10 must-see womenswear brands showing at Harrogate Fashion Week

Opening its doors on Sunday 5 February, this season’s Harrogate Fashion Week is set be its biggest yet. Hundreds of brands will present their ranges to buyers across three separate halls. Here we pick out some must-see exhibitors…

SACHA DRAKE

STAND: M24

Making its UK debut for AW23 via Leeds-based agency Carol C Collections, Australian womenswear brand Sacha Drake offers a unique collection of dresses and separates made to flatter the figure. Its designers create feminine yet striking silhouettes to enhance all body shapes in beautiful attention-grabbing prints. Buyers can expect a stunning colour palette encompassing dusky rose, sapphire sequins and bright emeralds. Whether shoppers are looking for something glamorous to wear for the daytime or evening, its capsule collection of wrap dresses, maxis and full-length gowns are the perfect choice for every occasion. Standout pieces include a maxi ruffle dress and selection of ultra-flattering printed wrap dresses. Available in sizes UK 8-20.

CONTACT: Tel: 0800 612 9009 carolccollections.com     

DOLCEZZA

STAND: M9

Specialising in elegant art-led womenswear, Canadian brand Dolcezza Montreal crafts wearable dresses, separates and outerwear made from natural and breathable materials. Its garments are comfortable to wear with impeccable fit, marrying sophisticated prints with striking details. The label supports new and well-known artists from around the world, showcasing their creations across colourful pieces. Standout prints for AW23 include monochrome letters and graphics enhanced with red, patchwork shades of black, vanilla and caramel alongside animal motifs. Hero pieces in the collection include long and short coats with internal fleece linings, asymmetrical puffers, art print dresses, an oversized trench and its signature best-selling jeans jacket in a fresh print. Wholesale prices are around £35 per piece on average.

CONTACT: Tel: 00353 21203 8019 dolcezza.ca

POMODORO

STAND: M10

Crowned Outstanding Business 2022 at the Boutique Star Awards, 30-year-old womenswear brand Pomodoro is gearing up for another exceptional season for AW23. Shoppers will be able to update their wardrobes with its head-turning line-up, which includes shirts, blouses and trousers in a variety of shapes and prints. The brand’s knitwear line-up is particularly strong this season, ranging from lighter blends through to chunkier textures. Its designers have added extra details such as asymmetric hems, zips and buttons create extra drama that provide a real point of difference. Meanwhile, add layers with its glamorous gilets in sumptuous faux fur, fall in love with its crop waistcoat in joyful colourways or wrap up in its statement coat. Last but not least, its range of dresses covers all the bases from flirty swing styles to a daring animal print dress in a colour popping design.

CONTACT: Tel: 0208 961 4000 pomodoroclothing.com

TATE FASHIONS

STANDS: M1 and M2

Supplying a comprehensive range of short and forward order daywear and occasionwear dresses, multi-brand agency Tate Fashions will showcase its latest collections from across the UK and Ireland. Expect bold prints and colourways, luxurious fabrics, contemporary silhouettes and standout details– all for competitive price points. Daywear specialist I.nco offers classic pieces for modern women in flattering silhouettes, quality fabrics and fun vibrant prints. Gracie.B, meanwhile, creates easy-fit jersey styles in plain colourways and prints for every day and special occasions. For in-season stock, Ella Boo’s bright and beautiful dresses are available for immediate delivery. Lastly, Lizabella and Bella Premium offer occasion and day dresses that are perfect for weddings, race days and other special events. Wholesale prices range from £29.99 per piece for daywear up to £205.99 for occasionwear while the minimum order requirement is £1,000. 

CONTACT: Tel: 0113 2459 064/ 07712 398 549 E: tatefashions@hotmail.com/ info@lizabellafashions.co.uk lizabella.co.uk

SMITH&SOUL

STAND: M19

German womenswear label Smith&Soul presents regular on-trend collection drops, with 11 deliveries offered each year based on shorter order rhythms. The brand’s signature is cool and feminine, combining individual, casual and innovative designs. Its latest collections, which land in July and August, open the AW23 season. July’s drop includes a basic colour theme of dark blue and stone, refined with hot pink and vino highlights. Key looks include an all-over satin suit and blouse as well as light knitwear in cotton and viscose qualities. Fresh prints also appear on new feminine blouse and dress shapes. Following on in August, the blue and stone colour theme continues but with accents of cornflower blue and mandarin, which are present in all the story’s prints. Key pieces include open-knit weave knitwear combined with satin, a blazer and minimal jacquards. Wholesale prices are around €36 per piece on average.

Tel: 0207 323 6652 E: tim.ryan@genusfashion.com genusfashion.com smith-soul.de

UP! PANTS

STAND: C61

Designed using the brand’s patented Tummy Control Technology, Up Pants trousers feature pull-on elastic waistbands with extra contouring support for a smooth and incredibly flattering fit. Each style is easy to wear, discreetly enhancing the wearer’s natural shape so they can move with comfort and confidence. Luxurious and refined, the brand’s AW23 collection nods to feminine elegance with a fresh, modern edge. Each piece is crafted to perfection, using a variety of luxe materials such as ponte de roma, techno stretch, French terry, jersey knit, velveteen, denim and vegan leather. Expect a beautiful blend of rich autumn tones throughout the range including deep shades of charcoal grey, tobacco, stone and paprika with flashes of blue. Featuring upscale geometric pattern, florals and classic plaids, the collection makes a stunning statement that is both stylish and versatile. Short order collection also available; sizes range from UK 6-20; wholesale prices start from £24 with no minimum order requirement.

CONTACT: Tel: 0207 288 8704 E: sarah@leveloneshowroom.com leveloneshowroom.com

THE BAMBOO WARDROBE

STAND: C64

With a focus on easy-to-wear and ethically made womenswear, The Bamboo Wardrobe is perfect for customers looking for classic fashion in natural fibres. The label is family-run female-founded business, led by a mother-and-daughter team who care about how and where the collection is made. All its garments are to order, with a turnaround of approximately six weeks. It also offers an easy online ordering system, making it even simpler to browse its collection and place an order. Buyers can choose from hundreds of simple classic designs in over 24 colourways all year round so stockists can create the perfect collection for their individual store. Wholesale prices are around £19.50 for tops, £23.50 for trousers and £27.50 for dresses on average while the minimum order requirement is £500.

CONTACT: Tel: 0208 306 3034 thebamboowardrobe.com

SAINT JAMES

STAND: C58

Established for more than 130 years, French clothing designer Saint James specialises in luxury clothing for modern-day women. The brand has built a reputation for designing beautifully crafted casual essentials from the famous Breton stripe t-shirt to the beautifully tailored pea coat. The collection includes timeless basics that are renewed each season, offering versatile pieces that meld beautifully into everyday wardrobes. Its AW23 collection has been inspired by LA’s neon lights and vibes of the 1980s, offering a mix of unique fabrics and quality garments such as cashmere, mohair and the brand’s unique wool and merino blends. The collection includes three colour capsules including blue and pink neon, water green and neon orange trims and green countryside with classic red and navy sailing essentials. Wholesale prices are around £50 per piece on average while the minimum order requirement is £2,000.

CONTACT: Tel: 07539 228 041 E: marc@doublehagency.com uk.saint-james.com

MAISON LEJABY

STAND: C31

Founded in 1930, French label Maison Lejaby has almost a century of expertise in creating refined lingerie, underwear and swimwear that perfectly fits the body. With the perpetual search for innovation at the forefront of its designs, the label’s collections include fashionable and iconic pieces that combine creativity, style, luxe materials and high-end finishes. For AW23 the brand’s collection includes a colour palette that merges contrasting colours in a sophisticated way. Ranging from natural pale tones such as lily to darker tones including ultramarine and grape, the season swings between softness and severity and light and dark. Metallic details accentuate the contrast and warm up the winter with flashes of bright and luminous tones. Expect a mix of transparency and opacity with graphic cuts, creative and daring shapes as well as femininity in all simplicity. Wholesale prices are around £30-35 per piece on average while the minimum order requirement is £1,000 and £220 for repeats.

CONTACT: Tel: 07535 891 577 E: smorrow@maisonlejaby.com uk.maisonlejaby.com

LILY AND ME

STAND: M12

Cotswolds-based women’s lifestyle brand Lily and Me offers joyful fashion in unique prints and timeless shapes. The family-owned business prides itself on offering a standout service to stockists alongside a quality collection with a focus on sustainability. For AW23 its collection reflects the change in seasons both in nature and our slowed down pace of life. Its colour stories include Harvest – inspired by the hues of changing leaves – as well as Hedgerow, which evokes woodland walks with shades of flora and fauna. There’s a new knitwear collection crafted in a recycled yarn and alpaca blend alongside an abundance of printed blooms, abstract botanicals and textures. Key pieces include its full-length Leafield Dress with frilled hem and lace trims, best-selling Skylore cardigan in updated colourways and the Clarissa cord shirt in a new vintage floral print. Wholesale prices are around £18 per piece on average while the minimum order requirement is £1,00.

CONTACT: Tel: 01452 220 7766 lilyandmeclothing.com