A DESIGNING MIND: Investor and former fashion retailer Carmen Busquets has just unveiled her latest venture, CoutureLab, a gallery filled with one-off and limited edition fashion, furniture, jewelry and accessories in London's Chelsea. Busquets, one of the main backers of Net-a-porter, has gone in the opposite direction from trend-led fashion, and is now offering season-less, trend-free, often handmade designs from a range of creatives around the world. Fashion designers working with her include Maurizio Galante, Duro Olowu, and L'Wren Scott, and other creatives on board include luxury leather expert Jean-Francois Ducas, jewelry designer Siki de Somalie, and sculptor Ernst Gamperl. "The idea for Couture Lab was born seven years ago, but it wasn't the time to talk about a design 'laboratory' or a project that didn't involve trends or fashion," said Busquets, who began her fashion career as a retailer in Caracas, Venezuela. "But now, the time is right."