Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

In time for International Women's Day today we take a look at designer Natalie B Coleman who has recently received a great deal of national and international press attention, as well as interest from retail buyers in London and Paris, thanks to the extraordinary presentation of her Autumn/ Winter 2019 collections SISTERS which was unveiled at the Discovery Lab at 180 The Strand during London Fashion Week.

Photo of Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

Working with a team of skilled craftspeople including Design Ireland’s Jil de Burca, for this new collection of contemporary Irish fashion, Natalie partnered with the United Nations Population Fund to create a fashion collection of extraordinary beauty but one which also conveys a strong message of female empowerment and sisterhood.

Photo of Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of reproductive and sexual health being classified as a fundamental human right by the United Nations, Natalie, who has a distinctly feminist rhetoric running though her work, has created a range of intricately beautiful items of clothing which incorporate traditionally female techniques including Carrickmacross Lace and knit techniques as well as modern machine embroidery and printing methods.

Photo of Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

The mainline collection for AW19 is complimented by a collection of printed sweaters, hoodies, t-shirts and scarves which are boldly emblazoned with powerful motifs and which are both sustainably and ethically produced using organic cotton.

Photo of Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

The fashion designer was keen to include the work of fellow Irish creatives in the production of her designs and to utilise techniques which are traditionally associated with women as well as with the passing down of skills from mother to daughter - from one generation to the next. Traditional Carrickmacross Lace has been used in a way which subverts traditional, often religious, motifs through the representation of the female reproductive system in the collection.

Photo of Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

With design houses such as Dior and Viktor & Rolf using fashion to make strong declarations for AW19, Natalie B Coleman is not alone in being a designer who uses her creative niche to make strong political statements - something which has not gone unnoticed by publications such as fashion bibles Vogue Italia and Women’s Wear Daily over the past few weeks.

Photo of Feminist collection makes a statement at London Fashion Week

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