Hwan Heo is a London-based Korean born designer – a Royal College of Art alumni – who is now firmly bedded in at London Fashion Week as an emerging designer. He previously won the prestigious Fashion Scout Merit Award in 2012, which has … Continue reading
I really want to share the AW 13 collection of a new talented designer, Yifang Wan. Somehow I managed to nab myself front row seats at the show in Freemason’s Hall. She is a Central St Martin’s graduate that won … Continue reading
After loving Ashley Isham at the last S/S 13 London Fashion Week, I had high expectations, and he didn’t disappoint. (also this time his designers were not so terribly skinny like last time making the clothes look even better).
His collection was stronger than the last one, I think autumn/winter collections tend to bring that out of designer, with leathers and army greens, reds and beautiful floral patterned velvets. The coats were armour like with extra visible shoulder padding, contrasting lapels, ruffled skirts, and strong shapes to ensure you the Ashley Isham woman is ever so elegant and beautiful. His evening dresses were extra long of course for extra drama, perfectly fitted with elegant 30s style skirt, with beading or leather waist detailing to give it the extra red carpet wow.
Bernard Chandran is a designer already well-known in his homeland of Malaysia – he is the chief designer of the television show Project Runway Malaysia and has also guest judged in Britain’s Next Top Model. He is known as the darling designer of the royal family, and from seeing his collection, I can see why.
He started to delve into the fashion world by studying in the International Fashion Training Centre in Malaysia, before he extended his studies at the prestigious Paris Fashion School.
The collection was elegant, with sleek block coloured silk dresses mixed with patent leather, beautifully beading on silks and leathers, and sky like prints on fabrics bringing together the blue and orange tones. From capes, to jumpsuits… its hard to pick a favourite! I love it all!
Zeynep Tosun is an Instituto de Marangoni graduate, from Istanbul who worked for Alberta Ferretti before moving back to starting her own label in 2008. <There is some beautiful designs coming from Turkey>
Zeynep gave us an opulent collection filled with strong shapes, think big bold collars and sleeves, leather, bright yellow and orange colours and bold graphic prints. Everything that is so very on trend but mixed with a fabrics of lush velvet and ruffled collars of a renaissance era, and oddly, with a twist of cowgirl elements.
Carlotta Actis Barone is an Italian born Central Saint Martin’s graduate, who already has five collections under her belt. She’s worked with the likes of Stella McCartney, Balmain and BCBG Max Azria… all very different brands with different looks and aesthetics to the Carlotta Actis Barone woman.
The collection was highly modern, with elegant long dresses with sheer skirts. The silhouettes of the 30s skimmed down the runway, with pleated and sheer fabrics to give glimpses of the woman underneath.
Ones to Watch, who we can thank for introducing us to designers like Peter Pilotto and Eudon Choi, introduced us not only to Patrick Li , but also selected Russian-born designer Yulia Kondranina to showcase her collection, another Central St Martins graduate.
The collection started with a monochrome palette that brought the focus of the collection to the structure of the pieces, and closed with a bold combination of primary colours for a more dramatic effect.
The RunWay Collective debut’d at Fashion Scout showcasing two very different Turkish designers.
The first designer Nihan Buruk, from Istanbul, graduated from the Fashion and Textile Design of Yeditepe University in 2007. Besides fashion design, Buruk is also an interior designer.
Nazari’s collection titled, Nian, was a powerful collection which was beautifully tailored. Each piece was strong, with an androgynous sense and beautiful strong fabrics of wool and leathers. The collection’s colour palette started with monochrome and greys but finished off with bright crimson reds.
The collection was really beautiful and I wish I could fill my wardrobe and keep myself warm with the whole collection, particularly the last crimson red coat!
My amazing first invite to London Fashion Week also landed me a ticket to see the new young talent at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout, where a handful of la creme-de-la-creme new designers can showcase their new range in the hall … Continue reading