loved this collection. You cant beat a polka dot and I think the way he used the different textures and flashes of colour in his use of them was really clever. My love for pompoms at the moment and his use of lovely furry ones probably helped my love for this collection as well.

7 - Holly Fulton. There were several looks from Holly's collection that I was torn between choosing as my favourite. This one won out in the end for its beautiful print and if I ever had a fancy ball to go to it would be my top choice. I am maybe a bit biased about Holly Fulton as she was my fashion tutor a long time ago when I was in first year at college and she was doing her post grad but I have loved all her collections. I love her art deco inspired prints and the woman she imagines when she designs - this season coco chanel on a trip to scotland to visit her lover.

6 - Kinder Aggugini - I have to say I'm not overly familiar with this label at all, i think this may have been the first time I have seen one of his collections. All the pieces in it were beautiful and this swing coat with cutouts was the one that stood out to me. I think it is the simplicity of the cut added with the hint of seeing what is underneath that works beautifully.

5 - Erdem. Erdem is undoubtedly one of my favourite designers, his use of print, lace, colour and embroidery so beautifully is what I aspire to. This collection had a much more grown up feel to it and I didnt love it as instantly as I normally do (his spring/summer collection made me want to go and take out a huge loan and buy it all straight away) but I loved this dress the cut, colour and print.

4 - Jonathon Saunders. I loved this collection. I think Jonathon Saunders has such an amazing way with print and colourand this collection seemed to bring it all together in the most beautiful way. Im a big fan of odd colour combinations and this outfit really stood out to me with the orange and blue mix. I also think he had my favourite shoes of fashion week.

3 - Temperley London. Alice Temperley is always one of those designers that I know I will love pretty much whatever she does. This dress is just one of the prettiest I saw in all of fashion week. It gives me thoughts of winter wonderlands and fairytales, i think it is the most perfect winter dress.

2 - Louise Gray. My patriotism continues with a 3rd scottish designer. I've always found Louise Grays collections a bit bonkers, but bonkers in a good way. This collection had an immense amount of colour, print and texture going on and this coat was probably one of the simplest outfits. I want it. Its mohair, its got a big collar, its got big gold spots what is not to want.

1 - Mary Katrantzou. This was my ultimate favourite collection of the whole of London fashion week. Following on from her last collection of lampshade skirts and vista scenes printed on dresses this collection was a more wearable follow on. Her use of prints is amazing, there is so much going on but none of it jars to the eye. I never thought I would ever want to wear dress that looked like a vase but thanks to Mary Katrantzou I now do.

All images

Saturday, 19 February 2011

A little taster....

A little taster of the finished images from Spring/Summer 2011 collection shoot.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Spring/Summer 11 - behind the scenes at the photoshoot

Yesterday a couple of weeks of much stitching, sewing and stressing came together in the photoshoot for my Spring/Summer collection. There had been a few nightmares a long the way, the original location falling through, my sewing machine deciding to stop working but thankfully everything fell into place at the last minute.

My new collection had been inspired by the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and in true Rowanjoy style is full of florals, lace and colour. I wanted to find somewhere that reflected the sets in the film for the shoot. The perfect location eluded me until worryingly close to the date of the shoot (my original location fell through a week before) but a very fortuitous google search found me a more perfect loacation that i think i could have imagined.

Spot the giant tulle pompom (and a couple of baby ones) that sneaked their way in.

A Georgian Residence is a bed and breakfast in the West End of Edinburgh and is 5 storeys of Grand Rooms and amazing antiques and ornaments. The feel of the place was perfect and when we found a little room hidden away at the top of the house with the most perfect pink tiled fireplace I knew we had the location. Thanks to the kindness and hospitality of Florence who owns the House and if anyone is planning a trip to Edinburgh and wants to stay in the most fantastic setting I would say this is your place.

Once again I was working with the fabulous team of Paul Marr Photographer and Image maker extraordinaire, Roy Rogers hair stylist and creater of the most fantastic up-dos I have seen and Fiona Henderson the most fabulous make up artist. Our model was the lovely Claire lawson from the look agency who was the perfect doll in our Grand Dolls house. Shoes came courtesy of Pam Jenkins where I chose my favourite pair of Jimmy Choos which sadly at a size 6 were just too big for my little trotters.

I hopefully should have the actual images from Paul in the next couple of weeks and as soon as I do I will get them up here to show them off.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Spring/summer 11 sneak peeks

These are some of the fabrics currently being cut up and stitched together for my new collection. I'm currently organising the photoshoot so should have some photos to show
in the next couple of weeks.