Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Talk of the Town

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Talk of the Town

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From religious imagery to computerised knitwear, London Fashion Week's most exciting young designers are also its most adventurous.

Sophie Goodwin talks to six of the best


Fashion East's show on Monday features three designers: New Generation award winner and North Londoner Louise Goldin, 25, Danielle Scutt (see page 63) and 23-year-old Henry Holland's label, House of Holland. But knitwear designer Goldin holds her own - her intricate metallic yarns and cashmere blends are inspired by Gaudi, Bridget Riley and Bauhaus. 'I wanted to get inside the world of graphics and make knitwear look computerised,' she says. The Central Saint Martins graduate divides her time between her factory by Lake Como, Milan and her home in Islington.

'Work hard, play hard is my mantra,' she says.

Knit dress, [pounds sterling]162, Louise Goldin at Browns (020 7514 0000). Leggings, [pounds sterling]4.99, Jonathan Aston (01277 232 301)


Hosted by the Norwegian ambassador, Bjarne Lindstrom, at his home on Palace Green, W8, Bergen-born Kristian Aadnevik's sixth off-schedule show on Tuesday will be a more exclusive affair than most. Working in Paris with Alexander McQueen and then Charles Jourdan has clearly paid off, but the Royal College of Art graduate wisely quit the latter last year to concentrate on his own label. He claims his spring collection, Nephilia, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, is: 'An explosion of heaven and hell, with a splash of blood - million-dollar rock babes meet high-society extravagance.' Aadnevik produces sculptured tailoring and party dresses in floating chiffon and draped jersey.

'From a very young age I was drawn to my grandmother's fashion magazines,' he explains. 'I fell in love with extravagant dressing.'

Feather dress with patent belt, [pounds sterling]4,100, Kristian Aadnevik (020 7823 3797)


'I didn't think my clothes would take off like this,' says Osman Yousefzada of his escalating popularity. 'I am struggling to meet demand.' The 34-year-old Cambridge and Central Saint Martins graduate now has 17 stockists worldwide - in London, America, Russia, Turkey, Spain and Greece. Osman is a late starter, having worked in the City for three years before deciding to 'dump it all' two years ago for a life in fashion. Strong on historical references, he likes playing with volume and using religious imagery (think modern damsels, martyrs in seminary capes and mad halos). His fourth offschedule collection, Icon, takes place in Selfridges on Tuesday.

Dress, [pounds sterling]1,575, Osman Yousefzada at Selfridges (0870 837 7377).

Slingback pumps, [pounds sterling]320, Christian Louboutin (020 7245 6510)


Although his parents are from Oman, the 26-year-old designer Amr was born and bred in London. …

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