4 Designers: Fashion Scout Announce SS16 Ones To Watch




Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch is one of my favourite shows: 4 designers selected from a shortlist of 50 emerging designers by industry experts: Hilary Alexander, Martyn Roberts, Kendal Robbins, Georgia Hardinge and me. Anita Hirlekar, JS Shin, Leaf Xis and Typical Freaks will show at Fashion Scout’s 17th season of the Ones to Watch!




Anita Hirlekar (image above) graduated from Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Textiles in 2014, launching her luxury womenswear label based in Iceland. Anita creates garments with attention to innovative fabrications, focusing on her ability to combine unique handcrafted skill with a refined high fashion sensibility.

Anita already has a string of accolades under her belt including from ITS, Elle DK, Vogue Italia and a handbag collaboration with BVLGARI.

Leaf Xia (image above) Originally from China, now New York based Leaf Xia graduated from Parsons the New School of Design in 2015. Focusing on colours, print and a strong silhouette, Leaf specializes in collage, creating playful and brave designs.

At the core of Leaf’s garments is her bold personality, using her collections to communicate a positive energy to everyone through the vehicle of fashion.

J S SHIN is the recently launched London based womenswear label from designer Joon-Sik Shin. Graduating from Fashion Design Technology Womenswear at London College of Fashion in 2015, Joon-Sik applies conceptual ideas and inspiration to contemporary womenswear. With a background and experience in Italian tailoring, Joon-Sik’s signature aesthetic lies in luxury tailoring twinned with handcraft.

Typical Freaks is a bold, colourful and conceptual street wear brand designed by Central Saint Martins MA Graduate Seun Ade-Onojobi and London College of Fashion Graduate Sonia Xiao. The duo provide an eccentric statement on fashion, full of humour, craftsmanship and integrity.

Drawing on diverse thematic inspiration, Typical Freaks’ garments are a celebration of creativity, with many items printed or painted by hand, and often imbued with a mature sensitivity and dark, punky undertones.



The Ones to Watch will show on the first day of London Fashion Week at Fashion Scout and Opticians Specsavers will partner with Fashion Scout to sponsor the Ones to Watch SS16 catwalk show.

Source: Fashion Stylist
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