New In: Labels To Love At Our Fave StoresPosted by Styloko
A new season doesn’t just mean new collections from designers we’ve come to know and love – it’s also the time for some of our favourite online stores to renew and add to their roster of names. But which labels should you be looking out for?
Yep, you guessed it, the answer to that question is right here below. Happy New Season, everyone!
As if Net-a-Porter didn’t have enough things for us to swoon over already, more than 20 new lines are being introduced this season. The most prominent, perhaps, is Haider Ackermann, who we, along with Tilda Swinton, are huge fans of. Expect brilliant cutting, draping and his signature rich palette on strong structured silhouettes.
Also just in: Kenzo – a particular highlight, since we’re absolutely besotted with its fun knits and skater skirts after Opening Ceremony’s design duo took the helm. Of course, we’re going to need something fabulous for our feet as well, which is where Nicholas Kirkwood – the British shoe king – comes in. His colourful fabric designs with architectural perspex heels for Erdem are definitely our fave.
And for those who love their luxury basics with a twist, look out for Les Chiffoniers (who shot to fame a few years back with their leather leggings), Skaist-Taylor – Juicy Couture founders’ new label that gives us a contemporary take on effortless Cali-cool classics – and House of Dagmar, an off-the-radar Swedish label who’s put a neo-punk spin on modern wardrobe staples.
1. Kenzo intarsia wool-blend sweater, £205, Net-a-Porter 2. Kenzo melange wool-blend flared mini skirt, £300, Net-a-Porter 3. Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem geometric-heeled printed pumps, £795, Net-a-Porter.
Launched in 2008, MGSM is undoubtedly one of the hottest Italian labels right now. So it’s unsurprisingly, really, that a few retailers, including my-wardrobe.com, have picked it up for next season. As always, the emphasis is on bold colours and clashing prints, so expect to see these on easy-to-wear shapes alongside a smattering of directional silhouettes.
Versus is the second Italian brand to join the my-wardrobe family for AW12, and we couldn’t be more excited about the bodycon dresses in retro prints with rebelliously sexy detailing (like cut-outs, leather panels and ladder stitches). For something more streamlined and understated, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam – a newly launched diffusion line by the hot American designer – will be just the ticket. Think lean silhouettes and fantastic fabric combos; it’s the definitive guide to cosmopolitan dressing.
As for outerwear with an edge, new Aussie brand Francis Leon makes the coolest leather jackets we’ve seen this autumn. The combination of sumptuous leathers with contrasting jersey panelling and relaxed sporty shapes gives them a unique streetwear edge that we find utterly irresistible.
And while master of the wedge heel, Terry de Havilland, makes his debut at my-wardrobe with a disco-tastic collection boasting a distinctive retro feel, accessory designer Sophie Hulme introduces her very first ready-to-wear collection, which promises to be as gorgeous as her handbags. We can’t wait!
1. Terry de Havilland Mimi lightning court shoes, £295, my-wardrobe.com 2. MSGM floral print blouse, £325, my-wardrobe.com 3. Francis Leon leather and jersey raglan bomber, £527, my-wardrobe.com 4. MSGM metallic green skater skirt, £290, my-wardrobe.com
Luckily for Simone Rocha the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Designer John Rocha’s daughter seems to have gathered quite a following for her quirky clothing line with a tough futuristic edge, and to top it all off, one of the most iconic London boutiques has picked up her collection for this season. We’re loving those preppy collars and gorgeous girly silhouettes with a minimalist twist, and predict you will, too.
What Browns is most famous for, however, is spotting and supporting those fresh, young talents. This season sees a fair few new faces including Edeline Lee, a recently launched womenswear line by a Central Saint Martins graduate who’s already being admired for her impeccable pleating techniques and strong minimalist lines, and Rhie, another CSM talent whose collection puts an emphasis on knits, focusing on refinement and quality materials on accessible, everyday silhouettes.
Another knitwear name worth looking out for is Paris-based Piece d’Anarchive, who managed to persuade one of the last remaining knit factories in France (who already work with top French fashion houses) to take on their order. The result is a collection of contemporary knitwear of the highest quality, accompanied by a few special pieces in luxurious leather that we’re also coveting. But if we could only have one thing from Browns, it would have to be one of the Olsen twins’ The Row bags (shotgun the backpack in petrol blue).
1. Piece D’Anarchive leather baseball cap, £520, Browns 2. Piece D’Anarchive wool-blend dress with studded collars, £1,640, Browns 3. Simone Rocha cotton and tufted wool collar, £155, Browns 4. Simone Rocha pony skin printed leather skirt, £615, Browns.
We’ve always loved Matches for its consistent, contemporary feminine edit, and from the looks of it, next season’s new offerings are just as exciting. First up are two British heavyweights, Giles and Marios Schwab, both renowned for being technically genius when it comes to construction. Expect to see full feminine skirts and sophisticated silhouettes with a statement from Giles, while Schwab’s combination of sexy sheer fabrics with demure lace and glamorous glitter results in a unique collection of must-have dresses.
For something more architectural, we’re sure Lucas Nascimento‘s strong dress shapes with a futuristic slant will be on every city girl’s wishlist (including ours). Of course, we’ll need something relaxed but impossibly cool for the weekend as well – a concept that no one understands better than Johan Lindeberg, which is why the recently established BLK DNM has fast become the hottest ticket for New York fashionistas who favour the effortlessly luxe vibe of great leather jackets, perfect white shirts and good-fitting jeans.
And for the finishing touches, a statement necklace made up of hundreds of colourful stones by Milan-based jeweller Rosantica is perfect for glamorising a low-key ensemble.
1. Giles frozen garden printed sweater, £595, Matches 2. Rosantica Raissa jade necklace, £465, Matches 3. Lucas Nascimento chenille bodice knit strapless dress, £1,380, Matches 4. Giles double Duchess full satin skirt, £698, Matches 5. Sophie Hulme mini envelope bag, £248, Matches.
We’re too excited for words about McQ being available online for the first time at Harrods. And if you saw how incredible Sarah Burton’s AW12 collection was at London Fashion Week, we’re sure you will be too. Expect a dark and opulent palette on full skirted dresses that ooze gothic romance, as well as beautiful military coats that’ll be on everyone’s lust list come winter time.
But McQ isn’t the only British label to make its online debut – Stella McCartney‘s sporty yet polished collection will also be available, not to mention Mulberry‘s ready-to-wear – which was highly lauded as Emma Hill’s best collection so far – that’ll be entirely new to the store. Trust us, everyone will be fighting for those leather and lace bustier dresses and gorgeous chunky knits.
On the accessories side, we can’t deny that 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s bags have a practical urban appeal, so with their increasing popularity it’s great news that one more store now stocks them – no need to fight, girls. For something with a little more edge, Acne‘s signature fringed leather accessories, which will also be joining the line-up, are just the ticket.
Lastly, to celebrate jewellery designer Eddie Borgo‘s arrival, Harrods will be exclusively stocking his iconic Grate Cuff in rose gold. So go get ‘em while stocks last (seriously, hurry). You’ll thank us later.
1. McQ Griffin jacquard dress, £360, Harrods.
For our pick of next season’s must-have pieces at these five stores, see our New In! Scrapbook.
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