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London College of Fashion – The 2009 Graduates to Watch

Ok, so it’s a little late but the London College of Fashion did put on a very good show this year that simply couldn’t go unmentioned. As Central Saint Martins upheld their talent for original and inspiring creativity, the London College of Fashion rivaled with technically advanced collections that were highly commercial yet imbedded with enough raw creativity to push boundaries and inspire new trends.
Attention fell heavily on Design & Technology Award winner Hoi Lam Wong’s modern yet colourfully printed collection. Her mix of leather, sequins, bright florals and chunky DM boots drew heavily from men’s tailoring to form a collection of light-hearted 80’s looking young dandies.
Hoi Lam Wong
Laser cutting proved a popular and common feature throughout the 28 collections that went from laser cut leather feathers at Annick Littlewood to delicate geometric patterning at Irene Brandt and Fashion & Textile Award winner, Alicija Aputyte. Aputyte’s Antonio Gaudi inspired pieces clearly expressed a sense of architecture with small ‘windows’ laser-cut to reveal a ‘sunshine’ layer of fabric underneath along with a unique technique of bounded neoprene and ribbon weave.

Alicija Aputyte

Menswear was limited with only three collections yet Aser Juel Larson stood out with his vision of dark urban knights. A chainmail-hooded sweater became the focal point to his collection along with quirky eyewear that provided a scientific touch to his futuristic interpretation of medieval warfare.

Asger Juel Larsen

Styling in general stood out across all the collections with leather headscarves at Anna Legay, great suede ruffle shoes at Stephanie Turner and Aleksandra Domanevskaya’s highly impractical but cool looking cut-off-toe plimsols.

Anna Legay

Stephanie Turner

Bahar Alipour however stole the show with his finale collection of Sardinian-inspired ladies styled impeccably with head scarves, hats and fur gloves. A vision of nostalgic forties glamour moved forward with a space-age uniform sophistication rounded off the show nicely.

Bahar Alipour

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Central Saint Martins BA Graduate Show 2009

Attending the Central St Martins Graduate Show was always going to be a treat. With 40 collections from the Womenswear, Menswear, Fashion Print, Fashion Design with Marketing and Fashion Knit courses, there was a wide range of talent on show. St Martins pedigree and reputation means the bar is set very high for the students. Each designer showed about five outfits, with their own music and presentation style to accompany.

With every new collection, it was exciting to think we were getting a fleeting glimpse of the next big designer. Here is a selection of the best of the night:

Jin Hee Kim – Fashion Print:

John Booth – Fashion Print

Holly Fox-Lee – Fashion Print

Philip Preiswerk – Fashion Design with Marketing

Phoebe English – Fashion Knit:

Ara Jo – Womenswear:

Sponsors, L’Oreal Professionnel awarded prizes. Runner-up awards went to Dean Quinn – womenswear (below) and Luke Brooks – fashion knit (below with model.)

The overall winner was Marie Hill – womenswear, who triumphed with her futuristic bandeau dresses.

With alumni Peter Jensen and Mark Fast presenting the awards, they were a brilliant indication of where the students from this graduate show could be in the near future.

To check out the Central Saint Martins Graphic Design BA 2009 exhibition click here.

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