Author: Karen Grace

London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Prophetik by Jeff Garner

Inspired by Princess Grace who was courted by the noble dandy gentleman, the collection was titled ‘Courtly Love’. Garner shows you can achieve luxurious glamour whilst using all sustainable material.  Strapless long evening gowns in a colour palette of black and white in peace silk brought simple sophistication. Worn with chunky ornate necklaces from Adorn especially designed for Prophetik. Short daytime dresses looked cute and innocent at the front with their spaghetti straps and full skirts, but the straps wrapped around the arms to leave the back totally bare: Hemp wool plaid was new to his collection to give...

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London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 – Pam Hogg

Pam Hogg’s jaw-dropping risqué catsuits purred down the catwalk… The show started quite innocently with a modern take of the sweet crinoline Bow-peep style dress and bonnet with bold geometric patterns. Then the catsuits came out to play – first in the same head-to-toe geometric patterns, then adding patches of stretch chiffon until finally the chiffon took over. Actress Jaime Winstone contrasted among the sleek catsuits as she modelled a knitted polo neck jumper and matching crinoline skirt. More info via Photographs: Brian O’Sullivan and Karen Grace.   MORE FROM LONDON FASHION WEEK AUTUMN/WINTER 2012:  Jena Theo Antoni...

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Royal Ascot 2011: Interview with Ilda di Vico

Whist at Royal Ascot 2011, Eclipse Magazine’s Fashion & Beauty Editor Karen Grace spied an eye-catching black and white hat only to find the wearer was self-taught milliner Ilda di Vico – who kindly agreed to a quick chat: Tell me about the outfit you are wearing today. “I started thinking of the design and began work on the hat months ago. “I bought some Chanel fabric from Joel and Son in London [England’s leading couture fabric store] and asked my local tailor to create a Dioresque suit. I then trimmed my hat with frayed pieces of the same...

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Royal Ascot 2011 – An Interview with Todd Lynn

One of the winners of the British Fashion Council’s 2011 Fashion Forward sponsorship, Canadian-born designer Todd Lynn showcased his razor sharp, androgynous rock-style tailored designs at Royal Ascot for the first time. Eclipse Magazine’s Fashion & Beauty Editor Karen Grace was on hand to grab him for a quick chat: Royal Ascot is different from your usual rock music environment. Why here? “I was given the opportunity to participate through BFC [British Fashion Council] and thought it would be a great way to show my designs to a broader age range. I believe that fashion consumerism has changed for...

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Royal Ascot 2011 Fashion Show – Vivienne Westwood

In 2011 hospitality guests at Royal Ascot were treated to a fashion show by Vivienne Westwood. Westwood created a series of gowns and Stephen Jones the hats, to celebrate the racecourse’s 300-year anniversary. Collectively named the Three Graces, each ensemble represents a different century – 19th, 20th and 21st. The first gown is in the style of the Victorian era and made from a select silk taffeta named Quality Viola. The word taffeta is Persian in origin and means ‘twisted woven’ and is a luxurious fabric often used for ball gowns. The fabric has 100 thread counts per square centimetre...

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