London College of Fashion BA 12 Runway Show
After being immersed within new, fresh and emerging fashion talent for a full five days during Graduate Fashion Week a couple of weeks back, it was nice to get another hit last week when we attended the prestigious London College of Fashion BA 12 Runway Show. A hive of new innovative talent, the event was a fantastic night, full of firsts, showcasing contour, jewellery, sportswear and accessories alongside both mens and womenswear on the catwalk.
The front row included singer VV Brown, designer Lulu Guinness as well as Chairman of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman, who we're sure was keeping his eye on the new talents on offer. The runway was an unusually circular set up in the new Hackney House Big Top in East London, consisting of mirrored columns reflecting the designs here, there and everywhere. Thirty six designers were paired together to produce the 25 collections on show, which made for vast offerings full of variety and depth.
With a real mix of styles, themes and directions on offer, we bet there was something there for everyone to choose a favourite to fall in love with. Fashion Contour (BA) student, Bianca Laporta is definitely worth a mention for her Lady Gaga-esque bold underwear showcased on curvaceous models, as well as BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery student Lisa Watson for her moden sci-fi feel jewellery which added another dimension to knitwear. We also loved Rose Irwin's popping bright womenswear which was teamed with Diana Auria Harris' to die for swimwear. A final favourite had to be Ekaterina Gerasimova whose BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology final collection wowed us with a traditional Navajo feel (see picture above).
Winners of the night's awards included Ashleigh Downer for The Barnett Lawson Award for Best Use of Trimmings (she actually grew her own flowers). The Fashion Innovation award for best United Vision went to Rose Irwin, Diana Auria Harris, Lili Colley (our faves), and the biggest award of the night, the Collection of the Year, went to Sebastiaan Pieter Groenen for his Bespoke Tailoring.