DOULARA MATERNITY LINGERIE

DOULARA MATERNITY LINGERIE

“There just isn’t a range out there that’s comfortable but still makes you still feel sexy!”

The demand for a range of sensual and elegant maternity lingerie first became evident to Doulara’s Creative Director Rebecca Neumark after eavesdropping on casual conversations between pregnant friends. Complaints like this, alongside a bland choice of colour palettes, unattractive straps and scant concern for the seductive details so familiar in high-end non-maternity designs demonstrated that the maternity lingerie market currently has very few major high-end competitors.

Further research revealed that many other pregnant women feel this way…59% of pregnant women surveyed felt dissatisfied with their current maternity garments, agreeing that there was a gap in the market for lingerie that felt both sexy and technically advanced. 65% of pregnant women confirmed that they would be interested in purchasing a luxury range that could combine the elegance of their pre-pregnancy lingerie with the supportive mastery of specialist maternity technology.

Doulara was born out of a clear desire communicated by real pregnant women to conserve and celebrate a little of the sensuality of their pre-pregnancy lives, despite their changing form. Crafted from luxuriously soft fabrics and technically-advanced design features and targeted at pregnant women aged 20 to 40, Doulara sets out to demonstrate how style and comfort can work in harmony, serving as both function and fashion whilst employing the use of a pioneering gel underwire technology not yet commonly utilised on the maternity market.

The central piece of the collection is the Day Bra. Built with an innovative gel underwire, its intelligent technology has been designed with a deep understanding of the pregnant female form, allowing the bra to grow and breathe with a rapidly developing size and shape of a pregnant woman. The complete range also includes specialist bras for nursing and nighttime (both also featuring the signature gel underwire) as well as a French knicker design, a classic cut bikini brief and a high waisted brief, which features hidden inner support for post-pregnancy/C-section comfort. A suspender belt completes the small but perfectly curated debut collection. All garments feature playful and unexpected details like cutout mesh panels and extra decorative straps.

The range is available for purchase online now at doulara.com,with price points starting at £25.

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK: 2018 TALENT OF TOMORROW CAMPAIGN   

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK: 2018 TALENT OF TOMORROW CAMPAIGN  

Now in its 27th  year, Graduate Fashion Week continues to bring the latest innovative and exciting emerging talent to the world’s attention, showcasing the fashion innovators of tomorrow with a four-day event in London on the 3rd – 6th June 2018.

Graduate Fashion Week is the largest platform in the world for new BA fashion talent, highlighting the freshest upcoming stars in design, creative direction, marketing, communication, photography, illustration and all aspects of the modern business of fashion. Helping bridge the gap between graduation and employment, the event offers students a unique chance to meet industry contacts, recruiters and brand’s face to face, giving them the opportunity to kick-start their careers within some of the world’s most globally successful brands.

To kick off this year’s campaign, esteemed stylist and photographer Damian Foxe sought out his favourite graduate designs from hundreds of final year entries to be shot at the home of Graduate Fashion Week, The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Inspired by old school fashion and portrait photography, Damian played with the power of natural light which, when properly harnessed, sculpts the human form and magnifies its natural beauty. Using traditional, manual techniques such as offcuts of fabric and found fragments of paper and glass, he was able to manipulate the light to blur the lines between solid physical reality and pure fantastical imagination, adding drama and atmosphere to the final imagery.

“I think it’s such a wonderful opportunity being able to showcase these real art pieces and it’s an honour to be a part of it.” – Coco König, Austrian actress

The graduates chosen to debut their work in the photoshoot this season embody diverse influences and unique styles, with some focusing heavily on sustainability, using ethical materials and recycled pieces to decrease their harm on the environment. Photographed designs include aspiring designers from British GFW member universities University of Central Lancashire, University of the Creative Arts Epsom, University of East London, De Montfort University and Manchester School of Art. Whilst the Universidad de Vigo, Spain, was the first international school to have a student selected for the shoot and included in the campaign.

“The work being produced for 2018 is of the highest calibre and the campaign is truly original and extraordinary, reflecting the talent on show at Graduate Fashion Week. We look forward to seeing the collections used in the campaign on the runway in June.” – Martyn Roberts Managing & Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week

Supported by the likes of Lifetime Patrons including Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham OBE, Vivienne Westwood DBE RBIand Nick Knight OBEof Show Studio, this year Graduate Fashion Week sees Diane Von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovskijoin the ranks as Lifetime Patrons. This news confirms the charity’s growing international reach and the crucial role it plays as a global hub inspiring the world’s top designers.

Additional Global Ambassadors support the messaging of the charity throughout the industry including; Julien Macdonald, Caryn Franklin MBE, Holly Fulton, Gareth Pugh and Henry Holland to name a few and 2018 also sees multiple new premium and high street sponsors such as Levi’s, Superdryand Ralph Lauren join to support the charities goals within the industry.

With 25 catwalk shows including the University Group Show- GFW Collective, this year also sees the expansion of Graduate Fashion Week’s international Fashion Award show, increasing the amount of universities showcased from four back in 2011 to 45+ this year including leading faculties such as Parsons (USA), Shenkar (Israel) and Accademia Costume & Moda (Italy). In addition to the catwalk show featuring looks from the universities top talent, there will be an exhibition space for the international universities which very much focusses on the diversity and celebrates the strengths of each faculty.

Tickets are available now and open to everyone with a passion for fashion and design.

General tickets are on sale now from: www.graduatefashionweek.com/buy-tickets

GINA AND SKINNER

GINA AND SKINNER

Meet Claire Skinner, owner of online boutique Gina & Skinner, which delivers luxury to your door…

Before she decided to launch online lifestyle boutique Gina & Skinner, Claire Skinner spent over a decade working in the world of diamonds, honing her eye for detail, quality and style as the manager of luxury jewellers Boodles in Manchester.

“Having worked in the luxury sector, I wanted to offer something high-end, the opposite of quick turnaround fashion – something that will last but will also look fabulous,” she explains.

Setting up her own Manchester-based business came after years of travel and finding inspiration abroad and at home, and searching for the right suppliers who combine a sense of uniqueness with quality and provenance. Her aim was to stock a mix of “beautiful things” and her website does just that. It features a curated selection of pure cashmere accessories, candles, hammam towels and WYSE London clothing – a line which includes the softest tees, tops and scarves, each combining muted tones with pops of rainbow colour or metallic.

“Having spent time abroad, I kept seeing people using these hammam towels and wondered where to get them,” explains Claire, who balances her time between her central Manchester townhouse, Alpine chalet and travels further afield. “I made sure I found 100% cotton hamman towels – many are lined with extra-absorbent soft toweling. They are super lightweight, brilliant as a towel, on the sun-lounger, as a sarong, and they then fold up to fit in a beach bag.

“I met my husband (property guru Graham Skinner) late in life,” she continues, “and love travelling with him. He inspires me, but he also grounds me. I’m a family girl at heart.”

Claire is also a staunch supporter of local Manchester life: “I love supporting the local area as well as local charities, and I try to take part in fundraisers whenever I can.”

Having created her own beautiful home means she knows exactly what her customer might appreciate:

“For my candles, I wanted them to be soy natural wax, it burns evenly. I always hate it when a candle burns in the centre and not at the side!

“My aim is to make it easy for people to buy from home… a bit of style from the sofa. Having worked in the luxury industry for so many years, customer service is my priority, so I make sure I’m the one my customers speak to at the end of the phone line. I want it to feel personalised”.

What’s next for Gina & Skinner?

“I’m sourcing beautiful kaftans and beach wraps as we speak,” smiles Claire. “There are some fantastic products for summer.”

That’s the holiday prep sorted then.

ginaskinner.com

SUGARHILL BRIGHTON UNVEIL MINI-ME CAPSULE CHILDRENSWEAR COLLECTION

SUGARHILL BRIGHTON UNVEIL MINI-ME CAPSULE CHILDRENSWEAR COLLECTION

Sugarhill Brighton announce the launch of their Mini-Me Capsule Collection for children aged 12 months up to styles in 5-6 years.  The independent brand, known for statement hand-drawn prints and playful style, will launch the capsule edit on 30thApril 2018 with 5 mini-me versions of Sugarhill’s best-selling designs.

Designed in their seaside Brighton studio the Mini-Me collection features must-have unisex designs, from vibrant rainbow printed knits to rawring animal motifs in organic cotton and oh-so-cute designs that support leading UK’s charities. The Nico Rainbow Sweater offers a comfortable, stylish knit that’ll transition effortlessly from season-to-season; with a pretty pastel and colourful rainbow in vibrant blue and pink tones, this is our go-to for cold spring days and chilly summer nights.

Have little ones stand out from the crowd in the Taylor Mini-Me Super Hero Sweatshirt in Pink, a must-have design that joins Sugarhill Brighton’s #WearAndCare campaign in support of the leading charity Plan International UK by donating £5 per every £26 sale to the charity’s campaign (the adult version donates £10 per sale) that supports children’s rights and equality for girls around the world – because every girl is a superhero.

Made for mixing, matching and layering the brand’s signature Brighton Breton has had a mini-makeover with the brand new Frankie Dino Rawr Breton Top. This practical, wearable design is made from 100% certified organic cotton and is sure to be a fashion favourite for children and grownups alike, regardless of gender.

With roots in stand-out motifs, Sugarhill Brighton’s mini-me collection wouldn’t be complete without a fun animal print and the Noah Giraffe T-Shirt doesn’t disappoint. With the adult version one of Sugarhill’s bestselling pieces this t-shirt features a classic navy Breton stripe with an embroidered pocket giraffe motif. Developed into the children’s line following consumer demand, this style was originally designed for the brand’s womenswear collection to support leading UK charity, The Born Free Foundation. The Noah Mini-Me T-Shirt will continue this support and donate £5 per sale of every £16 tee to help Born Free raise awareness and money for the plight of several endangered and at-risk species across the world.

The collection will launch on 30 April 2018 at www.sugarhillbrighton.com

Prices range between: £16 – £28

Sizes 12 months to 5-6 Years, all styles available in womenswear sizes 8-16.

SELFRIDGES PREPS FOR SUMMER WITH EXCLUSIVE SWIMWEAR POP UP

SELFRIDGES PREPS FOR SUMMER WITH EXCLUSIVE SWIMWEAR POP UP

Whether you’re looking for the perfect two-piece, this season’s hottest sliders or some serious specs appeal, you’re guaranteed to find the most luxurious and stylish brands at the new Selfridges Swimwear pop up.

Open throughout summer, until mid-September, at both Selfridges Exchange Square and Selfridges Trafford, the pop up features men’s and women’s brands such as Calvin Klein, Marysia (Exchange only), Seafolly and Le Specs (Exchange only).

Further lines will be added into Selfridges Exchange throughout the season, from world renowned names such as Tommy Hilfiger to more exclusive brands such as the ethical and playful Pitusa and the fashion forward, Malibu-inspired Frankies Bikinis.

For further information visit www.selfridges.com

SELFRIDGES MANCHESTER SS18 CONTEMPORARY COLLECTIONS

SELFRIDGES MANCHESTER SS18 CONTEMPORARY COLLECTIONS

Selfridges Manchester presents new and exclusive contemporary SS18 collections; from some of the most exciting female designers.

To mark the success of Australian label Ganni, Selfridges introduces a brilliant exclusive capsule collection, alongside over 100 options available both in-store and online.

Ganni, dress £275

Female designer duo RIXO London present their playful take on surrealist art with their SS18 collection; with three exclusive styles to Selfridges.

Rixo, exclusive wrap dress £245

Zimmerman’s latest collection unites sophisticated femininity with a passion for detail and a love of colour and print. The new concept space in Selfridges London, characteristic of a Zimmermann boutique, creates an atmosphere of relaxed femininity and elegance for shoppers.

Selfridges is building up its contemporary occasion wear by welcoming British brand Needle&Thread, a ‘celebration brand’ specialising in adorning beautiful lace dresses with beading andsequins.

Needle & Thread, mini dress £375

 

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