COLLECTIVE | 205 FASHION CONTOUR & ACTIVE SPORTSWEAR GRADUATE EXHIBITION.

Lingerie and sportswear aren’t two things that necessarily fall together with ease – unless you’re looking for that perfect sports bra to support you whilst pounding the treadmill that is. But at Monday night’s LCF graduate exhibition the two realms worked seamlessly together, in a display that highlighted both the sensuality of an under-garment as well as the fashion forward nature of emerging activewear.

For the Victoria’s Secret models among us (anyone?) look no further than Pippa Davidson, whose all white and achingly minimalist collection perfectly highlights the natural undulations of the female form. Using a deconstructed corset as a base, pieces are carefully and artfully aligned along the body’s contours in structured yet fluid lines for a result that evokes both class and sensuality. In the swimwear department, Robyn Thompson’s innovative use of 21st century technologies saw 3D printed metal accessories used as accents on a range of subtly patterned pieces. Taking colour inspiration from the creatures of the deep, a stark white base is complimented by swathes of the palest purple and the deepest blue for a mesmerising and surprisingly calming effect.

For the gym, we had a number of contestants with Isabella Imam’s ELLA YUJ yoga collection a cut above the rest. Using the concept of metamorphosis as a starting point, the collection is capable of taking its wearer from day to night, with easy, comfort driven pieces that look great both on and off the yoga mat. Stand out items included the effortlessly androgynous a-line dress in Kermit the Frog green and a waterproof mac with oversized pockets whose simplicity was only over-shadowed by a fabric that looked good enough to eat.

For us, however, the most delectable of designs came from Signe Hjort whose authentically urban and contemporary Sunday Street collection is a must for any active enthusiast. Designed with the busy working woman in mind, it is the detailing that stands it apart. From the softest of jerseys complete with in-built headphone channels to an overcoat that marries textures and prints together for a masculine feel, Hjort’s work is both timeless and fashion forward, lending itself to the generation of women who seek comfort and style in equal measure.

Written by Emma Bailey. Designs as per caption.