Last week I attended the London College of Fashion BA Graduate Show, which was a lovely treat. I did my MA at LCF and feel a lasting affinity for the place, so even though I didn’t do the design course I’m still interested to see what the students come up with.
It’s easy to write off student collections as three-legged pairs of trousers and bananas oversized jumpsuits, but I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes in to these collections and I thought the standard was fantastic. Here are some of my favourites of the 25 students that showed.
First up, Yingzhi Luo whose colourful jersey collection was inspired by the braided hair of women she photographed on a trip to Tibet. I never grasped macrame so I’m jealous of the ridiculous amount of work that must have gone in to these outfits. The vibrant colours intensify the tactile finish and the flowing chiffon sleeves and trains that some dresses featured added to the high end gap yah feel of the gear. Definitely my favourite collection, made a massive impact on the catwalk.
Inspired by the blue and white of traditional Chinese porcelain, Kathy Lam‘s collection combines a clean, restricted palette with the boxy, outsized shape of Mao jackets and military uniforms. I love the cartoonish feel of the pieces combined with the sophisticated prints. I also love the grungy layering and awkward lengths, which is quite unexpected with the simple colours.
Grey marl is the fashion blogger’s favourite fabric and Nano Aoshima puts it to sterling use with this Westwood-y collection. Love the ragging technique which was used to great effect as trim on just about every look, again creating real impact on the catwalk. Kind of feels like a sportswear take on a feather boa, accessorising basketball shorts, Buffalo shoes and baseball cap outfits in a sobre grey palette.
Offering something completely different, Angela Brandy‘s colourful collection made sterling use of trim and finishes with gold chains, furry bits and metallic fabrics all combining for a kitsch line-up. The baby pastels, lime green nail polish and pale pink satins all add up to a collection that makes me think fondly of my beloved Shampoo.
Thanks to TIGI for taking me!