Today we are meeting the designer and when I came across Magda Koenner’s Jewellery collection and I knew that I wanted to introduce her work to you as it is truly beautiful.
I got the amazing chance to interview her about how she got to where she is today and what influences her.
Brand Name: Magda Koenner Jewellery
Location: London, UK
Product Type: Jewellery
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Magda-Koenner-Jewellery-301555333353217
Hello, how are you today?
Fine thanks, considering I only slept 4 hours. Being a full time designer and a Mum of a 6months old Max is very demanding and busy but I truly love every minute of it.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Yes, I am a 31 years old. I am originally form Poland but I moved to London when I was 20, so almost all of my adulthood has been here. I am massive dreamer and I am foolish enough to believe that I am able to succeed. I think that creativity is peoples biggest asset, staying open minded and thinking outside the box is a key. Passion is also very important, without it the above statement would mean nothing. I come from the construction industry, I’ve been working full time for a number or architectural offices, consultancies and a build asset department. Designing buildings and being part of their creation was very interesting but not satisfying enough. Partly because the process is so complex and involves so many people that you get to a point where you begin to lose your own sense, meaning and input in it, therefore it is not fully your own. I was dreaming of something that would give me the sense of achievement and fulfil my passion for creating but I didn’t want to completely move away from architecture. Creating architecture inspired jewellery is exactly what I was looking for. I get involved in every single stage of the designing and making process and the pieces can be ultimately worn by others and that is the biggest success for me. An interesting fact is that I make everything in my studio myself, from sketching, through drawing up on the computer, to laser cutting, assembling, marketing/branding including graphic design aspect as well as photographing, at the end of the process I am so emotionally attached to the jewellery pieces that ironically it is hard to send them away.
How did you end up where you are today?
It was a very long and rocky journey and most importantly it happened as a result of the series of unexpected coincidences, therefore I believe that it was all meant to be. I’ve been training to become an architect since I was 19. I graduated from the School of Architecture and the Visual Art in 2008 , since then I worked for a number of architectural practices and consultancies. In 2013 I completed my Master Degree at the London South Bank University and shortly after I set up my first product design studio focused on home ware and jewellery, with strong orientation towards jewellery, which soon became my main focus.
What made you want to pursue a career in fashion design?
Fashion is fascinating. It is a powerful tool too as the outfit sends the very first message about a person. Everyone expresses themselves through fashion in one way or the other, therefore it is so important in peoples lives. I have always been very conscious of it to the point when I discovered the urge to have my own input in it. Fashion is very dynamic, it is constantly changing, recreating and evolving. This industry is a massive playground for the creativity and that is why I wanted to be part of it.
What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
There is a lot of them, but most importantly it is the process of creating, witnessing a new piece of jewellery being born and then seeing it on somebody else and knowing that it really is something, that would otherwise be missing. It is also the aspect of being in control, almost like “here I am and this is what I have to say”.
How do you define your particular style or approach to fashion?
I like using honest materials, I love geometry and classic colour combinations. However, if I was to use one word to describe the style of my collections I would say ‘contemporary’
What influences you?
What is the best life advice you have been given and by whom?
“Never waste your time” given by my Mum 🙂
What advice would you give to anybody that is trying to be a fashion designer?
Passion is a massive part of it but not everything, hard work is equally important.
Who is your brand targeted at?
I was going to say independent individuals and confident characters but really that is not the case. I guess it is for anyone who finds it attractive.
What type of materials did you use to create your collection?
I tent to use raw materials like wood, cotton etc. but also a bit of glamorous looking mirrored acrylic, that creates incredible game of light, reflections and shadow.
What do you think of eco-fashion?
I think it is so important these days and I am extremely conscious of it. I try to reflect it in my collections using raw, almost untreated materials
What’s next for your brand?
The world hahaha
What are the 3 things that you couldn’t live without?
sketchbook, pencil and a laser cutter:-)
What song do you have on repeat at the moment?
my son’s “five little ducks” it is madness hahaha
Quick fire (Please pick one)
Coffee or Tea
Heels or Flats
Lipstick or Gloss
Dresses or Jeans
Makeup or Natural
Movies or Books
Spring/summer or Autumn/winter
I would just like to thank Magda for taking part in our Meet the feature. Getting to know her has been a really insight to her working like and as you can see from the photos posted throughout this post her collection is really amazing. I love how she has taken something like Architecture and turned it into beautiful pieces of jewellery that would complete any outfit beautifully.
Make sure you pop over to Magda’s facebook and instagram so that you never miss out on her collection and I really think that she is one to watch.
What do you think of Magda’s collection and interview?
It’s London Fashion Week and newbie Alice Archer showed her Autumn Winter collection for the first time at fashion week.
Having graduating from Royal College of Art, Alice’s work court the eye of Simon Burstein of’ Browns who instantly fell in love with the talented Embroidery designer and set up The Place London to showcase her talent.
Having seen her collection you can see why Simon fell in love with it. Showcasing her unique print and embroidery techniques her collection offers a rich colour palette of black, red, gold tealy blues and pinky creams.
For me the collection had a 60’s feel to it with frilled pencil skirts and reminds me of the film ‘In The Mood For Love’. The heavily embroidered detailing offers a luxurious feminine look which I truly love. For me Alice really is one to watch and I can’t wait to see how she grows as a designer.
Key takeouts from collection: frilled pencil skirts, embroidery and plunging necklines.
What do you think?
Today I sharing with you the SS13 collection of a designer that I have seeing around the London fashion scene for a few seasons now. London-based designer, Eleanor Amoroso creates the most unusual pieces and first attracted attention with her hand crafted SS11 graduate collection and was featured on the front cover of Volt magazine been worn by model Alice Dellal.
Eleanor’s collections feature pieces that are created by hand and show her fascination with macramé, which is a textile form of making textiles using knotting rather than weaving the yarn. This allows her to create beautiful sculptural pieces that have a modern elegance yet a hard and edgy dark side.
Eleanor graduated from University of Westminster in Womenswear and seeks inspiration from contemporary design, innovative and sculptural knitwear and the use of unexpected materials in clothing. During her studies, Eleanor experimented with many creative processes, in doing this she found that she had a real passion for hand crafting which allowed her to develop her techniques in macramé.
For her SS13 collection, Eleanor has incorporated coils within her macramé techniques to create structured corset style pieces, using a palette of mainly white with accents of twisted black and grey yarn. The collection also features necklace pieces that incorporate her signature style of fringing which has featured in her previous collections.
I love this collection as it offers a unique and forgotten craft. The execution of the pieces are truly beautiful and although some people may find the structured body pieces a little much for their own wardrobes, they can still buying into the uniqueness of this fashion label with bracelets and necklaces.
What do you think of Eleanor’s collection? What is your favourite piece? I would love to hear your thoughts.
All images by Girl Behind the Look
Today I am looking at the SS13 Collection of fashion designer Charlotte Simpson, whose pieces have been spotted been worn by a few celebrities of late and when you see these pieces you know why as the are simply beautiful with bead work that must have taken Charlotte months to bead. Her attention to detail is breathtaking.
Photo taken by Girl Behind The Look
Charlotte studied Fashion at Northumbria University and on graduating in 2009 she won the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles award at Graduate Fashion Week. Before starting her own company in 2012, Charlotte gained an MA in Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear at London College of Fashion and gained experience working with some amazing brands including Amanda Wakeley and Julien Macdonald.
I managed to see Charlotte’s collection at a trade show and in seeing her pieces; you can see that she looks to express her knowledge for her craft with an exceptional eye in order to create a contemporary yet classic twist which results in unique and elegant lines for any chic woman’s wardrobe.
For her SS13 collection, Charlotte took inspiration from scientific imagery to create slick lines using a soft colour palette of pastels. I love the use of micro sequins and beads within this collection. Charlotte has beautifully executed her theme of microbiology by mixing textures with slashed neckline and cinched in waists.
Below you can see the film from her catwalk show at London Fashion Week.
What do you think of Charlotte’s SS13 collection? Do you have a favourite piece? I would love to hear what you think.
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.
I opened my inbox today to find an email from British jewellery brand ‘Love My Custom’ sharing their new SS13 collection called ‘Dream Team’. The collection features 10 new statement pieces that have been designed by the brand’s owner Lisa-Marie Carter.
All images via Love My Custom
Taking inspiration from her love for US sports and varsity apparel, Lisa-Marie has designed earrings, necklaces, rings and the brands signature bracelet-ring design using perforated Perspex which are complimented by her use of statement gold chains and rope.
All images via Love My Custom
I love this collection as it is playful for any fashionista to wear this Spring Summer season when the sun finally decides to arrive! I love the mix of gold chains and fastenings with the softness of the cord mixed with the smooth and textured Perspex. My favourite piece is the ring bracelet piece and the big chunky necklace that has the number 7 on it.
What do you think of the collection and which is your favourite piece?
Yesterday I shared with you that I have been checking out the AW13 collections from the designers that showed at Copenhagen Fashion Week and today I am looking at Anne Sofie Madsen’s collection. I was first introduced to Anne’s work when I was looking for designers for a recent shoot that I did for Idol Magazine and I just fell in love with her SS13 collection.
Anne took the Danish fashion press by storm in 2009 with her final year collection from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and after opening Copenhagen Fashion Week in 2011 with her SS12 collection, Anne was selected as the ‘Ones to Watch’ by the Vauxhall Fashion Scout. This led her to show her AW12 collection in London, Milan, Kiev, and Saint Petersburg. Anne combines a couture look with a commercial approach in her collections drawing from traditional Danish design and her unique craftsmanship to create avant-garde applications and designs.
All Images Courtesy of Copenhagen Fashion Week
The AW13 collection mixes all of Anne’s skills to create Gothic futuristic pieces with real edge and toughness. I love the detailing where she has cut out leather designs and applied these to fine mesh in order to create unique pieces. Wool and silk pieces have been digitally applied with hand drawn illustrations. I really do love Anne’s work and in the future, I hope that I get the chance to use her pieces in my work.
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 Anne Sofie Madsen’s collection? What is your favourite piece?
As many of you know fashion weeks are well under way as I was looking through collections from Copenhagen Fashion Week and found lots of exciting designers to share with you all. So there will be many posts coming to share with you my amazing finds!
Today I am looking at R II S AW13 collection. I first became aware of R II S as a designer when I was looking for pieces for a shoot that I was doing a few years ago.
All Images courtesy of Copenhagen Fashion Week
Designed by London College of Fashion graduate Stine Riis, she creates beautiful futuristic tailored womenswear by combining traditional menswear fabrics with silk and leather.
For AW13, Stine has gone back to her signature and move the things that I fell in love with when I saw her first collection. I love the shiny leather and cut out details that add an innovative twist and edginess to pieces that would otherwise be a daily stable to any working wardrobe. I also love the tonal palette that is mixed with the strong fresh colours.
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 R II S collection? What is your favourite piece? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Today I am sharing a fantastic concept by a new brand called Antithesis. I stumbled across a video from the launch that I attended last year and thought that it would be great to share this with you all. See if you can spot me in the video!
Antithesis has designed a capsule range that is sustainable for any working woman’s daily life. The range entitled ‘The Carry on Closet’ features 10 pieces that are interchangeable so you never get bored of your wardrobe.
The collection has been influenced by the strict one-bag policy that budget airlines have enforced. This 10 piece collection is very versatile; blouses become sleeveless, blazers turn into waistcoat, modular dresses zip and unzip to different attachments and if that wasn’t enough these all then fit into a cabin-size suitcase. Check out the video below that shows you just how versatile this range is.
If you are a regular reader of my posts; you will be aware that I am a big supporter of sustainable brands and Antithesis is a brand that is economical conscious as they source their fabrics locally that only manufacture short runs for the brand.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from the range.
Images via Antithesis
I really love the concept of this brand, at a time when we all have less money to spend, Antithesis bring a refreshing tradition back to the market. If you invest in pieces that can be worn in different ways and can be accessorised you loose the need for disposable fashion. Why not make a change in your own wardrobe and invest in the next piece that you purchase.
What do you think of the range? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Today I am not just sharing my work with you but also a new AW13 collection by amazing menswear designer Jenny Schwarz.
IMAGE THAT FEATURES PIECES BY JENNY SCHWARZ AND ORSCHEL-REED THAT WAS USED FOR AW13 LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN PRESENTATION
Just before the Christmas break, I worked on the look book for amazing menswear designer Jenny Schwarz AW13 collection. Jenny‘s collections always feature pieces that are beautifully cut and tailored. This is a rare quality to find but tailoring has been in Jenny‘s family for over a decade, and some would say it is in her blood.
Jenny asked me to do the styling on her latest collection and I was delighted as I have really wanted to work with Jenny for along time. The lookbook was photographed by Michael Furlonger and Bunny Allen did hair and make up. Props and set designer Lorna Kelly, was also brought on board to bring Jenny‘s visions alive for this shoot.
I have been following Jenny‘s collections for a few seasons now and I can honestly say that with each collection, she grows as a designer. As I mentioned above, Jenny’s cut of tailoring and attention to detail (a girl after my own heart) is beautiful. It is hard to pick out my favourite pieces within this new collection as I believe that this will truly be the collection to push her work and name out there into the spotlight.
For this collection Jenny was influence by Jesse James and the tailored jackets and trousers worn by him and other horsemen of the era but she still manages to stay true to her signature that she is now creating for herself including leather jackets and coats with sheepskin collars, cashmere jumpers and long johns (which Bunny and I are hoping Jenny will be made in women’s sizes so that we can purchase a pair), shirts and panelled trousers.