For the AW18 season, urban-luxe brand, Fortie Label, draws inspiration from ‘Forty Thieves’, an all-female London crime syndicate who were infamously known for their antics from 19th to mid 20th century. Combining this inspiration with elements of 90’s R&B female Hip-Hop ‘Video Vixen’ stars, the collection plays on sexuality and female empowerment. The brands fierce girl gang aesthetic, evokes an audacious perspective on fashion, creating an effortlessly cool yet equally extraordinary look. This paired with a sophisticated approach to niche themes within black culture, the noughties and iconic women in history feed into each collection. Oversized boiler-suit silhouettes are paired with elements of sportsluxe, feminine glamour and hints of beachwear. This season also sees the return of the brands signature Triple Hooded Jacket, reinvented in an array of fabrics and lengths, alongside a revamped corset in Denim, influenced by bullet proof vests. Cropped hoodies are teamed with high waisted PVC shorts, whilst sheer fabric tracksuits, overlay bikinis with bamboo detailing, created through a collaboration with swimwear designer Louisa Ballou, The collection sees a warm colour palette of caramel tones mixed with hues of tangerine, indigo blue denim and brown faux fur, all accented with black and raw bamboo textures. Accessories continue to play a strong part in the brand through a collaboration with shoe designer Erin Alexis. Founder and designer Essie Buckman prides herself in her meticulous attention to detail regarding textile development, reverting to traditional techniques and construction. Fortie Label has garnered the attention of a variety of powerful fashion and music icons such as Rihanna, Chaelin CL, Jorja Smith, Yukimi (Little Dragon) Kelela and many more.