Style: Two Weeks

Two Weeks is an avant garde unisex fashion and accessories label from East London hipster store Bitching And Junkfood that fuses androgynous styling with clean lines and a sporty aesthetic. They unveiled their A/W11 line, which featured leather tops, grungy loose knits and leotard pieces, at London Fashion Week. OhDearism caught up with one half of the design duo Marion Bergin to discuss.

The label incorporates elements of men’s street fashion with more feminine accessories such as the fringe headbands and the designers don’t like to define their creations in the traditional strict gender types.

“With this label we dip in and out of gender definitions much like our customers,” Bergin explains. “My background is in jewellery and accessory design and when I launched the website I was selling some of the more avant garde jewellery pieces I’d made. Even though I had styled them on girls we had a lot of sales from boys too and built up a loyal customer base. When we had an opportunity to show off-schedule at fashion week we decided to go unisex as it seemed like a natural direction for us.”

Two Weeks was launched at London Fashion Week A/W10 when Bergin brought Australisn Kath Blunden in to help with the clothing design. The result is a line that very much mixestheir two disciplines, accessories and clothing, to make one fully integrated collection with a strong signature look that is part fetish and part minimalist.

“We’re still in a very experimental stage with this label,” Bergin continues. “I generally find it very difficult to pigeon-hole what we do into certain aesthetics/trends. I just make things I like and want to wear so I guess it’s selfish. I think the sort of person who we design for is confident, sophisticated and sporty with a rebellious streak.”

Style: FAD winners at Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Described by Vogue as an ‘undeniable springboard’, the FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) competition is open to emerging young designers in the fledgling stage of their careers.

With more universities entering than ever before, it’s a must for any fashion student worth their salt. Previous winners have gone on to design for brands including Asos and French Connection.

The catwalk show was held at The Freemasons Hall, home to showcase Vauxhall Fashion Scout.

Maria Alvarez, Director of FAD, introduced the show of 15 finalists with a few words about this year’s theme of escape and what was expected of the finalist designers; a mini collection with inventive detail, excellent finish and original creativity.

Milly Jackson, 22, from Nottingham Trent University was crowned the 10th FAD Competition winner, with a £2,000 prize and a placement with Whistles, for her dresses inspired by the best selling novel ‘Life of Pi’.

The finalists:

Annie Vallis – Nottingham Trent University (2nd runner up)
Emily Booker – Bath Spa University
Ashleigh Downer – London College of Fashion
Emma Clifton – Edinburgh College of Art
Kerri Goulden – University of Salford
Qi Zhan – Edinburgh College of Art
Lucy Johnson – University of East Anglia
Rachael Brooks – University of Brighton
Kay Wilcox – Huddersfield University
Este Ndongala – University of Salford
Millie Jackson – Nottingham Trent University (winner)
Shaban Mahomed – Thames Valley University
Joanna Louise Mandle – Manchester Metropolitan University
Laura Carew-Gibson – DeMontford University (1st runner up)

An impressive panel of judges included Martyn Roberts, director of Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Professor Wendy Dagworthy, head of the School of Fashion & Textiles at the Royal College of Art and Anne Tyrrell, chair of BFC Colleges Council.