Review: Christopher George
Regent’s University London has educated a league of illustrious designers, renowned for competitively situating graduates academically and professionally from every corner of the world.
This seasons graduates kept the international expectation of excellence true to form for Regent’s University. With the strength of cutting edge ideas, patter cutting and expertly crafted tailoring. In addition to some breathtaking print design and fabrics, and the all important styling of the students collections.
Experiencing the new designers graduating with their catwalk show always excites 55's fashion department, and this season from Regent’s University was a GEM of emerging talents.
Here are 55s chosen 8 designers bringing fashion to life and injecting now ideas.
This collection represents vulnerable women in society by emulating the form of a broken doll. Working with social issues and cultural identities is a strong, brave and impressive act. With the use of raw fabrics to provide a more earthy collection, whilst brining a vibrancy with bold colours.
LAURA GADZA CERMAK
Taking inspiration from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll and the idea of 'hell', things are not always as they seem. This strong direction working with urban prints and PUNK ideas, it's a modern street collection with a mix of fabrics, textures and prints all working together.
Créatures des bois, inspired by the mythological spirit of nature; the Nymph. Woodland: canopies of trees, decorated by moss and fungi, with beams of fragile light. Using these elements to recreate/reinvent the seductive temptress, the Nymph. Ruffles grow sporadically out of seams and fall naturally to decorate the figure, it is as if nature is blossoming out of this mythical interpretation in order to adorn the wearer.
G-Cube2 is inspired by Tetris. Tetris a primary computer game, introduced in 1984. The designer has translated its simplicity and minimalism into a collection of cuboid shapes, bright colours and blocks.
It is inspiring to see a young designer pushing the limits of fabric with the cuts and tailoring. The exaggeration on body shape produced successfully is quite a feat to achieve, and we have a great achievement here.
Peace, Love and San Francisco. A collection that represents the utopia that was San Francisco in 1967, during The Summer of Love and 'make-love-not-war' peace movement. In an endeavour to celebrate the vibrancy of the exceptional era, this collection incorporates flowing silhouettes, colourful palettes and transparent textures. Still retaining a simple line, wearable, sexual and sensual. Delicious!
Inspired by the tranquillity that exists after a storm, this collection uses exaggerated, voluminous and feminine pieces. These pieces were gathered to the body with the use of leather strapping. A classic design for beauty with a raw edge of sex and strength from a dominant woman. An oversized shoulder along with tucked waists and flowing soft fabrics produces movement and structure.
Inspired by a narrative that takes place in the 80's at a French ski chalet. The collection illustrates different stages of a rich couple’s life. They spend happy times together but the underlying reality is very different. This is represented by a clash between evening wear and technical ski-wear alongside the addition of climbing accessories. These refer to the final chapter where they decide to throw themselves from the top of the mountain. Always good to have some drama in fashion, thats what it's all about, yeah?
ALISON DE MEIRSMAN
Incorporating random stone washed, bleached and dyed denim. A 1950s print joined by transparent, asymmetric layers of silk, organza and organdie. Some of the strongest print design we have seen this year on the catwalk. Always a firm favourite, taking inspiration from the glamour of the 1950s whilst adding a contemporary edge.
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