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
Alice Yim is a New York-based womenswear designer who launched her brand in her own name in 2007 after releasing her first knitwear collection. Alice’s designs are simple, feminine, flirty and fun, and there is something for every type of girl, whether you like long draping dresses or a flirty pleated skirt, or even a comfortable top with a dreamy digital print.
Alice’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection includes numerous simple skirts, tops and dresses, both structured and draped, which are perfect for the winter months. Better yet, every piece is incredibly versatile and can be paired effortlessly with an assortment of pieces. Conservative cuts sit alongside quirky silhouettes, and small details such as pleats and strong digital prints pull the collection together. Silk, cotton, leather and lace dominate the collection, and a subtle palette of black, red, blue, cream, grey and pastel pink can be seen throughout.
The full collection will be available to view shortly through Alice’s website.
Images courtesy of Alice Yim
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
Ukrainian womenswear brand, BEVZA was founded by designer Bibi Bevza, winner of “Best Womenswear Designer” at Ukraine’s Best Fashion Awards 2013, in 2006. The brand explores minimalism, simplicity, sensuality and noble accuracy. Bibi focuses on clean lines, strict cuts, monochrome colours and a combination of courage with comfort and individuality, removing what she describes as “obtrusive vision and needless details”.
BEVZA’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection explores the idea of a marionette; someone who can be heavily manipulated by those of a higher status who rule over them – a puppet, if you will. To reflect this idea, Bibi has created a contrast between her signature simple approach and the complex through her use of dominating prints – some of which show the marionette Bibi explores with this collection – and wooden jewellery.
Tailored blazers and trousers are meaningfully contrasted against seemingly restraining capes, belted skirts and long coats. Silk, suede, cotton and wool flow throughout the collection to reiterate two of the main aspects of the BEVZA philosophy – luxury and comfort. The collections influences follow through to its colour palette as Bibi has restricted herself to black, white and red, which continue to ensure ultimate versatility.
Images courtesy of BEVZA
Lily Kamper is a London-based jewellery designer who founded her brand in 2012 after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art. Lily’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection uses Perspex which she has dip-dyed and turned by hand, and each piece, inspired by “architecture, pyramids and temple structures”, is cut to precision. The collection explores a broad palette of black, white, blue, red, orange, yellow and purple, and uses both gold and silver plated brass. Each piece is completely handmade, including the fine details such as the end caps. Quality is quite evidently important to Lily and if she continues to produce work of same high standard, I can see Lily Kamper rapidly developing into a refined and respected British jewellery brand.
You can view the full collection on Lily’s website and purchase selected pieces through Young British Designers and Liberty.
Photography by Charlotte Brown
Images courtesy of Lily Kamper
Ksenia Schnaider’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “Bodywarmer”, as expressed in a previous rambling, is my favourite collection of theirs yet. On that note, I was delighted to see that Ksenia and Anton, the duo behind the brand, decided to put together an enticing presentation that outlines the inspiration behind the collection and what the duo aim to achieve with it. The presentation is then pulled together with some great images from Ksenia Schnaider’s Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign, which was shot by the very talented Yulia Zhdan.
You can view the full presentation through Readymag.
Photography by Yulia Zhdan
Images courtesy of Ksenia Schnaider
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