Yesterday, 115 students of the most renowned fashion school revealed their work to the world during the annual graduate show in London. Their designs, ranging from the experimental to the political and conceptual, reflected the breadth of their specializations, including womenswear, menswear, print, design and marketing.
The winners: Knitwear Designer Alice Morell-Evans, Womenswear Designer Emil Dernbach, and Diana Sträng from the Fashion Designer and Marketing track, received the L’Oréal Professional Young Talent Prize.
Special guest and music icon FKA Twigs and Madonna made remarkable appearances at the event. Madonna, stunned in a Moschino leather ensemble, accessorized with a biker jacket, radio-shape bag, and black platform shoes. Meanwhile, FKA Twigs wore a charcoal grey hooded knit dress, a pair of studded lace-up platform boots together with a statement purse.
With technology and innovation driving digital disruption within fashion BA Fashion students at Central Saint Martins to explore with tech innovations to bring the collection to life. Models wearing QR codes down the runway allowed those who scan the see the dsigns in their surroundings as well as trying them on.
First runner-up, Emil Dernback, designer behind graphic shape dresses made of metal and wool explains: “My collection aims to explore the notions of society with manipulated identities by decoding the essence of who we are deep within. This collection is an insight into the possibilities of what collaboration between humans and machines can look like. It offers the opportunity to see technology’s inevitable improvement from an angle of excitement rather than fear and opens up the debate on what the future holds.”
Sutainability also remained a key focus on exploration. Pieces from Alice Morell-Evans’s collection incoorperated old shoes. Diana Sträng opted for a more artisanal approach, the leather jacket she presented was hand-painted in Northern Sweden using an old traditional technique.
Sustainability and Techology remain the key pillars for the future of fashion. Commitement towards social and envromental values as well as the strive for innovation in the new world, encompassed all aspects of their work making the show an even greater success!
Words By Melodie Bitala-Samba
photo credits: Martina Derosa for Diana Strang