London College of Fashion: Runway Highlights
The London College of Fashion (LCF), part of the University of the Arts London, staged its 2017 show at the Old Spitalfields Market.
Unlike previous years, which favoured a more traditional catwalk approach, the show's format was broken into six acts – none of which showed an entire collection but rather a "story" made up of different students' work.
The class of 2017 was inspired by the current political climate – something head of college Frances Corner mentioned in her statement ahead of the presentation.
"At London College of Fashion, we know that fashion shapes lives and has the power to change the way we perceive the world," said Corner. "In an era of radical change, both socially and politically, fashion has never been so relevant."
"We are dedicated to providing world-class borderless education, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the creative industries as well as investing and nurturing creative talent to ensure we safeguard the fashion industry, a vital component of the UK economy, for future generations."
Here are some of our picks of the designers to look for from this exciting event.
Jack looked to gender fluidity which continues to be a source of inspiration for fashion designers alike. Looking at the way that the body is binarised in relation to sexuality – particular in tailing and luxury fashion
Heavily based on the use of leather and silicones. This powerful women’s collection was made up of a series of characters: La Matriarch, La Femme Fatale, La Riot Grrl, La Bio Queen, La Boss Bitch and La Girl Next Door.
Naruhiro Iizawa, a womenswear designer, incorporated industrial materials into her final collection, which was based on buildings that are under construction or in the process of being demolished.
Her womenswear collection reflects the interiors and exteriors of buildings and their revealing, concealing and changing natures.
For me this was perhaps the strongest of the night – was based on the "mental and physical battles" experienced by young people growing up in London. The performance was an integral part of her presentation, which saw models do spoken-word performances as they walked around the catwalk.
In one of the evening's boldest collections, Zhiqing Zhang applied geometric patterns inspired by children's books to oversized interpretations of kids clothing and nightwear.
Young Turkish designer Ali Ekmekci's sportswear collection was inspired by the current mainstream media. Named Fake News, the garments were printed with newspaper covers and logos, with accessories in the form of kettlebell-shaped bags and THAT blue IKEA bag