The 2012 national Campaign featuring UK’s independent retailers has just been launched by Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for Retail.
Independents’ Day encourages the public to buy at least buy one thing from their local, independent shop on 4th July 2012.
Never has there been a better time to celebrate than in the very busy Queens Diamond Jubilee Year – Torch Relay around Great Britain – the UK Olympic and Paralympic Games – to give custom to our local independent stores.
Over the next four months, retailers will be encouraged to download the campaign posters from http://www.retailindieday.com, celebrate the day in their stores and join forces with other retailers and town centre teams to hold special events to capture the public’s imagination.
More Information is available Twitter @Retail_IndieDay – facebook.com/independentsday or on the news section of www.retailindieday.com
Visit Britain, the UK’s national tourist agency has recruited Victoria Beckham, to act as an international ambassador for the GREATS campaign, helping to promote the best of Britain around the world, whilst under the spotlight this year, with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Victoria’s ready-to-wear range is now sold in over a credible 300 stores globally. Photoshoot taken with Vogue’s supremo Anna Wintour at New York’s Grand Central Tube Station before the start of AW 2012/2013 NY Fashion Week.
New York’s Grand Central Station saw British Fashion Greats gather including Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Cover girl Karen Elson helping to raise overseas awareness of British fashion talent, focusing on reasons for investment and visiting the UK. Victoria acting as an ambassador for this initiative being photographed in front of a subway train covered in a Union Jack flag.
The ‘Greats’ campaign is promoting aspects of UK culture; including technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, knowledge, green, heritage, sport, shopping, music and the countryside and now being unveiled around the world for 2012 UK tourism.
Adidas is also the Games’ official clothing licensee, and will be selling Olympic-themed and branded clothes through its own stores and third-party retailers, such as Tesco and Asda. Stella McCartney, the designer was appointed creative director of Team GB. She is providing the team with garments such as their signature tracksuits and has also designed more fashionable “capsule” ranges that will be available on the high street. Next, also a Games official licensee will provide Team GB with their formalwear, such as the suits for the opening ceremony.
Adidas will dress the 70,000 Olympic volunteers, called Games Makers, provide the outfits for the pre-games torch relay and create clothing for the athletes to wear in the Olympic Village as well as kitting 25 of the 26 Olympic sports taking part athletes.
In this the year of the Olympics & Paralympics, celebrating the biggest event taking place in British history this millenium – The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 – have introduced a new sports award seeking to recognise active sportswear which makes a difference through a combination of good design and fabric technology provided by designers, manufacturing, retailers, or Etailers … Read more > The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012
Official Uniforms The London Games 2012
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Sussex Sports Fashion Award 2012
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The Olympic Team GB Kit
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Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at The V&A London
8 February – 22 April 2012
6 February 2012 is the anniversary of the day 60 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. It’s the official start to her Jubilee – a year packed with celebratory festivities including a fantastic selection of photography highlighting the 60 years reign and following the fashions through the decades. A start to several exhibitions not to be missed across the UK.
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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Design and Innovation with the APPG for Manufacturing, at parliament, put together a project for all MP’s to discover creative and manufacturing talent in their constituency during 2011. Across Sussex, various businesses have been nominated and Hove & Portslade is represented by the Fashion Sussex submission.
Julius Arthur Quinn, ex graduate of Brighton University Fashion & textiles course produced a number of 2012 Olympic inspired prints celebrating International Olympics, The Paralympics and regionally, The Torch Relay which were submitted as Hove and Portslade’s entry and manufactured and produced lifestyle product ranges.
“ I’m delighted that The Fashion Trust in Sussex, can support this campaign for promoting British fashion manufacturing, particularly with the Olympics less than a year away and so many global businesses and consumers observing the UK” … stated Mike Weatherley MP and Sussex Fashion Trustee, July 2011.
Special Sussex Fashion Trust 2012 photo shoot celebrating St Valentines features a beautiful pale green silk couture organza corset dress adorned with hand-twisted roses featuring water droplet swarovski crystals designed by Susie Turner voted Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year Award 2011. Photography by Sarah Bird winner Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year 2011 and features Tess Dimos Sussex Fashion Model of The Year 2011.
Created and managed by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Mayor of London, Britain Creates is an exciting project which is highlighting London 2012 Festival, the UK festival being staged 21st June – 9 September 2012 and is the culmination of the four year Cultural Olympiad.
The Britain Creates 2012 project will be the start of an ongoing artistic project and bursary to support and encourage further collaboration between fashion and other art forms. The money for the bursary will be raised through the auction of the pieces and through the proceeds of a Gala event. To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, prestigious and renowned fashion designers are collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art.
These commissions, focusing on an Olympic and Paralympic value, will be showcased to a broad UK and international audience. 5 July – 20 July 2012 V&A Musuem London Read More > BritainCreates
The UK’s most prestigious and renowned fashioned designers collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art ‘Britain Creates 2012’ include Sarah Burton, Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Stephen Jones, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith, who will collaborate with leading visual artists including Jeremy Deller, Jess Flood-Paddock, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk, Michael Raedecker and Cerith Wyn Evans. Fashion connecting with art celebrating London 2012. Part of The London Cultural Festival running throughout the summer 21 June – 9 September London 2012 Festival
Are you a fashion related business that would like to win one of the twelve coveted Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 this year?
Only one nomination is required online, but is your business ready to be judged by professionals?
- Is your business website looking fantastic and with up-to-the-minute copy and designs?
- Does your business have full contacts available online?
- Is your business engaging with its customers by using social media fully?
- Has your business a marketing plan and schedule for 2012?
- Has your business media coverage planned and already achieved?
- Has your business customer testimonials about your services on your website?
- Has your business organised any events for your customers?
- So whats new about your business for judges to look at online?
Just some of the many aspects judges will be glancing over after 8 April 2012 when the nominations close and judging commences. Start making your business plans now to win one of the 12 coverted awards.
‘The Greats’ Campaign has been especially launched to promote ‘all things British’ in time to celebrate for The Queens Diamond Jubilee and The London 2012 Games including a dedicated ‘Shopping is Great’ poster.
The Fashion Trust is a keen promoter of fashion British manufacturing and has been encouraging local businesses to look at these possibilities wherever possible with never a better time to look at possibilities of British manufacturing in preference to overseas markets for bespoke and short run fashion manufacturing.
With special thanks to everyone who has helped during 2011 donating their time to promoting British, Sussex and Brighton & Hove design and manufacturing.
Suzie Turner for wonderful couture outfits provided for the second year Sussex Fashion Awards launch and voted Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year 2011 – Sarah Bird for photography voted Sussex Fashion Photographer 2011 – Tess Dimos the face of Sussex voted Sussex Fashion Model 2011
Branding and Identity by Jan Rust of My Identity Ltd
Shot on location at The Hilton Brighton Metropole
Elizabeth Taylor collections raises $157m from the sale of film icon Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery, clothes, art and personal effects sold at the auction house Christies last week.
1,778 items were auctioned off over four days in New York breaking seven world records and surpassing all pre-sale expectations, the auction house revealed this week.
The sale set a world record for the most valuable sale of jewellery in auction history as well as the most valuable fashion collection offered at auction. Six items sold for more than $5m each, while a further 20 items sold for over $1m mark.
The most expensive lot was a 14th-century 50-carat pearl, diamond and ruby necklace called ‘La Peregrina’ which went for $11.8m – more than $8m over the estimated sale price. The piece was given to Taylor by her fifth husband Richard Burton in 1969, who purchased it at auction for $37,000. The late actress called the centrepiece stone “the most perfect pearl in the world”.
The auction, attracted buyers from 36 countires and marked the company’s first-ever online-only sale, which ran in parallel to the live auctions at Christie’s New York. The web auction generated over 57,000 bids and $9.5m in additional sales.
Taylor’s collection of impressionist and modern art is scheduled to be auctioned at Christie’s London in February.
The actress died March 2011, aged 79. The bulk of the proceeds from the auction will benefit her charity, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
Regional Sussex jewellers can take the opportunity to nominate their businesses in the forthcoming Sussex Fashion Awards 2012. Read more>
Vince Cable recently announced the allocation of £125 million Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain Fund for British manufacturing.
Lord Sugar debated British manufacturing in the House of Lords calling for more support for British Manufacturing not just by the government but also by consumers.
In his address to the House of Lords on the 8th December, Sir Alan Sugar, highlighted two key points calling for the government to allocate some of its fund to finance incubator factories, left empty in industrial units, to help start up businesses to manufacture their products in the UK.
Lord Sugar was quoted as saying ” low cost merchandise can’t be manufactured (in the UK) but high quality can be” …
“ Remember when Made in Britain was a very proud statement for manufacturers… and I do believe that we are still capable of producing quality products in this country…”
He stated that the lack of patriotism from consumers could be addressed by a nationally recognised ‘Made in Britain’ logo which the government should ‘dip their hands in their pockets’ to fund.
Earlier 2011, a ‘Made in Britain’Marque was launched and profiled by Stoves, the renowned Aga manufacturers, who conducted research and designed an updated British Marque – highlighted by Fashion Sussex. Read more > http://fashionsussex.co.uk/new-made-in-britain-marque-for-manufacturers-in-brighton-hove-sussex-uk/
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The University of Brighton has produced talented artists and designers to follow in the footsteps of past graduates including the legendary Biba designer Barbara Hulanicki, Julien MacDonald – voted British Designer of the Year 2001 – and Gresham Blake, Brighton’s modish tailor to the stars.
Fashion Courses available 2011-2012 Brighton University Sussex include
· BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)
· BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)
· MDes Fashion with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)
· MDes Textiles with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)
Updated information now available – fashion agencies, jobs & training information; cv tips; apprenticeships Read more > jobs page Fashion Sussex
Shopping and expert retail guru Mary Portas released her 28 point review of the long awaited High Street Report for The UK.
Her guidance report provided ideas and ways that the High Streets throughout the UK could aspire to attract new and retain existing shoppers and consumers of the future.
Fundamental to the report, that each town centre has it’s unique needs and that centre authority has the ability and power to address those needs to promote business as do those traders to ensure their business model fits and supports those areas.
Fashion Sussex is a growing fashion Trust, set up to promote regional fashion, where services are donated by numbers of experienced clothing & textiles retail and services professionals. The Sussex Fashion Awards were designed and awarded during 2011 which saw more than 700 interested public nominations vote for their favourites and awarded to 14 businesses and individuals across Sussex including retail outlets in a number of towns.
Winners such as
Walk In Wardrobe of Hove voted as Best Place to Shop in Sussex 2011 recently commented
…“It was just the lift we needed, and its fantastic to be rewarded“…
Suzie Turner winner Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year 2011 stated
‘I was thrilled to be chosen Sussex Designer of The Year ‘
Gossypium, the E’tailer and retailer of Lewes, Sussex winners of The Sussex Fashion Eco Award 2011
“Wining the Fashion Sussex Eco Fashion award meant alot to us simply because it is local acknowledgement”…
You can read more about what Mary Portas has to say – and it’s clear that involvement on the High Street such as The Sussex Fashion Awards can motivate the consumer and enhance the shopping experience further > Mary Portas Report December 2011
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MADE 2011 Sarah Arnett 18 – 20 November 2011 Corn Exchange Church Street – Brighton Read more > Blog
Sarah was a finalist 2011 Designer of the Year by the Sussex Fashion Trust
The Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 saw hundreds of public nominations made for celebrating the best in the industry across Sussex. Industry experts and professionals donated their time to The Sussex Fashion Trust to raise the profile of fashion across the region including Brighton & Hove, to judge the 12 Awards up for grabs.
Claire Wallace, Editor of ETC magazine, the free glossy magazine, publishes a regular monthly fashion feature, showcasing quality fashion offers from a round the region, donated her time to be an industry & professional judge for the first Sussex Fashion Awards 2011, held at The Royal York Hotel, Brighton during September 2011.
ETC Magazine, distributed to most major towns across Sussex, celebrate The First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011, including Brighton & Hove, held during September 2011. Read more > Fashion Awards magazine feature.
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The First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 – in print – The Argus
The First Sussex Fashion Awards designed by The Fashion Trust, a charity, which includes the city of Brighton & Hove, have produced a celebratory eMagazine featuring the 40 Sussex based nominees, the fashion judges, and the winners of the 12 Sussex Fashion Awards which were up for grabs – and won – this month.
Read more by viewing here > pdf download
If your firm would like to know more about The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards and developments for year two, opening up for nominations shortly, then please call 07864971662 or email email@example.com – we would be very pleased to hear from you.
The First Sussex Fashion Awards including Brighton & Hove, UK.
The Sussex Fashion Trust is delighted to announce Suzie Turner as winner of the prestigious Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year Award 2011.
Eleven other winners from the fashion industry across Sussex, UK, were honoured at the lunchtime event held at The Royal York Brighton, September 2011.
The Awards saw numerous regional industry figures gather, for the first time, hosted by trustees Jake Leith, President Elect of The Chartered Society of Designers, and Head of Business & Professional Practice for Fashion & Textiles (and Design & Craft) at the University of Brighton, and Mike Weatherley MP representing Hove & Portslade.
The Sussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2011 went to young designer, Julius Arthur Quinn, an ex graduate of Brighton University with fantastic print ability, and renowned and influential ladies wear stockist, Katherine Tansell of Walk in Wardrobe, won The Best Place to Shop Award 2011.
The fabulous stunning collection, and highly praised exhibition, ‘Dress for Excess’ was awarded The Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2011, to the team headed up by Martin Pel at Brighton Museum, whilst Sarah Bird won Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011.
All Awards were decided by public nominations this year, and included the sustainability store, Gossypium, as the winner of the Sussex Fashion ECO Award and following on, Tess Georgia as Sussex Fashion Model of the Year 2011.
Brighton & Hove legendary stylist Igor Srzic Cartledge tied with dashing Gresham Blake, the tailor, for the title of Sussex Best
Fashion Ambassador Male 2011, whilst a similar situation was entertained with Liz Bishop, of Brighton Fashion Week, and Jane Busby, stylist for Sussex Best Fashion Ambassador Female.
Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2011, was won by Peggs & Son, Brighton. This Award received many differing
Edit Boutique of Haywards Heath Sussex was voted The Best place to Spend £250 and finally Vintage Owl Boutique won the Sussex e’tailer of the Year Award 2011.
“This is the first year and I am delighted that so many nominations were made by the public for our thriving fashion industry” stated Mike Weatherley MP and trustee “This year’s Sussex Fashion Award winners represent a great selection of regional fashion talent
from fantastic emerging young design talent, across all industry sectors, to the Fashion ECO award” stated Jake Leith trustee
The Sussex Fashion Trust, a charity, was set up during 2010. Its primary aim to heighten visibility, engage buyers with fashion
designers, increase manufacturing and export of fashions from the local region.
The Trust offers soft mentoring support, one to one with top professional industry specialists, and online regional support
information to showcase fashion. The Sussex Fashion Awards initiative was designed as part of the programme to heighten visibility of the fashion industry in the South of England.
Magazine of The First Sussex Fashion Awards – pdf download