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DROMe Presents SS17 Campaign and Pre-Collection Lookbook

ITALIAN fashion brand Drome has released its latest advertising campaign and pre-collection lookbook, which features its designer Marianna Rosati’s thoroughly original designs as represented by American-born photographer Brianna Copozzi.

Drome SS17 © Drome

The campaign was shot around Union Square, New York City, and begins to feature across international media later this month.

Drome SS17 © Drome

The focus of Tuscan-born Rosati’s SS17 line is the experimental manipulation of leather – shaped, distorted, coloured and styled in new and highly innovative ways as a means to showcase its beauty, functionality and sheer versatility. Rosati nods to both biker gear and sportswear – which have always employed leather extensively in their designs – but explores its potential beyond traditional uses, envisioning new forms and creating new purposes for the material, manifest in pastel-hued frilled blouses, metallic frayed skirts and bell-sleeve dresses to name but a few.

Drome SS17 © Drome

Her collection is interpreted by Capozzi, whose dynamic work has appeared in publications such as Pop Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Purple Fashion Magazine and i-D, throughout which feminist themes and their place within contemporary pop culture prevail.

Drome SS17 © Drome

by Hannah Bergin

The collection is available at Drone online

Fluff and Furry As Romy LDN Goes Monochrome

DRESS up in style with a sleek new look from Romy LDN and join in the fluffy frenzy this season. Now in ever stylish monochrome, Romy’s pyramid bags add a touch of glamorous fun to every outfit. As a sporty alternative to the pom-pom, the  bags come with an interchangeable fun-fur cuff which allows you to mix and match from daytime to party looks.


White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN


Romy LDN, a luxury British brand, described by its founder Alice MacFarlane Hickox as “youthful, fresh, and accessible” has been producing faux-fur accessories since 2014. The brand offers a diverse range of luxury accessories which include oversize grab bags, clutches and even furry soda-can sleeves. The brand owes its success to the ability to combine unique styling with attractive and long-lasting materials. These include durable leathers, neoprene and a superior faux-fur that remains soft and glossy – even after repeated use.


600x400 BLACK POM POMBlack Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN

Modern and minimalist, the Romy pyramid bag offers a ultra-light design which is elegant, practical and irresistibly fluffy.

by Miranda Charalambous

Accessories by Romy LDN can be found here. The Pyramid Bag retail at £355

Front page image: White Monochrome Pyramid Bag by Romy LDN. Photograph: Romy LDN



British Footwear Brand a Piedi Introduces its SS16 collection

BRITISH footwear brand a Piedi have launched their spring and summer 2016 collection. Established in 2009 by former investment banker Mariam Syed the company is dedicated to creating affordable flat sandals. Syed comes from a long line of leather experts as her family has been trading within luxury leather fashion and accessories for several decades and Syed herself decided to follow in their footsteps,  having spotted a niche in the footwear market for stylish and high quality sandals retailing at a reasonable price.

Specialising in flats, a Piedi (meaning “on foot” in Italian) is committed to creating elegant and timeless pieces highly suitable for the demands of the wearer’s busy life. The SS16 collection offers a wide selection within the brand’s three main lines – classic, resort and city – which are suitable for many different occasions.

The Classic collection features a variety of thong and H-bar sandals in a wide colour range – including metallic. The styles in the range come with feminine sounding names and have been designed with day-to-evening adaptability in mind.

A PIEDI Lindsey SilverLindsey H-bar sandals in silver from the Classic range

As well as this, the Resort range is ideal for more casual occasions. These gladiator-style sandals are simple, yet elegant. The Resort line is a perfect holiday-wardrobe staple.

SUMMER KHAKI copySummer slides in khaki suede from the Resort range

The City range is perfect for more urban requirements and features hessian smoking slippers in various colours.

Hessian Slipper Burnt Orange LR
Smoking Slippers in burnt orange from City range

This line is a continuation of the office-suitable flats that a Piedi added to the line in 2011 on the strength of two very successful years of solely offering sandals.

by Magda Pirowska

The collection is available now to order from the a Piedi online store.

ESMOD Berlin MA Fashion Graduates Debut their Collections

ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion MA programme Sustainability in Fashion is an unique course which allows students to develop practical as well as analytical skills in sustainable fashion design with the aim of setting up feasible businesses. The course revolves around the notions of partnership and collaboration which are crucial to building a paradigm of interdisciplinary exchange and, therefore, a common platform for communication.

The course at ESMOD promotes holistic design practice in which the creative process focuses on economical, ethical, social and cultural awareness and sustainability while not compromising on beautiful aesthetics.

Lena and Nir - the weddingThe Plant Stories project by Renana Krebs for ESMOD Berlin International
University of Art for Fashion MA programme

ahmed picture 2 The Samrdd project by Hira Ahmed for the ESMOD Fashion MA programme.

The program is based on four main parts – sustainable design strategies, sustainable textiles and production, sustainable marketing and business and design anthropology – with each student being supported by a high-profile business partner.

While studying on the MA,  the students choose their own specific focus which allows them to place their discipline and interest within a broader aspect of study and therefore enrich their own ideas and design practice.

We have selected five designers of the 17 recent graduates from the ESMOD MA course to look at their work a little more deeply.

alice beyer schuchAlice Beyer-Schuch’s Further textile rebirth project for ESMOD

Israeli-born Renana Krebs comes from a family of botanists which has hugely influenced her Plant Stories project which she developed in partnership with Hessnatur, Smartfibre AG, Spinnerei Feldkich, Comazo GMbH. Inspired by  classical ballet and driven by sporty elegance, she designed a 15-piece collection with flowing silhouettes that offer comfort and unrestricted movement while still remaining elegant.

Krebs’s main focus in this project was exploring the interactions between man and nature and the possibility of developing new materials that benefit both the environment and humankind. The result of this was a development of a new yarn combination from the micro-organisms of algae with micro-modal elderweiss and a fabric that releases moisture into the body of the wearer.

Remo Polack looked at sustainable design strategies in his project Remoform developed in partnership with Dutch aWEARness, Lauffenmuhle and Persu at Work. His was interested in garments that were a part of mass production and so he focused on uniforms – a garment which is produced in large quantities and, more often that not, discarded once it is worn out.

Inspired by the Cradle to Cradle circular business-model, Polack worked towards a sustainable standard that sees all uniforms produced from one material which would allow them to be recycled and, hence, adding to them infinite value and saving on the natural resources necessary to produce new garments.

remo pollack Remoform by Remo Polack for ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion MA programme.

Another student pursuing the notion of sustainability in design is Hira Ahmed, whose project Samrdd aims at close collaborations with traditional artisans. Hailing from Pakistan, Ahmed has embarked on a journey reconnecting her with her roots and developing a longing for cultivating the traditional block-printing textiles technique practices by inhabitants of remote areas of Pakistan.

Due to their poverty and the extremely challenging conditions these people live in, this technique is on a verge of extinction. Ahmed works exclusively with the artisans sourcing all of her fabrics from them with the aim of  bringing better income and general life – enhancing investment to the are while practising fair trade and preserving the unique craft of hand-dying of silks and cottons.

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A look from Hira Ahmed’s Samrdd project for the ESMOD Ma Programme

Similar sentiments are reflected in Isabelle Regier’s project Ive – which focuses on a sustainable leather concept. Supported by companies Wet Green, YKK and Trippen, Reiger has designed a collection of organic leather bags that build on local resources, recyclability and ethical business practices. Her aim is to create an entirely transparent production chain from the designer all the way to the user, deploying the notions of responsible production and conscious consumption.

Regier used olive leaves to tan the leather so she could create goods that are fully biodegradable. So the bags fully recyclable as well as responsibly produced. The collection has also been created around the concept of timelessness and therefore aims at maximising the longevity of the items despite fashion trends and seasons.

isabelle reigerA bag in the Ive project by Isabelle Regier for ESMOD Berlin MA programme

Alice Beyer Schuch explored the possibilities of sustainable textiles and production in her project Further – textile rebirth catalyst. Tasked with establishing a comprehensive business, Schuch worked on creating a new type of textile but also devising a promotional campaign to present the idea to the public and to attempt to instigate wide-reaching change in thinking by the public.

The fabric she worked on is based on a technology which recycles old textiles. The final of this is a 100 per cent cellulosic material which is completely recyclable. The general idea is to create an event that bring brands and designers together so that they can work together eventually producing the end product to the customer.

Sustainability in Fashion MA at ESMOD is a unique course that tackles issues of paramount importance to the modernday world – resource renewability, waste, mindless consumption. It furthermore challenges the notion that responsible and organic fashion comes second style-wise to high-end luxurious design.

Thanks to the comprehensive selection of course units that complement each other the course aims to effectively educate a new generation of designers and business professionals who may be instrumental in a chance of turning around the industry.

by Magda Pirowska

For more details about the course, please visit here:

ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion MA programme Sustainability in Fashion 

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