Words by Síomha Connolly
May 27th, 2016
If you’re a fan of minimalist clothing then today is your lucky day because we have scoured the globe looking for the rising stars of contemporary design offerings. These are the type of brands that you won’t find in every retailer, the little gem that makes everyone around you envious and we can guarantee you won’t be seeing someone on the street with a matching outfit to yours. But act quick, because we have a feeling that these brands may be our hidden treasures for now but not for long.
Third Form, Australia.
Merryn Kelly is the designer behind this minimalist dream brand. Launched in 2014, Third Form caters for the modern, urban woman and focuses on classic designs made to last. Dedicated to the appreciation of the female form, Third Form focuses on shapes and cuts that will enhance the female body creating uncomplicated but high quality designs to do so. This brand is for anyone looking to update their wardrobe basics with pieces that will fit seamlessly into a minimalist wardrobe.
Akira Isogawa, Japan.
This Japanese born designer is now based in Sydney, Australia but his designs remain heavily influenced by his native country. Using natural fabrics such as silks and cotton, Akira Isogawa creates free flowing clothing- think wide leg trousers, lots of layering and oversized shirts. Drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design, the shapes and structure of his collections contain traditional Japanese elements such as the kimono shape, but Isogawa brings modern and extremely wearable features to his designs.
Deborah Roberts launched Silvae in 2013 in her native Seattle. Meaning “of the woods”, Silvae is highly influenced by the designer’s surroundings in the Pacific Northwest. Produced in New York, these items are ethically sourced and produced, and are made from sustainable fabrics. Finding it difficult to source such fabrics at affordable prices, Roberts collaborated with artist Olivia Knopp to create hand drawn prints for her digitally printed fabrics making her designs entirely unique. With a simple collection of items Silvae will give you a look that appears effortless yet put together.
Canadian born sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon set up Beaufille in 2013. Creating a line of both women’s ready to wear and jewellery, the duo’s metalsmith skills translate to the collection as you see hardware features in a number of their garments, particularly prevalent is the use of eyelet detailing and exaggerated zippers. Their SS16 collection illustrates perfectly the idea behind Beaufille (which translates to “handsome girl”) that of the juxtaposition between masculine and feminine, hard and soft.
Vitorino Campos, Brazil.
While Campos’ designs are slightly more trend led than the rest of this list, his pieces deserve a mention for the impressive cuts, detailing and fabrics used throughout. He has been a regular on Brazil’s fashion calendar since 2012 but with a recent mention from Vogue following his AW16 collection reveal, we have a feeling 2016 will be his year. With off-the-shoulder tops and dresses as well as athleisure detailing this collection ticks all the boxes for this years best trends.
Swedish brand Rodebjer has been creating timeless fashion for the modern woman since the label was launched out of the designers own clothing needs. Carine Rodebjer found that her wardrobe was lacking versatile items that could take her from daywear to night and from work to leisure, and so Rodebjer was born. The label mixes Scandinavian minimalism with an extra richness, present in the luxurious fabrics and prints featured throughout the designs. While there are currently only two Rodebjer stores, both of which are in Sweden, the brand boasts an impressive online shop where the clothing can be purchased worldwide meaning we can all get our hands on a piece of the collection.
Shop some of our favourite minimalist pieces from these brands below, and remember, there is no such thing as too much monochrome clothing…
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