romanticism meets practicality at the lcf ma fall/winter 17 show

This year's London College of Fashion MA students presented their visions of tomorrow with futuristic fabrics and classic shapes.

by Felix Petty
07 January 2017, 1:55pm

Soo Jin Cho fall/winter 17

The first look served up at this season's London College of Fashion MA showcase was part nun, part suit. It came courtesy of Soo Jin Cho, one of nine designers the college was showcasing on the first morning on the newly renamed London Fashion Week: Mens. It was an almost typical suit, except where the jacket usually stops, it carried on, enveloping the model's head. The rest of Cho's collection explored a similar space: somewhere between religious dress and formal attire. Romanticism and practicality were the order of the day for this graduating class, and most could be divided into one of the camps.

Changxi Shao fall/winter 17

Changxi Shao, for example, was all about that practical reality, and paraded a selection of workwear-inspired pieces that took retro-futuristic cues in their combination of down and synthetic fabrics, and bright oranges with more natural greens and greys. It was all protection and comfort, with the boys zipped up safe and sound in their hoods. On the other end of the spectrum was Jooin Yang, whose tailoring was made up of interlocking separates that were customizable and changeable.

Jooin Yang fall/winter 17

Peng Tai and Wentao Shi both presented a romantic and poetic vision of masculinity — their boys, delicately and softly draped, felt plucked from fairytales. Shu Yao created a similar feeling of softness, using a pattern cutting technique in the fabrication of her billowing outwear, that cuts lines in groups of fives. The result was a gentle, flowing collection.

Peng Tai fall/winter 17

Tak Lee's vision of reality harked back to something older though, evoking the 30s in bake boy hats and broad, oversized cuts. The two stand outs from the show though, were Chang Zhang and and Zhenzhao Guo, who both mixed futuristic fabrics, finishes, and techniques with a simplicity of idea and vision. Zhang's mix of ginghams was very Alice in Wonderland, could have easily gone wrong, but instead was full of joy. And Guo, whose mix of bold colors, bold cuts, and contrasting fabrics worked incredibly well.      

Shu Yao fall/winter 17

Tak Lee fall/winter 17

Chang Zhang fall/winter 17

Zhenhao Guo fall/winter 17


Text Felix Petty

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