Central Saint Martins is known for producing the next generation of fashion stars and their recent BA Fashion Press Show 2015 featured the work of 40 students graduating this year. Typically for the college, the designs ranged from the innovative to the wacky, representing the varied spectrum of new design talent.
Here are our top picks from this years show:
- Jim Chen Hstang Hu was the winner of the L’Oréal Professional Designer of the Year Award with her ethereal 3D printed creations, producing optical illusions in an entirely scarlett colour palette.
- Camilla Holmes gave a contemporary twist to denim for her menswear collection and made a statement with her appliquéd banner shouting ‘Respect our existence or expect our resistance.’
- Hiroko Masano combined racing inspired jackets made from bright neoprene and cycling accessories with traditional fabrics and retro silhouettes for a new take on sportswear.
- Knitwear student Phoebe Kime created a bright collection in bold, asymmetrical shapes, embellished with multi-coloured square sequins.
- Eleanor O’Connor gave soft layers, prim shirts and loose, cropped trousers a tough edge with metal embellishment which created an armour-like effect.
- Liberty Yates produced a streetwear collection with an opulent twist, using extravagant gold hardware and luxe accessories made from leather and orange fur.
- Sonny Tassell also created a menswear collection which subverted traditional streetwear, using heavily textured fabrics for a new take on the grey marl tracksuit.
- Amir Khorasany used a simple palette and hints of marbled print to allow beautiful fluid fringing to take centre stage – creating waves of movement down the catwalk.
- Print student Han Kim created a show-stopping collection of extreme proportions, contrasting glittery surfaces with tapestry-like stitching in vivid colours.
Outside the catwalk, students who weren’t selected to show to press set up their own guerrilla exhibition, entitled #EncoreCSM. Their flyer stated; “Our aim is for equal representation in support of current and future students on the BA Fashion pathway.”
This peaceful protest gave the vast majority of students omitted from the catwalk the chance to showcase their own talent and hardwork.
USP: Central Saint Martins is known for producing exciting and innovative fashion, with the student protest outside the main event demonstrating the huge wealth of talent in addition to what was chosen for the catwalk.