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Holly Fulton: my London
Known for her bold, deco aesthetic, Scottish designer Holly Fulton burst onto the London fashion scene with her 2007 RCA graduation collection.
Following her graduation Fulton worked for Lanvin focusing on the embellished womenswear and accessories. In 2009 the Holly Fulton label was successfully launched with a hit collection shown at Fashion East.
Seven seasons on schedule (5 of which with NEWGEN support) at London Fashion Week the Holly Fulton label has collaborated on several successful collaborations including ones with Swarovski and Smythson.
Living and working in East London, Holly Fulton is the winner of Young Designer of the Year Awards at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2009 and 2010, the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessories at the 2009 British Fashion Awards and ELLE award for New Designer 2010 and the ELLE Talent Launch Pad 2010.
Here is Holly's guide to the capital.
My favourite places in London to eat are...
"The Albion for fish and chips, Mark Hix's Tramshed for big fat steaks; The Boundary for roast dinners on a Sunday and Caravan on Exmouth market for an ever-changing and amazing menu."
My favourite places to drink are...
"For a treat, I go to Claridges and have a G&T, The Palm Tree by the canal in east London (127 Grove Road, E3 5BH) for an alfresco lager and lime and Zealand Road Coffee Shop (391, Roman Road, E3 5QS) for a fundamental caffeine fix and damn fine chocolate and Guinness cake too."
I like to escape to Leighton House for a quick break from the bustle of East London. It's like a small oasis tucked away in a Kensington terrace.
My favourite hotel is...
"Claridges - an Art Deco hotel is always going to be my first choice!"
My favourite open space is...
"I live near Victoria Park and I am lucky enough to walk through it every day to get to work. I love having 20 minutes to look at moor hens, see some greenery and forget what is on my to-do list."
To escape from the city, I go to...
"I like to escape to Leighton House for a quick break from the bustle of East London. It's like a small oasis tucked away in a Kensington terrace. If I'm aiming further afield, I've recently discovered the Cotswolds - an hour and a half from London and you're in the chocolate box countryside. It proves a pretty good antidote to city living."
My best bargains and shopping splurges usually happen at...
"Alfie's Antiques Market in Marylebone has an incredible array of treasures, Matches has the best selection of contemporary designers and super service; Ladurée in Covent Garden is where I head for little pastel coloured nuggets of joy i.e. macaroons! I frequent Battersea car boot sale for pot luck in the bargain department, Marcus Campbell near the Tate Modern for second hand art books and Spitalfields market, E1 on Thursday is always good."
Everyone has to visit Liberty London - it's the quintessential London store.
If I was a tourist, I'd avoid...
"Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon. London has an incredible history and is packed with amazing buildings that you need to that you experience for yourself. Get out and see the real deal instead of paying a fortune for a potted version".
The one place I would recommend to anyone is...
"Everyone has to visit Liberty London - it's the quintessential London store. I remember beholding its black and white facade on my first visit here and the thrill of excitement at the delights it held. It has an incredible history rooted in the arts and crafts movement and it's fascinating to consider it played such a pivotal role in the evolution of UK design. Also everyone should go to Dennis Severs House in Spitalfields, E1 - it's an amazing time capsule and a unique testament to one man's vision".
What I really love about the city is...
"It's open to anything and everyone - London is truly a place where anything could happen and often does!"
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