Following the brand’s signature aesthetic, Ukrainian womenswear brand DZHUS‘ Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “Overground”, celebrates clean-cut lines and impeccably tailored silhouettes. A palette of red, grey and white adorns armour-like dresses, and the entire collection exudes uniqueness through its contrasting mix of silk and cotton alongside a slightly more industrial grey mesh. Irina’s inspiration from architecture, industrial objects and utilitarian constructions is, without doubt, evident throughout the entire collection.
You can view the full collection through Not Just A Label.
Photography by Olga Nepravda
Images courtesy of DZHUS
London based designer James Kearns is a favourite of mine and I’ve fallen for these kooky black leather trainers, made from pig leather. Quality is definitely at the forefront of James’ work as he has “focussed on an artisan approach to design and manufacturing, taking the time to make each pair of shoes by hand”. Available in a variety of colour variations, these are definitely going on my wish list!
Trainers, £400.00, from James Kearns
You can view and purchase some of James’ other cool designs through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of James Kearns
Tel Aviv-based design duo Tesler + Mendelovitch create “totally original, never-before-seen materials, transforming them into high quality custom-made products for industry, art and fashion”. Their latest work is their “Wearable Wood” series which consists of “architectural looking wood clutches” that are constructed from 100% birch wood and finished with a leather lining. According to Tesler + Mendelovitch, “the wood texture is soft to the touch”, and each clutch features a magnetic clasp and a “soft underbelly for a comfortable grip”. Hand selecting all of the wood they use and hand crafting each and every clutch, I think that this duo is nothing less than superb. With quality and innovation at their heart, I definitely think we’ll be hearing more from Tesler + Mendelovitch in the not so distant future.
You can view the duos entire “Wearable Wood” series and purchase selected pieces through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Tesler + Mendelovitch via Not Just A Label
I really admire this knit top from Denmark-based womenswear brand Rosa Bryndis, established in 2010 by design duo Rosa Winther Denison & Bryndis Thorsteinsdottir. Made from 100% viscose, the Sleeve Knit Top from the duos Spring/Summer 2013 collection is a finely knitted top with what they describe as a “classic” shape. It is also loose fitting and transparent, giving it a cheeky but feminine edge. A perfect piece for the hot summer months!
Top, £110.00, from Rosa Bryndis
You can view the full collection on the Rosa Bryndis website.
Images courtesy of Rosa Bryndis via Not Just A Label
For Spring/Summer 2013 womenswear designer Raffaele Ascione presents a collection saturated with soft, pastel green, yellow, pink, orange and blue hues. Silhouettes are simple but feminine, shaping the female form with subtle details such as pleats. Lace, mesh, floral embellishment and sequins adorn many of the pieces, keeping in tune with Raffaele’s signature edge. This is carried through into a handful of all black pieces, utilising the same feminine shapes that are seen earlier on in the collection but rejecting typical colour convention for the spring and summer seasons.
You can view the full collection on Raffaele’s website and purchase selected pieces through Not Just A Label.
Photography by Euan Danks
Images courtesy of Raffaele Ascione
Despite never owning one, I’m a big, big fan of jumpsuits, and this jumpsuit from London based menswear designer Benjamin Bertram that I found whilst snooping through Not Just A Label is a favourite of mine. Made from a wool blend and featuring pleat detail, it’s a brilliant contemporary piece. Many men seem to shy away from jumpsuits due to their popularity in the womenswear sector, but I think that if paired with a cool pair of boots or worn open and layered with a quirky t-shirt, it could really work on pretty much any man.
You might as well give it a go, boys!
Jumpsuit, £500.00, from Benjamin Bertram
You can view and purchase more of Benjamin’s work through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Benjamin Bertram
Whilst flicking through Not Just A Label I came across this beautiful dress from London based womenswear brand Batson‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. Even though I know I should probably be posting more about Spring/Summer 2013, this was a piece that I simply couldn’t ignore for an entire season. Made from 100% linen and featuring ruffle hem detail, long sleeves with elasticated cuffs, peter pan collar and a tie at the centre back, the dress is designed with a loose fit, making it the ideal comfort piece for absolutely any daytime or evening outfit. Paired with some old school heels and a simple tote bag or, if you’re looking to dress the piece up for the evening, a dressy clutch bag, this dress would, without doubt, make you stand out as a quirky, well-dressed and intriguing individual!
Dress, £270.00, from Batson
You can view and purchase the rest of the collection through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Batson
Working with and being an enormous fan of the work of European unisex brand Ksenia Schnaider, I felt that it was my duty to inform you that selected pieces from Ksenia Schnaider’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, ‘Camouflage’, are now available to purchase through Not Just A Label. Being built around a unique blue camouflage print and incorporating numerous fabrics from cotton and silk to neoprene and organza, Ksenia Schnaider’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is, without doubt, the brands best collection to date!
You can view the full collection on Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Ksenia Schnaider