Stalked: Johnny Wang Emerging Designer, BCollide

Posted on Thursday, 23 July 2015

You may remember I previously blogged about these guys in February this year when they were manically preparing for London Fashion Week, well now things are slightly calmer I’ve got them back on the blog for you all to meet them properly!! Please may I introduce one of my favourite emerging fashion brands, BCollide, headed up by the talented Johnny Wang.

This time we caught up in his studio in Soho with a glass of wine to talk about how he’s developing his brand and what is coming next..

BCollide is still very young, how are you building your brand at the moment?

We’ve been very fortunate and grateful for all the support given by CFE, BFC, SANE Communications, and Touba London, which guided us building the brand from scratch with a well informed background knowledge. In the studio, we work extremely hard on designs and product development. Outside the studio, our wonderful PR and sales are working their magic to help grow brand exposure and stockists. However, we are at the moment an intimate team, and believe in building the brand one step at a time so we can grow together with our audience and ensure creating worthwhile designs for them.

What's you're brand ethos?

Actually you (Style StreetStalker) are a really good example of what BCollide represents. A young professional living and working in a city like London needs good design that helps generate interesting conversations and doesn’t interrupt her daily routine at the same time. All of our ideas are executed with our customer in mind. The product needs to be beautifully constructed and finished, easily cared for, and effortlessly incorporated into any existing wardrobes.

        / City / Maverick / Tailored

Stalked: Megan Clinch, Emerging Lingerie Designer

Posted on Monday, 20 July 2015

Lingerie is one of those items which I always find I can justify spending the money on and I’ve always been slightly obsessed with this particular (under) garment. I remember my first internship was with the well known luxury lingerie shop Myla and there was something I enjoyed about organising their huge press samples cupboard full of sexy negligĂ©e and crotch-less panties!!

So for a while I’ve been on the search for an emerging lingerie designer to get on the blog, finally I found her at Graduate Fashion Week, please may I introduce, Megan Clinch...

Why did you decide to specialise in lingerie design? 

I never even considered doing lingerie before university, I knew I wanted to work in fashion but had no idea what I wanted to specialise in. It wasn't until we started learning about lingerie/swimwear in second year which led me to decide that is what I wanted to do! I chose to create swimwear in my second year and then moved into lingerie for the third and fourth years after interning at a lingerie company in my placement year. I've really loved it ever since I started it in second year, and am definitely glad I've chosen this path.

Back To Basic Stalking: Shoreditch

Posted on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Anyone who is starting out in the world of street style I strongly recommend Shoreditch in London as a good place to start. It's easy pickings for stylish individuals as well as having awesome unique boutiques and shops to visit in between shopping. 

I stalked this lovely lady on these stylish streets over the weekend, I loved her simplistic styling and beautiful laser cut silk pencil skirt, as well as that killer this seasons must have, the backpack! 

Stalked: Natalie Bell, Graduate Fashion Designer

Posted on Friday, 10 July 2015

This year I toddled along to London's Graduate Fashion Week and as you can imagine this event is hot pickings for a stalker like with a passion for emerging talent!! This is also where I met Natalie, a recent graduate with a final collection that I utterly adored. I caught up with her to find out how she came to designing and her final show...

When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

In school I was talented at sewing and always pushed my self more in the production side of fashion ensuring things were sewn and fitted correctly, playing around with pattern cutting before I even knew how it worked. It wasn't until I went to university that I really moved into design, I wanted to choose a course that would nurture the need for precision in production as well as help in developing as a designer. After trawling through many universities I found Fashion Atelier, still a very young course I was originally sceptical that such a course could provide the teaching that the university's website promised. Yet It really did, two of the most influential tutors being Alan Norris a retired tailor from Hardy Amies and Eva Blonska a retired couturier from Hardy Amies, the knowledge they have to share is incredible and were always on hand to ensure that even the most difficult to construct designs were made possible. Being taught such classic forms of tailoring, enhanced my ability to design in ways that were classic and yet still clever and fresh. 

Stalked: Sasha Cherovsky, Jewellery Designer, Raw Taste.

Posted on Monday, 6 July 2015

Sasha Cherovsky is not only a very talented jewellery designer, she is also an artist, with her jewellery, photography and film all having a beautifully 'raw' edge. She values quality over quantity, uniqueness over conventional and spiritual energy over emptiness. Sasha's designs the kind of jewellery which you can easily obsess over and get addicted to wanting to wear more and more.. she is undoubtedly one of my favourite jewellery designers at the moment.

What do you love about jewellery design? 

I love to let the material I'm sculpting speak to me. I rarely sketch or plan a design in advance. After exploring a texture and material and having prototypes, I will move on to more rational business decisions. 

Summer Stalking: Pandora Sykes, Journalist

Posted on Wednesday, 1 July 2015

As the summer temperatures rise here in London town, all of us city chicks are reaching into the bottom of our wardrobes to dig out those summer essentials as well as discovering the need for new ones. I have to admit I'm definitely more of a winter girl with an enormous amount of coats which my other half often teases me about but as the summers in UK get longer (her I'm not complaining) I know I have to revamp this summer wardrobe. Starting by taking inspiration from one of my favourite stalks.. Pandora Sykes, a girl who could easily out-style every girl in the room and is also the lady behind Sunday Times Styles Wardrobe Mistress.

I adore this look, simply perfect and not too over thought..

Stalked: Jolanta, Emerging Designer, Sofia French

Posted on Monday, 29 June 2015

I recently stumbled across this luxury womenswear label designer, Sofia French, an emerging designer who creates garments with attention to textures and silhouettes. 

I caught up with her on her brand and what inspires her.

How did you get into design and what do you love about your job? 

From the little age I was completely obsessed with fabrics and creating dresses for myself. Unfortunately my life goes in different direction and I went to study business, but my passion was growing inside of me. When I was ready to make the most important decision of changing my life , I move to Italy to study fashion in one of the most prestige's school in Instituto Marangoni. Since that moment I am very happy and I am blessed for what I am doing.
If I must be honest I love everything of my job, the most I guess designing process and how famine woman's look like in my creations.

Stalked: Ludovica Gioscia, Artist

Posted on Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ludovica is a very talented conceptual artist, whom I met at a private view of Jesse Darling (also a previous stalk). She is fascinated by the psychological mechanisms that underpin marketing strategies and our relationship with consumption. In particular in accumulation and destruction, and she often portrays this cycle in her artworks.

Why did you decide to become an artist and what do you love about it? 

The only thing I was good at in primary school was making pasta collages and little balls of compressed paper...That is exactly what I am still doing today! The thing that I still deeply love about being an artist is the making of the work, getting my hands dirty with blobs of paint and the sense of fascination that hits me when materials behave unexpectedly.

Stalked: Joe, Fashion Designer. La Terre Est Folle

Posted on Monday, 22 June 2015

Joe Arida grew up in Beirut, following a career working in advertising and fashion, he decided to start his own brand in 2014, LA TERRE EST FOLLE. He specialises in unique furniture and fashion, with his debut clothing line which was shown at Fashion Forward Dubai Apr. 2015. The Label values polyvalence and function - LTF makes a bold contemporary statement with wardrobe staples.

I caught up with him over email from London to Beirut to find out more about his brand and what he has planned for the future.

How did you get into design and what do you love about it?

I always knew i would end up in a creative field. I got into design by mistake, having graduated with a business degree i worked as a copyrighter then an assistant set designer in advertising - we would build thing only to destroy them, which is where i started experimenting, first by using the same artisanal process and raw materials but blending in some more durable or noble ones to craft furniture pieces - after developing a line of cushions i sewed some fabric to sew into a t-shirt, and it got quite a bit of attention, so i was giving them out then taking orders, and thats how it started :) and i love everything about it!

Stalked: Giovanni Paolini, Emerging Womenswear Designer

Posted on Monday, 15 June 2015

Originally from Italy, the very talented emerging designer, Giovanni Paolini graduated from London College of Fashion with a MA Fashion Design and Technology in Womenswear. With details and a particular eye for traditions and craft techniques, Giovanni creates an exciting and fresh conversation between different worlds old and new. Effortless and empowering silhouettes meet dramatic choices of textures and decorations. "Tactile-couture" as a new definition that is characteristic of the label's research method, with a rich choice of fabrics and the use of different techniques to pursue a personal sense of femininity.

I caught up with him on how he’s making a name for himself after graduating.

Why did you decide to be a fashion designer and what do you love about it?

For me is very much a question of emotions. For two reasons, I like the idea of dressing a personality, or better still, the idea of a personality coming out through the clothes. Then there is the craft side of it:  the initial process for my creativity starts with the basics, a pencil and a blank page and that is where it begins. Through drawings I express my thoughts, imagination and ideas. Once I’ve sketched these onto paper, then all the rest follows.