The 10th anniversary edition of the London trade show again proved a happy hunting ground for young fashion buyers seeking out fresh talent and emerging brands.
Canadian womenswear brand Gentle Fawn returned to Margin for autumn 12 after a nine-year absence. Its collection, which comprises four drops per season, plays with prints and introduces a more relaxed silhouette. Key looks include boxy, Gallic-inspired Breton viscose jersey tops with chiffon stripes, along with Aztec, black lace and flocking.
Prices: £12 to £75
Contact: 01637 879530
Menswear brand Humdrum debuted a premium line of T-shirts and vests to sit alongside its Classic line, in a bid to introduce a tiered pricing structure. Both ranges feature the vintage American mascot and milkshake prints for which Humdrum is known, but the premium range has a slimmer silhouette and a finer tri-blend jersey.
Prices: £10.50 to £14
Contact: 07793 675014
British heritage is a key theme in menswear brand Seventyseven’s range, reflecting the trend in streetwear towards a more sophisticated aesthetic. This season the brand’s flannel shirts and retro-print T-shirts sit side-by-side with varsity jackets, a Made in Britain wax cotton jacket and quilted military-style coats.
Prices: £9.80 to £56
Contact: 0121 501 3773
Simple and sophisticated designs take centre-stage at womenswear brand Silas, which is returning to the UK after a six-year absence. The autumn 12 collection includes a coffee-coloured suede jacket with sheepskin lining, an oversized knit with an intarsia swan print, a structured wool beige coat with pleating detail in the back and tulle skirts with an imitation leather lining.
Prices: £58 to £585
Contact: 020 7359 2584
Launched two years ago by Japanese designer Ryoko Nagano, womenswear brand Slow Dance takes its inspiration from lingerie, combining feminine detailing with a muted palette of pink, grey and beige. The autumn 12 offer includes an orange silk shift dress with a hand-drawn print, and a cotton trench coat with a raccoon fur collar.
Prices: £81 to £534
Contact: 00 81 33 61 82 189
To be Frank
Inspired by a combination of a working man from Yorkshire and a London businessman, menswear brand To Be Frank teams hard-wearing fabrics with smart tailoring.
The collection includes a heavy wool jacket with coat tails and shirts with detachable collars in different colour options. Each piece comes with a USB drive that details the garment’s journey.
Prices: £90 to £310
Contact: 020 7266 8400