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Posts Tagged ‘Madi Illustrates’

Elizabeth Lau: New S/S 2012 Season Preview Interview

Elizabeth Lau introduces her new S/S 2012 collection, inspired by Olive Oyl, the 1960s, nautical details... and modelled by Annie Monroe.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Elizabeth Lau by Madi
Elizabeth Lau by Madi.

The delightful Elizabeth Lau has quickly built up a strong reputation as a quirky and playful designer to watch. In this interview I discover how she started her label, what influences her designs, and what defines an Elizabeth Lau girl.

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When did you complete your studies at UCA Epsom and how long did it take to set up your own label?
I completed my Fashion Design degree in 2000, and worked first as an assistant stylist and then as an accessories designer in Hong Kong. During this time, I realised that I enjoyed it more when I was designing for myself and then I knew I wanted to launch my own label. Once this decision was made, everything happened super quickly as I knew exactly how I wanted the branding to be. From conception to having the first collection… read more

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Simeon Farrar, The Great British Summertime: New S/S 2012 Season Preview Interview

London-based Designer and Artist Simeon Farrar talks about his journey from Art to Fashion and back again, his current S/S 2012 collection ‘The Great British Summertime’ and what we can look forward to from the label next season.

Written by Alia Gargum

Simeon Farrar S/S 2012 by Madi Illustrates
What began as an ‘art experiment’ by London-based Simeon Farrar has now turned into a successful fashion label; winning not only international acclaim but …

Graduate Fashion Week 2011 Gala Awards Show: Womenswear Print

So much love for the print designers at the Gala Awards. My very favourite designer of all was Meg Cornwell of Bournemouth University but there was some lovely stuff from Christina Economou, Dominque Kral, Marissa Owen and Shirana Chavda too.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Meg Cornwell by Madi.
I am sure my regular readers will not be surprised to hear that it was the print designers who won my heart at the Graduate Fashion Awards …

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Music: Essie Jain Interview

This singer/songwriter moved to New York from London in her early twenties. Stunning long blonde hair, hypnotic voice and an album of lullabies out now. Here follows an interview with the lovely Essie on music and the feelings and life changes post- twenties.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Madi Illustration
Could you introduce yourself please?
Hello there, my name Essie Jain. Pleased to meet you.
Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I grew up …

Welcome to Camellia’s Teahouse…

Milk and two sugars takes on a much cooler, health-conscious twist, as we discovered at Camellia's Teahouse in Soho.

Written by Katie Byrne

Lubna Madan by Alexandra Rolfe
It was three minutes past ten, meaning I was three minutes late (as ever…) for my meeting at Camellia’s Teahouse in Soho. As the bus crawled …

Junky Styling Junky Air and Ju.St A/W 2011 Catwalk Show Review

Junky Styling eschewed the official London Fashion Week schedule to show their A/W 2011 Junky Air and Ju.St collections on Tuesday 29th March at the Old Truman Brewery. It was bloody fabulous.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Junky Styling A/W 2011 by Olivia Rose.
This was apparently the first catwalk show that Junky Styling have staged in two years, and I’m rather ashamed to say the first that …

An Interview with Kee Boutique, purveyor of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories…

Kee Boutique is a Leeds based vintage and handmade clothes shop based in a gorgeous 1930’s art deco building. The owner sources vintage dresses, makes clothes from second hand fabric and then sells them through a number of different channels. Jealous?! Moi?!...

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Kee Boutique illustration by Faye West
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with myself. You know, life stuff. I am incredibly grateful for my job, …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Exhibition Review

Armed only with her sketchbook and a blagged press pass, ACOFI illustrator Jenny Robins perused the LFW stands for us. Her highlights included novelty hats, kitsch jewellery, birds and some eye-catching dresses.

Written by Jenny Robins

Most illustrations by Jenny Robins.
I got photographed on my way in to Somerset House (in my jumble sale sheepskin coat belonging to my sister and waistcoat from H&M Kids circa …

Supermarket Sarah at Selfridges

A little late, but we take a look at Supermarket Sarah's launch party at Selfridges, starring Gabby Young! Illustrations by Madi Illustrates, Sam Parr and Danni Bradford

Written by Ester Kneen

Gabby Young at Selfridges, illustrated by Sam Parr
The ‘Supermarket Sarah’ pop-up shop opened last month in Selfridges stationery department, I attended Friday’s opening night to check it out. Press, designers …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Michael Van Der Ham (by Amelia)

Michael Van Der Ham once again wowed the New Gen crowds at Old Billingsgate on Monday 21st February 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Michael Van Der Ham A/W 2011 by Jenny Lloyd.
Michael Van Der Ham was held at the New Gen space in Billingsgate, and in the queue I bumped into *name drop …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Ashish

Ashish showed a gigantic sequinned collection inspired by rich girls slumming it in Dalston. Fabulous stuff, at Somerset House on Tuesday 22nd February 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ashish A/W 2011 by Erica Sharp.
Outside the BFC tent I noticed a strange character wobbling towards the entrance in huge pink platforms. It was only when she de-robed inside that …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Charlie Le Mindu (by Amelia)

More outrageous genius and full frontal fannies from Charlie Le Mindu, showing Berlin Syndrome at On/Off on Sunday 20th February 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Charlie Le Mindu by Andrea Peterson aka Artist Andrea.
Charlie Le Mindu has already done massive headpieces and copious nudity… what could possibly be next? How about dripping blood, Nazi references …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Jaeger

Jaeger creative director Stuart Stockdale proves that classic autumnal block colouring can look fantastically sophisticated and stylish. Shown on Saturday 19th February at Somerset House.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jaeger A/W 2011 by Madi.
Jaeger, I’m afraid, is one of those shows for which I lost the press release several weeks ago. That’s if there ever was one – but …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Ashley Isham

Celeb favourite Ashley Isham showed at the new On|Off venue to throngs of famous people, like, erm, Brendan Cole from Strictly Come Dancing. Nice frocks though. Illustrations by Jo Cheung, Sanna Dyker and Madi Illustrates!

Written by Naomi Law

Illustration by Sanna Dyker
On the evening of Friday 18th February, after a brief sprint via Freemasons Hall to collect my tickets, I arrived at Mercer Street Studios in Covent Garden …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Samantha Cole

Above and Beneath the Definitive Structure was all about black black black. And structure and shaping. But it was the figure hugging knitwear and velvets which won me over. Shown on Monday 21st February at Freemasons Hall.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Samantha Cole A/W 2011 by Avril Kelly.
I am not a big fan of all black outfits so a show entirely consisting of unrelenting black is unlikely to be a winner …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Olivia Rubin

A fabulous line-up of tan-tastic celebrities turned out to see Olivia Rubin's pretty prints at Jalouse in Hanover Square - with wonderful illustrations by Madi Illustrates, Maria Papadimitriou, Jaymie O'Callaghan, Lisa Stannard, Fritha Strickland and Michelle Urval Nyrén!

Written by Matt Bramford

Danielle Lloyd and Konnie Huq, illustrated by Lisa Stannard
Olivia Rubin’s show was to be held at Jalouse in Hanover Square – a place I’d hear of but never actually ventured …

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011, Catwalk Review: Bernard Chandran (by Helen)

Super bright colours, peplum mania and stunning feathers by the Malaysian designer; shown in Northumberland House on Sunday.

Written by Helen Martin

Bernard Chandran LFW A/W 2011, illustration by Emma Block
I’d call the day: ‘mizzley’. This is a term I robbed from the Cornish, as it so aptly describes the mix of …

Valentines Day: Last Minute Ideas

Over the weekend I discovered a plethora of further Valentines inspired loveliness... so I thought I'd do a final little last minute round up: featuring Biscuiteers, Phoebe Coleman and the RCA jewellery exhibition Something for the Weekend.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Valentines Biscuits by Biscuiteers. Illustration by Lucy Eldridge.
They’re adorable to look at, sweet to eat and best of all they’re NOT CUPCAKES – yes, I have finally discovered Biscuiteers. Boldly …