Posted by: Rebecca Bosanquet
Paris Fashion Week may be over but now is the time to look back at MADE Paris, an amazing show which was packed with insider info about the ones to watch for FW13/14. MADE was organized in partnership with MADE New York which helped the now mega-labels Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra to make their mark on the industry.
This summary of the top emerging designer talent we saw at MADE is the best kept secret of Paris Fashion Week!
British Designer Gareth Pugh is right at the top of our list for his uniqueness and out of this world design innovation.
He plays with a strange and unusual combination of colors and materials which range from $2 bin liners to high quality leather, transparent silk and gold embroidery. Gareth’s collection was inspired by the Asgarda tribe of women, who live in the Ukraine’s Carpathian mountains. This is fashion that refuses to be put into a box.
The result is breathtaking both in terms of print and geometry with pieces that are really built to have an impact. Gareth’s collection has the same sense of adventure and edginess that we see in other British designers like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.
The collection is made up of utilitarian chic grunge pieces ranging from hound’s-tooth boucle tops to zip-back tunics and biker jackets.
Damir uses a deep and rich metallic color palette with pieces that had a military feel giving the collection a utilitarianism aesthetic.
Damir cites his inspiration as “Neo-corporate silhouettes superimposed with hybrid fabrications, spare utility and cool independence”.
This collection provokes an instant “coup de coeur”. Tokyo based Julien David is part of a new school of French designers who are modern, innovative and yet global.
Julien’s designs stand out because they combine textures in a captivating way, this collection includes everything from fluffy and lightweight to fluid and transparent. He used polka dot-embroidered mesh in an ingenious way to give the pieces a 3D element.
This is a fresh and lighthearted collection which incorporates creativity in each and every piece.
Fashion with a sense of fun and irony was also what we saw from Olympia LeTan’s FW13/14 collection.
The pieces were full of sweetness with a unique lederhosen-inspired je ne sais quoi.
These pieces have a real unique charm with elaborately tailored coats, embroidered buttons, flattering full skirts made from sensuous French jersey and belts that said “Schnitzel with Noodles”.
Belgian-Italian ultra luxury designer Anthony Vaccarello provides us with a FW13/14 collection that exudes Parisian elegance and sexiness.
The collection was sultry, black and skin tight including pieces ranging from three-quarter length coats with leather piping to woolen jumpers and skintight skirts complete with low-slung waistlines and pockets for hands to slip into.
Anthony’s designs are for women who want maximum skin revealing sleekness with a laid back edge.
The Paris-based jewelry designer Ligia Dias showcased her FW13/14 collection which had a raw chic feel to it.
Ligia created a sense of style juxtaposition by combining spiky, punk necklaces, heavy chain links and feminine pearls.