Friday, 16 August 2019 18:14

Rose Brown

Rose Brown grew up in Welsh countryside and graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2018. Her goal is to create things that are truly never seen before, using unconventional textiles and concepts derived from the weird and wonderful place that is the inside of her head. She strives to find out what it means to be truly different and to be it.

Her collection is called Aprés Lunar, which means ‘After the Moon’. Taking inspiration from 1980s skiers and WW2 flight suits, it brings the excitement of adventure from the Space Race, back to the 21st century.

The main inspiration is a light art installation by Christopher Schardt, which was displayed at the festival Burning Man. The piece is called ‘Firmament’ consisting of a series of LEDs, draped in triangular form across the sky.

This inspired her angular pattern cut and her use of reflective materials that represent electric light.

Her realisation moment was when she was dancing on a stable in the French Alps. It helped her to understand how skiwear can morph into party wear and vice versa. She had to live it, to make it.

Each look has reflective properties that come to life under the flash of a camera, transforming the collection. Her metallic spacemen dance the night away, lighting up the slopes as the go.

The six look collection is a glowing series of blues, coppers, silvers and metallics. It is outerwear heavy, mixed with shining leggings, scuba tops and salopettes. She made her own fabric by bonding aluminium and copper onto cottons to create garments treading the line between wearable and unwearable.

After graduating, she was selected and flown to China for the International Youth design competition (IYCD) in the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She has also attended charity fashion shows with her collection, in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Wolverhampton. Glasgow raised £34,139 for Simon Community Scotland. 

She now has a studio space so that she can continue her work, with a new collection to be released AW19.

Instagram: rosebrownlangtry

Published in Designers
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:37

Lingshan Fan

Fan Lingshan graduated from the University of Central Lancashire. She believes that in creating a design, it must resonate with the viewer, and awaken people's sense of social responsibility, such as with the environment, culture, etc.

 Her graduation designs are inspired by the child’s nature of liking the new and hating the old. This behavior will cause many toys to be thrown away. On the other hand, in order to meet the children's consumption needs, manufacturers quickly update products and environmental pollution caused by overproduction of toys.

 The work takes the doll as the entry point, through the child’s perspective,

Design use the colorful print, A large number of discarded dolls, the resulting silhouette of fingers, torso, and arms, the She uses her knitting and crochet skills as the texture to expressed the shape. In the series, the head of the doll is used as a bag and accessories, and the eyes of the doll are also as prints and the decoration of the clothes. The design was earned runner-up of David Textiles award and Finalist of fashion Design portfolio award.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lingshanfan1993

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 12:52

Celine Zara

As a concept and bespoke designer not afraid to think and design ‘outside the box’, versatility within conceptual, statement and original designs is where Celine Zara’s creative flare lies. She holds a strong belief that any design should tell a story, create atmosphere, provoke emotion and most importantly, have meaning. Celine’s collections are often inspired by reflections on society and aim to produce a positive message to make people think and reflect. Using physical objects for design details and silhouette Celine produces creative, unique, structured designs with a strong emphasis on remaining true to the concept research. Passionate about using unconventional materials, her recent Graduate collection featured metal structures, inspired by the internal structures of Cavendish Pianos, which adorned the body, working beautifully with the garments in order to create the overall shape and look of  the collection ‘Sonata in F’. She thrives on using her unique creative vision to find beauty and inspiration in the most unconventional of places, pushing the boundaries of fashion in order to create something truly inspiring.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/celinezaradesign
Website:  www.celinezaradesign.co.uk

Published in Designers
Saturday, 20 July 2019 14:26

Laura-Shannon Harding

Laura-Shannon Harding is a recent Welsh, Fashion graduate from Leeds Arts University. 

Having a love for colour, Laura-Shannon creates fun and playful pieces that feature a heavy use of embellishment, texture and print. An appreciation for festival culture and it’s judgement-free atmosphere has informed the eccentric aesthetic and silhouettes of her designs within the ‘Make Everyday A Festival’ collection that was featured at Graduate Fashion Week 2019. 

The intricate panelling and the hand-sewn sequins, equal with the overall great attention to detail and 3D shape construction of some of the pieces allow the collection to really catch the eye.  

Instagram is www.instagram.com/laurashannonfashion

Published in Designers
Thursday, 18 July 2019 13:15

Panna

Panna designs clothing solely through experimentation with advanced materials and unorthodox methods of construction. The initial focus on purely how the clothing is made removes any historical or cultural referencing from the design process.

This process allows for genuinely new and organic fashion to form through the garments; as a direct expression of how they were made.

www.instagram.com/panna

Published in Designers
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 09:45

Marie Sansome

Marie Sansome studied fabric & garment design at Hinckley College.

She won the Independent Designer of the year at the Midlands Fashion Awards, 2018.

Marie says: Designing for me is like an addiction, connected to oneself, a part of my spirit, it's often a form of escapism for me too.” I design for a feminine, futuristic, fearless women whom I visualise. The collection I plan on showing is elegant, original and I like to think exciting too. As part of my design process I refer back, reflecting on concepts by pioneering designers and icons, blending with my creative notion. I do love it when you see your ideas become real. This drives my ambition; I want to do more. “

www.instagram.com/marie.sansome

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Fashions Finest, returns for London Fashion Week SS20 on the 14th of September 2019 at the Congress Hall, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

Published in News
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 08:52

Fashions Finest Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Fashions Finest, one of the most popular independent shows on the London Fashion Week calendar launches a crowdfunding campaign ahead of London Fashion, for their new designer section.

Despite being an established fixture on London’s Fashion Week circuit, the event receives little to no sponsorship.

Director Deborah St Louis felt compelled to start this campaign after she observed a record number of designers struggling to launch and grow their fashion business with the increasing economic pressures businesses and individuals are facing. 

Deborah St Louis said: “We have an incredible pool of untapped and undiscovered talent here in the UK. While we accept and welcome established brands, much of our work is with new and emerging designers. Many of these designers, are fresh out of University or without formal fashion training. We are here to level the playing field for those challenged by the high fees associated with studying, designing and creating their collection, and building a career for themselves in a way that ensures sustainability.

We have launched our crowdfunding campaign to allow graduate and new designers to participate in one of the most important international events; London Fashion Week.

Not only do we offer a viable alternative for designers to showcase and market their brand during London Fashion Week, but through our partner Fashion Capital designers also have access to additional education as well as manufacturers. Furthermore, we have now launched our online store which gives designers an opportunity to have their first retail presence. Yet despite an incredible price-point for many, the fees remain out of reach. As a company, we just aren’t able to absorb these costs and especially so because of the impact of with rising venue and production costs. We are proactively addressing these challenges and sourcing the most viable solutions”

Fashions Finest has propelled the careers of Hellavagirl, John Herrera, and Matthew O’Brian to name a few who have all gone on to achieve national and international media attention online, in print and on TV and regularly feature some of the hottest brands on their catwalks or in their exhibition space, as worn by Paloma Faith, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Madonna and more. Attracting national and international fashion talent, Fashions Finest regularly draws a crowd of fashion industry experts, press and VIP’s from business, sport, entertainment, music and film industry, who all come to discover the hottest new trends on display.

The crowdfunding campaign offers exciting perks from beauty products, unique designer brands, show tickets and more to support the campaign visit: https://igg.me/at/graduatedesignerlfwshow2019/x/22077560#/

Press RSVP via: http://www.fashionsfinest.com/press-registration

Press contact: office@melaniejonespr.com +44 (0)7961565933

Published in News
Monday, 08 July 2019 17:54

Naoise Jo

Born and raised in Dublin, Naoise Jo graduated from Griffith College Dublin in 2018 with a 1st class hons degree in fashion design. Since graduating, Naoise has interned for Primark and Irish brand Avoca and has been featured in Vulkan magazine, The Irish Independent and Alinéa magazine. Where heritage meets the future, the brand draws inspiration from the designers own personal family history mixing her Irish and English roots with modern influences. With a strong focus on print and colour, Naoise Jo delivers a modern, eclectic, day to night collection for the contemporary woman.

Clothing is designed and produced in Ireland by Naoise Jo and her small team. The brand prides itself on using traditional Irish craftsmanship and materials. The brand is stocked in Marion Cuddy Irish Design Emporium in Dublin.

For her SS20 collection, Naoise Jo has explored her own heritage, mixing the industrial mining clothing of her grandfather in Manchester with the celtic motifs from her Irish roots. She has drawn inspiration from gemstones and minerals and the Pit Brow lasses, strong, female miners from the Victorian Era. The result is an eclectic mix suitable for the modern woman who desires to be more than one thing and most of all confident.

Website: www.naoisejodesigns.com

Published in Designers
Monday, 13 August 2018 08:42

Louise Clarke

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.

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