The Modist Hit List

This is how we do… Meet the major fashion players within The Modist’s style remit


Words by  Elle Timms

Adam Lippes

In Adam we trust…
Having forged a career with Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta, and eventually spending seven years as the latter brand’s Global Creative Director, it’s safe to say that Adam Lippes has strong fashion foundations. In 2004 the New Yorker branched out alone with his own ventures, cleverly moulding his aesthetic into a fusion of essential American sportswear with a refined edge. Tailoring cut to perfection and simplistic, easy-to-wear silhouettes are the name of the game, and we’re always on his team.

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Twist it like Alberta Ferretti
Known for her subtle romantic layers that pack an ever-so stylish punch, Alberta Ferretti’s breathtaking gowns and occasionwear separates provide glamorous wardrobe staple options. Encompassing designs which are expertly embellished, twisted, tucked, draped and ready to party, don’t underestimate Alberta’s capacity to nail a slightly more dressed-down look too. The label’s first capsule collection of cashmere jumpers, ‘The Rainbow Week’, is already a must-have hit.

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Christopher Kane’s killer skills
Maintaining a brand pillar list that The MOD concurs with – “Constant innovation, rebellious femininity and extraordinary skill” – Christopher Kane is a modern fashion success story. The Scottish designer’s name catapulted into the limelight when Donatella Versace took him under her wing as a post-graduate, before he started the eponymous label with sister Tammy ten years ago. Et voila, industry-defining, croc-transforming luxury, inspired by the abstract and the personal, forging a brave new way to blend technology, fashion and design.

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A cut above by Kym Ellery
A perfect match for knowledgeable modern dressing, Kym Ellery began her career as Fashion Editor of Australian fashion title RUSSH following graduation from Central St Martins in London. The Perth-born creative stepped over from editorial into design and has become renowned for her innovative visual approach, intricate techniques and use of fabrics. Everything she does is sculpted with a clear vision, yet flattering and wearable. The brand’s billowing styles make it a fall back for modest-friendly street style stars all over the globe.

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Wickstead’s modern world
It’s something of a rarity to find a red carpet these days without the input of one Emilia Wickstead. Having interned in the design houses of Milan, London and New York before making her name as a made-to-measure atelier in 2009, the brand has become a favourite name-to-know for the stars of Hollywood to British royalty (the Duchess of Cambridge is a regular). With a talent for transforming reserved formalwear from stuffy to beautifully elegant with a contemporary take, you can count on her to elevate things with chic, versatile power.

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Defying gravity à la Malone
A brand that’s the brainchild of Cordwainers alumnus Mary Alice Malone and luxury strategist Roy Luwolt, Malone Souliers’ fashion star has steadily risen within the industry since its launch in 2014. Unexpected silhouettes that transform even the simplest pointed stiletto style, jewel bright colour and fur trims, elegant peep-toes and metallic piping all make this an artistic, modern choice to punctuate attire from day to evening. Plus, each design is individually named after iconic stars of the silver screen passed.

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Make it like Marni
Synonymous with artistic collaborations and a sometimes-quirky, always-creative aesthetic, Marni is a go-to for the style set when it comes to cult status and offering solid wardrobe pillars, especially when it comes to accessories. Regularly praised for a refreshingly unrestricted approach to colour and texture, every piece holds an innovative unexpected twist. Creative Director Francesco Risso’s use of pattern and print makes each ready-to-wear creation one of cool, in-the-know interest, too.

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Mary, Queen of power prints
The first lady of repeated digital print, Mary Katrantzou’s signature look is instantly recognisable to any respected fashion follower worth her salt. From iconic life-like designs across form-fitting silhouettes that launched her namesake line in 2008 to the more recent introduction of embroidery and heavy embellishment, decoration is the key for Katrantzou. We adore her modern approach to layer-pieces, structured tailoring and overall fun vibe, never failing to raise a smile. Prints charming…

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Osman commands the room
With a most modern precise eye for a sharp cut and the purest form, Osman Yousefzada is a veteran London Fashion Week presence. With seasonal explorations in colour blocking and chic graphic prints, you can rely on an Osman piece to make a serious statement. Like, seriously. We adore his use of opulent interest fabrics and an innate ability to power up a piece, and use his creativity like a wardrobe secret weapon: You’ll mean business with a pretty dose of ‘pow’…

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Peter Pilotto is graphic goals
Comprised of the ultimate dynamic design duo, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos push the boundaries in bright, attention-grabbing attire for those that dare. Having burst onto into the industry ten years ago, the brand has become distinguishable with deftly cut dresses, chic separates and the cleverest use of block colour, print and pattern; it’s the epitome of modern wearable art.

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