London College of Fashion’s Masters of Arts students staged a show of their graduate collections in the British capital on Thursday night, the eve of London Fashion Week. Ten women’s wear degree candidates showcased their ranges at Dutch Hall in east London, with looks ranging from the eccentric and the artistic to the conceptual. Among the standouts were Lorenzo Buzzi, Youngmi Kim, Gergei Erdei, Yuqing Lai, Vilu Dau and Wendel Heung.
Buzzi’s inspiration stemmed from Fifties and Sixties American housewives, and his creations included a short-waisted black wool jacket with a white cotton collar and an ankle-grazing skirt in an opulent blue floral tapestry-like jacquard. Kim’s soft lilac, boiled wool coat was scattered with bits of hand-knitted floral crochet, while Lai looked to workwear and uniforms. He exaggerated the silhouette on an oversize, deconstructed gabardine overcoat with enlarged front pockets.
Erdei said his inspiration derived from the struggle to find love. He created protective shields in the form of face masks comprising white sea shells sourced from the Indian Ocean. They referenced a Sailor’s Valentine, as did the masks done in hand-beaded embroideries. Erdei paired the intricate facewear with roomy black trousers.
Dau illuminated the runway with a metallic, knee-length leather dress. The silhouette was billowy and the leather was embedded with fiber-optic lighting. Heung’s cashmere brown overcoat with an oversize lapel was worn with matching trousers and layered tulle shirts in beige and white.