ARTS THREAD went along to the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Exhibition today to admire the collections of 18 exciting fashion designers.
As soon as we entered the exhibition space, our eyes were immediately drawn to Nova Chiu (London College of Fashion) and Jeff Archer’s collection at the far end of the room. The bright and colourful AW12/13 collection is a mish-mash of cultures, textiles and patterns. The design duo mix ancient Chinese culture and traditional pattern making with bold 80′s inspired street wear. Rabbit fur, digital embroidery and textiles sourced from China were combined in a variety of rainbow-bright colours.
We were also stunned by the incredible work by University of Zagreb graduate Morana Kranjec who displayed her structural, origami inspired collection. The highly geometric garments were folded by hand and we couldn’t help but wonder how on earth she did it?
Staring at the walls in south east London might not sound like the most inspiring way to spend your time, yet it somehow managed to spark CSM graduate Helen Bullock’s imagination! Describing her collection as ‘wrong but appealing’, Bullock mixes big, bold patterns interjected with painted blocks of colour. We also loved Bullock’s illustrations which accompanied the collection.
The quintessential 1920s tom boy acted as Myrza de Muynck’s (Central Saint Martins) muse when creating her collection of luxurious sportswear. Presented in a palette of delicate blues, pinks and mint greens and beautifully embellished, the collection is light and playful.
We loved the accessories and styling used in Alice Lee’s dark, romantic collection. The shoes were customised to match each garment using latex, paint and tape while the headdress was made from a bouquet of black, white and red roses.
Luxurious woven macramé typified Ekaterina Kukhareva’s (CSM) Harem Chic collection. Kukhareva, who studied as a textile designer, developed all of her fabrics before producing the garments, taking small details of the snake-skin motif and experimenting with it throughout the collection.
The Vauxhall Fashion Scout Exhibition continues until Tuesday 21 February. Find out more at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout website.