21 February 2013 by

Inside Grazia HQ: 10 Things We Loved At London Fashion Week's Exhibition Space

The end of London Fashion Week and what a journey it's been! We've taken you through the catwalk collections, behind the scenes, inside the parties and, of course, into the very special House of Grazia courtesy of the wonderful team at MatchesFashion.com. Now for the things you didn't see! Whilst the on-schedule catwalk shows take place, there is also on off-schedule which is a platform for new designers as well as a trade show worth of stands situated in and around Somerset House. The stands are mostly where accessories labels and some smaller ready-to-wear collections show there wears to the press and stores from around the globe in order to gain coverage and more importantly sales. In the gallery below, you'll find our top 10 brands - some new and some who continue to go from strength to strength...

1. Paper London

The Grazia team have been in love with this UK label since the get go, but this season the brand is going to propel to new heights with there exaggerated silhouettes and bold colour combinations. This is only the second season wholesaling for the label, so watch this space and your department store!

1. Paper London

The Grazia team have been in love with this UK label since the get go, but this season the brand is going to propel to new heights with there exaggerated silhouettes and bold colour combinations. This is only the second season wholesaling for the label, so watch this space and your department store!

2. Joannne Stoker

Famous for her light up heels, we predict a big season ahead for this shoe designer as she collaborates with LFW on-schedule designer Eudon Choi for A/W13. We just love the perspex, (signature to Joanne) and fluffy pompoms heels. Pure showstoppers!

2. Joannne Stoker

Famous for her light up heels, we predict a big season ahead for this shoe designer as she collaborates with LFW on-schedule designer Eudon Choi for A/W13. We just love the perspex, (signature to Joanne) and fluffy pompoms heels. Pure showstoppers!

3. Bottletop (literally)

The bags were first introduced to the international market back in 2002 when they collaborated with Mulberry. All proceeds go to The Bottletop foundation, supporting women in Brazil. Fast forward 11 years and the collection is going from strength to strength, as is the charity, the bags are now looking even more slick and stylish with help from some major big hitters from the industry whilst still being made by underprivileged women in Brazil.

3. Bottletop (literally)

The bags were first introduced to the international market back in 2002 when they collaborated with Mulberry. All proceeds go to The Bottletop foundation, supporting women in Brazil. Fast forward 11 years and the collection is going from strength to strength, as is the charity, the bags are now looking even more slick and stylish with help from some major big hitters from the industry whilst still being made by underprivileged women in Brazil.

4. Palmer Harding

Ever been looking for the perfect wihte shirt? Well Levi Palmer and Mathew Harding may have just stopped your search. The duo are a part of the NewGen sponsored scheme are only in there third season and have interest from around the globe. They have developed the classic button down in ways you could never imagine, with there impeccable tailoring and intricate applique.

4. Palmer Harding

Ever been looking for the perfect wihte shirt? Well Levi Palmer and Mathew Harding may have just stopped your search. The duo are a part of the NewGen sponsored scheme are only in there third season and have interest from around the globe. They have developed the classic button down in ways you could never imagine, with there impeccable tailoring and intricate applique.

4. Palmer Harding

Ever been looking for the perfect wihte shirt? Well Levi Palmer and Mathew Harding may have just stopped your search. The duo are a part of the NewGen sponsored scheme are only in there third season and have interest from around the globe. They have developed the classic button down in ways you could never imagine, with there impeccable tailoring and intricate applique.

5. Mawi

We were blinded by all the bling at this stand, how could this label not make us stop in our tracks, magpies – look away now! Fit for a Queen, the crystals get bigger and even more colourful for next season, sure to brighten up any old LBD. The label introduces its second season of bags we are just lusting over, in an array of mouthwatering colours WANT. NOW!

5. Mawi

We were blinded by all the bling at this stand, how could this label not make us stop in our tracks, magpies – look away now! Fit for a Queen, the crystals get bigger and even more colourful for next season, sure to brighten up any old LBD. The label introduces its second season of bags we are just lusting over, in an array of mouthwatering colours WANT. NOW!

6. Yang Du

This Chinese designer is brought a whole lot of fun to our fashion week! Du, now in her seventh season, has worked for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and John Galliano and is really upping the stakes this season gathering interest from UK stockists. We are going giddy for her Owl backpack and Hippo Mini Dress.

6. Yang Du

This Chinese designer is brought a whole lot of fun to our fashion week! Du, now in her seventh season, has worked for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and John Galliano and is really upping the stakes this season gathering interest from UK stockists. We are going giddy for her Owl backpack and Hippo Mini Dress.

6. Yang Du

This Chinese designer is brought a whole lot of fun to our fashion week! Du, now in her seventh season, has worked for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and John Galliano and is really upping the stakes this season gathering interest from UK stockists. We are going giddy for her Owl backpack and Hippo Mini Dress.

7. Prism

Anna Laub, model, stylist come fashion designer, launched optical's, sunglasses, swimwear, espidrilles and now the latest edition to her growing collection is bags and don’t they look lovely! Having been a stylist for some of the biggest titles in the industry, she's a girl who knows whats been missing. The ponyskin tote and snake printed barrel bag are already on our AW wish list!

7. Prism

Anna Laub, model, stylist come fashion designer, launched optical's, sunglasses, swimwear, espidrilles and now the latest edition to her growing collection is bags and don’t they look lovely! Having been a stylist for some of the biggest titles in the industry, she's a girl who knows whats been missing. The ponyskin tote and snake printed barrel bag are already on our AW wish list!

8. Richard Braqo

Second season in and things are looking good for this New York trained shoe designer. Having worked at Cesare Paciotti, Helmut Lang and Acne Studios he knows a thing or two about sculptured sexy heels. The shoes are faultless in quality, and when we hear that the collection is produced by some of same artisans used for Armani, Azzedine Alaia and Prada, it all begins to make sense.

8. Richard Braqo

Second season in and things are looking good for this New York trained shoe designer. Having worked at Cesare Paciotti, Helmut Lang and Acne Studios he knows a thing or two about sculptured sexy heels. The shoes are faultless in quality, and when we hear that the collection is produced by some of same artisans used for Armani, Azzedine Alaia and Prada, it all begins to make sense.

8. Richard Braqo

Second season in and things are looking good for this New York trained shoe designer. Having worked at Cesare Paciotti, Helmut Lang and Acne Studios he knows a thing or two about sculptured sexy heels. The shoes are faultless in quality, and when we hear that the collection is produced by some of same artisans used for Armani, Azzedine Alaia and Prada, it all begins to make sense.

9. Maria Francesca Pepe

Known for her darker more rocky jewellery, Maria lifts the mood this season by adding colour and enamel pieces to the collection. Neck pieces, and cuffs make up the tribal story along with all the colour and interesting shapes.

9. Maria Francesca Pepe

Known for her darker more rocky jewellery, Maria lifts the mood this season by adding colour and enamel pieces to the collection. Neck pieces, and cuffs make up the tribal story along with all the colour and interesting shapes.

10. Liam Fahy

Having won the Fashion Fringe award in 2008, this Zimbabwe-born shoe designer trained up the ranks to go on to launch his own collection in 2010 as supported by Topshop's NewGen. The label claims to make on average the most expensive shoes in the world with the most exquisite details and deluxe fabrics. He also gives back to the community by having the dust bags made back home, in Zimbabwe to support famillies with Aids.

10. Liam Fahy

Having won the Fashion Fringe award in 2008, this Zimbabwe-born shoe designer trained up the ranks to go on to launch his own collection in 2010 as supported by Topshop's NewGen. The label claims to make on average the most expensive shoes in the world with the most exquisite details and deluxe fabrics. He also gives back to the community by having the dust bags made back home, in Zimbabwe to support famillies with Aids.


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Lauren Gregory (Tue Feb 26 14:04:45 GMT 2013): Just a brilliant label... deserves to be No.1.
Philip Browne Menswear (Tue Feb 26 14:26:47 GMT 2013): Stunning collection, label and a great team. Was a pleasure to house their pop-up store with us this season.