Designer Essie Buckman gained widespread media attention with her Fortie Label graduate collection at Central Saint Martins in 2016, acclaim that was followed by Rihanna wearing her Katja bustier at a performance at Drake’s OVO Fest in August 2016.
This week, Fortie Label launches its fall 2017 lookbook, showcasing a collaboration with Swarovski crystals and Super eyewear. Staying true to channeling strong females in her work, Buckman cites a combination of “Lil Kim meets Marie Antoinette” as her inspiration.
In the lookbook, models done statement pieces made with contrasting fabrics, mixing lace, fur, silk, velour and velour. The collection also features a very cute Luster’s Pink Oil tube top, as well as a bold update on her famed Katja bustier, a garment that makes a clever play on black hair care references through a crystal-encrusted hairnet.
Stay tuned for when these pieces launch at retail and visit fortielabel.com for current stockists.