Tahir Sultan is an amazing designer, a Central Saint Martins graduate, who prior to launching his own label worked for none other than John Galliano.
His SS13 collection has a incredibly strong mix of cut, form and style made of the most beautiful fabrics. The colour palette started off very simple and then he spiced it up with a splash of flashy colours. Tahir is half Kuwaiti and half Indian, and you could see the beautiful influences from his background infused into his designs with the bold colours and detailing.
I get the feeling that the Tahir Sultan woman is uber glamourous, sexy but in a classic non-flashy way and confident in her own style.
I really love the billowy trousers, beaded and studded jumpers and statement necklaces.
Ones to Watch next rising star designer Hana Cha is a London of College graduate that not only won the womenswear collection of the year, but also presented her last collection at the V&A.
Her design philosophy is to combine opposites, whether it be style, colour, or beautiful fabrics. I loved this beautiful monochrome collection. The detailed beading on the fabrics and the prints on the back of the fabrics were stunning, I love outfits that are stunning 360 degrees!
In the last few years, shoe designs have grown to become the centre piece of outfits. I love that there is a growing number of designers dedicating themselves to decorating our feet.
Sophia Webster, a graduate from Royal College of Arts who previously worked with the Designer of the Year 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood, designed beautiful colourful and playful shoes. Her first collection was inspired by a trip to Rio, and I can sure imagine the beautiful cariocas (girls from Rio) doing the samba in one of these little numbers.
Ones to Watch are known for selecting the next “IT” designers to showcase their collection at LFW at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout. One of the four designers selected was Hellen Van Rees, a graduate of Central Saint Martins . Hellen combines recycled materials with an innovative approach to fabric manipulation.
This collection, similarly to her AW 12 collection, was inspired by the tweed fabrics used by Chanel and plastic-like fabric, a straight silhouette of 1920’s flapper girls and 3-dimensional artworks by Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whitebread.