With only a few days until the start of the AW18 fashion circuit, we have been scoping out Scottish designers who will be taking part. Read on for a run down of why they should be on your radar.
MONDAY, SEPT . 11 – New York – Diane von Furstenberg Catwalk
Jonathan Saunders, known for his innovative take on design, alongside his use of print, pattern and colour, became chief creative officer of Diane Von Furstenberg in 2016. Tasked with modernising such a legacy brand, Saunders took to the role with ease, seeing many pieces from his debut collection sell out almost instantly. The most recent collection features the 70’s detailing, classic wrap dress, and gorgeous patterns that DVF is built on. These Furstenberg signatures are melded flawlessly with the asymmetrical silhouettes, and pattern play, which are Saunders through and through.
FRIDAY, SEPT . 15 – London – Pam Hogg Catwalk
Pam Hogg is the absolute epitome of cool; rockstar, cover girl, and acclaimed fashion designer. Hogg’s early collections had somewhat of a cult following, worn by post-punk icons, and designed by one too. Her AW16 gothic collection featured heavily studded black leather and PVC. Garments were emblazoned with stars, with gothic elements balanced by acid splashed denim, shimmering gold, and flashes of bright colours. SS17 saw more brights, more sparkle, and motifs influenced by Matisse. In both runways it’s clear to see the influence coming from the 70’s and 80’s in garment shapes, and in fabric and embellishment.
SATURDAY, SEPT . 16 – SATURDAY, SEPT . 20 London – William Chambers Showroom
Showrooms offer a different kind of energy from a runway show. There’s an overwhelming excitement to the sheer volume of outstanding design on offer. A chance for closer inspection of intricate detailing is another benefit, which is particularly important when you delve into the world of accessories.
William Chambers is one such accessory designer who demands concentrated attention. His stunning headwear is inspired by nature and made with a mix of traditional and contemporary materials. Having been featured in everything from Vogue to Tatler, and Nylon to The New York Post, Chambers’ audience is vast. His celebrity clients have included Kelis, Ana Matronic, and Judy Murray, and his creations are stocked in the likes of Harrods and Fenwick.
SUNDAY, SEPT . 17 – London – Holly Fulton Presentation
Holly Fulton, two time Scottish young designer of the year, has a strong global following; stocked in Europe, Asia, and North America, as well as several online outlets. Her collections feature intricate patterns, bold graphics, and heavy embellishment. She takes inspiration from everything from lipstick to the art deco movement, and pop art to Joan Collins. Blending a strong eye with a quick wit, Fulton designs clothes that are not only for women, but also about women.
MONDAY, SEPT . 18 – London – Pringle of Scotland Catwalk
Pringle of Scotland is a heritage brand, having been established for over 200 years. The design house was given a new lease of life in the millennium, regaining its status as an international luxury knitwear retailer. A main stay at London Fashion Week over recent years, we’ve seen designs from Alistair Carr, previously of Balenciaga, and a collection inspired by Princess Grace Kelly. Most recently Fran Stringer was announced as the Womenswear Director. Recent collections have featured some elements of Scottish knitwear heritage; fairisle patterning, and tartan checks. With such a wealth of inspiration to draw from, and archives that span centuries, the development of Pringle is sure to be a thrill to watch.
MONDAY, SEPT . 18 – London – Christopher Kane Catwalk
Collaborations with Versace and NARS, multiple awards, and 24 hour sell outs. Christopher Kane is a another outstanding Scottish designer. Precocious, playful, and extraordinary skilled, his collections are regarded in high esteem. That said there is an occasional divisive element to his designs (see SS17 gem encrusted crocs). His AW17 collection featured holographics, inky metallics, and fabulous embellishments. Feathered plumes, sequined sculptural flowers, cut outs, and bold prints. A main stay at LFW for the past 10 years Kane is sure to deliver another jaw-dropping collection in a few weeks time.