No I am not talking about a reenactment of the Beatles crossing Abbey road or their first landing in the States to a throng of screaming fans. I’m speaking of a quiet little phenomenon, the hottest labels and their designers, whether it be ready-to-wear or accessories, are all coming out of London. Labels like Jonathan Saunders , Milly , Mulberry , Sue Stemp and Temperley of London , are among the new crop of designers showing cutting edge designs straight out of Central St. Martin. But of course excellent craftsmanship has always come out of London, think of the more established artisans like Manolo Blahnik , Paul Smith , Dame Vivienne Westwood , Matthew Williamson , John Galliano and Alexander McQueen , that keeps our couture hearts skipping a beat every season.
So then, what is it about London that fosters such skill and creativity? Perhaps it is as simple as the approach to the creative process. It would seem, especially from an accessories stand point, that the British designers, stretch the limits of creativity, of what is acceptable, mixing fabrications, texture, shapes. Take Phillip Treacy and Stephen Jones , chapeau artisans, that are known for their sculptural avant garde designs. Their creations, border on the extreme, but are always of a fantastical nature and include a touch of whimsy. Then there is the eyeglass queen, Linda Farrow, who is known for her vintage oversized framed shades, and a portfolio which includes work for fashion forward brands like Eley Kishimoto, Matthew Williamson and Chloe Sevigny . Yes, that Chloe Sevigny. Mulberry, has taken the accessory market by storm with its sought after ‘it’ Roxanne and Mabel bags. So note to self, keep your eyes out for their hip designs, because there should be a little ‘London Calling’ in everyone’s wardrobe and check out Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith on Couture.Zappos.com.