Mohair meets monsters: introducing Worstok, the young LA-based menswear brand started by a Saint Laurent muse and his design partner.
Knitwear designer Jylle Navarro talks London
There are some designers that could have only emerged from London. Jylle Navarro is one of them.
Nicolas Ghesquière: Why I Left Balenciaga
Ghesquière reveals why he left Balenciaga after 15 years as designer.
SILKEN FAVOURS: Vicki Murdoch talks cats on scarves
Hand-drawn silk scarves featuring kittens riding unicorns, flying pigs, corgis and crowns – print designer Vicki Murdoch’s trippy, pretty designs were discovered by London department store Liberty last year and the range is rapidly growing to adorn clothing and homeware. Wonderland talks to the Scottish designer about caravans, Diana Vreeland and cats…
EMERGING: Loulou Reloulou
Loulou Reloulou turns fashion into a game for two. Her label isn't so much a fashion line as a invitation to performance art play: she turns out huge, oversized clothes that have space for two, three – even four. Wonderland talk to the Parisian eccentric about her irrepressible approach to clothes.
CHAIN REACTION: Fannie Schiavoni's metal magic
Fannie Schiavoni is a Swedish-born, Chalayan-trained designer living in London. The New Gen award winner’s bellicose handcrafted harnesses and jewellery have already captured the fancy of Skin, Gaga and Rihanna; Wonderland caught up with Schiavoni to learn more about her AW12 chain reaction.
PHILIPPA LONG: Femme power
British designer Philippa Long launched her own luxury womenswear label last year after two seasons cutting her teeth at Temperley London and an ongoing collaboration with knitwear maestro Derek Lawlor. Citing 1920s couturier Madeline Vionnet as the inspiration for her first collection, her uniquely feminine, luxurious aesthetic has since caught the eye of the industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Notorious BOL$HIE
BOL$HIE‘s a Yorkshire girl made good – so good, in fact, she made it all the way to New York. With the launch of her capsule collection Notorious BOL$HIE, the designer and stylist hit the streets of Harlem to film a documentary about people like the A$AP Mob and Mykki Blanco. Wonderland got an exclusive […]
DEREK LAWLOR – AW12
You’d be forgiven for not noticing that Derek Lawlor works purely in the realm of knitwear – so innovative and sculptured are his designs. As part of a new burgeoning team of designers, his pieces challenge and redefine the boundaries of knitwear design. Lawlor created his own unique style of wax cording, which he returns […]
A. SAUVAGE’s New London Store
A. Sauvage’s brand new store on London’s Maddox Street opened last week. Wonderland sat down with the man himself to discuss its luxe interior…
SAINT PRESENTS… Oliver Spencer
Mr Oliver Spencer set up his eponymous label in 2002, fusing the gap between popular streetwear style and typically British hunting and military influences. Wonderland headed to his brand new Soho base this week, for a night or booze and fashionspeak in association with British craft lager giants, Saint. Check out our exclusive back and […]
Jayne Pierson – MODRUN
Jayne Pierson’s biography is a truly attention-stealing read. Flitting between schools across the US in her youth, she mingled with the likes of Robert Smith and rose to attention with EMI-backed indie outfit, Gouge. Now a fully fledged fashion designer, Pierson sat down with Wonderland to discuss the dense concept behind her fall collection, Modrun.
Matcho Suba – BUSHFIRE
Matcho Suba’s fall collection, Bushfire, is, he claims, his most “directional and complete” to date: “Fabrics such as fur, leather, taxidermy and lace were used to create a textual roller-coaster of emotion.” Inspired by an incline for researching bush-fires in his home country, Australia, the Slovakia-born, Central Saint Martins-educated designer sat down with Wonderland to […]
SARAH SUMFLETH talks Art Deco, lace and street style
Fashion designer Sarah Sumfleth fuses on-trend sportswear influences with intricate lacework to create understatedly chic clothing. Currently sold in French and Belgian indie boutiques, as well as in America, Australia and Asia, Sumfleth’s designs are currently available in the UK from über-cool online retailer THEN AND NOW. Sumfleth shares the secret of that certain je […]
Aino Vainio – I KNOW WHY NO
Aino Vainio is one Finland’s most promising young designers – her newest knitwear collection I Know Why No is a hand-coloured and delicate spring ensemble, inspired, she claims, by films Waterworld, Mad Max, Lost Boys and Andy Warhol’s artwork for the seminal Velvet Underground & Nico LP. Vainio was keen to pick through her techniques […]
Wonderkind: Tiia Vanhatapio
A tattoo parlour in Helsinki isn’t an unusual place to find Tiia Vanhatapio, one of Finland’s leading fashion designers. She likes tattoos and in less than an hour her latest ink will have spread across her left forearm. I stand up to shake hands and right away she starts telling me about her new clothing […]
Tumblr, Burger King and fake tattoos – ROBERTO PIQUERAS
What sort of fashion designer is sponsored by Burger King, you may ask? Spanish import Roberto Piqueras‘ fusion of athletic irony teamed with oversized and sometimes “unwearable” garments is slowly projecting him into the east London fashion hall of fame. Reigning from Barcelona and now residing in his new home of London, Wonderland wanted to […]
Dans La Vie – CLASH BEAUTY
Dans La Vie, spearheaded by Wasada University-graduate Rira Sugawara, is a particularly colour-conscious designing vehicle aimed at sucking in the work of contemporary music, fashion and art’s boldest statement makers – Andy Warhol, Madonna, McQueen – and spitting them back in collections no epilespy sufferer would go near. Sugawara showcased her AW12 collection ‘Clash Beauty’ […]
Florian Jayet – AW12/13
French designer Florian Jayet acquired a love of the textile industry from a young age, spending a lot of time with his grandmother who worked as a tailor. Though originally his passion was science, he felt that there was a creative somewhere within him and landed a prized internship with the late Alexander McQueen, whom […]
Natalie Anne Moran – AW12
It’s a sunny Saturday morning and we’re sat in a Turkish cafe in Dalston with fashion designer, Natalie Anne Moran, who is donning pastel pink hair and a jacket to match. She chats eccentricity, Kreayshawn and her soon-to-be-unveiled autumn/winter collection…
Kumiko Watari – ANCIENT WONDERS
Kumiko Watari‘s newest collection, Ancient Wonders, is a collision of Egypt-inspired pattern motifs, disproportionate fabric cuts and surrealist drawings. Wonderland caught up with the Osaka-born Saint Martins graduate to talk fine art, aliens and Might-T, her label-name.
Charlie Casely-Hayford’s HEROES
To celebrate the launch of Casely-Hayford’s newest collection, we asked Charlie, one half of the father-son designing duo, to pin down five of his heroes. Charlie then took Wonderland through SS12’S Touch, which develops the pair‘s career-long fascination with unusual fabric hybrids, bold colour formats and dandy-in-the-details craftsmanship.
CLASS ACT: Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Don’t let Antonia Campbell-Hughes’s slightly fluffy role as Sam in Jack Dee’s sitcom Lead Balloon deceive you; this girl means (show)business. As a youngster, Hughes moved to New York’s Lower East Side to start her own fashion label and ended up designing a diffusion line for Topman. Disillusioned and creatively-undernourished in the industry, she fell […]