Maria Lau presents label for first time at LFW

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LABB sponsored designer mixes tights and jewellery in her new line.

LABB sponsored designer Maria Lau will be showcasing her eponymous jewellery label for the first time at London Fashion Week this year.

Sponsored by LABB as part of a select showcase ‘LABB Emergeʼ, Maria will be creating a ‘Jewellery Junglescape’ to further dramatise the conceptual use of her signature material of tights mixed with jewellery.

The showcase at The Hoxton Factory seeks to celebrate some of the hottest young design talent in the fashion industry. Designers’ brands will be presented in a conceptual display of ʻwindowʼ installations and all selected designers will be featured in Volume 4 of the LABB Book, a quarterly glossy fashion editorial magazine.

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Lau, a graduate from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Mixed Media Textiles, has worked with Michiko Koshino, Hussein Chalayan, DKNY, and Harrods.

Blurring the boundary between jewellery and clothing, she manipulates unconventional materials such as hosiery and shock-cord elastic, and mixes them with semiprecious stones and minerals to create braided and embellished statement pieces. For each collection, there are two-part ranges in which labour-intensive styles are balanced with the more simple ʻMagneʼ necklaces and bracelets that are often magnetic.

Alongside ‘Tribal Clish-Clash’ A/W 10, a high-energy collection with bright colours on a base of black, inspired by tribal and club-cultures, Maria Lau will also be showing a glimpse into her S/S 11 collection. The ‘cooler and calmer range’ is inspired by a fantastical tribe from Outerspace – it will feature pyrite and lava rock, with the return of nude hosiery and a flash of fluorescence to create a monochrome yet eclectic colour palette.

Lauʼs textural installation for A/W 10, using tights to create a jungle habitat, can be currently seen in the windows at jewellery retailer Kabiri, Marylebone High Street. Stockists include Kabiri and Johnny Rocket, as well as online at Not Just A Label.

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