Today I am look at the designer Nova Chiu who showed their AW13 collection at London Fashion Week.
Designed by fashion designers Nova Chiu and Jeff Archer, they look to explore textiles, print and colour in their collections and are influence by the ethnic cultures from China, Canada and Europe while fusing this with classic silhouettes from New York and London.
Nova Chiu came from China to study at London College of Fashion, which she credits as giving her the skills and knowledge to drive her passion within the fashion industry. After graduating in 2011, she joined forces with her boyfriend Jeff Archer.
Jeff graduated from Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design in Vancouver and The International Academy of Design in Toronto. They showed their first AW12 collection together at the Vauxhall Fashion Scouts Ones to Watch show at London Fashion week and have continued to show in the past few seasons.
I managed to obtain a ticket to their show and I was very excited as I have been a fan of their work for a few seasons now. The new AW13 collection doesn’t disappoint, it cements all the values and detailing that this brand have become know for.
For their AW13 collection entitled ‘Wild Edge’, Nova Chiu have been influenced by the work of Korean American artist Nam June Paik, in particular his piece called ‘Electric Super Highway’. Depicted in this piece is a map of the United States of America using neon lights outlining flashing images showing a different story within each state. The pair was also inspired by American cultures including Native American and multi- cultural America.
Nova Chiu have interrupted this beautiful through the use of neon line embroidery, beaded trims, and fur blocks mixed with leather and suede. If you look closely you and see that these shapes and texture create urban city skylines and rural farmlands from New York to Alaska.
I love the use of colour and detailing within the collection. The embroidery and bead work have been executed beautiful and these pieces are for a woman that really does want to stand out from a crowd. What I love most about the collection is that there is something for everyone and if you don’t have the confidence to wear the clothing then you can wear the amazing shoes that can be teamed up with everyday styling to create an individual and stylish look.
What do you think of Nova Chiu collection? What is your favourite piece? I would love to hear your thoughts.
As many of you know it has been London fashion week and this year I managed to get a few invites to some of London new design talent. Today I am sharing with you photos from ‘Runway Collective’ that showcased two new designers Nihan Buruk and Janucha.
Nihan graduated in 2007 from Yeditepe University and looks to cement the questions drawn from within the dark side of the world in an avant-garde but rebellious style throughout his collections.
I love the powerful statement of masculine but yet feminine mixture of textures within this collection. The sharpness of tailored trousers teamed with leather biker jackets, basket ball jackets and oversized hood jackets with leather detailed panelling offers an edgy savvy-ness to any women’s wardrobe.
Janucha is designed by fashion designer Jale Hurdogan, who named her brand after her nickname that her family liked to call her by. After much persuasion from her friends and family she launched her own line in 2009 after studying at ‘The School of the Art Institution of Chicago’ and gaining experience working for leading fashion brands in Turkey.
Janucha has used lots texture for her AW13 collection mixing chiffons, woollen fabrics and knits. When looking at her collection you can sense the 1920’s influence from the use of lace and art deco inspired panel detailing which I find an inspiring era.
My favourite collection is by Nilan as I love the mixture of power tailoring with the street edginess.
What do you think of Nihan and Janucha’s collections? Which is your favourite collection? I would love to hear your thoughts.
All images by Girl Behind the Look
Today I am looking at Baum und Pferdgarten who showed their AW13 collection at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Founded in 1999 by Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave, this designer duo wanted to create a fashion line that had an element of irony and quirkiness which has lead them to become well-known for their uncompromising approach to design, attention to detail and craftsmanship. Their approach to their designs, offers women a chance to express their individually by mixing classic styles with more avant-garde pieces.
All Images courtesy of Copenhagen Fashion Week
For the AW13 collection, Baum und Pferdgarten has drawn inspiration from the mod fashions of the 1960’s. Layering was a key statement of this collection as they layered brocaded dresses, knitwear and bomber jackets over high collared checked shirts. I love the vintage feel of this collection and the fabrics used are beautiful.
Above you can see my favourite pieces from the collection, if you would like to see the rest then please click here.
What do you think of Baum und Pferdgarten’s collection? What is your favourite piece?