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“Blink” New designers: Georgia Hardinge, AW’15

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15. #LFW #BlinkLondon

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15

After watching that Dior video about the making of the latest couture collection, I have a new respect for beautifully pleated garments. I think that may have been what initially drew me to the Georgia Hardinge showcase at London Fashion Week. Her collection, titled ‘Fragment’, features some stunningly and innovatively pleated styles blended in with sharp cut and graphically detailed pieces. This collection feels both tough and uncompromising as well as soft and subtle. It’s that brilliant contrast that drives this young British designer’s signature take on modern femininity.

We asked Georgia about the inspiration behind “The fragment collection” and here’s her response:

“The collection is based on mirroring, reflection and shattered fragments of glass and distorted objects. The pleats and print designs are a reflection of shattered glass and we play with this concept throughout the look book.”

 

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15. #LFW #BlinkLondon

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15. This skirt is my personal favourite piece

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15

Georgia Hardinge 'Fragment' collection, AW'15

Georgia Hardinge ‘Fragment’ collection, AW’15

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“Blink” New Designers: Lily Kamper

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Although Lily Kamper only graduated from the RCA in 2012, she has already established a brand with a confidently embedded aesthetic. This jewellery label is understatedly luxurious, blending transparent and coloured resins and crystal with metal to create symbolic feeling geometric shapes. The crisply sculpted character of her signature pendants seem both utterly modern and equally somehow ancient. For us we think the best description may be ‘a hybrid of rave culture meets new age crystal healer via ancient Egyptian monoliths’. Yeah, you know that old chestnut! Oh, and we LOVE Lily’s nail art too.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

As our rather diverse description suggests, Kamper’s work is unique and innovative. We at Blink London are confirmed fans. For the SS’15 collection that we saw at London Fashion Week, she has added in some new elements like this earcuff, showing us how her aesthetic translates brilliantly into finer, smaller pieces.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

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“Blink” New Designers: Jena.Theo, London Fashion Week

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

We do love a new label, and although Jena.Theo is not strictly brand new (they won the Fashion Fringe award in 2009), they had escaped our attention until this February’s LFW show at Somerset House. Founded by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, who met at the London College of Fashion in 2002, Jena.Theo is the result of their combined creative skills and experience in design and buying, as well as their diverse backgrounds blending British and Greek influences.

What first attracted us to their AW’14 collection was the brilliantly bold pattern combinations and the diversity from denim through to structured, dramatic dresses. Much of the pattern is due to O.Two, aka James Carey, a graphic artist/ illustrator who joined the team in 2011. Romy, the Jena.Theo studio assistant, showed us through the collection which actually comprises of three parts- Pre, RTW and Denim. The pre-collection featured gorgeous tropical, brightly coloured pattern that was reflected in the mainline RTW, which diversified into wonderful metallic finishes, graphic lines and more structured base cloths. The denim offer works with the rest of the pieces, but is a separate and complete entity showcasing clever cutting, great finishes and cool graduated colour effects.

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Already internationally stocked in prestigious stores Jena.Theo has made an impression on the fashion world, and we think this collection may be the one to bring this creative and innovative label into the general fashion crowd’s consciousness. I’ll be slipping into some of their AW’14 pieces as soon as they drop into Wolf and Badger or pop up at ASOS and Young British Designers.

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“Blink” New Designers: 1205

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

This new London label, 1205, is a really interesting one for many reasons. Firstly, it’s been founded my St Martins graduate, Paula Gerbase after honing her creative skills working on womenswear at Hardy Amies and then as Head Designer for Savile Row tailor, Kilgour. The next thing that I really like about this label is that it feels very utilitarian, however it is still incredibly refined, tailored, considered and sophisticated expressed through a really subtle and selective colour palette. Finally, the collection works for men and women. Some items are exclusively for men, and some for women, but then there is a section of the offer that is unisex- or perhaps better explained as flexible enough to appeal to either sex, and look good on whoever chooses to wear it.

As there’s something of a sexual revolution taking place right now (men modelling as women, women modelling as men, the androgynous look feeling really appealing etc etc) the emergence of more labels or collections offering unisex, or non-sex-specific collections feels like the perfect way forward.

1205, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

1205, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

1205, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

1205, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

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“Blink” New Designers: Richard Braqo

Friday, April 19th, 2013

We always find such incredible and exciting new accessory brads at London Fashion Week‘s Somerset House exhibition. As shoes are a particular weakness of mine, I was delighted to spot these rather gorgeous heels from Richard Braqo.

A graduate of Parsons in NYC, Braqo is producing his rather seductive footwear in the very best factories in Italy. He has previously collaborated on a sell out collection with Cesare Paciotti, as well as working with Acne Studios and Helmut Lang. His own label collection features super luxurious fabrications, stunning attention to detail and a subtle yet undeniably sexy handwriting.

Richard Braqo, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

Richard Braqo, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

Richard Braqo, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

Richard Braqo, AW'13 at London Fashion Week

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“Blink” New Designers: Trager Delaney

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

It seems I may be a season or so in discovering this new London based womenswear label. But better late than never I suppose! After coming across Trager Delaney at London Fashion Week it seemed as if I suddenly kept spotting this label everywhere (a huge window display at Joseph, an article in Vogue, product in Matches). This pair have made quite an impact on the British fashion scene.

Dane, Kim Trager and Brit, Lowell Delaney met while studying fashion at St Martins. After interning at prestigious labels like Celine, Sonia Rykiel and Haider Ackermann they have brought together their respective experience and channeled it into this rather brilliant own label. Aside from the AW’13 collection just looking incredibly fresh, innovative and sophisticated, the pair have utilized some really exciting technical fabrics yet this doesn’t feel like a ‘function’ driven offer at all. If anything it’s ultra elegant in a really modern way. I do wish, however, that there wasn’t fur in the collection, but perhaps this is related to Trager’s Danish heritage. I wonder what the Brit retailers will make of that part of the collection?

Trager of Trager Delaney, with their house model at London Fashion Week

Trager of Trager Delaney, with their house model at London Fashion Week

We spent a brief moment talking with Kim Trager at London Fashion Week, while Lowell Delaney was busy showing buyers the collection. It seems the duo have a very clear plan for their brand which involves a slow and steady growth and a very conscious focus on selling through the very best boutiques (Joseph and Matches are not a bad start don’t you agree?).

I really look forward to seeing where this duo go next with their collection. If all of the attention they are currently enjoying is anything to go by, they have a very exciting future ahead of them.

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“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
London Fashion Week streetstyle, Feb'13

London Fashion Week streetstyle, Feb'13

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“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week, February ’13

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
London Fashion Week streetstyle, Feb'13

London Fashion Week streetstyle, Feb'13

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“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week, February ’13

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
London Fashion Week streetstyle, February '13

London Fashion Week streetstyle, February '13

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“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week, February ’13

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
London Fashion Week streetstyle, February '13

London Fashion Week streetstyle, February '13

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