It's not long till big London Fashion Week grips the capital with glamour and holds up all the traffic in the most stylish way possible, but last night saw an event of glitziness to compete with the most high-end of fashion shows. Stars and industry bigwigs turned out to see the London College of Fashion MA Show including Marina from Marina and the Diamonds, Jo Wood, Lulu Guinness, Grayson Perry, Harold Tillman and Jodie Harsh - quite enough to drag the London paps to the glorious venue at the V&A Museum. Phew!
Traditionally, student or graduate fashion shows have been characterized by colander hats, tinsel shoes and three legged jumpsuits. This appears to really be a thing of the past these days with the top tier of graduates showing their design flair and, in many cases, brilliant and brand new innovations in textile technology on the runway, and when LCF are involved - the shows have great venues and high production values too. Here are some of our favourite collections from the 22 grads who showed.
Bodiciu Corneliu ‘Dinu’ Tudor is from Timisoara in Romania. His background was a degree in Graphic Design followed by a successful line of handbags which were launched and are currently stocked by Idelier – a concept store in Bucharest. Wanting to take his design skills further he enrolled onto MA Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear. His womenswear was extremely grown up and elegant with his sculpural 3D jackets and extreme mix of textures. Apparently he based his colour palette for the looks on the idea of body temperature. Fancy that!
Mmm. We absolutely love the soft, smudgy prints in this collection by Eunmi Hwang of South Korea. The inspiration behind her collection was that of sustainability. Eunmi has used digital technology to create a sustainable manufacturing process which minimised factors such as waste in the manufacture process, using beautifully soft Bamboo viscose within her collection. We love the overall effect of the prints on the loose-fitting garments and think that her eco credentials will also be a massive selling point in the future.
Jennifer Morris from Edinburgh studied MA Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear. Her collection which comes with more than a touch of Seventies disco glamour - how very appropriate for now! She has pioneered her own technique called ‘tufting’ using specialist technology at the special LCF labs which she then developed further through collaborating with an Indian manufacturer on a hand embroidery technique. The end results are luxurious looking pieces that are easy to imagine hanging in Selfridges or Browns just as they are.
Well done one and all!
- Naomi Attwood