Best Independent Labels – Katie Darlington

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Back on a cold, wet, windswept night just before Christmas I headed off to West London in a light snow as I had an invite to an event at an event. I’ll admit I was a bit grumpy, I was having a poke around and the I got to smile. One of the labels on show, yes I adore showcases, was Katie Darlington.

Hailing from Wales, and completing Uni not far from me this is a label that is going places. With a collection of outstanding chic items, the platform is set for it to explode in the luxury market.

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As for indie credentials, well here is a designer that has embraced crowd funding, and is using it to support her dreams. I love this idea, for to long support from designers has laid away from their talent, and in the hands of financiers. Well Katie Darlington is being very innovative in funding her next collection, and you can find more details here.

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Back to the clothes, classic lines, used to create stunning garments entwined with understated print. The current range is one that will empower the wearer, one that breeds confidence just by looking at it. It creates the best thing in fashion, an entrance. These are statement pieces that will turn heads.

Having discussed the items available with the collection of people who I share ideas and thoughts with the response was the same every time, we want to see more. I really hope Katie hits her funding target, because this is one runway show I WANT TO BE AT.


All pics from Georgia Shane – Freelance Photographer

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About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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