Wednesday, 5 January 2011
'Best Designer Of The Year' Markus Lupfer.
So a new post, leads to a new research project and in the spotlight today I have placed London-based designer Markus Lupfer. Whilst manically scouring the sale rails in Selfridges I came across a dress-heavy charcoal fabric, mini in length with long sleeves creating a body-con silhouette, and in the middle of the dress was layered material of a woman's body, hard to describe but I imagine it would be instantly recognised by any Lupfer fan, the 'Lounge Bodice Dress' Looking at the label rang no bells, however that didn't interfere in influencing my decision to immediately take a liking to the unusual design. From looking at that one dress I am able to completely agree that 'Lupfer's unique style breathes new life into the everyday basics and refreshes the concept of classic knitwear, creating wearable clothing with an ornamental feel.'
The German-born designer graduated from the University of Westminster with a first-class honours degree in 1997. Lupfer didn't have to wait long for commercial success, his critically acclaimed final year collection was immediately bought by fashion boutique, Koh Sumai. Lupfer became a regular on the London Fashion Week schedule, until he joint the Spanish Fashion House-Armand Basi, where he remained design director until 2009.
Looking through his current and past collections Lupfer's attention to detail and ground breaking use of fabric is highly noticeable and it is no surprise to find out that it captured the attention of many brands including Topshop, he was given the opportunity to create capsule collections for the high street which he continues to do till this day. His recognised talents also led him to various collaborations and consultancy projects which included Mulberry and Cacharel. Through this recognition it has gained Lupfer a devoted following, Daisy Lowe, Lilly Allen, Jade Jagger and many more continue to appreciate his exceptional knitwear and inspired approach to jersey tailoring as well as his innovative use of print and experimentation with embroidery and graphic embellishment.
The Markus Lupfer label, as his own label, was created in 1998 and is now available in few stockist, exclusive boutiques, net-a-porter, ASOS and also department stores worldwide including Selfridges and unsurprisingly it is shifting faster than it can be replenished. With ever increasing sales and press attention the brand continues to grow internationally.
One of my favourite recognisable pieces of Lupfers collection are his experimental and exceptional approach to sequined embroidery, acclaiming him a cult fan base. 'Lupfer been very clever in making his sequined sweaters an item with a bit of cult following that draws followers from a really surprisingly broad customer-base. They strike such a great balance between easy and dressed up and witty and smart, pieces to make people from teenagers to adults smile and feel good in it almost anywhere.'
Posted by Callahan Brooks at 05:27