A schizophreic mix of streetwear, lifestyle and premium labels was served up at the Barcelona trade fair.
American Vintage has pioneered the comfortable cotton basic since 2005 and for autumn 10 the French brand has stuck to its tried and tested formula. The stock on show at The Brandery was current season as American Vintage prides itself on its short order capacity. The colour palette is neutral and fabrication does not deviate from cotton, wool or linen. A delicate floral print is a first for the brand and nautical is the key theme.
Prices £43 to £86
This Californian brand was the best up-and-coming brand out of a weak streetwear offering at The Brandery. Although it has some way to go in producing a cohesive collection, the range featured Polaroid print T-shirts which added a point of interest, as did a padded cotton skate shirt in plaid and an aubergine waffle granddad shirt.
Prices £9 to £35
Absent from Bread & Butter, it is only right to cover 55 DSL’s trade show outing this season. The brand served up a strong range of imaginative graphic print T-shirts ranging from cartoon style block prints to surreal line drawings. Crew neck sweats and quilted jackets also feature. The brands market positioning in Europe is different to that of the UK so prices may vary.
Prices £13 to £86
Contact 0207 4343404
A stunning range of hand embroidered silk eveningwear created by designer Amit Aggarwal attracted the UK buying contingent at The Brandery to his stand. He served up 65 styles of jewel and neutral tone dresses featuring a silk puckering detail in the style of Italian quilting. Green, indigo and orange are standout colours. The label is sold in 15 countries and is looking to boost its UK business.
Prices £82 to £216
A capsule collection of simple, body-con tailoring and flowing silk dresses, Spanish designer Toni Francesc is one to watch. Waxed coated cottons gives dresses a patina finish and cyber like feel while grey, orange and sage green are key colours. Fabrics are sourced from Spain Italy and France and the brand is manufactured in Spain.
Prices £43 to £172
Contact 0034 93 46 05668
The buyers at Topshop have already spied this up-and-coming designer and have stocked the brand in its Oxford Street store. Organza is the key fabric at play here and a seductive collection of see through organza trousers and blouses inject an element of the playful into an otherwise sober collection of resin coated, navy A line mini-skirts, heavy jersey DB pea coats and polka dot printed silk shirts. Rope is used as trimming detail.
Prices £51 to £147