This morning at Freemasons Hall we saw the highly anticipated Swedish School of Textiles show on the catwalk, showcasing the work of nine UK and international graduates from the class of 2013.

In true graduate showcase manner, the collections we witnessed were both experimental, abstract, daring and explorative; with an educational background in complex cutting techniques, future fabrications, intricate printing technique and emphasised structure, noted as key reoccurring themes in each collection.

Opening the show we were met by Jesper Danielsson’s collection entitled ‘Functional Cuts’ which encompassed androgynous  outerwear, utilitarian cycle-wear, futuristic balaclavas and the avant-garde gold clad ‘spaceman’ jacket, distinctly oversize in origin.

Also challenging the norms of conventional fashion we saw Emeile Ahlner’s ‘Kurbitch!’ collection of intricately cut, layered womenswear; fabricated using neon pvc’s justaposed with multi-faceted iridescent and glitter clad plastics. The traditional woman was transported to a futuristic space-age era of high shine, gloss and definitive structures. The art of powerful structure was, in deed, mastered and presented in a futuristic uniformed manner.

In keeping with the repetitious space-era inspiration; Gustav Falgen’s ‘Numeris Pelliscaptis Uniforms’ collection offered a space-man-meets-street-wear fusion, of tie die flared trousers, graffiti print outerwear, heavy biker boots, bleached shorts with braces and tyrannical balaclavas; the final aesthetic both powerful and memorable.

Also making a powerful statement we saw Elias Hogberg’s ‘CTRL + V’ collection, which had a predominant focus on print, with the reoccurring floral motif printed on leather, latex and sheer plastic, creating a unique mural of juxtaposed print and fabrics, accessorised with fur hoods.

Overall the standard of this years showcase was impeccably high, with each collection remaining both unique and innovative, true to the nature of the traditional Graduate Showcase.

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