Last night LCF pulled it out the bag, presenting twenty-five of their finest BA graduate collections.
One of the highlights of the evening saw Angela Brandys’ designs emerge on tattooed models (Claire Barrow included). Pastels clashed with deep red faux fur and faux-leather skirts were covered with heavy chains and pom-poms. Equally focused on excessive detail, the ‘Collection of the Year’ award went to Nova Chiu. Influenced by the fictitious Shangri-la, Chiu’s fantastical collection included large headpieces covered in bells and tie-dye trousers.
Other standouts included Ho Lam Leung’s pared down collection in a muted palette, a new spin on the camel/ beige loose-fitting tailoring that’s proved popular over the last few years. Johanna Pihl’s cut-off, cut-out designs impressed with layered materials distressed in a clinical fashion inspired by human anatomy. Amidst the chaos of heavy embellishments and excessive texture, Lizzie Walker’s collection stood out for its simplicity. Her inspiration was rooted in the creative process of collage and this translated into her subtle use of colour blocking and considered use of materials. Workmanship was also strong this year and Surface Textiles student Charlotte Barry won the award for ‘Best use of Trimmings’. Her work was centered on her intricate use of embroidery, print and embellishments, magnificent giving the illusion of texture.
Bravo LCF! An impressive lot indeeed, you’ll be hearing plenty more from us soon!