Some of the Londoners who read this blog may have seen an attrociously cheesy picture of me in the Metro today due to the fact the finishing part to ‘The winner is….’ sentance is Style Bubble. Yes, Style Bubble has won the Best Fashion Blog category in the Brit Blog awards in association with Ask.com. That’s all very well but now I’m fleeing the country to a land where the Metro paper doesn’t exist.
As we speak, I’m on my way to the annual Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in sunny Hy√®res in the South of France. I can’t think of a better kidney recovery trip than some sun, some sea and a hell of a lot of rising talent in fashion and photography. Hopefully I’ll be milling about looking semi-presentable amongst higher fashion echelons.
The Villa Noailles in Hy√®res will also be showing exhibitions from Christian Lacroix, inspired by the villa itself, past Hyeres winners Christian Wijnants and of course last year’s winner Anthony Vaccarello whose exhibition I’m super excited to see! BLESS will also be exhibiting their No. 28 Hammock collection. I’m also looking forward to seeing the You Wear it Well fashion film shorts as organised by the lovely Diane Pernet.
The ten shortlisted designers as follows will be competing for several prizes, namely the Grand Jury Prize. A lot of the designers won’t be completely unfamiliar if you keep up with the graduate roll calls of schools like La Cambre Mode in Brussels, the Royal Academy in Antwerp and Central St. Martins in London. Sandra Backlund in particular has had quite a significant amount of press and I fell in love with her unusual use of knits back in November. The jury panel include people like Christian Lacroix, super stylist Nichola Formichetti and menswear designer Kim Jones and it will be interesting to see how such a diverse jury pick the winners.
√âmilie Beaumont, Belgium // Julia Krupp, Germany
Karin Schoenenberger, Austria // Peter Bertsch, Belgium
Mathilde Botfeldt, Denmark // Masataka Ohta, Japan
Peter Wiesmann, Germany // Sandra Backlund, Sweden
Suzuki SHiori & Emi Sekiguchi, United Kingdom // Two Tom, France
Here’s a little teaser video as well just to get the Hy√®res feeling in the air…
I’ll be at Hy√®res until Monday when I fly back in time to film/report on the 8pm special Oxford CIrcus launch of the Kate Moss for Topshop collection (I’m not there to buy so no bitch fighting skills from me…) and also the 7am nationwide launch the next morning when Kate Moss herself will be unveiled in the Oxford Circus shop window amongst the mannequins modelling her collection. Oh dear… will I be able to take on the fashion scrum and frenzy? All in all, the kidney is back in shape and the graft goes on so that Style Bubble can try and live up to it’s supposed ‘Best British Fashion Blog’ title. It will try but there’s no telling whether it will succeed….