Last night we had the perfect antidote to the inauspicious, rainy evening in the very fashionable form of the Central Saint Martins BA Honours Fashion Show.
CSM is never one to disappoint. Building on their reputation for exciting and inventive designers, this years 40 strong graduates treated the audience to inflatable swimwear, stilt walkers, 3D animal inspired jumpers and country house interior-inspired designs where models appeared to step out from picture frames and chairs.
The L’Oreal Professionnel Young Designer of the Year award went to womenswear designer Yi Fang Wan. The judging panel, comprising of Hillary Alexander and Marios Schwab, awarded Wan for her billowing, neutral collection which had Elizabethan and peasant undertones.
Catherine MacMahon, Head of L’Oreal PR, who presented the award told Fashion Scout that “L’Oreal were proud to be in their 10th year of sponsoring CSM, as they passionately believe in investing in education and in supporting young talent.”
First runner up was awarded to menswear designer Phillip Paterson for his grungy, yet refined 90’s inspired men’s suits. In stark contrast, second runner up went to Alex Mullins for his menswear cartoon inspired collection; a confident mix of prints, long tassels and eccentric head-pieces, all in primary brights.
Presenting the prize to Mullins was Vauxhall Fashion Scout designer David Koma. After the show Koma told us, “It was an amazing show. CSM is one of the best fashion colleges in the world, I’m very happy to be part of it.”