Designers to watch for London Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2018

With London Fashion Week just around the corner, discover which designers Model Village think will be the ones to watch for this season.  

1. Molly Goddard

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Molly Goddard is a British Designer who in 2016 won the British Emerging Talent award at the 2016 Fashion Awards as is a 2017 LVMH prize finalist! 

Her work touches upon various themes within each collection, with romantic fairytale vibes seen throughout. Her collection features colourful pieces with uniquely hand-crafted techniques, such as hand pleating, smocking and crocheting.

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For her Spring/Summer 2018 collection there was a new twist in the Goddard Fairytale, reflecting a more mature appeal. Goddard showed a more structured silhouette for Autumn/Winter 2017 and this season promises to further that exploration in February. Molly told Vogue how for her it's all about showing "a contradiction in the clothes and the personality of the women that wear them.", as she describes a typical show resembles "delectable but clumsily-costumed backstage ballerinas." 

With such an award winning resume there's no doubt Molly will be a designer to watch this season as her collection continues to grow!

2. Peter Pilotto

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Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos comprise the dynamic design team behind Pilotto’s successful namesake label. Launched in 2007, the duo's first collection was composed of digital printed designs, placing themselves in forefront focus for social media success! The British based brand is now sold in over 50 countries and is stocked by luxury retailers such as Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

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The designers are also exceedingly thought-provoking when it comes to set designs. As shown above, their Autumn-Winter 2017 featured a fun and interactive decor to accompany models and onlookers held at the the Palm Court at the Waldorf Hotel. These strike contrasts and vibrant tones reflect the true aesthetic of the brand's vision, so it will certainly be interesting to see what they come up with for this season's collection!

3. Zeynep Kartal

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Turkish born designer, Zeynep launched her collection in the beginning of 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience in the fashion industry including textiles, design, production and marketing. With her elegant silhouettes Zeynep's style includes natural silk, crepe, lace and lurex silk hand-made embellishments with every piece tailored to perfectly fit the female frame.

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Zeynep says that "for each collection I want to give the ethos for every woman who wears a Zeynep Kartal dress a feeling of stylish sophistication and self-confidence."

For her Autumn / Winter 2017 she showcased her collection in the Turkish Embassy. The Constance collection was about elegance and had a Great Gatsby feel to it, offering classiness that demands a little fun. With her luxurious designs offering a relaxed yet still glamorous twist on sophisticated looks, there's no doubt her collection will continue to inspire her audience and we can't wait to see what will be in store for this season's show.

4. Ashish 

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Ashish Gupta first showed at LFW in 2005 and went on to win the New Generation award three times! The New Generation award is given to designers with promising potential and provided with funding to support continuing collections. Born in Delhi, he studied Fine Art in India, and then  moved to London to complete an MA at Central St Martin’s under the legendary Louise Wilson and has been a part of the fashion industry for the last 15 years.

His collections feature strong, colourful and fun pieces which aim to project a strong sense of identity for his models. With bold, rainbow tones seen throughout his collections, his shows offer a fun and creative source of imagination for his audience.

For his Autumn / Winter 2017 show he even collaborated with Major League Baseball as uniforms from famous MLB teams including LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were re-imagined as sequinned tracksuit bottoms, jerseys, jackets and tops, capturing a spirit of athleticism, style, diversity and inclusiveness that transcends sport. Gupta described the collection as a way to "bring together the male aesthetic translated in the most feminine way. I think I see it this season as more like the pieces being a labour of love, with really positive messaging.”

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With such an exciting vibe already seen throughout his past collections, we can't wait to see what the theme will be for this season's show! 


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Cover Photo Credits: Peter Piliotto London Fashion Week Show