DESIGNER // MENGYI AUDREY HU
CITY // JIANGSU PROVINCE, CHINA
Mengyi Audrey Hu, a London Shoreditch-based designer hailing from China, is a 2011 graduate of London College of Fashion. Hu’s design aesthetic tends toward eccentric, yet wearable garments inspired by her love of fabric manipulation, old craft and traditional techniques. As a fashion designer, Hu believes design is not only about creating flawless objects for adornment; it should also be a medium to express a designer’s philosophy and worldview. She strives for novelty, daring and nonconformist designs by combining her special use of fabrics and exaggerated minimal silhouettes.
Hu’s “Crossroad Blues” collection, shown here, was inspired by the designer’s interest in exploring and excavations. In her words, the collection is “small trades workwear meets the ritual adornment of West African Masquerade.”
DESIGNER // DANIEL SILVERSTAIN
CITY // RA’ANANA, ISRAEL
Daniel Silverstain is a New York City-based Israeli designer studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His design is richly inspired by his taste for pure shapes and full colors. Fascinated by architecture and industrial design, Silverstain’s creations aim for innovation, essentiality and futurism. He explores textiles and natural forms in an era of high technology and industrialism, and uses both in a range of simplified shapes that complement the female body and give it a sophisticated, comfortable look.
For his A.WHACK.N.BLITE collection, shown here, Silverstain was inspired by the foundation of the Bauhaus and Piet Mondrian, giving a wink to the ‘60s. Always anchored in Silverstain’s architectural/industrial tastes, this collection plays up the structural aesthetic associated with futuristic simplicity.
DESIGNER // POLA THOMSON
CITY // NEW YORK CITY, NY
Pola Thomson is a Chilean-born New York-based designer. A graduate of the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile with a BA in design, Thomson also participated in postgraduate courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and Parsons The New School of Design in New York. Thomson has been a fashion pioneer in Latin America, launching two important design labels in Santiago, and working as a freelance contributing editor and stylist for several magazines. In 2008, she won a Gama Cut Award as “Best Fashion Stylist” of the year. She launched her womenswear and accessories collection in 2010, and has since received several honors and awards for her work.
Thomson’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection, shown here, is inspired by the theological concepts of sacrifice and holiness, taking its color palette from the many Chilean parades and festivities devoted to commemorating the divine. The collection pays specific homage to the Cuasimodos, who ride their horses in a procession throughout the city, while maintaining the purist aesthetic for which the Pola Thomson line is known.
DESIGNER // PINPANEE ISRANGKUN
CITY // BANGKOK, THAILAND
Pinpanee Israngkun, a London-based designer, is a recent graduate of London’s Istituto Marangoni. As a designer, Israngkun employs her artistic background in her womenswear creations, experimenting with different fabrics and materials, exploiting composition, and stripping materials back to reveal their crude and raw textures. Heavy on draping, the final products appear weightless, like water floating on air.
Israngkun’s graduate collection, shown here, is based on the calm that appears after a destructive storm. A saturated palette works with the rawness of tattered native Thai silk, giving the collection a haunting, destructive calm. The garments are lifted by floating drapes, achieved through Israngkun’s signature use of wire, allowing one-of-a-kind customization of each piece.
DESIGNER // AVNAH
CITY // ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Avnah Davis-Long, born in Dimona, Israel, is a self-taught Atlanta-based designer and master cosmetologist. Growing up with an innate eye for fashion, Avnah was introduced to the true artistry of fashion design by her mother, who taught her to crochet at a very young age. Utilizing that skill, Avnah launched a crochet swim and clothing line in 2002 and gained widespread recognition. Her distinctive style and techniques, featuring structured cuts, diverse patterns and creative design, are meant to be universally flattering and confidence-inspiring. Many collections have donned pieces from the AVNAH collection, and it has appeared in numerous magazine spreads, including Vogue Italia.
The Sheard Vinyl Collection, shown here, is the product of Avnah’s evolution into a bold, daring and forward-thinking designer. It highlights her self-taught skills, showcasing structured laser cuts and an aversion to everyday trends.
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