Panna designs clothing solely through experimentation with advanced materials and unorthodox methods of construction. The initial focus on purely how the clothing is made removes any historical or cultural referencing from the design process.
This process allows for genuinely new and organic fashion to form through the garments; as a direct expression of how they were made.
Marie Sansome studied fabric & garment design at Hinckley College.
She won the Independent Designer of the year at the Midlands Fashion Awards, 2018.
Marie says: Designing for me is like an addiction, connected to oneself, a part of my spirit, it's often a form of escapism for me too.” I design for a feminine, futuristic, fearless women whom I visualise. The collection I plan on showing is elegant, original and I like to think exciting too. As part of my design process I refer back, reflecting on concepts by pioneering designers and icons, blending with my creative notion. I do love it when you see your ideas become real. This drives my ambition; I want to do more. “
Fashions Finest, returns for London Fashion Week SS20 on the 14th of September 2019 at the Congress Hall, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.
Fashions Finest, one of the most popular independent shows on the London Fashion Week calendar launches a crowdfunding campaign ahead of London Fashion, for their new designer section.
Despite being an established fixture on London’s Fashion Week circuit, the event receives little to no sponsorship.
Director Deborah St Louis felt compelled to start this campaign after she observed a record number of designers struggling to launch and grow their fashion business with the increasing economic pressures businesses and individuals are facing.
Deborah St Louis said: “We have an incredible pool of untapped and undiscovered talent here in the UK. While we accept and welcome established brands, much of our work is with new and emerging designers. Many of these designers, are fresh out of University or without formal fashion training. We are here to level the playing field for those challenged by the high fees associated with studying, designing and creating their collection, and building a career for themselves in a way that ensures sustainability.
We have launched our crowdfunding campaign to allow graduate and new designers to participate in one of the most important international events; London Fashion Week.
Not only do we offer a viable alternative for designers to showcase and market their brand during London Fashion Week, but through our partner Fashion Capital designers also have access to additional education as well as manufacturers. Furthermore, we have now launched our online store which gives designers an opportunity to have their first retail presence. Yet despite an incredible price-point for many, the fees remain out of reach. As a company, we just aren’t able to absorb these costs and especially so because of the impact of with rising venue and production costs. We are proactively addressing these challenges and sourcing the most viable solutions”
Fashions Finest has propelled the careers of Hellavagirl, John Herrera, and Matthew O’Brian to name a few who have all gone on to achieve national and international media attention online, in print and on TV and regularly feature some of the hottest brands on their catwalks or in their exhibition space, as worn by Paloma Faith, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Madonna and more. Attracting national and international fashion talent, Fashions Finest regularly draws a crowd of fashion industry experts, press and VIP’s from business, sport, entertainment, music and film industry, who all come to discover the hottest new trends on display.
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Born and raised in Dublin, Naoise Jo graduated from Griffith College Dublin in 2018 with a 1st class hons degree in fashion design. Since graduating, Naoise has interned for Primark and Irish brand Avoca and has been featured in Vulkan magazine, The Irish Independent and Alinéa magazine. Where heritage meets the future, the brand draws inspiration from the designers own personal family history mixing her Irish and English roots with modern influences. With a strong focus on print and colour, Naoise Jo delivers a modern, eclectic, day to night collection for the contemporary woman.
Clothing is designed and produced in Ireland by Naoise Jo and her small team. The brand prides itself on using traditional Irish craftsmanship and materials. The brand is stocked in Marion Cuddy Irish Design Emporium in Dublin.
For her SS20 collection, Naoise Jo has explored her own heritage, mixing the industrial mining clothing of her grandfather in Manchester with the celtic motifs from her Irish roots. She has drawn inspiration from gemstones and minerals and the Pit Brow lasses, strong, female miners from the Victorian Era. The result is an eclectic mix suitable for the modern woman who desires to be more than one thing and most of all confident.
Louise Clark's final collection has the name ‘Abstract Romanticism’ and combined two very different themes. One research theme inspired her print and the other her silhouette. Her previous trip to China where she completed her internship really inspired her prints as she fell in love with the Chinese Calligraphy and the expressive, abstract mark making which these line drawings captured. She then used this inspiration to create her own prints and experimented using flocking on sheer fabric which was a continuous running theme throughout her collection.
The silhouette came from looking at 19th Century Clothing, as she has always loved the high necks and large gathered sleeves. However, she always wanted to re-create this silhouette in a more contemporary style by using brighter pops of colour and layering up her prints to create an impact on the catwalk. She combined two very different research themes as she wanted to create a very unique collection that had never been done before.
Priscilla Adejo; A fashion designer from Nigeria whose passion for playful and exciting bursts of creativity in all forms of arts and storytelling has so far, shown the world that Adejo as a brand is a new way to share love and create individuality for people looking for a unique feel from the rest of the world.
As a youngster, she would wake up at night to find new ways of expressing herself and her emotions. Being a multi-talented artist, she was able to develop an independent view through night sketching, drawings and paintings. Having created personal storybooks and illustrated each page herself, it created the desire to find new ways of expression. As loving parent always do, Priscilla’s provided the support needed to nurture her creativity and talent.
In 2011, Priscilla developed an interest in the fashion industry, realising she had to learn how to sew on a sewing machine after mastering the art of sewing by hand. She enrolled into a fashion school in Nigeria where instead of being taught how to sew, she became an errand girl and not being happy with this situation she decided to quit. She then purchased her first sewing machine training herself for 3 years. As the passion for fashion multiplied she went on to study Fashion, Product and Promotion at the University of Sunderland where she became more exposed from the many researches and projects she worked on. Mixing English Elegance with African history and tradition, she created a project that compiled the age of tie and dye emerging from Nigeria through her prints mixing it with a rugged but regular shape of military and civilian wear to create a Collection of designs that ensured she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in July 2017.
Not wanting to rest on her laurels, she signed up for the Fashions Finest Africa in May 2018, creating the Collection she called “Motherland” derived from the understanding that Nigeria is her home. The all-female collection danced to the beats of culture adding a flair aspect both literarily and figuratively. Now, she looks to keep up with pace and release her second collection in a Year at The Fashions Finest UK with the drive to bring African Elegance back to the UK.
Tokyo-born currently Paris-based designer Misora Nakamori studied fashion at the ROYAL academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and she got her name known in public by one of the world fashion-icon Lady gaga when she appeared in media with Misora’s collection on. To pursue her raw spirits of craftsmanship and consolidate her creativity, she moved to London and, by experiments in different skills at many workshops such as metal work, wood, resin, laser and rapid forms, Misora established her sense of hybrid in the exquisite combination of technology and hand-made crafts.
This experience led her successful presentation of a multi-disciplinary collection that includes footwear and accessories all done by herself at her master degree in womenswear at RCA in 2018. She has been working closely with a Japanese 3D printer, Aspect ltd. as one of her mission to suggest modern design in the new generation and this journey can be seen in her collections.
The application of varied materials represent the strong image of her world and delicate creativity with her sophisticated cuttings is always appreciated by the viewers. Her bold yet luxury design embrace fashion and other fields. She announced that she officially starts her label from SS19 at London fashion week.
Gauhar Ali is a fashion designer originally from Pakistan and a recent graduate of the prestigious school of fashion in Florence. She was lately a selected candidate amongst 20 other designers for her graduation show.
Her day to day life plays a huge role in the development of her ideas/concepts. She feels are there are certain things and visual picture that ignite a spark in her imagination. Life experiences are like a big reservoir for other design inspiration. The more traveling and experiences, the better she can translate her ideas into real designs and eventually actual garments. Art and history are definitely elements that serve as her inspiration. Current/social day affairs also impact her thinking and therefore further translation of her designs.
It's like she’s narrating her own story through her clothes.
Moods and emotions greatly impact her aesthetic. She refers to vintage garments to help in creating her silhouettes and while looking for new patterns. Draped silhouettes, flowing cuts and Avant Garde tailoring are all a part of her work. From the use of bold coloured fabrics to various embroided/printed materials; her clothes are a fusion or oriental tones and western chic.
Magazines such as Vogue Italia and Fucking Young have also featured her latest work.
After a successful launch in Nigeria, Fashions Finest is set for its 16th season during London Fashion Week.