Set in the Royal College of Surgeons, this year’s LCF MA16 catwalk show featured 10 collections from graduates of the MA Fashion Technology Womenswear course. Selected by an industry panel, the all-star line up represent the greatest talents LCF has to offer.
Lauren Lake’s collection entitled ‘some girls aren’t meant to be tamed’ burst onto the runway in shades of bubblegum pink and every other colour on the rainbow spectrum. Mixing both textures and patterns, Lake’s range had a pop-princess feel with delicate embroidery and fur accents. Inspired by the culture of Roma Gypsy’s, extravagance was central to the designs. Brightly beaded headbands gave the collection a fun, feminine edge, representing the fun nature of the modern women.
Giving us a slightly regal feel, Pelin Isildak’s ‘roots 23:23’ collection was the perfect blend of tudor-esque rich fabrics and contemporary design. The designer looked at the history of uniforms between the 16th and 19th centuries and the hierarchies within nobility costume. Leather, fur and tapestry-like fabric reigned supreme as Isildak redefined traditional corsets, capes and suits with modern tailoring. The designer broke down the boundary of classical dress codes with thigh high boots in velvet and tapestry.
Another stand out collection came from the mind of Desiree Slabik with her post-apocalyptic nature inspired range called ‘Life After People.’ Reminiscent of a flower bomb, oversized bright yellow and pink ruffles engulfed the models to create an innovative shape. Mixed with soft tailoring and refined organza, the collection oozed femininity.
Written by Chelsea Davis. Images courtesy of the London College of Fashion.