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london college of fashion's future fashion stars

In February, LCF's Fashion Design MA students held a show full of space-age neoprene, street-edge denim and plenty of 'it's so fuffy, I'm gonna die!' moments. We met fashion's future stars...

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  • barbra kolasinski, 24, glasgow

    What do you do?
    I am a Womenswear designer looking at and investigating textures and colours to create unique and individual garments.

    Describe yourself...
    Colourful, passionate, loyal, Scottish, determined.

    Describe your aesthetic...
    Colourful, unique, playful, fun, creative.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    My graduate collection would be called The Clan and it references my Scottish background. There are a variety of tartans that can identify a family name and I hope that this collection identifies me in the same way.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    It would have to be women who want to be a bit playful and stand out. Who have fun when they dress and don’t want to follow rules - someone that likes to be different.

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Riccardo Tisci, Sarah Burton, Miuccia Prada.

    Where would you like to be in 5 years?
    In 5 years I would like to have a Scottish Fashion Empire, if that doesn’t happen as quickly as I would like (!) then I would like to work within a fashion house in London or abroad. I want to always have creative input and produce unique collections every season.

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/barbrakolasinski

    Barbra Kolasinski MA14

  • daniel yuste, 25, Barcelona

    What do you do?
    I'm a menswear fashion designer and I just graduated from my MA at LCF

    Describe yourself...
    Creative, energetic, independent, decisive, realistic.

    Describe your aesthetic...
    Futuristic, conceptual, clean, fresh, sporty.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    Insectivore, because the main resource that refers to the collection has been the beetle insects, and their "powers" to attract light and water. Translating my concept to a title, Insectivore will accomplish the perfect definition of the garments and the man I created. 

    Would would your ideal customer be?
    My ideal customer would be a person that likes to see into the future. Someone that wants to create a new trend using new materials with new properties. A person that likes to be different and feel good wearing block colours with an aesthetic based in futuristic sportswear. 

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Philip Lim, Raf Simons, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Damir Doma, Kriss Van Assche.

    Where would you like to be in 5 years?
    I'd like to be working in the fashion industry as a designer in New York City. 

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/danielyuste

    Daniel Yuste MA14

  • youjia jin, 27, china

    What do you do?
    Fashion Designer, Buyer, Tutor, traveller...  

    Describe yourself…
    Passionate, positive, talented, versatile, persistent.

    Describe your aesthetic…
    Artistic, characteristic, qualitiy, timeless, impressive. 

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    The title of my collection is Inside Out. I'm inspired by anatomy. The two concepts of my final project are focused on menswear tailoring and the surreal body arts developed from anatomy. Due to my interest in human body structure, I've been exercising unisex pattern cutting on my womenswear collections in recent years. For me, even though there are slightly different parts (such as proportion and organs) between male and female bodies, the muscles and bone structures are principally the same. Meanwhile, this thought triggered me to explore this idea in depth by focusing on analysing the body structure from anatomy, demonstrating certain elements of body structures to enhance the details of my garments, then performing menswear tailoring to finish this collection. 

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    I think I can cover both menswear and womenswear as I’ve been working with unisex fashion style. My ideal customers always dress really smart and elegantly, they are the kind of people that would be recognised shot aon the street as fashion icons.

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Ann DemeulemeesterYohji YamamotoHaider AckermannRick Owens.

    Where would you like to be in five years?
    London, because I’d like to launch my own brand and open a small studio in London. 

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/youjiajin

    Youjia Jin MA14

  • mariana jungmann, brazil

    What do you do?
    I am a fashion designer.

    Describe yourself...
    Curious, loud, resilient, determined and kind.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    From Under The Table because in this collection I travelled back to my childhood, where I used to spend my afternoons playing underneath my family's glass dinning table. My mother used to cover it with a handmade lace tablecloth and the patterns of the lace would make my imagination fly. I would bring my toys and create this world of magic and flowery patterns. I would fall sleep following the patterns of the ribbons with my eyes. Here I tried to recreate this imaginary lace world that I was so fascinated by as a child.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    Do you know when you walk on the street and you see that woman, who is not the most beautiful, but you can't take your eyes out of her. She is intriguing, she is elegant and sexy, she is fierce. You would love to be her or at least her best friend. That is my ideal customer, she is just confident in her own skin and she knows who she is.

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    They are always changing, every season I have a new favourite group, but usually there are some that come onto this list quite often. Maria Grazia Chiuri, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Raf Simons and Phoebe Philo are some that are usually on my top 10.

    Where would you like to be in 5 years?
    I'd love to be inside my studio, surrounded by a great creative team, making the final adjustments on the next collection just before my London Fashion Week show. My work is my passion and I can't see myself doing anything more pleasant than creating beautiful things.

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/marianajungmann

    Mariana Jungmann MA14

  • wen tan, 24, shanghai

    What do you do?
    Travel and study.

    Describe yourself…
    Funny, traditionalist, sophisticated, illustrator, curious.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    Evolution. The aim of my project was to discuss “survival” within the context of extinction – I wanted to explore this notion in relation to the fashion industry. I drew extinct animals by hand which I used as my print pattern and then had them screen printed onto fabric rather than digitally printing them. I really wanted viewers to look back at the beauty that comes from using traditional techniques in a world of increasing technological development.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    My collection is designed to be inclusive of everyone, so I guess everyone is my ideal customer!

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Raf Simons, Jean Paul Gautier, Maison Martin Margiela and Yohji Yamamoto.

    Where would you like to be in five years?
    I want to work in London as a designer - I love the innovation and variety of culture London has.

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/tanwen

    Wen Tan MA14

  • yuanxi sun, 23, china

    What do you do?
    I design, I cook.

    Describe yourself…
    Designer, positive, foodie, kind, rigorous.

    Describe your aesthetic…
    Androgynous, oversized, structural, casual, modern.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    Going To Bed. I got inspiration from sleepwear and the bedroom.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    Kind people who take care of themselves and their clothes. They know what fits them the best and how the garments work.

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Alexander Wang, Rei Kawakubo, Damir Doma, Martin Margiela.

    Where would you like to be in five years?
    I want to be working for myself with my own business.

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/yuanxisun

    Yuanxi Sun MA14

  • aristides vanis, 27, greece

    What do you do?
    I am currently working in retail.

    Describe yourself...
    Hilarious, social, collector, stubborn, loyal.

    Describe your aesthetic...
    Kitsch, dusty, pop, vibrant, Mediterranean.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be? 
    Trakatrouka: The Party. Trakatrouka means firework.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    Pharell Williams because he has it.

    who are your favourite current designers? 
    Walter Van Beirendonck.

    Where would you like to be in five years?
    In a better flat!

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/AristidesVanis

    Aristides Vanis MA14

  • eun kyeng seo, 25, south korea

    What do you do?
    Designer of UBAN LOGO88 and now an unemployed designer looking for work!

    Describe yourself…
    Korean, curious, random, risky but organised.

    Describe your aesthetic…
    Desirable, playful, silhouette, experimental.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    Urban Logo88. I believe that people have a desire to capture time and I see collages as being able to document and record this. Layers add up and can represent the tracks of a person. I found these ideas in the work of Kurt Schwitters. This inspired me to think that the urban landscape of ripped posters and street art found on the tube etc. could be seen as one big collage which collectively reflects the people that live in it.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    My collection is not limited to women, I would be happy to see people wearing it who don’t play by the rules. I want people to enjoy the moment and feel beautiful when they are in my garments.

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Nicolas Ghesquiere, Dries Van Noten, BLESS, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto, Jonny Johansson.

    Where would you like to be in five years time?
    I hope I will be travelling between Seoul and London working as a designer and a tutor.

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/seo

    Eun Kyeng Seo MA14

  • xiaomeng yang, 26, china

    What do you do?
    I am a student at London College of Fashion and I studied MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear.

    Describe yourself...
    Mysterious, silent, romantic, workaholic, a powerful and unconstrained style.

    Describe your aesthetic...
    Elegant, classical, minimalist, luxurious, emotional.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    Hands: Creating folding forms of softness. Hands are the most flexible and complex part of human body. It can’t be denied that hands have made a significant contribution to the civilization of human society. As one of the most vital organs of the human body, hands not only create our world, but can also be used as a creative tool. There are a variety of folding lines on hands that are created by different types of gestures, this I find is just like the dynamic wrinkles clothes create when the body forms different postures.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    My target customer is elegant, he is classical yet also chic and unique. He is a strong man but likes to play with fashion and does not take life too seriously.

    Who are your favourite current designers?
    Alber Elbaz, Lucas Ossendrijver, Hedi Slimane, Jil Sander.

    Where would you like to be in five years?
    I would like to go to Paris and prepare the launch of my fashion empire!

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/xiaomengyang

    Xiaomeng Yang MA14

  • min kim, 25, republic of korea

    What do you do? 
    Right now? I am watching TV and eating a BigMac meal.

    Describe yourself…
    Artistic, placid, hazelnut americano, relationship, que sera sera.

    Describe your aesthetic…
    Simple, unexpected, nonobjective but logical, sympathetic.

    If your graduate collection had a title, what would it be?
    I am not that kind of girl. My inspiration is “Pink Frilled Dress Phase [PFDP phase]”. I feel that this Syndrome is a kind of mental development stage all girls go through and it is society that preconditions this. I want these walls of prejudice to be broken down - each child should have their own marked individuality and their own colour. My collection, with its neutral tones and unexpected silhouettes is the antithesis to this.

    Who would your ideal customer be?
    Someone who has their own personality and is willing to try a variety of different looks and styles.

    Who is you favorite current designer?
    Raf Simons.

    Where would you like to be in five years?
    I want to find a better way for advancement, no matter where I am in the world. Hopefully London.

    showtime.arts.ac.uk/mmminkim

    Min Kim MA14