I had to sit in the photographer’s pit – legs akimbo – to view the RCA graduate fashion show on Thursday 2nd June 2011… apparently there are no allocated seats. Hurumph, how often have we covered RCA shows on this website? On the bright side it meant that I had a fabulous view of the models as they walked towards me down the catwalk. Menswear fine tailoring and knitwear was particularly strong at this year’s show. Here’s introducing two fabulous knitwear designers to watch:
Cherie Newing. All photography by Amelia Gregory.
Cherie Newing by Emma Durnell.
Cherie Newing showed brightly coloured repeat pattern jumpers that touched the ankle. Intarsia knit jumpers and garish printed tracksuits featured stop signs and abstract shapes.
Hannah Taylor’s collection featured a whole host of influences, from the Green Man to bank robbers, via the jungle: both urban and tropical. It was a super fun collection of cable knit shagpile wonder from someone not afraid to experiment with colour and shape.
The RCA is of course a fabled institution that has endowed the world with many fabulously well trained creatives, so I fail to understand why so many RCA graduates leave the college with zero web presence. Hannah Taylor, however, is one of the few who has multiple websites where you can catch up with her, including a website, a blog and a twitter feed. Hurrah!
- Royal College of Art: Fashion Design Graduate Show 2011 review. Womenswear Knitwear.
- Review: Work-in-Progress at the Royal College of Art
- EDE Knitwear: An interview with Ellie Jauncey
- Taylor Made Menagerie
- London Fashion Week Menswear A/W 2010: Morgan Allen Oliver