London College of Fashion’s graduating B.A. students showcased their collaborative collections with a runway show in East London Monday night.
Seventeen students from women’s wear, men’s wear, sportswear, accessories and jewelry presented their collections styled by LCF’s creative director Rob Phillips with looks ranging from conceptually creative to inventive.
The school’s annual collection of the year award was presented to men’s wear student Sam Thompson and sportswear student George Oxby for their range of layered oversize lineup of overcoats, bomber jackets and denim trousers in black and tonal grays. “I noticed how people’s attitudes were reflected in how they wore their clothes,” said Thompson. “The way that they were standing and the position of their bodies affected the shape of the garment. As a designer, you often think like this — of conforming and fitting the garment to the body, but I decided that it would be interesting to imbue the clothes with a predefined attitude that the bodies wearing them would then have to conform to.”
Meanwhile, women’s wear student Olga Tytarenko, knitwear student Emily-Louise Coveney and jewelry student Nina De Marco were awarded the Clara & Michael Freeman Award. Their collection experimented with the textures of fabric and manipulated mixture of yarns in fringes as seen on dresses and trousers.
Bespoke tailoring student Neil Xuhao worked with textile student Jessica Jasmine on oversize suiting paired with roomy cropped trousers. Women’s wear student Andreas Bucher utilized soft jersey fabrics for his draped dresses in a neutral palette. Fashion design and development Joseph Standish looked to “real characters” for his denim-infused line of patchwork styles that are shredded or torn using recycled denim.