Sunday at the Oval

Sunday at the Oval

Bargain hunting season is in full swing with summer sales beginning and sample sales aplenty in London.  Over the weekend, I saw a queue of Meadham Kirchhoff fangirls queuing ardently outside their studio at their one-in-one-out sample sale, and hordes of people kneeling at plastic boxes, rummaging through £5 House of Holland bargains.  It’s a world away from the rarified type of shopping of the well-off, who can afford everything full price and buy collections at the beginning of the season.  Still it strikes me that in the pyramid of consumers, there’s a middling majority of thrifty fashion lovers, who know their stuff and don’t seem to have enough physical outlets in London to engage with fashion at a hand-t0-product level, especially when it comes to young designers.  For one, walking into Matches or Browns when you’re less than flash with the cash can be a depressing prospect.

For another, the number of designers in London far outnumbers physical stores, hundreds,maybe even thousands of times over. Sonia Williams and Tiffany Alwis recognises there’s strength in numbers though.  That’s how they started Fashion Sunday, a once a month gathering of designers under one roof at the Oval Space in Hackney.  I visited their fourth and largest Fashion Sunday yet today and found a genuinely interesting selection of designers, representing a diverse cross section of designers that are active in the city today.  Beyond the established set that show at London Fashion Week, there’s of course a whole host of fledgling designers in ready to wear, footwear accessories and jewellery.  They might just be in their very beginnings with maybe less than two years under their belts when securing stockists is still a challenge.

Here at Fashion Sunday, they get to sell directly to people at a discounted price, as well as offering past season samples.  Housed in a space that can also serve up Bajan treats and cocktails, it’s a hub where consumer and designer can meet.  Most have online e-commerce stores of their own but there’s nothing like feeling and touching the physical object, and directing questions to the designers.   Fashion Sunday’s selection changes every time and there are plans to do a menswear specific edition as well as one mega bargainous one centred around the December sample sale season.  It’s an upgrade from the unedited fashion markets down at Spitalfields/Brick Lane and certainly gives the opportunity for young designers to flex their selling skills.




At this particular edition Fashion Sunday, I was excited to see young Luke Brooks, an impressive CSM MA grad from 2012, creating product to sell for the first time – an endearing line of “tree-shirts” – a joint project of oversized dyed- tees, hand painted by Brooks and his dad.  The colours are enticing and the paint is generously applied and cracked in the wash.  I bought two.



Speaking of the drawn devil, I had just talked up Clio Peppiatt and here she was at Fashion Sunday, selling her Grand Theft Auto themed t-shirts, festooned with pina colada balloons and all things tropical.



Another familiar face was Emma J. Shipley‘s fine pencil animalia and floral prints put to scarves.



I’ve been meaning to talk up Kult Domini as I’ve interviewed designer Kate Deeley and am a fan of her resolutely chunky-heeled, squarely rounded-off toed shoes, that are supremely well-crafted.  This was a prime opportunity to snap up a unique take on the sensible shoe at a lower price.



Fashion Sunday gave me a chance to catch up with the goings-on’s of labels I hadn’t heard from in a why.  For instance I found out that ethereal printists Draw in Light are launching an interiors range to compliment their line of printed casualwear.



I got to pay compliments directly to designer Diana Auria‘s sustainable swimwear, anchored by Margot Bowman’s awesome prints.  Nabbed a bargain of a swimsuit from Auria’s first season to take with me to LA in July.  You can shop for them online on Art Wednesday.



It was an opportunity to connect the computer screen with real life interaction as I’d seen Larissa Hadjio‘s bags only on websites and now I got to see her crustacean clutches in person.



Fashion Sunday also exposed me to some newbies.  I might be getting my first bike to aid getting around N15/16 so I’ll be checking out Michaux’s British-made saddle bags, handlebar tape and rucksacks with reflective strips subtly worked in.



Fell a little bit in love with Yolke‘s silk separates for slubbing around the house in or wearing out.



One of the founders of Fashion Sunday, Tiffany is also a designer herself and she was selling her first core collection of variations on the bomber jacket from her label Hellespont.


I loved the textures of Claire Yirka Davis’ new label Hanger Inc.  Her SS 14 collection features hand painted thin latex, rendering this often difficult fabric into a wearable silky plastic.



Also since I’m a jewellery dunce, it’s good to get some new names on my radar.  Jessie Harris’s homeware inspired forms, Charlotte Valkeniers’ “square peg in a round hole” jewellery, Henriette Lofstrom’s sharp geometric shapes and newcomer Chalk’s laser cut wood and acrylic pieces created by two London architects.

IMG_0395Jessie Harris

IMG_0403Charlotte Valkeniers

IMG_0416Chalk London

IMG_0408Henriette Lofstrom


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  1. Glenda

    2014-06-01 at 11:12 PM

    Lucinda Chambers made mention of your name during a panel discussion. I’m so glad she did because it introduced me to your blog, which I am enjoying thoroughly.

    • stylebubble

      2014-06-02 at 8:53 AM

      Oh wow…what panel discussion was this?

  2. talktomyshoes

    2014-06-02 at 1:57 AM

    This looks wonderful! It must have been so much fun to attend!
    Also, I visit your blog on a regular basis but am generally too shy to comment. I just have to say, that yours is so worth the read, each update and post is always so well done and interesting. Don’t ever stop doing what you’re doing, your work is amazing!

  3. Gaptoothedgirl

    2014-06-02 at 7:34 AM

    I adore these rings!! Great post!!
    Xox, Gap.

  4. Caitlin

    2014-06-02 at 8:54 AM

    This is such a fantastic event, and some of the clothes and designs look incredible. It is always great when people share new designers and exciting events like this, thanks for sharing!

  5. Shauna

    2014-06-02 at 9:13 AM

    Your so pretty! If you’d ever like to check out my friends new blog would be so thankfull! thank you 😀

  6. Vivian

    2014-06-02 at 9:14 AM

    Love the chunky shoes!

    LIVE . IN . LOVE ✞


  7. Catrine

    2014-06-02 at 1:42 PM

    So many awesome photos! I especially liked the one with the greeting cards. I had never heard of this event before, thanks for introducing it!

  8. Riyka

    2014-06-02 at 3:16 PM

    Yay!! Love fashion sunday! We took part in it a couple of months ago, was a brilliant expirience, abd met so many cool other designers :)))

  9. fashionsbit

    2014-06-02 at 5:06 PM

    Amazing designers ! Amazing pieces!
    fashionsbit blog || facebook || instagram || bloglovin || lookbook

  10. Dana

    2014-06-04 at 9:34 PM

    This is amazing! <3


    2014-06-14 at 8:52 AM

    Supporting, showcasing emerging designers in concept retail shop/gallery in the heart of Chelsea providing affordable staffed retail space.

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