On|Off September 2008

 

Catwalk Designers

 

Afshin Feiz

Paris-based British designer Afshin Feiz has experience at Thierry Mugler, Nina Ricci, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix. He started his eponymous label  4 years ago with business partner Thierry Gillet. This will be the brand’s second outing at ON/OFF at London Fashion Week, following a couple of years of showing at New York Fashion Week.

Feiz’s aesthetic adheres to a feminine woman who loves detail and is resolutely steadfast in her desire for top quality fabrics and manufacturing. Though Feiz pushes the feminine message as much as he can, his woman is not overtly girly but has an underlying cool. For Winter 2008, gone are the super airy pastel colours and fabrics and replaced with a stronger, darker look. The customer remains the same but she feels tougher and is in need of something new and different to Spring. Silhouettes are nevertheless reminiscent of last season but with heavier wools and darker colours, brightened up with occasional splashes of bright coloured satins and metallics. Feiz has dressed everyone from Elizabeth Hurley to Diane Kruger to Katie Holmes.

PARIS
February 25th – 2nd March
 
Hotel Fouquets
SUITE #302, 46 Ave Georges V
75008 Paris
Room phone number: + 33 (0)1 40  69 61
Permanent number : + 33 (0)1 42 76 93 45 (Afshin Feiz Studio)
 
NEW YORK
RIOT Showroom, New York  521 Broadway #4  (corner of Spring St.)   New York, NY 10012
T: 212-334-2143   F: 212-966-5688  C: 310-729-9417 
vanessa@riotshowroom.com  or matt@riotshowroom.com
www.riotshowroom.com
Contact : Matt Aicklen or Vanessa Vazart
 
MILAN
Modern Showroom
Galleria del Corso, 4
20122 - Milan, Italy
Phone : +39 02 76 00 81 94
Fax : +39 02 76 00 81 91
E-mail : sales@modernshowroom.com

www.afshinfeiz.com

Bernard Chandran

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia designer Bernard Chandran graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the Paris American Academy and at L’Union Des Chambers Syndicales Parisiennes, Paris. His talent was immediately recognized and even had the exceptional accolade of being the first non-European to win the coveted Silk Cut Young Designers Award and the Open European Contest for Look of the Year 2000 in 1991.

Bernard Chandran trained in Paris, his distinctive style marries the rich cultural heritage of his native Malaysia with more modern and contemporary designs. He was the first designer to revolutionize the traditional Malay ‘Kebayas’ and ‘Kurungs’, turning them into modern, wearable pieces.

After making his mark at home, in January 2004 he opened his first store in Europe located in London, Knightsbridge. In 2006, the designer decided to launch his first Ready-to-Wear collection, Autumn/Winter 2006 at London Fashion Week.  Now with four seasons at LFW behind him, his line is now marketed throughout Europe, Dubai and the Far East.  The designer continues to use Kuala Lumpur as his base to establish and further market the trademark and label of ‘Bernard Chandran’ internationally.

Press Contact
Richard@browerlewispr.com
0207 259 1559

www.bernardchandran.com

Bėrubė

Autumn/Winter 08/09 will mark bérubé’s seventh season showing on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. The label is based at their showroom in East London, which is open by appointment for bespoke commissions. bérubé is proud to also operate its own online boutique (www.berubeboutique.com) where all collections are available to the public. 
Both the Autumn/Winter 07 and Spring/Summer 08 collections have been featured by some of the world’s leading publications, with pieces appearing simultaneously in Vogue UK, Vogue India and on the cover of the Australian edition. bérubé also featured on supermodel Sophie Dahl for a later UK Vogue edition and other items have appeared recently in Tatler, The Guardian, Elle and Tank among others.

Press contact: Rae Jones
T: 0207 729 3147 or 07970 02 66 55
E: rae@berube.co.uk

Sales Contacts:

t: + 44 (0) 2077293147
Email: info@berube.co.uk

www.berube.co.uk

Christoforos Kotentos

Christoforos Kotentos began his career in 1996, presenting ten haute couture creations in an Athenian gallery that show cases the world’s greatest artists. Among them, a dress made of Swarovski crystals using a complex technique resulting in a fluidity that is breathtaking.   A few years later, his own label was created, coveted by some of the worlds most beautiful women including: Cameron Diaz, Patricia Field and Anna Vissi. He is already the darling of Athens Fashion week and has just presented his first London Fashion Week show in September with rave reviews. He is now making his mark on the international fashion circuit.  

Christoforos Kotentos’ work is a celebration of femininity and fantasy informed by his vision of a dynamic future and of a past that is the source of his creativity.

Press and Sales Contacts:
L2L LTD.
info@l2lglobal.com
LUCIANA RYDER – 07930 340 324
LARA SIDAWI – 07802 258 240

www.christoforoskotentos.com

Deryck Walker

Spring / Summer 2008, is an exciting season to start a strong collaboration between Cotton USA and Deryck Walker. 

Born in Scotland, Deryck studied fashion and textiles in Glasgow.  On moving to London, Deryck gained invaluable experience working with the design duo Boudicca, as the assistant to Robert Cary Williams, followed by a year spent in Milan within the design collective of Versace. 
In 2004 Deryck Walker moved back to London with the focus on launching his own label, which successfully debuted in Autumn Winter 2005 as an exclusive line of menswear for Dover street Market and has since showed at Topman's man show during London Fashion Week in Spring/Summer 2007 and Autumn Winter 2007.

Having gained recognition of his creative talent, Deryck Walker has received numerous collaboration offers since his labels launch including involvement with Topman's  'TheWhiteShirt' project and art installations for the famous guerilla restaurant. 'The Reindeer' run by east End's famous Bistroteque

The collection will draw on inspiration from 40's tailoring and 50's youth culture, with futuristic elements and an understated glamour. Developing his signature origami inspired pieces. Deryck will create a fashion statement with longevity to the highest standard.

Press Contact:
amytravis@yellow-door.com

Sales Contact:
sales@deryckwalker.com
Tel: 0207 580 0707

www.deryckwalker.com

Jasper Conran

As one of the UK’s leading fashion designers with a successful career spanning over 20 years, Jasper Conran is known as an authority on British style and tailoring. His signature aesthetic mixes classic British elegance with a cheeky irreverent attitude that has been applied across designs for menswear, womenswear, fragrance, furniture and homeware.

Educated at Bryanston and Parson School of Art & Design in New York, Jasper Conran’s first collection was designed for Henri Bendel New York. In 1979, aged just 19, Jasper Conran designed his first collection under his own name. The following year he was elected to the London Designer collections. With two Fil d'Or International Linen awards in 1982 and 1983 and by now an internationally established label, Jasper Conran was awarded British Designer of the Year in 1986 and the Fashion Group of America award the following year.

 It was his association with the Debenhams store group and his exclusive J Line womenswear collection. Today that association has expanded to include jeans, accessories & hosiery, homeware, bridalwear, childrenswear, lingerie and most recently, menswear.

The Jasper Conran flagship store opened in February 2005 in a four-story Georgian home in London’s Mayfair. The store features all the Jasper Conran high-end collections – along with an exclusive made-to-order furniture line – under one roof.

Press Contact:
David Mills
Tel: 020 7384 0800
Email: info@jasperconran.com

www.jasperconran.com

JSmith Esquire

Justin Smith (b. Exeter, 1978) worked for five years at Toni & Guy working his way to Creative Director. (1998-2002)  In 2000 he moved on to establish his own highly successful, exclusive hairdressing salon in central London known as And People Like Us.

Justin began designing and making hats in 2000 while undertaking part-time millinery training. In 2005 he earned a distinction on the HNC Millinery course at Kensington and Chelsea College and in June 2007, completed a two-year MA in Millinery from London's Royal College of Art, at which his graduation show earned much critical attention.

Since graduating, Justin has been awarded the iD styling award and the Maria Louisa award at ITS6.

Justin has recently won New Generation sponsorship from the British Fashion Council to present his first collection at London Fashion Week. The show for this collection will be held at On|Off by arrangement with The Royal Academy Of Arts, February 12th 2008.

Louise Amstrup

Danish born Louise Amstrup spent part of her childhood living in Germany and later returned to Duesseldorf to complete her studies. In 2003 she graduated from Akadamie Modedesign, where she was awarded the “Graduate Talent” prize. She now lives in London.

Louise has worked with various designers including Alexander Mcqueen, Jonathan Saunders, Alistair Carr and Sofia Kokosalaki  . However, with the growing interest and demand for her work, Louise decided it was time to take on a new challenge. She successfully launched her self- titled debut collection “Louise Amstrup” in 2006 and following a phenomenal response, is proud to announce the launch of her fourth collection.
With an aim to dress women in contemporary garments and promote individuality, Louise Amstrup creates a powerful, feminine collection with a soul to suit the female shape. Her culturally mixed background is reflected in her designs: a hint of the strict and constructed meets soft and surreal, but always with a slightly ironic stitching. “ I don’t like it when designs or creativity seem forced, I believe that my clothes rest in their own creative personality and radiate a natural soul- a piece of my imagination”.

Garments are made from delicate silks and soft chiffons mixed with exclusive wools and cottons.

Press enquiries:
Sarah Sullivan at Cube
T:+44 (0)20 7242 5483
F: +44 (0)20 7242 5454
E: ssullivan@cubecompany.com

Sales enquiries:
Modehuslondon
Kistine Petersen & Claire Smith
F:+44 (0) 77 7176 3080
E: info@modehuslondon.com

www.louise-amstrup.com

On|Off presents.

Delphine Wilson, Steph Aman, Richard Sorger, Rizvi Millinery, Vidler & Nixon, Yuchi

Penkov

Known for radiant dresses, Penkov stands for a clean, contemporary look resulting in casual yet luxurious elegance. Her collections are inspired by classic style, but produced with a great sense of modernity. Masculinity and femininity are playfully combined, and one becomes another when wearing several pieces. Bernadett Penkov chooses the finest fabrics – cashmere and silk.

“I create clean and sophisticated fashion with a statement and attention to detail” says Penkov describing the essentials of her designs. With colour harmony and strong silhouettes, Penkov  pieces are fun to wear and to look at.

A woman wearing Penkov should be above all: feeling strong by wearing her clothes, but never lose the lighness of being.

Press Contact:
Natasha Binar
Tel: +49 179 704 3019
Email: natasha.binar@nomadagency.biz

Show contact:
info@blow.co.uk

 
Sales Contact:
Virginia Roffino
Tel: +49 30 46309047
virginia@penkovberlin.com

www.penkovberlin.de

Sado

Having completed a BA in Fashion Design & Fashion Marketing at the American University in London, Carlotta Gherzi began test running her designs under her own name at the Alternative Fashion Week in London 2001. The success of this show proved there was a market for her creative talent.

However, after reflecting on the show, Carlotta felt there was a need to broaden her customer base, so enlisted another designer - Evan Del Franco. Evan had studied at London College of Fashion and together they have forged a harmonious working relationship. Rolling out a capsule men’s collection, in tandem with the women’s wear offer they pushed forward the then registered Sado’ label – winning the Cancer Research Young Fashion Designer of the Year Award.
 
In 2004, Sado decided to enter a growing prosperous market- the Russian arena, one that Carlotta understood very well, having lived her formative years in Russia.  The instincts proved correct and Sado’ sold three consecutive collections in the finest silk, wool, cashmere, suede, to some of the best retail outlets in Russia.

To follow up this year and extend their company profile and sales in the UK and European market, Sado will be showcasing their work on international fashion treadmill, by having a static and runway fashion show of their 2008 spring/summer in September 2007 at On|Off.

Press & Sales Contacts:
Valentina Cangiano
07704764805
valentina@sadofashion.com

Sado' Fashion House
162-168 Regent Street, 327 Linen Hall
London W1B 5TB

Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 207 039 0189
Mobile:  +44 (0) 780 151 2060
e-mail: sado@sadofashion.com

www.sadofashion.com

Sinha-Stanic

Half Indian, half British Fiona Sinha, was born in Aberdeen in 1979, and raised in Newcastle. Aleksandar Stanic was born in Croatia in 1979, and moved to Hamburg, Germany in 1990. In 1998, both moved to London to begin a foundation course at Central St Martins.

Working on their first project together, Fiona and Aleksandar connected immediately and have been a couple ever since. Both remaining at St Martins, and finishing their degrees in 2002, Fiona began the Womanswear MA at St Martins, while Aleksandar worked freelance as a print designer.

Teaming up in 2004, Fiona and Aleksandar entered the Fashion Fringe competition, which was searching for a new generation of designers. As one of the four finalists, Fiona and Aleksandar created their first collection together, which was shown at London Fashion Week as part of Fashion Fringe. This signalled the beginning of a new label: SINHA—STANIC. Soon after the show, they signed with AEFFE, the prestigious Italian luxury goods company.

Resolutely modern, eminently wearable yet easily accessible, SINHA-STANIC STRETCH is a new departure for them both. Comprising of over 100 pieces, from the simplest accessories to fully- fledged tailored pieces, this jersey based collection runs the gamut from sheer stretch net to heavy duty felted knits.

Press Contact:
Rachael@9pr.com
+33 1 4923 79 79

Sales Contact:
+44 (0) 20735 20002
maria@rainbowwave.com

www.sinhastanic.com

Spjikers en Spijkers

Sharp, bold and functional – Spijkers en Spijkers have since the label’s foundation in 2000 built an instantly recognizable and desirable style. While rebelling against stereotypical ideas of femininity. Spijkers en Spijkers speak to confident, active and modern women who rewrite the rules about their sex.

After all, Spijkers en Spijkers is female design knowledge squared. Twin sisters Truus and Riet set up the company after having graduated from the College of the Arts in Arnhem and completed an M.A at the Fashion Institute Arnhem. While still in college the girls separately won prizes: the Body Fashion Design Award and the Contec Design Award. The winning streak continued when their debut collaboration was honored with the Robijn Fashion Award.

The twins complement each other’s talents perfectly: Truus is the painter, she thinks in style and colours, while Riet is the sculptor, turning their mutual ideas into three-dimensional pieces. Citing Schiaparelli and Vionnet as their respective heroines, the pair utilizes their individuality for their common vision. They like to work with strong and clear geometrical forms, and use them to create coupe and to emphasize the female body. This way they can show the female forms in a strong and independent way.

Spijkers en Spijkers have shown in London for several seasons now and are continuing to build an international following in press and retail. Their work has been featured internationally in a wide range top-tier publications.

Press Contacts:
Nathan Morse
nathan@iroquois.co.uk
+44 (0) 207 404 7388

Sales Contacts:
sales@easternblock.co.uk

+44 207 435 2727

1e Wijkstraat 7
6828 EA Arnhem 
The Netherlands
T: +31 263892930
F: +31 263517426 

www.spijkersenspijkers.com

White Suede

Designer, Jacqui Demkiw (from Melbourne Australia) creates beautiful clothing featuring exquisite finishes and focusing on detailing, whilst combining her love of Australia with her Ukrainian heritage.  The collections are inspired from her eclectic vintage pieces, childhood dreams and romantic images.  Each collection a piece of artwork from her scrapbook and every piece loved.

This White Suede Winter 08 collection is complex and full of contradictions between soft silhouettes and more hard edge designs featuring leather and hand sewn finishes.  Billowing silk blouses are combined with 1920s shifts and high rise trousers.  The feel is strong and feminine with corset styled dresses featuring boning and high waist lines complete with sunray pleats.  The style is fluid yet still strong and bold.

White Suede is steadily gaining an international reputation and is stocked by some of the world’s leading boutiques in London, New York, LA, Copenhagen and, of course, in Australia.

Sales Contacts:
alex@claretshowroom.co.uk
 Telephone + 44 (0)20 7590 9797
 Mobile + 44 (0)7887 542 143

Press Contacts:
annabelle@goodleypr.co.uk
 Telephone + 44 (0)20 7493 9600
www.whitesuede.com

Wildlife Works

Wildlife Works UK has just launched in the UK with a distinct mission to provide substance alongside style. Through the production of beautifully made, high quality, organic & fair trade compatible apparel on its 80,000 acre eco-sanctuary in Kenya, Wildlife Works UK will set a new standard in the British fashion world.

Wildlife Works UK serves both people and animals. Wildlife Works was set up originally as a wildlife sanctuary to prevent the loss of important, rare and valuable species. “Clothing was not originally part of our plan“ says founder Mike Korchinsky. ”THOUGH The sanctuary was started purely to stop poaching - we look afTer 47 mamamals and 5 endangered species - it taught us the value of providing a sustainable income to the local community and engaging them in the process”. This was the catalyst for Wildlife Works, which is a 100% organic clothing brand.

Wildlifeworks is now in its 3rd season and is about to launch Menswear within the main Womenswear catwalk show at On|Off in February.

www.wildlifeworks.co.uk