London’s Emerging Fashion Designers
ondon is seen on the global fashion stage as the city where young, fresh talent are given a platform. The city is famous to have fostered designers from Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen to JW Anderson only to name a few of the most influential designers internationally.
It's also celebrated for up-and-coming designers who create collections that break boundaries, stun audiences, and leave us wanting more.
Below, we’ve highlighted five emerging designers from London. These are the designers to watch in 2022…
A recipient of both the LVMH Prize for emergingtalent and the British Fashion Council Fashion Award, Nsensi Dojaka's designs are an ode to the classic 90s silhouettes — body-conscious, strappy, lingerie-esque designs, with plunging backsand necks and figure-hugging cuts and forms. Her dainty, feminine and tailored pieces, reminiscent of the easily recognisable 90s high-fashion supermodel era. Worn by Bella Hadid and with several garments from her past collection continuously selling out online, there is much anticipation for Dojaka’s latest creations.
The essence of Saul Nash’s collections derive from his background as a dancer and choreographer in tandem to his time spent in fashion design. The winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, creates men’s sportswear that finds a solid balance between luxury fashion and athletic apparel.
“Nash has a unique way of combining function,tech and tailoring in his design practice which has resulted in a new take onluxe sportswear. His work explores the relationship between performance andmenswear and is often showcased through beautiful and show-stoppingchoreography,” said British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush in a statement. “We … look forward to seeing his brand grow.”
Yuhan Wang is the eponymous London-based womenswear brand established by Chinese designer Yuhan Wang. Since her graduation from Central Saint Martins in 2018, people have anxiously awaited what Wang will create in her following collections.
Known for her Victorian-esque designs with theinfluence of traditional Chinese femininity, she explains she finds strength insoft shapes and fragility. Her Garments are skilfully draped with ruchedsilhouettes and layering of silk fabrics which prove to be the brands signaturefeatures. Wang’s dresses are especially mesmerizing to watch float down therunway in their gentle array of pastel colours and flouncy folds of fabrics.
Born and based in London, Bianca Saunderslaunched her label in 2017, following her graduation from The Royal College ofArt in Menswear. Her work has been hailed by everyone from Ye toPhoebe Philo.
She has spent the past year being mentored bythe CEO of Balenciaga. Now, Bianca Saunders is ready to take her radical andsoulful menswear vision to next stage. Her brand pushes at gender and investigates construction to propose fresh ideas formenswear. Both her Caribbean roots and her signature cutting which capturesmovement in clothes, have been the base to the collections.
Last year Saunders wasawarded the ANDAM Prize (previous winners include Martin Margiela, Anthony Vaccarello and Christophe Lemaire) and her AW 22collection was the first time presented at Paris Fashion Week.
KNWLS is a SouthLondon-based womenswear label founded by Charlotte Knowles and her partner AlexandreArsenault in 2017. The two have since builta label that celebrates femininity through a distinctive aesthetic loved andworn by everyone from Beyonce and Grimes to Dua Lipa and the Hadid sisters.
Finding initial inspirationin underwear and corsetry, KNWLS has expanded to encompass an empowered butdisruptive vision of femininity, dangerous and sensual. Deconstructed corsets and bras, meshmaterials, low rise pants, delicately structured bodycon dresses, tops with uniquecut-outs in earthy colour palettes and detailed prints have all becomesynonymous with KNWLS.
Here at Studio 104 we are able to offer client's many ways to work with us. This can range from a fully bespoke, highly creative uniform collection through to a pre-designed house uniform range (104 Collection) that can meet short lead times and keener budgets. We work with some of the world's finest luxury hotels; from heritage brands such as Gleneagles, The Savoy, Fortnum & Mason and Mandarin Oriental to the modern luxury brands such as NoMad, Nobu Ibiza Bay, The Fife Arms & The Newt in Somerset.
Written by Stefanie - Senior Designer
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