The Fashion Fix Daily team have returned from an intense few days at LFW, and apart from all the INCREDIBLE shows and presentations we saw, a huge highlight was wondering around 180 The Strand to explore hundreds of emerging clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery designers. Want to discover some of the hottest new fashion brands in the UK? Here are our eight of our top picks from the BFC Designer Showrooms at London Fashion Week.
HANGER presented their AW18 offering, ‘Sleepy Chan’, a surreal, sci-fi inspired collection featuring a hell of a lot of latex. The difference is though, the latex HANGER uses is entirely renewable, creating a more sustainable vision this season, and even featured adjustable ties in many pieces that allow the wearer to expand and tighten the clothing to fit them perfectly, an innovative approach to diverse and adaptable sizing.
‘Volume One’ is ART SHOOL’s first departure from their mainline collections which aims to dive deep into the nature of modern femininity, dedicating the pieces to Playboy bunny and London-meets-LA alternative it girl Pippa Brooks. As always, the brand aims to cater to trans and non-binary bodies through the flexible cut and fit of their designs, which would appeal to anyone and everyone through everything from distressed logo tees and chevron strip jackets to marabou feather shoes and sequin slip dresses.
A collaboration between Vinti Tan and Paul Andrews, Vinti Andrews is a London womenswear label that derives aesthetic inspiration from music and its related subcultures, using a craft-led approach to design contemporary clothing that encourages individuality and self-expression using upcycling, reconstructing and reworking to generate fresh new ideas.
Paradise Row create handbags with faces on them, but this is a million miles away from cheesy emojis. Their ‘Empathy’ collection explores the complexity of human emotion, with each bag design representing a feeling, including Joy, Hope, Sorrow, Awe and even Love. Plus, every bag is crafted by artisans in a studio in the heart of East London using super-thick and luxurious vegetable-tanned leather.
WEN PAN STUDIO
By using raw fluidity and layers of textures, Wen Pan is an emerging London designer whose signature style is fluid layers and raw textures, aims to explore poetic resistance in Chinese aesthetics through balancing femininity and roughness. Her SS19 collection flaunted oversized trench coats which merged effortlessly with flannel shirts, floral dresses, denim jackets and pyjama pants; a beautiful collage of contemporary fashion ideas.
Undoubtedly the most impressive knitwear brand in the showrooms, J.won experiments fearlessly with colour, utilising the structure of knitted textiles to design modern, wearable looks. For SS19, midi dresses and oversized cardigans donned bold graphic stripes in candy colours, and t-shirts and polos were transformed into intricate metallic knitted artworks.
LAURIE LEE LEATHER
Here at FFD, we are huge fans of Laurie Lee; who couldn’t fall for her Instagrammable graphics plastered on street style worthy leather jackets and accessories? With hand-painted slogans like ‘NOT HEARTLESS JUST USING MY HEART LESS’ and ‘FRESH OUT OF FUCKS’, this season’s collection was made for your inner badass bitch.
This final one is bonus pick, not from the BFC showrooms but from a popup shop which ran during fashion week organised by LDC, the Lone Design Collective. Ganor Dominic, a British footwear brand inspired by art and sculpture, showcased an intriguing collection of avant garde shoes depicting embossed, printed and laser-cut faces; bursting full of personality and guarenteed to get your outfit noticed.
Header image: Vinti Andrews