Who started it? Born in Austria, the Central Saint Martins-trained designer started his eponymous label in 2012. He has been touted by fashion insiders as the next big thing after winning the Vogue Italia & Altaroma “Who is on Next?” competition and being a finalist for this year’s prestigious LVMH-Prize.
Why we love it: uncomplicated but clever, Arthur Arbesser is a fan of contemporary art and architecture; he cites German abstract painter Blinky Palermo and German sculptor Isa Genzken as influences for his autumn-winter 2015 collection. But it’s the Milan-based designer’s use of unconventional materials, such as metallic pinstripes and loden – a thick woollen cloth used for outer clothing – that make him stand out from the crowd. His collection features dirndl-shaped skirts (a type of traditional dress worn in southern Germany … think Oktoberfest), sailor stripes and high-neck collars.
What we’d pick: while most of the autumn-winter collection is preoccupied with uniforms, it’s the geometric dress (below left; HK$7,900) and the triple block-coloured jumper (below right; HK$7,900) that best illustrate Arbesser’s love for bold colours and crazy geometrics. For something with a more distinctive silhouette, try the colour-block peplum dress (left; HK$9,100).
Where can you get it? A selection is available at Harvey Nichols in The Landmark, Central.