Daily Gems & other musings — designer spotlight

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Yuhan Wang

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Ever since we created our Diversity in Design Style Board series, we've been excited to discover so many new female designers and share them with you!  This week's Designer Spotlight features Yuhan Wang, a London-based womenswear designer and brand launched in 2018 by it's namesake.  Formally trained with a Bachelor's and Masters degree in womenswear, she has worked for Marni, showcased three collections and been in contention for the prestigious LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.   With a self-described rebellious aesthetic, Who What Wear has described the line as modern Marie Antoinette gone weird (in a good way).  Yuhan's designs...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Jibri by Jasmine Elder

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  Upon discovering the line JIBRI by Jasmine Elder when curating our Diversity in Design Style Board series, we were immediately head over heels with the sheer amount of SPARKLE we saw in the designs.  Sequins, metallics and anything and everything shiny will always be something near to our hearts, and when we learned more about the line's founder and designer, Jasmine Elder, we were officially starry-eyed, obsessed fans! Founded in 2009, JIBRI is "all about glamour" and "creating garments for the fashion conscious curvy woman.  Jasmine grew up in Atlanta and has lived in both New York and London as a...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Silvia Tcherassi

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"Effortless elegance," the motto Colombian-born designer Silvia Tcherassi goes by for her eponymous, ready to wear clothing line, is an idea we will always get behind.  Said to be "the pioneer of Latin flair" by Women's Wear Daily, Silvia "...began her career as an interior designer, but the search for new artistic expressions led her into fashion." As soon as we learned more about Silvia, saw her "effortlessly elegant" line AND discovered that she not only creates stunning designs, but she also is the founder and creative director of a successful collection of hotels, we were immediately inspired.  A true #girlboss! Silvia's designs...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Chitose Abe

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In 1999, Chitose Abe founded the Japanese brand Sacai, a luxury label known for its unique pattern combinations and design techniques, and is currently the label's Creative Director and owner.  When we first heard about her, we were so excited to learn more about this incredible #girlboss, mom and all around raw talent! Before founding Sacai, Chitose worked at Comme de Garcons as a pattern cutter and as a member of Junya Watanbe's design team.  Afterwards, she became a mom and now, as the head of Sacai, she bases her collections "...purely on my creative instincts.  Maybe I’m an idealist, but I am a...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Maki Oh by Amaka Osakwe

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In creating our Diversity in Design Style Board series, we set out to find and feature established and emerging designers that we both loved for their work on the runway as well as for how and why it's all created.  In discovering the line Maki Oh, founded by Amaka Osakwe, we were inspired not only by beautiful design, but also by the brand's vision to extend "beyond physical beauty to a textured, layered, and three-dimensional aesthetic, embodying the philosophies of sustainability, preservation, strength and complex simplicity."  The brand is centred in a strong sense of identity and culture, creating narrative pieces...

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