A PERFECT FLAW

Frances O’Leary (francesoleary.com) – UK
Eclectic, kaleidoscopic, intriguing…
Asymmetrical silhouettes and wonderfully psychedelic prints. A graduate from the University of East London, Frances O’Leary founded the eponymous womenswear label in 2012. Her style amazes with its prints: a mix between tie-dye and ancient kaleidoscopic batiks combined with airy shapes and unusual cuts. The Spring/Summer collection, entitled Time and Lines, continues her quest in innovative printing techniques using soft and smooth materials. Taking inspiration from the medias’ obsession with perfection, the garments of this London-based designer are a hymn to what is irregular and imperfect. Triangular silhouettes and prints influenced by eroded bark or rusted iron define an intriguing and sophisticated collection.

Mirja Pitkaart (mirjapitkaart.com) – Estonia
Emotional, pure, chunky…
Mirja Pitkaart’s bags evoke the typical sense of warmth and purity of Northern countries’ design. An Estonian born-London based designer, Mirja has recently completed an MA in Fashion Artefact from the London College of Fashion after graduating in Leather Design from the Estonian Academy of Arts. With rectangular or half-moon shapes, the clutches of her graduation collection are chunky and delicate at the same time. Her aesthetic goal is to emphasize the emotional value of products, extending their lifespan and creating durable design pieces. The colours palette plays with the soft tones of taupe and grey combined with white and cream creating a candid yet attractive effect.

Melanie Georgacopoulos (melaniegeorgacopoulos.com) – Greece
Sculptural, unusual, bright…
Vulnerable and feminine yet tough and enduring Melanie Georgacopoulos’s jewels reflect the duality of each woman. Half Greek half French, this young designer studied sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Art and then gained an MA in Jewellery and Metalwork at the Royal College of Art. Moved by the desire of challenging existing preconceptions about pearls, this London-based designer established her jewelry brand in 2010. M/G is the main line while M/G Tasaki is a collaboration with the fine Japanese jewellery company. Each collection is based on a dual opposition: from colour, to materials to the two-way of wearing them. Irregular in form her statement necklaces, rings and earrings mix silver and gold with freshwater pearls creating unusual yet striking combinations.