London College of Fashion show: one to watch

08 June 2009

The Flower Cellars in Covent Garden last Thursday were awash with trendy young things and high-profile fashwan folk. William Tempest and Erin O'Connor nestled together alongside proud mums and dads in an eerie basement to await 28 fresh fashion design students from the London College of Fashion's BA course in Fashion and Technology final showcase. Compared with other student shows, LCF's was distinctly more pared down and applicable for us to rightfully lust after for our very own wardrobes. That's not to say the show lacked creativity. Oh no! These whippersnappers have got it by the bucketload. More extreme ideas included many a pair of tights-covered shoes (and tights on men – ouch), a collection of dresses made out of the world's most inhospitable fabric – fleece, and a khaki parachute dress that took most of the audience out and a few furnishings on the way! Aplenty were laser-cut fabrics, tone-on-tone shades of camel, statement coats and a strong '60s vibe cut through more than one collection. But what we were really looking out for was that one designer who gives you the goosebumpy feeling that you've just discovered the next big thing. And our one to watch is Joanne Jones, whose collection was literally produced with bells on! As the models jingled their way on to the catwalk in red leather trousers with bell belts wrapped around their ankles and voluminous light khaki gathered layers on top, we couldn't help but fall in love with her Bedouin meets rock chick vibe. Natural, earthy fabrics with raw edges tiered from soft body armour shapes constructed in leather and silk jersey. All very yummy indeed. That said, if we could be really greedy we'd love to big up Bahar Alipour's Sardinian inspired collection, Hye Young Sung's sexy knits, Anna Legay's supersize shoulder frills and Neliana Fuenmayor's gold peg pants.

- Hannah Almassi


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