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Emerging designers to watch at London Fashion Week

By Danielle Wightman-Stone


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London has become renowned globally as the fashion city where emerging talent is given a platform. As London Fashion Week kicks off this Friday, FashionUnited has put together a fresh new crop of emerging designers hot on the heels of established names like Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson, and Henry Holland. Here are the five exciting up-and-coming designers that you need to keep an eye on this season:

Alice Archer

Surrey-born Alice Archer graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013 after studying fine art at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins. Immediately after graduating from the RCA, Archer moved to Antwerp to work as an embroidery designer for Dries van Noten and hasn’t looked back. Her collections have an English rose with a twist quality about them, using specialist techniques combining embroidery and print through the use of hand, digital and Irish machine embroidery. Her collection is stocked in stores including Browns, Fortnum and Mason, Barneys New York and The Place London.

Showing: September 16

Roberta Einer

Estonia-born designer Roberta Einer only graduated from Westminster University in 2015, before launching her own eponymous label a few months later in September. The 23-year-old designer has gathered experience working in Paris at Balmain, as well as completing internships with Mary Katrantzou and Alexander McQueen. It was her signature maximalist embellishments and illustrative, tonal embroideries that caught the attention of Premiere Classe’s Who's Next, and on graduation she was selected as one of 12 graduates to showcase in Paris. In December 2015, Einer was named as ‘One to Watch’ by the British Fashion Council NewGen committee. Stockists of the brand include Saks in America and Super in Milan.

Showing: September 18

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Paula Knorr

Hailing from Frankfurt, Germany, Paula Knorr is a graduate from the Royal College of Art with an MA and now lives and works in London. This season, Knorr is the latest member of the NewGen squad, joining the likes of Molly Goddard and Ryan Lo, and her spring/summer 2017 presentation will mark her London Fashion Week debut. Knorr isn’t fazed by the big stage, the German designer was the winner of the prestigious International Talent Support Fashion Award in 2015, impressing the judges with her contemporary glamorous aesthetic.

Showing: September 17

Caitlin Price

South London native Caitlin Price graduated from Central Saint Martins MA fashion womenswear course in 2013, where she was awarded the Armani Scholarship under the late Professor Louise Wilson. After graduating, Price worked at Christopher Shannon for three years, where she was promoted to womenswear designer for spring/summer 2015, before presenting her eponymous label’s autumn/winter 2015 collection with Fashion East. Earlier this year the designer, known for her sports-lux fusion with eveningwear, was shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the prestigious LVMH prize for young fashion designers in Paris. Stockists include Selfridges and Machine A in London.

Showing: September 17


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Marta Jakubowski

Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Marta Jabukowski graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2014 with an MA and has worked at Hussein Chalayan, Alexander Wang, Jonathan Saunders and Bruno Pieter before setting up her own label. The London-based designer is part of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme and has been exciting the fashion scene with her minimalist draped aesthetic. Stockists include Machine A in London, Opening Ceremony, and Fame Glory in Hong Kong.

Showing: September 16

SS17 Presentation Friday, 16th September, ICA #NEWGEN sponsored by @Topshop

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Image: Alice Archer AW16

The international Fashion Week season for women's ready-to-wear kicks off in the month of September, with all eyes set on New York, Paris, London and Milan for next seasons latest trends. For all the women's wear catwalk season must reads, click here.

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