Rachel Greig tinsel coat by Emma Shoard.
A few weeks ago I went to my first London College of Fashion BA Hons graduate catwalk show, and was duly blown away by the professionalism and quality of the work on show. This is the reason why so many exciting new designers are LCF graduates: alongside Central Saint Martins and the RCA this old technical college has undoubtedly carved out a stellar reputation for itself on the worldwide stage.
LCF award winner: Alex Housden.
The catwalk show was held at The Yard, a hanger like space in the hinterland between Shoreditch and the City. Seating was simple, the literature comprehensive and calls to engage on social media were bold and direct: exactly as a top college should introduce it’s graduates to the world. Just a few hours after the show I counted several hundred tagged photos on instagram: they wanted to get the buzz going and that’s exactly what happened. You can see more of their students work on the very efficient Showtime website, so if someone catches your eye I urge you to check their profile out in full. It would be impossible to cover all 49 students on show so I’ve tried to pick out some favourites that I will share across two blogs. I hope you enjoy.
Valentina La Porta by Seecee Illustration.
First up Valentina La Porta showed her take on power dressing, mixing royal primary colours and Ermine-esque spots on sleek panelled swimsuits and round shouldered coats.
Next Alexis Housden showed why he was a worthy winner of the Collection of the Year award, with a multi-textured menswear collection in shades of cream and white. He embraced the feminine in his use of sheer materials, fluffy clouds of wool and delicate embroidery: all used to produce garments that were both contemporary and clever.
Rachel Greig had fun layering fabrics to create asymmetric ruffles, on top of which she printed large numbers in a knowing nod to sportswear. Tinsel covered coats were a glittering addition to the collection, building on the dishevelled pyramid shapes.
Sarah Mazza‘s looped knitwear was formed into body hugging dresses in ombre shades of coral, blue and lilac.
Taking inspiration from a combination of the Amish, cowboy culture and beekeeping outerwear, Roxanne Leger worked together with Natasha Searls-Punter to produce a sombre collection featuring cow skull embroidery on tumbling ponchos, topped off with mesh veils and high hats.
Shabnam Eslambolchi by Emma Shoard.
Shabnam Eslambolchi created a beautiful collection of wide skirts and clever wrap coats with intriguing puff sleeve details in shades of buttermilk, teal and lemon.
Shabnam Eslambolchi by Seecee Illustration.
Dan-Yun Huang went all out with some brilliant styling: amazing wire and thread hats that tumbled in an approximation of facial details over the head. These were a fitting addition to the clothes, which featured technicolour brushstroke patterns on boxy dresses and jackets with an A-line flare.
Randolph Turpin put breasts in the show, but his most interesting garments were bell shaped and best viewed from the side. He worked with jeweller Hue Tawn Chan, who adorned the models in amazing curlicued rings that gave the impression of a well accessorised witch.
Oksana Anilionyte produced a collection that featured jewel coloured details on curvaceous and unexpected folds of fabric.
Christina Tiran collaborated with surface designer Victoria Rowley to produce a series of swishing tent dresses adorned with imagery inspired by pagan rituals that called to mind hippy days of decades gone by.
Ben Osborn clothed his male models in wide legged high waisted khaki trousers and tiny shorts, belted on top of beautiful printed shirts and accessorised with knitted cap and scarf combos.
My second review of this inspiring catwalk show is coming soon…
- Royal College of Art: Fashion Design Graduate Show 2011 review. Menswear.
- London College of Fashion MA Fashion Show 2014, Menswear: London Fashion Week Catwalk Review
- London College of Fashion Ba Hons Graduate Catwalk Show 2013: Review part two
- Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Somerset College BA Fashion Design Review
- Edinburgh College of Art: Graduate Fashion Week 2012 Catwalk Review