Yesterday I attended the Lewis & Leigh SS/14 Press Day which showcased nine wonderful collections by some of Londons up-rising magnificent talents. On show where collections from Anna Byers, Casandra Verity Green, Christian Cowan Sanluis, Claudia Ligari, It's not me it's you, Jessie Harris, Louise McKay and Sadie Clayton.
The event not only had to offer the striking collections built on some very interesting backgrounds and strong foundations of inspiration but It was wonderful having to meet the designers themselves and listen to them unravel their stories and the themes that formed the structure of their designs. In-between, there was of-course nibbles and refreshments and some great entertainment from the likes of Zoe Kypri, Carla Jaye, Martyna Baker, Delica Elliot and Lydia Oh.
I particularly loved the collections by Anna Byers, Christian Cowan Sanluis, Jessica Harris and It's Not Me It's You. (See below for pictures)
Anna Byers Jewellery caught my attention because of its clean line and geometric shapes. Her work is inspired by Middle Eastern architecture and features bold pieces and geometric patterns wiuth a contemporary twist. The cuffs were my absolute favorites along with the statement rings and necklaces. She also showcased some other very interesting pieces that were very mechanical with overlapping shapes that could be move around to transform the jewellery piece into something different - they almost looked like something out of the insides of a watch, very technical but yet beautiful and classic. With techniques such as laser-cutting and photo-etching, Anna's collection features silver, perspex, 22 corat gold-plating, stainless steel, black ruthenium-plating and semi-precious stone. See the rest of her collection via the link below:
Jessie Harris was another jewellery brand I loved on featuring graphic lines in her collection with heavy elemental components. I was a very strong a timeless collection I felt with a balance on heavy and fine jewellery in Silver and Gold. What I liked was that these were staple pieces that a girl could literally buy and wear forever and they would still be relevant years down the line and there was definitely something for everyone amougst her range. See more via >>
CHRISTIAN COWAN SANLUIS
Christian Cowan-Sanluis's collection featured some very fun and intuitive pieces and others with interesting texture, details and eccentric use of scandalous words presenting a playful but yet humorous and light-hearted approach to fashion including the use of some of his signature plastic props. Although his collection is still much of a work in progress as the designer continues to study at the London College of Fashion, it was a very thought provoking collection that left me intrigued and curious as to how much more he is willing to push the boundaries in his craft of producing fashion that makes statements so literally.
IT'S NOT ME IT'S YOU
I thoroughly enjoyed the creations by IT'S NOT ME IT'S YOU who are an East London based leather goods brand. Their stuff is quite fun, quirky and humorous with some super cool slogans written on them. Statements that people often use and things that people normally think but wouldn't ordinarilly say out loud. Absolutely loved it and their phone cases are to die for. My favourite slogans where the 'You can't sit with us', The 'Douche Bag' on a bag & 'Save me from my reality'.