The MA Central Saint Martins show is one not to be missed in the LFW schedule.
The talented members of the London based university invite the fash-pack into a world of innovative designs, colours and textures. It is a well thought out and imaginative show which culminates their years of work at CSM, and often is the springboard into landing jobs or securing grants to further their collections.
If you didn’t already believe us that they are a talented bunch, previous alumni include Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Lee Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou. Wow, that would be one hell of a class reunion!
Back to this years show, eleven individuals showcased their work at the Somerset House showspace, but only two people were picked as winners by the course director Louise Wilson and fashion designer Christopher Kane (also a previous student!)
The winners were Michael Power and Ondrej Adamek. Here FN describes the two outstanding collections and some other names that will definitely be ones to watch out for.
Michael Power (winner of the L’Oreal Professionnel Creative Award)
This tribal influenced collection featured graphic prints layered onto shift dresses, and garments carefully lined with coloured tubing. The most impressive part of this collection were the fierce boot covers and tall head pieces.
Ondrej Adamek (winner of the L’Oreal Professionnel Creative Award)
A bold collection, with giant cartoon-like shapes appliquéd onto garments, placed at such contacting angles to the garments. At first the whole look just over powered me slightly, but I honestly now cannot get enough of the rich silky fabrics and how beautifully crafted together they are, in deep navy, cream and pink.
All good things shimmer right? And as these tinsel dresses shimmered down the catwalk with midi length skater skirts and oversized tops with high necks, I was fixated like a magpie. The stiff material, almost tweed-like was beautifully crafted. Definitely one to watch.
An eclectic mix of colours intertwined together to create stiff, intricate woolwear finished off with a hint of glitter. The silhouette was again masculine, with short boxy sleeves with the skirts billowing out wide at the hips.
Some real trends that emerged are textures, layering, oversizing and always going for sheer and chiffon (whatever the weather!)
Congratulations to all the finalists, and we will definitely be watching out for these names!