18 February 2016
by Kendall Robbins
Alongside the International Fashion Showcase, we have a series of other projects taking place over London Fashion Week A/W 2016.
Fashion DNA is a designer mentorship programme for emerging Pakistani designers organised by the British Council. The programme takes the format of a year-long intensive training, including face to face sessions, online sessions, UK catwalk shows and showcasing, Pakistani catwalk shows and showcasing. As part of the programme, this first cohort, including designers Akif Mahmood, the House of Kamiar Rokni, Zaheer Abbas and Wardha Saleem, will showcase specially produced capsule collections at Fashion Scout on Sunday 21st February at 13.00. Inspired by traditional Pakistani techniques, such as zardozi and resham embroidery and ralli applique. All the collections are handmade in Pakistan.
The British Council’s Graduate Fashion Week International Residency Award gives outstanding graduates participating in Graduate Fashion Week a chance to undertake a residency working with one of the British Council’s overseas fashion networks, including local designers, universities, craftspeople and others in the fashion industry. The winners immerse themselves in the rich visual and craft heritage of the host country. The annual Award provides winners with all travel costs plus a grant to produce a capsule collection. This year’s winners Shreyaa Mavani (UCA – Rochester) and Melissa Obika (Manchester School of Art) spent 3 weeks in Morocco hosted by the Casa Moda Academy, fashion photographer Joseph Ouechen and fashion journalist Mouna Belgrini. Shreyaa and Melissa’s capsule collections will be showcased at Fashion Scout’s exhibition from 19 – 22 February.
Also at fashion week this season, we are pleased to see that Dian Pelangi x Nelly Rose x Odette Steele have scooped one of the coveted Ones to Watch awards at Fashion Scout.
Dian has been a participant in the Indonesia Fashion Forward programme, a partnership between Jakarta Fashion Week (Femina Group), the British Council and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Indonesia bringing the Centre for Fashion Enterprise to support the growth of emerging Indonesian fashion designers since 2012. The collaboration of Dian, Odette and Nelly is the result of a London College of Fashion residency supported by the British Council, which is a part of the Indonesia Fashion Forward programme. This year, Dian, Nelly and Odette’s collaborative collection is part of the Indonesia exhibition at the International Fashion Showcase. The exhibition is sponsored by Hijub.com and curated by Carri Munden (Casette Playa).
We’re very excited to see this modest dress collection with a great use of traditional Indonesian artisan techniques on the London catwalk. The Ones to Watch show will take place on Saturday 20th February at 11.00. For more information visit the Fashion Scout website.