A LUMINOUS REFINEMENT

Etienne Deroeux (etiennederoeux.com) – France
Delicate, luminous, understated…
The purity of shapes and the perfection of lines are the signature of French young designer Etienne Deroeux. After studying fashion at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts and La Cambre School of Visual Arts in Brussels, he established his eponymous label in 2011. An explorer at heart, Etienne Deroeux draws inspiration from Bauhaus and architecture cultivating, season after season, a language all his own characterized by asymmetrical and graphics pieces made of fine fabrics such as Italian silks and linen. Entirely produced by experienced French couturiers in limited copies hand-numbered from 1 to 100, each garment has an apparent simplicity that obscures the technical complexity of their construction. The Spring/Summer collection is an ode to light which enlightens the pieces and dyes them with splashes of yellow, grey and pale blue for a discreet, delicate and irresistibly contemporary woman.

Tonya Hawkes (tonyahawkes.com) – Italy
Chunky, tactile, ethnic…
Chunky and with a strong tactile identity the Tonya Hawkes clutches are works of wearable art. Native of America, she began her career in New York at Donna Karan and then was chosen to become the creative director at Furla in 2002. Italian by adoption, in 2012 she decided it was time to create something on her own and opened a studio in the heart of Bologna. Unique of its kind, her clutches have rectangular and square shapes and combine rare printed viper snakeskins with underused materials. Sprinkled with faux ebony studs, each bag blends pure and vivid colours creating ethnic and standout patterns.

Susana Traca (susanatraca.com) – Italy
Sparkling, ethnic, cosmopolitan…
The simplicity of minimal volumes combined with an explosion of colors, prints and ethnic influences. Native of Angola and a former model, Susana Traca has a genuine passion for fashion. After spending years in the commercial department of important brands, in 2011 she founded the namesake footwear label. Her collections are the result of cultural influences and references to places where she has lived that revive either in the details and prints of joyful shoes with a strong personality. The Spring/Summer collection plays with the motif of animalier. Her sandals, espadrilles, wedges and the “little spider”, the hallmark of the brand, are characterized by leopard prints or sprinkled by glitter with rope soles and batik-like uppers.