On Monday, The British Fashion Council kindly invited Flock to the Crown to the Designer Showrooms Open House event, hosted by Drapers. Stylists, Journalists and Bloggers were given the opportunity to meet talented, innovative and creative designers that are making their presence felt within the industry.
Here we look at the top 10 emerging Accessory Designers who showcased amazing creations at London Fashion Week.
1. Rachel Entwistle
Rachel Entwistle is the co-owner of Thor & Wistle Boutique in Shorditch and was recently awarded Boutique Retailer of the Year 2014.
Drawing influences from indigenous communities around the world, Rachel’s contemporary design and love for indigenous culture has helped to create two strong collections which are made using 18ct gold, black rhodium and rubies.
The ‘Modern Primitive’ collection takes artefacts and power symbols, which symbolises protection in some indigenous communities and connects the ancient times with the modern man.The ‘Alchemical’ collection is inspired by ancient art, philosophy and wisdom.
Both collections are intriguing as they connect the old with the new. Many people from indigenous communities who reside in western society will feel nostalgic as they recognise the symbols and meanings behind Rachel’s designs.
2. Daisy Knights
This young and emerging designer is definitely an ‘innovator’ in the British Jewellery industry. As a child, Daisy Knights used to enjoy collecting gems for her bike and also had a huge love for skateboarding.
Using these influences, Daisy has managed to bind the two concepts together in order to create a jewellery and accessory line for laces. The collection is designed for casual wear and has been worn by Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna. Daisy has also designed collections for Asos, Harvey Nicols and Net-a-Porter.
All of the pieces are designed in the UK and the collection also has a selection of rings, necklaces, earrings, hand brackets and watches.
With its unique design and bold colours, Eshvi has become internationally known in cities such as Paris, London and New York. The founders, Georgian sisters-in-law, Natia Chkhartisvili and Tamar Svanidze teamed up with Gisele Ganne to bring vision to life and to also design unique, colourful and bold ‘statement jewellery’ that would bring any girls wardrobe to life.
The collection also has spiritual elements as the girls use ‘Fangs’ or ‘good luck charms’ on each piece.
Following on from their 14/15 collection Robot collection, Eshvi have now launched a clutch bag range, which again becomes instant statement pieces with its humorous logo’s and beautiful pastel tones which is very on trend for S/S 2015.
The Braid Collection is inspired by childhood memories which is replicated in the braided detail of ribbons, which have been folded into shapes and decorated into colourful spheres.
4. Rosantica milano
Hailing from Italy, Michela Panero created Rosantica Milano in 2009. The collection takes inspiration from gypsy and bohemian styles as well as Ancient Greek and Roman concepts.
The collection draws its influences from global travels, nature and of course, luxury fashion and is made from a combination of rare gem stones and brass wire.
Two Italian ancient techniques are used to make the necklaces in the form of wire wrapping and knotting – a technique that is used to assemble pearls. The necklaces are the ultimate statement piece and are beautifully crafted to ensure that all eyes are on you – no matter what!
Based in London, URiBE is a fashion jewellery label founded by Sion and Tiffany Phillips.
Tiffany has worked as head of accessorie design for Carl Lagarfield (Chanel), Maison Michel and Kenzo, while Sion worked on the promotional side of fashion and has worked with clients such as Stella Artois, Nike and BMW.
The pair used their strong foundations in fashion and design to create a collection that represent both their South American and Welsh roots. The gold and nautical pieces can be worn in the day or night and can add simplicity to any outfit.
Buba was founded by former head designer Euan McDonald and fashion photographer, Lesley Silwood.
They collaborated together to form the Buba brand. Their influences are taken from party islands such as Goa, Ibiza and Croatia. The bespoke pieces have a distinct bohemian essence surrounding them.
The collection, which has also featured in publications in France and Japan is perfect for all seasons and gets you in the party mood with its bright colour techniques and beautifully handcrafted designs.
Launched in 2013, Charlotte Valkeniers’ jewellery has developed a signature style of linear and geometric elements which detail the uniqueness of every handmade piece.
The SS 15 ‘Old Glory’ collection merges both masculine shapes and feminine details, resulting in a collection that searches for the balance between the two sexes. During the past 20 months the brand has received a vast amount of press interest and has featured in Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Purple.
8. Phoebe Coleman
Phoebe Coleman grew up in fashion – her mother was a lingerie designer, so it was only natural that Phoebe would follow suit. She studied jewellery design in San Diego and also has a degree in fine art.
Elements of fine art can definitely be seen in the collection as the jewellery pieces are simple yet very elegant. The Phoebe Coleman Collection has received a lot of support from the British fashion industry with features in magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Grazia and Vogue.
The jewellery is made in London from 18ct gold vermeil and sterling silver. Celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne and Ellie Goulding have all worn Phoebe’s collection.
Phoebe Coleman is definitely one to watch as she continues to make a name for herself in the British Jewellery Design industry.
With her love of for the 19080’s LA beach society, Diana Auria has brought the retro trend to life with her edgy and dynamic swimwear collection. Auria’s collection is 100% ethically sourced and uses materials such as recycled polyamide – which used to make fishing nets and carpets.
Diana Auria is a former London College of Fashion graduate and has featured in publications such as vogue.co.uk, WSGN and lingerie insight. The swimwear is colourful, fun and most importantly environmentally friendly.
10. Maria Francesca Pepe
Retro is big and on trend with influences taken from the 1970’s, right back to the 1920’s. Maria Frances Pepe has definitely take this on board in her S/S 15 ‘In the City’ collection.
The Italian native spent years travelling to different cities after graduating from Central St. Martins College. The collection focuses on three main themes: abstract and geometric ‘City Maps and Skylines,’ the vibrant and comic ‘Neon Nights,’ and bold statement pieces which represent the ‘Fashion Cities’.
The ‘City Maps and Skylines’ theme most certainly has an avant-garde feel to it as MFP uses 1940’s inspired solid geometric rings and cuffs, which easily transform into stackable jewellery.
This collection defiantly has elements of pop culture with its edgy, colourful and dimensional statement pieces, its perfect for representing the retro era of the 1990’s.
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