FW Awards 2016 – Best Independent Accessory Designer

It’s just over eight weeks to the most glittering awards London hosts each year, The FashionWorked Awards 2016, (our 5th year of doing them). It’s time to start publishing shortlists!!!

There are two sets of awards, the ones my panels vote on, and two that I nominate and choose. The long standing Best Independent Designer, and to recognise even more talent, this year I’ve added Best Independent Accessory Maker as well.

These awards are the ones that are very special to me as the whole reason this site exists is to celebrate the designers that are off the High Street, the very best of the industry as individual creative’s and labels. Anyway, on with the shortlist . . .

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Emma J Shipley

Hand drawn, printed on material so light it floats on the breeze but with colours so ardently deep that they create a vibrancy that matches the designers talent. A one line description of the label. I’ve been a huge fan for a long time now and adore the designs, every single one is a hit, with not a single miss.

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Little Shilpa

For me one of the most creative and exciting minds in the fashion industry. Little Shilpa defies convention and conformity. Her ability to deliver the outstandingly bold, but the delightfully awesome is a mark of a designer thats thrown the rule book out and trusts her own very accurate instincts. She is unique and we should treasure her.

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Caitlin Charles-Jones

What a challenge, make a scarf more than just a throw on item, take something so simple ad turn it into the main part of an outfit. Caitlin Charles-Jones work with wool moves the humble winter warmer into a statement piece, stay warm and look hot. To be able to work in the confines of the woolly scarf and still deliver wow is a treasured thing indeed.

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Brix & Bailey

Brix & Baily take the classic shapes of leather bags and mix them with kick ass colouring. Knowing how to work palettes, two-tone and bright bold hues is a trick task. You don’t want to destroy the classic ideals of the bags with colours but Brix & Bailey not only walk that tightrope they dance, bounce and leap across it.

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Promises Promises

Every beautiful item is hand made, literally handmade. Each stone, each frame, all created individually. I’ve seen Vicky making pieces at fairs and discuss the process with her as well. The simplicity of design creates and adds to itself, there isn’t an outfit you own that couldn’t be improved by the addition of one of her pieces.

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Imogen Belfield

Imogen Belfield understands that a raw savage beauty is still a beauty. Her pieces leave feelings of the natural nature of the elements she uses, the marks of the creative process aren’t polished away. That crafted sculpture lends itself so stunningly to the pieces she gives to the world.

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A simple refined elegance runs through all of Velsvoir. It’s their design ethos distilled down into accessories. A knowing nod to the golden era of mens couture mixed with deep luxurious fabrics. Simple understated prints are added for flourishes of character and fabulousness. Male fashion can be more, and Velsvoir are making it so.

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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