Presenting exclusive event coverage from the London Emerging Designer Awards 2016, the HausMag team bring you the latest from this year’s awards ceremony.
After a successful debut in August 2015, the L-ondon E-merging D-esigners platform hosted their second awards ceremony in the renowned Baden-Powell House in South Kensington. Curated by founder Aisha Ferozee, L.E.D is a platform dedicated to supporting emerging designers breaking into the fashion industry.
Hosted by British singer and actress Nicole Faraday, an array of up-and-coming designers gathered in the UK’s capital to showcase their designs on the catwalk. Watching closely were a panel of judges from the industry, including minimalist artist Lorenzo Belenguer, who together made their decision at the end of the night as to who would take home this year’s title.
House of Dz | Photography by House of DZ
The evening presented a diverse collection of designs. Early on in the show the catwalk was awash with white urban inspired garments from South London designer Samuel Dz Olawuyi, founder of House of Dz, who seamlessly integrates street style with high fashion. These edgier pieces were juxtaposed throughout the show with a stunning array of ladies formal wear. Notably, there was some fantastic detailing in Chio Ohajuru’s collection for her brand Chio Couture.
The show ended with a tantalising foray into serpentine fashion from a last-minute addition to the line-up – Beatrice Dodi, the designer behind B Dodi designs. Her captivating collection ‘Serpantinomorpho’ showcased the designers talents with 3D printing and leather crafting. Her versatile collection of accessories are eccentric yet wearable, exuding originality as fascinating centre-pieces.
There could only be one winner in the end, a well-deserved victory from Tessa Spielhofer who took the crystal L.E.D award home. Specialising in functional, statement accessories. Spielhofer’s L.E.D show featured an array of elegant handbags, which were sported by models wearing neutral outfits which offset her clean-cut leather bag designs and allowed the eye to fall upon the intricate detailing without distraction.
Elvi-Ra | London Emerging Designer Awards | (Left) Photography by Elvi-Ra | (Right) Photography by Tim Ward
Runners up included Elvi Spakowsky in second place, her collection of dresses for label Elvi-Ra showcased the designer’s flair for pattern. The red and white colour scheme created a Queen of Hearts likeness adding an element of fantasy to the collection.
An exciting look at today’s talent in the London fashion scene. More exciting times ahead, for the next show, L.E.D is going international, Aisha Ferozee has teamed up with the Hausie team who together will be bringing a selection of designers from London to Hong Kong Fashion Week this September.
Written by Anneka Shally
Edited by Christina Wright