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Teatum Jones, AW16 at London Fashion Week

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Teatum Jones AW’16 collection shown on Saturday night was, in my eyes, their best yet. As recent winners of the International Woolmark Prize it’s clear that Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones have hit their creative stride in spectacular style, garnering the recognition that this label has long deserved. After seeing the show I can absolutely see why the Woolmark judges chose Teatum Jones as their winners. This design duo have always been very textiles innovation focussed, specifically developing most of the fabrics for each collection. With the inspiration for this collection coming from the Foxford Woollen Mill, they delivered stunning pattern and texture through their attention to textile detail which perfectly blended historical reference points with Teatum Jones’ view of modern elegance.

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

I caught up with Catherine Teatum after the show to gain some more insight in to the collection.

Blink: Is this AW16 collection an extension from your Woolmark prize collection, or was the prize collection an extraction from your plans already underway for AW16?

Catherine: The human story is what comes first so there wasn’t an order of creativity as such. That poignant human story then wholly influences patterns we looked at and fabric textures we want to create. So both IWP and mainline FW16 evolved at the same pace and because we have discovered new and innovative ways to use merino wool in our collections, it naturally spread across both. This is something that we will continue to do. We’ve unlocked the magic in this simple and natural fibre and we are excited to pursue those investigations.

Blink: The reference points for this collection feel very much about your Irish family background. How did Rob’s influence dovetail in to the story?

Catherine: The story was based on a woman Agnes Moirrogh Bernard whose life’s ambition was to use wool as a powerful symbol of hope for those less fortunate. She just so happened to be based in Ireland very near to my family home! Both Rob and I travel to the mills together and the process of creation is experienced together.

There a very beautiful thing between two creative people who know what the other is thinking and doesn’t question it – trust.

Blink: How did you come across the story of Agnes and the Foxford mill?

Catherine: My dad recommended that we go to visit it. Initially he took me there on a day out together last August 2015 and I was instantly captured by Agnes’s story. I went back a month later and spoke to the crafts people at the mill and then Rob and I travelled there several times throughout the development process. 

Blink: The colour palette felt far richer and brighter than I might have expected from the historical woollen reference point. What was your inspiration?

Catherine: Teatum Jones creates bold, exquisite fabrics that are married with modern, relevant shapes. We feel that AW16 was probably our most competent example of that to date. The inspiration to create these fabrics was inspired by the natural and unstoppable spirit of the Irish people in the story. Coupled with the incredible diversity in landscape textures that you find in Ireland.

Blink: The colourful sand catwalk pathway was beautiful. What was your inspiration behind that?

Catherine: We felt the sand was a poignant way to tell our AW16 story. Sand never stands still, it constantly evolves and each time the models walked and created a new impression in the sand, that seemed to perfectly reflect the journey of Agnes and the Irish people of Foxford that she worked so hard to provide a future for.

Blink: How do you think winning the Woolmark prize impact on Teatum Jones?

Catherine: It’s given us the opportunity to really pursue our textile innovation and development. To really discover what’s the next level of possibilities of wool. It’s also given us the opportunity to be physically present in store for every single one of our retail partners’ launches.

Blink: The knitwear in this collection seemed to play a stronger part than previous seasons. Was that a conscious intention?

Catherine: The rural Irish women would hand knit everything and it’s a skill that was passed down through generations. We wanted however, to create a collection of knitwear that hit every single wardrobe stoppable desire that our women needs and only use the finest merino yarn to create a these knitwear pieces.

Here’s some of my highlights from the show so that you can get a closer look at some of the stunning detailing.

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Enjoy! Lucy

meet Lucy Favell, founder of URSA London

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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To help celebrate their 5th birthday, we are posting about URSA London today, sharing this exclusive interview with founder Lucy Favell. Now incase you haven’t encountered URSA London (where have you been?!?) here’s a quick intro to this luxury online boutique, and to Lucy herself…

A personal love of discovering new designers inspired Lucy to create URSA, providing a platform of support for the new wave of emerging talent from the UK and Europe. URSA is now globally renowned for being the online destination to discover unique, fresh and exciting luxury fashion & jewellery (which is why we LOVE it), and over the past 5 years they have showcased some new designers who have now become huge fashion names. Another reason why we think URSA is so fabulous is that they support and promote sustainable manufacturing methods with over half of their featured designers manufacturing in the UK or Europe using traditional techniques. We are fascinated by the story behind URSA London and so we put some questions to Lucy Favell.

Lucy Favell, URSA London's founder

Lucy Favell, URSA London’s founder

Blink: I love the background behind your name. How did you come to that decision?

Lucy Favell: I’ve always been obsessed with the stars and constellations. I loved the strength of the name Ursa. It’s powerful, enlightening and inspirational, all at the same time. Also the fact that it is synonymous with the Great Bear, home to some of the brightest new stars in the hemisphere. URSA is home to some of the brightest new stars of fashion. It was the perfect fit!

Blink: What is your proudest URSA moment?

Lucy Favell: I am proud of everything that the team have achieved over the past 5 years. One thing that fills me with pride is the growing fan-base we have across the world, and all of the amazing feedback we get from both customers and designers.

Blink: Could you name some designers that you backed at the outset of their careers who have now become big names?

Lucy Favell: I am not afraid to take risks with my buying, and i am proud to see designers URSA supported first enjoying great success. Labels such as Soulland, E Tautz, Charlie May, J JS Lee, Imogen Belfield are all on the ascendant which is such a joy to see.

e tautz SS16

E Tautz SS16

Blink: What has been your biggest surprise at URSA over the past 5 years?

Lucy Favell: My biggest surprise in launching a UK online store is since the onset we attracted a global customer, in fact most of our customers are in the USA and Asia. We are excited to be getting more UK customers now as consumer confidence returns.

Blink: You are celebrating your 5th birthday today. Are you where you planned to be as a business by year 5?

Lucy Favell: I would be lying if i said 100% yes, however what we have achieved since launch is incredible considering we are still a wholly independent business. Running a start-up retail/tech business, everything is constantly evolving, and you have to keep evolving with it. I am incredibly ambitious and have exciting plans for URSA with more exclusive collaborations and new label launches in the months and years ahead.

Blink: What saying best sums up your approach at URSA?

Lucy Favell: always look ahead to the future.

Blink: How are you planning to celebrate your 5th birthday?

Lucy Favell: Our 5th birthday is such a milestone for us and to celebrate over the next 12 months we are launching a series of exclusive pieces created by our incredible designers. Starting this December with a unique diamond pendant created by Imogen Belfield.

Blink: What does sustainable fashion mean to you? 

Lucy Favell: URSA is the antithesis of fast mass-produced fashion from the high street. All of our designers work in a sustainable way, for every garment or piece we are able to trace where it was produced down to the fabric or materials. Over half of our labels manufacture in the UK, which we really support and want this to eventually become the norm in luxury fashion. Our discerning customers do not mind paying more for luxury fashion if it has been made to exceptional standards and will last. I love seeing pieces bought from URSA five years ago still being worn and still looking brand new. 

Blink: What styles do you find yourself repeatedly drawn to, season after season?

Lucy Favell: All of our designers have a distinctive signature, this is what makes them special, so I aim to capture this each season, mixing it with some fresh styles. The key for me is not to follow trends as this ensures that all of our styles will be investment pieces to be treasured for years to come.

V Jewellery Baguette and Hollow lobe earrings from URSA London

V Jewellery Baguette and Hollow lobe earrings from URSA London

Blink: What makes Ursa so different to all of the other online luxe fashion retailers?

Lucy Favell: Our curation of designers is what makes us so different, and as we are often first with new notable designers, customers are guaranteed to find something sartorially fresh and unique.URSA London screen shot

Blink: What from Ursa’s current offer would you most like to find wrapped up under your Christmas tree?

Lucy Favell: I love diamonds, so i am coveting our exclusive Imogen Belfield Diamond Star pendant to commemorate our 5th birthday! I am dropping plenty of hints!

Blink: Who is the designer that you are currently most excited about?

Lucy Favell: I am excited by all of the labels on URSA, all of our designers are consistent in creating pioneering collections each season, which keeps us one step ahead.  We have many new labels about to launch in the months ahead, I am very excited about that!

URSA London, the luxury online boutique

URSA London, the luxury online boutique

Thank you so much for the time you gave to us Lucy and happy birthday URSA! For more of our interviews with brilliant creatives, just click here. For more great posts about retail news, then look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

meet Hesper Fox, a new luxe loungewear brand

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Kristi Edwards, founder of Hesper Fox, nightwear, London Fashion Week, new British brand, silk, luxury fashion, fashion blog, Blink Lonodn

Kristi Edwards, founder of Hesper Fox

During London Fashion Week, aside from all of the ‘on schedule’ and official car park based events, there are lots of great additional shows, presentations and opportunities to discover new, innovative and exciting things. One such event was a small gathering at the Groucho. We discovered two new labels, Hockin and Hesper Fox. Both beautifully detailed and highly considered womenswear labels- but from very different angles, aesthetics and experience.

We’re starting with Hesper Fox. This is a new, London-based luxury lounge and sleepwear range which will launch this December. Each piece in the nine-piece debut collection effortlessly mixes and matches so you can create your own perfect combination. Personally, although the concept is about something more intimate, I think the kimono style robe would make perfect Summer daywear too…

The softly tailored collection is all 100% silk charmeuse, and is exquisitely detailed with french seams and mother of pearl buttons.

Hesper Fox, nightwear, London Fashion Week, new British brand, silk, luxury fashion, fashion blog, Blink London

Hesper Fox

Hesper Fox, nightwear, London Fashion Week, new British brand, silk, luxury fashion, fashion blog, Blink London

Hesper Fox

We met Kristi, Hesper Fox’s founder at the LFW event and she very kindly agreed to a quick interview.

Blink: What lead you to launch a luxury nightwear collection?

Hesper Fox: I decided to launch Hesper Fox following a light bulb moment one Christmas morning, amongst the champagne and early-start mince pies. My husband had given me a pair of silk PJs but commented that he had searched high and low to find me something that I (and not just he) would love; something bold and luxurious that sat away from the very lingerie-driven styles and the cutesy-pie printed sets that don’t feel so cutesy-pie post-teen.

Blink: What is it about silk that made you choose it as your main material?

Hesper Fox: The way is falls, how flattering it is, how beautiful it is to wear and how loudly it speaks of luxury.

Blink: Who is your style icon?

Hesper Fox: I am a big fan of strong, bold women who walk their own line. I don’t have just one as I have to confess my own style borders on schizophrenic – my head always says grown-up, minimal black, lots of denim and “keep it simple” (and that’s where I generally end up) but my heart LOVES a clash of print and colour. There are so many women I admire; Lauren Hutton’s beautiful pared-back 70s style, Katharine Hepburn’s chisel-featured androgynous look, anything Charlotte Rampling did or wore in front of a camera in the late 60s and 70 was perfect, Julianne Moore’s red carpet looks are pretty tough to beat and Cate Blanchett always strikes the most perfect balance between interesting and elegant.

Blink: Who do you see as you ideal client when you’re designing the collection?

Hesper Fox: A woman with an eye to quality, who likes a modern take on classic shapes and wants her at-home look to more closely echo what she shows the outside world – she doesn’t think that chic should stop just because the front door is closed.

Blink: What was your main aim when creating this collection?

Hesper Fox: I wanted to create a sleep and loungewear range that was most definitely luxurious, felt beautiful to wear and was comfortable to lounge and sleep in but also, that would work extra hard. I have designed the range using non-sleepy prints and bold, fearless colourways and have cut the shapes such that Hesper Fox will also hold some crossover appeal. A number of the pieces will comfortably undertake double-duty when paired with other ready-to-wear wardrobe staples, away from the comfort of home. For example, the Astrid shorts make an excellent, luxe beach cover up, the Eos trousers are lovely with barely-there tops for suppers out (but look just as good with a cashmere sweater), the Endymion robe is a perfect travelling companion – being silk, it rolls into nothing – and the Nyx camisole is great with a pair of denim shorts and some espadrilles for long, lazy lunches or as a layering piece with sharp tailoring for cocktails.

Blink: Where does the brand name come from?

Hesper Fox: Hesper is a girl’s name that I have always loved. It means ‘the night star’ or the planet Venus at night, derived from Greek mythology where the Hesperides was the collective name of the nymphs of the evening and golden light of sunset. I wanted to create a persona so I had to give Hesper a last name. I chose Fox because they’re nocturnal, very social, beautiful, fleet-of-foot and super-smart.

Blink: Is the label true to your initial vision or has it evolved and changed at all?

Hesper Fox: I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted the brand to look and feel as I set out to create something that was a different to what was already on offer. I also knew I wanted Hesper Fox to have a certain tone of voice – I wanted it to be a grown-up and stylish but not to take itself too seriously – classic with a twist

Blink: What can we expect in the future from Hesper Fox?

Hesper Fox:  I am currently working on the prints and colourways for the next collection for AW16 and will work on introducing new styles next year also.

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Enjoy! Lucy

Mary Benson, SS’16 collection from LFW

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

Mary Benson is another fabulous new name that we spotted at London Fashion Week, and we managed to catch up with the team in person at the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. It’s an intriguing womenswear collection founded by Mary, and now created by her and new her design partner, Morten Ussing.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

I met the pair in their showroom space, drawn in by the stunningly dramatic white dress set next to a rail full of their collection. On my first view of the dress I was thinking romance, girlish abandon, vintage elegance with an 80’s twist. Then I met Mary and Morten and they set me straight…

Mary Benson SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week., British Fashion Counvcil, Blink London, Fashion blog

Mary Benson SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week.

The pair explained that this collection is a reflection each experiencing some pretty tough heartbreak and all of the mixed up feelings that accompany it. Fresh from a break up myself I was really very much in the mood to appreciate where this innovative design duo were coming from. Some pieces in the collection are just detailed with hearts and flowers, but these swiftly become tear-filled eyes, which in turn are joined by lines of handwriting. The scrawled words start out looking sweetly beseeching but quickly loose control and end up rather crazed and a bit sweary. This is literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, along with your private journal shared right across your back.

It is utterly modern, clever, and artistic in a kinda Tracey Emin way. The collection manages to express a certain ownership of those feelings and in turn reveals a level of empowerment. The silhouettes have a kind of Biba-esque simplicity about them, allowing the surface pattern to sing out, whilst abstractly dipping in and out across areas of volume.

This is a label you are sure to hear more of. This may be their first taste of being part of the London Fashion Week establishment (last year Benson showed as part of Fashion East), but they are already well supported. For this collection they collaborated with Stephen Jones for the hats (how gorgeous is that red heart!), and with Tatty Devine on this utterly genius tear-adorned eyewear, modelled by Mary herself.

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS'16

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS’16

Thanks so much to Mary and Morten for the time that they gave me in Paris. I hope that it was a huge success. Oh and can I borrow that really sweary number to hang out outside my exes place this weekend please?

For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

Enjoy! Lucy

Molly Goddard, SS16

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

I hope you enjoyed my post about meeting Piers Atkinson in Paris. Here’s another missive from our PFW trip, this time featuring Molly Goddard and her SS’16 collection. To help set the scene, here’s a video from the British Fashion Council of Goddard’s rather unusual LFW show…

Yup, that is a fashion version of a sandwich factory. I initially felt a bit kinda confused by this, not understanding the full story behind the collection. Without even delving in to show notes or esoteric motivations, the simple fact is that this was the perfect atmosphere for Goddard to show her style, and this collection in particular. There is a certain vintage, naive, pastoral and crafty feel around the collection, mostly from the hand smocked detailing and the proportions, so why shouldn’t this person be making something as simple and recognisable, comforting and honest as a sandwich?

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard herself, with her SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

The collection feels both antiquely, milk-maidish and at the same time, for the same reasons of proportion and detailing but taking in to account colour and materials too, kinda subversive as well. There is sweetness on first sight, but upon second look there is a toughness, a grit, a touch of punky anti-joie de vivre. When looking closely at some of the pieces from this collection I was drawn in by the intense, handworked precision in some of the styles. The beautiful smocking has been hand created using tradition and age-old techniques. This is combined with the textural layers, tiers and ruffles, bell sleeves and pattern mixtures to create a really vibrant, exciting feel.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

We asked Molly if she had a favourite from the collection. A bit of a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ situation I’m sure, but she pointed out the plaid dress, which is intensley smocked which gives the pattern a totally different appearance on the bodice and upper arms, and the plaid pattern also feeling rather schoolish and country-girl whilst also being a strong Punk pattern reference. I love, love love both the literal layers as well as the subtler layers of reference Goddard has captured on these wonderful pieces.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London, catwalk show, Vogue

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection. Image with thanks to Vogue.com

Thanks to Molly, for the time that she gave us in Paris at the London Show Rooms event. I hope it was a huge success. For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

 

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: more about Larissa Hadjio

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Larissa Hadjio's NY Trunk Show Invitation #SincerelyTommy #Brooklyn #BlinkLondon

Larissa Hadjio’s NY Trunk Show Invitation

If you loved the Larissa Hadjio accessories that we showed you in yesterday’s post, and if you are based in the US of A, then we have some exciting news for you. Larissa is holding a series of trunk shows in May, starting at Sincerely, Tommy in Brooklyn, and then she moves on to San Francisco, LA and Miami.

Larissa Hadjio #Accessoriesdesigner

Larissa Hadjio

You will have the opportunity to meet Larissa herself and to see the beauty of her collection up close and in detail, from our favourite four legged friend, the ‘Snowy’ clutch to her larger items like the drawstring ‘Fefe’ bags, trimmed with goat hair. What a great opportunity to meet an innovative and exciting new name on the British fashion design scene, and a great chance to update your accessories look too!

Larissa Hadjio accessories

Larissa Hadjio accessories

Fez satchels, Larissa Hadjio

Fez satchels, Larissa Hadjio

Fefe Drawstring shoulder bag, Larissa Hadjio

Fefe Drawstring shoulder bag, Larissa Hadjio

Larissa Hadjio 'Snowy' bags

Larissa Hadjio ‘Snowy’ bags

Larissa, come back soon and let us know when there might be a London trunk show too!

For more great accessories posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Larissa Hadjio, AW’15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Larissa Hadjio, AW'15 collection

We have featured Larissa Hadjio previously on the Blink London blog (read up here). I am a huge fan of her approach to designing and producing accessories. Her work perfectly balances humour, creativity and craftsmanship. We always look forward to seeing the new collection additions shown at London Fashion Week, and the AW’15 presentation was quite the treat.

Alongside the stunning vanity style case (oh to be sophisticated enough to own one of these!) that we have coveted for several seasons, were a few brilliant new additions. Stand outs for me were the brilliant ‘Paw’ bag, crafted from ultra soft leather and detailed with golden studs.

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Paw bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Paw bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Paw bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Paw bag, LFW. Looking gorgeous in white too.

We also fell for the sweetly simplistic ‘Snowy’ and ‘Copper’ clutch bags which are small but perfectly formed, standing on four little feet. The white version, ‘Snowy’ is geniusly 3D printed in acrylic. ‘Copper’ is hand-beaten and hand-crafted in, surprise, copper! So you get the same structured look but interpreted in two very different materials, created in two very different ways.

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Snowy and Copper box bags, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Snowy and Copper box bags, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Snowy box bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Snowy box bag, LFW

For more fashion accessories, just click here. For lots from London Fashion Week, then this is where you should click.

Enjoy! Lucy

“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

For more from London Fashion Week, look here. For more new designer labels to be inspired by, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Cynthia x Xiao, AW’15

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

 

Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao at London Fashion Week

Cynthia Mak (left) and Xiao Xiao (right) at London Fashion Week

This is Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao, showing their collaborative AW’15 collection in the Touba showroom at London Fashion Week. Firstly we stopped to check out the great knitwear and then was drawn in by the boldly graphic, clean cut but accessible and wearable looks this design collaboration has created. There’s a really lovely mixture of tough and sweet in this collection that we really like. A kind of merging of both designer’s styles but still retaining their own signatures too.

AW'15 Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao at London Fashion Week

AW’15 Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao at London Fashion Week

Both are Central Saint Martins graduates. Mak stayed in the UK post graduation, working for some very prestigious labels (Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Preen by Thornton, Roksanda Illincic) before returning home to Hong Kong where she is now based.

Beijing born Xiao Xiao initially studied fine art and textiles before merging this interests with fashion design. Directly after graduation she moved back to China in preparation for launching her own label. The pair are by no means neighbours but have still managed to work closely (apparently Skype was a great help) to deliver this really fresh looking, dual-branded label.

Xiao Xiao at London Fashion Week, wearing a piece from her AW'15 collection

Xiao Xiao at London Fashion Week, wearing a piece from her AW’15 collection

Xiao Xiao's amazing boots, spotted at LFW

Xiao Xiao’s amazing boots, spotted at LFW

For more on new designers, why not take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Tomasz Donocik, AW’15

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

This is Tomasz Donocik, the rather rock ‘n’ roll looking fine jeweller whose work we discovered at London Fashion Week‘s designer showrooms. Donocik’s name and rather accented voice mean that you wouldn’t perhaps naturally place him as part of the British fashion scene, but he most certainly is. Born in Poland and raised in Austria, Thomas Donocik is an RCA graduate. After working for some of the jewellery world’s big names, Donocik now runs his own label business based in Shoreditch.

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

As you can see from these pieces that Tomasz is rocking himself, the star is an important motif for this label. This motif has been taken forward into the new collection, but in a far finer and more delicate way as you can see below. Rose gold and diamonds? Yes please.

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

Donocik has also explored a more Art Deco look for Autumn Winter 2015 with a selection of fine jewellery crafted from baguette-cut coloured gemstones all innovatively set to create graphic and linear statement looks. We particularly love those earings centre to the shot, which have a drop at the front and back creating a wonderful doubled up, double luxe effect.

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

Tomasz Donocik, London Fashion Week

For us this represents modern fine jewellery just perfectly. Good luck with this collection Tomasz, and we can’t wait to see what’s coming for Spring Summer 2016!

For more from London Fashion Week, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy