NEEMIC is a Beijing-based creative project by Amihan Zemp and Hans Martin Galliker. The duo aim to make beautiful clothes that are environmentally sustainable by collaborating with young designers to create what Zemp and Galliker describe as a “metropolitan aesthetic”.
NEEMIC’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, ‘Clean Air’, is inspired by a year of life and work in Beijing. The cuts are simple and the designs are relatively subtle, albeit beautiful. Premium silk is combined with upcycled jeans to give what the duo describes as a “casual, down to earth feeling”. Black, white and grey are the dominant colours throughout the collection, supporting its subtle aesthetic, and the brand as a whole is incredibly raw, which I really like. The clothes are effortless, practical and versatile, and I can see NEEMIC doing incredibly well.
You can view and purchase the full collection through the NEEMIC website.
Images courtesy of NEEMIC
The Spring/Summer 2013 collection from Ukrainian youth clothing brand X’U, founded by designer Ksenia Marchenko, is a cool, playful sight. A fun palette of black, white, yellow, pink, blue, red and metallic adorns numerous sleeveless dresses, with stripes dominating the collection, while printed t-shirts and sweatshirts give the collection a versatile twist.
If you’re young and even slightly cool, you’ve got to get your hands on some pieces from X’U.
You can view and purchase the full collection through Hako.
Images courtesy of X’U
Graduating from UCA Rochester in 2010, Chelsea Bravo is a London-based menswear designer. Shortly after she graduated, Chelsea interned with menswear designers, Christopher Shannon and Martine Rose before launching her own brand, through which she aims to “articulate a refreshing approach to modern menswear through fusing creative cutting techniques with traditional menswear details and streetwear influences”.
Chelsea’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, “Dysfunction”, was inspired by her desire to create a collection that would show progression. The collection is minimal, sophisticated and subtly futuristic. Other influences come from architecture and geometric shape, as well as from what Chelsea describes as “hidden emotional pain”. Throughout there are light references to Central African and Muslim dress in the silhouette, with a subtle palette of beige, cream, grey, white and metallic coated cotton emphasising this minor influence. The collection is simple but thought provoking, and I can’t wait to see what Chelsea’s next collection will bring!
You can view the full collection through Chelsea’s website.
Images courtesy of Chelsea Bravo
This beautiful, eye-catching blue full-length dress from Claudia Ligari‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is by far one of my favourite pieces within the collection. Its blinding tone is perfect for summer. Although, it is also available in black and white, should the blue tone be a little overwhelming for you. The dress is made from 100% silk with acetate lining and features a zip and button fastening on the back. Because of its short sleeves and airy silhouette, there’s no doubt that you’ll be very comfortable. Better yet, it can easily be styled with either a pair of heels for an evening ensemble or a simple pair of sandals for a slightly more daytime casual feel.
Dress, £270.00, from Claudia Ligari
You can view and purchase the full collection through Claudia’s e-shop.
Images courtesy of Claudia Ligari
This jumpsuit from Anuschka Hoevener‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is a favourite of mine. It’s simple, elegant and unique. The jumpsuit is handmade from linen, viscose and polyamide, and it’s a little oversized, meaning that it will, without doubt, be incredibly comfortable. It also features hidden side pockets and a slit closure on the back, giving it an airy feel for those warm summer days. Black isn’t usually my go-to colour when it comes to summer, but I think this jumpsuit works really well as a simple, versatile seasonal piece.
Jumpsuit, £230.00, from Anuschka Hoevener
You can view and purchase more from Anuschka through her e-shop.
Images courtesy of Anuschka Hoevener
Words cannot explain my love for this hat from Études‘ Spring/Summer 2013 collection. It’s subtle orange tone and heavy wool structure make my heart beat faster than normal. I’m certain that if I were going to invest in a hat for the summer months, this would definitely be the one!
Hat, $268.00, from Études
You can view and purchase more great pieces from Études through their website.
Images courtesy of Études
R/H is a Helsinki-based womenswear brand that was founded by designers Hanna Riiheläinen and Emilia Hernesniemi who met while studying at the University of Art & Design Helsinki. The brand is fun, contemporary and creative. On that note, I found these great denim shorts while flicking through International Playground, a wonderful store supporting new, independent and emerging designers and brands. They’re made from 100% cotton and feature frayed edges to add a kooky twist. They’re also quite practical, featuring an elastic waist for comfort and side slash pockets. If you’re after a pair of cool shorts for summer, R/H is definitely the way to go!
Shorts, $129.00, from R/H
You can view and purchase more from R/H through the brands website.
Images courtesy of International Playground