Maddy Stringer, born in Somerset, UK, is a recent fashion design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. Her specialism lies in textile and material development, exploring tactility and three dimensional surfaces for fashion. Her graduate collection took inspiration from beauty in the mundane and the human desire to collect, focusing on her own childhood collections. Juxtaposing the traditional ornate patterns found in the miniature Persian rugs of her childhood doll's house with the bright, structured plastics of her hotel soap packet collection allowed Maddy to create unusual and unexpected surfaces that then informed her packet like silhouettes.
Louise Clark's final collection has the name ‘Abstract Romanticism’ and combined two very different themes. One research theme inspired her print and the other her silhouette. Her previous trip to China where she completed her internship really inspired her prints as she fell in love with the Chinese Calligraphy and the expressive, abstract mark making which these line drawings captured. She then used this inspiration to create her own prints and experimented using flocking on sheer fabric which was a continuous running theme throughout her collection.
The silhouette came from looking at 19th Century Clothing, as she has always loved the high necks and large gathered sleeves. However, she always wanted to re-create this silhouette in a more contemporary style by using brighter pops of colour and layering up her prints to create an impact on the catwalk. She combined two very different research themes as she wanted to create a very unique collection that had never been done before.
Velika Hartono is a young independent fashion designer. Her first collection is emerging ready-to-wear with Avant-garde. The collection was launched in Hong Kong in 2018.
The young and up-and-coming womenswear brand ‘SANDER BOS’ was founded by designer Sander Bos. Innovation and creativity have been the building blocks of the brand. The vision and goal of the brand is to challenge the borders of fashion and the way we see clothing. To use clothing as a language we all speak and understand. The label features womenswear which features couture and street wear. The independent label always has a close connection to art, this still is the goal to create with the brand.
Priscilla Adejo; A fashion designer from Nigeria whose passion for playful and exciting bursts of creativity in all forms of arts and storytelling has so far, shown the world that Adejo as a brand is a new way to share love and create individuality for people looking for a unique feel from the rest of the world.
As a youngster, she would wake up at night to find new ways of expressing herself and her emotions. Being a multi-talented artist, she was able to develop an independent view through night sketching, drawings and paintings. Having created personal storybooks and illustrated each page herself, it created the desire to find new ways of expression. As loving parent always do, Priscilla’s provided the support needed to nurture her creativity and talent.
In 2011, Priscilla developed an interest in the fashion industry, realising she had to learn how to sew on a sewing machine after mastering the art of sewing by hand. She enrolled into a fashion school in Nigeria where instead of being taught how to sew, she became an errand girl and not being happy with this situation she decided to quit. She then purchased her first sewing machine training herself for 3 years. As the passion for fashion multiplied she went on to study Fashion, Product and Promotion at the University of Sunderland where she became more exposed from the many researches and projects she worked on. Mixing English Elegance with African history and tradition, she created a project that compiled the age of tie and dye emerging from Nigeria through her prints mixing it with a rugged but regular shape of military and civilian wear to create a Collection of designs that ensured she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in July 2017.
Not wanting to rest on her laurels, she signed up for the Fashions Finest Africa in May 2018, creating the Collection she called “Motherland” derived from the understanding that Nigeria is her home. The all-female collection danced to the beats of culture adding a flair aspect both literarily and figuratively. Now, she looks to keep up with pace and release her second collection in a Year at The Fashions Finest UK with the drive to bring African Elegance back to the UK.
Ashiq Studio was founded by Belgian designer Sabah in 2016, now based in London. Having achieved a successful career as an Architect, Sabah looks to bring the beauty she sees in the built world into people’s everyday lives. Her leather pieces are characterised by minimalist designs where curves and straight lines come together seamlessly. Sabah tests designs and hand-makes each item herself first using traditional cutting and stitching methods on leather in combination with advances in technology such as laser cutting to explore geometrically challenging shapes. Ashiq Studio believe in exposing the beauty of the raw materials rather than hiding them. Vegetable tanning is used which shows the leather characteristics such as natural skin marks and wrinkles and allows the leather to wear beautifully with time. Each piece is therefore unique. Inside lining is not used so as to expose the quality of the leather used and edges are polished at a high standard which do not need paint to hide any imperfections. Craftsmanship is valued and celebrated. These pieces are specifically designed for strong women and men who appreciate richness and luxury at its purest form translated in clean cut designs.
Jeanette Young is a designer, stylist, garment technologist and consultant. After qualifying with a BA Hons In Product Development For The Fashion Industry at the London College Of Fashion, she went on to build a successful career with major high street brands such as Karen Millen, Reiss, French Connection, Coast, House of Fraser, River Island, TopShop and ASOS, just to name a few.
In 2017 Jeanette launched her exclusive online boutique named ‘Jeanette Young London’. Her designs are a part of the journey of a woman, a form of their expression, complexity, simplicity and love. Jeanette uses simple lines with a dramatic edge to capture these expressions.
Most recently Jeanette styled ‘The Kingdom Choir’ for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan. She also designed Karen Gibson’s dress who is the founder and director of the choir.
Jeanette's designs have been worn by singer song-writer Paloma Faith who wore the Chic Puff Sleeve Midi Dress for her performance at Hampton court.
Jeanette’s styling portfolio has included music artists, presenters and runway models, as well as events such as Plus Size Fashion Weekend, and the prestigious BBC Gospel Proms.
The brand offers many different services to give their customers a great 'Fashion Experience'
Hope Macaulay is an exciting and bold new luxury womenswear brand by an emerging Northern Irish designer.
Hope creates large expressive collaged paintings and transforms them into prints, combined with detailed beadings and knit to create her garments. She also creates her own embellishments, inspired by her passion for ceramic making, using Fimo clay and various fabrics and beads combined together. Hope's graduate collection, A Surreal Rome, featured at Graduate Fashion Week in London, is not a representation of reality but a world in which you may find in your dreams, inspired by the history, myths and art of Rome. She created her own mythical beings in a hallucinatory world through large expressive paintings and distorted, collage photographs. These have been combined into colourful busy prints, detailed beadings and chunky knits to create a powerful visual of A Surreal Rome within the garments.
Hope Macaulay garments are busy, bold and colourful experiences, each telling a surreal story.
Tokyo-born currently Paris-based designer Misora Nakamori studied fashion at the ROYAL academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and she got her name known in public by one of the world fashion-icon Lady gaga when she appeared in media with Misora’s collection on. To pursue her raw spirits of craftsmanship and consolidate her creativity, she moved to London and, by experiments in different skills at many workshops such as metal work, wood, resin, laser and rapid forms, Misora established her sense of hybrid in the exquisite combination of technology and hand-made crafts.
This experience led her successful presentation of a multi-disciplinary collection that includes footwear and accessories all done by herself at her master degree in womenswear at RCA in 2018. She has been working closely with a Japanese 3D printer, Aspect ltd. as one of her mission to suggest modern design in the new generation and this journey can be seen in her collections.
The application of varied materials represent the strong image of her world and delicate creativity with her sophisticated cuttings is always appreciated by the viewers. Her bold yet luxury design embrace fashion and other fields. She announced that she officially starts her label from SS19 at London fashion week.
Lian Cara is a womenswear designer from Carmarthenshire, South Wales who was fortunate enough to have her work showcased for three consecutive months as a designer profile in British Vogue. Following this success, Lian Cara new ready to wear collection, takes its inspiration from her recent high-end collection, Natural Reflection.
As a designer, creating pattern through the construction of a garment, rather than using traditional methods such as print, has always inspired the work of Lian Cara. More recently, she has combined this design concept with Laser cutting to create intricate design details and cut-outs.
Inspired by the natural beauty around her Welsh hometown of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Lian Cara takes her inspiration from the natural shapes and textures found amongst the Welsh countryside.