If you’re a fashion person, it’s pretty much a given that you’re someone who keeps up with all the hot new emerging designers, right? If you aren’t, then there’s every chance that a few of those cooler-than-school names to know may have passed you by… These five designers aren’t brand spanking new, but they are super duper cool…
Half American, half Brazilian, Alexander Lewis took an unconventional path to fashion design: training as an actor, a stint at an upmarket vintage boutique, assisting Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley and then cutting his teeth on Savile Row. The result? Exquisite tailoring, cross-cultural influences, retro styling and a real understanding of colour and pattern. Our current favourites? These absolutely adorable structured jacquard shorts and – of course – Lewis’ impossibly cool collaboration with Manolo Blahnik.
Scandinavia continues to dominate as the breeding ground for edgy, fashion-forward brands – say hello to super cool Danish jewellery label Maria Black. With an emphasis on wear-forever pieces, Black’s all about timeless designs with a sleek, minimal look and just a hint of rock’n’roll styling. Rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces – all of the brand’s fine jewellery is exquisitely handmade. The signature pieces to choose? Go for a gold pendant or add edge to your look with a double-spike ring.
Vivetta specialises in pretty, girly pieces with a hint of retro elegance and a touch of whimsical fun – think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and you’re there. This season, the Italian brand’s collection features vintage-inspired patterns aplenty: polka dots, stripes, gingham and jacquard in fresh pastel shades give pieces a distinctly 1950’s feel. If you’re looking for a special frock for an occasion or garden party you’ve come to the right place. We’d wear this classic full-skirted polka dot dress to a summer wedding, and this cut-out cotton frock will definitely be coming on holiday.
Born in Belgium, Cédric Charlier‘s simple, understated sense of style comes from his years spent working in Paris under Michael Kors at Céline, followed by six years with Lanvin’s Monsieur Alber Elbaz. Sleek sophistication, a relaxed look and a bold use of colour are key to Charlier’s designs; they’re future classics and pieces that you’ll wear again and again. Everything feels modern and effortless, whether it’s a chic tunic-style dress or a dramatic monochrome satin maxi skirt.
‘Statement’ is a word we seem to end up using a lot these days, but in the case of Italian footwear brand Aperlai, it really is the apposite term. Sandals, loafers, court and platforms, each and every pair makes a statement – these aren’t shoes for shrinking violets. Expect bright colours, embellishment, metallic finishes and contrasting textures anything goes when it comes to Aperlai’s fashionably fabulous designs. Right now we’re absolutely batty about these incredibly sexy blue suede sandals and seriously lusting after these metallic snake leather mules.