European labels showed off their young fashion ranges in Barcelona. Here are some of the best.
The new contemporary sub-brand from Eskimo, Original Eskimo focuses on basics including T-shirts, vests, sweaters and underwear. Pieces are added to the growing offer each season, with new items including jumpers, skirts and leggings. Flecked knitwear stands out, keying into the autumn 12 trend seen at other trade shows.
Prices: £10 to £25
Contact: 00 32 93 24 46 16
This French womenswear brand continues its strong feminine handwriting and ticks off several of the new season’s trends in its latest range. Knobbly metallic yarns for knitwear look strong, while embellishment, embroidery and sequins add sparkle. Elsewhere, prim floral dresses work the elegant cinched waist look.
Prices: £20 to £45
Contact: 00 33 9 62 10 60 78
While basic T-shirts might not normally catch the eye, new French label Blue Mustach stands out with its colourful and cheeky designs, often featuring irreverent illustrations and slogans printed on 100% cotton. With a core range of round and V-neck tees, the brand also offers vests, crew-neck jumpers and T-shirt dresses.
Prices: all items £16
Contact: 00 33 68 16 51 3 44
Spanish brand Hafner specialises in traditional shirts in great-quality cottons that often feature slight design twists and a keen attention to detail. For autumn 12, it channels the heritage trend with contrast fabric elbow patches, worked in on-trend corduroy and plaid materials, while collarless options are also strong.
Prices: £29.50 to £35
Contact: 00 34 64 70 31 754
Printed and patterned outerwear turns heads this season at Spanish label Laga, while a great parka pins down one of the season’s major trends. Basic jumpers and cardigans are trimmed with on-trend velvets while other knitwear pieces come with inlaid silk floral patterns for a feminine update, in a rich autumnal palette of claret reds, rich greens and deep navy.
Prices: £25 to £60
Contact: 00 34 94 44 94 669
The new collection from IOWEYOU features shirts, jackets, dresses and jeans in colourful checks and plaids. All items are unique, made from hand-woven Indian textiles with individual film quotes sewn into the labels. Believing in the concept of traceability and transparency, items also come with QR codes that connect the end buyer with the artisans who created them.
Prices: £24 to £78