‘Tis the season of graduation and for us fashion fiends that means checking out the new crop of stars bursting from our favourite design schools. This month we paid some serious attention to the talented bunch at London College of Fashion’s BA shows. With alumni like William Tempest and man-of-the-moment J.W. Anderson, we’ve always been impressed with the talent to come from LCF and this year the creative folk was in no shortage.
Although it was menswear designer Alexis Housden’s take on classic rock ‘n’ roll that won Collection of the Year, it was the designers offering something a little off-kilter that stole our attention. Taking from this year’s Pop Art bonanza – read: the Tate’s Lichenstein exhibition – was Edward Curtis. The womenswear graduate held nothing back with bold and brazen silhouettes that turned heads in cerulean blue and aqua-marine green. The big wink to art itself came with the models wearing stick-on cut-out lips. If only we could get away with those paper pouts everyday!
Other collections that got our hearts racing were Roxanne Léger’s cultish gang of girls who stormed the catwalk in oversized poncho-like dresses and Victoriana-style ruffled stockings peaking from underneath. Giving the pieces a unique twist was Léger’s collaboration with surface textile graduate Natasha Searls-Punter, whose gorgeous embroidered motifs brought a touch of commerciality to the collection.
Us Topshop girls are often looking for fashion to transport us somewhere completely different and Saskia Dixie and Basma Masri’s fairy-like collection did just that. In pastel shades of lemon and dusty pink the look was all about layering with dresses deconstructed in lace and satin.
Whether it’s clean-lined modernity or totally avant-garde, it’s clear London College of Fashion doesn’t have a shortage of great talent. We’re already waiting in anticipation to see what’s next for this group of creative grads.