One to Watch: Bimba & Lola

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Mixing bold primary colours, prints and touchable textures in lavish furs and silks, Spanish-based label Bimba & Lola are fast establishing themselves as being at the forefront of contemporary fashion. With a presence in 16 countries worldwide since its inception in 2005, sibling design duo Uxia and Maria Dominguez can be sure that their youthful yet intuitive aesthetic is destined for great things.

Keeping it in the family, the name for the label came from the pair’s pet greyhounds, Bimba and Lola, and the canine motif is one which features heavily across their collection as well as an inherent sense that each design is personal. “To create Bimba & Lola we look for inspiration in nature, art, film – even in friends and family,” Maria Dominguez said, speaking to Vogue. “We know each other really well and have great respect for one another, which helps when reaching agreements.”

The sisters’ brand comprises luxe separates teamed with bold printed dresses, eclectically cool tweeds and go-with-anything overcoats. Block colours and pleating are seasonal staples of the AW13 collection, which is all about relaxed style and slouchy, oversized silhouettes. Rich hues of plum, mustard, cobalt and oxblood red complement understated trapeze shapes and classic lines across a capsule that suggests a brand long established within the fashion industry. The sisters have tapped into the trends that are lining the runways and fitting them with their own unique spin. “This collection is inspired by the hyper-culture concept, a mix of tradition with modernity, the rustic and the technological,” Uxia Dominguez explained. “Because of this, we have achieved a combination of rich and technical fabrics and geometric prints with the more ornate.”

With the brand set for global domination with the business model looking to expand into Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe, Bimba & Lola is most definitely one label to watch out for, a sentiment that is duly shared by the sisters themselves: “Our dream is to continue growing but never forgetting who we are.”

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