Defining Youth, (Un)representing sexuality: The eroticism of Leonard Arceo’s Romeo Magazine

When Leonard Arceo graduated with his masterly skilled cohort from Central Saint Martin’s cross-disciplinary course Fashion Communication and Promotion, he presented Romeo Magazine, an...

Loewe gone digital: Nathan Korn

The rebranded Loewe is a hot topic. Central Saint Martins' BA Fashion Print aptly tapped into this well, and set a brief for the second...

BULGARI X CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS: MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Though Bulgari started as a jewellery company, and Central Saint Martins as an art college, they’ve found a middle way: a bag design collaboration. Surprisingly, it’s not a handful of highly praised alumni (the list is long) who were approached to participate, but a select crop of three recent fashion graduates: Icelandic Anita Hirlekar (MA Fashion 2014), British Natasha Somerville (BA Womenswear 2013) and American Connie Lim (Fashion Design with Marketing 2013). Why? To get a fresh approach on Bulgari’s existing codes: Monete, Serpenti and Bvlgari Bvlgari, by the means of ‘disrupting’ these. How? A six week competition style project, going from briefing to designing, visiting Bulgari’s Atelier, making prototypes, and giving presentations during endless Skype conversations. And so, ‘redefined luxury bags’ have come into existence.

Bulgari x CSM: Natasha Somerville’s daring Serpenti

“We each had a corner and mounted all our work, put some stuff on the wall. Then we had to leave it there for a couple of hours...” Natasha talks us through the selection process; a few people had brought the handbags which they’d made, and Natasha was one of them. “I like to have fun when designing, and to sometimes be less serious with my work,” she says, “I’m certain that Bulgari would never seen anything quite as ridiculous as my monster handbags!” In addition to that, she also brought multiple sketchbooks, and a portfolio with sampling, which revealed her obsession with painstakingly time-consuming techniques to create bespoke fabrics. Work from her final collection was also included, “One dress was constructed with hand glued 2 mm strips of latex in illusion stripes that took 3 months to make.” Yes, it might’ve been this devotion to produce great quality that made her stand out from her peers.

Bulgari x Central Saint Martins: Connie Lim’s Golden Ratio approach to...

Connie Lim, who graduated from the BA Fashion Design with Marketing at Central Saint Martins, who recently launched her illustrious decks of playing cards, was called in last-minute to give the Bulgari project selection a shot. Despite the time constraints, she got in and was immediately faced with the challenge of disrupting the brand’s somewhat illusive BVLGARI BVLGARI code…

Bulgari x Central Saint Martins: Anita Hirlekar’s Monete

  Florence Rambaud, LVMH’s Creative Talent Acquisition Manager, saw the MA show in February and Anita’s intensely colourful collection immediately excited her. It intrigued her to the extent...

‘The Graduates’ with Nick Knight and Simon Foxton

Psssssst... Better set your alarms tomorrow, because we have something super exciting in store, and it's kicking off early. Remember the MA Fashion class...

FCP x Cubitts project

A few weeks earlier, eyewear label Cubitts approached the Fashion Communication & Promotion (FCP) class at Central St Martins, asking students to create a...

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TODAY: CSM WHITE SHOW 2013 AT 4PM

get your tits out to saint martins' most exciting show of the year, where all white everything bleaches your teeth and makes you...

Dr Martens team up with CSM for AW14

Iconic British footwear brand Dr Martens has held strong links with rebellious youth culture since the 60s. For their most recent project, they turned...

Bright young talent Jegor Pister, first-year FDM student

You might think that growing up in a tiny little village in the German woods wouldn’t make for a super successful fashion designer. But...