International Style: 6 LFW Designers on What's Next in Fashion + A Fashion Tech Preview

European Fashion Weeks are just getting started and with them come loads of style inspiration. Most impressively, international designers are bringing game-changing collections to the runway. Get a look at who and what’s next in fashion with Ashley Chloe’s rundown of 6 international designers.

Laura Theiss - Innovative Patterns

Image Credit: Rama Lee Photography

Image Credit: Rama Lee Photography

Laura Theiss crocheted all the pieces in her gorgeous SS17 collection. One of the trademark elements of the new collection is a heart-motif inspired by the elaborately engraved silver ex-votos, tokens of a believer’s faith, employed by Laura Theiss as symbols of sensual passion and forbidden love. Other designs feature blooming clusters of intricate white flowers on a black background, symbols of hope and rebirth, combining mysticism and realism.

“This collection represents my passion for a traditional craft – crocheting – elevated to almost religious devotion,” Theiss explains. “Keeping in mind modern and dynamic women, I always come up with sensual silhouettes and shapes, designing innovative patterns created using traditional tools combined with state-of-the art techniques.”

Laura Theiss is at the forefront of fashion technology by printing light reflective foil onto her designs. 

Laura Theiss is at the forefront of fashion technology by printing light reflective foil onto her designs. 

Laura Theiss is not only at the forefront of fashion, but also technology. In a collaboration with The Bond Factory, the most advanced high tech factory for printing, laser cutting, seamless seeing, Laura printed light reflective foil onto her designs for a stunning look.

Image Credit: Sarah Galvan Photographe

Image Credit: Sarah Galvan Photographe

Fashion is finally beginning to make its way into the technology space and Ashley Chloe is leading the change. With a mission of seamlessly combining performance with style and convenience, the fashion tech brand has created unbelievably fashion-forward wearable headphones.

Ashley Chloe’s Helix Cuff wearable headphones were made with a clean, minimalistic style in mind so as to fit in with many different senses of fashion. Whether you’re everyday wear is chic or casual, the Helix Cuff’s design is a head-turning accessory.

Of course, Helix Cuff is also enhanced with the latest in headphone technology. With superior audio quality that includes noise reduction and wireless Bluetooth technology, the Helix Cuff is a sophisticated companion for the busy fashionista. Listening to music and answering calls has never been so sleek.

PINGHE - Refreshing Undoneness

London based label PINGHE was launched by award winning Chinese fashion designer, Ping He. Whilst working for several of the most prestigious fashion houses including Alexander McQueen, Ping He started to receive critical acclaim. Ping He later decided to branch out and debut her first ready to wear collection in London in 2012.

Ping He toys with femininity, restriction and the journey towards freedom. Assimilating through the assorted facets of women’s history and making way for her very own. The collection is imbued with a level of refreshing 'undoneness'. Combining restrictive panels with hidden cutaway slits and drapes.

Raw cut silks, embroidered knits, and hand crafted denims are the soul of the collection. Complemented with splitting tassels, braids and rubber loops to reinforce the theme of control. Engineered embroidery is enthralled with lashes on Japanese hemp and stretch cottons - all cut with a contemporary twist. With a focus on all day chic the collections key archetypes include cotton shirts, embellished denim vest and directional day to evening dresses. PINGHE is available to buy at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, London and SKP, Beijing. The collection’s ready to wear looks will be designs to see for every fashionista.

AEVHA London - Architectural Shapes

The AEVHA London Spring Summer 2017 collection sees the collision of natural organics with the brand's customary vectored architectural shapes, coming to life through a palette of soft occasion-wear colours: panna, sand, dove grey, dusky pink and sage.

The label’s signature hand carved accessories in sustainably sourced rosewood come in three shapes for the season, comprising a consistent motif throughout. Structuralism underpins the season's aesthetic, formalising the texture of the collection's medium grain calfskin, with three classic silhouettes in full size and mini embodying smart summer style.

For trendsetters keeping an eye on what the celebrities are wearing, AEVHA London will stand out. From the moment Alice Horlick debuted her penchant for strong architectural shapes and unusual standout hardware, members of the international press and fashion elite took note. Fashion doyenne Olivia Palermo discovered AEVHA London in its very first season, featuring Alice as a ‘Designer To Watch’. Now firmly on the celebrity radar, recent personal requests have flooded in from Taylor Swift, Emma Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Lily Collins, Kate Hudson, Olivia Munn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Amy Adams, Diane Kruger, Nicole Richie, Amal Clooney, Jessica Biel, Pippa Middleton, and many more.

Carla Pontes - Three Dimensionality

Three dimensionality and detail have always inspired Carla Pontes. Based in Portugal, the timeless womenswear designer explore volume, layers, and shape. For AW 16/17, Carla Pontes unveils ‘Mountain’. The collection was inspired by the mutation of the alpine landscape throughout the seasons. It’s a research on time and substance, celebrating an unstoppable cycle of contrast and renewal.

The collection relies on Carla Pontes’ distinctive exploration of three-dimensionality to present voluminous short jackets, long coats and oversize sweaters, contrasting with slim dresses and delicate bottoms. It explores shapes and multiple folds to generate unconventional volumes, belted waists and tapered ends.

Wool, cotton and cupro fabrics provide textures from the sanded to the very soft and a unique pattern inspired by the mountain plans breaking the landscape. The palette tells us a story on the passage of time, going through autumn greens, winter ivories and spring blues, whilst powerful yellow flashes give the needed energy to complete the cycle. Carla Pontes has a poetic way of storytelling through her designs. This London Fashion Week collection will certainly be one to see.

Bella Singleton - Interesting Irregularity

Bella Singleton’s SS17 LFW Collection was inspired by the notion that nothing will ever be perfect and that is only a good thing. The placement of print in the Bella Singleton SS17 isn't the so called ideal that we all strive for, but when combined with bold and energetic punches of colour and pattern, eventually the design becomes incredibly interesting, giving the audience more to think about than if everything was just as you expected.

Isabella of Bella Singleton hand draws each and every print, morphing her doodles into surprising, bold prints which are digitally printed onto luxurious materials. She plays with a never before seen balance between simplicity and eccentricity to create fabulous scarves for the style conscious.

For Bella Singleton, personal expression trumps fashion trends and with their beautifully bright designs, you’ll be expressing yourself in a most whimsical and wonderful way.

REIN - Impactful Functionality

Functionality is at the heart of REIN’s new collection. Their impactful clothing functions on the highest level; for the duration of a busy day through evening and into the night. The highest quality fabrics, ergonomic performance and attention to detail provides absolute comfort, versatility and functionality.

Oversized silhouettes create a relaxed and comfortable foundation for the collection, layered with intricate geometric arrangements of hexagons to make a delicate but impactful decoration. These are laser-cut into soft silks, light meshes and smooth leathers layered and knotted to add detailing that creates texture and drama. REIN’s SS17 collection is classic yet statement with a fun edge. A collection designed by women for women.

REIN has also experimented with technology. At last season’s LFW, models performed with mobile phones to shock and immerse the audience. Screens projected film of everyday actions, the images the models took, and the reaction of the audience.

There is no shortage of inspiration this season at London Fashion Week. From never before seen designs to the fashion tech that you’ve been waiting for, these international designers have upped the creativity and delivered unprecedented work.

What trends are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.

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