Last night saw the hotly anticipated Central Saint Martins MA show take London fashion week by storm. Masses of people gathered in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the next big thing. Queues stretched around the BFC show space as a notable sense of excitement descended on Somerset House.
As the crowds were seated, a handful of alumni such as Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic along with architect Zaha Hadid took to the front row to support their contemporaries. Tickets emblazoned with black and white photography of the old Charing Cross Road site paid tribute to the courses heritage, as the last MA designers to pass through those hallowed doors.
First onto the runway was Loreal Professionel award winner Luke Brooks, with impressive Olympian headpieces, which paid homage to London 2012, netted knitwear and tassled loafers. Microbial-like paint splashes and hundreds of small fabric prisms, which hung loosely as scarves and smock dresses, gave the collection an organic quality.
As the soundtrack merged, menswear designer John-Gabriel Harrison showed simple black and white silhouettes, which fused stiff cottons with flowing capes and trousers that saw turn-ups at both the knee and the ankle.
Further notable designs include Estefania Cortes Harker whose collection was made entirely of glittered fabrics of black, gold, pink and blue, with aquatic like silhouettes and geometric tunics that shimmered intesnsely under the runway lights. Charlotte Helyar took inspiration from a CMYK colour model, with rigid white three pieces with splashes of halftone images accented with simple crop mark pattern and text.
Yulia Kondranina’s ethereal and flowing monochrome garments moved beautifully as hundreds of tassles weaved and structured around the model’s body, swinging loosely with each movement.
Sabina Bryntesson’s collection caused a noticeable stir amongst the audience, with models faces completely covered in black and orange peaked and pointed headpieces, with over-exaggerated ruffled sleeves, which elongated the arms to absurd proportions.
Last to show was joint Loreal winner Craig Green whose black and cream collection was accented with splashes of orange, yellow and green tie dies and large architectural flat structures that were held in place by wooden struts over the model’s shoulders.
As the houselights were switched on the eclectic soundtrack came to an end, a sense of awe spread amongst the audience as they digested the sheer amount of innovation and creativity, which Central Saint Martins has now become synonymous for. Now we wait with bated breath to see the future for our MA graduates as they descend into a hotly competitive fashion industry. One thing is for sure, their future looks bright indeed.
Text by Greg French
Photos courtesy style.com
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