Fashions Finest has announced Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS as the new home for their event.
Shay Jaffar showcased her SS19 at Fashions Finest during London Fashion Week 15th - 16th September 2018.
Styling Team: Lola Royle, Kim Able, David Johnson, Maryanne Alabi
Makeup Team: Academy of Freelance Makeup Artists
Hair Team: R&Co
Nails: Julie Bryant
Photographer: Joanna Mitroi
Tahra Nketia comes from a family of seamstresses and designers most notably her grandmother and aunt who had a huge influence in her formative years. Tahra's first design experience came in the form of designing mini couture collections for her Barbie dolls as a child. Tahra was also heavily influenced by the glamorous black and white movies and shows of the 70’s such as Charlie's angels, which she would watch obsessively dreaming up her of adaptations to what was on screen.
Tahra Nketia later studied at LCCA before branching out to start her own label and follow her dreams.
Tahra has strong ethical and environmental beliefs and well as being a staunch advocate for the empowerment of less economically privileged people. She first started out designing having the designs sewn by under privileged seamstresses in Ghana. Going forward Tahra hopes to reintroduce this initiative to further develop the brands ethical ethos.
Within a year of the brands inception it has gained notoriety through numerous social media outlets such as popular blog Baller Alert. The brand has designed for the host of Hermes crazy carre event, social media celebrities including NFL player Cam Newton's fiancé Kia Proctor as well as a host of other online personalities.
Tahra Nketia's pieces tend to be opulent, embellished and heavily beaded. They are differentiated by her unique choice of fabrics and stunning designs.
The collection Tahra will be presenting at Fashion Finest SS18 LFW shall continue the theme of intricate, heavily embellished yet delicate women’s wear. She will also be introducing pieces from her menswear, some inspired by Art Deco.
Chico de Barrio Brand, which was actually established in 2003 in Spain, Jamal’s outlook on fashion is not that of a typical designer, he strives to promote human rights as well as protection for the environment through his line by the establishment of an artisanal association, which has worked for generations, manufacturing garments using only natural and organic materials.
Born and raised in Madrid, Jamal Calle is inspired by all aspects of life from the vibrant culture of music from his country, hip-hop, art, dance, theatre, and the deep rooted Al Andalusian identity that drives his fashion line. As an adolescent, Jamal was heavily involved in the hip-hop and graffiti scene of Madrid,Continuing His love of the arts, he travelled throughout Asia and Europe picking up inspiration from every country’s expression of art as well as the human beings he encountered.
Hangjun Jo, South Korean designer graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design in 2016. Specialised in womenswear. His tasteful sense of colour, print idea and structural comprehension turn out to create contemporary casualwear, which contains elegance and masculinity at the same time. Especially his artistic background is transferred into interesting prints/ cuts and that makes details more unique. Currently Hangjun is a freelance designer and preparing for his first label HANGJUN JO.
His collection A/W 2017 is inspired by women's sportswear of the 1920's such as tennis wear. Cubist art from the era was also used to influence colour, silhouette, the random layers and cuts. This collection was aimed to have a mix of various fabrics such as leather, woven mohair, wool, crepe and cotton drill. Also foil print was used to maximize textures, which is inspired by Cubist art work. The perspective Hangjun has on this collection is one of androgyny. Many of the garments he has designed have the potential to be gender neutral.
Awards/ Exhibitions/ Collections
March 2017 Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017
Feb 2017 Fashion Finest A/W 2017 during London Fashion Week
Nov 2016 Malaysia Fashion Week S/S 2016
June 2016 Incorporation of Skinners & Glovers 500th Anniversary Award 2016 - Leatherwork
June 2016 The Glasgow School of Art’s Degree Show 2016 - Graduate showcase
June 2016 London Graduate Fashion Week - Exhibition
March 2015 Capsule Womenswear/Menswear Collection S/S 2016
Alisha is a clothing company the Netherlands. The brand was founded in January 2014 and is the creation of Lydie Djamba originally from Congo DRC who turned there a passion for fashion into a business.
Alisha is a name that is close her heart and was chosen in memory of her great-grandmother. Alisha was described as being a very beautiful woman and to Lydie is a symbol of beauty.The brand creates clothing for young and dynamic women with s design in a style that nods at their African roots.
The collections are very different, from sportive to street wear, gala dresses with Dutch painters and bikini collection.
Though the company is still young, ALISHA has already showcased at fashion shows in Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Gent and Malabo.
The slogan of the brand is Alisha ‘faites la mode et pas la guerr’e, Make fashion not war.
Fashions Finest is an established leading international platform for new and emerging designers taking place from Saturday, the 17th of September to Sunday, the 18th of September 2016 during London Fashion Week at the Cornwall and Crown Suite, Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, Holborn, London (nearest tube Covent Garden or Holborn). Doors Open at 1.00pm.
Fashions Finest Creative Director Sola Oyebade chats to Boss Media presenter Dianne Perard during London Fashion Week Aw16 about the platform, show and designers featured.
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