French fancies

Wednesday 16 March 2011


report by Laura Hinson and Rosanna Falconer
photography by Laura Hinson

Twenty of London’s most exciting emerging design talents took Paris by storm at the LONDON show ROOMS this season in the JTM Gallery, Rue de Richelieu. We caught up with some of the designers to discover their Parisian and collection favourites.

Don’t miss them in New York next week!

Style swap! Michael van der Ham picked out his favourite dress for Louise Gray to model; she teamed it with matching mauve earrings from her own collection. Michael chose this dress because it fits Louise “like a glove”. Vice versa, Louise chose one of her AW11 knit jumpers for Michael to model “because it looks gorge”.

Michael’s favourite French food? “McDonald’s. I had it twice last night.”

Louise’s favourite Paris hangout? “The Irish Pub.”

Craig Lawrence with a knitted jumper from his AW11 collection. It’s his favourite as the colour complements his gold jewellery, plus he loves the stretch.

Favourite French food? “Croque Madame.”

Jackie JS Lee wearing her favourite AW11 jacket with model Shona. The jacket shows off Jackie’s menswear tailoring and her signature embossed detail. It also features a small guitar portrait on the back, incorporating her AW11 inspiration – Picasso’s ‘Guitar’ painting.

Favourite French food? “Beignets – choux pastries covered in sugar.”

Left to Right:

Holly Fulton wearing her favourite AW11 necklace because “it has the biggest crystal in the whole collection”.

French style icon? “Marie Antoinette. Look 18 of the collection is named after her!”

Nasir Mazhar is wearing a backpack from his AW11 collection. When asked why it is his favourite, he replies “just look at it!”

Favourite French food? “Paprika flavoured 3D bugles.”

Dominic Jones has chosen a gold pendant as it is easy to wear and smart.

Favourite Paris hangout? “Le Montana bar in Saint-Germain.”

David Koma is standing in front of his chosen dress which represents the overall AW11 aesthetic: poetic, sinister with dots of pop colour. It’s classy but cool.

Favourite Paris hangout? “Playing mafia with all the designers at Mary Katrantzou’s flat. We do it every season.”

Fannie Schiavoni with her AW11 leather and metal collar. This is the first season Fannie has used leather in her collection – she loves the way it’s so tactile. She is also wearing a metal bracelet ring from her collection.

French style icon? “Carine Roitfeld.”

Left to right: Fashion East designers James Long, Elliot Atkinson and Simone Rocha with their AW11 favourite garments.

James Long chose this dress as it encapsulates his menswear signatures in womenswear: knit, embroidery and macramé.

French style icon: “Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s.”

Elliot Atkinson chose the shirt and pinafore as it is exactly what he would wear if he were a girl.

French style icon? “Charlotte Gainsbourg.”

Simone Rocha believes this dress sums up the development of her deconstructed tailoring. Louise Bourgeois inspired her this season and the look reflects this.

Favourite French food? “Frites.”

Jonathan Anderson has picked this jumper from his AW11 collection. He likes the juxtaposition of the pattern with the rubber belt that cinches in the waist.

Favourite Paris hangout? “Café Flore on the Left Bank.”

Yang Du with her favourite piece from AW11. For Yang, this garment symbolises “three times lucky” and love of friendship.

Favourite Paris hang-out? “LONDON show ROOMS at JTM Gallery!”

Henry and Felicity Brown with their favourite piece: a dress which sums up the concept of the collection.

Favourite Paris hangout?  “Any boulangerie with good croissants.”

Christopher Raeburn is using tartan for the first time this season. The fabric in the jacket Christopher has chosen would normally be used for kilts – he loves the quality of cloth.

Favourite Paris hangout? “La Perle bar in the Marais.”

Atalanta Weller, Mark Fast, Mary Katrantzou and Todd Lynn also showcase their designs at LONDON show ROOMS. You can view their collections, along with all the designers’ looks, at

LONDON show ROOMS, Penthouse Lofts, Soho Grand, 310 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013. Monday 21 March: 9.00 – 19.00. Tuesday 22 March 2011: 9.00 – 15.00.

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