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Roll on 2013: three brands to watch

Happy New Year! Have you checked out my guide to your 2013 fashion resolutions? Each season seems to bring with it new names in fashion, from young designers to cut-price fashion stores and online collaborations, and 2012 was no different …

Tue, Jan 1, 2013, 10:30

   

Happy New Year! Have you checked out my guide to your 2013 fashion resolutions?

Each season seems to bring with it new names in fashion, from young designers to cut-price fashion stores and online collaborations, and 2012 was no different – in a way, this post is going to be as much a retrospective as a preview, taking a look at the names that have appeared over the last few months and look set to get bigger and bigger in 2013! Starting with . . .

Iris & Ink

Pic via I Love Fashion News

Exclusive to The Outnet, Iris & Ink is a capsule collection of 35 pieces (that change, season to season) designed to be worn with your more fashion-led pieces. Think monochrome basics – leather trousers, skinny jeans and mini skirts – mixed in with knitwear, soft jersey tops and pops of bright colour. Iris & Ink isn’t exciting because its pieces are showstopping or breathtaking; like Cos, it’s exciting because of its minimalism, its understated brand of almost Nordic cool. Basically, they’re the kind of pieces you’d own if you were a capsule wardrobe devotee. (Check out my post on same for Beaut.ie.)

Simone Rocha

Pic via Noisy Shoes

 Another not-quite-new spot, but Simone Rocha‘s S/S 2013 collection was really the one that got the critics talking. Rocha is stepping out of the monochrome shadow of Daddy Rocha and adopting new fabrics, new techniques and new methods of layering to create a very recognisable brand of her very own. Her brogues have become must-haves (even inspiring high-street dupes in the likes of Zara), and all eyes will be on her A/W 2013 collection, being shown at LFW in February under the NEWGEN banner.

Sophia Webster

Pic via Boy Meets Fashion

It’s not all that common that shoe designers make big waves, but Sophia Webster, protégée of Nicholas Kirkwood, has been inspiring great confidence in the fashion industry and beyond with her collections of candy-coloured, whimsical heels. Her presentation at LFW in February will definitely be one to line up for, and there’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing echoes of her strong, feminine shapes and colours in high-street collections in 2013.

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