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LFW Preview: 5 of the old and 5 of the new

We’ve just had our mani-pedi’s, concocted a new avocado + swan-tear face mask, been on a juice diet for the last month, stocked up on Pro-Plus and are getting fashion tingles in our bones which can only mean one thing – London Fashion Week SS14 is almost upon us. Hooray!

With just a few days to go, here’s the 10 designers showing in London that we’re most excited to see – some of which you’ll have heard of and some rising stars that you might not…

5 designers you’ll have heard of:

1)     David Koma – Koma has a near obsession with the female form and as a result, his architectural collections ooze feminine sex appeal. His futuristic space-age tennis players looks and black leather geometric dresses have been some of the most iconic looks of 2013, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for Spring 2014.

2)     Jonathan Saunders – If fashion had the equivalent of Smash Hits magazine, then Jonathan Saunders is who we’d want to be the topless poster boy every issue. Not only is he devilishly handsome, but with his beautiful prints, retro colour-palette and graphic motifs, this is a man that knows how people want to look and more importantly what they want to buy.

david komaL-R: Koma, Saunders – AW13
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3)     Simone Rocha – In just a few seasons, Simone Rocha has built up an unmistakable minimal signature, which experiments with fabric techniques and contemporary pattern cuts to give a look that exudes youthful femininity. This year, we’ve particularly coveted her neon yellow floral pieces for spring and the pastel pink neoprene for autumn.

4)     Meadham Kirchhoff – The talented British duo have in the past showcased everything from a 70’s disco glitter-explosion to a gothic witches coven; and a lavish Marie-Antoinette boudoir to a teenage girls bedroom. For the unpredictability alone we can’t wait for this show!

5)     Antonio Berardi – If you hadn’t heard of Berardi before Gwyneth wore ‘that’ bottom revealing sheer paneled dress to the Iron Man 3 premiere – which incidentally got on more newspaper front pages than any other dress in history – you certainly will have by now. His designs are classically beautiful with an Italian twist, often featuring exquisite embellishments and always creating something that’s ravishingly sensual.

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L-R: Rocha, Berardi  – AW13
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5 designers you might not have heard of:

1)     Eugene Lin – Singapore born Eugene Lin graduated with a distinction from Central Saint Martin’s, having spent time pattern cutting for Preen and even Vivienne Westwood. Has dramatic and sophisticated last collection featured gold coins with fetishistic studded neck braces – an exciting young designer who we can’t wait to see more of.

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2)     1205 by Paula Gerbase – 1205 is all about no fuss contemporary utilitarian unisex tailoring. Full stop. In a monochrome palette, with minimal cuts in luxurious fabrics, it like an elevated cross between Acne, Sandro and Dior Homme – and we love it!

3)     Huishan Zhang – East meets west, with dazzlingly intricate effect: this is the aesthetic of Chinese born Husishan Zhang and we’re pretty damn excited about it. His pieces are modern and romantic, with a very contemporary couture feel.

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L-R: Zhang, Choi – AW13
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4)     Barbara Casasola – Brazilian born Casasola’s fringed AW13 coloumn dresses had our hearts a flutter, as did her brightly colour-blocked SS13 cady trousers. She’s been on many a ‘ones to watch’ list and she’s most certainly on ours.

5)     Eudon Choi – We’re into androgyny here at Planet Notion. Being able to pull off the opposite sexes clothes makes quite the fashion statement – and it’s this masculine yet feminine theme that we love about Choi’s designs.

Bring on Fashion Week – and let our eyes feast!

- Gurdeep Loyal



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