Since 2006, set designer Gary Card's comic-book world of vivid colors, cuddly sculptures, and large, whimsical installations have been increasingly in-demand. This week, Card premieres his first solo exhibition "Abandoned Amusement Park Attraction," at a small East London gallery called Eternal Youth—which fits the spirit of Card's work perfectly.
When Danish designer Nicklas Kunz found out Kendrick Lamar was wearing his clothes, his reaction was as down-to-earth and modest as only that of a Dane could have been. "It was pretty sweet," he simply said, noting that Lamar is actually his favorite rapper. The pieces were from Kunz's Autumn/Winter 2013 line—his first full collection.
"What I wanted to do is make more of a statement by going green," says 26-year-old Mats Rombaut of his eponymous shoe line. "I'm wondering what the point of selling faux crocodile bags is; it's still promoting the killing of the animal."
In 2006, the British Fashion Council named Stuart Vevers the accessory designer of the year, and in 2008, he left Mulberry at an all-time high to take the reins of Spanish luxury company Loewe. Vevers was the obvious choice to reinvent the LVMH-owned house, known for its master artisanry; today, he is launching a new collection of accessories channeling retro Loewe prints in new and playful colors.
In January 2012, Bruno Pieters launched Honest by, a company offering 100% transparency as well as only eco-friendly and vegan products. Today, a capsule collection by Indonesian accessory designer Heaven Tanudiredja is being released on the e-store.
Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and, most recently, J. W. Anderson have all designed capsule womenswear collections for Topshop. Now, its male counterpart Topman has adopted the approach and hired up-and-coming menswear duo Agi & Sam to create the first full designer collection for the company.
Nigerian-German designer Bobby Kolade distinctly referenced his African upbringing by mixing bark cloth into his debut collection, presented last week in Berlin. The fabric, made from the bark of a fig tree, was added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008 and is the oldest textile known to mankind.