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Yesterday was quite the early start for me …. not the usual Saturday morning routine. However it was for a just reason – The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Held in various locations over the city the event started on Thursday and ends today with participants including Pringle Scotland, Hill Street Design House, Calvin Klein and Jane Davidson. The event is being ran in partnership with zero waste Scotland under the themes of education, sustainability and digital relevance.




Hill Street Design House


The Hill Street Design House was launched just last year; however it is a creative hub hosting fashion designers, illustrators and artists of varying specialisms. In terms of the festival it was home to the Makers Market – a showcase for some of the best talent in Scotland and an opportunity to buy/ network. It’s a little bit of The Somerset House London is famous for in Scotland’s capital.




Karen’s work has a youthful edge yet caters to all ages. Her designs are fun, quirky and colourful – everything you need in life!


Pirate Pugs, Hot Dog Sausage Dogs, Caterpillar Chihuahuas and flamingos? These are staple things you need in your wardrobe. Just look how cute they are!


As a lover of the 60s and 70s, psychedelic prints are my thing and Karen brings a more modern twist on the original concepts by making use of pop art style illustration. Who knew a scarf illustrating typically everything that’s gone a wandering under your bed could be so good.


Everything the modern fashion forward bride needs. Rene’s store is a mix of vintage, contemporary and everything in between.


Florals are never out of place for a wedding and here shows a variety of sophisticated and dainty options. Headbands, pins and birdcage headwear.


And then came the avant garde pieces, which were AMAZING! The fan design above is a showstopper but without overpowering.


Colour? Check. Feathers? Check. Rhinestones? Check. This little tiara had all the qualities of kids dress up but was sophisticated enough you can wear it as an adult.


She even has time to make clothes for the ever day with some modern psychedelic style fabrics.



Patience jewellery were showing a simple little silver minimalist style collection of curved shapes incorporating in green gem stones.




I also went along to the Louise Wilson Remembered – a conversation hosted by Sarah Mower at The National Gallery of Scotland. The discussion began showing a prior interview of Louise Wilson which then led to discussion amongst the panel of her contribution to the contemporary fashion world. The panel included Jonathan Saunders, Chris Breward (Edinburgh College of Art), Fleet Bigwood and Alistair O’Neil (Both Central Saint Martin’s).

The loss of creativity and presentation in the modern era was a main area focused upon. Lecturers mentioned over emphasis of photoshop instead of hands on creativity in portfolio work – something Saunders had mentioned Louise had been keen on. He mentioned the length of time she would spend scrutinising students work and the depths she would go to for them to develop their own design identity. As seen in her previous students work – Alexander McQueen. Central Saint Martin’s staff mentioned the need to constantly be thinking of ideas and that dedication, passion and talent are needed to succeed.

For myself, an aspiring fashion designer, I found this talk really inspiring. By having Jonathan Saunders on the panel I was able to see the paths he’s taken to get to where he is and it’s given me ideas on my future plans. Ive also now an even clearer view of what an inspirational woman Louise Wilson was.