Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Style Awards with Juice FM, report and nominations.

If you don't listen to Juice FM then here's the information.
Liverpool is about to have its 3rd annual Style Awards.
The event, as per usual will be a star studied evening, with Stephen Gerard and Coleen Rooney selected for nominations.

 The event will be held in the brand new Hilton In Liverpool one. The first major event being held there, bar the Style Awards press launch where i got a sneak preview of the new hotels grand Lobby and reception. 

Categories for the nominations include The Fashionista Award, Most Stylish Scouser, The Boutique Fashion Award amongst other awards that celebrate bars and culture.

I'm glad to see some of my own clients up for awards including Voodou, Kirsty Doyle and the Radisson Hotel.

If you want to vote just log on to the Juice FM website and register your vote or click me to vote.

The event is on the 5th of december so keep your eye out for the full report on here the day after. 

Matt x

Monday, 26 October 2009

Voodou has 1 in 6 chance of bringing a British Hairdressers Award home to Liverpool.

Hair: Phil Gallagher @Voodou.
Photography: Matt Ford.
Make-Up: Hannah Ellen.
Styling and clothes: Sara Han.
Models: Erica Gallagher, Katie Joanna Ewbank, Hollie Swain.
Location: Studio.

This is 4 out of the 8 images that have got us into the finals at the Governors House hotel London Nov 23rd

The British Hairdressers competition is the be all and end all of hair comps. Winning is a career opertunity not to be sniffed at, now how do you think Nicky Clark got his shampoo branding deal?

Salons and there wanna-be celebrity hairdressers can spend litterally 10s of thousands of pounds on photoshoots and re-touching that will hopefiully gain them the respect of the national audience.

Phil Gallagher, the ex London stylist is now voodou's Art Director. His c.v. includes 2 seasons of project catwalk, major fashion shows, and styling heads from Niomi Camble to Kate Moss. (oh and of course my mum).

Now the team above including myself are off to London on the 23rd of November for the british hairdressers awards ceremony. Nerves are starting to kick in as we have a 1 in 6 chance of bringing an award home to Liverpool.

Best of luck. x

British Hairdesser Awards website.
Voodou website.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Liverpool's 'Lifestyle Fashion Week' in mid swing. Circo closing party details here...

For the first time ever Liverpool has two independent fashion weeks. The city is set for over a month of catwalk shows, charity events and amazing networking opportunities.
The first of these events started this Monday and is a collaboration between the John Alexandra modelling agency and Lifestyle monthly magazine, hosted by fabulous celebrity stylist and 'gay about town' Julian Bennett.


Lifestyle magazine's fashion week has been showcasing collections from over 15 shops plus both well known, up and coming, designers including Lady Vengeance, Fred and Mad, Samantha Cole and Boudoir Boutique amongst others. Helping to promote local designers seems to be the agenda.

Their grand closing party held this coming Friday at the Albert Docks Circo, will be free to enter but to make sure you get a place on the guest list email nicola@johnalexandra.com
If their opening party is anything to go by then this one shouldn't be missed. (see you there)

If this wasn't enough to wet you apitite, then get ready for the 4th official Liverpool fashion week.
This well established event has, since its first year, gained national press coverage due to it celebrity pulling power.

The week of shows will display respected local designers as well as internationally credible collections including Samantha Cole. (New York Fashion 09's weeks best womens' wear designer.)

The shows will be from Monday the 23rd of November til Friday the 27th. Check out the website for more news and booking details. Tickets are starting from £10.


Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Great opportunity for fashion designers. ''The Finishing school'' as part of the design festival is a great opportunity to work with some professionals in the industry.

I've just been past this one by the press team, I must say it looks like an amazing thing to get involved in and the price is just as good. 
Matt. x
The Finishing School is part of theLiverpool Design Festival.
Monday 2 – Friday 6 November 2009
Finishing School is a 5 day series of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-ones with business experts and industry leaders. The sessions are aimed at equipping new and emerging designers with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to grow successful businesses in the fashion industry.
Monday 2 Nov 10.30am – 12       From A Buyers Perspective
Session led by Joanna Watkinson, Head Buyer, My-Wardrobe.com followed by one-to-one sessions between 2pm and 5.30pm bookable in advance.
Tuesday 3 Nov  10.30am – 11am                In Conversation With Justine Mills from Cricket
The owner of Liverpool’s trend setting designer boutique discusses how she created the destination store. Session followed by one-to-ones until 1pm.
Tuesday 3 Nov 2pm – 3pm                           Intellectual Property and Legal seminar                
Session led by Michael Shaw from Marks and Clerk, Patent Trade attorneys followed by more bookable one-to-ones until 4pm.
Wednesday 4 Nov 10am  - 1pm                 Fashion Marketing
Led by management consultant Dr Rachel Smart who originally trained as a designer at Loughborough College of Art and Middlesex University before completing an MBA at Durham. She now works with fashion designers as well as the professional bodies that support them.
Wednesday 4 Nov 2pm - 4pm                    Brand and Design For Your Business
Led by Jon Barraclough, who in the 1980s was Senior Graphic Designer at Design Intelligence in London. The company documented major international fashion shows and published fashion forecasting guides for designers and retailers such as Levi's Europe, Next, Top Man and Marks and Spencer plc.
Thursday 5 Nov 10.30am- 12noon             Fashion and Music – Increasing Interdependence
Photographer and art director Liz Harry will discuss how a symbiotic relationship between popular music and fashion has developed. Liz has worked with The Zutons and The Arctic Monkeys and amongst her latest campaigns were bands Theoretical Girl and All-American Rejects.
Thursday 5 Nov 1pm – 5pm         Brand Image – Getting It Right
One-to-one bookable sessions with Clare Rogerson whoworked as Account Manager at Issa Communications looking after national and international brands including Bodyamr, Havanianas and Katerina Psoma. Clare specialised in small brands, advising on brand strategies, working with  designers to attain spaces to show at Fashion Week and introducing them to retailers such as Browns, Bendels, Bergdorfs, Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges, Harrods etc.
Friday 6 Nov 10.30am – finish     Live Fashion Photo Shoot
With photography by Bruce Smith, styling by Benna Harry, hair by Alfie Booth from Andrew Collinge Salon and make-up by a MAC trained artist. A unique opportunity to sit in, watch, question and learn from the professionals on a live shoot.
Book for £28 a day or £100 for the week contact Julie Colligan on 0151 709 1566
or via email at 

The Finishing School is part of the Liverpool Design Festival and is run by industry support body Design Initiative with the support of the City of Liverpool and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Win a £500 Kirsty Doyle cocktail outfit.

During interviewing a fellow Liverpool Fashion Blogger, Lauren McBride (check out her blog, Click me!) in Kirsty Doyle's stylish new shop, I was shown the link to this fabulous competition that Kirsty and Harpers Bazaar are running in the run up to Halloween. 
All you need to do is pop into the her shop in the Met Quarter and fill out an entry card or go on line. The full details are on the Harpers Bazaar website, click here
Well it gets better, i thought this would be a great excuse to also tell you that i will also be running a competition very soon to win a luxury silk dressing gown as modelled by the lovely Jodie.

But I'm afraid you will have to keep your eyes peeled for this one! 

Friday, 16 October 2009

One for the designers. Stall holder bookings now being taken for 2 day fashion spectacular at the Empire theatre

I Just got this through on my hotmail so thought id spread the word.....


Friday 27th November & Saturday 28th November 2009

The two day event will consist of up to 30 carefully selected brands from Liverpool and around the UK, ensuring that the stalls selected satisfy a variety of complimenting fashion tastes; those being: Couture, Vintage, Retro, Established and Up & Coming Designers . This special collection of traders will ensure the event is stimulating and unique. Fashionistas are our target audience...

As organisers of the event we will strive to maximise footfall through the door via our robust marketing plan, to give you the very best opportunity to maximise your sales, profit and increase your brand awareness and profile. We have carefully considered the date of this event. The 27th/28th November falls on a private & public sector pay weekend -renowned to be a big "Christmas Spend" in the UK. 

At  PASSION FOR FASHION  the products are the star of the show and we have ensured that our choice of venue will make them look as vibrant and wonderful as possible. We have worked with the Liverpool Empire Theatre team to hire out a great space over 3 linking levels that benefit from tremendous natural light and an exciting contemporary ethos making it the perfect venue for such an exciting event.
The Liverpool Empire is the largest two-tier theatre in the country and is located in the heart of the busy cultural sector of the City Centre, it boasts some of the most impressive views of Liverpool’s finest architecture. Being centrally located, close to car parks, stations and hotels make it easily accessible and the perfect venue to host this event.

Entrance to the event is a snip at just £3 on the door (or tickets purchased beforehand).

Per Day:
Single Stall (6ft by 6ft) £75.00
Double Stall (12ft by 6ft) £140.00
Triple Stall (18ft by 6ft) £175.00

Stalls can be left set up overnight if opted for up at the venue. Liability of stock/fixtures etc will still apply to the stall holder however we can confirm that venue management have assured us that the areas are locked overnight.
Terms and Conditions apply and all Exhibitors/Stalls are to be approved to ensure appropriateness of event participation.
For further information booking form and terms and conditions, please email:

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Lola Loves boutique gets cheeky.

Lola Loves boutique (in Cavern walk shopping centre), has launched her very own diffusion line called Cheeky.
The new off the peg range has a totally youthful feel to it, with more daring skirt lengths and a more affordable price range. (£65-£110)

Each piece is completely unique and the perfect fashion fix for a Saturday night out.

For more info go to the Lola Loves Facebook page. (click here)

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

My fashion column going in new 25 thousand copy mag-I need you stories and events!

I've been busy writing the first double page of my fashion column in Liverpool's new magazine due out in late November. Hence why I've took a step back from this blog for a few days.

The magazine is lifestyle, property and of course fashion.

I've been given the choice to show and write what i want in the column, so this is where you come in.

I need to fill it up with lots of events like the fashion shows I'm always hearing about on facebook, e-zines and mail-outs. There's not gonna be room for all of them but if you want you event promoting drop me an email and i'l give it a shout out. (free tickets to give away is always a good way to promote it too and let me know early, as the dead line is a while before its published)

Apart from this the rest of the double page will be filled with some great visuals and some similar stories to whats on here. Hopefully it will be different to anything else you have seen so it a great way to get peoples attention.

I will tell you more when the mag is nearer completion.


Dead line for first issue is the very latest the 16th Nov and it will be published the 26th Nov.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Street style. Matty Piltch. In association with Topman. Day 12 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Matty Piltch. Pharmaceutical technician.

Jared Followill- jacket, Pants- All Saints, Shoes- Timberland, Shirt & Glasses- Topman.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Street style. Roy Cheung. In association with Topman. Day 11 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Roy Cheung- Student.

Describe your style– Punk and natural.
Clothes. Jacket-Topman, river island, Next, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Street style. Stephen Hughes. In association with Topman. Day 10 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Stephen Hughes- Student.

Describe your style– Thrown on.

Who are you style icons- Radio Head, Chillies.

Clothes. Shirt- Topman, Tee- Topman, Trainers- Schuh.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

'''The September issue'' will be playing at a Liverpool cinema after all...

Words Jen Chapman @  FACT.

Hello Fashionistas!

The September Issue which is showing this week at FACT and offers a fascinating insight into the world of iconic fashion bible Vogue. I've put a little more information below, along with screening times and a link to the website. I hope you can make it!

The September Issue (Anna Wintour & The Making of Vogue) 12a
Director R J Cutler, Documentary, 2009, USA 
Anna Wintour (the ‘inspiration' for The Devil Wears Prada) is high fashion's coolest and perhaps most powerful player. Her dynamic editorship of American Vogue has seen her mythologised for both her commercial vision and her chilly, inscrutable demeanour. Cutler's irreverent and beautifully observed documentary captures all of Wintour's buttoned-up mystique, and gets to the heart of what ruffles it – chiefly Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington, a flamboyant foil to the boss's froideur. With appetites whetted by Meryl Streep's villainous turn in Prada, this is a dazzling behind-the-scenes study that reveals the personalities running the world's glossiest magazine.

Tuesday 6 October 
1.30pm, 9.10pm

Wednesday 7 October
1.30pm, 8.45pm

Thursday 8 October 
1.30pm, 8.45pm

FACT website. Click here.
The September issue website, click here.

Street style. Jonny Kearns. In association with Topman. Day 9 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Jonny Kearns- Addidas Sales advisor.

Describe your style– Different and fresh.

Clothes. cardie - top man

tee shirt - top man

jeans - adidas originals denim

shoes - adidas

Monday, 5 October 2009

Street style. Sonny McCartney. In association with Topman. Day 8 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Sonny McCartney-Student Photographer and professional nice guy.

Describe your style- Semi vintage/proper boss/90’s

Who are you style icons- Justice/electro pop/ France.

Clothes. Topman/Oxfam/asos/bricklane Market.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Street style. Charles Gannicliffe . In association with Topman. Day 7 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Charles Gannicliffe- Waiter.

Describe your style- Early 60s influence.

Who are you style icons- James Dean, Marlin Brando.

Clothes. Shoes-Vans, Shirt- Topman, Pants- Topman.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Street style. Joe Maryanji. In association with Topman. Day 6 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

 Joe Maryanji- Student and Bum.

Describe your style. Today- hangover clothes, Normally bit gothy/tight/trendy.

Who are you style icons- Barrac Obama.

Clothes. Shoes- Next, Pants- Debenams, Shirt- Topman, Hoody- Topman, Scarf- Topman.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Street style.Tom Williams. In association with Topman. Day 5 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Tom Williams- Sales supervisor.

Describe your style-50s/mod.

Who are your style icons- Adam Levine.

Clothes. Tee/Hat/braces- Topman. Pants-All Saints. Shoes- Schuh.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Cash prize up for grabs with 'The Design a T shirt competition.' from FaB @ Lewis's.

You now only have until the 10th of October to get your designs in.
The winning design will be sold in the FaB Store and a design profile featured in FaB Magazine. The winner will also receive a cash prize and bottle of champagne.

Click here for full entry details. (click here)

To see issue 3 of Fab Magazine on line. (click here)

For more info on what the fab store is about click here for related artical. (click here)

Street style. Abdi Essit. In association with Topman. Day 4 (of 12)

Street style in association with Topman, will feature on here and on the Topman website within the next few days.

Abdi Essit- Student.

Describe your style- 80’s/Retro, Urban, geek chic.

Who are your style icons- I buy what I see, I don’t really have one.

Clothes. Whole outfit Topman.