LFW A/W 13/14 Ones to Watch – Patrick Li

Patrick Li, a Chinese born London based designer completed a fashion design and business studies BA at the University of Brighton. He then did a Womenswear course at the Royal College of Art, and has worked with Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf.

His specialty is to combine organic shapes with strong structure, keeping a feminine line.

His autumn/winter 13/14 collection contained beautiful architectural lines, fabric layering, a clean colour palette of blacks and whites and a little green and maroon sneaked. Each mixed beautiful fabrics of velvet, leather and splashes of glitter.

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LFW A/W 13 Runway Collective – Nihan Buruk

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!

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London Fashion Week A/W 2013 begins!!!

It’s here!!! London Fashion Week starts today!!!

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I have received my invites and of course have no idea what I’ll be wearing, but my favourite item of the moment that will be featured are my Philip Lim silver leather collar, my Zara orange clutch, my McQueen coat and hat…and for the first time I’ve jazzled my nails with neon orange and jewels!

Yes, my love for a flash of colour still burns ever so bright!

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I’ll be sharing the designs of the emerging London designers that I get to see. Very excited to see what they have in-store for us for next winter!

LFW Honest by Bruno Pieters SS13 – Somerset House

Bruno Pieters is a Belgian fashion designer, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and has worked for Martin Margiela, Thimister, one Christian Lacroix in Paris, as well as Antonio Pernas in Madrid.

Honest by.Bruno Pieters was launched earlier this year and uniquely is the first company in the World to offer price transparency to their customer and to make their entire supply chain public. He wants to focus on making sure the customer knows exactly where the cotton from his fabrics come from.

I was lucky enough to see pieces from his SS13 collection at the Somerset House exhibition during London Fashion Week. The colours and prints beckoned me… and each piece was sharply structured and oh so desirable. Not sure which is my favourite… but I would have to start with (1) (4) (6) (8) and (11)… I’m a sucker for big sleeves!

LFW Ekaterina Kukhareva SS13 – Vauxhall Fashion Scout

The last designer in my LFW shows series of posts is Ekaterina Kukhareva, a Ukrainian born designer based in London. Ekaterina graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Uniquely (for summer especially), she specialises in knitwear -macramé, crochet and knitting all feature in her collections. I get the sense that the Ekaterina woman is strong and playful.

Her SS13 collection was full of bright colours, think blue or apple green clashed with pinks and lots of starry prints, and beautiful decorative eyewear.

LFW Steven Tai SS13

Vauxhall Fashion Scout select their favourite up and coming designers to exhibit and talk through their collection.

One such designer is Steven Tai who graduated from Central Saint Martins last year and has already interned with Stella McCartney and Viktor & Rolf. Earlier this year he also won the inaugural Chloé design prize at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.

A self-proclaimed nerd, his collection was inspired by book-binding techniques, with layered “page” like cottons and silks adorning his shirts and trousers. His pieces push the creative boundaries of fashion but are surprisingly wearable. I love the contrasting colours of white, pale grey and pale yellow with the cobalt blue, and the quilting in his fabrics.

Checkout the rest of his beautiful collection shown earlier this year in Berlin Mercedes Fashion Week.

LFW House of Evolution presents Lug Von Siga – Day 3

The second designer (another Turkish designer) to be presented by House of Evolution was designer, Gül Agiş who showed under her label Lug Von Siga.

Her collection, aptly named ‘A Stranger Under the Dome of the Grand Bazaar’, was inspired by the passages of the Grand Bazaar through the eyes of a stranger. Beautiful painting like prints mixed with leather for that extra bit of punch. The colour palette started with the staple monochrome colours with splashes of orange, burgundy and navy… and then finished off with London Fashion Week favourite, of graphical prints. This collection was very edgy with clean cuts, and the makeup and hair complemented beautifully.

I loved the detailing in the skirt, with the pleated underskirt peeping out in the split.

LFW House of Evolution presents DB Brendan – Day 3

I’m so sorry its taken me so long to post the Day 3 photos of London Fashion Week… technical hiccups with the photos and also my corporate job has been FULL on since Fashion Week started (of course! law of Murphy is it?).

But, I definitely will continue my pics from the shows and also from the exhibition at Somerset House!

I really enjoyed the collection by DB BERDAN, an unusual duo of mother and daughter from Istanbul, who were inspired by the Golden Era of the 20th Century. Deniz Berdan, the mum, originally worked as a fashion editor and Begum, the daughter, studied costume for performance at the London College of Fashion.  The collection was very girly and playful with gorgeous mixes of prints that is “so hot right now”.

Cutesy soft pastels combined with just enough stripe black to not make the collection too doll like. The oversized satchels in glittery metallic and light greens and pinks are definitely an easy to wear accessory!

(notice my graphic designer skills… hahaha…will remember to me more careful with photos next time!)

LFW Ashley Isham SS13 @ Goldsmith Hall

Singaporean born designer Ashley Isham launched his line in 2000 after studying pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion and starting (but never finishing) a further degree at North London’s Middlesex University. His SS13 collection is a mammoth collection with multiple elements, starting with 60s … Continue reading

LFW Vauxhall Fashion Scout – Spijkers en Spijkers SS13

One highly anticipated fashion show for the 2nd day of London fashion week at Vauxhall Fashion Scout was Spijkers en Spijkers, the Dutch twin sisters duo Truus and Reit Spijkers.

The sisters graduated back in 1994 from the School of the Arts Arnhem (now ArtEZ called) Department fashion design and then in 2000 completed their master’s program at the Fashion Institute Arnhem.

They launched their label in 2000, and have shown in Paris , London and Milan.

The SS13 show, entitled ‘La Femme Paysage’, started with mainly blockly colours and geometrical prints with crisp lines and then progressed to 20s influenced simple dresses with lace detailing. My favourite pieces has to be the beautiful free flowing prints of Luisa Casati, that made the models look like walking works of art.

I also loved the hair and make-up, clean and simple with the focus on the eyes. Ja heel mooi (“very very pretty” in Dutch).