10 Feb 2010

Masterful Graduates

Hello one and all! Apologies for the lack of posts, I would clearly be a rubbish carrier pigeon! It’s all for good reason though, as last week I became an auntie to a beautiful baby girl, so i’ve been distracted by cooing over her lovely face and already amusing antics. Congrats to my hardcore sister, who shall be known as Fairy, and her superhero manfriend, Karlos!

Anyway, before I developed ADD over my newborn niece, I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the London College of Fashion catwalk show for MA Fashion Design & Technology grads, which took place at the heavenly Victoria & Albert Museum. I was joined on this fab evening by the diminuitive and always delightful ladies Kid and future stylist Helen, who were excellent company whilst I people spotted like a loon and swooned over some genuinely gorgeous work from LCF students.

The show kicked off to the sounds of a nice jazzy mix of The Simpsons theme tune with the enormously fun collection from Soo Youn Seo. Eye popping colours drew attention to some well worked dresses in what was actually a rather elegant finish, though the bold tones stole the show, especially with matching gloves and eyewear.

Soo Youn Seo:

Kid's favourite collection at the show was probably the one that I could definitely see her merrily prancing around in, which came courtesy of So Ra Kim. Girly pastel shades and even marble effect (which gives me flashbacks to year 4 art projects) lent a feminine touch to some futuristic, metallic designs which reminded me of Giles Deacon's collection from 2008 and those amazing silver, slightly quilted trousers that Katie Grand wore. Sigh!
So Ra Kim:

One of the collections that caught clever Helen's eye was designed by Ya Fan Chang, a very good choice as it was one of the best put together collections of the show. A cool monochrome and muted palette featured on well cut designs that gave a nod to the 60s whilst maintaining a fresh aesthetic with graphic circles on slick dresses. These were complemented by super sharp jackets that could easily fit into any stylish wardrobe.
Ya Fan Chan:

Now, choosing my own favourite of the show is very tough since the worksmanship that the graduates displayed was truly awe inspiring and it makes my head hurt even contemplating how many sleepless nights the designers spent dexterously creating their impressive collections! It is with this in mind that much props go to Youngli Lee, whose gorgeous designs almost broke my heart with sleek dresses and incredible detailing, and Sven Hoppe, who deservedly walked away with the Collection of the Year award for his brilliant and exceptionally well executed menswear designs.
Youngli Lee:

Sven Hoppe:

It was Nicole Murray, however, that made me want to rip the clothes off of the models' backs with an absolutely sumptuous collection of dramatic, dark and womanly designs. Clearly taking notes from film noir goddesses, Nicole's collection featured rich colours, luxe fabrics and beautifully cut high waisted skirts, suits and jackets that frequently had a flourish of fringing or ruffles to emphasise the femininity of the garments. Another aspect of Nicole's collection that I loved was the fab accessories designed by fellow LCF student Joanna Nutall, which perfectly incorporated the elegant colours of the clothes whilst adding original shapes to a classically attractive collection. I didn't manage to photograph these though, for shame!

Fingers crossed that the lovely people at LCF invite me back to the BA students' catwalk show in June, which last year was lots of fun for Vanity and I whilst we mentally shopped all the designs we would wear!

Apollonia Gish x

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