LCF Graduate show – a triumph of style AND substance!

04 June 2010

Last night we shimmied off to a secret London venue for a front row seat at the latest London College of Fashion graduate fashion show. Had no one pointed out that it was a college degree show, it'd have been difficult to tell. Industry figures check!– Harold Tillman head of the BFC and Jane Shepherdson of Whistles, fashion press – check! Paparazzi lying in wait outside – check!

All we had to do was take our seats and with for the runway to crank into motion. Throughout the presentation we were treated to several moments of studenty ingenuity – from colander hats to tinsel-incrusted shoes and plenty of menswear featuring all -in-one romper suits (which we honestly would have been sorry to miss out on!)

As well as the wicky wacky touches the clothes were absolutely brilliant. From a dazzling spectrum of colours in the layered up looks of Indian-born Karishma Shahani, who used the colours and textiles of her native country, but in an exciting, modern and fresh way without a Bollywood cliché in sight. Karishma ended up taking home the Fashion and Textiles prize. Congratulations!

Be-fringed and beautiful was a collection from Vilvin Sabu, also originally from India. Her collection was a combination of mystical Mayan influences, subcontinental spice and deep colours with echoes from nature like vivid blues, mustard and amber tones. All given a real sense of movement and celebration by her nifty extra long fringing. She left with the Barnett Lawson Trimmings Award for best embellishment!

Another highlight was the sporty selection of outfits embellished with geometric shapes by Wei Ting Hu. Which was put together with an eye for striking tone on tone in a palette of hot reds and oranges. Wowsers. The overall standard of construction, textiles used, from flat silks to thick felts and techno knits to luxurious jersey and wools was of such a high standard, that it was easy to imagine many pieces swinging from the rails of a posh boutique.

Congratulations to one and all, and we expect to see a few of you again and again at the (real) London Fashion Weeks of the future!  

- Naomi Attwood


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