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Royal College of Art graduate Alex Mattsson’s sophisticated vision of menswear marked him as one of the standout designers of the 2009 graduate shows. Unusual techniques and textures combined with artisan experimental techniques have secured Alex Mattsson’s place amongst the new breed of young menswear designers gouging alternative directions for the future of men’s fashion.
Aqua By Aqua Womens
Aqua’s pioneering approach to British fashion and consistency for producing bold directional collections have earned them their unique position at the forefront of the High Street for style leading design, experimental fabrics and unapologetic silhouettes. A cutting edge e-commerce platform echoed by contemporary flagship stores at either end of London’s Carnaby Street create a point of different in a market for the image conscious youth of today with new styles from directional seasonal collections dropping in store and online monthly.
Ashley Williams¹ witty graduate collection was acclaimed as the stand-out show of the season, fusing kitsch Americana-inspired prints, embroidered motifs, denims, knit and effortless tailoring. Referencing Texas; the country music stars of the 70¹s, glamorous oil-baron¹s wives, sweethearts prom queens and ice cream diners, this exceptionally talented emerging designer¹s first collection couples trashy nostalgia with contemporary luxury. British based Ashley Williams studied BA womenswear at The University of Westminster and have already gained support from fans including Rita Ora and Pixie Geldof.
Danish menswear designer Astrid Andersen graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2010 and went on to win the Brioni Creativity and Innovation Award as well as the River Island MA Student Bursary Award designing 3 looks for the high street retailer. Her unmistakable sports-luxe style has headlined at Copenhagen Fashion Week as well as earning a sought for place at The FashionEast Menswear Installations and won her notable supporters across the industry.
Bernhard Willhelm is renowned for his love of mixing absurdity with high fashion. After studying at Antwerp's Royal Academy and establishing his own label he almost instantly started showing womenswear at Paris Fashion Week and in the following year launched a menswear line. Willhelm has received wide acclaim for his brave approaches to fashion, winning the Moet & Chandon Fashion Award first prize from the Association Nationale pour le Developpement des Arts et de la Mode, showed a retrospective of his work at The Fashion Museum in Antwerp, designed the Misericordia uniform for a Peruvian school and designing the wardrobe for R.W. Fassbinder's screenplay 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' in Berlin and Bjork's 2007 World Tour.
British born and based Bobby Abley graduated from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in 2010 before going on to work with McQueen and Jeremy Scott in L.A, Paris and London and establishing his namesake label. This exceptional emerging talent’s blend of graphic detailing, nostalgic and often whimsical print and luxury contemporary design with a commercial edge give his brand relatability and point-of-difference amongst the competitive men’s fashion marketplace.
Charlie Le Mindu
French born hair-dresser extraordinaire Charlie le Mindu has risen to prominence with his signature Haute Coiffure style and avant-garde approach to the synergy of hair and fashion, gracing the pages of the world¹s leading publications, the heads of some of our most noted artists and the international fashion catwalks of London and Paris.
His unique ability to combine show-stopping and often shocking pieces inspired by unexpected themes, with genuine hairdressing expertise, a fashion-focussed sensibility and artisan wig-making techniques have positioned him as the unrivalled champion of a new, more progressive attitude towards hair design and technology, re-focussing the way hair is perceived within the modern art and fashion environment. Charlie le Mindu becomes avant-garde Hair Director for Urban Retreat in 2012 alongside an overall re-launch for Urban Retreat's flagship store in London¹s Harrods.
Since graduating from The University of Brighton, Fred Butler has amassed an enviable industry following and involvement in countless projects, commissions, initiatives and a wide reaching network within the industry. Her name has become synonymous with oversized props and intricate accessories pieces created by the complex folding, cutting and layering of paper and other filigree textiles.
Gabriela Ligenza has carved her own niche in modern Millinery combining contemporary, sculptural shapes with softness and femininity through handcrafted British design. With a store on London’s Sloane Street and over 25 years of heritage, Gabriela Ligenza’s blend of artisan techniques and materials with modern fabrication and technologies has kept her at the forefront of British Millinery.
Jae Wan Park
British-based Korean menswear talent Jaewan Park presents a considered and reflective new aesthetic and sensibility for contemporary masculinity strongly rooted in the timeless tradition of tailoring and the classic male wardrobe. Variety of character is a preoccupation within his work, and being a twin himself has offered a unique perspective on similarity and difference in style. A passion for combining elements from the arts, technology, fashion, academia, theory and culture presents itself in deceptively complex pieces reflecting contrasting and sometimes conflicting perspectives and an understated multiplicity.
Royal College of Art MA Textile graduate Kitty Joseph’s work explores color and it’s application on the body through print and other textile applications, drawing on a wealth of experience gained from work as a color consultant for countless international fashion brands, color trend analysis for leading trend prediction agencies and her permanent position as a university course leader on fashion textile and print design.
British based Filipino milliner Mich Dulce creates light-hearted contemporary collections for wholly sustainable, socially enterprising and ethical Filipino raw materials combined with European millinery traditions and techniques. Her inimitable style and innovative handmade couture with whimsical touches have earned her a steady and influential presence in the Philippines fashion industry.
Construction with print, strong silhouette, womenswear tailoring, rich colours are the constant elements to Peiran's work. She developed her interest in experimenting the relation between image and space within human body from the beginning of her study in fashion. For Peiran, every collection is an adventurous story. Peiran Gong graduated from the Royal College of Art’s MA Fashion Womenswear course, after completing her BA degree in Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University (Beijing, CHINA) in 2010.
Piers Atkinson hats and headpieces are known for their wit, unexpected materials and themes and Piers’ own signature storytelling and tongue-in-cheek humor. His collections appear regularly across the board in the world’s leading publications and news journals, with an ever growing list of high profile clients including artists, editors, private collectors and celebrities.
Fred Butler Style
Fred Butler Style is one of London and the UK’s leading style blogs following the life, career, inspirations, work of Fred Butler and her ever extensive network industry acquaintances. With over 80,000 monthly readers and a highly focused audience Fred Butler Style coupled with Fred Butler’s unstoppable industry profile have become an intrinsic part of the fabric of London fashion and lifestyle.
Margot Bowman is an illustrator, designer, and DJ living in London. She is the creative director of The Estethetica Review, a publication focused on ethical fashion published biannually in conjunction with the British Fashion Council. Other ongoing projects include the Painted Truths series for Notion Magazine, and AnOther Fashion Cartoon for Another Magazine and everythingissoamazing.com