In 2013, Craig Green emerged into the fashion scene as a collaborator with Topman and Fashion East’s MAN designs for the initiative at London Collections. His designs were out of the box, literally as models were adorned with wooden boxes atop their heads. However, this stunt did not work to Green’s advantage as people were more distracted by the boxes than by his gorgeous and extremely wearable designs. In 2014, Green made a comeback with his Autumn/Winter collection show ending in a standing ovation and has been highly regarded as a top influential designer in London ever since.
German fashion designers Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason settle in London during 2008 to cultivate and grow their own label known as Ostwald Helgason. Highlights of their last collection include pleated maxi skirts and luxe printed trousers. This season they have drawn inspiration from the Berlin Wall creating more of a sombre look and feel. The duo transitioned from ultra-luxe to sombre fashion with much ease revealing that their brand has the potential for longevity to ebb and flow with the fashion tides.
Paula Gerbase began her fashion career as head designer for Savile Row Tailor Kilgour. After spending five years with the brand Gerbase decided to branch off and begin her own label 1205. Originally interested in architecture, Gerbase heavily immersed her designs in visual structure creating a unisex line that focuses on classic, well made pieces built to last a lifetime.
Claire Barrow is best known for her unapologetic individuality and rebellious designs. Her game changing brand Ethos has even been sported by fashion icon Rihanna. Rihanna wore many pieces from the Ethos line during her last tour favoriting Barrow’s hand painted vintage leather jackets. Claire Barrow is an extremely adaptable designer, unafraid to explore different fashion genres and avenues within her brand. Her one of a kind pieces have won the hearts of many within the fashion world.
Christopher Shannon’s Men's shows have become one of the most sought after events of London Collections. Fashion influencers and designers crowd and clamor together just to get a good seat to view upcoming seasons wear. Shannon has a very vivid and imaginative eye that has created inspiring collections from 70’s Liverpool suburbia to sports motif handbags. Shannon’s personal touch can be seen within each piece of fashion he designs. Not to mention, he casts and styles each and every one of his shows himself.
Born in South Korea, Jackie JS Lee did not move to the United Kingdom until 2009 where she studied womenswear at Central Saint Martins. Lee regards her line as back-to-the-basics with simplistic sport inspired influences. The simplicity of her designs naturally draws attention to the detailing of clean lines only achieved with incredible skill. Lee worked as a pattern cutter in Seoul for five years before making her way to the KISA London position of master pattern cutter. Landing a ticket to one her highly coveted shows during fashion week is hard to come by.
Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida are the duo design team behind the brand Marques’Almeida. Both talented designers studied at Portugal’s CITEX Fashion School before moving to London and taking up classes at Central St Martins. Together the two have created a line chock full of 1990s nostalgia - think rugged denim street wear with a PJ Harvey soundtrack. Their trademark denim, laid-back dresses, and slouchy sweaters pop up in the most unexpected places. Topshop has recently collaborated with the brand on a vast variety of laid back 1990s influenced staples including oversized denim jackets and sophisticated neon spaghetti straps.
Simone Rocha’s number one focus is building a sustainable brand with quality. Simone Rocha began her fashion degree at The National College of Art & Design in Dublin, earning herself a BA in fashion. Immediately after Rocha moved to London and completed her Masters in fashion at Central Saint Martins in 2010. Rocha’s careful designs reinterpreting classic elements in a new and innovative way has earned her several sponsorships through the British Fashion Council as well as Topshop Newgen. Her feminine designs have established a signature romantic aesthetic creating her own small narrative in the large world of fashion.
Originally born in Canada, Thomas Tait has defied all odds and established a major eponymous label in London. Tait’s womenswear designs have definitive menswear influences through his utilization of utilitarian styles and dramatically straight edges. His use of bold color is ravishing and certainly makes a statement. Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs awarded Thomas Tait with the LVMH Young Designer Award for his individuality and attention to detail. A true turning point in Tait’s career.
You will only see more and more from Meadham Kirchhoff within the coming years. Meadham Kirchhoff is a duo owned brand by up and coming designers Edward Meadham & Benjamin Kirchhoff. Together the two have won over the fashion world with their unique pairing of contemporary wearability and sentimental tributes to teenage girl influences with Courtney Love. Before launching their menswear label in 2009 both designers studied at Central St Martins. Meadham studied womenswear while Kirchhoff studied menswear. Since then the pair has won the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent Ready-To-Wear in 2010 and been shortlisted for the BFC Vogue Designer Fashion award in 2012.