Global Fashion Awards 2013

Judges Announced:

The judges for Global Fashion Awards 2013 have been announced. They include:

Avsh Alom Gur – Designer who has worked with luxury fashion houses including Ossie Clarke, Donna Karen and Chloe

Bip Ling – DJ, blogger and model

Bora Aksu – Fashion Designer famed for his cocktail dresses

Courtney Blackman – Managing Director of The Industry and Forward PR

David Watts – Business Support Manager at British Fashion Council

Eric Jennings – VP & Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue

Giles Deacon – Award winning British fashion designer

Holli Rogers – Fashion Director, Net-A-Porter

Jeremy Langmead – Editor-in-chief, Mr Porter

Katie Eary – Menswear designer specializing in glamourous streetwear

Laura Bailey – Writer and model

Lily Kamper – Jewelry designer who designed WGSN GFA 2012 award

Livia Firth – Eco entrepreneur; Creative Director of Eco Age

Lucy Choi – Luxury footwear designer

Nik Thakkar – Creative brand strategist, fashion writer and presenter

Rankin – Award winning photographer, winner of GFA 2012 Hall of Fame

Rebecca Minkoff – Industry leader in design of casual luxury handbags, accessories and apparel

Riccardo Bellini – General Manger & Chief Marketing Officer, Diesel Apparel & Denim

Stephanie Solomon – OVP & Fashion Director of RTW, Bloomingdale’s

Stephen Jones – Millinery designer with clients such as Kylie, Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stafani

VV Brown – Singer, model and founder of VV Vintage

Yaming Feng – CEO of Msyaming Luxury Fashion Group; Taiwan’s leading fashion management firm

Zara Martin – Blogger, DJ and TV presenter

“These judges represent some of the world’s most influential fashion buyers, designers, editors, stylists and opinion formers. To have your worked judged by them is a privilege in itself; to have them say they think you are the best in the world at what you do would be an unbelievable honour. We’re so grateful to all of them for giving up their time and expertise for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards,” says WGSN Global Fashion Awards director, Lauretta Roberts.

The fourth annual WGSN Global Fashion Awards will be held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Monday 30 October. They will be judging nominations from entries which have been submitted to the www.globalfashionawards.com website. They also include nominations by the industry as well as a selection of the best individual designers and specialist design teams from across the fashion industry.

Last year’s winners included: included Victoria Beckham, Kim Jones, Macarons, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Emma Yeo, Charlotte Olympia, ALTER, adidas and Seafolly.

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City Break: Nice

The cosmopolitan Rivera city of Nice has it all, sun, sea, sand and style. It’s the perfect destination for a city break, you can explore the fashionable boutiques and restaurants or people watch as the rich and famous enjoy their summers on this world famous coastline parking up their yachts. Nearby you also have the ϋber glamorous Cannes and equally as stylish St Tropez.

As the Capital of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is the centre for this region, it’s not all about lounging around on its beautiful beaches or enjoying a tipple in a bistro though. There is a lot to see and do in this fantastic city.

Cathédrale Saint Nicolas

The Cathédrale Saint Nicolas (Eglise Russe) is a striking Cathedral which looks more like it should be in Russia than the French Rivera. Its five brilliantly coloured, onion-domed cupolas stand out across the city and its just as beautiful inside.

For art aficionados the Musée Matisse is the only place you really can see so much of his work in one place. Close to the Hotel Regina, where Matisse lived, his work can be seen including paintings, hundreds of his drawings and engravings, as well as an assortment of his sculptures and illustrated books.

Parc du Château is a rocky outcrop towering over Vieux Nice and pretty much is the best place to go for panoramic views of this amazing city and the beautiful Baie des Anges. It is quite a trek up the hillside, however there is a lift available and once up there; you can enchant yourself with the breath-taking views.

Parc du Chateau de Nice

Nice is also a top gastro destination, one thing you must try here is the southern France delicacy of socca a chickpea crepe. Also as it is a port city as you would expect sea food is a plenty, but Nice offers more than just foodie delicacy’s. ‘Vins naturel’ which are wines produced with very few chemicals as possible are very popular in this region and something a wine aficionado must try when here. Nice also has a vibrant nightlife with a wide selection of clubs, playing everything from modern hits to underground French house music and upbeat trance tracks.

As you would expect for this region there are a number of luxury five stars hotels, such as the Boscolo Exedra with all white rooms, luxury spa and wellness centre may finding you never leave, well unless it’s to go to its own private beach. The Hyatt Regency has amazing views and without a doubt luxury accommodation. It has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool which has views across the bay. If these hotels are a bit out of your price range, there are a number of reasonably priced three star hotels. The Le Royal is right on the Promenade des Anglais with amazing views of the azure ocean.

Promenade des Anglais

For a stylish city break with plenty to keep you busy, Nice is the spot for you.

Image of Cathédrale Saint Nicolas courtesy of jvhemert

Image of Parc du Château courtesy of styeb

Image of Promenade des Anglais courtesy of Chris Wevers

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Online Shopping

Online shopping has really seen a boost in the last few years, competitive prices and ease has meant that it has made quite a dent in the highstreet. A number of year, people were quite wary of online shopping, however in recent years online security has stepped up making transactions safer. This has encourage people to choose online shopping, even consumer rights have become clear and tailed to online orders so you are no longer ripped off.

Shopping on the highstreet for many has become expensive, town centres generally cost for parking, so our cheapest option is to head to retail parks. However with petrol increasing and the general cost of living, online shopping has become the affordable option. Even postage has come down in price, with many retailers offer different discounts to tempt customers.

Many online retailers use a number of different shipping companies depending on when you want your item(s) or what country they are going to. One new popular way to have items sent to you is with the Click & Collect service. This is free and means all you have to do is pick up your package from a designated collection point. These tend to be quick delivery normally next day or nominated depending on your area. This service is much easier to manage for companies and can be quite convenient for customers as well.

It looks like online shopping is defiantly the future, it looks like the high street will have to adapt.

 

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival can only be described as a huge celebration of the culture and music of New Orleans and Louisiana. Running from the 26th April to the 5th May, it will involve a number of big names such as Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joel at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

Despite the name it is now known by, Jazz Fest, jazz, and to an extent music, are not the only things going on at the festival. As a celebration of the heritage of the state too, there is a huge number of other attractions such as a wide range of food and craft stalls. With its official ‘no carnival food’ rule and strict guidelines on food preparation, the only foods available are unique, traditional and fresh dishes from the Deep South including alligator sausage po’boy, Cajun jambalaya and Oyster patties. All ingredients are locally sourced and the vendors are local farmers, fisherman and chefs. You can even take part in demonstrations and workshops in the Cajun Cabin.

The festival has four separate areas: Congo Square celebrates the music and art of African Americans, with stalls selling authentic African jewellery, clothing and paintings. Contemporary Crafts showcases everything handcrafted and created such as leather goods and glass ornaments. Louisiana Marketplace focuses specifically on the local cultural history, and here you will find everything from baskets made of pine needles to old photographs.

The festival managed to stay on its feet following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster when 80% of the city was flooded. The 2006 event was directed mainly to help getting locals back on their feet. The festival has continued to grow ever since.

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Victoria Beckham’s quintessential British collection

Victoria Beckham was one of the 152 designers who showcased their ready-to-wear clothes and accessories in the London Fashion Week. She has been listed as one of the most powerful women in UK in the ‘Power List’ released by BBC’s Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She had earlier presented her Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection at the New York Fashion Week.

In a marked departure from her earlier works, her current collection represents a relaxed silhouette. Her work is clearly influenced by her heritage, with the use of British tweeds and Scottish knits. Men’s clothing seems to have an influence on the collection as well.

The New York collection showcased elegant tuxedos, graphic knits and tailored cashmere coats. She described the collection as mannish. The Autumn/Winter collection had more of easy coats and longer skirts. The emphasis was more on detailing than on fitted form. This effect was visible in the shoulder and cuff styles. It was also apparent from the use of contrasting colours on skirts.


In terms of colour range, the collection was predominantly grey. There were hints of yellow and cobalt blue, colours considered to be trendy this year.

Other key elements included layering styles, split front hemlines and tailored outerwear. Accessories such as feminine pointed shoes and tuxedo jackets doubling as capes, lent a sophisticated touch to the collection.

Victoria Beckham will be launching her new collection, labelled ‘Icon’. The clothes will be available online through her ecommerce platform. This collection is based on the designer’s favourite ready-to-wear dress styles from her previous collections. The dresses will be in classic colours and fabrics.

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Making the Most of the May Break

May is a great time to get away, many of the popular destinations in the Med are fairly quiet and there are favourable temperatures at that time of year, which means you can still enjoy the sunshine. You can also avoid the summer crowds, so getting around is easier and there are less queues.

Benidorm Old Town

Benidorm Old Town

There are a number of deals available in the popular Spanish resorts such as Benidorm in the Costa Blanca and Palma in Majorca, with affordable flights leaving during May. Have a look at some of the new complexes in Benidorm such as the Gran Hotel Bali, which is a great four stars resort with a wide range of amenities including Wi-Fi and its own swimming pool and kids club. Or how about the Gran Delfin Hotel, which offers a tradition feel, but with a great four stars rating, this hotel is family friendly and has its own pool and kids playground. In Palma, you have a great range of hotels, whether you want to go on a budget and stay in a self-catering apartment such as the Augusta Aparthotel which is nearby popular attractions and has its own pool of go for luxury staying at the five stars Arabella Sheraton Golf Hotel Son Vida Hotel.

Cafes in Marmaris

Cafes in Marmaris

If visiting Benidorm or Palma, isn’t you cup of tea, how about heading away from the Spanish resorts and a little further afield to Turkey. The Turquoise Coast is a popular destination and Turkey benefits from even hotter temperatures than Spain, which makes May the perfect time to visit. If you’re looking for excitement and affordability then you should look at hotels in the town of Marmaris. There is a range of self-catering apartments, hotels and all inclusive luxury hotels all around this bustling resort. If Marmaris is a bit too busy for your liking then have a look at the resort of Olu Deniz: This is a beautiful town surrounded by an amazing coastline and one of the most photographed areas in the world.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

The Caribbean is heading out of its peak season so weather isn’t as favourable, so why not look to tropical islands closer to home; Cape Verde, islands off the African Coast off a great get away holiday. These islands have favourable weather all year round so don’t really fall under peak times of travel which means prices are affordable all year round. Although it’s a six hour flight from the UK it is a great option if you want to get away from it all. There are only a couple of all-inclusive hotels on this island, it really hasn’t been built up as a holiday resort yet so out of the hotel there is only a limited amount to do, but for some that’s perfect. Check out the popular areas of Boavista and Sal.

Image of Benidorm Old Town courtesy of damiendude

Image of Cafes in Marmaris courtesy of Andrew_D_Hurley

Image of Cape Verde courtesy of Espen Faugstad

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The most searched for luxury handbag brands

Which of the famous brands rank in top positions when shoppers search online for luxury handbags? An international company, Digital Luxury Group, in collaboration with a Paris-based community called Luxury Society, studied precisely that, using consumer search query data from eight major global markets. According to their ranking analysis, the American brand, Coach, tops the list of 50 most searched for luxury handbags.

European luxury handbag brands account for a whopping 72% of searches, with 36 brands listed among the top 50. The top ten positions are held by Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Longchamp, Prada, Hermes, Mulberry, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

A country-wise analysis reveals interesting facts. The United States may have the largest consumer base, but it is the consumers from the United Kingdom who created the maximum search queries for luxury handbags, with 422 searches per 1,000 users. Compare this with 315 queries by American consumers, and 185 queries by the French.

In terms of specific brand searches, Mulberry topped the list for UK shoppers, while the French clearly preferred Longchamp.

Coming to a particular type or pattern of handbag, Hermes Birkin won the label of the most searched for iconic bag, thanks to online shoppers from the UK, US and France. Shoppers in France, Germany, the UK and the US conducted enough searches for Louis Vuitton Speedy, to give it second position among the iconic bags. The 2.55 quilted bag from Chanel occupies the third spot.

British shoppers searched for tan coloured handbags, whereas American shoppers preferred orange coloured bags. The luxury handbag skin that topped the shoppers’ search list was crocodile leather.

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USA by Train

America is such a vast country, many people travel across it by air because it is the quickest way to cross it. However there is so much natural beauty and amazing places which you miss out on. For a fascinating holiday where you can learn the history of the US then why not take a train tour. Travel by rail, is an easy and convenient way to travel and there are so many different options on where to go. The hardest part is deciding what route to take.

There are a couple of options for train travel across the USA, either as a holiday package which takes in major sites and stops off at a number of routes along the way. Or travel independently and decide your own route, where you want to go and for how long for. Amtrak is the main rail carrier for passengers, it has a wide coverage of the USA and there are a number of holiday packages available through them. Most major cities are covered as are National Parks such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

Popular USA Train Tours

Chicago to New Orleans

This musical marvel tour, cuts through some fantastic states and stopping off at some great historical music sites. Running from Chicago to Memphis, and the home of the Late Elvis Presley, through the flats of Mississippi and down to Louisiana and the Deep South to the home of soul, this is one tour four all five senses.

Chicago to Seattle

The Empire builder tour cuts through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. You can marvel at the Rocky Mountains along the way or the Glacier National Park as you head to Seattle. This tour is one for nature livers with plenty of places to stop along the way and see the natural America.

Los Angeles to Seattle

From the bright lights of Los Angeles you can take the Coast Starlight, which offers some of the finest scenery on any tour. You can literally feel the California Coast as you follow the shoreline and pass Santa Barbara on to the Pacific Northwest and onto Seattle.

St Albans, Vermont to Washington, DC

On your journey to the Capitol city of the USA, on the Vermonter from St Albans, you get to enjoy the most scenic route east of the Mississippi. You can also enjoy the majestic scenery of Vermont as you snake through the green hills for hours.

Denver to San Francisco

For many this route is the most well-known out of all of them, the California Zephyr which winds through some of the most spectacular scenery in the USA. Covering the two highest mountain ranges, following the Colorado River and into the desert of Utah and Nevada. There are plenty of stops along the way on this journey, it’s a once in a lifetime trip, across the US.

Image courtesy of Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars

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Choosing between London’s museums

London has so many interesting museums that it is impossible to see them all in a day, a weekend, or even a week! The best advice is to choose a small selection of favourites and to concentrate initially on those – trying to cram too many museums into one trip often means that visitors don’t make the most of each one.

Natural History Museum and Dippy

Natural History Museum and Dippy

Plenty of choice

There truly are museums to suit every interest in London. One that features on almost everyone’s list is the Science Museum, which showcases scientific finds of the last 300 years, and is also home to an IMax cinema. Kids and adults alike are sure to be impressed by the museum’s outstanding exhibits.

Another very popular museum is the Natural History Museum, which is home to the rarest and largest animals in the world, including a life-size dinosaur replica. There are thousands of artefacts to inspect, including a spider-like creature that is 40 million years old.

The Imperial War Museum provides a fascinating insight into warfare, from World War 1 to the present day. Visitors can discover what the trenches were really like, view various types of ammunition, and examine hundreds of artefacts from the Holocaust Exhibition.

An extended break

One method to maximise the number of museums to visit in one trip is to stay overnight, or for a few days, in the city. Guests can choose from one of the many bed and breakfasts that B&B London has to offer, or from a large selection of hotels. Staying The Jesmond Dene : St Pancras hotel gives guests the chance to get a good night’s rest and a quality breakfast to keep them going through a busy morning of interesting museums. A good lunch is then available in the museum’s cafe or restaurant, and for the evening meal London offers a vast range of restaurant choices.

Image courtesy of eclectic echoes

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Semana Santa celebrations in Seville

Between the 24th and 31st March in 2013, Seville will come together to celebrate what is the most important week in their religious year, Semana Santa. With all the celebrations and processions, it would be impossible to see them all during the week, but there are a few which must be seen, whether you are religious or not.

The processions begin on Palm Sunday and run until Easter Sunday. The most popular of all processions in Seville is the ‘madruga’ which takes begins at night on Holy Thursday arriving at the Cathedral at dawn on Good Friday.

Each procession has a general structure of: a huge cross leading the march; a group wearing ‘nazarenos’, the penitential robes characterised by the conical hood which covers the face; the altar boys following behind who carry incense; the Paso, a float carrying the ‘imagenes’ of the Virgin Mary and Jesus which is the main event of the procession; and the ‘penitentes’, who carry wooden crosses and make public penance. Some processions are also accompanied by a marching band to keep it moving in time. The figures of the Mary and Christ that travel the route of the procession are either made especially for the day, or are ones that have been used for hundreds of years. The crowd often falls silent in reverence as they pass.

One of the most spectacular of the processions is ‘El Silencio’. In this, the participants march without music in complete silence from the minute they have assumed their robes. Lights in shop fronts and apartments along the route are often turned off for this procession, so that the only light comes from the candles the penitentes carry.

Image courtesy of JOSE-MARIA MORENO GARCIA = FOTOGRAFO HUMANISTA

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