Panel Discussion with Bettina Vermillon founder

Aluminium heels are at the heart of the architectural design of Bettina Vermillion shoes who hosted a cocktail and Q&A with the label’s founder Lorraine Archambeaud. Developed over a period of four years by the brand’s founder, Lorraine Archhambeaud, together with a team of specialist engineers, the Bettina Vermillon heel is instantly recognisable, a unique signature that is as innovative as it is elegant.

The Devonshire Club welcomed Lorraine Archambeaud, founder of Parisian shoe brand Bettina Vermillon. The business of fashion, setting up a luxury label and designing an iconic and innovative 6-inch heel were some of the topics that were discussed in conversation between Lorraine and Samata, the British born Ghanian fashion entrepreneur, producer and presenter. The discussion was followed by a Champagne Reception and Trunk Show to present the Bettina Vermillon Summer 2017 collection.

Women for Women Car Boot Sale Behind The Scenes

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As part of @WomenforWomenUK International’s #SheInspiresMe Campaign, The Store and The Vinyl Factory’s Brewer Street Car Park hosted the second #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale! Proceeds raised go to the organisation which helps women survivors of war. I’m so honoured to have shared the day with some incredibly powerful women – thank you so much @BritaFS for leading such a fearless team and including us in it. So proud to be part of this organisation. Today in Brewer Street my car boot sold a range of one-off samples, sustainable, organic, vintage, second-hand, Made in Africa and Made in Britain! Ethical fashion, all in line with my role as Campaign Director of @RedCarpetGreenDress. Items from brands including Shaeha, We Are Thought, Gather And See, Umran, Deborah Lyons and more – for more information on these brands follow Red Carpet Green Dress.

(3/3) Last but not least thank you to my personal team and the people who drive this organisation forward every day – you are the reason we care so much! @Uneeq__ @VickyFifi (#TRIBEVIBES), Jono and @AfroChickOnTheRun for making our car boot so live, @JamesDHodge and @BeeGentle for coming all the way down and the friends and family who popped in @Mariama_A @LauraMvulaOfficial @S_Manchisi. Thank you to @BritaFS, @AlexEagleOfficial, @NicsCasey and really everyone at @WomenForWomenUK who cares so much about giving opportunities and encouragement to these women survivors of war around the world. Can’t tag everyone but the love is real. All the volunteers and wider team were amazing @EdmondsAnnie. 💕 _______________________________________________________ #WomenForWomen #SheInspiresMe #Fundraising #GiveBack #FashionForGood #Fashion

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#THETRIBE Intimate

Soul to Soul with a beautiful soul. Love this capture by @CristinaRossiPhotography from our TRIBE Intimate gathering. Find out more about the movement here.

Women for Women VIP Dinner and Art Auction

Women for Women hosted a  special dinner and online auction on Tuesday 25th October 2016, hosted by Blake’s Restaurant and sponsored by Tiffany and Co in London.

The intimate evening provided an opportunity to view the unique pieces of artwork available through a Harper’s Bazaar and Paddle8’s online auction, in aid of Women for Women International. Hosted by Hikari Yokoyama (creative consultant for arts & culture – trustee of @womenforwomenuk), 15 leading artists have come together to donate pieces in support of our work with women survivors of war. You can view the auction online here and find out why Samata supports Women for Women here.

#SHEinspiresme Brunch

Women for Women International hosted their annual #SheInspiresMe Lunch in partnership with Swarovski at the Bluebird, Chelsea, with Key Note Speaker Christina Lamb OBE, leading British foreign correspondent and bestselling author. In front of a captive audience, the ‘Farewell Kabul’ author sat in conversation with Tiffanie Darke, founder and director of Method, News UK’s new creative agency. As always, hats off to Executive Director of Women for Women International, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, for bringing together a room full of intent, power and change-makers.

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Bespoke your world

My journey with designing started with customising pieces, I used to pull items from my sisters’ wardrobes (with or without their consent) and add beads, trim and embellishments to them, creating an (almost) unrecognisable piece. A few weeks ago I posted this, about how my mother always used to make unique outfits for my two sisters and I, and how wearing something I knew no one else would have would always made me feel unique and quite badass. It is because of this early, personal journey with personalisation (excuse the pun) and bespoke fashion that I love everything Bespoke Your Work stands for.

Apparently the experiences you remember the most are ones that surprise you, and when I was invited to an evening of personalised luxury at Cafe Royal Hotel with Bespoke Your World, I had no idea what to expect. Actually, that is not entirely true, I expected to be besieged with designers selling luxury, but I didn’t expect to connect with the soul of the brands so much, simply because of how the event was cleverly set up to tell each and every brands’ story.


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WGSN futures Awards

The WGSN Futures Awards 2016 took place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London on 26 May 2016 where some of the world’s leading fashion innovators were recognised in a star-studded ceremony hosted by broadcaster and designer Fearne Cotton. With the hall of fame award going to British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman & a celebration of the most innovative designers, this year’s awards were not to be missed and top winners included globally renowned names such as Farfetch, Timberland, Kate Spade and John Lewis as well as up-and-coming brands and designers who are set to make waves in the industry including Hill & Friends, Richard Braqo, Mimi Wade and Baartmans & Siegel.

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