The Spotlight | Song For The Mute

Song For The Mute S/S 2012 | Source: Song For The Mute

SYDNEY, Australia — This month, the BoF Spotlight turns to Song for the Mute, an Australian menswear label founded by graphic artist Melvin Tanaya and Accademia Italiana Di Moda-trained designer Lyna Ty, whose sleek, modern clothes and unconventional approach to traditional fabrics made them the first ever menswear brand to win the prestigious Designer Award earlier this year at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, an accolade

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The Spotlight | Malene Oddershede Bach

Malene Oddershede Bach S/S 2012 | Source: Malene Oddershede Bach

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month, the BoF Spotlight turns to Malene Oddershede Bach, the Denmark-born, London-based designer whose meticulously constructed Spring-Summer collection of architectural-yet-feminine silhouettes, textured knits, silks and cottons, and vivid, unexpected prints stood out at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch’ show this season. Oddershede Bach’s spring colour palette of electric pink, turquoise,

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The Spotlight | InAisce

InAisce S/S 2012 | Source: InAisce

NEW YORK, United States — This month, the BoF Spotlight turns to InAisce, the New York-based anti-trend menswear label launched by Colorado native Jona (first name only) whose poetic and meticulously crafted work — simultaneously forward-looking and artisanal — first caught our eye at New York boutique If. “InAisce doesn’t fit into a category,” Jona told BoF, speaking at his design studio on the fourth floor of a former factory

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The Spotlight | Flaminia Saccucci

Flaminia Saccucci Graduate Collection | Source: Flaminia Saccucci

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month, we shine the BoF Spotlight on print designer Flaminia Saccucci, whose symphony of printed latex garments — inspired by the sexiness of rubber, the masculinity of tyres and the feminine fragility of wild flowers — snagged her the L’Oréal Professional Young Talent Award for the best student collection at the Central Saint Martins BA graduate show a few weeks back. Speaking with BoF, the young

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The Spotlight | Huishan Zhang

Huishan Zhang A/W 2011 | Source: Huishan Zhang

LONDON, United Kingdom — One of the greatest aspects of teaching at Central Saint Martins (apart from walking its hallowed halls) is having a first look at the strong talent that the College manages to attract from around the world, and then witnessing (often with amazement!) how that talent develops over time. The strongest students take advantage of all that CSM has to offer, and in the process, discover their own design voice

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The Spotlight | Tze Goh

Tze Goh detail | Source: Tze Goh

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month, the BoF Spotlight turns to Singapore-born, London-based designer Tze Goh, whom we first came across during London Fashion Week at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch.’ show. In fashion, designers often combine multiple points of reference in a single collection to give their clothes a more novel and appealing context. But Goh takes a more tightly focused approach to his

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The Spotlight | Maryam Keyhani

Quilya Necklace | Source: Maryam Keyhani

TORONTO, Canada — Artistry runs in Maryam Keyhani’s blood. “There is nothing I can do but to make things with my hands,” she says. “But it is hard to make money from art,” a lesson she learned at the age of 13, going from gallery to gallery to help sell her father’s artwork shortly after she and her family moved to Canada from Tehran. “I wasn’t doing  it for fun, it was for

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The Spotlight | Louise Amstrup

Louise Amstrup S/S 2011 | Source: Louise Amstrup

LONDON, United Kingdom — London Fashion Week continues to be the world’s premier platform for emerging fashion talent. And while Danish-born, London-based designer Louise Amstrup isn’t yet on the official LFW schedule, we think she should be. Last season, Amstrup’s show — sponsored by On|Off, a platform for emerging fashion talent that presented the designer with the Visionary Award for 2010 and has previously showcased designers

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The Spotlight | Jordan Askill

Horse Sculpture | Source: Jordan Askill

LONDON, United Kingdom — Listening to Jordan Askill speak about his intricate jewelry is something like listening to a fantastical storyteller who magically transports you to a mythical, far away land, filled with surprise and beauty at every turn. “I don’t feel there is any reason to create something without a real purposeful story that can at least resonate at some emotional level,” says Askill, a former

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The Spotlight | 1-100 by Graham Tabor and Miguel Villalobos

Graham Tabor and Migel Villalobos | Photo: Miguel Villalobos

NEW YORK, United States — I first met Graham Tabor and Miguel Villalobos over sushi in New York with our mutual friend Diane Pernet. Then again, it felt like we already knew each other since their smiling faces were often featured on Diane’s blog and she had already told me so much about them. Since then, Graham and Miguel have kept me captivated with their creativity and ideas. A talented photographer and illustrator working

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The Spotlight | Ana Locking

Ana Locking Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 | Source: thefashionisto.com

MADRID, Spain — This month, the BoF Spotlight turns to Spain. Despite a contracting economy, an increase in sales tax and nationwide austerity measures, it turns out that, between LVMH-owned luxury brand Loewe and fast fashion powerhouse Inditex — owners of global brands Zara, Bershka and Massimo Dutti — there’s still room in the market for a young and creative Spanish brand like Ana Locking. Founded in 2008 by Ana Gonzalez, the

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The Spotlight | David David

David David for BoF

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month the BoF Spotlight turns to David Saunders, founder of the eponymous London fashion label David David, whose vibrant graphic motifs have already caught the attention of The New York Times, Dazed & Confused, and even BoF, which included David’s film in our recent rundown of the top fashion films for Spring/Summer 2010. Like many of his East London compatriots, David is an alumnus of Lulu

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