London College of Fashion Runway Show – Class of 2012
Fashion Reporter, Sian O’Donnell
On a surprisingly hot and sunny Thursday evening, we all got together at Hackney House to watch the fabulous creations from final year LCF students come alive around the circle shaped catwalk.
After entering the blood red abattoir style doors, where we spotted the obligatory Hilary Alexander (the hardest working woman in fashion) with a glass of champs in hand and spa treatments being handed out by beauty students, it was time to take our seats.
Through Susie Bubble’s playful headpiece in front, the show was an absolute blast as expected. ‘Fun Fur’ seemed to be the order of the night with at least four students carrying the theme within their designs.
Elly Cheng Ka Ying led the pack with her pyjama party, candy Barbie trainers and dip dyed full fur skirts that definitely put the fun back into fuzz; to Siripirun Saritasurarak’s delectable feast of Heidi-inspired pom pom headbands, wrist and ankle straps over a Morris dancing, Clown-at-Midnight slouched jumpsuit.
Lucy Starling’s PVC cropped neon jacket we want, along with Domino Xiaozhou Zeng triple glitter creepers, which we need. Cat Patterson’s collection of mermaid green, textured shards of gold that was constructed absolutely amazingly over knitwear, had the stylish shipwreck look down to the most intricate stitch.
Over in menswear, we saw oiled up basketball players in bad taste socks and flip flops (now good taste?), Suedehead/hotel porter maroon crombie’s with exquisite gold zip detailing and bespoke tailoring by Sebastiaan Pieter Groenen, whose dusky pink mesh suit saw him win the Collection of the Year Award.
Other winners of the night included Rose Irwin for the Fashion Innovation Award which saw her 90’s R&B, Miami beach creation come to life, as did Ashleigh Downer, whose stunning pieces consisting of pick ‘n’ mix style coats, pastel haphazard wigs and sheer skirts under sequins, gold luxe and heavy duty studs, were deserving winners.
Yet a favourite of mine, had to be Stephanie Ghoussain’s absolutely striking textile collection, consisting of Muslim style thobes in the most gorgeous all-in-one fabric and vibrant colour. Outstanding.
We walked away feeling happy, content and extremely full from all that sugar zapp colour scheme. Until next year…