The Best Kept Secrets at MADE Paris

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!

Gareth Pugh

British Designer Gareth Pugh is right at the top of our list for his uniqueness and out of this world design innovation.

Gareth Pugh FW13-14

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.

Gareth Pugh FW13-14

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.

Damir Doma

Croatian-born Damir Doma has created a niche for himself with his rebellious yet hybrid collection.
Damir Doma

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 Doma

Damir uses a deep and rich metallic color palette with pieces that had a military feel giving the collection a utilitarianism aesthetic.

Damir Doma

Damir cites his inspiration as “Neo-corporate silhouettes superimposed with hybrid fabrications, spare utility and cool independence”.

Julien David

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 David

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.

Julien David FW13-14

This is a fresh and lighthearted collection which incorporates creativity in each and every piece.

Julien David FW13-14

Olympia LeTan

Fashion with a sense of fun and irony was also what we saw from Olympia LeTan’s FW13/14 collection.

Olympia Le Tan FW13-14

The pieces were full of sweetness with a unique lederhosen-inspired je ne sais quoi.

Olympia Le Tan FW13-14

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”.

Olympia LeTan FW13-14

Anthony Vaccarello

Belgian-Italian ultra luxury designer Anthony Vaccarello provides us with a FW13/14 collection that exudes Parisian elegance and sexiness.

Anthony Vaccarello FW13-14

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 Vaccarello FW13-14

Anthony’s designs are for women who want maximum skin revealing sleekness with a laid back edge.

Ligia Dias

The Paris-based jewelry designer Ligia Dias showcased her FW13/14 collection which had a raw chic feel to it.

Liga Dias

Ligia created a sense of style juxtaposition by combining spiky, punk necklaces, heavy chain links and feminine pearls.

Liga Dias


Discovered: Styled Souvenirs from Paris

Posted by:Rebecca Bosanquet

Today we continue with our mission of bringing you the world’s best emerging designer labels direct from the shows.

Woman Paris

No need to take a plane to Paris to attend the most influential trade shows the industry has to offer: Tranoï, Capsule, Woman, Premiere Class and MeMy Mode. We took the plane for you and went in pursuit of the designers you will not want to miss out on next Fall.


Cecila Ma

Cecilia Ma is one of the hottest emerging labels to come out of Hong Kong and a firm favourite at Paris trade shows. We met her and her designs at Who’s Next Paris earlier this year and fell in love with her gorgeous jewellery designs and fresh fashion.

Cecila Ma

As you can see her innovative bag designs scream urban edgy chic. This is a label that would be perfect for any fresh and contemporary boutique that is looking to stock high quality, intriguing and sophisticated products.

Cecila Ma


Claudia Paz (left) is a designer who takes the passionate craftmanship of Bolivia and fuses it with the Parisian elegance that she has perfected during her time in Paris.

Claudia Paz

Claudia brings you knitwear handmade in Bolivia from the world’s finest alpaca fiber which makes touching and wearing the pieces feel like a luxurious experience. The products are perfect for buyers looking for something authentic and made from the most exquisite materials.

Pieces from the Claudia Paz Collection


We met up with one of the co-founders of French Silk scarf label Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre at Capsule showcasing one of her own pieces, perfect for adding a splash of colour and elegance to any look. We were so impressed by the quality and feel of the materials she uses as well as the variety of colours and prints.


Here was one of our favourites: the Pampus scarf from the Hortus Collection.

Pampus from the Hortus Collection.


ffiXXed is a collaborative fashion label who blew us away with their utility chic fashion pieces which fuse art with design.


The label was initiated by artist and designers Kain Picken and Fiona Lau who is pictured left when she caught up with AGORIQUE’s co-founder at Capsule.



Iben Hoj is a Danish knitwear designer who has worked with labels like Marc Jacobs, Marni and Donna Karan.

Iben Hoej

We met up at Capsule and got a feel for her collection which incorporates scandochic attention to detail and effortless elegance in pieces that use the finest quality of knitwear and includes touches of lace and embroidery. Oozing femininity.

Iben Hoj


At Premiere Classe we got the chance to meet New York based jewelery label WXYZ and its founder Laura. She filled us in on the foundations of her label. The hand crafted pieces are inspired by the shapes we see in science, art and industrial designs and use unconventional materials and innovative production methods.

Laura from WXYZ

As you can see these pieces are perfect for boutiques that aren’t afraid to be stand out and who cater to a cutting edge clientele.



At Tranoï we had the pleasure of meeting up with the label borne by Elise Berger.

borne by Elise Berger

borne by Elise Berger is an idiosyncratic and charismatic label headed by designer Elise Berger which encompasses everything from edgy pieces to luxurious silk floral shirts. Breathtaking and unique.

borne by Elise Berger

Borne products all have one common characteristic, they are bursting with soul, personality and character making them perfect for a young and trend setting clientele.

We brought you our favourite designers, who’s yours? ♥