We take a look at the up-and-coming accessory designer’s fusion of the beautiful and the functional for her SS14 bag collection
Let’s face it, we’re pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to UK fashion designers. From Burberry’s classic trench coats to Bobby Abley’s Mickey Mouse ears, there’s so much variety on our catwalks and in our shops that it takes a lot to make a jaded Londoner look twice. Enter: Danielle Foster.
Based in London, Danielle Foster is an accessories-designer-cum-model (some girls have all the luck!) who combines her incredible eye for sleek lines and boxy structures with a minimal design aesthetic. After graduating from London College of Fashion back in 2010, Foster has had quite a wild ride. Her bag designs first caught the eye of wig-maker extraordinaire Charlie le Mindu, who she then went onto collaborate with on a six-piece collection for his SS11 presentation. Then, after showing at Victoria House during London Fashion Week, Foster began to take her own commissions, offering a bespoke handmade bag service. Attention to detail was a crucial part of these orders; something that is still evident in her recent collections.
For SS14, Foster continues to work with clean structures and minimal lines, but steers away from the hardware detailing seen in her previous collections. All the popper fastenings are concealed, for example, to allow the UK-sourced metallic croc leather to stand out.
We also took a sneak peek at next season, where texture once again plays a key role in Foster’s designs. For AW, the super soft embossed leathers feature in a more simple colour palette comprising of black, navy blue and buttery beige, with Foster’s range of styles expanding to include totes, satchels, envelope clutches and structured backpacks.
Like what you see? As if we don’t spoil you enough, Danielle Foster is going to be holding a sample sale on Wednesday 30th October. So keep your eye out for her beautifully functional designs, and you may even snap up a bargain in the process. Who loves ya, baby?
Words: Samantha Southern