When it comes to fashion, London has always blazed a trendsetting trail. This city embraces a melting pot of styles, design that spans the long-held traditions of Savile Row tailoring on the one hand and a more subversive, edgy vibe on the other. It’s a potent mix, one that has allowed some of fashion’s greatest talents to flourish (all hail Alexander McQueen) and ensures that the capital remains the destination of choice for would-be designers hoping to establish a world-renowned label. In this edition, we are paying homage to London’s fashion prowess, exploring not only the names that are currently on everyone’s lips, but also the brands that are admired for their steadfast commitment to crafting great British luxury. This philosophy is perhaps best displayed in the work of Mark Tallowin. A self-confessed Luddite, he takes a considered approach to making, crafting beautiful bags with a personal touch.
I’m also delighted to welcome a roster of talented writers to the fold, each of whom has scribed for titles such as Marie Claire, NOWFASHION, SquareMeal.co.uk and Vogue.co.uk. Jessica Bumpus talks to London-based designer Rejina Pyo about how she rose to fame; Fleur Fruzza earmarks the beauty trends we will all be following this season; while Ben McCormack delves into his Little Black Book to highlight some of the city’s most fashionable dining destinations.
Finally, it is the capital itself and the designers who inhabit it that rather appropriately take centre stage in our exclusive fashion story. Photographed by Ash Reynolds, it quite simply delivers this important message: London truly does have fashion at its heart.
Kathryn Conway, Group Editor