Fox & Rose selects best of young British talent

Fox & Rose has announced its three Emerging British Lingerie Designers of the Year for 2011.

Following the final year catwalk show of De Montfort University’s Contour Fashion Degree, Kirstie Groombridge, Sarah Burgess and Rosalind Strach were chosen by the fashion-led luxury lingerie retailer for their ‘eye catching capsule collections.’

Now in it’s second year, the Fox & Rose Young Lingerie Designer of the Year aims to promote new talent in the lingerie sector, giving a platform for aspiring underwear designers to showcase their work.

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In conjunction with De Montfort University’s Contour Fashion degree, Fox & Rose selects their three designers each year from the final year graduate catwalk show.

Should the students wish to make their work commercially available, Fox & Rose will provide them with visibility and a channel through which to sell their creations. The three winners are selected to reflect the luxury lingerie retailer’s ethos of providing looks to satisfy the seductive ‘Fox’ or the ethereal ‘Rose’.

Kirstie Groombridge’s collection ‘Opulence’ was selected for its ‘Fox’ appeal. Consisting of six lingerie, bodywear and corsetry outfits, it was inspired by Elizabethan costume and the work, life and times of William Shakespeare.

Experimenting with different garment shapes, she combined modern ideas with historic influences. Her signature style includes contrast straps on her garments and various cut out details on fabrics including suede, luxury silks and a geometric French lace to produce sensual, yet sophisticated luxury lingerie.

The inspiration for Rosalind Strach’s collection originated from Paris and the Art Nouveau decorating the elegant city. Exploring the work of architects such as Hector Guimard and Jules Lavirotte, Strach was inspired to put a contemporary twist on a classical concept. Soft gloving leather was laser cut into motifs and entwined into her lingerie to extenuate the female figure, leading Fox & Rose to select the collection for its ‘Rose’ appeal.

The capsule collection takes elements from nature, including symmetrical flowers such as the Orchid. Strach designed and developed a print, capturing the fluidity of the Parisian architecture in a delicate dusky colour palette.

Sarah Burgess’s ‘Tahiti Resort ‘ designer swimwear collection was chosen for its ‘vibrant’ take on a 1950’s vintage style with striking hand painted tropical prints inspired by the flora of far away shores. Taking her style inspiration from the fifties, she revived vintage details like ruched panelled inserts, modesty skirts and high waisted briefs – a ‘Fox’ take on beachwear. The collection has a wide target market as the retro style appeals to both young and old.

Fox & Rose commended all three designers for their ‘originality and design,’ but also for their ‘commercial knowledge,’ with the collections displayed being of high retail quality.

Fox & Rose co-founder Amanda Lorenzani said: “There is so much design talent in the UK and we really do lead the world for cutting edge styling and innovative design. We felt that Fox & Rose could provide the perfect platform to showcase some of the up and coming designers, as we champion British labels, as well as top international brands.”

Contour Fashion and Fashion & Contour Design programme leader Gillian Proctor added: “Fox and Rose have established themselves significantly in the contemporary lingerie sector and we are delighted that for a second year running they have selected three graduates from our courses at DMU to highlight up and coming talent. I wish more retailers had that foresight.”

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