When the clocks turned back last weekend, marking the end of British Summer time, it became official – the new season had finally arrived bringing along with it a chilly autumnal atmosphere creating the perfect timing for Brora to launch their latest designer range of cosy cashmere knits.
For AW’12, the British heritage brand has teamed up with the celebrated womenswear designer, Michael van der Ham, to produce a capsule collection consisting of twelve luxuriously chic yet contemporary cashmere pieces. Vivid pattern and colour combinations are featured on a variety of cropped cardigans, sweater dresses, fitted jumpers and knitted accessories, echoing van der Ham’s signature aesthetic of creative collage through the use of advanced intarsia knitting techniques.
The Michael van der Ham for Brora collection launches today exclusively at Brora boutiques and online at brora.co.uk
With a week’s worth of womenswear and menswear shows kicking off today, a new crop of fresh design talents will be making their London Fashion Week mark.
For this season, expect to see the collections of David Koma, Holly Fulton, J.JS Lee, J.W. Anderson, Michael van der Ham and Simone Rocha on the runway, as well as Christopher Raeburn, Thomas Tait, Nasir Mazhar, Sister by Sibling, Huishan Zhang, James Long, Lucas Nascimento, Tim Soar and Palmer//Harding presenting their unique designs in installations and exhibitions.
Helping them flourish in the fashion capital is the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN initiative, founded in 1993 and sponsored by Topshop. The scheme offers young creatives a platform to showcase their designs at Somerset House, as well as offering financial and business support.
With past recipients including Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Meadham Kirchhoff, the future is looking more than bright for this next generation of fashion talent. After all, there’s nothing like a new kid on the block to shake things up.