Since graduating from Central St. Martins in 2010, Phoebe English has been steadily making a name for herself as one of London’s prominent young talents. Working closely with her creative director, Rose Easton, her womenswear has become known it use of structure, layering and texture. Her debut collection was picked up by Dover St. Market and over the following four seasons her pieces have gone on to be stocked in boutiques internationally, including Shop at Bluebird, London, Taiwan’s Goodz Collect and I.T Hong Kong. With a firm following already established and her designs featured in editorials for the likes of Dazed & Confused and i-D, the future looks bright.
For Autumn Winter 13 she presented T-shirts teamed with longer versions in contrasting sheers, dresses and gowns layered up over skirts and held together with cocoon like coats, in a soft natural colour palette. Photographer Max Montgomery debuts his shoot showcasing this beautiful collection and Fashion Editor Anna Hughes-Chamberlain caught up with the designer herself.
SO WHAT’S GOING ON NOW IN THE WORLD OF PHOEBE ENGLISH?
We have just moved into our wonderful new studio as part of the Venture Programme that was awarded us by the Centre for Fashion Enterprise. All very exciting!
HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK WITH ROSE?
Rose was my first ever customer, she brought a startlingly challenging piece, a full length hair dress, which she wore like no-one else could, with effortless glamour- I thought to myself- this is a special lady!
HOW DO YOUR ROLES DIFFER? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A
There are enormous crossovers and we really work as a singular unit on most things, we are two halves of the same thing in so many ways.
WHAT’S INSPIRING YOUR DESIGNS AT THE MOMENT?
Movement and the visual surpression overtly feminine detailing.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS
We are very proud of our ‘Made in England’ ethos, all our manufacturing is done in a small scale factory right here in London.
WHO DO YOU RESPECT THE MOST IN THE INDUSTRY?
I really have such enormous respect for any designer with their own label, it is incredibly hard work, and I really really admire the people who have embarked on it.
ANY ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO YOUNGER DESIGNERS JUST STARTING OUT?
Get involved with the Centre for Fashion Enterprise at as earlier a stage as you can, they have been such incredible support to Rose and I, and have been able to advise and guide us in areas of business that we had no idea even existed!
ANY MAJOR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR?
There have been so many highlights, I think recently though doing the window installation for Dover Street Market. It was amazing to work in a new realm of design.
WHATS NEXT? ANY EXCITING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Hopefully new adventures, discoveries and people to meet