The Inside Scoop
Scoop International trade show, where high fashion and art collide!
You know autumn is on its way when the sky is that depressing shade of grey, the high street windows are full of burgundy’s auburns and wools AND London Fashion Week and the fashion trade shows roll around. Okay, that last statement is enough to turn any frown upside down (well, for our female readers at least). Did somebody say FASHION??
Just to put you straight before we get started, fashion trade shows are not to be confused with fashion shows! Trade shows are where retailers purchase the pieces that stock the fave high street stores, boutiques and department stores we lust over.
Scoop is a platform for the UK as well as a growing number of international designers
Scoop is a tradeshow that, whilst new to the fashion market (this was their second event), has already firmly staked its claim as one to be reckoned with. Housed in the beautiful contemporary art space that is the Saatchi Gallery, the unique concept is the brainchild of Karen Radley, who, after 30 years in the fashion industry, has hit a homerun with this concept.
Walking through the expansive bright white spaces you understand Karen’s vision. Saatchi’s current contemporary sculpture exhibition ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ is the perfect complement to the Spring/Summer collections that sat amongst them. The exhibition, like the designer collections on display, was innovative and visually striking. One example: Dirk Skreber’s works ‘Untitled (Crash 1)’ and ‘Untitled (Crash 2)’ – two mammoth car installations that seemed to have been transported directly from a car wreck, made quite the impact as visitors entered the gallery.
Showcasing the next season’s (in this case Spring/Summer 2012) ladieswear, lingerie, shoes and accessories, Scoop is a platform for the UK as well as a growing number of international designers. I for one was excited to see my Stateside fave Cynthia Steffe had joined the fold. Overall, over 150 labels filled the gallery from the iconic (Vivienne Westwood and Christian Lacroix), to the trendy (La Perla and Nina Ricci) to the emerging (Aase Hopstock and Grazia Fortuna Ward). It seems next Spring/Summer will be full of fun, flirty pieces with a mix of pastels and brights. Designer Sophia Kah showcased these elements in a stunning dress collection that would work well in my (‘ahem’) I mean any ladies closet. Our HOT pick of all the labels was Iranian glamazon, shoe and accessory designer Amanda Navaian. Her fabulous range of neon snakeskin reversible clutches and high heel pumps were absolutely to die for! See for yourself with our exclusive video interview.
Scoop was no doubt a hit with buyers. Here’s hoping our finds make it to the stores for Spring/Summer 2012 ladies!! Otherwise we might have start stalking those pesky buyers to give em’ what for!!!
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Words: Enam G
Photography: Ernest Simons