Bubble London announces its 14 nominees for the Rising Star. Launched in June 2013, the now-renowned competition serves as a platform for up-and-coming designers – both international, and homegrown. This season, the winner will be announced on Bubble’s opening day, Sunday 12th, with a panel of industry professionals set to judge entrants on everything from strength of product to branding, marketing and stand presentation. S/S16’s line-up is one of the most diverse yet, showcasing promising new fashion, footwear and lifestyle brands. It looks set to be a particularly strong show for girlswear, with luxury label Little Wardrobe London and Australian newcomer Tinker and Boo both in contention for the award. Occassionwear specialist Le Mu and fun, tween-girl brand Horses of the Wild have also made the cut. They will be joined by Amabelle, whose dresses, pettiskirts and tutus are inspired by the elegance of ‘50s and ‘60s fashion. Model My Own, meanwhile, will present its debut collection of dresses – which can be customised using clip-on accessories – to the judging panel. It will go head-to-head with the equally innovative Dotty Dungarees, which specialises in colourful, practical and adjustable dungarees for boys and girls. Babywear will come courtesy of British label Baby Acorn, whose soft cotton sleepsuits, shawls, bibs and jackets are available in a range of gender-neutral colours and prints. BBbambino is also set to showcase a debut range featuring fun, original prints, which are hand drawn by its founder and designer, Betty Bonhard. It will join whimsical, story-book inspired childrenswear label Little Kokoro, cool, contemporary fashion brand Where’s That Bear?, and the playful and quirky Mr Wolf. This season’s diverse line-up is completed by two footwear brands – on-trend baby-shoe specialist Little Lulus, and Hop Shoes, which aims to support growing feet. The winning brand is set to receive a free stand at next season’s show.
This are the nominees: