The new fashion pop up features the two winners of the Shaftesbury Award for Emerging Designers: Stephanie Hensley and Zoran Dobric, graduates of the world famous London College of Fashion. The project creates an amazing and rare opportunity to view and buy exclusive Master of Arts Degree collections by up and coming designers and runs 6–21 July 2013 at Unit 1.16 Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street.
Stephanie Hensley is a women’s shoe designer, who will showcase her collection, Made in China: Longevity Series - an assortment of high quality luxury footwear, inspired by her travels in China, which contradicts the international stigma of ‘Made in China’ which has become synonymous with poor quality and cheap cost.
The name of this collection hints at the second important contrast: life versus death. Stephanie depicts the contrast in the colour palette as well as the symbols used in the embroidery. The finely crafted collection encapsulates Chinese symbolism and the contrast of perceptions around the world. The highly feminine and elaborate collection references and modernizes historical Chinese processes, shapes, and imagery, as well as utilising unconventional materials rarely used in footwear. Stephanie’s celebrity clientele include Lady Gaga and Estelle Rubio. The collection is made to order and prices are available upon request.
Zoran Dobric is an exciting womenswear designer whose collection is based on research of Canadian West Coast Aboriginals, particularly their embellished Ceremonial Dancing Blankets. The culturally inspired exclusive original textiles come to life in the innovative and original, easily wearable silhouettes, reflecting the soft shape of the blankets.
The collection also features exclusive digital prints developed by Dobric, inspired by geometrically cryptic Canadian Northwest coast art. The items exhibit a high level of craftsmanship and feature hand quilting, beading and appliqué reinterpreted for the modern era. Several of the exclusive pieces are painstakingly hand painted by Dobric. His unique and timeless collection, offers women individualistic and creative expression as Eastern aesthetics and Western couture techniques converge. Prices range from £150 to £600.
Carnaby is at the forefront of new talent in fashion, nurturing fresh designers and encouraging independent brands. Carnaby has worked with London College of Fashion for over five years and has long been a London fashion hub.