This year's Graduate Fashion Week has been proving itself an enormous success, with every collection presented finished off to a highest standard. You'd be forgiven for thinking these are the collections of already established designers, not just graduating students. Royal College of Arts graduates have also made sure the collections presented notable invention and creativity. From fur collars and draping to delicate panelling there was something for everyone.
Abnit Nijjar wowed the audience with wonderfully detailed laser cut dresses, intelligently mixing safe, rather neutral colours with big bold detail and just enough sparkle to keep the collection alive without being too overbearing. The clever use of patter cutting makes this collection seemingly simple, yet there's a certain elegance in its simplicity.
Similar effect has Alexandria Gold's collection. With its simple silhouette and jet black leather Gold's work has this edgy air and attitude. The interesting thing about this collection is that although black leather cropped tops would seem to be only appropriate for the waif supermodels, Gold makes it look versatile. One could just imagine these garments being worn by all types of women, to work in the office or to go clubbing. Surely that's a success already.
Possibly less versatile was the collection of Amalie Marciasini, yet one can't deny that it's oozed 'cool'. Big, bold colours, fur jackets and fringing created an extravagant mix that was fun, feminine and strong at the same. Imagine Cruelly Devil less evil, more fun and way more into fashion and there you have it – Marciasini’s collection is like Disney's most fashionable villain – slightly bonkers but you love it anyway.
When it comes to really bonkers stuff, no-one could out-do Hannah Taylor. Her collection involved models in knitted animal masks, knitted oversized sleeves, a knitted jumpsuit and all of that was menswear collection. Yet there's a method in her madness, Taylor's collection is very attention grabbing and the precision of her knitwear is really quite excellent.
The Royal College of Art graduates can be very pleased with themselves. Their collections showed a lot of potential and imagination, marking another great show in the Graduate Fashion Week and promising a bright future for the British fashion.
Words by Monika Zgoda
Pictures by Chris Moore @ Catwalking.com