Another one to watch:
Before she’d even graduated from the Royal College of Art, Sophia Webster’s final student collection was picked up by Browns. She then worked for Nicholas Kirkwood for 2 years as his first ever design assistant. He promised to mentor her for that time until she was ready to branch out to launch her own shoe label, with the support and stamp-of-approval from Kirkwood. She’s since been picked up by Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Colette and Harvey Nichols!
Her first collection, which showed at London Spring 2013 fashion week, based around the ‘Dollhouse’, was a selection of cute-as-pie colours, hearts, polka dots and flamingoes for the feet! All with an obvious tropical West Palm Beach feel and with a hint of African inspiration and Aztec trims.
Her signature could be identified as in-your-face, Look-at-me, strong-silhouetted street styles with graphics that will no doubt be recognisable at the shows, and heavily referenced by high-street brands.
Images from Style.com, WWD.
centre: Sophia Webster’s Paris showroom
Remember this name. The Icelandic (but London based) design duo Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason made their debut at New York Fall/Winter fashion week this year, and produced a stellar follow-up collection for Spring 2013.
If there’s anything I know about fashion, its that a fresh new silhouette has the potential to break boundarie’s for a label. At Ostwald Helgason for Winter we saw thick diagonal stripes in bold navy and gold in a Terra-Nova inspired collection. Then for Spring it was a voluminous boxy up top sweaters and kicky little skirts, all with a nod to Picasso and Matisse, who’s art clearly had influence on the colour selections. In just two seasons, they have already developed a signature in their very flirty little shapes, and silhouette’s with a minimalist 60′s feel. Not a fussy ruffle or distracting texture in sight.
As someone who rarely wears anything other than neutrals, this label caught my eye. And it’s not because it already has a cultish blogger-outside-fashion-week type of following (yes ‘Tsarina’s’ Im’ talking about you!). Or because one of my favourite models Jade Jackson starred in their lookbook. It’s because the prints are invariably different to anything I’ve seen before, and the colour palette feels fresh and new.
How many new labels could claim their very first order at a New York boutique sold out in just 24 hours? Ostwald Helgason is available for pre-order from ModaOperandi, or can be purchased at Browns London or online at Asos.com
Babi Bello is one to watch.
Inspiration for the Babi Bello brand is certainly global, as the designer Babi, was born in Brazil, educated in Miami, and trained for ten years in New York City (designing for Kenneth Cole and developing for Macy’s NY) before starting her own label in Australia last year.
The self-titled brand delivers high quality leathers, finishes & sexy styling that comes to life at the hands of expert Brazilian shoemakers in the South of Brazil, a shoe region globally renowned for quality craftsmanship and premium cut leather.
Babi Bello ‘Mila’ shoes: $270 (www.babibello.com)
Graham and Green, a family run homewares and furniture company from Notting Hill, brings us a contemporary mix of old and new. Their collections inspire regular room re-vamps, and the elements in their style ethos guarantee an ideal living space for those with a visual aesthetic; GLOBAL, Glamorous, Individual, Life-enhancing…
Unfortunately, they don’t currently deliver pieces outside the UK. Hopefully the future will bring international delivery for G&G so we can get some into our homes here in Oz.
images sourced from grahamandgreen.co.uk
Carine Roitfeld, (former editor of Vogue Paris in case you have been living in a cave), has just been named Global Fashion Director of Harper’s Bazaar.
She will contribute several storie’s a year, including covers, for all international editions of the magazine, and will begin in March 2013.
Carine will collaborate with Creative Director Stephen Gan (who has been working with Carine on her own project CR Fashion Book since her departure from Vogue Paris in 2010.) She will also continue to work on CR Fashion Book and various other things, like lending her name to mammoth make-up brands (such as M.A.C) and penning seriously sexy coffee-table books (like ‘Irreverent’).
Such exciting news. The influence of Carine on the fashion world is a good thing.
photo: Hedi Slimane