Modern Culture in Designs from Emerging Talent
This month, the Kingston Fashion Design Catwalk marked the ten-year anniversary of their MA collections, and documented ten fresh designer's pieces. Presented on the catwalk, were designs from upcoming industry influencers showcasing a variety of collections with a twisted concept of modern art. The selected designers from the final class of 2017 each disclosed a collection consisting of sixteen exclusive pieces.
The show opened with Jeonghyeon Hanh’s collection— a display of neutral, earthy tones that embrace modern design. Minji Ko adopted a similar colour pallet, likewise using earthy tones to compliment all skin tones. Closely followed was Chaerin Lee; designs that welcomed colourful tones and bright metallics with futuristic interpretation. The use of pastel tones complimented the ruffles and layered fabric to add texture and depth to the collection. Similar in design was the collection by Dardana Etchike; the garments embraced and represented modern design with neutral tones and patterns.
Unique to the collections was Marika Fujita’s interpretation of fur and knit, but on an opposite scale of patterns and colours was Keija Wucheng pieces that embraced everything bold. It is certainly refreshing to see such a range of diverse designs from new talent's, including a varied use of fabric and textures. For most, the show a breakthrough and a chance to show off their abilities to influencers, securing opportunities for the future.
Joohye Emma Park embraced this concept with leather and layering of garments to create intriguing pieces. Notably, Park's leather jacket skirt stood out when compared to the other catwalk collections. But moving away from the simple cuts and shapes demonstrated previously, was Yehua Fan. Her collection incorporated various formations and sculptures in the skirts and dresses of her garments— a striking opposition to the contemporary aspect of Sanna Olsson designs. Olsson's designs contributed elegance to the catwalk, with a red and black colour pallet leading into more seasonal colours of late 2017.
However, it was Caroline Perino who stole the show, with bright and powerful patterns and prints on a range of differently styled garments. She captured the right balance between the two, demonstrating the key eye for design.
It was a privilege to be able to view the innovative designs, all of which prove the graduate's ability to go on and progress in the fashion industry. All the selected ten had exquisite pieces that embraced modern culture from their sleek and original designs.
Written by Abbie Weight @abbie.weight
Image credit: Simon Armstrong