Caitlin Price

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Follow Caitlin on IG for updates on when her designs will be available in shops outside of the U.K.

Alex Rose for High Snobiety

alex-rose-01 alex-rose-02 alex-rose-03 alex-rose-04 alex-rose-05 alex-rose-06It’s no secret. We here at The Pack are diehard fans of tomboy streetwear. This editorial from High Snobiety starring up-and-coming London actress Alex Rose is yet another reason to love a woman in androgynous clothing. Wearing pieces by Supreme, A.P.C. and Samsøe & Samsøe, Rose pulls everything off with nonchalant elegance. Shouts out to Alex’s gorgeous brunette locks (I miss mine) and those perfect white kicks.

Photographer: Ansgar Sollman
Styling: Georgia Reeve & Ann Le Ny
Clothes: Palladium Boots, Prey of London, Samsøe & Samsøe, Gloverall, Aigle, Daily Paper, Supreme, A.P.C., & Edge O’ Beyond

2014 British Fashion Council Awards

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Erdem SS15; Marques’Almeida AW14

More than New York, more than Milan, and yes, even more than Paris, London is the global epicentre for bold, directional fashion design. No wonder our most exciting homegrown talents keep ditching Canada for these far more adventurous shores. Some of my most beloved designers in the past few years have paid their dues in London, which is also home to one of the most influential fashion institutions in the world. Even their bloggers are cooler than ours.

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And so it was with great excitement that I perused this year’s winners of the British Fashion Awards, presented at Central Saint Martins and by the British Fashion Council today. Canada has a lot to learn from the British government in the process of cultivating a vibrant and economically viable local fashion industry. After all, the biggest winner of the night was Montreal native and Ryerson grad, Erdem (Moralioğlu), who was named Womenswear Designer of the year. The British fashion industry must be doing something right to not only attract a designer of this calibre, but to also help him grow the international brand that Erdem is today.

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The Pack’s favourite Marques’Almeida won the award for Emerging Womenswear Designer of the year. It seemed like everybody and their grandmother was wearing the brand’s trademark distressed denim this year, so there was no doubt in my mind that they’d win by a landslide. Well deserved! ❤

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Simone Rocha was named the winner of the New Establishment Designer award, which is given to “a British womenswear or menswear designer that is taking the global industry by storm”. I’d say that’s pretty accurate. You can read our coverage of the designer’s stunning SS15 collection here.

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Named British Designer Brand of the year, Victoria Beckham’s success and contribution to the British fashion industry is indisputable (albeit pretty surprising). Although her clothes aren’t the most innovative, they’re always expensive-looking and very wearable.

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No surprise here. J.W. Anderson is one of the world’s most forward-thinking ready-to-wear designers, in both womenswear and menswear, so it was nice to see him get recognized for his contributions to British menswear design.

You can peep the full list of nominees and winners here. For photos of guests and select red carpet looks, click after the jump!

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Tessa Edwards

“It seems everyone is saying ‘FYI I’m well dressed and on trend, like a celeb, desirable’.  I think that’s boring as fuck.”TE2
After becoming acquainted with the work of Tessa Edwards through the excellent 1 Granary magazine, I think the designer’s above quote might best translate her creative mantra. Edwards’ treatise on the collapsing state of the consumerist fashion industry sets the context upon which her collections are based. She focuses on breaking down the inflated hollowness of our consumerist selves by creating pieces which serve to enrich one’s true identify; leaving space for a woman to communicate who they really are and what they are really interested in. Each of her designs feature three interchangeable parts: a foundation piece from her ‘Genesis’ line paired with components from her ‘Nexus’ and ‘Astral’ lines. The complexity and interchangeability of her designs serve to elevate her pieces beyond trend-led fashion as she wishes to free women from what she terms the “suffocating grasp of the fast image industry.” Edwards’ work is defiant, political, and rife with mystique. Visit her website (note: music plays automatically, which is usually grrrrr, but here it’s quite good) and read her interview in 1 Granary to creep even further into her creative process.TE1  TE3 TE4.   

Central Saint Martins BA’14

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Central Saint Martins‘ BA fashion graduate collections are ground zero for uninhibited designs and ones-to-watch hype. The range of talent showcased by the 40 graduates in this year’s S/S 2015 presentations lives up to its notoriety with designs by Richard Quinn, Fiona O’Neill, and Harry Evans standing out in particular. Make sure to check out the full roster of designers in addition to our small sampling of favorites here from Hyon Park, Olga Kuryschuk, and Eleanor McDonald – names you’ll no doubt be hearing much more about in the future.

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(all photos via UK Vogue)

LVMH Prize for Young Designers

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Since first announcing their Prize for Young Designers in November of last year, luxury mega conglomerate LVMH has been narrowing down competitors in the highly publicized lead up to their final decision this May 2014. From an original pool of 1,200 applicants, first 30 semifinalists and now 12 finalists have been chosen. The competition pits young under-40 designers who have at least two ready-to-wear collections under their belts against each other for the chance to win the approval of a jury comprised of the Creative Directors of eight of LVHM’s fashion houses and its corporate executives (read: a pretty tough crowd). The winner also gets 300,000 euros and a year of mentorship under the gilded wings of the LVMH empire. The benefits flow both ways, though, as the prize is an undoubtedly philanthropic way for LVMH to discover and lay claim to the best and brightest up-and-coming designer talent. Unlike other fashion prizes, LVMH’s contest was held online and was open to applicants from around the world. After the 30 semifinalists presented their lines to jurists like Raf Simmons and  Nicolas Ghesquière and fashion-minded celebrities like Kanye West during Paris Fashion Week, only 12 finalists remain. With a few of The Pack’s fav designers up for the prize (Hood By Air ; Jacquemus; Simone Rocha) it’s hard to pick sides, but check out our listing and place your bets…

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LFW Trend Watch: Red & Pink

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L-R: Emilio de la Morena; House of Holland; Emilio de la Morena; House of Holland

London fashion week was having a major post-Valentine come down with the wave of saccharine red & pink looks that pulsed through its runways. Using velvets and a bit of patent, Emilo de la Morena‘s take was especially successful. The colour scheme was punchy at House of Holland, grown up at Issa and Jonathan Saunders, and luxurious in trendy patchworked furs at Topshop Unique. Ashley Williams‘ take for Fashion East looked defiantly teenage with baggy red leather pants and a pink contrast ringer t.

I am a bit afraid of how this trend will be diffused onto the fast fashion racks. Like reduced price Valentine’s Day chocolate, it’s probably best consumed in moderation.

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LFW Trend Watch: Vinyl

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L-R: Christopher Kane; Fyodor Golan; Christopher Kane

Every fashion week has seen strong vinyl looks this season, but none have been quite as expertly sleazy as London’s. Christopher Kane dominated with the majority of his matte nylon dresses contrasting subtly with ruched and baggy PVC overcoats. Disheveled models in slick vinyl skirt suits sauntered down a runway perfectly located in a deserted London office building. The cavernous space provided a sterile backdrop for beyond 9-5 dressing. At Fyodor Golan, the scene was decidedly after-hours, where severe head-to-toe vinyl outfits shone holographic in the spotlights. Set atop plush pink astroturf the carnal stylings juxtaposed a sense of pleasure and pain. In contrast, the a-line vinyl pieces at Erdem and the midi PVC circle skirts at Emilio de la Morena look as if they were made for the madam.

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Marques’Almeida

MA-3 Fashion weeks make it easy to be bored of nostalgia. The canonical references to clichéd 20th century fashion eras get recycled every season and with such frequency that it’s become a parading yawnfest of predictable tropes. We see bouffant blowouts and school girl French New Wave references at least a dozen times every fashion week. 40s film noir mystique, 80s materialistic glamour, drag racers and circle skirt rockabilly looks, 70s bohemia, and the overkill of 1990s’ nihilism. While the pace of recycling fashion decades accelerates, the race to storify the aesthetic of the early 2000s presents a new narrative project for designers. And it’s beginning to trend in a big way thanks to young Gen Y/Millennial fashion visionaries who grew up listening to Country Grammar and wearing bandana bandeau tops and baggy flares.

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