With just a few days left of the spring 2018 shows, and a new season on the horizon, we’re looking to all the street style action for some more immediate sartorial inspiration. And the cult brands that have got us all talking? They’re surprisingly accessible.
While some names mentioned here may not be new, they have steadily made their mark on the fashion elite and have even managed to gently persuade some of the best-dressed out there to swap their much-loved high end buys in favour of more affordable alternatives. With so much choice when it comes to shopping for affordable, catwalk-inspired fashion, it is becoming harder than ever for lesser-known labels to break through. But these eight brands have managed to do exactly that, striking a balance of good price, great quality, and a unique design handwriting that you can't find anywhere else on the high street. From Ganni to Danse Lente, here’s our round-up of the cult brands to bookmark now...
When it comes to distinctive arm candy, Simon Miller is up there. You know a brand is set to be big news when Net-A- Porter’s retail fashion director, Lisa Aiken, wears it on repeat. The suede Bonsai bucket bag made waves last season thanks to it’s compact size and signature circular handle, and this season, Miller has come back with bigger shapes in even bolder shades. "Simon Miller was one of the first labels to offer luxury bags at a contemporary price point and they’ve been clever to evolve the signature Bonsai using a multitude of colours, from classic black and tan to raspberry and now yellow," Aiken tells The Telegraph of the appeal. "We can’t wait for the Lunch bag to launch at the end of October – it has a laid- back, rolled down style which we know our customers are going to love’.
Next up, Ganni. We’re betting you’ll have spotted this Scandi brand all over Instagram as those in the know have been championing it for some time. But it was a sell-out emerald green tea dress that marked a turning point for the Copenhagen-based label. No street styler worth their Insta-following operates without something Ganni in their wardrobe, with the checked Charron dress taking the crown for most-spotted frock during fashion month so far. Their chunky tie-back rainbow knit has arrived in time for autumn - coming soon to a social media feed near you.
Charron Dress, £235, Ganni.com
The London-based designer has just celebrated her first fashion week show. But way before that well-received catwalk debut, Pyo’s creations have been steadily making their way into the wardrobes of the impeccably dressed. Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine is a firm fan, alongside journalists Veronika Heilbrunner and Pandora Sykes. Why? Those statement silhouettes guarantee all eyes are on you. Prices start at £335 for a standout blouse, while the wide leg Emily jeans will set you back £325. This one's got staying power, so there has never been a better time to invest.
For trend-led separates, Kitri is top of the list. It’s not the first time we’ve expressed appreciation for the relatively new brand, and since it’s launch back in April it has become an immediate hit. Kitri now has a Marylebone-based pop-up shop, a strong celebrity fan base and a number of the hero pieces that have sold out completely. So what's the secret? Founder and Creative Director, Haeni Kim tells us; "I feel there is a real shift towards mid-priced brands, particularly independent labels, not just because the prices are more accessible but they have really upped their game. There is a real sense of creativity and identity, much like designer pieces, plus you won’t see others wearing the same thing." We couldn’t agree more. This brand proves that you don’t need to part with serious cash for good quality, style-focused separates.
Jacquard Jumpsuit, £125, Kitristudio.com
Just when we think the trainer trend is about to cool off, and we’ve invested in what we thought to be one last addition to the collection, there’s another must-have sneaker on the scene. Introducing the Veja leather Esplar. Much like Stan Smith’s, this pair of simple white lace- ups has plenty of mix-and-match potential and comes in at £87. The style set are wearing theirs with everything from floaty midi dresses to smart tailoring, proving that the trend shows no sign of slowing any time soon. Keep yours squeaky clean and scuff-free for maximum impact.
For seriously statement party dresses, Rixo should be your go-to. Subtly sexy with a nod to Seventies silhouettes, the dresses are wearable and fun. Unsurprisingly, the brand (which launched in 2015) has been clocking up the fans and has been spotted on Laura Jackson and Sofie Valkiers. It's still slightly under-the-radar, meaning that you wont spot those printed silk pussy-bow blouses, slinky midi skirts and high-neck dresses on anyone else at the party, and when it comes to cost-per- wear, these pieces can go further when dressed up or down with a little artful styling.
Lucy Dress, £315, Rixo.co.uk
On the accessory scene, London-based label Danse Lente has reigned supreme this show season. The collection is every bit as chic and unique as the name, which translates in French to ‘slow dance’. Lisa Aiken explains the reason behind their rapid success; "More and more, It bags are becoming about design and not the label or branding. Danse Lente has this wonderful architectural approach to design which we can’t get enough of. The shapes are unusual with statement hardware in modern colour blocking palettes, meaning each piece is discreet yet instantly recognisable thanks to it’s signature aesthetic, and again, all are available at contemporary price points." You can expect to find structured cross-body styles, minimalist top handle totes and reimagined, elegant shoulder bags that are oh-so- perfect for autumn’s new ladylike mood.
We're struggling to forgive you if you haven't heard of this Australian sunglasses brand yet. Let us fill you in; thanks to a few A-List fans like Olivia Palermo and Gigi Hadid, Le Specs has hit stratospheric new heights over the summer. The stars have been sharing their love for the statement sunnies on Instagram and, at £55 per pair, there has really never been a better cult label to add to your collection. Le Specs has tapped into fashion’s latest love of super-sleek, retro-inspired sunnies, and you won’t have to part with big bucks to get in on the action.