NewGen sponsorship, the amazing, often life-changing initiative that helps to develop designers into commercial successes, was announced this week, which means it must be near the time when we're all back on that catwalk merry-go-round they call Fashion Week. No surprises to some of the list, like Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou, but there are a few relatively new designers we're going to keep our peeps on come February.
Unlike massive designer brands that scream of logo, Isson's sunglasses have a quiet confidence that wrap around the eyes. The look is forward and bold, with a little quirk. More expressive, less herd-like mentality.
Frockwriter recently mentioned some international kudos given to several young, Australian jewellery designers by some high-placed celebrities and fashion bloggers, a well-timed celebration of the strength of ideas coming from our local designers. Well we think kudos should also be given to another new name. Word is already spreading on some independent blogs about Renee Warne's jewellery, or Billy Bride as most will know it. Hers is the kind of jewellery that challenges the stereotypes of spirituality in fashion.
We’re not sure if it’s hip to be hippie, but we’re certainly channelling the mystic vibe of Billy Bride’s second collection of rings, Apollo II. Look closely enough though and there’s something space-age about these rings too. Bright colors, sharp lines, unconventional proportions and a rock-like surface also lend Bride’s jewellery a futuristic look. Let’s call it neo-nonconformist with a surrealist shine. There’s certainly no other designer we can think of creating something so distinct. And because stones are chosen for an exact healing purpose, to boost confidence or to amplifiy energy, wearing these rings is as much about feeling good as it is about looking good.
The tribal theme in fashion has exploded in the last few seasons under a host of different guises. Exotic, ethnic inspired prints and textures have adorned everything from maxis to harems and headbands. Think Aztec, Arabian, Navaho, or Ikat. But while most are an attempt to reference the cliched buckskin and feather, Vice and Vanity have taken the trend to a conceptual, abstract form, where cross-cutting colour block patterns are interlocked with an industrial aesthetic.
As a follow up to Monday's post, we've found another exciting jewellery designer out of London, Corrie Williamson. Her bold style of graphic, geometric necklaces and bangles caught our eye while shopping on Kabiri, a great online store for emerging, eclectic jewellery designers, including our very own Estelle Dévé.