For the love of all things colourful, eccentric and romantic, Lela Rose definitely gives us the summer vibes we need. Whether you want to take a stroll down the artistic streets of Venice, or attend a garden show near Hampton Court Palace, Lela Rose definitely ups your fashion game. Effortless sophistication and I'm definitely designer-struck!
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For more Lela Rose, visit www.lelarose.com (also featured in Vogue).
If you can dream it you can do it, that is exactly the go-getter attitude that pushed Mary Ajayi to pursue her passion for fashion.
Deciding to become a designer and build a online fashion brand was a easy one for this go-getter Dublin based #bossbabe originally from Nigeria. With a ever growing collection ranging from Maxi Dresses, to Co-ords , home decor and fashion accessories. She is constantly pushing herself to expand her collection and to build a brand filled with timeless pieces for both men and women.
Her African heritage plays a big part of her design,“as a child, I’ve always opted for African fabric when creating, there’s just something about African prints that I’m fascinated by, it is so unique and I think that’s what makes me stand out from other designers.”
With the beautiful and vibrant aesthetic of the Ankara fabric forming the bases for all her pieces making it both versatile and fashionable. And a true expression of her African heritage and culture bringing to life the eye popping colors and diversity of the ever changing African landscape.
“I want those wearing my pieces to feel connected to their roots, empowered and proud of where they are from”
If you share Mary’s Love for Africa and African design then pop into her online home and support proudly #blackownedbusiness and bring a touch of Africa to your home and wardrobe.
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.
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.
Marcia Roberts, is the owner/designer of House of Délire. She currently resides in Columbus, GA with her two daughters and granddaughter.
Marcia Roberts graduated from Bauder College with a degree in fashion design in 2010 and established House of Délire in 2015. Since then Marcia has showcased her collections throughout the country with highlights such as NY Fashion Week, Coastal Fashion Week and multiple shows throughout the East Coast area.
House of Délire ascetics consists of a plethora of edgy, out-of-the-box styles such as: Neo-Victorian, rock, steampunk and classy high-end chic styles for today’s dare to be different men and women.
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.
LeViCo is a company owned by Julie Laiskodat who sources fabrics from the region of East Nusa Tenggara located in the country of Indonesia.
LeViCo caters for clients that are looking for something unique such as good quality fabrics with bright textures and interesting designs and these fabrics are transformed into beautiful clothing, bags, and shoes.
Kristi Fitzpatrick started George + Ginger Pattern Co. in 2015, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. With a degree in Drafting and Design, she began drafting PDF sewing patterns and marketing them worldwide. She shares her passion for design with her customers and engages with them daily.
Along with designing patterns, Kristi works closely with fabric designers and promotes custom lines. As her custom designs evolved, she expanded the George + Ginger label and became involved with Fashion Week shows in New York and Los Angeles. Her designs feature fitted garments, complimented by draped, flowy fabrics. She focuses on designs that are conceivable on all body types and sizes.
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