WEARABLE ART

Rejina Pyo (rejinapyo.com) – UK
Fresh, idiosyncratic, effortless…
She started at a very early age by wrapping around herself the fabrics of her mom’s creations. Then, at 14-year-old, she used to sew and create dresses in total autonomy. After graduating from her MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins and a year working with Roksanda Ilincic, Rejina Pyo founded her namesake line in 2012. A Korean born-London based designer, she defines a fluid aesthetic mixing functional and wearable pieces with sculptural ones. Geometric lines and bright hues enlighten the garments of a spring / summer collection that makes great use of sheer fabrics and pale prints for a sophisticated and understated yet extravagant woman.

Andy Lifschutz (andylifschutz.com) – USA
Primitive, organic, chunky…
Andy Lifschutz loves art and raw stones founded in nature. He began exploring metalwork in Brooklyn with designer Kristin Hanson and then further honed his interest at the Sterling Quest School of Jewellery Design in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This American designer creates ancestral and organic handmade jewellery pieces using recycled metals and selecting stones extracted from the earth with minimal environmental disruption. The collections alternate sculptural earrings in bronze and silver, chunky rings made with each base carved to fit and reflect the quartz stone and the simple elegance of the Garbo rings. Characterised by a primitive allure his creations seem to be pieces of wearable art.

Sophia Webster (sophiawebster.co.uk) – UK
Vibrant, ironic, imaginative…
Sunsets, polka dots, flamingos, palm trees and Aztec prints. Sophia Webster’s debut collection as shoe designer is a unique mix of several colours and inspirations. Protégée of Nicholas Kirkwood, she has been working with him for two years after her graduation from Cordwainers College and Royal College of Art. Kaleidoscopic colours, hand-drawn prints and hyper-real and ironic details such as the flamingo heel are her hallmarks. Stiletto, platform and flat models in vibrant colours are the styles range of the first Spring/Summer collection of this 27-year-old designer which easily fuses Yayoi Kusama with Brazilian landscapes.