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Combining a runway show with an immersive virtual exhibition, London College of Fashion students presented their graduate collections in Bethnal Green’s Oval Space yesterday evening. The show was broadcast live on the school’s site, utilising interactive 360° technology. The event conveyed the cross-disciplinary nature inherent to the industry, with students from a host of specialisms including men’s and womenswear, footwear design, print, photography, and fashion styling courses, showing work together. Taking a closer look at this year’s offering, Something Curated highlights five young designers to keep an eye on.

 

Tara Frances || @tarafrancesltd

British footwear designer Tara Frances was inspired by “a dream team of women,” creating a series of shoes with cast female bodies supporting the wearer’s weight. Expanding on the concept behind her eye-catching shoes, she explained, “the heel is based on the strength of women.”

 

Lingfeng Zhu || @edi.zlingfeng

Creating impactful silhouettes, menswear designer Lingfeng Zhu’s oversized survival jackets, inspired by inflatable life vests, certainly stood out among the line-up. Zhu’s garments incorporated varied and fascinating textures, with a focus on clever detailing.

 

Danyi Eleven Yang || @eleven_instead

The inspiration for Danyi Eleven Yang’s collection came from an unexpected source – the issue of unemployment. Yang’s collection simultaneously references monastery garbs as well as classic 90s shapes, with garments audaciously emblazoned with the words, “You’re fired.”

 

Carolina Raquel || @carolinaraquelrg

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Fashion Design and Development graduate, Carolina Raquel’s project explores notions of displacement, wrongness and memory. Showing a series of voluminous vinyl puff-ball gowns, alongside elegantly constructed shirting, the young designer demonstrates a breadth of skills in her diverse collection.

 

Joseph Standish || @standish_

Returning to the LCF catwalk, menswear designer Joseph Standish’s label Honest Man collaborated with Liberty London to create contemporary pieces from the British department store’s SS18 Alpine Symphony fabric collection. This month, the pieces, alongside work by two other designers from the fashion school, will be on display in-store.

 

Feature image via @edi.zlingfeng 

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