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High fashion traditional Romanian blouse by Valentina Vidrascu

Valentina Vidrascu is a Transnistrian born fashion designer with a both emotional and esthetic attachment for the Romanian traditional blouse that inspired many artists and designers before – it has been famously captured by French painter Henri Matisse (La Blouse Roumaine, 1940) and turned into haute couture design by Yves Saint Laurent (1981).

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Parisian couture meets Ottoman opulence at Dice Kayek

Reading about awards bestowed in the fashion industry you will stumble upon most interesting fashion labels. Paris based Dice Kayek masterfully blends Istanbul's cultural heritage with contemporary French couture. Launched in 1992 by sisters Ayse and Ece Ege, the Turkish label quickly gained its place in the competitive fashion world.

Jameel Prize awarded collection of Dice KayekJameel Prize awarded collection of Dice Kayek

Silent Evolution by Chen Ariel Nachman

Taking inspiration from the Underwater Sculpture Garden in Cancun, Mexico created by artist Jason Decries Taylor, 27-year old Fashion graduate Chen Ariel Nachman designed a marvelous five-piece collection for his final project. Named Silent Evolution, the collection won him the Excellence Award for creativity and originality in fashion design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, an award in memory of Fini Leitersdorf.

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Folklore inspired posh at Vilshenko

Olga Vilshenko’s feminine and polished designs are inspired by Russian cultural heritage and they outshine the ‘boho-chic’ labeling due to modern, smart tailoring and luxurious fabrics. Originally from Ural region of Russia, Olga Vilshenko took further her family legacy of custom making high quality garments by launching her internationally acclaimed namesake fashion label in 2009.

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BIYAN, a name for ethereal elegance

Browsing through Net-A-Porter’s new season offer I stumbled upon these exquisite garments signed by Indonesian label Biyan. It has a sophisticated-romantic style with elegant, fluid cuts covered in elaborate, stylized botanical silk prints and adorned with lavish embroidery and bead/crystal appliqué.

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Lele Sadoughi: modern treasures

New York based label Lele Sadoughi creates costume jewelry and bejeweled home décor items inspired by art, culture and traveling. Designer Lisa 'Lele' Sadoughi decided to launch her own label after a rewarding work experience as Jewelry Design Director at J.Crew and Tory Burch.

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The Beautiful People from Tokyo

One of my favorite collections for spring/summer 2013 belongs to the innovative clothing line of Tokyo-based label Beautiful People. Hidenori Kumakiri, a graduate of Bunka Fashion College, the Apparel Technology Department, worked as a pattern maker at COMME des GARÇONS and in 2004 founded Entertainment Ltd., an outsourcing pattern company. Beautiful People, as a fashion label for both women and men, launched in 2007 with a spring/summer collection. In 2011 Hidenori Kumakiri opened his first retail store in Omotesando, Tokyo.

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Sophie Hulme - a modern spin on classic

Young British designer Sophie Hulme gets her inspiration from the things she collects with a passion; living in a converted toy factory must help also for infusing more creativity into her designs. In fact she intends to brand her collections as collectibles by using every each season a distinct motif. For autumn/winter 2012 toy dinosaurs were replicated on patterned knits, lace embroidery and golden metal charms.

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The Spanish goodies: "Two Shoes"

What I want from a good pair of shoes is cool classic-updated looks, comfiness and lifelong durability ‘cos I’m in for an investment in the shoe area of my wardrobe. Well Spanish footwear label Deux Souliers seem to have read the minds of shoe investors like myself. Set in 2010 in Barcelona with creative director Nunu Solsona at the helm of the design team Deux Souliers (meaning "two shoes" in French) aims at combining high craftsmanship and innovation in a single design.

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Fashion treasures: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

Lizzie Fortunato is a New York-based women’s accessories label founded by twin sisters Elizabeth and Kathryn Fortunato. Beside their main jewelry line, they've added leather goods since the launch of their fall-winter 2011 collection. Richly detailed and meticulously crafted these accessories mix reclaimed materials with precious stones and metals. The result is a unique look both fashion forward and bohemian - take the hand embroidered supple leather Ipad case for example. This young label has already gain success with features in prominent glossy magazines and design collaborations with fellow New York fashion brands Suno and VPL.

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Anne Sofie Madsen spring 2012 capsule collection

Copenhagen Fashion Week spring-summer 2012 (August 2011) brought together the best of Danish labels. My favorite shows were as usual By Malene Birger, Bruuns Bazaar, Baum und Pferdgarten, Stine Goya, Wackerhaus. An astonishing surprise was the debut collection of designer Anne Sofie Madsen, graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2010. Her diploma project received praise in the fashion press and she was invited to show at London Fashion Week's Vauxhall Fashion Scout Show in February 2010.

Anne Sofie Madsen spring 2012 at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Susana Mercedes fashion house

In the ever expanding world of independent fashion designers, there is Susana Mercedes, a self taught couturier whose aim is to create a fashion label known for a distinctive look, beyond trends and also for redesigning special vintage clothing. Established in 2000, the Los Angeles-based fashion house comprises two clothing lines: Susana Mercedes original designs and the Restored Vintage collection.

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LA sophistication: Katie May

Katie May is a Los Angeles based namesake label of an enthusiast and talented fashionista. Founded in 2010 this young clothing line has already made waves among young Hollywood starlets and fashion stylists. Its debut collection for spring/summer 2011 brings out a unique style mixing dramatic details with youthful cuts, chic modern minimalism with timeless glamour.

Katie May spring 2011 lookbook: Kimmy Jean dressKatie May spring 2011 lookbook: Kimmy Jean dress

Eco luxe jewelry by Joanna Cave

Jewelry eco-artisan Joanna Cave, brought up on a Cycladic island by her Greek mother and English father, perfected her style after studying jewelry design in London. Her refined minimalist pieces are an organic abstractization of all her inspiration sources: the beautiful landscape of Cycladic islands, ancient Greek artifacts, folklore art, vintage photography and illustration, 1930’s modernist architecture or the happy “gang” of pets living at her family home in Ios.

Joanna Cave gold-plated eco-sustainable fine jewelry

Sarah Williams unique handmade luggage

The art and functionality mix sounds like an abstract, unidentifiable notion but it is given a lively representation through Sarah Williams’ debut collection of surreal luggage. The young British designer, a recent graduate from London College of Fashion designed for her 2010 MA thesis project a collection of unique fashion artifacts by transforming traditional craftsmanship through the vision of Salvador Dali’s art.

Williams British Handmade luggage

Whimsical design by Kronkron

I love the colorful, cheerful, whimsical aesthetic of Kron by KronKron shoes. They look like coming right out of the Wonderland after being on a Galapagos adventure and on an African safari. The thick soles and heels make them super-comfy while the use of fine suede, patent leather and velvet put the Kron shoes in the luxury range. Tinted in bold color blocks in mix with white, black and gray, decorated with bows, frills and tassels this could sound a little too much but they can be a true staple in an imaginative wardrobe.

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Maria Lucia Hohan's girlie glam credo

Maria Lucia Hohan is one of those quiet designers who steer clear of the gossip scene while focusing on developing a strong high-fashion brand. The result is red carpet recognition at the most important film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, BAFTA) and an international marketplace: MLH is present in big cities like New York, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Oslo, Athens or Singapore and online also.

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Gestuz designs new femininty

The end of year 2009 has a very stylish feel from the viewpoint of Gestuz, Danish brand established in 2007 by Sanne Sehested Nielsen and Lene Boesen who succeeded in offering “popular, high profiled but reasonably priced clothes with the best in quality”.

Gestuz winter 2009 collection

Coats&Jackets by Camilla Wellton

I love a unique piece of outerwear and swedish designer Camilla Wellton knows how a standout coat should look. The fall/winter 2009 capsule collection of black wool coats and jackets gained a great deal of interest on her Stockholm-based prêt-á-porter/eco couture/ made to measure label.

Camilla Wellton fall/winter 2009/2010

Dashing into the office with Kate Spade

This cheerful clothing collection from renowned fashion accessories label Kate Spade is the loveliest thing I've seen for some time. For the current fall season Kate Spade launched 60s retro French style looks with a very feminine and optimistic feel.

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