London Fashion Week has built a solid reputation for showcasing the best emerging talent and this season the Designers Showroom welcomed over 180 brands with their new collections set within the enchanting Somerset House. These the best highlights for AW15-16:
The independent brand advocates multiculturalism and doesn’t want to be labeled as a clotted brand but for who pursue simplicity, elegance, romance and ask for fashionable sense.
Annakiki conveys an attitude to those who pay attention to their dressing.
Handmade in Hackney, the brand is influenced by street culture and inspired by handcrafts. The collections focus on fabrics and handcraft techniques, being fun and wearable streetwear with a crafty twist. With their unisex feel, Cat Brothers tees, sweatshirts and snapbacks are worn by boys and girls alike.
Clean and sharp silhouettes, graphic, bold intarsia knits, luxurious textured fabrics: the British brand launched by Kelly Townsend and Philippa Thackeray offers a modern-sleek aesthetic. Fall 2015 inspiration Abstraction à la Joan Miró.
The designer has a focused passion in exploring experimental fabrications, yet his designs remain in the grounded love of real people and situations, constantly looking for emotional resonance with his audience.
The brand – based in Zagreb – is inspired by Polaroid pictures, which were created through intentional spills of chemicals and their exposure to different temperatures. This technique yields various colours and patterns, which are digitally printed in the UK, using variety of luxurious fabrics. Inspiration is drawn from subcultures, street fashion and issues with an emotional impact. Every season designers like to tell stories in different ways, using ambiguous fabrics, proportion and silhouette.
A style that focuses on clean lines, fresh palettes, and boyish elegance. Integral to the collections is the art of contrasts: balancing the androgynous with the feminine; the structured with the effortless; and the classical with the modern. Luxurious fabrics are sourced from the finest European mills and leather details are threaded through out. Like the collection, the Zoë Jordan girl embodies subtle sophistication with natural confidence, wit and spirit.
Her signature is architectural style – taking inspiration from Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor H.R. Geiger – to portray a level of depth and movement in her 3D, almost sculptural designs, which are perfectly showcased in her new AW collection. Hardinge has experimented with prints and a focus on the female form to create a visually rich series this season.