Alex Hughes is a London based designers who attended Cleveland college and completed her studies in Art & Design. Her collection reflects simplistic designs and really defines the term ‘Minimalism’ with block white ready-to-wear dresses.
London based sisters Tess & Libby Collins present ‘Cecily’
‘Cecilia’ is a name that has run throughout generations of the female side of our family. The name derives from Saint Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music. Although beautiful, with four syllables, its slightly long winded so we shortened it to ‘Cecily’. This name portrays for us, the strength and support shown by our family, and helps us to reach our potential every day and to be the best that we can be.
T: Moving to New Zealand at the age of 20 was a daunting, yet exciting opportunity and it was there that I began my journey in fashion as an accessories buyer for a high street fashion house. Having developed a number of the necessary skills and gained a breadth of knowledge, I made the decision 3 years later to move back to London to continue my career within the jewellery market, working for a jewellery wholesale company as their gold buyer and product developer. Being a self-taught designer, and buyer, my journey has been about believing in myself and following and trusting my creative mind. That takes me to where I am today.
L: I studied BA Fashion Promotion at The London College of Fashion, and graduated with a specialism in Public Relations. I gained a wealth of experience and knowledge over the duration of my degree by working in a number of the UK’s leading fashion houses, which provided me with a strong rounded vision of the market. Having always had a passionate affair with art, and a strong sense of creativity, I now have a degree in communication that aids in illustrating Cecily’s vision.
Kirin Atwal is a British-born London based Womenswear and Accessories designer with a rich family heritage from Dubai. She studied in London and graduated with a degree in Fashion and Textiles from Middlesex University’s fashion department.
The inspiration behind Kirin’s collection is Dubai and the Arab culture. Middle East is where her inspiration started. The purity of the religion and culture is represented in the whites in her garments. The bold checks represent this western city. It’s a contrast which works fantastically well together in her elegant designs.
Each look is completed with an over-sized handbag/travel bag. Kirin creates unique handmade luxury over-sized handbags/travel bags in leather and 100% cashmere or silks. They make a big statement that reflects the combination of wealth and culture.
Kirin says, “I think all my outfits are very clean, and simple. I think that is my signature, it’s classic.”
Sarah Shields is a Womenswear Fashion designer, recently graduated from the Birmingham City University in Fashion Design. Her collection includes some of the finest handmade jumpers and heavily embellished ready to wear garments for any occasion
Sinead Thorpe is a Womenswear designer based in London, recently graduated from Middlesex University. She is influenced by digital culture, aesthetics surrounding technology, and the development of evolution.
Soumia has gained exposure and experience within the fashion industry since entering the world of fashion in 2010 working with Hermoine De Paula, J Model Management and styling with Nicole Freeman for Fiasco Magazine.
It was Soumia Ghouini’s passion for material culture and travel that inspired her to become a designer. Today, the graduate’s energetic prints and soft femininity creations are what make the brand unique to the eye.