I believe that the British have some amazing fashion designers amongst them. Fair enough I am probably being biased as I myself am from England – but we do have the likes of Ted Baker, Alexander McQueen, and Vivienne Westwood, which in my opinion are the best of the best. Along with supporting the Brits I am all for supporting designers with a huge amount of talent who are yet to be discovered.
An example of one of these designers is Simeon Farrar. His designs really remind me of Henry Holland. Each one of his pieces have an urban city feel to them, making them really fresh and modern, also in each of his pieces, his background in fine art is shown in one way or another. Simeon Farrar was trained in fine art and has been a painter for the last ten years and it is very clear that this background does form the foundations of his designs. For example this stars and stripes skirt is made like a sweater – creating and urban feel, and the actual design of the stars and the stripes have been hand printed on by him – which as I previously mentioned, shows how inspired he is by his painting background.
The next designer I would like to talk about is Clarice Price Thomas who creates beautiful jewellery. She is a designer who works form London and she is the daughter of a clock and watch maker and you can clearly see that this has inspired her greatly as plenty of her pieces are based on machinery. I really like how she has taken something that people would normally relate to masculinity – such as machinery – and made some beautiful, delicate, feminine pieces of jewellery from it. I think that there is not one single woman in the world that wouldn’t like the jewellery that Clarice Price Thomas creates.
I fell in love with designer Rae Jones after stumbling across these brogues, all her designs are classic, inspired by designs from the 1930s and I personally think that her shoes would be a real investment. Rae Jones has a lot of experience in designing shoes and she is currently teaching shoe design at London College of fashion. Along with shoes she also designs bags – the one in her current collection is a very English classic bucket bag, so if you were looking for a new everyday bag I would definitely check her out.
One of my favourite accessories to have in my draw are patterned tights as I think that they add a fashionable quirkiness and edge to every outfit, so you can imagine how happy I was when I discovered the brand ‘hose’. Rebecca Cluette who is a graduate in women’s wear and print from Ravensbourne, which is a very good fashion college here in London, set up ‘Hose’. Rebecca Cluette has created a number of tights with different designs and patterns screen printed onto them; which I believe is a very nice and subtle addition to an otherwise quite boring accessory.
If you are interested in helping out the undiscovered British designer you can check out all of the designers mentioned in this article and many others on this website: http://www.youngbritishdesigners.com/designers/