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Raw Talent University of the Arts Graduate Fashion Show: Review

It wasn't the most professional of catwalk shows, but nonetheless I discovered some interesting graduate fashion designers at Raw Talent.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jeyanthy Balakrisnen by Ruth Joyce
Jeyanthy Balakrisnen by Ruth Joyce.

Raw Talent kicked off their graduate design exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery with a catwalk show featuring hand selected designers from the University of the Arts. Despite a shaky start and numerous amateurish glitches (poor lighting, dodgy models & questionable styling, stop and start music, no designated photographer’s pit) I was glad I stayed until the end, for there were a few really promising collections on show.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-cindy zhang
Cindy Zhang of the London College of Fashion creates delicate leather accessories.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-seung youn lee
Raw Talent show Seung Youn Lee by Rebecca Elliston
Seung Youn Lee by Rebecca Elliston.

From Central Saint Martin, Seung Youn Lee‘s Dr. Gentle and Mister featured pleated paper skirts and ruffs inspired by historical costumes.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-dian luo
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-dian luo
Dian Luo of Central Saint Martin‘s jewellery course showcased beautiful light up LED necklaces, inspired by the shape of cactuses.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lorna Doyle
Lorna Doyle was inspired by hoarding to create dishevelled pleated dresses covered with abstract prints.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Jeyanthy Balakrisnen
My favourite collection of the evening was a colourful ruffled affair from Jeyanthy Balakrisnen of the London College of FashionLost and Found was inspired from a plethora of sources, including the streets of India and the Amish communities of America.

Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Raw Talent fashion show 2013-Lena Strelets
Lastly, Lena Strelets of London College of Fashion showed a collection inspired by Russian icons. She’s previously showed in Russia and clearly has some cash behind her for this was full of beautiful embroidered details and delicate stitching. Lena took a turn on the catwalk at the end, wearing extremely high sparkly heels that vied for attention with the extravagant wigs worn by her models.

Read my review of the rest of the Raw Talent exhibition here.

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