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The talented designers who have been labelled as the 'ones to watch' on the fashion scene, sure did live up to all expectations at their AW16 show, at the Freemason's Hall. With so many incredible highlights it's difficult to know where to start. Each designer brought their own aesthetic to the catwalk and stamped their own ideas of autumn winter fashion onto their collections. Some even challenged perceptions of fashion for the colder months by throwing the rule book out the window. It was great to see trends we all know so well being re-adapted for 2016/17.

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Tan's AW 16 collection came in a sea of deep blues- full of swing and cut-out shapes. She showed us that just because the weather will inevitably get colder, it doesn't mean that we have to completely hide away under layers upon layers. The use of cut-outs in different places on the clothing, throughout the collection added that just the right amount of daring feel. Tan's penchant for complementing the ways in which the body moves could be seen from start to finish as each piece was given character through its dynamic and swift motions. It proves that in many ways loose garments can be just as glamorous as pieces that conform to the body.

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Edda's collection was a vision in monochrome. The black and white spectrum shows little sign of fading from our wardrobes and yet, designers are constantly seeking novel ways to revitalise common tones and shades. Edda certainly found new ways to take monochrome fashion just that step further. The reinvented palette inspired an artsy/cartoon-ified feel in order to compeltely shake off any previous ideas we may have had about sometimes simply boring black and whites.

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This was one collection that also refused to be tied down to the demands of the seasons. Why shouldn't we wear summer style dresses? Yes, it may be impossible in some ways, but surely we can take elements of our favourite summer pieces and translate them in later months. Edda certainly had a spring has sprung feel, with florals making a brief appearence. It just confirmed that autumn/winter does not mean a complete shut-down of our beloved summer wardrobes. There is life after August.

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Dian Pelangi x Nelly Rose x Odette Steele

The trio offered a glimpse into a beautiful culture, bursting with colour and intricate detailing. The use of embellishments added a defining sparkle while abstract patters brought with it a vibrant style that tells the stories of the culture. Bright and cheerful most definitely; these three up and coming designers understand that in today's society, it is important to unite and to celebrate women from all backgrounds and cultures.

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Words: Sophie Joaman| Fashion Week Press|

Images: Amie Caswell| Fashion Week Photography| @amiecharlot


As we took our seats on the catwalk at Freemasons' Hall, Fashion Scout’s home for London Fashion Week, the excitement in the room was palpable. And rightly so; this prestigious competition, which has in the past showcased designers such as Eudon Choi and Phoebe English, presents the top four designers out of the best emerging design talent this year.

Whilst enjoying a SNOG freebie fro-yo on the frow, the collaborative showcase kicked off with with J Moon, a recent LCF graduate and favourite of Vogue Italia. The collection was a veritable feast of textures, 3D shapes and complementary colour palettes, juxtaposing sheer and woollen fabrics in random geometrical patterns to create solid silhouettes and unusual hemlines. This unique aesthetic that ran throughout the garments was exuded further through the bags carried by the models - they became not only an extension of the shapes and colours of each look but also an extension of the models’ own limbs.

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’s line was fun and shouty, much like the soundtrack the models walked to, combining an array of prints, textures and colours.  Pretty pastels contrasted with colour pop crowns and sultry cut-outs, creating a feeling of Disney princesses gone wild; perhaps a continuation from her re-imagining of Minnie Mouse for Disney last year. More subdued looks followed, entering once more into geometrical manipulation and playing with curves and peplums, before giving way to a dramatic bralet and skirt combo, paired with a woollen balaclava, heating up the show once more.

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Stark, then, was the contrast when the pace slowed for Angel Chen’s romantic yet rebellious collection. Lurid prints blended with gingham and tweed in earthy tones and a juxtaposition of heavy and floating fabrics to create a dreamy woodland aesthetic, manifesting further through the twig and branch effects carried by the models. From a piece made entirely of tumbling frills and lace to a military jacket paired with a glittering rifle, Chen once again took us on the magical journey that we have come to expect from her previous collections, Les Noces and The Rite of Spring.

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The show finished with Kim Stevenson under her brand name, Autonomous. An Australian designer whose work on ethical, hand-crafted textiles are the bedrock of her inspiration; Kim presented a collection which is very cohesive with her previous lines. The pieces blend Navajo inspired-colours and textures with on-trend structures, notably her tall, fringed hats, once again entering into the conversation between the rural and the industrial.

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As the lights went up, buzzing filled the room as guests started animatedly talking about the collections and picking out their favourite pieces, before hurrying to the exhibition to see the lines in the flesh. To absorb such a wealth of new talent in such quick succession was a sensory overload of patterns, textures and colours, but one which inspired and delighted, and promised of even greater things to come.


Words by Katharine Bennett | Fashion Week Press | @misskatebennett
Images by Kris Mitchell | Fashion Week Photographer


VEVO  have just announced their DSCVR One To Watch series for 2015 which includes shift K3Y, Prides, Little Simz, Seinabo Sey, Freddie, Dickson, Ibeyi, James Bay, Wolf Alice, Jack Garratt  and Years & Years. This week sees them turning the spotlight to Freddie Dickinson, who you can watch performing in the video above.

The series promises to be an incredibly exciting display of the newest and hottest talent. This is our favourite thus far...


It was a matter of business behind-the-scenes at Fashion Scout’s ‘One to Watch’ show as models backstage whizzed by in a daze of textured, tailored white in preparation for Youjia Jin’s catwalk. Hair was mostly business in the front and party in the back, with a done-but-undone plaited up-do that had us itching to backcomb our own locks, as well as slick Wednesday Addams middle partings left loose and wild from the nape down. Jin’s collection was all about the strength of women, sartorially and otherwise as adrogynous suits were given a fierce feminine edge thanks to the addition of sheer fabrics and gentle draping. Punky cerise pink and deep sea turquoise wigs finished off an under-the-sea meets sports-luxe vibe from Cassandra Verity Green’s collection, as models sported red-trimmed perspex two-pieces, oversized knitted collars and funky cut-out monokinis. CVG’s collection also saw the triumphant return of the bubble backpack paired with everyone’s sunshine favourite: the tennis dress. Amidst the maritime madness we spied Kelko Nishiyama’s Fashion Scout collection, a refreshing mix of prim, proper and punk as pearled mohawks stood tall atop ornate prints adorned upon shirt dresses and leggings. Contrasting pleasantly against Green’s pearled and punky romanticism was Min Wu’s sugary sweet offering. Wu’s signature play on proportions was all to prevalent as sheer spherical jackets were paired with candy stripe midis and perspex overlays.

One last peek at backstage and we took our place on the FROW just in time to see Youjia Jin deliver her final message in the form of a finale model muscle flex. Who run the world? Girls.

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Words: Daisy Keens | Fashion Week Press | @randyrecliner
Images: Sebastian McCluskey | Fashion Week Photographer 


It seldom gets more fresh and arguably, more fierce, than the Fashion Scout 'Ones To Watch' show. The internationally recognised platform celebrates the up-and-coming Donnatella Versaces and Karl Lagerfelds of tomorrow, which unsurprisingly manifests itself into a whirlwind of eclecticism - four vastly differing designers hitting the peripherals in quick succession. It's 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' and rest assured, you wouldn't want to do that.

Sarah Ryan

If ruralism was ever made sexy, it would be at the hands of Sarah Ryan. Melding together traditionally humdrum methods of weaving with the occasional flash of lambswool, Ryan definitely plays homage to her Irish roots with her debut collection. However, the pieces are far from trapped in tradition: skin subtly peeked through the modernity of mesh - while the predominantly monochrome colour palette teamed with woven chest-pieces conjured images of power: armour.

Hiroko Nakajima

Contemplating the torrential floods outside, Hiroko Nakajima's wool-oriented work struck a particular chord for me. Colour-blocking had its day again; potently coloured fabric clung to frames with the odd questionable addition of pointed woollen hats. However, with her penchant for luxurious cashmere, I think we all could have done with said hats in the metropolitan monsoon that was Day 1. And one of those gloriously form-fitting dresses while you're at it...

George Styler

Condensing the complexities of Serbian designer George Styler into one mere sentence is proving quite the feat. His collection  was, in the fewest of words: loud. Boldly thrashing a myriad of 'World Ethno' influences into one finely tuned package, Styler's work became true art - designs that you just had to leave your seat for, just to crane for a better look. Eastern European florals clashed delightfully against hologram dresses and sequin-bejewelled leggings that packed more wattage than a 70s disco ball on LSD.

Carrie-Ann Stein

With more gritty working class influence than a record by 'The Smiths', Carrie-Ann Stein's work focuses predominantly on tongue-in-cheek allusions to industrial mundanity: seeing a Birmingham Council sign dressed up to print definitely wasn't something I'd expected on the catwalk. The Pop Art-esque inferences, teamed with abstract design made for an interesting statement - bold and brash like the streets often are - yet still refined enough to hold its own on the catwalk. Next time, don't add the hyper-erect ponytails: teamed with the dress shapes, they struck a queer resemblance to Capri Sun pouches.


Words: Ebony Nash | Fashion Week Press