The Design Collective Scotland, made up of Marc Ross, Emily Lamb and Di Gilpin are producing an eclectic range of work across the board. Specialising individually in womenswear, shoes and knitwear each of these young contemporary designers bring something fresh to the Collective.
Marc Ross is a man after my own heart. The collectives resident womenswear designer shares my affinity for lots of black and studs, mixed with flashes of geometric print and colour.His designs are overtly sexy, a running theme throughout the collection. The feel I get from it is this idea of power and ranges from bodycon dresses to evening gowns with slashes through the centre to the more fantasy based leather bustier gown. I love his use of lemon,orange and purple throughout the collection, and feel that it mixes up the palette without the collection loosing it's edge. Studs everywhere remains a weakness for me. From leather dresses to the leather jacket of my dreams. The matte black studs added a feeling of luxury and helped me buy in to the old adage "fashion people wear black." I loved the print design, especially on the first dress. It has a contemporary off the wall elegance.
Ross' collection was beautiful and featured the right combination of wearable and fantasy. Marc Ross is currently up for the Scottish Variety Awards Designer of the year (last year won by the super talented Alan Moore of ten30.) If you're swooning over his collections as much as I did then go vote for him over at the Clyde 1 site here.