With five days of back-to-back shows, it can be hard to know which designers to look out for during London Fashion Week. With that in mind, we bring you our round-up of five of the most promising names to watch for spring/summer 2019
Richard Quinn made the headlines last season when the Queen made a surprise appearance on the front row of his AW18 show. Her Majesty presented the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award, testament to his talent for creating beautiful designs featuring ingenious prints. Quinn founded his eponymous label in 2016 and spring/summer 2019 will be his third collection to date.
In an era of increasing interest in sustainability, Richard Malone truly stands out in the fashion industry for his ability to create elegant, high-fashion designs while promoting a more sustainable approach. He uses fabrics which are handwoven and dyed naturally by a group of female artisans in Tamil Nadu, and the young London-based Irish designer was shortlisted for the prestigious LVMH prize in 2017 – he is one to watch at London Fashion Week and a force to be reckoned with.
Firmly established on the menswear scene, thanks to his own label and successful collaborations with Mackintosh and Asics, Kiko Kostadinov is, however, a relative newcomer to the realm of womenswear. The designer presented his first eponymous capsule collection for women last season, playing on the dichotomy of sportswear and traditional dressmaking. Kiko Kostadinov is known for simple, well-structured silhouettes, a signature aesthetic we can expect to find in his second womenswear range.
Ricky Wesley Harriott presented his debut collection for spring/summer 2018. In the short space of time since then, the designer has been awarded the ASOS Fashion Discovery prize 2018, which secured him mentoring and a grant. The brand is rooted in the UK capital, where London-born Harriott sources and produces his collections. Wesley Harriott brings together strong shapes and cuts, and functionality, as well as references to street and sportswear in designs for powerful, modern women.
German-born designer Paula Knorr is now based in London and is showing as part of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen roster. Having honed her skills at Peter Pilotto, after graduating from the prestigious Royal College of Art, Knorr displays expert draping and cutting skills in her elegant, feminine pieces, made using quality fabrics from Italian and German mills. The brand can be found at stockists worldwide, including Matches in London and Opening Ceremony in the US.