LFW Ones To Watch: 3 Hot Designers To Check Out

London Fashion Week is in full swing and although we’re super excited about seeing Burberry and Topshop and all the other major shows, it’s the up and coming new fashion talent we’re highlighting on our schedules. Check out the three hottest new designers that we’re predicting will be serious ones to watch for the future.

1. Angel Chen

Yet another major talent emerging from Central Saint Martins, Angel Chen might be from Shenzhen but we’re claiming her as one of our own. Specialising in womenswear, Angel is an out-of-the-box designer who isn’t afraid to play with shapes and experiment with texture, she even made a piece for her graduate collection out of coffee bags. Now that’s impressive recycling. Published in major mags all over the world, her graduate collection earnt her a top five spot in the CSM Press Show. So it’s no surprise that her clothes since then are drawing some serious attention. Launching the Angel Chen brand just a year ago, Angel is already a fashion week highlight and we reckon it’s not long until celebs catch on to her whimsical and fun designs. Watch this space.

Angel Chen

Angel Chen



2. Mary Benson

The most outrageous designs we’ve seen in a while, Mary Benson is anything but a design wallflower. Having worked for massive labels like Alexander McQueen and Richard Nicoll, Mary has finally set up her own quirky cool label. Psychedelic prints, a rainbow colour palette and exaggerated silhouettes full of volume are Benson’s signature making her clothes the most instantly recognisable designs on the catwalk. Accessorising her bold designs with surreal headpieces by designer Lara Jensen, Mary’s collections are otherwordly, awesome and swfitly becoming the most talked about show at fashion week. Our favourite look? The gold printed frock coat with the acrylic kissing snails head piece, obviously.

3. Minju Kim

Hailing from South Korea, Minju Kim is the anime-inspired design talent producing ready-to-wear we can’t wait to get our hands on. With a coveted H&M Design Award, a shoe collaboration and serious attention from fashion powerhouse LVMH under his belt, we get the feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot from Minju in the future. His cartoon printed designs in pastel colour palettes are instantly recognisable and his clever tailoring majorly flattering. Think Miu Miu’s pink cat print coat meets Disney and add a Wonderwoman crown and you’re somewhere close. An inevitable street-styler fave, it won’t be long until Minju’s whimsical designs are celeb staples.


By George Driver