Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Five of the best up and coming designers

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Revving up to be the next Diane von Furstenbergs and Alexander McQueens, these bright young things represent the best of global fashion design talent.

Misha Nonoo: Some new designers try to win their fashion credentials with bold, uber-creative pieces that are, frankly, un-wearable. Nonoo hasn't made that mistake; instead, she models her designs on her own, alternative take on urban luxe, citing the street style of London and Arabian souks as her two major inspirations.

Wes Gordon: Hailing from Georgia and fresh from apprenticeships with Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta, Gordon's real talent is in tailoring. He creates stunning silhouettes from the latest fabrics, playing with colours and textures but always remaining sophisticated and upmarket. Most recently, his collaboration with Manolo Blahnik has spawned one of the most exciting shoe collections to hit the shops in years. This season, look out for embellished dresses – and if you can't afford the designer price tag then you can pick up some similar dresses at Oasis for a fraction of the cost.

Anne Sofie Madsen: Fledgling designer Madsen was named by Vauxhall Fashion Scout as one of their 'Ones To Watch' for AW12. She's a graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Arts and is supremely multi-talented – as well as being a skilled couture designer she is also an illustrator and will have four new books published this year alone.

Hwan Heo: An experimental artist, Heo bases his designs on a critical view of fashion history. He won several awards while studying at the Royal College of Art, including the Umbro Sportswear Project, and now owns his own fashion design company, Heohwan Simulation. Look out for his feminine designs at the next London Fashion Week.

Myrza de Muynck: Another Vauxhall Fashion Scout 'One To Watch', Dutch designer Myrza de Muynck only recently graduated from Central Saint Martins in London but is already making waves in the fashion world. Her genius comes in combining two completely different trends – the sport silhouette and the obsession with luxury embellishment – adding beautiful hand painted prints that take their shades from an 80s-style palette.


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