Just when you thought womenswear fashion couldn’t get any more exciting, summer arrives, and therefore so does Scoop giving you the scoop on what’s new and what’s to come, and we can exclusively reveal that what’s to come is just breathtaking.
From Amsterdam we have Marcha Huskes and from Denmark we bring you Charlotte Spaare and Coster Copenhagen. Spanish designers Sita Murt and French designers Antik Batik and Sud Express all showcase their new collections for the first time, here in London. As for the British brigade, labels include Libelula, Conditions Apply, Peregrine, who are known equally for their men’s and womenswear, and Varley a luxury beach and active wear label for women.
Amsterdam-based brand Marcha Hüskes offer a complete selection of versatile womenswear staples, based on classic silhouettes with little twists. Social responsibility, easy elegance and minimalist beauty are the foundation of Marcha’s designs, enabling the wearer the possibility to dress up or down for any occasion. Marcha Hüskes is all about intelligent, contemporary design and the passion for craftsmanship.
After several seasons, Danish designer Charlotte Spaare has further developed her collections. What started, as collections of silk scarves became what is now a complete clothing line. To showcase her collections on the catwalk, Charlotte has worked with the likes of: Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and Cara Delevingne. Charlotte Sparre’s clothing collection is currently sold in over 200 stores worldwide and is represented in some of the most exclusive and trend-setting department stores in the world, such as Le Bon Marche in Paris and Beams in Tokyo.
Coster Copenhagen is one of the top brands in the Danish ladies fashion arena. Its figurehead Pia Coster has, after many years of success in the industry, decided to deliver the best fashion wear in the market to modern-thinking girls between 25 – 40 years. The collections contain a wide assortment of pieces, mixing the raw and feminine details, however the hand knitted sweaters are a personal passion for Pia and amongst the brand’s best sellers.
As a fast-expanding Spanish women’s label, Sita Murt is designed with the young, feminine, fun-loving woman in mind and has an emphasis on soft, sensual fabrics. In recent years shoes and accessories have been added to the main line. The Sita Murt designs are marketed by the company Esteve Aguilera SA, that produces more than 200,000 jerseys and other pieces of clothing per year, serving more than 1,900sales locations, including international department stores such as Galleries Lafayette and Tzum from Moscow. The first direct store outside Spain was open in Paris in May 2010 sponsored by the actress Victoria Abril. Some of Sita’s products were used in the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Antik Batik‘s exquisite boho-luxe pieces are inspired by French designer Gabriella Cortese’s exotic travels. Gabriella discovered batik in Bali, the art of lace and knit in Peru the embroidery and bandhani in India. Launched in 1992 after feeling inspired by a trip around the world, today the brand is distributed in more than 1,000 multi-brand and single-brand stores worldwide, including department stores Galleries Lafayette, Printemps, Bon Marche, Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols and Seibu. At first, the brand was centred on accessories such as scarves, bags, belts, and sandals. In 1994, the first clothing collection featured embroidered tunics, kaftans that evoke an ‘elsewhere’, and have gone from strength to strength ever since.
Founded in 1987 in France, Sud Express specialises in the manufacture and marketing of ready-to-wear, feminine clothing for women, the brand soon opened its first boutique on the boulevard Saint Michel in Paris 26 years ago. Since then it has been growing slowly but surely, and today has a network of nearly 150 stores primarily located in France. In 2009, Sud Express’ points of sale are reinvented. They reveal new ergonomics. More refined and brighter, these spaces place greater value on the cuts and materials of the clothing. Result: the shops are revamped with delicate white wooden furnishings and authentic wooden floors. Like, the garments themselves, only the finest materials are used on the shop floor.
British womenswear designer Sophie Cranston studied fashion design and honed her skills in the backrooms in Saville Row and Bellville Sassoon. She then won the prestigious Designer of the Year Award at Graduate Fashion Week in 1999, an accolade shared with such luminaries as John Galliano, Christopher Bailey and Alexander McQueen. She then went on to work for McQueen himself, and next set up Temperley in 2000 with Alice Temperley. Two years later she set up Libelula (Spanish for dragonfly), today it can now be found in many of the leading boutiques around the country, and also internationally. Libelula is fast becoming known for its in-house designed, vibrant prints and beautifully cut, timeless and flattering shapes that together with Cranston’s innate sense of color and use of luxurious fabrics create clothes to treasure for a lifetime. Libelula now also offers wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses in their signature shapes and fabrics.
London-based womenswear label Conditions Apply design and make by hand clothes that are beautifully crafted, but fun. Conditions Apply is the place for one-of-a-kind and limited edition fashion and gifts. Expect to find colourful dresses, accessories, bags and more including loose, print-focused separates and fluid tunics.
Peregrine is a family business that has been producing quality clothing for eight generations. 240 years on, Peregrine has many stories to tell. Based in Bristol, a city known as a hub of all things cool, in the South West of England, this men’s and womenswear label produce bespoke knitwear in new, classic and contemporary British styles.
Varley is a contemporary lifestyle brand, focused on the perfect swim, resort and now activewear for women. Beginning with the idea of creating the perfect swimwear for women. Varley has since evolved and 2015 will see the introduction of their much anticipated active wear collection.Founded by London natives Ben & Lara Mead, the couple split their time between Venice, California and London and the influences of both are clearly visible in the brands DNA. The collections combine the attitude of California ease with elegant European style. The result is an aesthetic unique to Varley, synomous with a modern balanced lifestyle.
2-4 August 2015 at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London