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Who’s Next Spring 15

The Paris show hosted an impressive crop of up-and-coming labels to excite buyers.

LuÍs Buchinho

It would have been hard to miss this premium Portuguese range even without its bright palette, because of the eye-catching nature of its fabric-mix pieces. Stripes meet texture, pleats, sheer panels and primary colour pops on flattering styles including a classic shift dress or a top with a fishtail hem.

Wholesale prices range from €104 (£82) for blouses to

NC 2

A standout embroidered jumper with sequined embellishment beckoned Drapers to French brand NC 2’s stand. The rest of the offer did not disappoint, with many of the key trends in evidence, including a laser cut-out bomber jacket, embroidered shift dresses, patterned trousers and relaxed-fit shorts. NC 2 is two years old and UK and Irish stockists include two-store London indie Fleur B, Ruby Rouge of Gorey in Ireland and Sirene in Aberdeen and Brighton.

Wholesale prices range from €45 (£36) for a jumper to €65 (£52) for dresses.

Kassiopea

Offering a point of difference within the accessories market, Kassiopea has taken the classic tote bag and updated it with new details, such as detachable straps and hooks that allow it to be folded into a shoulder bag, and a removable front pocket that doubles up as a clutch bag. Elsewhere in the collection, slouchy shoulder bags come in mesh or cotton with leather straps, while smaller boxy styles are enlivened with striped or floral fabrics. The Italian brand is stocked in Germany, Japan and its homeland but is looking for UK stockists.

Leather styles wholesale for about €49 (£39) while synthetics are between €29 (£23) and €39 (£31).

N12H

A first-time exhibitor at Who’s Next, this New York-based brand’s spring 15 range is inspired by Marrakesh, with geometric patterns reminiscent of the mosaic floors in Moroccan riads. A background palette of white and grey provides an attractive canvas for the bright prints.

Wholesale prices range from €33 (£26) for tops to €60 (£48) for dresses.

Evelo

Launched a year ago, Los Angeles brand Evelo makes the majority of its clothing in the US, with the remainder made in Korea. Nodding to the popular printed trouser trend for spring 15, its signature style is the slim-fit silk harem trouser, alongside more summery cropped shorts.

Wholesale prices start from €35 (£28) for tops ranging up to €60 (£48) for trousers.

Beetle Beetle

The slogan ‘plastic flower’ is splashed across several items in this South Korean brand’s collection, with florals
a key inspiration for the season. The quirky slogan is found on brightly coloured T-shirts and dresses, while elsewhere pencil dresses and midi skirts feature a more pared-back floral design. Two-year-old Beetle Beetle showed at Who’s Next for the first time, and is targeting UK stockists.

Wholesale prices range from €33 (£26) for T-shirts to €101 (£80) for jackets.

Essentiel

This Belgian brand ticks all the trend boxes for spring 15, so it’s no wonder buyers were beating a path to its stand. Highlights include printed trousers in tailored and loose styles, embellished shorts and full-circle midi-skirts. Texture is key, including metallic coating, sequins and lace. Shirts wholesale from €40 (£32) and jackets from €140 (£111).

Dress Gallery

A range of trend-ticking matching skirt, short, sweatshirt and top sets ensure this French label catches the eye, and semi-sheer midi skirts and ladylike pleated dresses add to the summery feel. Transitional pieces such as lightweight sweatshirts with sporty details such as varsity trims and raglan sleeves will also appeal. After trading for five years the brand has picked up several UK stockists including Asos and womenswear independent Nina in Barnes, southwest London, but is looking to expand its horizons this season.

Wholesale prices start at €60 (£47) for tops, rising to €132 (£104) for jackets.

Maison Martin Morel

Founded in 1896, Maison Martin Morel first designed and produced fabric in
the Lyon region of France for nearly 100 years before closing in 1982. Designer Emanuel Foyatier has now relaunched the brand using fabrics from its archive, producing a capsule collection for autumn 14 before launching this full spring 15 range. Operating across two separate price points for silk or cotton options, sweaters, tops, dresses and shorts are offered in a variety of quirky prints from monochrome to pastel options.

Wholesale prices for cotton range between €34 (£27) and €40 (£32) for jersey tops, and for silk items from €54 (£43) for a top to €112 (£89) for a maxi dress.

Samsøe & Samsøe

Denim has been added to this popular Danish label’s range for the first time this season, with jeans now available for men and women in eight washes. It has kept its signature Scandinavian aesthetic - the jeans are simple, with subtle touches such as tonal labels adding to the premium feel. Other pieces in the denim range include jeggings and denim jackets.

Wholesale prices start at €89 (£71) for jeggings to €149 (£118) for jackets.

Loreak Mendian

Hailing from San Sebastian in Spain, Loreak Mendian started out as a menswear label 15 years ago before branching into womenswear in 2011. Despite having some UK stockists for menswear, as of yet it does not have any for its womenswear. Geometric prints feature across matching midi-skirts and jumpers, while brightly coloured simple shift dresses will appeal to a variety of age ranges. Design inspiration is taken from the brand’s Basque roots, with Mediterranean colours such as terracotta standing out.

Wholesale prices start at €18 (£14) for T-shirts and €40 (£32) for dresses.

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