The Hospital Club is the London hub of fashion this month. It recently hosted London Collections: Men, while last week the focus moved to women’s fashion with a ‘Pop up’ Designer Sample Sale taking place on Wednesday evening.
Bringing various hotshots in emerging design talent together, the sale declared itself to be a celebration of “creativity, luxury and elegance”, where guests could “explore the collections in an exclusive environment” – which essentially meant that guests could have a drink, view and try on the clothing. The best bit: a variety of British-based designers carefully handpicked to ensure that there was something for everyone, including those interested in the ethical side of fashion.
Here’s the lowdown on those involved:
Hemyca: Female design duo Helen Clinch and Myra Nigris met while studying at the London College of Fashion. They were united by their heritage of traditional skills and enthusiasm for creating luxury, functional fashion as well as a vision of timeless and elegant luxury pieces for women around the globe. Hemyca is fascinated by the struggle between darkness and light and inspired by historical female icons; both these themes are vividly explored throughout their collections with a strong focus on creating expressive and functional clothing for dynamic, confident women.
Alexander van Baalen: In an era of inexpensive, mass-produced, disposable fashion, Alexander van Baalen harks back to a more glamorous era when clothing was made of the finest and most luxurious fabrics and where cut, fit and finish were the trademarks of a great garment. Each collection is made up of exclusive prints, hand-applied beading, contemporary textures and striking colour accents, giving a modern twist and creating a contemporary designer label renowned for that ultimate little black dress.
Mandana Oskoui: One of only 16 new “up-and-coming jewellery design stars” in the UK to be showcased at the highly respected ‘One Year On’ section on New Designers in 2007, Oskoui’s creations have been modelled on the catwalk by supermodel Liberty Ross at the star-studded ‘Trust in Fashion’. More recently in 2012 she was one of only 10 jewellery designers selected for ‘KickStart’ at International Jewellery London; an initiative highlighting, directly to the Jewellery Industry, designers viewed as ‘talent of the future’
Catherine Aitken: Catherine’s inspirations come from the cinema screen and the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Doris Day. She has a passion for using heritage cloths and combines this love with a contemporary twist on the design and a nod to iconic Scottish imagery. Catherine has produced a collection for the National Galleries of Scotland in celebration of their Titian exhibition and has shown her work in London, New York and Los Angeles. Her designs are retailed in stores throughout the UK, Europe and the US and she works closely with clients to create bespoke handbags and manbags.
Hetty Rose: Hetty Rose is an ethical, handmade shoe company based on a theory of re-using and re-working vintage materials in a creative and sustainable way (primarily up-cycle vintage Japanese kimono fabrics) into handmade shoes.
La Diosa: High end jewellery brand, La Diosa, was born out of the creative style, passion and ambition of Natasha Faith and Semhal Zemikael, a young London-based design duo who specialise in handmade precious and semi-precious jewellery. The brand was recently chosen to create the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund first ever jewellery line to help raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. This initiative is happening through The La Diosa Foundation, aimed at empowering young people and women.
Chrissie King: In December 2005, Chrissie King opened Hat Therapy, a bespoke service offering sculptural inspired hats for any occasion. Fabric, shape and colour drive King to make shapes that delight and motivate men and women to wear more hats on a daily basis, with each piece lovingly handmade from a selection of luxury fabrics, trimmings and vintage buttons and beads.
Look out for details of Lawfully Chic’s own fashion gallery event, involving our pick of 2013’s hottest women’s and men’s fashion and accessories brands, coming up on 14 March.