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meet the menswear grads of 2014

Graduate fashion week is one of London’s hottest tickets. We meet the next generation of graduates from the capital’s tip top design schools. They’ve got it on lock!

by i-D Team
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Oct 30 2014, 3:10pm

Hart + Lëshkina

Sung Bin Cho, 29, Royal College of Art 
What was the inspiration behind your collection? 
The story of Journey to the Centre of the Earth and a book about fauna by photographer Joan Fontcuberta. I was also interested in looking at freaks in the unknown world.

If you could dress any couple, who would it be?
Tilda Swinton and Andreja Pejic.

When did you first fall in love?
October 1, 2012. My first love is my current girlfriend.


Gracie Wales Bonner, 23, Central Saint Martins

What was the inspiration behind your collection?
I was thinking about performative blackness and working within established frames of reference. I wanted to create something that reverberates between European and African aesthetic ideals.

If you could dress any couple, who would it be?
André 3000 and Erykah Badu back in the day.

When did you first fall in love?
I first fell in love with music. I have strong memories of listening to Buju Banton and Otis Redding in the car with my dad.

What do you love most?
I love beautiful men, in the most innocent way. I'm always casting.

Ed Lee, 24, Central Saint Martins
What do you love about your collection?
It was an opportunity for me to project my fantasy vision of man in the form of clothes, without commercial or financial constraints.

When did you fall in love with fashion?
My mum used to be a professional pattern cutter and when she tried to teach me her way of doing patterns, I fought back and ended up in a big argument. That was when I realised I am madly in love with what I am doing.

If you could dress any couple, who would it be?
Serena Williams and her coach boyfriend.

Pauline Edvall, 25, Central Saint Martins
What do you love about your collection?
I was able to focus on what I love the most, which is drawing.

What was the inspiration?
My friend and I illustrated and wrote a storybook about a character named Ben, and I created my prints, knits and silhouettes from the mood and visuals.

If you could dress any couple, who would it be?
David Bowie and Tilda Swinton.

When did you first fall in love?
1993. Cheese. Still going strong.


Alex Bottenberg, 23, Westminster

What do you love about your collection?
That it tells a story about a bad boy heartthrob.

What was the inspiration behind your collection?
Watching Grease at Christmas. It's all about that bad boy character like Danny. I looked at a lot of 1950s films like Rebel Without A Cause and Blackboard Jungle and Bruce Davidson's photos of the Brooklyn Gang.

If you could dress any couple, who would it be?
Maybe me and my boyfriend, when I get one! 

Credits


Photography Hart + Lëshkina 
Styling Jack Borkett and Julia Sarr-Jamois
Hair Kei Terada at Julian Watson Agency.
Make-up Laura Dominique at Streeters using M.A.C.
Nail technician Michelle Humphrey at LMC using Maybelline.
Photography assistance Sam Leswi.
Styling assistance Kate Iorga, Rosie Williams.
Hair assistance Cathy Ennis, Beca Tuffnell and Sophie Anderson.
Models Sharnee at IMG. Alice at Elite. Crystal and Grace at Select. Marc F at FM London. Haavard at SUPA. Angus, Charlie and Isaac at Models 1.