Designed in Hackney: scribbled faces on fabric masks feature in the latest collection from young designers Leutton Postle, who continue this week's look at Hackney fashion designers.
Abstract illustrations of facial features adorn the collection, which combines textured knit, reverse appliqué, metallic yarn and tinsel.
Sam Leutton and Jenny Postle both studied at Central Saint Martins before making their debut together at London Fashion Week in September 2011. Their craft-led creations won them the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award for Spring Summer 2012.
Their studio is next to Hackney Downs.
Here's some more information from Leutton and Postle:
The AW12 collection from cult design duo Leutton Postle is visually arresting, playful and intensely detailed.
Labour-intensive looks artfully meld textured knit and reverse appliqué together, often to surprising effect.
A knitted face is enlivened with a three dimensional weft of hair that becomes a ponytail.
Patterns come in the form of facial features, both illustrative in knitwear and abstract in textiles; a motif which is echoed throughout the collection.
Diverse inspirations ranging from tinsel to faces to blocks to Wes make for a muted colour palette (mulchy earth tones, putty, inky blues) offset with intense primaries.
Never afraid to utilise unusual materials in their work, splashes of tinsel and sparks of metallic yarn illuminate the collection.
Classic knitwear shapes such as vests, cardigans and v-neck jumpers are subverted and the classic smart skirt suit is re-hashed with intense patterning and metallic tones.
Garments are worn layered: delicately trimmed tunics are paired with boldly patterned trousers and heavy boucle jackets along with quirky headwear, which set a playful tone for the rest of the collection.
These are luxurious statement pieces in their own right and statement looks when worn together. The upshot? A sartorial mash-up for bold, vibrant women.
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Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which is one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices. We’ll publish buildings, interiors and objects that have been designed in Hackney each day until the games this summer.
More information and details of how to get involved can be found at www.designedinhackney.com.