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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: Tengri

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

With all new fashion ventures, success or failure is first and foremost rooted in your product. In supporting roles are your approach, your story and your ethics. In my opinion, many sustainable brands focus too much on their ethics and not enough on delivering fashion relevant, want-able, gorgeous product.

Nancy Johnston, founder of Tengri, seems to have the balance just right with her collection of  100% natural, undyed, hand-combed Mongolian yak wool knitwear that is eco-friendly and sustainable, as soft as cashmere and warmer than merino wool. I think it looks really gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on some, especially in the wake of last Autumn Winter’s horrific angora scandal (you can read more about that here and here). Animal fibres are a tough ethical call in many ways. Even the humble woolly sheep often doesn’t get given the care it deserves at home or abroad.

It seems that the small scale, socially engaged, empowerment oriented Tengri offers us a very clear, open and utterly spotless source to production picture that supports all involved from start (the Mongolian yak herders) to the finish (the UK production is manned by retired industry professionals). It’s a beautiful approach and we’re delighted to share this really great fashion story with you.

Tengri AW'14 'Warrior' collection

Tengri AW’14 ‘Warrior’ collection

Tengri AW'14 'Warrior' collection

Tengri AW’14 ‘Warrior’ collection

Tengri AW'14 'Warrior' collection

Tengri AW’14 ‘Warrior’ collection

You can contact the brand and pre-order from this collection on their website.

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“Blink” New Designers: Avenue 32 introduces

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

What we love about Avenue 32 is that its a fashion website that really puts emphasis on promoting new, young, innovative international emerging design talent, alongside all of those established brands that we all love to have in our (walk in) wardrobe.

This British company seems to constantly have it’s finger on the pulse of what’s about to hit the fashion public’s consciousness. It’s a great place to hit up when you’re after something new, exciting and different. If you’d like to see Avenue 32’s full portfolio of featured labels, take a look here.

We have the pleasure of being able to share with you some of this season’s new talent via these lovely mini biographies from the Avenue 32 team. Charlie Brear and Varley are both available on the site.

Varley on Avenue 32

Varley on Avenue 32

Charlie Brear on Avenue 32

Charlie Brear on Avenue 32

These other label’s are brands that they think we should all keep an eye out for in the upcoming season as they build their presence in the fashion industry, and who knows, perhaps they’ll be lucky enough to be featured on Avenue 32 very soon.

AWAKE

AWAKE

Alessandra Rich

Alessandra Rich

Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo

Kaelen

Kaelen

Isa Arfen

Isa Arfen

For more news on new designers, take a look here.

“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate, Anne Westhoff

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The next LCF BA14 graduate collection we are spotlighting is this amazing jewellery from Anne Westhoff.

Combining artfully sculpted sections of wood, complete with bark, and blending that with a resinous material that looked very much like amber, these are a beautiful study in organic texture and mixed materials in an utterly sophisticated and thoughtful way.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff
LCF BA14 graduate collections, Anne Westhoff

For more work from brilliant new designers, just click here.

“Blink” New Designers: BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Sofie Birkin

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Next we look at the wonderful work of LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin. We had the pleasure of meeting Sofie at the exhibition and learnt about her approach and inspiration. Her intricately detailed collection of shoes is inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. Every shoe is dedicated to one of the women who was killed, with the heel containing something specific to each individual. The leather is also delicately inscribed with imagery related to the events, creating an almost Egyptian hieroglyphic effect. These are so much more than beautifully crafted footwear.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

This is Sofie herself, wearing a beautifully mystical headpiece that she created for previous project. Utterly, brilliantly unique.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin

For more exciting new designers, take a look here.

“Blink” New Designers: Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Saul Robayna

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

We hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s posts about the LCF exhibition. From jewellery we move on to some footwear and wowsers, these boots are so super sexy! From graduate, Saul Robayna, these thigh highs are a stunning confection of lace and laces. I cannot wait to have the chance to add some of his work to my shoe collection.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Saul Robayna

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Saul Robayna

For more new designers, take a look here.

“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate, Qian Yang

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

On from our introductory post, we now start to get into the nitty gritty of some of our favourite collections from the London College of Fashion graduates.

This exhibition was specifically focused on presenting the work of the accessories students, but actually this stunning collection of jewellery could also be considered mini sculpture I suppose. Thoroughly innovative and perfectly executed by Qian Yang.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

For more new designers, take a look here.

 

“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate Exhibition

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Here’s the first in few posts that we are bringing you to showcase the graduating talent from the London College of Fashion. These BA students’ work was presented in a really beautiful static exhibition in East London and we were delighted to be invited to attend.

I have the great pleasure and privileged of teaching as a visiting lecturer at LCF, as well as mentoring some of the pre-graduation design students, so seeing the product of their hard work crystallized in these final collections is always a huge treat. I also got to meet Rob Phillips, Creative director at LCF and the individual who has the inenviable job of deciding which of the graduating students will be included in the final show. In this graduating group he has selected a diverse selection of deeply talented individuals who we feel sure you will be hearing more about as they progress within the fashion industry.

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

LCF BA14 graduate collections

For more on new design talent, just click here.

“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.

For more new designers, take a look here.