The February 2012 Fashion Week is long gone and fashion labels and their fashionista followers are waiting for the autumn shows to roll around the corner and display some brand new, delectable delights. The most recent shows did, however, brandish some fantastic new design talent which will keep many followers of new names in anticipation of the next collections. Designers that have been in the business for years were also on top form, proving that when you make it in fashion, you’ll be able to keep your throne for a while.
Some of the most exciting new talent was discovered at New York Fashion Week, where the Autumn/Winter 2012 shows displayed textures and prints at their best. One of the most prominent design advocates of prints is newcomer Calla, whose gorgoeus flower dresses, trousers and blouses are sure to be seen on the streets of New York, and around the world in the coming season. The Canadian-born designer studied at Parsons New School of Design in New York, which is also an accredited online college, acquainting herself with the fashion scene there. However, she has come out with a unique, fresh and exciting collection that is perfect for keeping your wardrobe colorful from Spring on through to the Autumn. Calla has also become a big name in the press through her collaboration with renowned Belgian designer Bruno Pieters, who has recently founded his ethically and environmentally conscious brand ‘Honest by’. Pieters features different designers for each collection, and chose to work with Calla for this Spring because of her beautfiul, fun and trendy flowery prints.
Paris, as the original home of fashion week, also showcased some great new talent. Nicolas Andreas Taralis and Sharon Wauchob both sent models down the runway in beautiful, gothic pieces, while Fatima Lopes clad hers in leather, hats and fur for a dominatrix meets 1940’s vixen look. Good ole’ Karl Lagerfeld maintained his posiiton at the top of the fashion hierarchy with a colllection full of crystals, heavy wool coats and oversized knitwear for Chanel. Another classic, Louis Vuitton, showcased the full-on talent of head designer Marc Jacobs. Trench coats and the traveling woman of the early 20th century were in full glory at the Autumn/Winter 2012 show, recalling times of steam engine trains and leather suitcases.
In London, Bora Aksu was most definitely at the top of the list for new talent, with his clean lines and pastels mixed with grays of different shades. Perfect for the original dresser that doesn’t want to stand out, his designs blend unconventional cuts with a soft palettes beautifully. Hailing from the renowned fashion school Centrail Saint Martins, that turns many eager students into succesful designers, he has been one of the designers keeping London Fashion Week on the map. Another lady at the top of her game, and one who swears to never leave London as her home for showcasing new collections, is Dame Vivenne Westwood. Being the queen of Anglomania, she took inspiration from Savile Row tailors and English equestrian styles, and came out with perfectly fitted plaid and tweed in beauitful fall colors that are sure to smarten up any wardrobe.
Sources: 1stangel.co.uk / www.vogue.it / www.vogue.co.uk