With the news of Maximilian Davis being appointed Ferragamo’s new creative director, it is a great time to be an LCF graduate. Just like the British Trinidadian designer a few years back, the latest batch of graduates presented their final collections in the college’s MA 2022 show at London Fashion Week.
This year, one got a taste of what fashion can be. While clothing was still prevalent, the accessories did take centre stage – quite literally in the case of Youjia Sun’s eyewear – and often stole the show, with attendees quickly holding up their smartphones to click a picture. MA Fashion Artefact definitely lived up to its name, yet still leaving plenty of room for Footwear and Fashion Design Technology.
Digital presentations are getting rarer, especially with in-person shows back on the schedule, but LCF’s video feels zeitgeisty. The format is reminiscent of early 2000s’ video games with models spinning on a pedestal, providing us with a 360 as if we are about to choose our fighter for a battle. With a futuristic tune in the background and zoomed-in cuts to shoes displayed as sculptures, it’s giving MoMA exhibition meets Y2K gaming world.
The concept of the show was straightforward, giving each graduate a clean and open space to show off their respective work. The layered unicolour looks, mostly in white and crème, that opened the show were contrasted with colourful explosions towards the end. Dirk Vaessen’s footwear creations had models shuffling back and forth and taking social media by storm, with some users dropping one or the other Yeezy reference.
Shiqi Zhou’s quilted jackets and skirts are experimental, reminiscent of the latest Moncler collaborations, and Licong Gong surely left an impression with his inside-out coats that go from generously blocked colours to tight geometric print. Outerwear and utilitarian elements such as large pockets, zippers and belts are a clear trend for this year’s batch, visible in Yu You’s, Shuhan Zhou’s and Xuejin Liu’s collections.
Before giving an insight into LCF’s full 2022 line-up, accessories deserve a mention. A portable blonde ponytail, a materialised migraine as well as wearable vegetation were standout pieces, yet Yicheng Fan’s fascinators brought a traditional piece of headwear we rarely ever see anymore back onto the runway.
Read on to discover the MA Fashion 2022 London College of Fashion graduates.