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This is a guest post by Maria Pierides, one of our fabulous competition winners. She’s been hitting the tents at Somerset House as a guest fashion reporter for My Fashion Life to cover as many of London’s spring shows as she can make – find out how she got on when we armed her with a bag full of tickets and sent her packing…

Who: Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch

What: four collections from the best up-coming designers, presented by Vauxhall Fashion Scout. A taste of four very different offerings from designers that are totally worthy of their recognition.

Highlights: each collection had a contemporary twist on classic designs and the signature styles of the designers were very apparent. Malene Oddershede was a personal favourite, purely for the huge splash of colour, reminding us that we were indeed watching a spring/summer catwalk.

Lowlights: Even though we loved the collection, many of Alice Lee’s pieces were effectively the same, give or take a stitch here or a pleat there. More versatility would have been good, but what she did, she did well.

Overall (pictured L-R above): Alice Lee showcased a finely handcrafted couture-inspired collection while Malene Oddershede Bach made it very apparent that she wasn’t afraid to play with colour and texture, favouring leather and bright brights in particular. Phoebe English (i.e. the girl that practically made an entire collection out of hair last season) presented a versatile but very defined collection, and Shao Yen’s outing comprised of an abundance of unusual materials, many of which were slightly reminiscent of bondage gear.

More images from Ones to Watch to come…

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