Anya Hindmarch and Emerging Designers at London Fashion Week
BettyConfidential’s on the scene checking out everything during London Fashion Week.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
Hello all! I’m back with another update from London Fashion week. I had the opportunity to check out Anya Hindmarch’s “Lost and Found” presentation at the old Strand Tube Station near Somerset House, and boy am I glad I did. Hindmarch definitely scores serious points for creativity!
The ladies at the door to the station had to knock three times to open it up and let me in – how exclusive! Inside, the disused Tube station had been given new life. Anya Hindmarch’s classic bags were carefully arranged throughout the station on piles of trunks, tins and other travel items. Her gorgeous clutches were all but hidden among a flower display, while her cute headline handbags took the place of newspapers at the station’s old newsstand. I popped by “Anya’s Kiosk” to pick up some cheeky cigs (chocolate, not tobacco–I swear), then stepped into the on-site photo booth for a quick shoot (no, you can’t see those shots – my photos were more Buster Bluth than Freja Beha Erichsen. I didn’t have too much time to linger, but leaving these gorgeous bags behind nearly broke my heart. I’ll add one of everything to my Christmas list!
After I parted with Anya’s beautiful handbags, I headed back over to Somerset House to see more of The Exhibition, which gives space to over 150 up-and-coming designers. I was thrilled to see my new obsession, Sarah Angold Studio, set up shop at Somerset house. Sarah Angold produces exquisite architectural jewelry for people who want to add a little Lady Gaga to their looks. You may be surprised to learn that I am one of those people. I found the design group’s Dragon necklace at the Tate Modern several weeks ago and immediately fell in love (yes, this is on my wish list, too), so I was thrilled to have a chance to talk to the people behind the company. They said Sarah Angold has another project hitting the runway this week, but the project is top-secret at the moment – follow them on Twitter to find out more!
Another favorite was newcomer Sara Ebbett, a veteran of the luxury interiors market who launched a collection of scarves earlier this year. I am a budding scarf collector myself, and I found Ebbett’s gauzy, whimsical designs irresistible (I’m not the only one – Ebbett told me that legendary designer Zandra Rhodes stopped by to lend her support!). The gorgeous scarves are sure to gain a cult following – follow Sara Ebbett on Twitter for updates about the collection.
I can’t talk about London Fashion Week without mentioning Mary Kantrantzou, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design whose vivid textiles and architectural dresses have caught the attention of everyone at Somerset House. Another one to watch: Izmaylova, a collection of elegant, innovative designs that are sure to hit red carpets any day now. I also lusted after the handbags by Pauric Sweeney and Botkier and I’m dying to own just about anything by Louise Gray,a Scottish designer whose funky collection was the talk of the tents.
Phew! I’d say my first London Fashion Week was a rousing success – I can’t wait for the next one!
Kathryn Hayden Cusimano is a London-based writer and web producer.