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?
If you are a lover of fashion like me, then I’m guessing that it is also your favourite time of year too… It is the time that the world has its eyes on Hollywood and is speculating which designer will dress Hollywood’s most wanted!
I love the dark to light effect around the neckline and the graduation of colour. The silhouette is also a shape that we have seen on the red carpet for this event so there is trend forming here.
Hit – Olivia Wilde
She may be pregnant but she still knows how to rock the red carpet. I love Olivia in this sequined dress, the colour is rich and sophisticated.
Hit – Kate Mara
This is a great dress for the red carpet. I love the pale silver colour and the plunging neckline draws the eyes to the star like detailing around the waist. Kate is such a hit in this dress.
Hit – Helen Mirren
Hit – Tatiana Maslany
Another trend forming in the colour form of pale silver. Tatiana made her red carpet debut in this stunning dress, that has the most beautiful beaded detail around the neck and waistline. I also love the rib effect within the fabric that has been used.
Undecided – Kelly Osbourne
Hit – Taylor Swift
Taylor looks amazing in this pink number with black pop across the chest area. The silhouette is a great style on Taylor and she shows that she can’t only just make musical hits but that she can also make great hits in the fashion stakes.
Hit – Margot Robbie
Margot is such a hit in this dress. I love the colour and silhouette with the sexy bit of leg showing. I love the bead detailing the goes down the side seam, such a beautiful dress and such a hit!
Hit – Kate Beckinsale
Kate looks stunning in this sequin beaded strapless dress. I love the colour graduation and the silhouette looks great on Kate’s amazing figure. Kate gets a A+ for wow and style factor.
Hit – Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita looks amazing in this red caped dress. She really shows that she has a individual sense of style and the cape emphasizes her slender frame. She is definitely up there on the best dressed list.
Miss – Aubrey Plaza
Now I am such a purple girl, I always have been but I really hate this dress. The colour is a tad purple overload and the silhouette is a bit like fabric has been sew together without any thought about the how this will look on the female form. I think there is a better dress that Aubrey could have worn.
Hit – Maria Menounos
This dress is amazing and is another hit for me. What is not to love about this dress? The colour looks great and I love cut out detailing on this dress.
Hit – Kerry Washington
Such a hit, Kerry shows how stylish you can be when you are rocking a little bump. The colour looks amazing on her, the front panels draw the eye down and away from her bump.
Miss – Lena Dunham
Cate looks stunning in this black lace high collar dress. Her fashion choices while promoting her new film have left us less than deflated but at this event she not only took home a win for her performance but also firmly put herself back on the fashion hit list.
Hit – Giuliana Rancic
Giuliana has said that this is a dress that she wouldn’t normally go for. I love the colour on her and the embroidered bodice is beautiful. I am not a fan of the bottom of this dress as I think there is too much fabric but I like the fact that Giuliana has stepped out of her comfort zone and she does look beautiful so for that she is a hit for me.
Hit – Allison Williams
Hit – Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Jenna is a totally hit, what’s not to love? The colour is great and is another trend that we are seeing coming from the red carpet. I love the contrast black embroidered detailing and love where it has been placed. The silhouette is a hit for me too!
Miss – Zoe Saldana
Wow what happened here? I’m disappointed that Zoe would chose this dress as it looks like someone has throw up fabric and then sewing it together. Horrible dress, must try harder Zoe, must try harder!
Hit – Zooey Deschanel
Many people on the internet have said that this dress is a miss for them. I actually love it as Zooey has totally stayed true to her own quirky style, it may not be right for most people but for Zooey it works.
Hit – Michelle Dockery
I love this super glamorous white dress on Michelle. The gold embroidery is beautiful and this dress shows that for another year running, Michelle can make very stylish and elegant decisions when it comes to walking down the red carpet.
Hit – Zosia Mamet
I love the black contrast detailing on this dress and the way it has been used on the dress really emphasizes Zosia waist. A total red carpet hit.
Miss – Heidi Klum
I am disappointed in Heidi for wearing this dress. Although I love the colour combo and think that the embroidery is beautiful, the reason it is a miss for me is because I don’t like the sheer fabric and I really hate the neckline.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? Who are your Hits and Misses? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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?
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