Mercedes Castillo is the designer of the eponym New York based brand that proposes crafted shoes, handbags, ready-to-wear and accessories. The designer was born and raised in Spain. She studied fashion design in Madrid and Milan and worked previously for Gianfranco Ferré, as footwear design director at Donna Karan International and as creative director of Tory Burch shoes and accessories. Mercedes Castillo’ debut Spring 2017 collection launches in partnership with Camuto Group.
Spring 2017 first collection is inspired by architecture and mid-century design. The designs are defined by sculptural shapes, geometric ornamentation and have a modern and artful look.
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All Blues is a Stockholm based fine jewellery studio founded by two friends Fredrik Nathorst & Jacob Skragge in 2010. In 2015, All Blues launched collaboration with Acne Studios for Spring Summer 2015 and won the award of the Accessories Designer of the Year by Elle. Every piece of jewellery is unisex and handcraft in Stockholm by expert artisans. The brand proposes a main collection called Hungry & Satiated Snakes since 2016 alongside micro collections continuously.
All Blues jewelleries are made mostly from silver or gold, sometimes brushed, carved or polished. The pieces of the micro collections are unique to please the collectors.
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Sid Neigum is the eponymous Womanswear label of a Toronto based designer. Sid Neigum graduates in Fashion Design and Apparel Production from Edmonton’s MC College and from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York meanwhile he was intern for Yigal Azrouel. His first collection was presented in 2011 during Toronto Fashion Week. Sid Neigum received several prizes such as Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award, Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award, Swarovski Emerging Talent Award and the DHL Exported program in London, wich awarded him with two fully sponsored fashion shows at London Fashion Week.
Sid Neigum Fall 2017 was presented at London Fashion Week. The silhouettes are geometric and even mathematic as Sid’s patterns are crafted based on the golden ratio. Materials are fluid and often draped or wrapped giving a touch of gracefulness to the looks. The designer used a reduced palette and presented monochromatic garments. We spotted the interesting work done on knotting techniques especially on sleeves and puffed sleeves.
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Born in Belgium, Cédric Charlier graduated from the school of Visual Arts of Brussels. Cédric Charlier won the Moêt Hennessy Fashion Award in 1998 and subsequently worked at the House of Céline in Paris for two years under the creative direction of Michael Kors. He then joined Jean Paul Knott's studio for two other years. Afterwards he joined Alber Elbaz’s team at Lanvin where he spent six years. He caught the attention of Jean Bousquet, who in 2009 commissioned Cédric Charlier to create a new dynamic positioning for Cacharel. Cédric worked four seasons as artistic director before he set up his own brand. He has shown his first eponymous collection in February 2012, in Paris.
Cédric Charlier Fall 2017 was presented in Milan. The designer made his men debut with a show that also featured his women’s fall collection. In this collection blending sportswear, tailoring and details orientated, the composition was particularly interesting: the composition of the colours and of the fabrics. The lines are bold and quite geometrical.
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Pyer Moss is a luxury Menswear label founded in 2013 in New York by Kerby Jean-Raymond. Born and raised in New York City, Kerby began his career in 2001 while still attending The High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan. At a very early age, the designer gains experience at Kay Unger and Marchesa. In 2014, Kerby won the coveted FGI Rising Star Award in the menswear category for Pyer Moss and was also a finalist in the debut DHL Exported Prize presented by IMG Worldwide. In 2015, Kerby was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Pyer Moss’s fall line 2017 presented in New Work was inspired by old photos of his Haitian immigrant father, which resonate like a political statement. The designer said he was telling his story through fashion and Fall was part one entitled “My Father as I Remember From 1980-1999. ». The luxury sportswear collection focus on reinventing old-school aesthetics from the 80’s that includes: effortless oversize volumes, stripes, velvet, bombers, joggers and printed loose T-shirts.
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Shikama is a handmade jewelry and objects brand designed by Sarah Shikama in Chicago since 2010. The artist and jewelry designer studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she specialized in printing, painting and fibers. Each step of production is realised in Sarah's studio and produced in limited numbered editions.
The permanent collection is made of simple shapes and emphasis on design. Her creations combine vintage findings, sculpted metals such as sterling silver or bronze and various pearls. Each piece is timeless and modern.
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