Upholding its reputation as a nucleus of burgeoning fashion talent, this year’s cohort of Central Saint Martins BA Fashion graduates did not disappoint. Diverse and entertaining, as has come to be expected of the show, there were some particularly standout collections and pieces this year, demonstrating an impressive sense of maturity and imagination. Taking a closer look, Something Curated highlights some of the best emerging designers you should keep an eye on.
Paolina Alexandra Russo || @paolina__russo
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Totally magical @tigerlilysimpson via @antiagencyldn backstage wearing look 4 from my graduate collection Thank you so much @erikabowes For taking these amazing pics Thank you to @leocarltonheadwear for making the most iconic headgear Makeup by @monaleannemakeup and her amazing team @georgiahopemakeup @mbe_mua @quelle_uk Hair by @taylormarymua Major thanks to @britishfashioncouncil and @sarahmower_
Canadian-born Paolina Alexandra Russo received The L’Oréal Professionnel Young Talent Award for her collection comprising reconstructed sporting attire. Last year, John Galliano, who Russo had interned for, cited the young designer as a great source of inspiration to him in an interview with Business of Fashion.
Maartje Convens || @maartjeconvens
German-Belgian designer Maartje Convens’ superbly constructed collection features a series of particularly standout skirt and corset belt bags, inspired by Convens’ grandfather’s coal mining tool bags.
Matilda Söderberg || @_matildasoderberg_
Swedish illustrator and designer Matilda Söderberg’s surreal collection, entitled ‘The Potato of the Mind’, features sculptural elements made from taped corrugated cardboard, styled with Halloween-looking makeup.
Samson Leung || @samsonleung
Born in Taiwan and raised in Hong Kong, Samson Leung’s graduate collection is made up of a series of complexly layered looks, created with a textile derived from a malleable dried slime developed by the young designer.
Vincent Lapp || @vincent.lapp
Vincent Lapp’s models were entirely obscured, faces and limbs eye-catchingly enveloped in plush and precisely fitted fabrics.
Patrick McDowell || @patrick__mcdowell
British designer Patrick McDowell’s collection flamboyantly reimagines climbing gear, building on voluminous silhouettes, styled with Swarovski crystal embellished chalk bags and his father’s crampons.
Lucy Clark || @lucymclark
Fashion Knit graduate Lucy Clark presented a collection which comprised a number of beautifully crafted lambswool outerwear pieces, alongside some rather tongue-in-cheek footwear made from yellow washing-up gloves.
Feature image via Maartje Convens