We have been keeping an eye at the more mainstream fashion labels during the season of fashion shows this time of the month, and now, it’s time to turn our focus towards the budding indie labels that are bound to fill up your wardrobe soon. The good folks from SCOOP London, a unique static fashion exhibition filled with fresh talents, directional designs and handpicked selections of the finest international collections, got in touch with us over the London Fashion Week, and highlighted some new and emerging designers that would catch our attention. Needless to say, we found our new favourites!
1. Nach Bijoux
Coming from a family with a father who is a world leader in miniature porcelain, sisters Nadia and Nancy Koch’s costume jewellery line is all about family traditions. Bathed in this craft since childhood, Nach Bijoux’s jewellery is made and painted by hand. The beloved porcelain animal figurines are either showcased as a lone piece, or mixed with other materials, such as gold flash plated brass, leather, feathers and rope.
2. Maison Baluchon
Conceived by designers Nathalie Vidal and Toma Bletner, this high end accessories brand has been specialising in bags, clutches and notebooks, (and more recently, pattern-based sationary and wallpaper prints), since its exclusive establishment in 2011 in the south of Champagne, Chaumont and its surroundings. And it is within this authentic French wilderness and forest landscapes that inspires Maison Baluchon’s distinctive prints.
3. Garment Project
This Danish fashion brand focuses on high quality classic basics, accessories and sneakers, with inspirations from the contemporary and the traditional style, and Scandinavian aesthetics in mind. Designer Kent Madsen’s background at Nike paid off with his highly stylised footwear collections that maximises on comfort, and amplifies wearability. Using the finest quality leathers with a contemporary minimal design aesthetic, Garment Project has created sneakers that are timeless and classics, stamped with their brand’s DNA – cool, calm, collected.
4. Ming Ray
Ming Ray already has a star studded resume for working with Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo, before the launch of her sophisticated footwear and accessories line. She cites her designs as ‘haute cute’, derived from her fascination for the Japanese pop culture of kawaii, and her love of haute couture. Ming Ray’s high end ‘Collector’ range features the Elisa grey alligator sandal and the Elisa black calf sandal, made of a combination of alligator leather and titanium heels.
Renowned for their quality mix-and-match pieces that give modern dressing a fresh twist, this French ready-to-wear brand’s latest Autumn/Winter ’16 collection takes roots in the simple femininity inspired by the women of the ’90s, with a ’70s influence of the romantic and warm universe of Sarah Moon and Paolo Roversi. Clean cuts are part of the brand’s new vocabulary, alongside silhouettes of draped, knotted and easy-to-wear but always elaborate pieces – a well-balanced mix of textures and colours with a particular attention to detail that creats a sharp and fashion forward look. There are also knitwear particularly developed for the colder seasons, with very soft pieces in subtle colours, as well as modern and maxi prints with emphasis on bold flowers, scribbled collages and abstract prints.
SCOOP London took place over the London Fashion Week, from February 21 till 23, 2016 at The Saatchi Gallery in London.