Ashley Williams is an eponymous ready-to-wear brand based in London. The young designer graduated in 2012 from the University of Westminster and made her debuts with NEWGEN and Fashion East.
For the collection Ashley Williams Spring Summer 2017, the designer pays tribute to her cult icon River Phoenix by printing his face and song lyrics on tees. Romantic yet radical, the collection's aesthetics deeply rooted in the nineties is strongly realistic, very London.
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Gonzalo Cutrina is a Spanish artist based in Barcelona renowned for his colourful illustrations. In 2007 he teamed up with the designer Aurora Vilaboa to create an accessory line featuring costume jewellery and scarves. They release thematic collections in limited editions.
Gonzalo Cutrina launched a new collection of costume jewellery called Friendly Invasion inspired from the series "Futurist Flower" of Giacomo Balla, the video game "Space Invaders" or the classic science fiction novel "The Body Snatchers" of Jack Finney. The pieces are playful, timeless and visually strong.
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Jon Millner is an emerging designer from North Carolina, USA. He studied Fashion and Textile Management at the College of Textiles at NC State University. His eponym brand is a ready-to-wear womenswear line.
For the collection Jon Millner focused on tailoring and deconstructive details. The silhouettes are very architectural, masculine and inspired from minimalism. The designer creates timeless pieces. Elements of nature and landscapes have a large influence and are communicated through fabric selection as well as silhouette and shape. The designer talks about modern fashion, feeling and attitude.
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Deux Souliers is a footwear brand made in Spain and designed in Barcelona since 2010. The brand is directed by Nunu Solsona, in charge of the fashion and creative development. She studied fashion design and combined her creative flair with training in traditional footwear design with great shoe craftsmanship and in specific techniques at the Footwear Museum in Elda. The brand concept is to rework classic models and find a balance between craftsmanship and innovation. They offer timeless shoes with character and personality.
For her latest collection, the focus is on geometric designs. Each model is made with natural materials and high quality leather. The brand is timeless and essentially genderless with detailed craftsmanship and emphasis on details such as modified leather, saddle stiching, hand-painted features or even removable elements.
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Inês Nunes is an eponymous jewellery brand based in Lisbon. Inês is an artist-jeweller that seeks to understand the paradigm of contemporary jewellery through her work that has been evolving since 1997. She has a bachelor in Contemporary Jewelry and completed the Plastic Arts Advanced Course. She was prized and received a scholarship by Cervantes Institute. Her work is represented in private collections such as MUDE – Lisbon Museum for Fashion and Design, on Ar.Co – Centre for Arts and Visual Communication, and also in private collections of art enthusiasts and collectors.
Inês Nunes' work is very diverse as she works for private clients as well as for companies and institutions. Her design is always unique and remarkable. The style is minimalist and refined. The artist is able to work with a wide range of different materials.
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KATE WENDELBORN is a designer from New York with a background in design and tailoring. She is the creative director of Wendelborn, a brand of luxurious and minimalist knitwear line. She specialised in construction and patternmaking in New York and received numerous prizes such as GenArt Style in Avant Garde Category in 2007.
The New York-based designer’s discerning eye for shape and proportion, combined with her patternmaking background, are reflected in a lineup of investment knits with refined silhouettes. Ingeniously spun plush open knit and cable knit sweaters are crafted in soft wools, alpaca blends, and cashmeres and elevated with unexpected details. Collapsed shoulders, extended sleeves, and graduated necklines convey Wendelborn’s pared-down aesthetic.
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AMBUSH is a rebel jewellery and ready-to-wear brand made in Japan since 2008. Based in Tokyo, the brand made its debut in Paris in 2015 showing for the first time during Paris Fashion Week. AMBUSH is run by Verbal, a Japanese performer, producer and Yoon, a graphic designer. They are both strong and influential personalities of the fashion industry.
For this 2016 collection AMBUSH released a vivid seasonal look book and called it “SURPLUS SOUND SYSTEM”. It features pieces of both lines: jewellery and ready-to-wear. The collection is inspired from the nightlife and mixed subcultures such as punk and reggae. It features oversized impressive outwear pieces embellished with bold jewellery details. The jewellery pieces are massive, heavy and unisex.
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