Vauxhall Fashion Scout ‘Ones to Watch’ exhibition featured up and coming designers who have not yet held a solo catwalk show during London Fashion Week, hand picked by industry experts. This season introduced a number of names:
Eleanor Bolton uses cotton rope, coiled and stitched together creating an unusual neck adornment . Echoes of sailor influences, rope knots and the ‘how to’ guide in girls/boys scout classes. It also slightly reminded me of a noose..not sure if that’s intentional, but if it is, it makes for very dark and emo jewellery. But more beautifully constructed. Eleanor graduated from the Royal College of Art last year so think of these as pieces of art rather than jewellery.
Charlotte Simpson‘s designs feature hand embroidered dresses giving them a sparkling and textured surface, swaying with every movement. Not surprising then, she was awarded the Zandra Rhodes textile awards at Graduate Fashion Week last year. Her simplistic garments are yet decadent at the same time, giving Charlotte that push to stand out.
I LOVED Nova Chiu’s designs. Having previously worked for the likes of Anna Sui and Matthew Williamson, Nova uses her quirky head for colours and rich textures and experiments with unconventional materials and fabric. So bright and bold, a combination of east meets west. Never thought I would see the day where I liked bell sleeves, but there’s something about this collection I just can’t get enough of.