Last night’s Central Saint Martins BA Fashion show indulged our fervent imaginations with skater boys, aliens and bohemian belles…
Everyone knows Central Saint Martins is a breeding ground of raw and unabashed talent. Year after year it churns out the next generation of wide-eyed, young designers whose names often go on to flash up on the both the runway and in magazines. This year was no different.
40 students were cherry-picked to present the culmination of the last three years work in the BA Fashion Show last night. First out was LVMH Graduate 2015 Prize winner, Gabriel Castro, who threw out a silky mélange of jewel toned trackies, setting the scene for his fellow students to take to the stage. Jim Chen Hstang Hu was the winner of the L'Oréal Professional Designer of the Year Award with her scarlet, laser cut creations that looked like optical illusions. Our personal favourite was first runner up Martin Hanly, who's quilted, oversized bomber jackets and bohemian patchwork robes followed an almost nude, bearded man down the runway. Pierre Camo's suave and perfectly tailored menswear with a utilitarian edge earned him the title of second runner up. Overall it was a show filled with characters from parallel worlds, layered up to the nines in textures, colours, knits, tassels, crystals and denim and we LOVED it.
Meanwhile, outside the Granary building, the students who weren't selected to show to press were setting up their own guerrilla exhibition. A flyer handed to us as we left, stated; "Our aim is for equal representation in support of current and future students on the BA Fashion pathway," as models lined our path showing off the work of those who didn't quite make the cut.
The future's bright…
Photography Anabel Navarro Llorens