London Fashion Week ended last Wednesday, and once again it has not let us down. Newgen selected its best new designers and left us fashion enthusiasts here at Tellusfashion amazed with the stunning new talent that it is able to produce year in, year out. David Koma was one of London Fashion Week’s big names this year. His feminine designs contour the body giving him his signature style.
David graduated from Central St Martins College of Design in April 2009 with a distinction in MA fashion. His graduate collection won the Harrods Design Award, which subsequently resulted in his designed being lapped up by celebrities. Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Megan Fox, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Cole and Kylie are all fans of David Koma’s designs.
His spring/summer collection sees girly pinks and creams based on perfect, body hugging silhouette dresses. Whereas his autumn/winter collection is set to have a darker side to it, inspired by Tim Burton, dark forests and hallucinations. The one thing that remains loyal to both collections is the feminine elegance and figure loving bodices that encapsulate his designs.
Images are a mixture of both his spring/summer and autumn/winter collection and are courtesy of London Fashion Week.
In her first stand alone show, Mary Katrantzou wowed fashion boffins all over the world at London Fashion Week, and even managed to secure the appearance of one of her dresses on the pages of American Vogue. She has recently given the lampshade skirt fame, and has already stamped her signature onto the art of laser-printing photographs onto clothing. There is no end to this lady’s creative talent! Mary Katrantzou first made people notice in 2008 during her graduating show where she used simple dresses as a base for bold photographic images. Since then, her style has progressed to become somewhat daring. Her latest show saw furniture inspired pieces grace the runway in a true trompe l’oeil fashion. From the lampshade skirt (which took hours to perfect each one through moulding, wiring, bonding and fusing), to the pelmet-adorned dresses. She told the London Evening Standard: ‘It was on the verge of being too gimmicky and a total flop. I had the fear all the way through designing it that it was all too much. I remember telling my boyfriend, “If people actually like this it will give me a huge boost to trust my instincts, but if it’s a disaster I’m going have to start again.”‘ Of course it wasn’t a disaster, and many celebrities have already snapped up some of her pieces, such as Claudia Schiffer, Rosamund Pike and Yasmin LeBon. What’s next for this enthusiastic designer? For autumn/winter 2011 she plans to experiment with knitwear, and transfer some of her bright, photorealistic graphics onto cardigans and jumpers. Keep your eye on the pages of tellusfashion.com for updates! Images courtesy of fashion.telegraph.co.uk
London Fashion Week has brought us some famous labels over the years, and hasn’t let us down in 2011, where it has discovered some fresh new talent by the likes of Louise Gray. This week, Louise Gray is one of the NEWGEN winners for Autumn/ Winter 2011 for her catwalk show and her exhibition.
NEWGEN, which stands for British Fashion Council created New Generation, was created for London Fashion Week in 1993 to support emerging designer talent. For the past 18 years the scheme has some of the best British designers such as Julien McDonald, Matthew Williamson and Alexander McQueen, which only means one thing; Louise Gray is going to be huge!
Her Spring/ Summer 2011 collection is feminine and floaty complete with big prints and embellishment. Bright colours and textures are themed throughout all her designs, making them uniquely hers.
The Scottish designer first saw success after graduating with an MA at Central Saint Martins College in London when she was selected by Fashion East. She went on to exhibit three seasons there. She has also had collaborations with Cotton USA, Judy Blame, Nicholas Kirkwood, the Smiley Company and Crown Paint.
Here at Tellusfashion.com, we have already clocked on to her individual style and eagerly await her new designs. Watch out for forthcoming collections, where she plans on creating a jewellery brand amongst other pieces.
Images courtesy of London Fashion Week.
The Fashion East new talent platform recently introduced us to the one to watch, Felicity Brown. Her collection of hand dyed, silk, ruffled dresses were inspired by a number of things including Japanese origami, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings of showy girls in dishevelled, provoking dresses, as well as her own study of flowers. The feminine dresses show off layers of delicate silks lovingly hand-dyed in blues, oranges and yellows on a cream base.
Felicity Brown was first spotted during her final university show, in which the collection was selected to be exhibited at Sotherby’s of London. She went on to design for Alberta Ferretti, Loewe, Mulberry and Lanvin before setting up her own label based in Brick Lane, London. Her 23 t-shirts collection show off an array of bold prints, and one off designs, highly influenced by tribal designs from around the world. She told Vogue.com: “I like looking at tribal costumes from all over the world and the way tribes mark themselves,” she said. “I find that much more fascinating than minimal tailoring. I made each individual piece that forms each dress separately. At the last minute I smashed it all together and that was it.”
Felicity’s influences include works by Picasso, Bedouin women and costume. Fabric types, hand-dying and printing are amongst her signature designs.
Felicity Brown was one of the main newcomers at Fashion East, and Tellusfashion.com predict that her original designs will be huge news over the coming months.
Images courtesy of London Fashion Week.
The Spring/ Summer of 2011 is set to see the likes of Holly Fulton bloom. Her new collection is packed full of bold prints and bright colours which make a huge statement. Many of her pieces are embellished with Swarovski crystal, exotic skins and metals, creating an individuality about them which is hard to match.
The choice of materials is highly important for Holly Fulton’s designs. Many of her dresses are made from felts and wool. They have a hint of 1960’s glamour about them with a contemporary twist for the modern day woman. Tangerines, yellows and blues are mixed with bold, black patterns and embellishments which create her signature look.
Holly has already had previous success when she picked up the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Accessories at the British Fashion Awards 2009, the Young Designer of the Year Awards at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2009 and 2010, and the ELLE award for New Designer 2010. Tellusfashion predict she will become even huger in the coming seasons.
Designs by Holly Fulton will be seen at London Fashion week, starting Friday.
Images courtesy of Holly Fulton.
Tom Ford. Is there anything this man can’t do? From business, to making films, perfume and beauty products, and that’s not forgetting the fashion designing. Ok, ok, this man isn’t exactly new on the fashion designing front; he has worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci in the past, but after a six year break from designing womenswear he returned stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean he is out of touch, the opposite in fact. He showed off his Spring/ Summer collection in his Madison Avenue store in New York, in which 32 models, including Beyonce and Julianne Moore, paraded in front of 100 guests.
He told Elle magazine: “I had to take a minute to reacclimatise myself. After a few months it started to come naturally and I realised, ‘Who cares about what anyone else has done [while I have been away]? Let’s do what I think women want to wear.’”
His stylish new collection has influences from the 1970’s, with flared pantsuits, soft trenches, unbuttoned silk blouses and animal prints.
Tellusfashion would like to offer Mr Ford a big welcome back, and thank him for his long awaited new collection.
Images courtesy of Vogue.