Chai & Cake and Jewellery

I saw two quintessential Indian pastimes, chai & cake unite in celebration for the UK Indian year of culture. Amrapali’s London boutique provided the setting, highly renowned baker Fiona Cairns welcomed guests with mouth-watering homemade cakes and dulcet tones of the traditional sitar and tabla instruments provided an authentic ambiance.

Amrapali’s new high jewelry collection was showcased amongst the delicious creations of Fiona Cairns, who is recognized for producing cakes for the British royal family.

 

Tarang Aror, a Fiona Cairns Cem Kaplan, Warren Menezes, Georgina Haszlakiewicz, Sue Commins, Tara Patel

The Original Muck Boot Company partners with The Royal Horticultural Society

Press Release

Premium boot brand, The Original Muck Boot Company is extremely proud to once again be the only gardening footwear endorsed by The Royal Horticultural Society. The Tremont gardening boot is the perfect addition to your wardrobe to celebrate the best of gardening. The renowned style features a selection of beautiful botanical prints from the RHS Lindley Library; the delicate designs with hues of pastels are perfect for adding a splash of color to your summer wardrobe.



The Tremont has established itself as the go-to boot for many an avid gardener. The high-technology boot features 4mm neoprene with breathable PK mesh lining to keep your feet cool on warmer days. The lightweight, shock-absorbing footbed uses a dual density EVA insole with gel cushion insert for ultimate comfort. Sized specifically for women, the Tremont moulds perfectly around the natural shape of the foot to provide a flattering, feminine fit.

While the body of the boot is navy in colour, the slim profile Tremont is beautifully decorated with a selection of three fantastic designs. The Rose, Passiflora and Peas/Bean designs are both classical and fun, sure to be the boot of choice for gardening lovers everywhere. The casual boot promises all-day comfort for women of all ages and is available in EU sizes 36-43.

Stylish, fun and practical, inject a little character into your gardening attire with the Tremont

PURE MAN offers a host of new brands

Press release: July 2017

And Lethal Bizzle Meet & Greet to launch ‘Stay Dench’

 

Now into its fourth edition, Pure Man is growing rapidly and attracting more and more buyers expanding into menswear fashion. Menswear indies and those looking to introduce a fresh menswear offering to their stores for 2018 will be able to source the latest in men’s apparel, footwear, and accessories from heritage new and emerging brands, with cross-over buyers benefiting from the show’s prime location alongside Pure womenswear.

Grime hall of fame-r Lethal Bizzle will be unveiling his new product, a men’s aftershave entitled “Stay Dench”, right off of the back of his latest EP release, “You Will Never Make A Million From Grime“. Bizzle has big plans for this fragrance as part of his lifestyle range and will make an appearance and hold a Meet & Greet for buyers on Sunday 23rd July between 12-3pm on the Platinum Brands stand N51. Finding inspiration from street wear, his Stay Dench label has garnered a celebrity following that includes footballers Ian Wright, Djibril Cisse and Jack Wilshere as well as rapper Chip (formerly Chipmunk), radio presenter Greg James and the label’s namesake, Dame Judi Dench herself.

Also making appearances and taking to the Spirit Stage on Tuesday 25th July are leading influencers Rowan Row, Ben Heath, Jamie Cullen and Paul McGregor – they will be discussing working with Influencers.

Pure Man will see the new premium ‘Concept’ area housing niche brands in a pop-up environment, most of which will be exhibiting for the first time. Among the line-up is Laaza Academy and Ivywake, a British organic clothing company offering casual and city sustainable style.

Joining the Pure Man line-up for the first time is a host of new brands to whet your appetite for some serious discovery this July. Immerse yourself in new designs, innovative prints, sharp tailoring and scintillating concept collections. Laboratori Italiani is an international menswear brand taking influence from Neapolitan tailoring and traditional British elegance. Poetica Jeans offers clever design and premium materials married with innovative tailoring and current trends. British based TriXta Designs will show it’s tribal art-led t-shirt designs, while urban lifestyle label Robot Brands launches it’s first men’s apparel collection exploring the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.

For fashion-forward tailoring, statement pieces and distinctive detailing take a look at EXE, while Robert & Son Beachwear is an exciting new board short brand championing clever prints and sun-soaked colours. Barror London is a menswear brand based in London, dedicated to great style, amazing fits and superb quality. Other new brands in the mix include LIAR London and Weekend a La Mer.

Returning will be Pure Man Emerging Brands, showcasing new and up-and-coming menswear designers including Studio Mulder and new British brand Bowtees who aim to create a new bow tie generation. Stemming from a life-long adoration of distinctively dapper bow ties, but with a frustration of always having to be in a sartorial shirt…the idea of combining urban-inspired t-shirts with bow tie detail was born. Also showing is House of Cenmar, a London-based Saudi designer, offering a multi-faceted art and fashion concept blurring the lines between street style and haute couture and inspired by ancient Arabic architecture and sweeping global cityscapes.




The wider Pure Man offer will range from clean-cut tailoring to edgy contemporary pieces and cool casual and lifestyle wear. Since 1963, Henri Lloyd has pushed the boundaries of style and technical innovation establishing itself over the last five decades with a global reputation for designing and producing quality premium sailing and lifestyle clothing. Other brands include Gianni Lupo, Street Noir, Dedicated Brand, Michael Linnell, Garzini, and SLYDES, with fashion-forward footwear and seasonal accessories offering retailers the perfect add-ons for SS18.

Adam Gough, Head of Menswear commented:  “I’m really excited to see the diversity of brands showcasing in Pure Man for SS18. We have designers from over all over the world showcasing their latest offering, bringing together a great mix of different styles and trends. We have plenty of Pure Man exclusives that I’m sure will excite the buyers looking for something fresh.”

 To find out more information on the SS18 event, visit www.purelondon.com. The next edition will take place from 23rd – 25th July at London Olympia, welcoming over 800 brands across womenswear, menswear, young fashion, athleisure, footwear and accessories.




For further information, images, or if you would like to meet Lethal Bizzle, play Fifa with him and receive a personalised bottle of his new aftershave Stay Dench contact:

Philippa Suitters at Good Results PR:

[email protected] or call 0203 397 5180 / 07866 362980

  

The Restory: Restoring, Preserving and Refashioning Handbags

If you were to ask a woman about her favourite things to buy there’s a very good chance the answer will be handbags and shoes, particularly gorgeous, designer bags. An iconic handbag, be it Fendi’s Baguette or the Kelly from Hermes, has become a serious object of desire not just for celebrities but for working women from all walks of life. For a woman, a handbag is an expression of who they are, it is both functional and symbolic, as well as a demonstration of their personal style.

Handbags come in all shapes and sizes and are expected to perform a whole range of functions, from the glamorous evening clutch to the roomy and practical tote. Made from a dizzying array of leathers, skins, canvas or fabric accompanied by an eye-popping price tag, it is crucial to take care of your bags so that not only do you protect your investment but you can enjoy them for as long as possible.

There’s nothing quite like showing off your beautiful new piece of arm candy, but before dashing out it’s important to protect it from spills and the elements. Do your homework and choose a protector spray carefully as different leathers, fabrics or skins require different approaches. For instance, the lambskin Chanel 2.55 requires a different type of protection compared with the suede Longchamp La Pliage. Also, try to avoid a heavy silicone based spray as this can cause long term damage and hinder future restoration efforts.

Store your bags with care, place them in their original dust bag with some packets of silica gel and stuff them with tissue paper to help maintain their shape. Avoid using newspaper as you don’t want ink smears all over the lining. Air your bag every couple of weeks to stop the growth of mould.

Keep your bag clean by removing any build-up of dirt, wipe down with a cleaner that is specific to the leather, fabric or skin in question. Louis Vuitton uses both Epi and Vachetta leather in their fabulous bags and as Epi leather is much more durable than the untreated Vachetta, appropriate products need to be used. Regular conditioning is a great idea, a bit like moisturiser for your leather, and it will help prevent cracking and flaking.

To try and minimise stains on the lining keep your make up in a bag and hopefully your bright red lipstick won’t redecorate the interior of your beloved Hermes Birkin. Another tip is to let water spills dry naturally, so keep away from the hairdryer as you run the risk of causing further damage that is beyond restoration. Never overload your bag and therefore over stress the handles or straps and prevent colour transfer by resisting the urge to rest your bag on your jeans.

Should you need some help maintaining the leather on your Givenchy Antigone or the unthinkable has happened and your beloved everyday suede bag is a victim of the British weather. First reach for the kitchen paper and blot up as much rain as you can and then reach for your phone! Head straight to Vogue Magazine’s go-to handbag and shoe restoration service The Restory. You are putting yourself, as well as your shoes/handbags, in the hands of a team of skilled craftspeople who have decades of experience and artistic talent. An utterly charming consultant will meet with you at your convenience to discuss your needs and then the item requiring attention is whisked away to their Atelier where dedicated artisans will get to work.

The Restory offers a huge range of services to revive, restore or even reimagine your favourites. Conditioning, cleaning and colour touch ups, replacement of missing or damaged hardware or stained linings and the reinforcement of stretched straps are just some of the magic they can work on precious bags. In addition to this, if you feel your favourite bag is simply not in fashion any more, the colour has faded or jars with your latest outfit, then The Restory can advise, consult and collaborate on changing the look, colour or tone. They can then be refashioned in keeping with the latest trends, updated to fit with your latest style or repurposed to keep them fresh for you to appreciate anew.





With their ethos of revive, repair and reimagine, The Restory are leading the way when it comes to sustainable, circular fashion. Their underlying philosophy is to care for and maintain quality purchases, preserving their value, associated memories and heritage. Your superbly designed luxury items should exist for more than just a few seasons or even just a few outings. The Restory’s skills and experience ensure that investment pieces and beloved items are kept fit for purpose, improved and enhanced according to your needs.

Once your bag has been restored, revived or reimagined, the item is beautifully packaged up with tissue, dust bags and returned to you, within 72 hours, at a time and place of your choosing. Getting your treasured bag back, now immaculately renewed, is a fabulous feeling and reminds you just why you fell in love with it in the first place.

www.the-restory.com

 

The Restory is the brainchild of Vanessa Jacobs who started the service after a simple repair on her favourite boots went wrong. The Restory offers repair, restoration and refashioning of boots, shoes and handbags by highly skilled craftsmen, via the convenience of the internet but all the while maintaining a highly personal touch.

LIVE FASHION 13 PRESS PACK

BACKGROUND for Fashion Series Background:

Instagram @johnhughesphotos

My name is Dan Harley & I run a fashion series called ‘Live Fashion’, conceived in Milan (while shooting fashion week) in 2012 waiting in a street with hundreds of people trying to get into the ‘Fendi ft Karl Lagerfeld’ show – it was a great show but there was so much great energy left outside on the streets with everybody (most people) who didn’t get into the show – i thought then that social media would eventually have the power to change the traditional fashion week runway experience to make things a lot more interactive & immediate so i started the series – so far I’ve produced a show in Paris & 12 shows over various locations around London

MOTIVATION for Aids Awareness Show:

We staged our 13th Show (link attached below) during Men’s Fashion Week last Saturday (10th June) catwalking around the streets of Soho.

It was an Aids Awareness show, inspired after i thought i’d been exposed to HIV earlier in the year & the relief on getting a clear diagnosis – having had a glimpse into the prospect of what a life of antiretroviral drugs & stigma might look like

Instagram @johnhughesphotos

We used the ‘O+’ collection of an HIV+ designer called Jacob Alexander who started an app called The Positive Project following the stigma he experienced after being diagnosed in 2015 & went on to do a TED talk last year

Award winning Soho sexual health & HIV clinic 56 Dean St, supplied free condoms for us to give out during the show & the team from Youth Stop Aids joined us on the day with a banner & leaflets for their mission to end Aids by 2030

We also had Kala Kala driving us slowly along Old Compton St & up Dean St to Soho Square Gardens in his multicolored Kala mobile as well as body painters Mimmi Harding & Lucy Close painting audience members throughout the day

MEDIA LINKS – YouTube link to last show, Instagram Page & Images from last show :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO9dJC1reVo

Next show will be in September…

Luxury eyewear brand founded by London optometrists

Chakshu: the professional-led eyewear brand. Simplifying the way you buy glasses.

Chakshu, a new eyewear brand is launching today. Chakshu glasses have all been thoughtfully designed by its co-founders in London; and handcrafted in Italy using premium Italian acetate.

As a clinically led brand, the ethos behind it is to bring simplicity to buying glasses, to provide luxury eye wear at an affordable price and to give the best as standard.

Prescription glasses are priced simply and start from £125 – this includes single vision lenses with all the extras! Anti-glare, scratch resistance, UV protection, and thinner and lighter lenses – all for one price.

Cornea, Red Canyon Matte frame by Chakshu.

Cornea, Red Canyon Matte frame by Chakshu.

Customers are able to try the glasses on before purchasing them, by making use of the free home-trial service they offer.

Chakshu was created by four optometrists in 2016. The co-founders have worked in a variety of different optometric settings from smaller independent stores to larger retail chains. Combined they have over 30 years of optical experience between them.

Their vision for the brand is to #ProvideSightCreateVision. The co-founders said “Chakshu is a Sanskrit word for vision. Our vision is to be able to give everyone the right to sight. That’s why with each pair of glasses sold a percentage of the profits will help our chosen charity- Vision Care for Homeless people.”

Visit www.chakshu.co.uk

Back to Black with Antony Morato

Back to Black with Antony Morato

Time to celebrate the BLACK HYPE taking over the fashion industry.
Antony Morato
The exhibition resonates with the black tones of an alchemist of haute couture : variations of black repeated in over a hundred of pieces.

Forever as i am

Emanuel Zainea’s photoshoot

FLORENCE, MILAN, PARIS, NEW YORK……. Duccio Venturi Bottier enchants with his colored rainbow

By Gabriella Chiarappa

Fantastic Fashion in Florence, Milan, New York, Paris…….is like wonderful containers from which come out, like from the cylinder of a magician, the more real and more new talents, like the shoes by a real artist of made in Italy: Duccio Venturi Bottier.

Research, craftsmanship, excellence.. is in the creativity that Duccio Venturi has always believed and searched; born into a family of shoe entrepreneurs after a path of intense collaborations with the Italian and foreign most famous fashion houses and haute couture as Cadette, Franco Moschino, ThierryMugler and Sergio Rossi, he creates its own brand, Duccio Venturi Bottier, joining in a synergistic union with his daughter Aliai.

Duccio Venturi Bottierhasperfectlyunderstoodthatif the dress can be low cost, or less showy, are shoes the true fashion accessory, the woman who regains her femininity, “back on heels” and reappears as the object of desire that since the Middle Ageshasalwaysbeen.

Without the emotion, no lives the garment, no trend isreal, desirable, glamorous, contagious … and so the Duccio Venturi shoes, made by Italian artisans, “masters” in the construction of the shoes, heels, uppers, leather, all of very high quality, for a woman who follows the fashion evolution.

Duccio enters in the fashion victims’ world with his feline step and bold, continuing to seek out the new and the beautiful, emphasizing details that make immediately trend making the brand an icon: a catwalk of shoes by the unexpectedly vibrant and bon ton colors.



The beauty, the femininity, the seduction are exasperated by the lively colors, a fashion that becomes indispensable for any woman who does not give up to show off, with vanity, the shoes signed Duccio Venturi Bottier!

Photo: Edoardo Tranchese

www.duccioventuri.com

Madeira Fashion Weekend with CR7 – Cristiano Ronaldo brand and Art in Fusion TV

Art in Fusion TV – Rebeca Riofrio & Elvijs Plugis travelled to the beautiful island of Madeira as media partners for the MADEIRA FASHION WEEKEND event organised by dancers Francis & Yvonne Cardoso together with Minister of Tourism and Culture of Madeira Island.
MFW had 12 designers from around the world that showcased their collections in an event held at the Pestana Casino , among the designers we also had the sister of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo representing their brand CR7 – Elma Aveiro and other designers like Rita Pessanha, Mani Kohli of Khubsoorat , Fatima Dudhia – TouchWood, Hugo Santos, Nupcias by Michelle, Atelier Dumebi, Cristine Martins, Joana Mendonça, Ruben de Freitas, Margarida Miranda and Radha Singh from House of Radha.
The MFW show was preceded by ex Miss Portugal Licinia Macedo , special performances by group TWO SHOES , Dance Flavourz , singer Sofia Relva, celebrity Romilda Costa and the very own sister of Cristiano Ronaldo singer Katia Aveiro graced the platform with music , fashion and dance.
Alongside many beautiful international and local models they had few VIP models and guests coming from the UK like dancer & model Sarah Rich, world fitness model Ralitsa Dzhambazova, Ellie Elizur , Sophie F Roper, Monica Dias and Danish Wakeel to name a few. During the event our partner and friend Roger Castano from RCTD DIAMONDS presented a special gift to Cristiano Ronaldo sisters and also provided the diamond crown for the winner of Miss Madeira Fashion Weekend 2017.

The event after party was at the CR7 Hotel and was attended by sponsors, models and the high fashionable society of the island of Madeira.
The amiability and hospitality of places like Hotel Estalagem do Mar, Quinta do Lorde, Hotel Girasol, Hotel Melia, Golden Residence, Restaurant Do Forte and the delicious food at Confeitaria ; were their service are more than five stars standard –places that we personality recommend to visit and stay.
We met lovely people while we stayed in the Island of Madeira like Aimee Gomez MFW coordinator, Mr Alan Borges of Quality Business, Mark Norman official photographer, Eduardo from Madeira Digital, Paulo Laranjeira , Carla Rodriguez, Nyma Khan Pakistan in Vogue, Emily and Maya plus models and Ricardo Camacho – Jonny and Ivone Correia with transport, everyone was fabulous.
If you wish to be surrounded by gorgeous models beautiful weather and fabulous food this event should be in your calendar for next year .

 

For more information contact: www.madeirafashionweekend.com