Edinburgh International Fashion Festival: Makers Market, LCF talks and Menswear show

Today I went to some of the events part of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival in the beautiful Assembly Rooms.

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 12pm there was talks from the London College of Fashion.

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James J W Macleod, the international Sales and Marketing Director of Vincent Maxwell spoke about his journey, bespoke tailoring, artisan and the thoughts and ethos behind VM. He talked about his not wanting to use models and/or photo-shoots to promote their product and instead use illustrations. Big thumbs up from me for that, guys! Very refreshing and creative.

Sophia Piessas discussed bespoke in the new millennia. Touching on the fact that more women are seeking out tailor made, bespoke suits and garments in a surge of female dominance and empowerment.

Johannes Reponen is the Editor of Address – journal for fashion criticism, Course leader MA Fashion Media Practice & Criticism (London College of Fashion) and Contributing writer for SSAW gave a talk entitled: ‘New Horizons: design thinking now & next’. He talked about the relationships between brands and their customers among other things.

After the talks (and a spot of lunch!) I went to the Makers Market, also in the Assembly Rooms. There was SO MUCH FASHION! It was a fabulous array of different styles, price ranges and cultures. Apologies for some of my shaky photos – there was just TOO much to look at, I was a little distracted!

Beautiful prints and funky jewellery at Godiva Boutique.

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(I had the privilege of modelling for this fabby boutique back in March, photos below.)

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Absolutely AMAZING jewellery at Grainne Morton.

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(The necklace in the middle is the thing that’s been missing from my life!)

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(…this one too!)

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STUNNING prints at Helen Ruth Scarves. Some are pure silk. Each piece has its own wee story behind it!

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Lots of loveliness at Hogarth.

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Beautiful elegance at Iona Crawford.

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I want these cushions!

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And this dress.

Beautiful simplicity at Jane Gowans. I love how some of the pieces almost look like honeycomb!

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Bold shapes at Kirsteen Stewart.

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IN-YO-FACE prints at Obscure Couture. These guys are a personal favourite of mine. I’ve followed their work online for a few years but have never actually got to physically touch any of the garments so today was a welcome treat!

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Some of the most awesome tee’s I’ve ever seen at Prints of Paradise.

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Luscious cashmere at Rosie Sugden. It’s so soft!

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Beautiful hats at Yvette Jelfs,

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I can’t remember who the designers of these were. 😦 If anyone was there and can fill me in, please do so!

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5pm brought the Menswear Salon Show. Pringle of Scotland, Hancock, Common People, Walker Slater, Adriaan Kuiters and Jody Paulsen were all showcased on a wonderfully diverse array of models. It was fantastic to see male models of varying heights, builds and ethnicities. Some with obvious tattoos and facial hair.

I loved pretty much every single look! My favourites had to be the suits though.

My photos aren’t great as I wasn’t sitting in the best place as the sun was beating pretty hard. We weren’t told who was wearing what as the models came out so I don’t know what pieces are from what brand.

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There was also an appearance from Camilla Parker Bowles! (Another terrible photo. Apologies.)

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There’s a video of the final looks on my Instagram.

There was a photography exhibition by Rankin on, also.

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I had a wonderful day. I love Edinburgh.

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About Leyah Shanks

Positive body image activist and advocate for mental health.

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