‘Fashion Island’: A Visit to the River Island Head Officefashi

2012, Careers + Advice, FAD Projects, Fashion Futures

Photos & Blog Post by Kasey Jade Newton, Age 17

On Friday 2nd November twenty Fashion Futures students headed to West London to the headquarters of River Island for a very special behind-the-scenes visit.

To begin the day we were taken on a tour of the River Island offices and design studios, where we saw all the different departments. We got to see the step-by-step process involved in making a garment – from pattern cutting and print development to colour and fabric samples, and we even spotted a model fitting taking place.

We were very lucky to have Senior Designer Lucy Moller and Designer Ludmila Maida as our tour guides for the day, both of who design River Island’s Chelsea Girl and Women’s Tailoring collections.

After the tour we all sat down to look at their design boards and saw some of next  season’s (Spring/Summer 2013)  collections, which included a lot of leather and studs. My personal favourite had to be the neon yellow boucle jacket which I will be snapping up as soon as it hits the shops.


LOOK! FAD Finalist Features in Look Magazine

2012, FAD Projects, FAD Stories, Fashion Futures
It’s been a very exciting day at the FAD office! We arrived at work this morning to discover the 2012 FAD Junior Awards has been featured in this week’s edition of LOOK Magazine!

Well done to young FAD finalist, Toni-Louise Parker, aged 18 from Catford in Lewisham. Her stunning blue and white design has been illustrated by the talented @Miss_Magpie_Spy as part of an exclusive competition for London Fashion Week. 

Amazing! Follow @fadcharity on twitter or become a facebook fan for all more news & updates from this years FAD Junior Awards show. 


Stitching the Town Red, White & Blue

2012, FAD Projects, Fashion Futures
FAD guest blogger Randa Kherba, 17, reports from the 2012 FAD Junior Awards

“Once again, I was given the opportunity to transform into a fashion journalist for FAD – this time to cover the 2012 FAD Junior Awards final sponsored by George at Asda and held at Vauxhall Fashion Scout.

The theme of the show was Great British Design, with FAD finalists gathering their inspiration from the V&A’s British Galleries; their favorite Brit designers and everything and anything that reflected their own ‘British-ness’.

Out of over 100 ambitious teen designers from London and Manchester, 25 finalists were handpicked to showcase their garments at the catwalk final. The last day of London Fashion Week – and what an honour for these young designers to close proceedings with a collection celebrating all their hard work!

I stumbled upon a few V.I.P’s sitting in the front row:

The lovely boys of Idol Magazine & Singer Ny

From left: Jennifer Gladman, Boohoo.com; Kausar Mitha, George at Asda; Niki Groom, aka Miss Magpie Spy; Richard Bruce, M&S; John Wolford & Claudia Bothe, Hussein Chalayan.

Red, white and blue were the key colours used throughout the collection, representing the Union Jack flag in true British style.  Hints of tartan, leather and baroque prints represented British culture in all aspects, from Punk to the Victorian era.

Designs by Hannah Dang, 17 (Islington) & Eva Blessing Onyeulo, 17  (Tower Hamlets)

Designs by Toni-Louise Parker, 18 (Lewisham) & Kai Boardman , 17 (Salford)

2012 FAD Junior Awards: Illustrated

2012, FAD Projects, Fashion Futures

The FAD team are busy getting ready for the 2012 FAD Junior Awards, set to take place on Tuesday 18th September at Vauxhall Fashion Scout as part of their official London Fashion Week schedule.

This year we have 26 amazing young talents showcasing their designs on the catwalk, looking to the theme of ‘Great British Design’ for their inspiration. The teenagers, all aged 16 -19 years old, have been working hard on their final garments but still found time to create these incredible illustrations of their collections for the FAD blog and after show party.

Here is a sneak peek of what industry, press and show sponsors George at Asda can expect from the FAD Junior Award finalists next week when they go head-to-head on the catwalk. I think you will agree, this year’s young designers really know how to draw! We wish them all the best for next week when they will be #stitchingthetown red, white and blue in true British style.

Follow @fadcharity on twitter for all the backstage news from the 2012 FAD Junior Awards Final.

Robyn Yeang, 19

Gabriela Adach, 17

GFW 2012: The Great Tick-Tock T-Shirt Challenge

2012, Be Inspired, FAD Projects, Fashion Futures
FAD is delighted to announce that 19 year-old Robyn Yeang, a finalist in the 2012 FAD Junior Awards, has won the George at Asda ‘Great Tick-Tock T-shirt Challenge’.

Photo Credit: Toni Tran

Announced last night on the final day of Graduate Fashion Week, the competition was judged by designer and founding member of Graduate Fashion Week, the legendary Jeff Banks.

The ‘Great Tick-Tock T-shirt Challenge’ ran everyday at the graduate event, with visitors flocking to the George stand in their droves to have a go. Each entrant had just five minutes, timed with a stop watch, to draw their design and the best three from each day were selected as finalists.

Several of FAD’s Fashion Futures students took part and we are delighted to see one of them win the amazing prize! As well as giving Robyn £1000 towards her education, George will also put her cat inspired design into production to be sold on George.com from July.

To read Robyn’s reaction on winning, and to learn more about the feline behind her design read her blog post here.