Farfetch x MUUSE’s Elite Eight

Published March 31, 2014

From artists like Alexander Brodsky to political events like the Arab Spring and scientific theories like the Big Bang, fashion’s most promising emerging designers draw inspiration from all corners of the world. Tomorrow, April 2, eight capsule collections by eight talented young designers will launch as part of a pop-up shop collaboration between e-commerce platform Farfetch and Cophenhagan-based fashion collective MUUSE.

“The inspiration for Farfetch x MUUSE stems from the importance of harnessing and showcasing the creativity of new designers,” Farfetch Founder and CEO Jose Neves says.

The selected participants established their names through MUUSE—a company that searches the globe for emerging designers—but in joining Farfetch, they will be exposed to a larger audience. While MUUSE works with leading fashion schools and notable talent scouts to produce exclusive garments from more than 50 countries, Farfetch curates and supports independent boutiques, receiving 3.5 million visitors from over 200 countries per month.

Referencing the designers’ diverse heritages and interests, the capsule collections produce an array of garments that range from professional to casual, including a white cotton jacket and matching pants, but also a black and white viscose jumpsuit, neoprene dress, and galaxy-inspired print silk scarf and velour dress.

“Design for me is the urge to create something beautiful and aesthetical… I don’t feel restricted to fashion in the sense of designing clothes,” says Dutch designer and Farfetch x MUUSE participant Jantine van Peski.

Van Peski’s Brodsky-inspired collection includes structured cotton jackets and pants that translate her ideas into refined and fragile garments. With sincere attention to detail and technique through use of piping, fringe, and delicate stitching, van Peski’s “Louise II” collection reflects an often-unaddressed aspect of Brodsky’s unearthly and ominous drawings—an aspect of serenity.

Contrastingly, through Sasha Nassar’s use of bold patterns imposed on incredibly soft, sheer and draping textiles, her “Arab Spring” collection celebrates the strength of femininity. “My grandmother was the real inspiration behind my collection. She was never afraid to break the rules,” the Arab-born, but Western-educated, designer says. “The woman that inspired me is a strong woman that fights for her rights. I felt it was time that the Arab women get their own Arab Spring.”

For many of the featured designers, fashion serves as pathway to communicate ideas, beliefs and even explore philosophical questions.

“I am such a pragmatic person. I question everything including myself,” says Swedish designer Sara Lundberg, whose “TIME” collection revolves around the Big Bang Theory. “Designing clothes is my channel of questioning things. It is not about fashion, [but] more about the ambivalent nature of individuals.”

In addition to van Peski, Nassar, and Lundberg, Fartfetch x MUUSE will also showcase Lilia Yip, Beate Godager, Louise Korner, Daniel Silverstainm, Eun-Jung Lee, Ece Gözen and Caterina Cuiffoletti.

“We are truly excited to be bringing the best emerging talent to a global audience,” Neves continues. “Welcoming this collective onto Farfetch will support these new designers who are imperative to the growth of the fashion industry.”

FOR MORE ON THE FARFETCH X MUUSE CAPSULE COLLECTIONS, VISIT THE FARFETCH WEBSITE.