Fashion Design Collection Young Designer Awards

3 March 2019

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Design Collection Young Designer Awards, a presentation for emerging UK and International designers and Artists.

The event took place in Hackney Attic Rooms, showcasing a packed line up of designers including; Sarah Salvador, Amy Sweaton, Laura Thomas, Samantha Shaw, Rose Brown, Phoebe Constable and Lydia Fung. All of which came together in aid of Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system.

Attending events like the FDC young designer awards takes me back to my old days of fashion blogging - attending a show, being wowed by the designs and writing about it. The aim of our Young Designer Awards is to increase the visibility of young and exceptionally gifted multi-cultural designers. And that it did. There were a mixture of more casual collections you could easily transfer to a Saturday brunch type outfit vs those that were more high fashion and fit right at home on the catwalk. 

The first of my favourites is Samantha Shaw with a collection called ‘Today Yesterday, Tomorrow Clothing’ - a ready to wear denim collection for SS19. The jumpsuits are my favourites, and the styling of the beret and red lip are a look I’ll certainly be taking into spring.


The second of my favourites is a collection by Sara Salvador, whose work is heavily inspired by East Asian and oriental pieces. Think kimono sleeves, floaty shapes and bold colours. Sara’s key piece is the faux fur cape (second picture) and she has informed me she wore this beauty of a cape to London Fashion Week. Sara custom makes all her orders 

And finally, coming all the way from Barbados to showcase her first collection outside of the Caribbean, Laurel brought a pop of colour to a dark and grey London with her collection. 'Broken crayons still colour' is all about mixing classic with the vibrancy of colour and flair. Coming from the carribean, she believes that fashion should compliment the weather and also creates a collection which is heavily inspired by her Christian religion. When asking Laurel what was next, she said taking her collection outside of the carribean and making it international, and I’m sure I’ll expect to see more of her (and that carribean sunshine she brings).

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