On Monday afternoon, I was lucky enough to get to see the London College of Fashion catwalk show, featuring the Class of 2015. Collections that were a result of collaborations between selected students on the womenswear, textiles, menswear, fashion design and development, contour, and jewellery courses showcased a brilliant combination of creativity and technical skill – with sharp pattern cutting, delicate embroidery and textured knits sitting well alongside bold prints, striking accessories and an evident exploration of complex themes.
My favourite collections were: structural womenswear by Dan He, inspired by the work of Rachel Whiteread, with striking millinery by Jordon Byron Britton and accessories from Shuangshuang Wang (see top right); Jinwoong Bang’s menswear which drew on themes of class and graffiti subculture (bottom centre); menswear and knit by Marianne Tse Laurence and Emily Grieves that looked to fishermen’s clothing for inspiration (see left); and the beautiful winner of Collection of the Year featuring womenswear by Rosemary Kate Lambert and Kate Donald, embroidery by Kate Cheung Wing Ki, lingerie by Sian O’Neill and jewellery by Tanaporn Wongsa (see top centre). Vogue described this collection as having ‘a sense of dishevelled glamour‘.
The LCF Blog featured some wonderful backstage shots of the catwalk show and also has interviews with some of this year’s graduates. Many of those interviewees featured in the week long exhibition which showcased work from across the College including photography, costume for performance, footwear, illustration, accessories and journalism. A stage area and a screening room showed films and performances throughout the week, displaying work from talented students working in many areas of fashion all under one roof. I was particularly drawn to the hair and make-up by Jenna Scruton and Kamilia Harchi, the costumes of Amity MacDonnell (see centre left image) and her fellow BA Costume for Performance students, plus the work of this year’s BA Cordwainers Footwear graduates.
If you want to catch up with everything that’s been going on during the BA15 season, check out the LCF Channel which is currently devoted to it, and has a video of this year’s catwalk show. I look forward to seeing the work of many of the students featured in the press in years to come, as I’m sure there are many future stars in their midst.
DISCLOSURE: I am employed by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, but not for blogging so the enthusiastic views expressed here are entirely my own.