Graduate Fashion Week partners with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running

Graduate Fashion Week partners with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running


London, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Graduate Fashion Week is proud to announce its partnership with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running. Following the success of last year, the 2017 partnership will see both a womenswear and menswear graduate receive a scholarship within the Tu design team. What’s more, the lucky graduates will embark on a year-long mentorship with acclaimed British designers Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer as they create a Graduate Fashion Week collection for Tu’s SS18 range.

Building on Sainsbury’s commitment to support new emerging talent, the winning graduates will both complete a paid 12 month placement with Tu’s design department, culminating in the launch of their own collection in-store. The winners will be coached by the in-house teams and gain insight into the fashion industry from buying though to design. This follows the success of 2016’s winner, Genevieve Devine, who repurposed her winning final year collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s with mentoring British designer, Holly Fulton.

The winning womenswear and menswear graduates this year will have access to Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer, their renowned personal industry mentors, whose involvement in the programme will include monthly meetings with the graduates and creative sessions to review the winner’s collection for Tu. In addition to this, Holland will also invite the womenswear winner to experience a day in his design studio, as will Spencer with the menswear winner.

“I am delighted to be working with GFW and TU @ Sainsburys. This gives a great opportunity for graduates to get first-hand knowledge of working within the industry, from the factory floor to the shop floor. In an age where sustainability and quality are such a driving force it is important that we show the way for the next generation so they can tread a sustainable pathway within our industry.” Oliver Spencer

“I am thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the Sainsbury’s Graduate Fashion Week mentorship scheme. So much of my learning over the years has been learning from my mistakes so if I can help someone else not follow in my footsteps and guide them through the challenges in any way then I am so happy to be able to do so. I received nothing but help and support from so many people I encountered on my journey and I’m happy to be able to do the same for someone else. I’m excited to get started!” Henry Holland

“2017 is a truly exciting year for Graduate Fashion Week. Based on the triumph of last year’s Scholarship Award winner being mentored by Holly Fulton, Tu have expanded the 2017 Award to two winners working with catwalk designers

Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer, giving more graduates the amazing and unique opportunity to win a paid placement year and their own collection.” Martyn Roberts, Creative& Managing Director of Graduate Fashion Week.

“It’s wonderful to be part of Graduate Fashion Week for another year as we deepen our commitment to supporting new design talent. Good luck to all graduates participating, we look forward to meeting you, viewing your collections and guiding you through your first foray in the fashion industry.” James Brown, Director of Commercial for Sainsbury’s.

As part of the continued partnership, Tu at Sainsbury’s will be present during Graduate Fashion Week hosting a Tu hub within the sponsorship floor. This interactive space will be set-up for graduates to visit with their portfolios to obtain advice and apply for recruitment opportunities directly from the Tu at Sainsbury’s team, as well as exciting masterclasses for all attendees.

Tu at Sainsbury’s will also be hosting engaging talks within the GFW Talk Live! studio with key industry and team members. They include ‘Gok Wan The Inside Story’ and ‘Gok Wan Panel Talk – The Truth on the Fashion Industry’.

GFW is the world’s largest event for BA Fashion talent and will be taking place on the 4th-7th June 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London.

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Debenhams reveals designers for its Spring Summer 2017 collection

Debenhams reveals designers for its Spring Summer 2017 collection
Debenhams reveals designers for its Spring Summer 2017 collection


Denmark London, 2016-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams celebrates its designer credentials for Spring Summer 2017, with a portfolio of iconic designers creating premium design and affordable fashion to the high street.  Debenhams’ Red Herring and Debut brands continue to sit alongside designer names and deliver key seasonal trends and elegant occasionwear.

Vibrant tones of Havana inspire a palette of red, rum, banana, black and white for the J by Jasper Conran SS17 range where crisp cottons and chambray are cut elegantly into simple summer silhouettes. Scale and proportion are key with oversize ginghams, large pocket detail and supersize striping on the longer midi length; the new hemline this season.  Deep Med blues, sun-bleached pinks and Bordeaux wine red deliver the elegance of St. Tropez in the sixties where floral embroideries are carefully crafted and deckchair stripes are reworked on organza. Key pieces include the bold stripe skirt, organza blouse and floral embroidered skirt.

Cuban heat inspires a sultry mood for Star by Julien Macdonald where colour explodes and clashes in hot tones of pink, red and orange for a true Latino flavour.  Romantic ruffles, exposed shoulders and sharp tailoring combine for a fiesta to remember. Must-have pieces include the high split wide leg pants, hot pink tailored suit and frill cropped blouse.

Taking inspiration from John Rocha’s retrospective archive, the RJR.John Rocha collection epitomises effortless romance and feminity.   Pretty, soft textures, lace and smooth satins mix with standout florals, vintage inspired embroideries and the iconic poppy create a modern take on SS17 romantic dressing. Key items include the embroidered sweat, tea dress and high waisted jeans.

Inspired by summer days in the desert Principles by Ben de Lisi presents a sumptuous palette of pink hues anchored back with navy and ivory. Prints are block coloured and bold with spliced stripes and organic palms. The silhouette is clean and modern whilst pleating, fluted sleeves luxe textures, compact fabrications and silky hammered satins give a softer edge. Key pieces include the trouser co-ord, soft trench and colour block dress.

Beautiful florals, lace and embroidery give a modern Prairie feel to the new season Nine by Savannah Miller collection delivered in a pretty palette of lavender, pink and pastel blue with pops of vibrant orange and yellow.  The range is overflowing with summer dresses; and hero items include the embroidered midi and the daisy maxi whilst the sequin jacket, washed denims and frill blouses offer versatile separates perfect for those hazy spring days.

Boyfriend silhouettes reign supreme this season for H! by Henry Holland where sweat dresses, acid denim and  oversized tees  take centre stage. Patriotic primary hues paired with soft pinks and khaki deliver a casual athleisure vibe where the tracksuit is key. Vegas cowboys and Punk references deliver a sense of playfulness to the collection where ginghams, snake and grunge graffiti juxtapose with feminine lace and extreme ruffles for a girly twist. Key pieces include the tea dress, deconstructed sweat and Motorcross tee.

Red Herring provides a fun festival of colour this SS17, with an eye-popping colour palette of yellow, blue and red seen in ginghams, stripes and tropical florals. Texture is reworked with embroidery, smocking, crochet and printed lace detail for a true feminine feel. Key pieces include the culotte jumpsuit, embroidered trench and pinafore dress.

Debut introduces a veritable explosion of floral romance delivered using delicate lace, print and embroidery.  Contemporary silhouettes and premium fabrications in a pretty palette of vibrant red, ivory and blush provide an air of feminine modernity offering a stunning choice for all summer occasions. Must have pieces include the floral bardot dress.

No.1 Jenny Packham promises signature statement gowns with the addition of occasionwear separates for SS17. Delivered in a soft colour palette of ivory, blush, soft green and vintage metallic, and paired with decadent hand beading  and form fitting silhouettes; the collection oozes springtime sophistication. Key pieces include the floral embellished gown, soft sequin jacket, wide leg pants and beaded maxi skirt.

For SS17 Butterfly by Matthew Williamson occasionwear enters the tropics with bold tropical florals and exotic plant prints. Fresh tones of green and aqua contrast with hot flamingo pinks, fiery red and orange zest which fuse with summer embellishment.

Inspired by fantastical fairytales Siren by Giles presents a collection filled with dreamlike landscape prints, embroidery, contemporary couture silhouettes and modern fabrications in a palette of chic  monochromatics and china blue.  This capsule collection offers versatility in occasion dressing and key pieces include the statement super prom dress and luxe lace applique tuxedo.

Introducing Studio by Preen the collection offers a contemporary fusion of modern day wardrobe essentials infused with Preen’s signature handwriting. Ruffles, tea dresses, paper bag detailing and frilly frills are key ingredients for this modern capsule wardrobe. You can expect Preen’s playful prints too including ginghams, stripes and eye catching florals for SS17.

The Todd Lynn/Edition collection takes you on an adventurous journey where street culture fuses with punk attitude; a key feature for SS17. Styling detail is paramount where the pinafore slip dress is layered with the essential cotton stripe shirt and the deluxe studded hoodie is worn with the masculine trouser and ultimate embroidered jacket perfect to create the modern contemporary vibe.


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Christine Morgan
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Source: Debenhams


Debenhams Unveils Pixie Geldof As Model For New Henry Holland Range

On the day (19th March 2010) Debenhams reported higher sales and profits in the first half of its financial year; the high street retailer also unveiled Pixie Geldof as the model behind the latest addition to its designer portfolio, H! by Henry Holland.

The H! by Henry Holland range will sit alongside the likes of Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, Star by Julien Macdonald and Principles by Ben de Lisi, which was recently re-launched exclusively to Debenhams and is showing a strong customer following already. The H! range is aimed at a younger, more fashion forward shopper, as Debenhams looks to democratise design for new customers across its stores and online e-commerce site.

Pixie Geldof is the perfect choice to model the new range as one of Henry’s close personal friends and muses she epitomises the urban yet playful feel of the collection.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Designers at Debenhams portfolio and to be working alongside a brand of such heritage. Through this collaboration I hope to increase accessibility to my designs and create a high-fashion yet wearable range with widespread appeal.” said Henry Holland.

“Introducing Henry into our designer base is a key move in attracting a new type of fashion customer. We felt that Pixie personified the range perfectly, so was a natural choice to model the launch collection”, said Rob Templeman, CEO of Debenhams.

“We are really excited to launch Henry’s collection in Debenhams, particularly following on f r o m the fantastic reaction we have experienced f r o m our customers and staff to the new Principles by Ben de Lisi range”, Templeman continued.

The H! collection consists of fashion pieces which carry Henry’s famous bold prints and bright colours as well as exclusive bags and accessories designed to establish a young designer brand at the store. The range is priced f r o m £5 to £60 and represents 52,000 square feet of womenswear floor space in 64 stores, supported by an exciting new shop fit featuring the H! logo.

Like all Debenhams’ designer collaborations, H! by Henry Holland is a permanent feature within the department store.

Launch best sellers include a vintage grey marl blazer, ditsy print playsuits and floral print dresses.

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More Retail press releases Launches Two New Online Services launches two new online services: ‘Collect f r o m Store’ and ‘International Delivery’ to give customers a more comprehensive online service.

Following the successful launch of the Debenhams in-store ordering service, ‘Collect f r o m Store’ allows shoppers to buy online and have their shopping delivered to their local store for collection, free of charge.

In addition, customers in selected destinations outside of the UK are now able to have online purchases delivered to their homes with the new ‘International Delivery’ service. Debenhams now delivers to France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and United States within 5-14 working days with delivery fees starting f r o m £7.

F r o m the comfort of their own home, customers will have access to the full Debenhams range including well known Designers at Debenhams brands by the likes of Jasper Conran, Betty Jackson, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi and Melissa Odabash.

Simon Forster, Online Director, said, “As part of our ongoing strategy to grow our online business we are continually developing the options that customers have available. Multi-channel retailing allows customers access to a wider Debenhams offer wherever they live, and a shopping option that suits them.

“Customers also have online access to the majority of in store promotions which means they can bag a bargain without having to flick through the sale rails at a time when making a saving is still a consumer priority.”

These new introductions follow the launch of Debenhams’ new look website in December 2009 which improved navigation and search tools, extended the product available online, revamped the design, introduced wider pages and ensured customers are able to get product quicker.

As well as the practical improvements made, launched a ‘Be Inspired’ area on the website to provide shoppers with ‘tips, trends and style advice’. The weekly online ‘magazine’ includes a celebrity ‘Get the Look’ section, advice for different body shapes, and expert tips f r o m celebrity style guru Mark Heyes and the world renowned designers in the Designers at Debenhams stable.

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