I’m on the lookout for a new shoulder bag and they don’t come much prettier than this red leopard print ponyskin creation by Valentino. Featuring gold pyramid studding and a platinum finish chain strap, you certainly get your moneysworth from The Lock’s hefty pricetag. At £1465 it’s not cheap but it is beautiful. Amazing!

Valentino The Lock Bag, £1465, Matches Fashion

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Kim Sears in the now sold out mint lace Victoria Victoria Beckham dress
Yes I am jumping on that glossy-maned bandwagon. How could I not?
Kim Sears, the honey-haired artist girlfriend of Wimbledon winner Andy Murray is fashion’s latest crush and it’s not exactly hard to see why. Parading a series of high street hits (Ted Baker, Zara, Whistles) and covetable designer labels (Victoria Victoria Beckham, Mulberry, Burberry) around SW19, this Sloaney pony is one formidable clothes horse.
Of course I’m sure she’s a lovely, supportive girlfriend and talented artist but it’s inevitable that the interest will be all about that hair and that wardrobe. Embrace it, Kim, if only because you know you’re doing Kate Middleton a favour by distracting the paparazzi from stalking her for a day.
So in honour of Ms Sears, here’s some Wimbledon-worthy fashion finds, including some in stock mint lace dresses, with more than a nod to Kim’s Victoria Victoria Beckham dress.
Dolce & Gabbana mint lace dress, £625, Flannels

Jane Norman mint lace dress, £35, House of Fraser
Yumi mint shift dress, £30, House of Fraser

And don’t forget the finishing touch, a Mulberry Willow tote bag:

Mulberry Willow leather tote, £1500, Net A Porter

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Since the sun is (finally!) shining it’s time to keep our peepers pretty with some summer sunglasses.

I’m a massive sunglasses shopper, picking up multiple pairs every time I visit Portobello Road or Camden market. But as much as I love sunglasses, and wear them all year round because winter sun is the worst, I can never justify spending a great amount on them.

I am the girl that breaks/loses/sits on her sunglasses so often that I’d need to take out an insurance policy if I spent any more than £20 on a pair.

Yet the allure of designer sunglasses remains strong. Every year I have at least one Ray Ban style ripoff in my sunglasses collection but this year I might go for something slightly different as inspiration.

Cat eye sunglasses are probably my favourite style at the moment, perhaps due to my current Mad Men obsession. I just love these electric blue glitter ones by Miu Miu. Kitsch and retro, just what I’m feeling right now.

Plus they come in this plush antique rose velvet hard case – surely I couldn’t smash them when they come with this level of protection?!

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The Scottish Fashion Awards has been gaining momentum over the past eight years, with regular sponsorship from Vogue.com and a judging panel that reads like a who’s who of the fashion industry.

In a move designed to raise the profile of the awards further, this year’s awards ceremony will take place in Dover House, London.

I’ve attended the event a couple of times and have always been generally positive about the awards, though as with anything, there have been things I thought could be improved.

Last year’s venue, the Clyde Auditorium, was probably my favourite in terms of accessibility and staging but the overpriced tickets for the general public did leave a lot of empty seats, something I commented on at the time. If I remember correctly it was £35 a ticket just for entry to the venue – no goody bag for the non-vips. It was the first time that the event had been opened up to the masses, as it were, but I think the lack of support for this came from the price of the tickets more than lack of interest in the event itself.

Interesting then that year’s event has not only moved to London but is invitation only.

Yes, I’m sure that will raise the profile of the awards since it’s on the doorstep of the established fashion press, who will no doubt be able to attend this year’s black tie event.

But what about the Scottish-based fashion press, bloggers and students that have supported and covered the event over the years? Are we going to be invited to this year’s event or will there be a sudden lack of press releases and photo calls landing in our inboxes since we’re no longer as valuable to the event as we once were?

While I’m not claiming to be as important to the success of the events as a fashion editor from Vogue, I do think this move threatens to alienate the very people that the awards are supposed to inspire.

An awards ceremony for Scottish fashion talent held in Scotland is one thing, but once it moves outside of Scotland to London? Doesn’t it just prove that old adage that you need to move out of Scotland to become successful in the industry? If we don’t believe that we’re good enough to have the world’s fashion elite visit us in our own country then why should they believe we’re worth paying attention to at all?

“To showcase the nation’s top talent in the UK’s fashion capital London in 2013, will allow an even wider audience to become acquainted with what we have to offer as ‘Fashion Scotland’ and enable the talent to network with the UK’s top industry players, fashion editors and buyers. London is after all the UK’s fashion capital, it’s where the top talent converses, exchange ideas, learn, grow and do business.” Scottish Fashion Awards founder Tessa Hartmann

I’m merely asking the question, of course. I can understand to an extent why it’s come about, especially if there has indeed been a lack of funding support for the event this year, as stated by Tessa in today’s Sunday Herald.

But I do wonder what will happen to the future of the event if its move to London is a permanent one. What will set it apart from every other fashion awards show held in the UK’s capital?

Anyway, we’ll see how this year’s event pans out on Wednesday 9th October when the ceremony takes place in the magnificent Georgian mansion that is Dover House.

This year’s judging panel is, as always, packed full of fashion’s big-hitters:

  • Stella Tennant – Model (Hall of Fame recipient 2012)
  • Rankin – Photographer (Hall of Fame recipient 2011)
  • Colin McDowell MBE – Journalist and Author (Fashion Ambassador 2012)
  • Caroline Rush – CEO British Fashion Council
  • Dolly Jones – Editor Vogue.com
  • Paula Reed – Fashion Director, Harvey Nichols
  • Claudia Croft – Deputy Editor and Head of Fashion at The Sunday Times Style
  • Sara Maino – Senior Editor and head of new talent, Vogue Italia
  • Sarah Bailey – Editor in Chief, Red Magazine
  • Hilary Alexander – Freelance writer / Stylist / Fashion Consultant for M&S
  • Maurice Mullen – Head of Fashion & Luxury Goods, London Evening Standard
  • Brigitte Stepputtis – Head of couture Vivienne Westwood
  • Lauretta Roberts – Founder & Director WGSN Global Fashion Awards
  • Hannah White – Publisher Fashion Monitor
  • Professor Wendy Dagworthy – Dean of School Fashion Menswear & Fashion Womenswear Royal College of Art
  • Robb Young – Fashion Journalist and Strategic Consultant
  • Amanda Eliasch – Fashion Editor, Genlux Magazine, California
  • Dr. Tessa Hartmann – Founder, Scottish Fashion Awards

And the nominees are always worthy:

Scottish Designer of the Year

  • Christopher Kane
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Holly Fulton
  • Louise Gray

Scottish Creative Excellence Award

  • Common People
  • Pam Hogg
  • Liz Black
  • Brian Rennie – Basler

Scottish Young Designer of the Year

  • Obscure Couture
  • Saunt and Sinner
  • Jacob Birge
  • Deetz
  • Jennifer Morris
  • Rebecca Torres
  • Iona Crawford

International Designer of the Year (For best use of a Scottish fabric or Scottish inspired collection)

  • Chanel
  • Moschino
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Lou Dalton
  • Moncler Gamme Bleu

Scottish Retailer of the Year

  • Tom Morris
  • Schuh
  • Bonnie Baby
  • Number Eight
  • The Pokey Hat
  • Ness

Scottish Model of the Year

  • Oliver Greenall – Models 1
  • Mary Chateris – Premier Model Management
  • Morvern Macsween – Premier Model Management
  • Helena McKelvie – TESS Management/The Model Team
  • Terri McGlone – Storm Model Management

Scottish Graduate of the Year

  • Natalie Adamson-Wain – Royal College of Art
  • Kirsty Elizabeth McLennan – Herriot Watt
  • Matt Russell – Grays School of Art
  • Samantha Hair – Grays School of Art
  • Lauren Jones – Herriot Watt
  • Matthew Houston – Herriot Watt
  • Lauren Jayne Nevin – Edinburgh College of Art
  • Jennifer Rowand – Grays School of Art
  • Lauren Smith – Edinburgh College of Art

Scottish Communicator of the Year

  • Wendy Gilmour – Thankfifi blogger
  • Lynne McCrossen – Style Columnist & Fashion Writer at Edinburgh Evening News
  • Nick Ede – PR guru
  • Laura Craik – Fashion Editor, The Times
  • Penny Martin – Editor-in-Chief, The Gentlewoman
  • Kay Barron – Fashion Features Director at Net-a-Porter and Highlander
  • Kelly Lundberg – Founder & Stylist, Stylemedivine.com

Scottish Textile Brand / Textile Designer of the Year

  • Alice Palmer
  • Dhu
  • Brora
  • Eribe
  • ESK
  • Rosie Sudgen

Scottish Accessory / Jewellery Designer of the Year

  • Jenivieve Berlin
  • Catherine Zoraida
  • Kennett Watches
  • Georgia Wiseman
  • House of Halos
  • Jane Gowans
  • Govan Originals
  • Finlay & Co
That’s my thoughts on the event… for now. Would love to know what the opinion is of other Scottish fashion designers/bloggers/creatives/fans – after all, these are supposed to be your awards…
For further information on this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards, visit http://www.scottishfashionawards.com 
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Metamorphosis  noun  mɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs 
change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the taster show for the Cardonald College Fashion and Textiles Show 2013, entitled Metamorphosis. Held in Kelvingrove Art Gallery, this year’s show had a particular significance for the students and staff since it will be the last before the college merges with Anniesland and Langside to form the new Glasgow Clyde College in August.

Given the college’s reputation for nurturing Scottish fashion talent in the early stages of their career, this end of year show is always one to look out for. With former students including Louise Gray, Rebecca Torres and Christopher Kane’s sister Tammy, Cardonald is certainly proving to be a successful starting point for aspiring Scottish fashion designers.

View from the end of the runway with the scenic backdrop of Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Keeping with the metamorphosis theme, there were plenty of oversized silhouettes and cocoon-like pieces in a variety of textures, prints and colours.

A 3D design from HND Jewellery students

This year collections included bridal wear, ‘Global Decoration’ (a themed collection specially designed for global fashion company, Innocent Clothing), and period costumes created as part of a collaborative project between Cardonald College Glasgow and Pollok House.

Hair by renowned Glasgow hairdresser Alan Edwards, a sponsor of this year’s show

This was a polished and professional show, full of directional and commercial pieces, so the students and staff should be very proud! Looking forward to seeing more of the same in the future from the class of 2013.

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Nothing excites the fashion world (or me) more than a comeback and this one is definitely worth the wait. Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier pairing up at Marc by Marc Jacobs may just be my dream designer team!

I love Luella Bartley, both as a fashion writer and designer, and think her presence on the catwalk at London Fashion Week is sorely missed.

Image: Style.com

I mourned the day her eponymous label went bust. I still wear my Luella-like floral tea dress (albeit by New Look, RRP £14.99) religiously at least once a week in tribute to the spring/summer 2009 show, one of the best ever in my opinion.

And in spite of negative commentary from the Daily Mail’s ever-righteous Liz Jones, I don’t think Luella’s designs were ever unwearable. Unaffordable, maybe. But there was rarely a Luella collection I didn’t have in mind when I went high street shopping for more affordable versions.

Daddy, I Want A Pony may just be my favourite collection name of all time. Quickly followed by Daddy, Who Are The Clash?

The inventor of the It Bag, Katie Hillier, needs no introduction. But as the new creative director of Marc by Marc Jacobs, good things are practically guaranteed. I can hardly wait for their first collection, which is likely to be autumn/winter 2014-15 (according to Vogue UK).

Here’s a few looks back at what makes this an exciting fashion prospect…

Luella Gisele bag

“Pink is the only true rock and roll colour” Luella Bartley

Luella Penelope ribbon dress

Luella Beatrice dress

Luella Agnes patent bag

  

“They’re the kind of clothes you can get drunk and fall over in” Luella Bartley

Luella Florence boucle jacket

Luella oval retro sunglasses

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It’s early days as far as fashion goes but I’m loving Saint Laurent, minus the Yves. With Hedi Slimane in full-on indie makeover mode, the brand’s direction is music to my rockstar-loving ears.

The recent collections feature Hedi’s trademark skinny, grunge-infused silhouettes and there’s a gritty glamour about the brand’s revival that appeals to me now, whereas I probably wouldn’t have bothered looking at the catwalk shows a few years back if I’m being honest.

 
 

I’m a massive fan of Hedi Slimane’s Rock Diary blog and subsequent book, where the designer documented indie icons such as Courtney Love, Pete Doherty (a frequent Slimane muse) and Amy Winehouse in photograph.

Hedi knows how to capture a moment and so we shouldn’t be surprised that he’s managed to do so in the latest Saint Laurent campaign. Model of the moment Cara Delevingne meets decade of the moment, the ’90s, in a tale of excess grunge.

 

The film and campaign shots certainly do more than nod to the heroin chic vibe of many of his muses and of course the early ’90s anti-glamour look that’s crept back into the fashion consciousness of late. It’s easy to see why Kate Moss was reportedly overheard saying she “wanted everything” from the collection.

And also understandable why everyone seems to either love or hate this new Saint Laurent vibe – if you don’t like the ’90s and you don’t do grunge, then this is just a rehash of Kurt Cobain’s wardrobe circa 1992.

Cara looks elegantly wasted in the shots and I’m torn between thinking she’s in a heroin-filled love shack on a deserted island or she’s actually in a remote rehab centre where her only friend is a cute recovering addict indie boy. Either way, it looks divine.

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