Pleat

Style meter

NOT

Head-to-toe stripes

Hello, and goodbye, sailor.

'Statement' bags

If you need to spell it out, then it probably isn't so.

HOT

African-inspired prints

Sunday, 5 February, 2012, 12:00am

AFH

Who started it? AFH was established in 2005 by designer Ayesha F. Hashwani and is known for its dizzying swathes of fabric, splashes of colour and timeless, luxurious and (surprisingly for a Pakistani designer) sexy ensembles. Applying the richness of traditional Eastern crafts and motifs to contemporary fashion trends from the West makes for beautiful looks with a distinct touch of exotica.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Maternity wear

Australian designer Stephanie Schell developed her own range of maternity wear after failing to find anything practical or fashionable when she was pregnant. Many of her designs can take women from pregnancy to post-delivery, including this jumpsuit (below). The pleated front and elastic waistband make room for an expanding waistline and hidden zips on each side allow for breastfeeding.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Milin

Who started it? Bangkok-based designer Milin Yuvacharuskul started her namesake label in 2008, having returned home to Thailand with a resume that included a stint at Jill Stuart and degrees from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Modern Gypsy

This summer we say goodbye to hippy chic and welcome the modern gypsy. With so many of the spring-summer collections paying homage to the 1970s, designers have looked to couturier Yves Saint Laurent for inspiration. Aside from his rich colour palette, they have chosen to revive his popular gypsy look.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hakaan

Who started it? London-based designer Hakaan Tildirim was born in Turkey in 1971 and studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, in Istanbul. In 1998, Tildirim was awarded the young fashion designer prize by the city's Textile and Apparel Exporter Association.

15 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

True by True Boutique

Who started it? The line is a collaboration between French designer Juan-Manuel Olivera-Silvera and True Boutique owner Katie Campbell. Olivera-Silvera studied fashion at L'Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre, in Paris, France, before working with top designers and haute couture houses such as Popy Moreni, Carven and Courreges.

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Style meter

HOT

Epaulettes

Or any kind of military detailing on shirts and dresses.

Lace

All part of this season's lingerie trend.

Beija Flor jeans

Finally denim that fits real women properly.

An Ecru bag

Match it with your nude-coloured pieces this season.

NOT

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Style meter

HOT

Ruffles and pleats

A girly favourite is back for summer.

The asymmetric hemline

Go for short in the front, long at the back.

Clashing patterns

Florals with polka dots, or stripes with squares. Have fun but proceed with caution.

Sequinned flats

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

VPL

Who started it? Born in Gloucester, England, designer Victoria Bartlett graduated from the London College of Fashion with a degree in fashion design. She worked as an assistant with Rhavis of London before moving to New York in 1989 to launch a fashion collection. She then dabbled in fashion illustration before landing a job as a stylist.

18 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Pringle 1815

Who created it? Pringle 1815 is the stylish and contemporary counterpart to Pringle of Scotland. Launched last year for the autumn-winter season, the line takes its name from the year the main label was established.

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Issa

Who created it? Issa was born of Brazilian designer Daniella Helayel's frustration at not being able to find a dress she could wear from day to night and that suited her curvy figure. Drawing from her experience as a fashion consultant, she launched the line in 2001.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

All gone to waist

Escada The look is exotic, vibrant and sensual in the spring-summer 2008 collection (left). Fabrics are soft and flow over the silhouette, and colour blocking seems to be a key theme, with colours ranging from soft golds and neutrals to eye-popping jewel tones. The waist is accentuated, either through the cut of the fabric or contrasting belts.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Unconventional cool

Patrizia Pepe Eccentric mixing is the theme this summer (right). Individuals are encouraged to create their own inimitable styles by mixing pieces from each of the three collections - gym trousers or a sweatshirt from the Urban Active range mixed with an item from the Lolita Glam line, for example, creates a sporty, about-town look. Light, floating fabrics dominate this season.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Grace Sun

Who's behind it? Launched last spring, the New York-based label is the brainchild of Parsons The New School for Design alumna Grace Sun and Emerald Ku, a Cornell University-educated entrepreneur based in Shanghai. Sun, who had worked as a graphic and internet designer for 12 years, decided to make the leap into fashion when Ku approached her with a view to creating a line together.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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