Edinburgh International Fashion Festival’s Future Fashion event brought together some of the very best of Scotland’s design talent – from clothing designers to jewellers and accessory makers.
The event kicked off the second weekend of the Fashion Festival, and was held in collaboration with the City Art Centre to coincide with their summer exhibitions ‘Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast’ and ‘Dressed to Kill’ (more on that soon), which made for an appropriately stylish backdrop to proceedings.
Throughout the day there was a pop-up design market on the ground floor of Edinburgh’s City Art Centre, where the designers showcased their wares and met fashion-loving members of the public. It was a great way to discover new designers and makers as well as get to know their work.
It was fantastic to finally meet some of the designers I’ve connected with through Twitter, such as the lovely Georgia Wiseman. Here’s her beautiful jewellery on display in the pop-up market (sorry for the photo overload, but I couldn’t help it… the Sirus pendant, pictured above, is one of my favourites):
Georgia’s futuristic designs are inspired by her love of geometric pattern; her architectural pieces make a subtle style statement. Recently she was nominated for a Scottish Fashion Award, and seeing her beautiful designs up close made it clear why.
Having recently moved into the realm of fashion jewellery, Georgia is fast becoming known for her affordable stylish gems that combine her signature aesthetic with excellent craftsmanship (she’s passionate about supporting UK craftsmanship too).
Another designer I’ve interacted with online is Rebecca Torres, and I couldn’t wait to see her work in person, having admired it from afar.
Rebecca is known for her signature graphic use of colour and sculptural, body conscious designs. The Glasgow-based fashion designer is fast growing a cult following – her dresses are incredibly wearable and do all the hard work for you.
Rebecca has already had a sell out collection on ASOS, regularly creates bespoke pieces for top fashion stylists and has been nominated for the young designer award at the Scottish Fashion Awards two years running.
I was incredibly excited to see her new collection, ‘Dimensions’, which Rebecca showcased in the Future Fashion catwalk show – more on that soon.
Here’s a peek at some pieces by the incredibly talented Jacob Birge Vision – more on his designs in my second piece about the Future Fashion show, but I couldn’t resist sharing this shot of his incredible handmade leather cutout dress.
It was great to see Scottish manufacturing being supported by many of the Future Fashion participants. Renowned Borders-based Scottish knitwear company Eribé Knitwear led a workshop revealing the craftsmanship behind their innovative designs. Edinburgh knitwear designer Cameron Taylor showcased beautiful chunky knitted cashmere accessories, and Edinburgh wedding jewellery boutique Rene Walrus used beautiful Scottish lace in their unique, edgy accessories.
It wasn’t just about the clothes though; Natalie Riachi showcased her stunning street style photography from Paris Fashion Week:
The Scottish fashion designer and blogger is based in Paris and has an amazing eye for detail – she really captures the character and her subjects’ innate sense of style in her shots.
Natalie had printed some of her photos on T-shirts (including a stunning image of Susie Bubble) and they were going down a storm. Wearing street style photography could just be the next big thing – you heard it from Natalie first.
Look out for part two with some shots of the Future Fashion catwalk spectacular, a definite Fashion Festival highlight for me…