Always keen to spot new talent, GraziaDaily was thrilled to receive an invite to The Royal College of Art’s Postgraduate show last night. Taking our seat on the Swarovski table – the purveyor of fashion’s favourite crystals is a supporter of the RCA’s young designers - we saw a stream of incredible talent across both menswear and womenswear.
Amongst our top tips for the future was Xiao Li, whose effervescent pastel knits were fresh as a daisy. Combining voluminous silhouettes and lemon and powder blue shades we could imagine the blogger brigade having a field day with Li’s collection. Also beautiful was Harriet de Roper’s spangly, urban sweaters and midi skirts – wearable, but street cool, we could imagine Rihanna, Rita et al would be impressed with her line. Camilla Woodman also sent a glamorous collection combining soft feathered knits with metallic minis – perfect for the modern groupie.
Also impressive was Maiko Takeda’s explosive millinery – models were dramatically halo-ed by the bauble style pieces while Alice Gibberd’s clean lines and textures had an immediate stealth appeal.
Left: Camilla Woodman, Right: Maiko Takeda
Young designer Ana Ogun-Sanya was awarded the Swarovski prize for innovative use of crystal, bagging EUR 3,000 in the process. Inspired by African prints and using innovative fabrics like dyed bath mats to create her graphic line, the Swarovski team were impressed with her technical skills.
At the end of the evening, we left with the resounding impression that there’s set to be yet another generation of British trained fashion design stars to bring fresh blood to London’s catwalks. Congrats to all the RCA Post-Grads!