Samantha Chic: Farfetch Rising Stars: Five Designers to Watch


Farfetch Rising Stars: Five Designers to Watch

Farfetch recently announced their Rising Stars: Five Designers to Watch list, with several names I didn't recognize. I'm interested to see just how far these designers go.

Have you heard of them? Tell me in the comments below!

All photos courtesy of Farfetch.

Indian-born Ashish Gupta has reclaimed the sequin and made it his signature. No shape is too casual: this year he encrusted torn denim and the humble plastic bag with thousands of them. Elsewhere there were old school Coco Cola logos, striped shirt dresses and louche zebra print.

Based in Copenhagen, Stine Goya’s shattered prints bring texture to her minimalist, sculptured, and carefully constructed silhouettes. This season the Central St Martins graduate showed perforated tops and mosaic print jackets, worn with a single ear cuff and just the right amount of edge.

Mother of Pearl’s ready-to-wear is just as bold as its accessories, with a collection of citrus prints and shopping bag stripes. Those signature patterns are inspired by the label’s collaborations with artists, distilling their work onto luxury fabrics and lending them a sport luxe feel.

Sci-fi fabrics were an early signature, but Simone Rocha’s recent shows have focused more on complicated construction techniques instead. It’s a shift that saw her take home Designer of The Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards earlier this year. For Autumn/Winter 2014 Rocha was inspired by the opulence of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, translating it into a line of embellished cocktail dresses and ruffled coats.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Stella Jean lately. Her ladylike silhouettes, borrowed from the 1950s, have been dipped in hothouse color and re-imagined with wild, exuberant prints. The designer draws inspiration from both her Italian background and her Caribbean heritage, resulting in a collection that demands second glances.

About Farfetch
Founded in 2008, with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Porto, Farfetch showcases over 1,000 labels and is dedicated to supporting independent fashion and to the cultural diversity that comes from uniting the perspectives of hundreds of different buyers, each with their own unique style and vision.

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