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London College of Fashion Ba Hons Graduate Catwalk Show 2013: Review part one

Part one of my LCF graduate catwalk show reviews: including swishing tinsel coats, Amish inspired beekeepers and beautiful puff sleeved dresses.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Rachel Greig tinsel coat by Emma Shoard
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 winner Alex Housden
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 LCF13 by Seecee Illustration
Valentina La Porta by Seecee Illustration.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Valentina La Porta
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Valentina La Porta
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Valentina La Porta
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Valentina La Porta
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.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Alexis Housden
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Alexis Housden
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Alexis Housden
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Alexis Housden
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.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Rachel Greig
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Rachel Greig
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Rachel Greig
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Rachel Greig
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.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Sarah Mazza
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Sarah Mazza
Sarah Mazza‘s looped knitwear was formed into body hugging dresses in ombre shades of coral, blue and lilac.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Roxanne Leger
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Roxanne Leger
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Roxanne Leger
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Roxanne Leger
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 by Emma Shoard.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Shabnam Eslambolchi
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Shabnam Eslambolchi
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Shabnam Eslambolchi
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Shabnam Eslambolchi
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Shabnam Eslambolchi
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 LCF13 by Seecee Illustration
Shabnam Eslambolchi by Seecee Illustration.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Dan-Yun Huang
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Dan-Yun Huang
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Dan-Yun Huang
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.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Randolph Turpin
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Randolph Turpin
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Randolph Turpin
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Randolph Turpin
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.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Oksana Anilionyte
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Oksana Anilionyte
Oksana Anilionyte produced a collection that featured jewel coloured details on curvaceous and unexpected folds of fabric.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Christina Tiran
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Christina Tiran
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Christina Tiran
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Christina Tiran
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.

London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Ben Osborn
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Ben Osborn
London College of Fashion degree show 2013-Ben Osborn
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…

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One Response to “London College of Fashion Ba Hons Graduate Catwalk Show 2013: Review part one”

  1. Fabulous! Some of these designers have really caught my eye – great post :D

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