Our favorite British fashion designers
With the London Summer Games upon us, we wanted to have a little fun with fashion and hold a medal ceremony of our own to honor our favorite British designers. Jolly old London has brought us many things to be thankful for -- David Beckham, sexy British accents and of course, Kate Middleton's style escapades -- so today, we're paying tribute to a few of our fashion faves from across the pond. Who will take home the gold this summer? Read on to find out!
OK, OK, so Topshop isn't exactly the Vera Wang of fashion, but it is a hugely popular brand, and for good reason. Recently, I got to check out their huge store in London while on vacation, and it just reinforced my love for the brand all over again! Not only does Topshop offer high fashion designs for a low cost, but it's the only high street brand to show at London Fashion Week! Pretty cool, no?
The hip brand is pretty youthful for its age -- it started out in 1964 -- and boasts over 300 stores in the United Kingdom. If you ever get the chance, make sure you check out Topshop's flagship store in Oxford Circus, but if you're in the NYC or Chicago areas, you can also peruse their fab locations. If you're not already a Topshop addict, it's time to get with the program, ladies!
Silver: Roksanda Ilincic
Haven't heard of her? Then I'm glad you're reading this! This Serbian-born designer has dressed celebs such as Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Middleton (anything she likes, I automatically like already!), and debuted her first line in 2005 as part of Topshop's New Generation line. Since then, she's been wowing with her designs at retailers like Harvey Nichols -- doesn't get much better than that.
I love anything girly and well-tailored, so it's no surprise that I'm sort of crushing on Roksanda's designs! My fave to date? The retro pink dress Goodwin wore to the People's Choice Awards this winter. With the rise in celeb clients of Roksanda's brand, I'm really excited to see her expand more into the U.S. in the coming months and can't wait to watch every fashionable turn.
Bronze: The Cambridge Satchel Company
The Brits seem to love their accessories even more than we do in the U.S. -- fascinators, anyone? -- so I'd be amiss if I didn't include a pick for an accessories designer in this roundup! My latest fave? The Cambridge Satchel Company.
I recently got the opportunity to check out one of their bags firsthand and am totally in love! The neon Fluoro collection is totally on trend for the season, and super vibrant. The company's bags are compact but pack a lot of punch in the details, which is what every woman looks for, right? What I love the most about the brand is its uniquely British feel. After all, what's more British than a satchel? And hey, the price and the fact that these bags are sold in Harrods -- aka the fashion capital of London! -- doesn't hurt either.
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