Down a cobbled road somewhere in the depths of east London, in a little yard and through a nondescript door, we meet young designer on the rise, Phoebe English.
English was first propelled into the fashion industry's consciousness when she sent models dressed in long gowns made entirely from hair down the runway for her MA show back in 2011. Her way with texture and surfaces won her the L 'Oreal Professionnel Creative award and a flurry of hype.
The next season she produced a collection based around fashion's most humble fabric - canvas and worked this most ordinary of materials into sculptured, pleated pieces and again, the accolades followed with a Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit award.
Intricate crafting, strong shapes and a eye for materials has been honed by English once more for AW12. But as she stretches herself as a designer, the collection steers towards a more traditional notion of womenswear, without sacrificing any of the drama. Colour was introduced with pink felted wools that came in cropped shirts, slick rubber lined the hem of a skirt and translucent latex was sliced into black dresses.
We step into her studio shared with business partner Rose Easton, jammed with fabric, inspiration on the walls and those busily pattern cutting to find out more about Phoebe English.