London College of Fashion comes up Trumps

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The London College of Fashion and Central St Martins, all part of the University of the Arts, have unrivalled reputations for the talent of their students and their degree shows demonstrate why the designers are snapped up by the fashion houses worldwide.

A host of designers owe their success to the quality of the teaching and the freedom to create amazing designs. Without this hotbed of talent we would not have great designers such as Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley and textile designer Geraldine Larkin.

The privilege of attending London College of Fashion MA Womenswear Catwalk Show is something very special. To watch ten young designers embark on their careers in fashion. This is our second year of writing about the event and looking back to last year, we fell in love with Pelin Isildak’s oriental printed over the knee boots. Twelve months later we can see oriental prints in numerous collections gracing the streets of London. We were eager to see what the LCF graduates had in store for us this year.

Gergei Erdei’s collection had a strong military influence, using structured naval tailoring, formal epaulettes and gold braiding with contrasting delicate sheer, sparkly, feminine fabrics. He was playful with textures incorporating shells into his Victorian sailor style influence throughout his collection.

On a very cold February evening we couldn’t help but be envious of the models strutting in Chen Zhi’s striking knitwear collection. Her entire collection was composed of geometric patterned knitwear in an array of the warm and playful corals, royal blues, sunshine yellows and oranges. Oversized A-line silhouettes were a constant throughout.

Lorenzo Buzzi based his collection on the fictional character of Vanda, a 1960’s housewife. Through his collection he liberates her from the way the men in 1960s advertising industry would portray housewives of this era. His collection composes of oriental and paisley printed silks with masculine and empowering black. Lorenzo is playful with his tailoring incorporating powerful yet feminine puffed up shoulders, clinched in waists, with strong starched shirt labels is clean white.

To end the show the lights were dimmed and Vilu Dau displayed the most stunning structured dress with lighting incorporated around the hem and sleeves. Her collection Feminine Power featured the elegant feminine silhouettes of the 40s and 50s with a full skirt echoing the original “New Look” by Christian Dior. This femininity was contrast with the powerful silver and metallic coloured leather fabrics of her collection. The silver pointed boots that accompanied her collection were just the icing on the cake. It was a fantastic show this year, huge congratulations to all the designers and we look forward to seeing what is next in store for you.

All Images courtesy London College of Fashion.