Central Saint Martins is the only fashion college that participates in London Fashion Week and this year, the MA Final show featured a select number of students in a colourful showcase of formidable young talent.
Bonaveri and Blue Studio deliver an annual program of events and sponsorships that promote young talent. We value the work being done by the college and organisations like the British Fashion Council in promoting young talent. This show is a significant element in the success of London Fashion Week and gives an insight into the talent coming out of British schools. It has become an intersection of designers, photographers and bloggers eager to witness rising stars that may shape the future British fashion.
For many of the young designers, the show offers them their first big opportunity to present their work to the public and an important step up onto a platform at London Fashion Week. The presentation in the Brewer Street carpark is every bit a professional element of the LFW schedule with press, buyers and fashion glitterati there, eager to spot new talent. For many of the participants,
The rawness of the show is something that sets it aside from the bigger brand experiences, with experimentation, imagination and ‘make do’ offering something unique. Frayed edges, duct taped shoes and thumping music remind you that this is a student show, where raw talent exists with wider bounds.
Included in the line up was Kiko Kostadinov, showing a selection of well structured men’s workwear and Richard Quinn’s 50’s inspired masked models in floral prints. Prize winner, John Alexander Skelton, a 2012 LCF Graduate, was awarded for his impressive 1930s inspired working class menswear using ethical, repurposed and sustainably sourced materials including his grandmothers bed sheets apparently. Co-prize winner Harry Evans, a 2014 graduate, presented a rich Tudor and folk inspired crotched and knit collection that extends his belief in original silhouettes for menswear.