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Fresh focus Three of fashion’s rising stars honour their heritage

Personal heritage defines the bold collection­s of three rising stars

- PHOTOGRAPH­Y: JOSH DAVID PAYNE FASHION: JASON HUGHES WRITER: PEI-RU KEH

When it comes to articulati­ng ideas of identity, the fashion world has traditiona­lly drawn from external and historical sources to create evocative visions. As well as that may be, a new wave of young, emerging designers are instead looking inwards and expressing their sense of self in ways rarely seen before. In Johannesbu­rg, designer Thebe Magugu has used his collection­s to preserve and share South African culture. In London, British designer Supriya Lele mines her Indian heritage to create universall­y flattering silhouette­s, while the rising label Chopova Lowena seeks out Bulgarian deadstock fabrics to create its signature folkloric skirts. Drawing on their individual heritage to champion diversity, these designers widen the fashion lens in ways worth applauding.

 ??  ?? This picture, jacket, £1,300; dress, £714; trousers, £644, all by Supriya Lele Opposite, far right, long-sleeved top, £150; trousers, £770, both by Chopova Lowena. Bottom, dress, £610; sleeves, £180, both by Thebe Magugu Throughout, earrings, €165; shoes, €245, both by Aeyde. Tights, £29, by Falke For stockists, see page 113
This picture, jacket, £1,300; dress, £714; trousers, £644, all by Supriya Lele Opposite, far right, long-sleeved top, £150; trousers, £770, both by Chopova Lowena. Bottom, dress, £610; sleeves, £180, both by Thebe Magugu Throughout, earrings, €165; shoes, €245, both by Aeyde. Tights, £29, by Falke For stockists, see page 113

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