Central Saint Martins Fashion Show

Text by Vicki Loomes Film by W Piotr Onak

I often think that the anticipation that surrounds Degree and MA shows equals, if not surpasses, that which can be found at any of the major fashion weeks. Who knows what talents maybe uncovered? After all the University of the Arts London has bought us Christopher Kane, Rohan Kale, Simone Shailes, Maria Francesca Pepe…and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

So, it was well worth cramming into a sweltering York Hall last night to see CSM’s BA graduates present their collections, which did not disappoint. One of my personal favourites was Dean Quinn, whose sharp collection of white shirts, tailored trousers and unfussy dresses, were adorned with bugle beads. I was also left entranced by Helen Bullock, her delicate, almost painterly prints reminded me of Paul Klee. Her colour palette was particularly striking- a green and blue block dress, fuchsia layers, soft emerald beads on a long nude dress. Marie Hill was the winner of the L’Oreal award, for her future-bright, skin-tight collection, which featured intricate web details in black and white, a strong contrast to the verging-on-neon colours.

Other highlights included Jamie Cockerill’s aggressive collection- slick, body-con, black with rivet and chain details, Sorada Thaiwaranon's restrictive panels which both exaggerated and hindered movement, Viktor Smedinge, whose first few looks featured impressive architectural inspired elements, reminiscent of suspension bridges, and the dramatic angel wings and the religious iconography which featured on Tamaki Fujie’s designs.

Catwalk shots from the top by Viktor Smedinge, Tamaki Fujie, Sorada Thaiwaranon and Dean Quinn.

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