Michelle Lowe-Holder’s off-cut jewellery collection
Canadian born Michelle Lowe-Holder studied fashion at the legendary Pratt Institute in New York before coming to London where she went on to complete an MA in knitwear at renowned art school Central Saint Martins. After graduating in 2000, she decided to stay in London and launched her own-name label . Michelle has shown at London Fashion Week and achieved three New Generation awards. She’s been building up a following for her lateral, unique collections which incorporate hand crafted elements such as knitting, beading, handpainting and prints as well as smocking and integrated jewellery pieces that form part of her fashion collection.
This exploration of textures and textiles led her to express her creativity through jewellery as well as her core fashion collections. Her commitment to sustainable design led to her being sponsored by London College of Fashion’s enterprising program for ethical designers , The Centre for sustainable fashion . She designed a new collection that occupied a central space at Estethica this year , launching her new collection of reclaimed ribbon and off-cut based designs. Michelle said of her new collection:
‘Ribbon Reclaim’ is about creating something beautiful from end-of-line fabric and ribbon. I like to explore old techniques and re-use them in a contemporary way.”
The off-cut cuffs have been snapped up by eco-design hungry fashionistas and now can be seen adorning the A-list wrists of many a celebrity…..
‘Mensa‘ coffee table by Lazarian Studio
UK-based Lazerian Studio is a creative practice that was founded in 2006, by Liam Hopkins, a Manchester born designer-maker.
Based in an immense raw space which was an ex- hat factory in Manchester, the practice is focused on the creation of functional objects through playful investigation of materials and processes, their aim to imbue objects with a bit of soul without adversely compromising the planet’s natural resources.
Lazerian Studio’s latest collection was showcased at the Designer’s block exhibition in Milan this year. It featured an origami inspired furniture collection made entirely by carefully cutting and folding sheets of cardboard recycled from their factory, the designers creating intricate sculptural forms that are structurally stable enough to be used as furnishings.
Cardboard is not the only material that Hopkins and Richard Sweeney are capable of transforming — their Borealis lampshades and Mensa coffee table ( above) are created from CNC machined plywood, showcasing the designer’s skill in pushing a wide range of materials to their sculptural limit. The designers aim to create minimal waste through their use of repeated forms.
Representative of a new ,dynamic breed of multi-desciplinary design practices..they play as much with scale as with form, applying their design vision to everything from interiorscapes to accessories….all of them unified by their covet ability!
Camilla Wellton’s architectonic Eco Couture Collection
Swedish born Camilla Wellton made the decision to dedicate her talents to the environment when she was still in her teens. Although all her designs use only natural and organic materials, her pieces look anything but ‘natural’. Her new collection seems to be a fusion of ‘blade runner esque ‘ architectonic shapes with a zen minimalist colour palette. Wellton’s collection shows a contemporary directional aesthetic and her sci-fi-esque line of eco-luxe clothing can be made to order in completely sustainable fabrics.
Finding Eco loves their mission statement ……it has a wonderful freshness, sincerity and clarity of purpose….
“We are a Swedish Luxury Fashion brand in love with the dream of being the Soul in your wardrobe.
Our office and atelier is located in the heart of Södermalm in the city of Stockholm, Sweden.
We love to Love Nature, Love, Creativity and the Muses.
We love to excel by creating and offering you comfortable, elegant, discreetly luxurious,inspired and confident garments and products
We love to care by giving 10% of our profit to the Swedish NGO Vi skogen
to help promote agroforestry and the planting of new trees in Africa
We love to please by offering a made to measure option for most of our models
We love to delight by creating Eco Couture for those who desire ecological,
unique and perfectly fitted garments.”
So if your wardrobe is missing an organic-silk-lined trench, or a high-waisted woollen capri, of if you are searching for the perfect empire-cut evening gown made from a blend of organic silk and hemp and want to make a fashion forward statement that doesn’t compromise the planet…you’ve found your brand…Camilla Wellton.