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
Ukrainian womenswear brand, PASKAL was founded in 2010 by designer, Julie Paskal. Her collections are inspired by retro movies, classic music and personal reflections about everyday life and postmodern culture.
I was lucky enough to meet Julie and view her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection while representing Ksenia Schnaider at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week earlier this year, and I was completely blown away by Julie’s contrasting minimal approach and her beautiful attention to detail. Laser cut metallic leather is evident throughout the collection in cold shades of blue and green, and a versatile black and silver. Additional silhouettes throughout the collection are clean cut with very few details aside from draping, which seem to stem from Julie’s experience gained while studying for her degree in architecture.
You can view and purchase selected pieces from the collection through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of PASKAL
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
This t-shirt from Vish is a favourite of mine. Made from 100% navy cotton and reading “run to the hills”, it’s the perfect basic piece from the brands Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “To The Hills”. Being effortlessly paired with either a skirt or a pair of Vish’s patterned trousers, it’s fantastically versatile. Better yet, being a t-shirt, it’s not specific to any particular season, meaning you can wear it at ease from this year to next, regardless of the weather.
T-shirt, $99.00, from Vish
You can view and purchase more from Vish through their website.
Images courtesy of Vish
This simple dress, available in ivory and black, from Carly Hunter‘s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “Escape into Reality”, is a favourite of mine. The dress is made from cotton linen and lined with 100% silk, following Carly’s dedication to luxury and quality. It also features an invisible zip closure and two front welt and two front patch pockets, ensuring complete practicality. At first I thought the dress may be too simple, but the pockets definitely add to the piece, creating a blank canvas for what will undoubtedly be an impeccable, edgy outfit.
Dress, £260.00, from Carly Hunter
You can view and purchase the full collection through Carly’s website.
Photography by Carine Thevenau
Images courtesy of Carly Hunter
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