From Sam Cam to Benedict Cumberbatch London Fashion Weeks FROW

London Fashion Week doesnt have quite the same star pulling power as other fashion capitals (namely New York and Paris) but when it came to a front row this season, there were one or two big name attendees.

Of course no fashion show would be complete without its it-girls and reality TV stars, but every now and then Londons flash bulbs go off for someone a little more (ahem) exciting.

Burberry is always the big attraction of the week and is famous for its jam-packed front row. This season it was a model contingent that dominated with Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Suki Waterhouse sitting ringside for once.

Sienna Miller, a longtime Burberry fan also made an appearance at the show. Benedict Cumberbatch fans were rewarded with an appearance of the Sherlock heart-throb who sat front row with wife Sophie Hunter.

Giles didnt just boast a killer catwalk line-up, off the runway former model Jerry Hall took pride of place to watch daughters Georgia May and Lizzie Jagger do a turn on the catwalk.

Donatella Versace knows how to draw a crowd, for the presentation of the Versus collection which took place on Saturday night singer FKA Twigs was in attendance alongwith supermodel Irina Shayk.

Alexander McQueen Exhibition

On Sunday I (this is Mia) went along to the McQueen exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.  The exhibition first showed at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2011 a year after McQueens death. Many of our students will know Alexander McQueen from our Designer of the Day which we discuss each week of class and also the wonderful book we have in our little but lovely library.

I am also happy to announce that our next course will be inspired by this exhibition much like our recent Matisse Course. For more details please send through an inquiry.

This is an exhibition I just had to share with you all as to be honest it just blew me away. If students got to see this it would explain so much of what we aim to teach at Fashion School.
At the core it illustrates our believe as a group of teachers that fashion can draw inspiration from anything. McQueen drew inspiration from everything from his fascination of the beauty and savagery of the natural world.
We are a school focused on learning the fundamentals of sewing and fashion. McQueen was a master tailor, learning this craft allowed him to dismantle it and create new ideas. Youve got to know the rules to break them.
These photos does not give this exhibition justice; the music, the rooms and the intensity offered and incredible experience however hopefully they can give parents and students a glimpse of what I got to experience.and hopefully inspire our little ones to keep going

Easter Camp

Well our Easter Camp 2015 came to an end on Friday and what a week we had.  Students spent the week with Pamela making different pieces for a shoot on Friday afternoon.  They even got in millinery by Irish milliner Laura Kinsella who helped them make some lovely head pieces.

The photos from this camp are brilliant, they are some of my favourite in a long time.  In all of them we really get to see the excitement and playfulness of the week.I hope you enjoy them as much as we do and a big thank you to Pamela, Laura and all the students.

We will have a similar camp running in August from the 10th to the 14th.

Irish Summer is on its way

You heard it here first folks!  Well keep our fingers crossed for sunshine but failing that we are looking forward to long summer nights outside, the smell of freshly cut grass, Irish sand between toes and maybe a little dip in the Irish Sea.  But dont forget the two wonderful Summer Camps we have on this August in Donnybrook Dublin.  Fashion class each day for a week!  what more could you want!

These Summer Camps in Dublin are focused around creativity and imaginationand throw in some epic skills too!

Check them out

Joanne Froggatt talks Downton style and celebrating women in film

With Downton Abbey returning to our screens last Sunday, there’s been much discussion around the sixth and final series. To celebrate its release, we chat with one of the shows stars Joanne Froggatt (best known as Anna) about the decades that empowered women in the film industry.

In a photoshoot commissioned by American Express ahead of the BFI Film Festival in October, the 35-year-old Golden Globe-winning British actress pays homage to the twenties and sixties, as the two decades that saw leading ladies take the spotlight on the big screen.

Froggatt interprets two key looks styled by William Banks-Blaney, founder of WilliamVintage. “It was quite fun to be in the traditional, original vintage clothing and it also felt more of a character…trying to capture that feeling of the 1920s and 1960s, and what was happening at the time, what was happening to women,” she told The Independent.

For the twenties look she wears “a very traditional original black beaded drop waist dress”, which she claims “is a hard shape to wear, you had to have a certain height to be able to pull it off. I think because I’m petite drop waist dont always do me justice, so I prefer the sixties look.”

The sixties look features an original bright canary yellow A-line coat it has high neck, quite big buttons and big pockets. “That’s most like my character in terms of what I would wear,” she said while explaining why she felt more connected to that era. “Probably because it’s closer to where we are now. I like that sort of fun vibe.”

However, Froggatt believes the twenties was the stronger decade for female roles. “It’s sort of a time when women film stars started making a career that was well respected in acting, they made it a world-respected profession,” she said. “Then moving into the sixties it was a new era of female protagonist roles. So I think both those eras play huge part on where we are now.

“We’re in a great place really. Now women are leading movies, and not just leading but realising that there’s such a huge audience for films with female protagonists. And that doesn’t mean that I dislike a film with a male protagonist, but there’s a place for both things.”

In these images, Froggatt looks worlds apart from her Downton Abbey character Anna, whose trademark dowdiness will not change in Season 6. “I’m afraid Anna is still in the black dress; her evening dress and day dress, she said.

“Anna doesn’t have the most adventurous wardrobe.”

But although wearing stunning period gowns can be exciting, the award-winning actress explained how it eased up her costume and fitting. “For a long job, sort of six months, it was definitely a happy costume.

“They were not original,” she added. “They’re based in the original design, but they were made new and they made the material more substantial, so if I wanted to have a little power nap at lunch time, I could do it without worrying about ruining lace on the dress.”

But with the final series of the Sunday night period drama coming to a close, Froggatt moves away from Anna in her next role, radically changing her wardrobe in ITV’s brand new series Dark Angel, in which she plays a real life British serial killer from the Victorian era called Mary Ann Cotton.

“In this I have a lot of costume changes. I feel like every season is quite another change. This is fun as well, but this is only sort of an eight-week job.”

Giving a sneak peek of what were about to see of her, she said: “I quite like the Victorian series really, I think it’s very flattering to all shapes and sizes really.…