Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

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January, 2013 Monthly archive

Great news that the talented Nicholas Kirkwood has won the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The prize entitles Kirkwood to £200,000 to invest into the business and access to key mentors across the UK fashion industry.The announcement took place this evening at an event hosted by Natalie Massenet MBE, BFC Chairman and Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue, at Nobu in Mayfair London. Congratulations Kirkwood!

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Despite the blizzard of snow that hit London during London Art Fair, there was still a great turn out and some really interesting emerging galleries and artists to be found. I interviewed Jack Bell, owner of the Jack Bell Gallery for my review for Luxe Immo magazine (March issue). He specialises in contemporary African artists, which he argued is a good place to invest at the moment: http://www.jackbellgallery.com/

I also chaired a talk for Luxe Immo magazine on the ‘New Frontiers in Contemporary Art’. Thanks to the artists Matt Golden, Tom Leamon, Adeline de Monseignat and the arts manager Sally Smith from Jack Inc for being involved.

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Please click through to see my recent article on European luxury fashion labels, who are attempting to make waves in China. This is from the January issue of Vantage magazine:
http://www.vantageshanghai.com/made/2013/02/the-buzz-for-british-brands/

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Fashion Scout (formally Vauxhall Fashion Scout) have just announced their Ones to Watch winners and have made a really interesting selection this season. Here is a quick look at the winners:

Chinese Born and London based designer Patrick Li, who has recently started selling his collection in Joyce. Patrick Li is getting a following through his clean, modern and elegant style:

South Korean designer YEASHIN. I personally love her quirky, eccentric designs and am looking forward to seeing what she offers this season at London Fashion Week. In 2011 she was picked by Vogue as one of their graduates to watch:

And finally, Central Saint Martins graduate Yulia Kondranina’s, who specialises in sculptural, Gothic designs:

This season’s selection panel included Hilary Alexander, Jessica Bumpus of Vogue.co.uk, Hannah Emslie of Selfridges, FS alumni and former Merit Award winner Georgia Hardinge, acclaimed stylist Rebekah Roy, Fashion Scout Founder and Director Martyn Roberts and FS Talent Scout Charlotte Gunstone.

Fashion Scout Director, Martyn Roberts on the announcement: “This season we are excited to present a diverse range of new talents to the market. Ones To Watch has always been recognised as a launch pad for next generation of designers, and our selection celebrates some the most innovative new designers from both the UK and around the world.”

The collections will be shown at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week this February.

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I have just interviewed the Chinese fashion designer Yang Du for the March issue of Vantage magazine. I love her style so am excited that she is thinking about bringing a diffusion line out soon. Fingers crossed!

http://www.yangdu-duyang.com/

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Last week I interviewed the British writer E. L. James, of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy for Conde Nast China’s Self magazine. The extensive interview will be published in the March issue and I am pleased to say this is the first interview in China that she has done! She talked about the effect that her recent fame has had on her life, her involvement in the Fifty Shades film and the current book that she is working on. I will upload the interview onto my website once it is published, or readers in China can keep an eye on the website:http://www.self.com.cn/ or get hold of a copy from the news stands in March. I can’t wait to see the interview in print and in the meantime, here is a preview of one of the photos from my interview.

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