Exciting new talent from the London College of Fashion’s leading graduates in menswear, womenswear, sportswear and contour (amongst other contributing designers) were showcased last night in Shoreditch. LCF’s Creative Director of Fashion & Design, Rob Phillips, styled the twenty student collaborations that hit the runway. Known for its reputation in the fashion industry, the iconic LCF show gives us an insight into the new generation of creative designers.

Of the exhibited collections, menswear took over and was the strongest throughout. Dark tones and exposed seams were on show from Louisa Pang and accessories by Stefania Ella Malewicz. Un-done sleeves and cropped trousers with rough edges were perfectly contrasted with the flawless tailoring of zipper vests and geometric jackets, resulting in a somewhat apocalyptic mood.

The impressive standard for menswear continued with Jinwoong Bang with a sports-luxe vibe. Models were decked out in baseball caps paired with cream and beige tailored hoodies. Pops of orange brightened up the minimalist and urban collection.

However, the high standard of womenswear was also noteable with the ‘Collection of the Year’ being awarded to the collaboration of Rosemary Lambert and Kate Donald for design, contour by SianO’Neill, jewellery by Tanaporn Wongsa and textiles by Kate Cheung Wing Ki. With a strong theme of nature, the collection was ethereal in natural tones and hints of grey and pink blush.  Flowers poked out of the tights, as well as embroidered onto lingerie, adding to the ‘dishevelled feminine’ feel.

There is a prestige that comes with showcasing at the LCF BA show; these graduate names will now be catapulted into the industry. Yet, it is important to recognise those who did not have the opportunity to present their work to the press. This thought stems from the CSM ‘protest’ in which those not selected to showcase created a student-run show in order to support all students making their way into the industry. With social media buzzing with UAL talk, the future for graduating students looks bright.

Written by Chelsea Davis. Photography © Roger Dean.

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