10 July 2014

Fashion loves Music

I was thrilled to be asked to blog the Fashion loves Music event that was held on the 5th of July. Fabulous duo Paulina and Tayo are creators of Fashion Clinique which is an events management company. Quoted from their website -
"Events management company that provides professional show production & organisation of catwalk shows, fashion events, award ceremonies, launches for a wide variety of UK and international clients."
They went all out on this one that's for sure!! 

Before the show I was asked along to a meeting to get to know some of the people involved. I had the chance to meet an array of different designers, brands, musicians, photographers etc etc to be honest the list is endless so I will do my best to round up. At the meeting I  held short interviews with some of the brands for a sneak peak video. This was then released a few days before the event to showcase what was to be expected! 

(PS this was a total rid neck for me since I have never been near a video camera so lets just all by pass the laughs and continue to read!)

Below is some questions I put to the designers to let you all know a little more about who's behind the brand!

Fraser Grant  - Smoke City

How do you feel your brand contributes to the street wear scene?
The brand contributes big, bold designs that really catch people's attention. Although there's nothing wrong with it, there are enough brands that put out text only t-shirts and reinterpret things such as Supreme's box logo and the Run DMC logo. I wanted Smoke City to have unique designs that people notice and either love or hate. 
Describe Smoke City in 3 words?
Ambitious, Bold, Creative

Steph Kelly - Abetwix

What inspires your screen printed garments?
My prints are inspired by many things, they are all hand drawn and so some designs happen quite organically. The natural world has inspired my recent animals of course, but I also love geometric's, so have incorporated this into these designs. I love sci-fi and futurism, and this is where I draw my main inspiration, particularly for my geometric's.
What do you look for when you are selecting vintage pieces?
When I am selecting vintage pieces, I look for striking colours, prints and shapes. However, I try to keep the vintage as on trend as possible, so that customers can have something totally unique and still be very current.

Mark Bradley - G69

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me at least from a designers perspective is a platform for creativity..that may sound cliche however it is the case, there is no better reward as a designer than seeing a finished garment which started out as an initial idea on a runway like we will see at this event. It is also an outlet in a sense to express individualism...that may be through dressing in particular style or supporting a particular clothing label.
What is your most recent collection based on?
Firstly our name G69 clothing is derived from the area of Glasgow in which the label was born, the east end. Our debut collection is based mainly  on representing Scotland. This is highlighted through our use of tartan in the selection of wardrobe staple pieces featured.

Nicola - Nicci.n

What makes you stand out from other designers?
I think what makes me stand out from other designers is the use of different printing techniques. I like to alter fabrics by either hand dyeing or hand painting. I also create prints which are then incorporated into fabrics via transfer or digital print. Surface embellishment is also another technique I like to use to ensure my designs stand out. 
What has been your inspiration for your recent collection?
My new collection is called Florabundance. Inspiration for the new collection has came from the floral trend for this season introducing hand dyeing and digital prints in to the designs. Colours are a mix of lilac, wine, navy and cream with fabrics such as stretch leatherette and cotton. Silhouettes see ruffles and flares in areas to emphasize the floral theme.

Dress and Necklace borrowed from my lovely pal, both Zara.
Bag - Next
Shoes - Kurt Gieger

The night was a complete success. The doors opened and the club filled up fast! Once everyone was seated with drinks in our hands the night set off. The DJ's involved were UNREAL!! There was Nasty P, Babs Flow, Natasha Kitty Kat and Polimat. I can't even begin to express my love for these guys. They played music that only my ass knows how to move to which was quite hard as I was sitting and pure trying to be professional but ken it was gid. There was various bands playing throughout the evening in between the show which was really refreshing. There was 4 Iona Street, Lady T, Charleena and HayzNJay.

The evening progressed to showcase some of the latest collections from the designers and brands. The atmosphere was electric and you could tell by the cheering that the audience was loving it! I felt there was a real flow throughout all the designs, different of course but all on the same level. The t-shirts on show were of such a high standard and really challenged some of the top brands. There was dresses, t-shirts, leggings, jumpers everything!! 

The best part of it, was knowing I had met all the designers who by the way are an amazing bunch. The kinda bunch who I would EASILY spend an evening over a bottle of win or two with they are all that sound! Anyway, it was really great to see all the hard work they had put into their designs. I honestly can't wait to meet this lot again which I no doubt will in the future. 

I was lucky enough to be given a fantastic top from Lynette who is behind AngelPixieLove. One of her designs totally caught my eye!! A slogan top with 'I love your face'. Love a slogan T just now which Fashion loves Music was full of. I will be featuring her fab piece in an exciting shoot I have in the upcoming months. Keep an eye out for it!  

From start to finish the evening was on top form. I take my hat off (invisible) to Paulina and Tayo who created AND mastered a truly fabulous evening full of talent. I expect to see many things from the duo who compliment each other in every way imaginable. They were not only welcoming but friendly, professional and so down to earth. So much so that I can see Paulina and I going for some wine and shopping!! Yes I'll be phoning you soon doll to arrange a date! Add Fashion Clinique Facebook page to see some more photos, click here

Paulina + Tayo

Thanks again to everyone involved what a complete success!!

The cutie Nicola from nicci.n

Paulina me and Tayo

Below is a list of credits to who was involved on the evening.

Luke Garstka www.lukegarstka.com

Rabia Mahmood Mua, Sabina Kwiatkowska, Maxine Toland,Laur Intably




Odi Letsholo (Xile Clothing)
Paula Nowicka 

Laura Shields 

Urszula Prokop, MichaelaLattenbergova, Monika Wiktorowicz, Magdalena Zekanowska,Magdalena Rutkowska, Karlyn KIng,Luura Baird,Bee Bayo Adegubloye, Calum Shambolic, Johnny Porter ,Kaspars Grisulis



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