Graduate Fashion Week 2011: International
The standard at the International School presentation yesterday was high. Unlike some of the other schools we saw yesterday, the execution of the garments and the production was impressive. Mia presented a beautiful collection of 70s inspired pieces with this season's palazzo pants teamed with a chic suede khaki jacket and a brownish-gold trench also came in the fabric. A shorts jumpsuit was instantly made sexy with the introduction of cut outs on the back and tops came beautifully draped and subtly belted styled with suede trousers.
But it wasn't all about trousers. The designer also showed a high slit evening dress that was reminiscent of something you would see in a Michael Kors show. Lazer-cut leather cropped up on several occasions but worked particularly on a white knee length dress and on tops in peach teamed with wide leg trousers and high waisted trousers emphasising the waist.
Christina was inspired by all things oriental - a trend we've seen a lot of this season - but did it in a modern way by using the traditional prints and colours but on modern silhouettes. Le Yen Mai was also experimental and reworked the classic military jacket. Menswear was the weakness of the collections. While one designer sent a range of simple puffa jackets that were nothing different from what we've seen before, another went too far by going down the gimmick route by sending male models down the runway in heels.