On|Off September 2007: Designers - Catwalk

On|Off Presents...

Hannah Marshall
Richard Sorger
Rizvi Millinery
Steph Aman

For the first time ever at On|Off selected exhibition designers will have the chance to show their latest collections in a collaborative show set to take place in the gallery catwalk arena. 

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Aimee McWilliams

Aimee McWilliams is a contemporary luxury brand. She is considered one of the UK’s most successful rising designers. With a flawless history of awards and recognition for her innovative approach, she is fast becoming one of the most sought after high end ready to wear designers of today. The collections are associated with both exquisite finishing and a unique approach to cutting. There is a subtle flamboyance in her style that creates a wearable and sellable product, yet she has managed to maintain a reputable name as an avante-garde designer with an air of eccentricity. On graduation from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, McWilliams was the winner of the L’Oreal Total Look award for the best collection, numerous job opportunities began to flood in from some of the industries biggest names, such as Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano and Gianfranco Ferre and has recently been nominated for Scottish Designer of the year. McWilliams believes so intrinsically in her approach to design that she describes it as a philosophy. Her style is unmistakable. There is a signature that runs throughout every collection that is becoming ever more recognisable as an Aimee McWilliams cut. Such a directional approach to design translates to many more sectors other than womenswear collections alone.

Press & Sales
Renny Scorey: renny@scorey.net | 0207 209 0122


Afshin Feiz

Paris-based British designer Afshin Feiz attended Studio Bercot School and went on to get experience at Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Nina Ricci until he launched his eponymous label in 2004 with business partner Thierry Gillet. His flirtatious diaphanous dresses and blouses are mixed with perfectly cut tailoring that creates chemistry between the masculine and feminine that focuses on the latter. Though never literal in his interpretations, his collections always tell a story, whether investigating love through Persian poet Rumi, or investigating the idea of light versus dark through a look at Aztec mythology as is the case for his new collection. Music world collaborations have come in the form of his catalogue being shot by friend Bryan Adams, his show invitation being designed by Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs or The Brand New Heavies performing live at his show. Feiz has been showing on schedule for several seasons at New York Fashion week and debuts back home at London Fashion Week this September 2007 at On|Off. He has dressed everyone from Katie Holmes to Elizabeth Hurley to Paris Hilton and his clothes are carried across the globe.

Blow PR: info@blow.co.uk | 020 7436 9449

Daniela Miraglia: daniela@rockitfashions.co.uk
+ 33(0)142785020


Allegra Hicks

Allegra Hicks is the designer and face behind the eponymous luxury lifestyle brand that is now recognised around the world for its beautiful textiles and prints. After having established her name in the world of interiors, Allegra, who had already been nominated among the 10 best dressed women in the world for her unique sense of style, moved into fashion design.  In 1998, she launched her first range of Kaftans and fashion accessories and soon became known as the ‘Queen of Kaftans’. Today Allegra Hicks designs 2 women’s ready-to wear and a cruise collection per year as well as a home collection and an interior collection of fabrics, rugs and wall papers. Allegra uses a unique print vocabulary and applies this to all her collections: fashion, home and interior. Her style can be described as timelessly elegant, sophisticated, organic, and eclectic, often with a vintage feel.

The showroom is located at 28 Cadogan Place, London, SW1X 9RX; by appointment only.

Maddy Platt: maddy@finchandpartners.com | 020 7851 7151

Tatiana Weinig: Tatiana@allegrahicks.com | 020 7235 33 22


Deryck Walker

Deryck launches his debut women’s collection taking inspiration from 40’s tailoring and 50’s youth culture, with futuristic elements and an understated glamour. Developing his signature Origami inspired pieces, Deryck creates a fashion statement with longevity to the highest standard. The range will include a total of 18 looks including 4 menswear looks, incorporating new bold silhouettes cleverly balancing a feminine masculinity.

The collection is entitled ‘Information’ where Deryck draws on what he has learnt, in addition to continuing his narration on fantasy characters and fashion portrayed in his previous menswear ranges named; Wizards, Wizard versus Machines, Oracle and CB (Couture Boy). Mixing lightweight suiting fabrics, crisp cottons, and high lights of leather with John Smedley Knitwear in a palette of powder blues, whites and black, the look is clean and graphic. Deryck is working with the up and coming milliner Justin Smith, tipped to be the next Stephen Jones, to work on headwear to compliment and inspire the collection

Amy Travis: amytravis@yellow-door.com  | 0207 580 0707

Anthony Kendal: anthonykendal@yellow-door.com | 0207 580 0707


Jacob Kimmie

Jacob Kimmie returns to On|Off Spring Summer 08 showing for the first time under the Jacob Kimmie label. Born in South Africa, Jacob's collections are deeply personal, private and obscure and contain ambiguous references. The label is distinctly British and manufactured in the United Kingdom; the look, seriously sexy directional neo-British style.

"I'm driven by anger and injustice. I think it's why I push my work to embody an ideal of absolute, perfect and eternal beauty-like an antidote. It's the only truth to which we can aspire."

pr@furorepr.com | 0 8708 796 796

Andrea Watson: sales@jacobkimmie.com | 0121 270 6053


Mac Millan

Mac Millan was founded by designer Jane McMillan who wanted to carve a niche in the fashion universe with her unique vision of colour and texture. Jane was born on the South West coast of Scotland, which has been a major source of inspiration for her print designs.  She moved to London to study womenswear at The London College of Fashion winning many awards for design.

Jane further enhanced her skills at Ally Capellino and Bella Freud, worked with fashion legend Ossie Clarke and as a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins College.  Rather than work at international fashion house Jill Sander, Jane launched her first collection of fluid silk dresses and since 2004 has been showing on the official schedule at New York Fashion Week.

Samantha Robertson: pr@mac-millan.com | 0207 731 8622 

Jane McMillan: jane@mac-millan.com | 0207 731 8622 



Known for radiant dresses, Penkov stands for a clean, contemporary look resulting in casual jet 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. Bernadett Penkov was born in Budapest/Hungary and moved to Germany aged 4. She studied Economics and Psychology in Düsseldorf, before studying fashion design and pattern making at ESMOD, Berlin. Penkov won twice the Moet & Chandon Fashion Debut and showcased her work, together with Chanel and Lacroix as many other top designers, at the Blythe dolls exhibition in the Galleries Lafayette in Berlin.

+49 179 704 3019 | natasha.binar@nomadagency.biz

+49 30  46 30 90 47 | contact@penkovberlin.com


Peter Pilotto

Born in Austria in 1977, Peter Pilotto studied at Antwerp’s Royal Academy (2000-2004). He window dressed for Vivienne Westwood and has studied art and fashion in London for 3 years. Poetic yet highly energetic, Pilotto’s vision on womenswear embraces both the avant-garde and classic perspectives on elegance.

His first video installation, presenting his graduation collection was exhibited at the Window Gallery of Watler Van Beirendonck in Antwerp, December 2004 and subsequently the installation travelled to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Peter Pilotto has featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Elle, Dazed, i-D, Drapers, Self Service, Gap Press, Nylon, and on Vogue.com to name a few.  In 2004, Peter won the Maria Luisa Award

info@blow.co.uk | 020 7436 9449

Christopher De Vos: contact@peterpilotto.com | 07794192343



Petra established itself in London in 2005 in a considered move to spearhead a fresher idea of Italian fashion. With strong links to internationally respected Italian fabric and manufacturing companies, combined with intelligent design these are the foundations of what makes Petra unique. A London edge with Italian standards of production. For its Autumn/Winter ’07 debut catwalk collection Paola Vitali Managing Director of Petra announced the appointment of renowned Designer Marcus Constable and Creative Director Grace Woodward. The team focus on the needs of a contemporary metropolitan woman, creating wearable, sexy clothes with tailoring, day pieces and evening wear.

press@petralondon.com  | 0207 823 2011

Yasmin Dexter: sales@petralondon.com | 0207 823 2011



Reem previously sold top of the range vintage clothing 13 years ago in Notting Hill. Her stall is at Portobello road market, on the junction of Acklam road. During this time she would practice her flair for displaying classic pieces restyled thus widening the appeal of the garment to more than just collectors of vintage fashion. Due to her desire for creation, Reem is renowned for her wildly eclectic style. This, combined with a growing underground reputation. It was only a matter of time before several British designers would introduce themselves to her, with the intention of establishing a working relationship. The likes of John Richmond, Robert Carey Williams, and Stella McCartney, have all courted her services & this has led to highly successful collaborations.

“My fascination for clothes started when I was a teenager. I was offered a place at St Martins School of art, in London, but instead I opted to teach myself to pattern cut and sew by unpicking damaged vintage pieces apart and sewing them back together again. In time, I would start to sell my own customised vintage pieces on my stall. Eventually designers started to take a keen interest in my work. I was approached by John Richmond to style his show in Milan, An offer I did not refuse!” Reem Alasadi

Press & Sales
nao@greenhousepr.com | 077 4845 3151



Carlotta Gherzi and co-designer Evan Del Franco are one of the new breed of London fashion designer labels. This year SADO’  launch their spring/summer 2008 collection-inspired by two great creative women of twentieth century, Pamela Morrison, the late great 1970's Doors lead signer Jim Morrison's wife and 1920's painter Tamara Lempicka that mixes fashion, art and music.

The collection is pure female indulgence, with streamline silhouettes that have been created to flatter a women’s body, in bright seductive prints on silk chiffon, satin and jersey, most garments are cut on the bias to caress the female form. SADO’ label, which literary translated means, "keep working and protecting what you are working for”.

sado_pr@sadofashion.com  | 0207 039 0189



Sinha Stanic

Croatian-born Aleksandar Stanic and British-born Fiona Sinha met while studying at Central St Martin’s and formed their company in 2004. They were highly acclaimed runners up in the first Fashion Fringe initiative and were immediately signed by the prestigious luxury Italian group Aeffe for a four year contract for sales, production and distribution. Their stockist line-up is growing gratifyingly fast. Their clothes are beautifully cut with an easy sophistication that is entirely modern and relaxed.  This season their main collection will be based on longer, looser, draped silhouettes with an almost ‘grungey’ look. They are also launching a new collection of jersey dresses called‘Sinha-Stanic Stretch’ at much lower price points that will be available three times a year.

Narmin Mohammadi: narminm@moduspublicity.com | 020 7331 1436

sales@easternblock.co.uk | 0207 435 2727



Designer Julian Smith, M.A Royal College of Art, spent seven seasons in the studio of Roland Mouret learning the finer points of cutting and draping fabrics. With partner and sometime muse Mia Spence, Julian now creates fully handsewn bespoke dresses from unique and rare fabrics, some woven exclusively for the label.

smithspence will be showing its first full collection during On|Off. Items are made to order. Collection is available for viewing by appointment.

0207 493 9600

Mia Spence: 0207 235 7575 | 0 7920 115 670


Spijkers and Spijkers

Sharp, bold and functional – SpijkersenSpijkers have built an instantly recognisable and desirable signature style, one.

SpijkersenSpijkers is female design knowledge squared. Twin sisters Truus and Riet set up the company after graduating and 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. The mix of soft materials with hard lines comes from an historical fascination with the 1920’s. Their design principal, ‚form follows function‘, is partial to art deco and modernistic influence of this period "Style Moderne“. 

Nathan Morse: 020 74047388 | Nathan@iroquois.co.uk

Ema Platisa: 020 74352727 | sales@easternblock.co.uk


SteveJ & YoniP

Steve J & Yoni P, the union of designers, Steve Jung & Yoni Pai (graduates of Central St Martins and London College of Fashion), first launched their collections two seasons ago.
On the 15th of Feb 2007,their debut catwalk show was launched at LFW with On/Off. Presenting a collection of men’s and women’s wear, their spectacular show had great variety and fresh looks, showing diversity and flair in their designs which wowed the audience - an impressive turnout of national and international buyers and press. As a duo, they comprise of an exclusive designer label epitomising beautiful chaos of traditionally tailored items and quirky detail.

info@blow.co.uk | 020 7436 9449

Rebacca Le Moigan: sales@stevejandyonip.com | 020 7502 8450