Thursday, 9 June 2011

London College of Fashion BA Show

The London College of Fashion has regularly snubbed Graduate Fashion Week – choosing to hold its shows during the same week but in a different location.

This snobbery seems a little 'off' but has not left a sour taste in anyone’s champagne judging by the huge presence of industry figures such as Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council and huge GFW supporter.

The catwalk presentation is impressive and fabulously styled obviously having a slightly larger budget than the smaller catwalk shows held at graduate fashion week. The warehouse-like setting at 2 Kingdom street was a perfectly trendy setting for such a show providing a slightly dusty blank canvas.

Awards are presented to exceptional designers from the college.

The Biddle Sawyer Silks Award for Innovative Use of Fabrics went to Stine Rees who used exposed seams, frayed patterns and mixed soft fabrics with chunky fur, high shine plastics and metalics to create a highly unusual collection using a huge range of fabrics.

The Barnett Lawson Best Use of Trimmings award was well prepared for this year with students seemingly trimming every garment as well as the shoes! The winner was Charlotte Barry who created a stunning mustard gold collection with eastern influences, a hint of regality and dripping with embellishment and appliqué. The award was well deserved!!

The Collection of the Year award was presented by Samata Angel, long standing contributor and friend to, who has recently been named Red magazines ‘woman to watch under 30’. The winner of this category was Wun Wun Nova Chiu who’s collection was beautifully hand embellished, incredibly detailed and was a mixture between inca traditional dress and the Spanish matador! Strong colours and glittering embellishment caught the judges attention and this collection was obviously incredibly well put together. Fur was used to create structure and clashing prints brought this collection bang on trend.

Congrats to all the winners!

The show was followed by the ‘very VIP’ after party serving champagne to students and press alike – the divide painfully obvious between the students desperately trying to avoid making conversation with anyone too important and sneaking as many free drinks down as possible while the press and VIPs separated into their cliques of industry bods, super journos, celeb + hangers on, bloggers and everyone inbetween!

On a personal note :
Let's face it... this show is pretty much exactly the same as all the other graduate shows - I realise that there is a huge amount of talent coming from LCF but it is no greater than the talent streaming into GFW from all over the country! This became just as monotomous!

Full catwalk report will follow

Jemima Daisy

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