Fashion Scout Announces
Ones to Watch winners for Aw19

The Ones to Watch Show during London Fashion Week plays a crucial role in the promotion of design innovation, raising the profile of emerging designers on a global scale. This season's four winners are 1x1 Studio, Aurélie Fontan, Bowen Hu, and Shie Lyu.

Fashion Scout is the international showcase for fashion pioneers. Over the past 12 years, they supported and nurtured pioneering designers including Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Eudon Choi, David Koma, Felder Felder, Maria Francesca Pepe, Piers Atkinson, and many, many more.

The Ones To Watch winners are selected from a long list of up and coming designers, and the winners have the unique opportunity to present their collections in a group catwalk show in the Vestibule Catwalk Hall at the Iconic Freemasons Hall on Sunday 17th February at 13.30. Get to know this year’s AW Winners below.

Aurélie Fontan

Paris born, London based designer Aurélie Fontan launched her eponymous label in 2018. Firmly establishing herself as a sustainable fashion designer, Aurélie’s work represents the “techno-craft” concept, where feminine, inspirational and eco-friendly luxury womenswear is manufactured using groundbreaking and unconventional techniques.

After receiving 6 nominations at Graduate Fashion Week, and scooping an additional award in the Michael Kors Accessory Design Competition, she was commissioned by SAMSUNG to make the first 90% recycled and biodegradable Couture collection, entirely designed and produced using a smartphone.

The A/W19 collection builds on technology and craft to reach sustainably and ethically produced luxury clothing. From living organisms creating textiles to drawing robots, these highly feminine and textured silhouettes demonstrate how circular economy and innovation can be combined in luxury RTW and couture. The collection includes a bio-designed dress from bacteria, recycled materials, and four fully recycled leather outfits, none of them being sewn together but rather linked through innovative re-usable elements that allow complete disassembly and recycling.

Shie Lyu

As a Chinese native that has lived in Sydney, Tokyo, New York, and London, Shie’s eponymous label, identity and aesthetic are inspired by her globetrotting experiences. Shie is passionate for meticulous construction and sculptural silhouettes, and the label is known for its intricate use of unusual industrial materials like moulded Perspex, rubber, and heat shrink industrial tubing to create its textiles and contrasting colourful embroidery and beading by haute couture techniques.

For the AW19 collection, Shie asked herself ‘What can a mathematician innovate in fashion?’ Shie plays the role of a mathematician using her precise ‘formulas’ and ‘tools’ to create a new modern and romantic couture collection.

1×1 Studio

Founded in 2017, this luxury menswear brand creates playful 3D textures in knitwear focusing on craftsmanship and creative knitting techniques.

Founded and lead by Taiwan born, London based Yi-Ling Kuo, 1X1 Studio uses recycled materials, specialist yarns, and crafted knitting techniques in hope to raise awareness of undiscovered territories.

1×1 Studio aspires to create a blended vision in knitted and woven apparels fusing formal and casual with subtle playfulness and streetwear apparel. All designs are produced in the UK using high-standard sustainable materials from England, Italy, and Japan. The brand prides themselves on rethinking strategies to reduce waste whilst designing and producing.

 

Bowen Hu

Originating from China, New York-based designer Bowen Hu’s designs are strongly influenced by her understanding of personalities and psychology. She focuses on unisex collections with an innovative approach to textile, color, and silhouette. Her ideas of design tend to psychologically or physically support the wearer and environment, and its interaction with the garment itself.

All textiles are handmade with a ‘side on’ layering technique, using the edge of the fabric as the final surface to the garment. Her AW19 Collection ‘Lucid Dream’, takes inspiration from the world of one’s subconscious mind and brainwave patterns. Research was undertaken into dream analysis with every garment being given background story of a personal dream. Neutral and settling colours, run throughout the collection giving the viewer a relaxed feel.

Words by Catarina Ramalho

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