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.
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'
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.
Gauhar Ali is a fashion designer originally from Pakistan and a recent graduate of the prestigious school of fashion in Florence. She was lately a selected candidate amongst 20 other designers for her graduation show.
Her day to day life plays a huge role in the development of her ideas/concepts. She feels are there are certain things and visual picture that ignite a spark in her imagination. Life experiences are like a big reservoir for other design inspiration. The more traveling and experiences, the better she can translate her ideas into real designs and eventually actual garments. Art and history are definitely elements that serve as her inspiration. Current/social day affairs also impact her thinking and therefore further translation of her designs.
It's like she’s narrating her own story through her clothes.
Moods and emotions greatly impact her aesthetic. She refers to vintage garments to help in creating her silhouettes and while looking for new patterns. Draped silhouettes, flowing cuts and Avant Garde tailoring are all a part of her work. From the use of bold coloured fabrics to various embroided/printed materials; her clothes are a fusion or oriental tones and western chic.
Magazines such as Vogue Italia and Fucking Young have also featured her latest work.
Yurita, is an international designer born in 1985 in Indonesia. She established the brand ‘Yurita Puji’ over 9 years ago with a focus on developing cloths from the various regions in Indonesia that have story history and selling point and making them into wearable garments.
Yurita's mission is to create fashion products that are good quality and with designs that will be received in the international market at competitive prices so that its long effect can help the regional economy and preserve the culture in Indonesia.
Yurita Puji ready to wear designs are simple and elegant suitable for women today.
Colleen Morris was born in London, England to Jamaican Parents. She is very proud of heritage and of being a Londoner.
She travelled to New York and fell in love with the city, where she was lucky enough to work as a stylist at MTV in the early 90’s. It led her to style and design for many celebrities including Donna Summer and Vanessa Williams while working freelance at MTV, including styling music videos.
Colleen then worked in Television and film over the years in numerous productions as a tailor and dressmaker. Working on projects as Law and Order Criminal Intent, Inside Man, PS I love You, Sopranos, Sex and The City and Gossip Girl.
She now also costume designs, she designed her first feature period film called Bolden! coming out in the Autumn.
Ultimately costume design has brought her back to her first love, Fashion Design, where she has designed one off pieces for award ceremony’s for actors and actresses she worked with.
Colleen Morris debut her first collection A/W’18. at Prince’s Trust event in 2018.
Her designs are for women who are very secure and confident in who they are. They are sensual, grown up classics with a bold twist.
She will continue to work both in New York and London and be influenced by both great cities. She is fortunate to work both in Fashion and Film.
After a successful launch in Nigeria, Fashions Finest is set for its 16th season during London Fashion Week.
Ujjwala Bhadu is an artist and fashion designer born and raised in Jodhpur, India. Her interest in design stems from her love for colour, textures and tactility. Her childhood was surrounded by the colorful local textiles of her hometown. Her constant muse, her mother, instilled in her a deep appreciation for the local crafts of her people. Her design principles value the craft of creating by hand and working with touch-encouraging materials. Her approach to design has also been shaped by her move to Parsons in New York City. Studying the principles of modernism and finding a connection between home and here through design has been a very enriching experience for her work.
As a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design, in the Fashion Design program, Ujjwala Bhadu has not only acquired the work ethos of New York City but more importantly the critical thinking skills that help her push her ideas across design disciplines. Her projects have always contained elements of her indian heritage, all of which led to her final collection that represented a balance between personal and acquired cultures. Internships at Theory, Oscar de la Renta and Bibhu Mohapatra consolidated her collaborative and teamwork skills. During her final year at Parsons, Ujjwala was nominated for multiple competitions like Hugo Boss Scholarship and CFDA Fashion Future Showcase.
The Mena Odi Collections is a womenswear brand established by London born designer, Jessica Odoi, in 2016.
Jessica studied in Kent Institute of Art and Design (K.I.A.D) and Creapole school of design in Paris. She successfully graduated from K.I.A.D and although Jessica specialised in womenswear, she produced a Mr Men inspired menswear final collection which featured in London's Graduate Fashion Week. Continuing from that success, Jessica showcased further menswear collections. Twice at London's Alternative Fashion week and the BME's Fashion show, an innovative fashion event held at Edgware Road's Cockpit Theatre, where her Baroque inspired collection received high commendation.
In 2016, Jessica reverted to her specialism in women's clothing and decided to launch 'The Mena Odoi Collections.' Her new label believes in providing a ‘feel good, look good’ style to all women comprises of classic, stylish, sophisticated and sensual designs. The choice of colour and love of unique textured fabric determines and dictates the direction of this brand. Jessica believes it is a significant part to the design process and contributes to her inspiration. Both recent collections explore the use of colour and texture but maintains its signature look, the classic silhouette.
Ziaz is a Pune based fashion label by the popular designer Zia Yusuf with focus on elegance and simplicity.
As a designer, Zia creates modest clothing with an edge and aims at creating bespoke & on trend statement pieces with each collection. She merges the runway fashion to chic and wearable clothing to create modish one-offs. Each piece created by the label is unique and carefully handcrafted to perfection.
She has a beautiful studio in Pune where she creates her designs and gives her personal touch to every single piece. With each piece she aims to bring out the best in her clients and make them a better version of themselves. Her exhibitions in Mumbai & Dubai, enjoys a large following.
Fashion comes naturally to Zia. She is not formally trained but it’s a part of her very being, like she says, “It’s all in her head.”
Running her own fashion business for the last 25 years has honed her skills and her work is now an effortless extension of her personality. She is passionate about making modest clothing a force to reckon with in the fashion world. Fashion is simply what she does best, and her work speaks for itself.