Last week, at the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom, we had the pleasure of meeting Richard Nicoll, maker of our favorite Topshop frock and all-around star designer. After a break-out MA collection at Central St Martins in 2002, Nicoll went on to show as part of the Fashion East gang and then, later, was backed by Topshop's New Gen program. More recently, Nicoll won the ANDAM prize as well as the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward Award. Needless to say, he's faring quite well. Nicoll's standout Fall 2009 collection started by way of a print collaboration with the British artist Linder and explored deconstruction and femininity themes. Check out our snapshots from the showroom along with runway images below.
Present at the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom were the Meadham Kirchhoff Fall 2009 collection and one of its two designers, Benjamin Kirchhoff. Having had the chance to speak with Kirchhoff about the collection, we can see why this brand is quickly becoming a favorite among fashion editors. Take the Fall 2009 concept for example, it deals with the boundaries between luxury and filth, desire and necessity--a discourse unending in the fashion world. Not only did we find Kirchoff's concept relevant but the clothes themselves--stand-out little jackets, slim trousers, one fantastic taupe Rodarte-like bondage dress--were also all desirable in their own right. Check out a few of our snapshots from the showroom along with the Fall 2009 runway images, below.
Despite being known for her fierce, no-nonsense design aesthetic, British designer Hannah Marshall couldn't have been sweeter or more accommodating when we met her at the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom. This Fall, Marshall confidently stood behind the return of the strong shoulder and created a collection based on the concept of body armor--that which both protects and gives strength to the wearer. Some pieces could take the expression 'second skin' and, although the collection is shown in black, many looks will also retail in steel grey or midnight ink as well. Check out Marshall's Fall 2009 look book images along with a few of our snapshots from the showroom below.
Yesterday, at the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom, we had the chance to meet designer Jean-Pierre Braganza and hear him speak about his Fall 2009 collection. This season, Braganza was informed by two distinct inspirations: Native American imagery and futuristic, sculptural tailoring. Overall, the collection communicated a sense of the exoskeletal, from the paneled dresses "that seem to grow over the body like petals or scales" to the prints comprised of digitally manipulated x-rays. Thanks to this, the collection had a post-apocalyptic feeling to it and the usage of Artic fox fur, hand-woven leather pieces, and Kirkwood-friendly heels certainly didn't hurt matters. Below, a few of our showroom snapshots and their corresponding runway images. To see Braganza's Fall 2009 in full, click here.
We've just returned from an appointment we now anxiously look forward to every season... a pop-up showroom which hosts the most exciting emerging designers in London. This season the event took place in a beautiful penthouse suite at the very downtown SoHo Grand and we were once again lucky enough to see all kinds of hot-off-the-runway goodies and chat with the designers in person. Before we get into those exciting reports, we have mention to the organization that made this all happen: Centre For Fashion Enterprise. This amazing organization invests time, money, and resources in emerging designers and their businesses for two years at a time. Enterprise alumni include Erdem, Manish Arora, and Marios Schwab to name a few. We'll be bringing you our reports from the showroom throughout the week. Stay tuned!
New York designer Adam Lippes showed his Fall 2009 collection in the tents at Bryant Park this season, and sent a array of young, enthusiastic, Asian-inspired looks down the runway. We caught a glimpse of his collection at the Paul Wilmot Communications press preview last week, and although our little camera never captures the real-life quality of these designs, we couldn't resist a shoutout. Not shown on the runway were 1st delivery multi-colored Georgette silk pieces that should definitely fare well while the leaves are turning. Check out our snapshot of that print along with a few others in the gallery below.
Last week we stopped by the Paul Wilmot Communications Fall 2009 press preview and caught a glimpse of next season's LAMB handbag range. Always a crowd pleaser, these colorful, graphic bags have earned their spot in the contemporary market over the past few years. This season called up their signature retro shapes and color combinations, our favorites were zebra printed with a cobalt and yellow strap closure. Check out our snapshots from the new collection below.
Earlier this week we checked out Rebecca Minkoff's late summer and fall handbag offerings. From lower-priced nylon diaper bags to faux croc laptop cases, Minkoff knows that her loyal clients want more than just the signature morning-after bag. Speaking of which, the designer has also recently revisited ready to wear, and you can buy her pared down (but definitely not plain) clothing range online now. Before you go stocking up on all kinds of spring goodies, check out our snapshots of the Fall 2009 handbag range below.
Earlier this week we had the opportunity to check out Frank Tell's Fall 2009 collection in the showroom. His fantastic knit pieces, Givenchy-like romantic blouses, and custom jewelry were just as fantastic on the rolling rack as they were during his New York Fashion Week presentation. The Spanish designer is stocked at Bloomingdales and Henri Bendel in New York and has been seen frolicking around with the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Pamela Love. Needless to say, Tell is one to watch. Check out his Fall 2009 look book and a few of our snapshots from the showroom below.
French designer Alice Ritter is a favorite among fashionable but not over-the-top New York gals. Her signature plaid blouses, country summer frocks, and motorcycle jackets have always reminded us of Isabel Marant--who likewise is known for capturing that coveted notion of easy French cool. This season Ritter brought back her chic harem trousers from Spring--which have already sold out at Barneys--in addition to some amazing light outwear pieces rendered in charcoal and black. Check out Ritter's Fall 2009 collection below along with a few snapshots from our showroom visit.