First off was BlackDressHQ. As the name of the brand may reveal, this seven-month old Australian company puts its entire focus onto the legendary ‘Little Black Dress’. The idea is to bring the timeless elegance of black into one place by creating unique evening pieces, also by collaborating with designers such as Hunter Dixon and Rebecca Taylor. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a rad idea!
Chinese Laundry’s Autumn/Winter 12 collection was all about edginess. Check out these glitter brogues with silk laces (below). I guess the only person capable of wearing these would be a very drunk Louis XIV. Still, they look pretty cool.
One of my favourite finds was D.L. & Co. Launched in 2003 by perfume-expert Douglas Little, this brand offers extravagant homewear pieces characterized by a decadent Ewardian feel: perfumed candles in hand-crafted containers, all decorated with diamante crosses and skulls. This particular candle (picture below) was designed so that, once lit, the melted wax would come out from the eyes. How awesome is that?
Also on my A-list is FALLOW, a Brighton based brand that believes in ‘made in Britain’ more than anyone else. Their denim is handcrafted with original Stonehenge linen and their deerskin patches are branded from a local Sussex Blacksmith. The results are these stunning denim waxed raincoats with leather inserts and unique deerskin gilets with a 70’s feel.
A small area of the venue was dedicated to technology and gadgets. My favourite was this mini-camcorder designed by Fabien Nauroy, an amazing substitute of the common post-it. Say you wanted to remind your roommate to buy milk or wash the dishes, instead of writing it down you could actually record a 3 minute video. It has a magnetic back so it can be attached to the fridge and it costs just under 50 quid.